Walk a Mindful Camino with John F. Doherty this September

What is the Spiritual Camino?
The Camino de Santiago, known in English as The Way of Saint James among other names, is a network of pilgrims’ ways serving pilgrimage to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great in the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in northwestern Spain, where tradition has it that the remains of the saint are buried. Many follow its routes as a form of spiritual path or retreat for their spiritual growth. On the Sanctuary Mindful Camino led by John F. Doherty each day will start early with a meditation session followed by continental breakfast. Then, the group will walk in silence until the entire group meets for a coffee break around 11am. We aim to get to our destination each day around lunchtime where there is plenty of time to recover, eat, siesta and sightsee. In the evening we have dinner together and a talking stick check-in.


When will we be going?
Saturday 15th September 2018 – Saturday 22nd September 2018


The Route
We will be walking the last stage of the Portuguese Camino, when you sign up the itinerary will be confirmed. The pilgrimage from Portuguese lands to Santiago de Compostela originates in the Middle Ages. It was used by Queen Isabel of Portugal in the early 14th century. The route followed the ancient Roman roads of Lusitania. On this amazing spiritual journey you will see Cathedrals at Porto, Tui and Santiago, important churches at Rates, Ponte de Lima, Redondela, Pontevedra, and Padron. The Roman mooring stone in Padron church has connections to St James. Caldas de Reis is near the church of St Thomas Becket in the main square and there are free thermal footbaths for pilgrims.


15-Sep-18 Tui Arrival
16-Sep-18 O Porrino 16Km
17-Sep-18 Arcade 22Km
18-Sep-18 Pontevedra 11Km
19-Sep-18 Caldas de Reis 24Km
20-Sep-18 Padron  18Km
21-Sep-18 Santiago de Compostela 24Km



Things to read

A lovely article by Peter Murtagh here

A film on RTE about walking the Portuguese route here

Maps, hints tips and the history of this ancient route here




We ask you to pay or contribute €2,000 to take part in the Sanctuary Mindful Camino. We’ll give you as much help as we can with this and can provide you with fundraising posters and buckets. Simple things to remember:

  • Don’t go it alone – gather a group of friends and form a committee.
  • Decide what you and the committee want to do; think about what you know and are interested in
  • Start as early as you can, that way you can make sure that you don’t take on too much and allow enough time to prepare the event before setting the date.
  • Promotion is the vital ingredient in a successful fundraising event. To attract people to an event, you will need to inform them
  • Fundraising from the public may require a permit or permission from the Gardaí, local authority or owners or managers of private property make sure you have whatever permissions you need



For enquiries or to sign up contact annabelokeeffe@sanctuary.ie




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