Hiking the Camino de Santiago


Join the Northern California Chapter of American Pilgrims on the Camino for a Pilgrim Talk - where pilgrims talk about their real experiences on the Camino de Santiago. 

Topic: Wellness on the Way with Laurie Ferris

Discover the wellness that is inherent on the Camino. Explore the reasons why it makes us pilgrims feel so good, and why we keep coming back. We know that being surrounded by kindred spirits and walking in nature have obvious benefits. What about unplugging, forest bathing, mindful walking, or doing something completely out of our comfort zone? In a world of French fries, bocadillos and churros, is it possible to eat healthy on the Camino?  From survival and sustenance to inexpensive luxuries and creative play—Laurie hopes to encourage pilgrims to become their own wellness ambassadors along the Way.

After Laurie's talk, we welcome other pilgrims to share their own wellness tips learned on their Caminos. Whether you’re a first-timer or seasoned veteran, you’re sure to pick up invaluable info, tips and tricks for your next Camino!

Speaker Bio:

Laurie Ferris  has walked the Camino Portugués, Inglés, Primitivo, and Invierno. On the Camino, she has led yoga sessions for pilgrims, and has also discovered some interesting ways to enhance wellbeing. As a chapter coordinator in Northern California, Laurie welcomes new pilgrims, organizes events, delivers presentations, and contributes articles for La Concha Newsletter.  Laurie is dedicated to keeping the spirit of the Camino alive through her blog that celebrates the pilgrim's journey called The Camino Provides.  

At her communications job at UC Berkeley’s International House, Laurie serves as a wellness ambassador where she teaches yoga to UC Berkeley staff and leads lunchtime hikes around campus.  Always an advocate for self care, Laurie is excited to share some Camino tips in this informative and interactive pilgrim talk. 

Feel free to attend the Lake Merritt walk before the talk (meet at the Pergola columns at 10:30 am.) 



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