There are many long distance footpaths, but only the camino has won the recognition of the U.N. and achieved World Heritage status on account of its historical and spiritual significance. The camino's ability to transform and elevate human consciousness remains undiminished over the centuries. Countless millions have walked this path in search of a deeper meaning to their lives. Perhaps this is your time to join the merry band of pilgrims along this ancient path of enquiry? Anyone, from student to senior citizen, can choose to go on pilgrimage and see their life as a sacred journey. Within the busyness and loneliness of our secular lives we can awaken to the spiritual and find the meaning and relevance that is often absent in our chaotic world. And that is why these guides are subtitled a 'practical and mystical manual' - that we might find a place to eat and sleep at the end of a long days walking but also, and crucially, that we might support each other to dive into the mysteries of our individual soul awakenings, without which all journeying is, ultimately, purposeless. The guide is in full colour with over 200 photographs.
It includes: overview route planner; 33 daily stage maps with optional routes; 33 contour guides with elevations; list of all pilgrim hostels and alternative accommodation; 16 town plans showing location of hostels and hotels; sun-compass to aid orientation; practical notes on preparation; equipment checklist; dictionary with basic pilgrim phrases; and historical notes and places of special interest. In addition to the physical route there are pointers to the mystical path with: inspirational quotations; space for personal reflections; and a self-review questionnaire to help prepare for the inner journey. All this designed to fit easily into your pocket!
John Brierley was born in Aries on 2nd April 1948. His early life was spent in Dublin where he qualified as a Chartered Surveyor and set up his own practice. He continued to work there until an existential crisis took him and his family to Findhorn in Scotland in 1987 as part of a mid-career break. This was to prove a pivotal time in his life with a reordering of priorities towards a spiritual perspective. In 1996 he convened the international conference Business for Life where the core issue was identified as the crisis of the human spirit and the search for meaning in life. The idea of Business Sabbaticals as an antidote to burn-out, and pilgrimage as a way to reappraise life's purpose became his abiding passion. He continues to walk the Caminos amongst other sacred routes, and for those who may heed the calling to try these pilgrimages for themselves, has compiled 3 Practical and Mystical Manuals for the Modern Day Pilgrim: