Welcome to Santiago de Compostela, the Sacred City, built stone by stone around the said resting place of the Apostle Saint James.
The Galician novelist Valle Inclán wrote that: “… of all the old Spanish cities, the one which seems to be trapped in a dream of granite, immutable and eternal is Santiago de Compostela…. although it doesn’t appear ancient, but rather everlasting. But Compostela, in the ecstasy of the pilgrims, unites all its stones in one single evocation. There, the passing hours are just one hour, repeating itself eternally, under a grey rainy sky…”
Working as a guide on the Camino, I was happily surprised that my first clients were a group of Yogis from California. As a yogi myself, I found it fascinating that yoga teachers from all over the world were coming to practice yoga on the Camino!
Later on, a profesional project put me to walk the Camino in the search of how much Yoga, as in asana or meditation sessions, was available on the ancient path to Santiago. The results of the search were beyond any expectations. Yoga is so present in the Camino that my original plan for a one month trip became a three months journey!
Not only I found Yoga; I realized the Camino is Yoga.
Experience the Camino de Santiago differently, walking each day with the great Tenebrae Choir in your ipod. The unique cappella choir will shed new light on your journey along the 4 stages of the French Way with their moving new album Path of Miracles.
The Camino de Santiago is a pilgrimage to the tomb of the Apostle Saint James, but for many pilgrims, the experience they had along the Way brought them something more than what they were expecting which motivated to give a new direction to their life. This is the case of Joby Talbot who spent three and a half years composing this “musical pilgrimage” or “choral odyssey” based on the most enduring route of Catholic pilgrimage – the great Pilgrimage to Santiago.
The UN General Assembly and the UNWTO have decided to dedicate 2017 to tourism’s contribution to sustainable and inclusive growth. We are therefore delighted to be celebrating 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development!
Tourism is increasingly and rightly being recognized as a sector that can help usher in a better world and we strongly believe every efforts on a local level (for us by promoting sustainable travel on the Camino and Northern Spain) can make a real difference which is why we will be promoting this month Sustainable Travel International’s and Travel Better’s material to improve tourism. Continue reading 2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development