Thursday, January 18, 2018

Hospitalero Training offered in Toronto and Victoria

A sure sign of a Camino addict is the planning that goes on the January and February for perhaps another Camino, another route and a different season. Again this year, we are offering training for those of you who would like to give back in the rôle of a Hospitalero/a and be the one in the albergue welcoming pilgrims who are hot, tired, cold, wet, thirsty and hungry. Some need a glass of water and some need time alone; some need a short rest before moving on and some need to stay longer. It's a rewarding volunteer opportunity and we offer training that will take you back to the Camino.

The training in Toronto is the weekend of March 9-11, 2018 and in Victoria April 20-22. We begin at 6pm on Friday night with a reception which includes tapas and paella. We conclude by 4pm on Sunday. All meals except Saturday evening, are included in the price of $125 and billeting is provided if you are from out of town. Click on the link to the city for the registration information.

Please join us.
It's not that we're all about food, but we do enjoy paella!

A variety of tapas for Friday evening.

Tom Friesen at a Victoria training.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Wine tasting a perk as a hospitalero!

Guibert sent Tom an email about his two weeks working as a hospitalero in Nájera.
"We were 4 hospitaleros, one American woman from Seattle area (Deborah) and 2 Spanish (José  from La Rioja and Marian from Malaga)
We welcomed nearly 1000 pilgrims, some days hosting as many as 90.
It was another very successful experience and we got well together as a team."
And here there are, enjoying a wine tasting.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

And more pilgrims transform to hospitaleros

Daphne and Mary enjoyed a full weekend, training 7 pilgrims to return to Spain to serve as hospitaleros. A very enthusiastic group and I'm sure all will receive postings within the next year.
Thank you for your service!
Remember to please let Tom or Mary know if you are assigned to an albergue and we'll update our list on this blog.

Saturday, April 1, 2017

More Canadians prepared to serve in Spain

Tom and Darlene trained 19 pilgrims on March 24-26 to return to Spain. Meanwhile, Judy and Tom trained over 20 on March 17-19. Below is the Calgary group.
Judy and Marlene will be serving in Rabanal from September 1-15th and Tom will again be in Zamora in November 16-30, including a singing session for Spanish Hostpitaleros.
Please let us know when you get a posting and I can post your first name on this blog to let others know where you will be.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Camino season is getting busy and hospitaleros are needed

We are hearing from many people that they have applied for volunteer postings this season and already 5 have been confirmed. There is more interest in volunteering at the Pilgrim Office in Santiago as we already have Mike, Greg and Barbara going in September and October. To see other postings, just click here. And if you're interested in learning how you can become a hospitalero, we are running 3 sessions in Canada this spring: Calgary (full), Victoria and Toronto.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Giving back to the camino

Each year, we offer training to those who would like to return some of the generosity, kindness and care that they experienced on their camino. To return to Spain or France as a hospitalero/a really can complete your camino experience.
This year there is training in Toronto on the weekend of March 17-19, in Calgary on the weekend of March 24-26 and in Victoria on the weekend of April 7-9. The Calgary weekend has already reached the maximum of 20, but there is still space for both the Toronto and Victoria sessions.
Our training starts off with introductions and a Spanish dinner on Friday night and then the work happens on the Saturday and Sunday, ending at 4pm on Sunday. All meals are included in the $125 registration (except Saturday dinner) and billeting for out of town people is provided whenever possible. 
This is an opportunity not only to relive your camino but meet others who want to have a different kind of camino, one providing service to other pilgrims. To register, click on the side bar for Victoria or Toronto training.
our Friday evening tapas

A Canadian paella!
A multilingual blessing on the food

And ready to go to Spain!

Friday, September 23, 2016

700 pilgrims leave Roncevalles for Santiago

And this was not just a rumour. Apparently on the 2/3 September weekend, 700 pilgrims set out from Saint Jean Pied de Port, overcrowding Roncevalles to the point of no food or beds, and now these pilgrims are spread along the camino.

This in from Dody in NájeraThis Albergue is full, all 90 beds, including a dog accompanying a girl with a disability. Apparently all in Najera are booked. So I guess the Camino is busy although I didn't have any problems on my way from St.Jean last week.

And from Linda in EstellaHola amigos!

This is Linda in Estella. We have been very busy here with a few nice breaks to nap! 

I am celebrating  Estella which I missed on my own Camino - a beautiful historic city. And I am loving all the pilgrims coming to stay with us.

And an update from Jeannie and Calvin in Villalcázar de Sirga:

Well Moises and Oscar both came round last night and it was good that they did empty the donation boxes because there was an avalanche of money!! They hadn't emptied it since July so there were probably several thousand euros there!! Both of us feel much better now that they have emptied the boxes. They didn't have the key for the box that you put euros in for hot water so I think they are coming back today. 
Today we went for a walk to the hermitage a few kilometers away and Oscar's father and Moises uncle were there! We wouldn't have known that except I asked to take a picture of the two men there and then when I said we were hospitaleros they put things together and said that Oscar and Moises had told them they had been talking with us yesterday. It's lovely to start fitting family connections together. 

Thanks so much for your help!

We leave Oct 1 st and they don't have anyone coming for the last two weeks. I told Moises and Oscar that I would ask you two if there was anyone who would want to come for the next two weeks.

The sunsets are fabulous, but when I showed the photos below to Oscar he shrugged and said every day in Sept is like this!

Calvin and Jeannie