If you are contemplating walking the Camino independently, taking a course before you go is recommended.
The course may help you avoid some unwanted problems and costs and can help ensure you are adequately prepared.
Camino Community in Melbourne
The Purpose of “Camino Community in Melbourne” is to provide a community of support, guidance and friendship for past and future Pilgrims of the Camino de Santiago.
Their monthly gatherings are an informal social night over dinner in a south-east suburb of Melbourne, Victoria.
The Camino Community also run four-hour preparation workshops which provide you with useful information and insights to assist you in the preparation for the journey ahead.
Some of the information covered in the workshops include:
- The altitude and terrain of the Camino Francis
- Packing list
- Accommodation options
- Phone and internet coverage
- When to go
- What an average day on the Camino may look like
Camino Downunder is a Sydney based business who that offers educational courses, language courses such as intensive Spanish language courses and excellent maps to prepare Pilgrims for their Camino journeys.
Their walking maps of the Camino are 100% waterproof and if your maps get dirty, simply rinse and dry. They also produce high-quality wall maps of the route that make a great memento of your journey.
Their vision is to make significant, long-lasting and positive differences to each person’s pilgrimage experiences.
Karen Manwaring is a modern-day pilgrim who seeks to help others prepare for the remarkable journey that is the Camino de Santiago.
Karen and her partner Angela have walked Northern Spain’s Camino de Santiago twice where hard-learned lessons from the first walk were put to good use the second time.
She is the author of ‘A slow walk across Spain’ and also runs courses at the CAE in Melbourne to help educate and prepare people for their Camino journey.
Her workshops on the Camino have been attended by over one thousand people to date, a reflection of the increasing interest in this long-distance trek.
Karen’s website Camino calling is a good source of information and lists the various courses that she runs including:
- Walking the Camino
- History of the Camino and
- Food of the Camino