Una californiana entre viñedos ribeiraos – Mili Méndez


This special time of Autumn and Winter preparing for the holidays has brought many special experiences, memories and dreams coming true. Some of those dreams began on my first visit to Ribeira Sacra in Otoño 2011. A very special thank you to Mili Méndez of La Voz de Galicia periodico for interviewing me for De Vinos segment and letting me share some of my appreciation and experience of Ribeira Sacra – it truly is vibrant, alive, and magical. I look forward to discovering and sharing in more special times in this very special place.

As my synchronicities have continued I have journeyed 5 times on the Camino de Santiago and will continue to explore its other routes. I have met incredible people and my appreciation and love of Galicia has only deepened. I am very grateful to everyone who has been a special part of my Camino Life Journey without all of you this would not be possible.

The journey continues and I owe a very special thank you to my friends Lucie and Kaj Christensen of Cabo Do Mundo Casa Rural who invited to me to house sit and watch over their incredible casa rural during the holiday season. It is the perfect place to prepare projects for 2015 and to now write my synchronistic story of how the Camino called me to experience its beauty, history and magic.

Muchisimas gracias to Gérman Limeres for bringing me first to Ribeira Sacra in 2011 and introducing me to this incredible place and for taking my picture enjoying some of the fantastic wines and delicious tapas of the region.

For more information please visit: http://www.germanlimeres.com and http://www.gastrofotografia.com

Please visit Cabo Do Mundo Casa Rural: http://www.cabodomundocasarural.com

A very special thank you to Kris Pereira and Luisa Rubines of Quinta Sacra Excursions for introducing me to Mili Méndez and including me in your special filming event this summer :)


Forever In Our Hearts & Inspiring Our Continued Camino Journeys – Jim Kaszynski

When one speaks from the heart many are touched, changed and transformed forever.  We may never really know the impact of our thoughts, words, actions and deeds each day as we live . We may have some inkling of the sharing but the spirit in its immensity and powerfulness stretches out beyond all boundaries and like a stone skipping across the water the ripples, expand and grow in ways that we might never have imagined.  Jim Kaszynski’s heart and spirit were always overflowing with love, compassion and inspiration.  No matter what he had faced in his life he brought a very special understanding and meaning that touched all who met him either in person or through his blogs and sharing.  His message was always one of love, acceptance, surrender, and to expect the best in life, mankind, and from the world.  Such powerful messages that help each one of us to live more fully each day. I feel blessed to have met Jim and his inspiration will be a strong guiding force for me as I know it will be for all.

Jim you were a true Earth Angel and I know that you will forever be in our hearts guiding us on our continued camino journeys – I will feel you with me as a Camino Angel always – Bo Camiño!

A very special thank you to German Limeres photographer and creator of rexistro 108 vilei, the first photography global pilgrims register in the world capturing the faces and inspiration of pilgrims as they make their personal camino journey (German Limeres Photographs above). http://www.germanlimeres.com

A very special thank you to Travel Light Films – Co Producer Gabriela Quiroz – for inviting Jim to sleep in the albergue sharing the giving spirit of the camino and for his joining us in our pilgrim barbaque.  It was a very special day of sharing our passion of the camino at a very special place rexistro 108 vilei (Km 108 – 3 km outside of Sarria on the French Way).


Moved To Meditate – The Winter Way

I stare out at the beauty before me – it surrounds me totally – I am fixed on it and am almost incapable of moving. What I am moved to do is Meditate. To reflect on what is all around me. Immense beauty. Incredible scenery. Peaceful in its presentation and complete in its beauty. Ever slightly changing it keeps me in a trance wanting to soak up more of it. To see and experience its every detail. From the smallest change in color reflecting its image in the river below just like a mirror. Stillness and silence surround me as it draws me in deeper and deeper into its mystery. It is like LIQUID PEACE as if someone has turned on a firehouse of calmness and tranquility. The whole vista or view is embracing me in a hug of its love and beauty. I feel at one with nature and all of the world. I stare with amazement and awe at a hawk as it flies over head. Circling and circling – gliding – riding on the wind which is still and unseen but powerful enough to help the hawk soar effortlessly above flying as one with its surrounding.

Everything seems more colorful and alive and yet completely still. This lasted for what seemed like hours. It makes me realize more intimately the connection that all of nature has with itself. So subtle and always inviting in its calmness. I don’t want to take my eyes off it. I want to discover more and more its deeper secrets. Its beauty that lay before me open for all to see and for me to experience on another level. For I have been here many times always appreciating and enjoying its magic, mystery and pureness of spirit but now in the complete calmness of being all alone what will I experience and discover that was right before me like an invitation to know it more intensely and I know it is also inviting me to know myself in a new way. Inviting me to open to more love, release old fears, to surrender to what the universe can only know in its divine wisdom. This heart and spirit that knows not only what is best for us but how to heal all things in this life and in the past.

The patterns change ever so slightly on the river below me and the picture remains outstandingly beautiful. How can it be that I am watching so intently every second but so much transforms before me in the stillness and silence that only the wind in the trees and the sounds of the birds occasionally add to the music that I am witnessing. The stillness ever so alive, and ever changing in each moment that only draws me deeper and deeper into its mystery. I am mesmerized, touched, and Moved to Meditate :)

For if this is what so many have said is the power, magic and healing of meditation I have a new understanding for I am almost incapable of any thought other than to describe its beauty.

The church bells begin to chime sounding out a beautiful song and with each bell chimes 5 times anchoring in a reminder of our 5 senses only adding to the beauty of the moment echoing across the valley and the mountains that embrace the river below as it makes its winding trail before me. I feel nature has talked to me and that I have listened in a new way which I only hope will grow stronger and deeper with each passing moment.

I sit, reflect and feel at peace still in awe of the beauty before me.

Incapable of usual thoughts I feel at one with the universe and all the beauty God has created !!!!

A very special thank you to my friends Lucie and Kaj Christensen for inviting me to share in a very special experience in enjoying their incredible Oasis Cabo Do Mundo Casa Rural in Ribeira Sacra to begin writing my synchronistic journey - Bo Camiño – Beyond Coincidence – My Spanish Trails Of Synchronicity - that brought the camino into my life and led me to live in Galicia.

For more information please visit: http://www.cabodomundocasarural.com

Buried Treasures Along The Camino – Robert

Sharing special times with pilgrims in Santiago de Compostela is always a very wonderful experience for me.  Hearing of their journey and some of the “what”, “why”, and “how” of each persons camino adventure inspires.  Summer has gone by fast but many more incredible camino connections and such was the case on August 23rd when I arrived Santiago to get my “compostelana” on my Mother’s 80th Birthday.  Enjoying time with Christine and Eric who made the almost 2 hour line go quickly as they shared with me a little of their camino travels and some of those of whom they had spent special time together. One of their pilgrim friends was Robert who had made his second 800 KM trek for a very personal reason. I hope you will enjoy hearing in Robert’s own words his Camino Treasures :)

Thank you to Christine, Eric and Robert for sharing some very special time together on a very special day for me – Bo Camiño!

Your Soaring Phoenix – Spiritual Journeys On Physical Paths

Your Soaring Phoenix – Mary O’Maley & Dr. Carol Francis  

Profound Tools For Spiritual Ascension With 26 Spiritual Teachers

Chapter 33: Spiritual Journeys On Physical Paths: The Camino and Synchronicity – Susan Mann

Luxurious Lightness In Living

It was an honor and a privilege to be asked by Dr. Carol Francis to write a chapter on SYNCHRONICITY sharing some of my thoughts, feelings and experiences related to the CAMINO for her latest book Your Soaring Phoenix with Mary O’Maley for which I am forever grateful.  As many of you may know it has been years of incredible “coincidences” or as I call it synchronicity that brought The Way of St. James into my life and no matter where I was in the world the Camino kept calling me. I have done my best to answer its call and fully immerse myself in the experience of the camino and what it means to live a life of pilgrimage. Having left all that I used to know to do my best to embrace the unknown following the signs no matter where they may lead.

It has been one of the most amazing adventures of my life that continues to surprise, delight, and encourage me to face my fears, grow, and take steps forward following this path to see what I will experience, learn, and discover. I am forever grateful to my loving family, friends and fellow pilgrims who continue to support, inspire me and share this journey with me as it continues to unfold.

“Susan Mann has a unique talent by being able to share such an intimate experience with the world through her words. Like many of us, Mann innocently traveled to Spain without expectations to walk the Camino de Santiago. We all have a unique experience on this path and Susan’s journey did not end at the steps of the Cathedral. Instead, her transformation continues as she never left Spain and continues to devour the experience on a daily basis. The Way puts many people outside of their comfort zones and Mann stayed there to imbibe the lessons. I am looking forward to her future missives about this incredible trail. – Kurt Koontz A Million Steps

Kurt Koontz a friend, fellow pilgrim and author of A Million Steps has been an inspiration and I appreciate his continued support and encouragement as I begin to write down the story of my synchronistic adventure. Thank you Kurt for your friendship and for your very kind and thoughtful review.

Your Soaring Phoenix Wonderful Reviews and Inspirational Experiences

“Uplift, expand, ascend your mind and spirit with these experiences and instructions from 26 spiritual teachers who explore 42 tools for spiritual expansion. Experiment outside of your circumscribed box of scientific empiricism or dogmatic perspectives about time, space, death, mental powers, multi universe, quantum mechanics, and nonphysical tools. Then begin exploring 42 different approaches to personal expansion. These amazing adventures are being received by readers with enthusiasm who are renewing their personal depths and powers” – Amazon reviews

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Your Soaring Phoenix – Profound Tools for Spiritual Ascension With 26 Spiritual Teachers by Mary O’Maley & Dr. Carol Francis

For more information regarding Kurt Koontz and his inspiring book A Million Steps please visit: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_8?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=kurt+koontz+a+million+steps&sprefix=kurt+koo%2Cstripbooks%2C282

“Codice Calixtino en los Caminos de Santiago – A Modern Day Jewel

A Camino Treasure Connects The Past With The Present

Architect, artist, sculptor, winemaker, and writer Cándido Pazos López is a renaissance man of our time. Last weekend during the official visit Cándido Pazos presented Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, with his “Codice Calixtino en los Caminos de Santiago” – a modern day jewel of the history of the Camino. “A jewel” in Merkel’s own words after receiving the deluxe edition inside the Cathedral of Santiago of this impressive adaptation of the twelfth century manuscript that includes more than 100 illustrations penned by Pazos.

It was a very special day for me when Cándido Pazos López invited me to join him during the private tour of the Cathedral for the political leaders and dignitaries and take photographs to capture the spirit of the moment of this historic exchange celebrating modern day Camino connections that are helping to invite more pilgrims from around the world to experience personally, the beauty, history, and culture of this vibrant and alive pilgrim path.

Cándido Pazos López generously made the deluxe edition book a gift to the chancellor the archbishop, the dean of the Cathedral of Santiago, the Prime Minister, the President of the Xunta de Galicia and to me a very special “Gem In The Camino” I know we will all treasure.

Additional Newspaper Article: Faro de Vigo

Una joya para Merkel
El artista Cándido Pazos, muy vinculado al municipio de A Estrada, entrega a la canciller alemana una edición de lujo de su libro “Códice Calixtino en los Caminos de Santiago”

Una “joya”. Esta fue la palabra escogida por la canciller alemana, Angela Merkel, para referirse a la obra Códice Calixtino en los Caminos de Santiago, del artista Cándido Pazos. Así lo relató el autor tras hacerle entrega, ayer y en la catedral compostela, de un ejemplar en edición lujo de una obra que representa una adaptación del manuscrito del siglo XII, a la que incorpora 100 ilustraciones en plumilla realizadas por el propio Pazos, muy vinculado a A Estrada.

La canciller alemana, Angela Merkel, ha tenido ocasión de experimentar en carne propia las sensaciones que embriagan a muchos peregrinos cuando caminan hacia la ciudad de Apóstol. Además de las bellas estampas que atesorará de los seis kilómetros de su recorrido jacobeo, la presidenta se llevará consigo un recuerdo de lujo, una adaptación contemporánea del Códice Calixtino elaborada por el artista Cándido Pazos, muy vinculado a las tierras de A Estrada.

Pazos aprovechó en la mañana de ayer la visita de la presidenta alemana a la catedral de Santiago para hacerle entrega de un manuscrito en piel de su obra Códice Calixtino en los Caminos a Santiago, una pieza bibliográfica que incluye 100 ilustraciones realizadas a plumilla y que trata los siete caminos a Santiago en sus tramos gallegos, una revisión del manuscrito del siglo XII que se hizo especialmente popular a raíz de su reciente sustracción y recuperación.

“Me sorprendió muy gratamente la expresión de Angela Merkel: lo conservaré como la joya que es”, relató el artista poco después de realizar esta entrega. El escultor ofreció este volumen, en una edición de lujo forrada en piel, a la canciller en presencia del arzobispo, el deán de la catedral compostelana, el presidente del Gobierno, el presidente de la Xunta de Galicia y la periodista Norteamericana Susan Mann.

Cándido Pazos relató que en la entrega tuvo ocasión de charlar un rato con Merkel, a la que observó “muy entusiasmada con el Camino”. Señaló asimismo que la presidenta de Alemania le trasladó su intención de remitirle una carta en la que pueda expresarle de manera formal y por escrito su agradecimiento por este presente.

El escultor, de raíces compostelanas, tiene también una profunda huella en el término municipal de A Estrada, donde firma, entre otras valoradas obras, la escultura que engalana la Porta do Sol y que representa al salmón, como protagonista de la tradición gastronómica y deportiva que rodea en el municipio al bautizado como “rey del río”.

Una joya para Merkel – Faro de Vigo


Camino Invierno – The Winter Way Prepares for VENDIMIA

Walking Along Vineyards

Well it is almost one year to the day when I made a post with Beata Moritz’s picture as she was enjoying some of her own Wine Wanderings during her camino in 2013.  So it is perfect timing that we are now preparing once again for the WINE HARVEST or VENDIMIA.  As you walk your camino enjoying nature many enjoy relaxing with a glass of wine to toast their pilgrim friends and celebrate their camino memories.  If you are walking your camino this September and want to join us in sometime in the vineyards with giving a little loving care to the vines – Las Viñas – we would love to have you share in this unique and special experience.  For those not on the camino now I hope you will join me for more El Camino Del Vino adventures where we will celebrate the Camino and some wonderful new experiences.

Thank you again to Beata Moritz for sending me your picture and helping a personal dream come true of some more time exploring in the camino and learning about the Vendimia – Wine Harvest!


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