- Saturday Office Open Days – In addition to our Open Days held every Thursday, we sometimes open up our office, bookshop and library on Saturdays too. You will be able to purchase guides for walkers and cyclists on various routes of the Way through Western Europe, as well as the all-important Pilgrim Passport. There will be experienced pilgrims on hand to advise, recommend and reassure! Whether you’re planning a walk, or have just returned from the Camino and want to share your experience, Open Days are a fantastic opportunity to share knowledge and memories with like-minded people. You’re also able to become a member of the CSJ for those wanting to provide and receive continued support.
We have no more Saturday Open Days in 2018, but we will have more in early 2019!
- CSJ Wine Bar Evenings – We have started off our camino wine bar evenings again, with growing amounts of interest. The second Tuesday of every month, a few of us gather in Blackfriars Wine Bar at 6:30pm, a stone’s throw from the CSJ Office for wine and pizza to talk about all things ‘camino’, whether that is giving advice to those that want to go or reminiscing with those that have come back. Anyone is welcome to come and discuss all things camino!
- Returned Pilgrims | St James Garlickhythe, London | Saturday 24th November – This is a get-together for pilgrims who have recently returned from their camino and want to share in their experiences with like-minded individuals in a more formal setting. This year it will be held at 10:30 am at St James Garlickhythe, London, EC4V 2AF
The day involves bringing along something that was significant to you on your pilgrimage – it could be a postcard, a souvenir, your credencial, a shell, a stone you picked up, anything! Together, we retrace the steps of your journey in reflection and celebration of your discoveries.
See the outline for the day below:
10:30 Welcome and Introduction to Day and People
10:50 On the Camino – rhythm and sensations
Break into groups
11;20 Arriving at Santiago – Rituals and Sensations
Break into Groups
11:45 St James, Garlickhythe
12:15 Lunch. You can bring your own or there is a Costa very nearby,
1:15 Being a Pilgrim – Spirituality
1:45 Introduction to Meditation
2:20 What Next?
Break into groups
3:00 Thanks and Away
Entry is free but please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know you’re coming!
Constance Storrs Lecture | Southwark Cathedral | Saturday 8th December – “Slowing down on the Camino de Santiago”. Both senior academics in the field of spirituality and consumption at the University of London, Prof Giana Eckhardt and Dr Katharina Husemann will present their insights and findings into “Slowing down on the Camino de Santiago”. Their research demonstrates that modern pilgrimage can be seen as an opportunity to slow down and escape the fast pace of today’s society – a possible explanation for its renewed popularity in contemporary times.
The lecture will be held at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 8th December at 14:30. (Members £5; Non-Members £7). Click here to book
Remember too, that we have regional groups who organise their own activities. Get in touch with the office to find out where you nearest group is; or if you’d like to start your own!