The Camino Cafe

Leigh Brennan

The Camino is all about connection. Reconnecting to your soul and connecting with the people you meet while walking. Pour a glass of Vino Tinto at The Camino Cafe as we feature the stories of Pilgrims. We hope to inspire those that want to walk the Camino someday and to nurture the Camino essence for those that have already walked through telling the stories of our pilgrimages. Join Host, Leigh Brennan, as she discusses all things Camino with fellow Pilgrims. Interviews are also available on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6VN9ze3z61n6tRLtDXWuQw and at our Facebook Page https://www.facebook.com/thecaminocafehttps://linktr.ee/leighbrennan

Camino Companions - Sister Katherine O'Flynn
1w ago
Camino Companions - Sister Katherine O'Flynn
Welcome to Season 3(0:00 -5:49)I’ve been working hard to bring you some great pilgrim stories from Pilgrims all around the world for season 3.  I do this podcast because I believe we learn best through telling our stories and hearing each other’s stories. It is through this story sharing that I hope to inspire listeners and viewers to walk their first Camino or maybe a 6th or 7th Camino. When I record an episode, I treat it like it’s just the Pilgrim and I out walking on the Camino. I don’t send out questions ahead. Everything is organic conversation just like it is when we walk the Camino. One of the greatest gifts we can receive while we walking is for another pilgrim to hold space for us to share our story and then in turn for us to hold space so a pilgrim can share their story with us.  I am so grateful to you for listening to the stories shared here on the podcast as you are holding space for everyone that is interviewed as they share their stories here. I hope along the way of each episode you learn some new and helpful things, that you are entertained at times but more than anything I hope if you haven’t yet walked that this inspires you to walk and if you’ve already walked, I hope it brings back memories of your own Camino and keeps your Camino Spirit burning bright and strong until you walk again.Sister Katherine O'Flynn: (5:50-57:00)How many of us choose to walk when we are at a crossroads in life?  Maybe we walk to find ourselves again after we experience loss or we have a major change in our life or a decision that needs to be made. Today’s premier episode with Sister Katherine O’Flynn is a perfect example of this and also the power of how the Camino can transform your life and possibly lead you on a new journey where you can be of service in the world. That very thing happened for Sister Katherine as the idea of Camino Companions formed from her Camino as she walked to ponder the next chapter in life. Camino Companions is an amazing resource here in Santiago de Compostela for all English-speaking Pilgrims. Their space is in the Pilgrim Office where you get your Compostela. To visit with them, you just need to let the guard at the front door of the Pilgrim Office know you are there to see them or attend the Pilgrim Mass in the Pilgrim Office Chapel. They are located on the 2nd floor in Office 6.  They are from around Easter through the end of October. Pilgrim Mass is offered year-round unless Father Manny is out of town.They offer many services which we discussed during the interview including tea following the Pilgrim Mass in English with Father Manny. Mass and the services offered by Camino Companions are provided every day except on Wednesdays. Mass is at 10:30 am and tea is served upstairs right after. Camino Reflection circles are held at 3 pm in the Camino Companion space. If you enjoy this conversation, I hope you will share it with anyone you know who is planning on walking a Camino. It would be wonderful to help other English-speaking pilgrims be aware of these supportive services available right here in Santiago after completing their Caminos.    Channel Camino Cafe's intro and outro song was made possible with the generosity of fellow Pilgrim, Jackson Maloney.
Efrén González - the amazing Pilgrim behind all those Camino Videos we adore!
Jun 10 2022
Efrén González - the amazing Pilgrim behind all those Camino Videos we adore!
Efrén González needs no introduction to anyone probably listening to this episode. Efren is one of the most well-known and loved Camino ambassadors out there! He’s been filming Camino routes for years happily educating and entertaining us all the while. I caught up with him in Santiago as he was beginning his 3D filming project for The Camino Frances. I found him to be just as gracious and humble as he is in his videos.  My goal going into the interview was to learn more about Efren as a Pilgrim and what it’s like behind the scenes when he films.  I think the interview captured this and so much more. I hope you enjoy getting him and hearing us as we recorded around this magical city of Santiago de Compostela. Thanks to Sharon Brothers and Timothy Ringering for helping and participating in this special interview for The Camino Cafe.  I am so grateful to Efren for so kindly accepting my interview request, letting us hang out with him as he filmed,  and for helping me put together the audio tracks for this interview. Thanks to you our listeners for your interest in the work we are doing here at The Camino Cafe. I hope you enjoy what we put together with Efrén for you! If you like this interview, please share it and give the podcast a 5-Star Rating on Apple podcasts! Efrén's Youtube channcel  - Camino Cafe PodcastYouTube Channel Leighbrennan@gmail.comApple Podcast Podcast Camino Cafe Podcast Affiliate FamilySpanish for the Camino Concierge Confidence Stelae   - Frank Maiolo    Camino Cafe's intro and outro song was made possible with the generosity of fellow Pilgrim, Jackson Maloney.Original Song  -  "Finnis Terre"  - written and performed by Jackson Maloney - Pilgrim, Singer, Musician, and Songwriter.Connect with Jackson:
American Pilgrims on the Camino - our yearly update and more!
May 6 2022
American Pilgrims on the Camino - our yearly update and more!
The Spirit of the CaminoLive in the momentWelcome each day – its pleasures and its challengesMake others feel welcomeShareFeel the spirit of those who have gone before youImagine those who will follow youAppreciate those who walk with you todayIt's time for our annual update from the Board of the American Pilgrims on the Camino! In this episode you will meet the following Board Members:Steve Lynch  - Board ChairmanJoe Curro Chapters -  Committee ChairTom Labuzienski - Membership Committee ChairRuben Mendoza - Grants Committee ChairWe had a lovely conversation about the Camino, the mission of the organization, highlights from the recent Annual Pilgrim Gathering, the upcoming Hospitalero training, how we can support The Camino by becoming members of the organization, and recent grants awarded to just name a few items. It was a pleasure to sit down with the board members and see how they are personally giving back and how the organization is giving back to The Camino.  I am impressed with all they are doing and I hope after meeting the board members here, that you will join the group if you aren't already a member! American Pilgrims on The Camino website: Training  - The next training session will be held in Stanchfield, MN June 17-19, 2022.  June 2022 Hospitalero Training Session. Become a member visit this link: membership The Camino Cafe PodcastYouTube Channel leighbrennan@gmail.comApple Podcast Podcast Camino Cafe Podcast FamilySpanish for the Camino Concierge Camino Cafe's intro and outro song was made possible with the generosity of fellow Pilgrim, Jackson Maloney.Original Song  -  "Finnis Terre"  - written and performed by Jackson Maloney - Pilgrim, Singer, Musician, and Songwriter.Connect with Jackson:
Steve Walther - Camino Portuguese makes 3 Caminos and still counting!
Mar 25 2022
Steve Walther - Camino Portuguese makes 3 Caminos and still counting!
Follow our channel so you never miss an episode! This week we have Steve Walther back at The Camino Cafe Podcast to talk about his very recent Camino on the Portuguese Route. I’m not sure which one of us is the bigger Camino Geek! I always love talking to Steve. This interview was no exception.  Things get deep with some great insights and very funny at times. While Steve has a wonderful sense of humor,  he’s very serious when it comes to how much he loves his family and the Camino.  I am in deep gratitude to Steve for all of his personal support for me, for this podcast, and for how he gives back to our pilgrim family. He’s always offering tips and advice to folks who have questions about the routes he’s walked. Thanks to Steve for sharing his stories and to you for watching this conversation. Please subscribe to our channel (above) so you don’t miss a podcast and please join our Facebook community  Episodes are also available on Apple and Spotify podcasts,  so you can listen while you walk or drive. Please give us a thumbs up and comment so we know you were here! The Camino Cafe PodcastYouTube Channel Facebook mailto://leighbrennan+thecaminocafepodcast@gmail.comApple Podcast Podcast Camino Cafe Podcast FamilySpanish for the Camino Concierge Camino Cafe's intro and outro song was made possible with the generosity of fellow Pilgrim, Jackson Maloney.Original Song  -  "Finnis Terre"  - written and performed by Jackson Maloney - Pilgrim, Singer, Musician, and Songwriter.Connect with Jackson:
Andy Holloway - 3 Caminos completed & walking again! Why we walk & how it helps with our challenges!
Mar 21 2022
Andy Holloway - 3 Caminos completed & walking again! Why we walk & how it helps with our challenges!
When Whidbey Island Native, Andy,  reached out to me to tell me his Camino story, he had no idea that Dan Mullins had mentioned him to me months ago. As soon as I read his message learning he was bringing his 8th-grade daughter, Lily, to Spain to walk soon, I was even more intrigued. I  enjoyed our chat so much. I love that Andy has made a promise to both his daughters that once they reach 8th grade, he will take them on a Camino Pilgrimage.  Andy feels the Camino has helped him to better deal with anxiety and some challenging health issues with Graves disease. The story of his first Camino is really moving, including how he had to abandon it and return to finish. He and his family are currently living in Germany. He and Lily are now walking from Leon to the end of the world.  We will meet up in Santiago when they arrive for a follow-up interview.  Stay tuned!To connect with Leigh: Camino Cafe's intro and outro song is made possible with the generosity of fellow Pilgrim, Jackson Maloney. Original Song  -  "Finnis Terre"  - written and performed by Jackson Maloney - Pilgrim, Singer, Musician, and Songwriter.Connect with Jackson: Camino Cafe Pilgrim Family:Spanish for the CaminoHeading to walk soon? Here's your chance to learn some Spanish specially designed for walking the Camino. Schedule your first lesson with Maria Seco or buy a workbook today and begin feeling more confident about your upcoming Camino.Spanish for the Camino IGSpanish for the Camino FacebookCamino ConciergeQuestions about walking the Camino? Looking for practical advice? The Camino Concierge can help! Contact veteran pilgrim, Michelle Lessard, today and gain valuable insight on preparing and walking the Camino.Camino Concierge IGCamino Concierge FacebookThe Stone Boat Guest House
Jan Rose - US-based Pilgrim & Veteran shares how the Camino heals & prepares us for life challenges
Mar 17 2022
Jan Rose - US-based Pilgrim & Veteran shares how the Camino heals & prepares us for life challenges
This interview with Texas-based Pilgrim, Major (Ret) Jan Rose, US Army Nursing Corps, just humbled me over and over again. What an honor it was to be able to interview Jan after she walked with “Warriors on the Way”.  I didn’t know anything about Jan’s walk or life prior to our chat. Halfway into the interview, I just wanted to pass the mic to someone like Oprah as Jan’s story feels as if it deserves to reach an even wider audience.  During our chat, we discussed how The Camino helps with PTSD, and in particular, how it helps everyone prepare for future life challenges that will undoubtedly come our way as humans. Many of her stories about serving in Iraq,  helping a fellow Pilgrim during her walk, and what it was like standing at Cruz de Ferro with fellow soldiers are just a few that brought strong emotions up for me.  I hope you will listen, watch, and help me share her story with others.Warriors on the Way, a 501(c)(3) Veterans’ organization: connect with Leigh: Camino Cafe's intro and outro song is made possible with the generosity of fellow Pilgrim, Jackson Maloney. Original Song  -  "Finnis Terre"  - written and performed by Jackson Maloney - Pilgrim, Singer, Musician, and Songwriter.Connect with Jackson: Camino Cafe Pilgrim Family:Spanish for the CaminoHeading to walk soon? Here's your chance to learn some Spanish specially designed for walking the Camino. Schedule your first lesson with Maria Seco or buy a workbook today and begin feeling more confident about your upcoming Camino.Spanish for the Camino IGSpanish for the Camino FacebookCamino ConciergeQuestions about walking the Camino? Looking for practical advice? The Camino Concierge can help! Contact veteran pilgrim, Michelle Lessard, today and gain valuable insight on preparing and walking the Camino.Camino Concierge IGCamino Concierge FacebookThe Stone Boat Guest House
Dr. Renee Phillips  - Psychologist, Pilgrim & Warriors on the Way
Mar 9 2022
Dr. Renee Phillips - Psychologist, Pilgrim & Warriors on the Way
I could have spoken with US-based Pilgrim, Dr. Renee, for hours!   We discussed how her personal pilgrimage impacted her and how special it was to walk with the Pilgrims walking with Warriors on the Way©. This program is a 501(c)(3) Veterans’ organization founded by Camino Pilgrim, Father Steven Rindahl.  Dr. Renee has walked with Warriors on the Way during two pilgrimages and will join them again in Fall 2022.  In this interview, she shared how walking a pilgrimage helps with treating PTSD and Moral Injuries.  Hearing her accounts of the power of pilgrimage reinforced my enthusiasm for both walking the Camino and continuing to support this amazing organization.  I hope after hearing this interview, you will visit this link to learn more about Warriors on the Way and consider donating to support our Veterans in healing: connect with Leigh: Camino Cafe's intro and outro song is possible with the generosity of fellow Pilgrim, Jackson Maloney.Original Song  -  "Finnis Terre"  - written and performed by Jackson Maloney - Pilgrim, Singer, Musician, and Songwriter.Connect with Jackson: Camino Cafe Pilgrim Family:Spanish for the CaminoHeading to walk soon? Here's your chance to learn some Spanish specially designed for walking the Camino. Schedule your first lesson with Maria Seco or buy a workbook today and begin feeling more confident about your upcoming Camino.Spanish for the Camino IGSpanish for the Camino FacebookCamino ConciergeQuestions about walking the Camino? Looking for practical advice? The Camino Concierge can help! Contact veteran pilgrim, Michelle Lessard, today and gain valuable insight on preparing and walking the Camino.Camino Concierge IGCamino Concierge FacebookThe Stone Boat Guest House
Lisa Morales - Volunteering, Photographing, Walking Backward from Muxia and more!
Feb 8 2022
Lisa Morales - Volunteering, Photographing, Walking Backward from Muxia and more!
Lisa was a delight to interview. She is a professional Photographer and Real Estate Broker based in the US. She has walked The Camino several times including Pilgrimages with her Son and walking backward from Muxia to Porto. Lisa has tirelessly given back to the Camino for several years as an American Pilgrim Chapter Leader for the Boston area and as a hospitalera at several donativos in Spain.  In this interview, we discussed photography tips for The Camino, the types of places pilgrims can choose to stay overnight, what it takes to be a hospitalero on The Camino, and much more. I hope you enjoy and benefit from our conversation. Buen Camino!To Connect with Lisa: from our conversation:Lisa's favorite photo (so far) Wisconsin Way with the Flagstaff and Boston Chapters of American Pilgrims on the Camino and Stacey Wittig Güemes Albergue of Padre Ernesto Historia George connect with Leigh: Camino Cafe's intro and outro song is possible with the generosity of fellow Pilgrim, Jackson Maloney.Original Song  -  "Finnis Terre"  - written and performed by Jackson Maloney - Pilgrim, Singer, Musician, and Songwriter.Connect with Jackson: Camino Cafe Pilgrim Family:Spanish for the CaminoHeading to walk soon? Here's your chance to learn some Spanish specially designed for walking the Camino. Schedule your first lesson with Maria Seco or buy a workbook today and begin feeling more confident about your upcoming Camino.Spanish for the Camino IGSpanish for the Camino FacebookCamino ConciergeQuestions about walking the Camino? Looking for practical advice? The Camino Concierge can help! Contact veteran pilgrim, Michelle Lessard, today and gain valuable insight on preparing and walking the Camino.Camino Concierge IGCamino Concierge FacebookThe Stone Boat Guest House
Carlota Valenzuela  - Finisterre to Jerusalem  - Episode 2 in Year Long Series
Feb 3 2022
Carlota Valenzuela - Finisterre to Jerusalem - Episode 2 in Year Long Series
I caught up with Carlota for an update.  She's the 29-Year-old Spanish Resident currently walking a year-long,  6,000 plus km pilgrimage from Finisterre to Jerusalem.  As of this week, she's been walking for over a month now.  She's still in Spain and doing well.  In this interview, I feel there are some really heartfelt moments, some wonderful insights, and some tips on what to pack for a pilgrimage. This is our 2nd interview in a year-long series. Our first Episode with Carlota is Season 2, Episode # 6.  29-Year-old Spanish Resident, Carlota Valenzuela, is currently walking a year-long,  6,000 plus km pilgrimage from Finisterre to Jerusalem.   Buen Camino! Carlota's Blog: Carlota's Journey on Instagram: YouTube Channel: the Blog post I read in the interview: Camino Cafe's intro and outro song is possible with the generosity of fellow Pilgrim, Jackson Maloney.Original Song  -  "Finnis Terre"  - written and performed by Jackson Maloney - Pilgrim, Singer, Musician, and Songwriter.Connect with Jackson: connect with Leigh: Camino Cafe Pilgrim Family:Spanish for the CaminoHeading to walk soon? Here's your chance to learn some Spanish specially designed for walking the Camino. Schedule your first lesson with Maria Seco or buy a workbook today and begin feeling more confident about your upcoming Camino.Spanish for the Camino IGSpanish for the Camino FacebookCamino ConciergeQuestions about walking the Camino? Looking for practical advice? The Camino Concierge can help! Contact veteran pilgrim, Michelle Lessard, today and gain valuable insight on preparing and walking the Camino.Camino Concierge IGCamino Concierge FacebookThe Stone Boat Guest House
Dr. Guylene Gigi Tree - The End of the Earth: Stories of Caminos
Feb 2 2022
Dr. Guylene Gigi Tree - The End of the Earth: Stories of Caminos
What fun it was to talk about the Camino with veteran Pilgrim, Dr. Guylene Gigi Tree.  Her Camino spirit is so vibrant! I would love to be one of the lucky Pilgrims she has walked with along the way. Gigi says is all about the people you walk with and meet along your journey. Her exuberance for supporting the Camino and her positive outlook on life is so uplifting.  She has written two Camino books and the third one is almost ready to be published. Her books are packed with wonderful stories and tips for walking.  In this interview, you will hear how she has learned to pack super lightly,  how she maintains her kosher diet while walking, and how she's never met a stranger. Enjoy! Buen Camino! To order Gigi's books:The End of the Earth: Stories of CaminosThe End of the Earth: Stories of CaminosTo connect with Leigh: Camino Cafe's intro and outro song is possible with the generosity of fellow Pilgrim, Jackson Maloney.Original Song  -  "Finnis Terre"  - written and performed by Jackson Maloney - Pilgrim, Singer, Musician, and Songwriter.Connect with Jackson: Camino Cafe Pilgrim Family:Spanish for the CaminoHeading to walk soon? Here's your chance to learn some Spanish specially designed for walking the Camino. Schedule your first lesson with Maria Seco or buy a workbook today and begin feeling more confident about your upcoming Camino.Spanish for the Camino IGSpanish for the Camino FacebookCamino ConciergeQuestions about walking the Camino? Looking for practical advice? The Camino Concierge can help! Contact veteran pilgrim, Michelle Lessard, today and gain valuable insight on preparing and walking the Camino.Camino Concierge IGCamino Concierge FacebookThe Stone Boat Guest House