The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, is a spiritual journey that pilgrims of all faiths and backgrounds have traversed for over a thousand years. Join artist and world traveler Marcia Shaver this as she treks over 500 miles across the northern Spanish countryside. With camera and sketchbook in hand Shaver and her walking companion pass through ancient Roman ruins, oak forests, over medieval bridges, and stay at pensiones and hostels set up for such pilgrims.
Shaver had been to Spain twice before but had not tried a walking trip. “I had not backpacked in thirty years,” says Shaver. “I wanted to see a country at a foot-traveler’s pace, in a slower way, allowing me time each day to draw.” Taking time out to draw allowed her to sink deep into the experience of just being in the landscape. She will share her images, the rich history of the Camino, and inter-cultural encounters with locals and other pilgrims from across the globe. Her drawings are collected in her book The Artist’s Journey: The Perfumed Pilgrim Tackles the Camino de Santiago.
Having raised her family Shaver found herself at crossroads. Her step onto the Camino de Santiago took her into adventures that challenged her physically, mentally and spiritually, uplifted and empowered her. “Humility, gratitude and a smile opened doors that I never imagined existed.”