About the Pilgrimage

The Pilgrim Walks from Subiaco to New Norcia are organised, self-guided walks, conducted under the auspices of St Joseph’s Parish Subiaco WA.
Pilgrims register at the website of St. Joseph’s Parish https://www.caminosalvado.com for either of the two pilgrimages.
• Sun 25 Aug to Sun 1 Sept 2024
• Sun 8 Sept to Sun 15 Sep 2024
There is no upper age limit but pilgrims need to be physically fit. The minimum age limit is 18 years.
Feel free to email or phone the Committee at any time: gwishart@iinet.net.au 0418 742 701
The Camino Salvado is a pilgrimage from Subiaco to New Norcia Western Australia – In The Spirit Of Dom Salvado, a pioneering monk from Santiago in Spain. The pilgrimage generally retraces Dom Salvado’s footsteps of 1846 when he founded Australia’s unique monastery town of New Norcia. We follow his inspirational path to connect with country and community.
Pilgrimage is an opportunity to travel lightly, to walk free of daily routines, to meet people, to make friends, to enjoy and celebrate God’s creation. It is an opportunity, too, in the travelling, the conversations and the silences, to reflect on the journey of our lives.
The cost is $1,400.00 for eight days and seven nights.
• Deposit of $150 must be paid by 31st January or on registration if registered after that date to secure your registration on a first in first served basis.
• Each walk is limited to 24 pilgrims.
• Balance of $1250 must be paid by 31st May 2024
Payment is by EFT (no credit card) to CDF St Joseph’s Camino Salvado acc, BSB 086-006 Account 894099846
Clearly state your name when paying, & send confirming email to: gwishart@iinet.net.au
11.00am Sun 18 August 2024, there is a WA Pre Event get together at the St Joseph’s Subiaco Parish Centre upstairs. (Not compulsory)
We hope you are feeling prepared in all possible ways; physically, mentally, emotionally, information-wise, and of course packing-wise!
It’s a long walk. Get ready to ‘live in the moment’ for your Camino.
The Camino experience is for you to create as individuals and as a group.
We wish for each and every one of you to have a unique and truly wonderful journey.
The Walking
• Maps will be supplied – study them carefully as you walk. A compass is a good idea.
• The pilgrim walk is self-guided with support from the bus and van drivers who “shadow” the group via rural access roads.
• There are sections of the pilgrim trail isolated from the support vehicles by more than a one hour walk.
• The track is bush at times as it traverses through National Park and State Forest.
• Toilet facilities are limited.
• Water re-supply is via the support vehicles at lunch breaks.
• Your daypack should be as light and small as realistically possible.
• Carry only what is necessary for the day.
• For the technically minded we advise either OsmAnd or PocketEarth GPS map systems for mobile phones; an instruction sheet and data file is available on request. Not mandatory, just a back-up for maps provided to all pilgrim walkers
• Blisters can be a big issue. They can be prevented with footwear that is not too stiff and heavy. A light shock absorbing good grade running shoe may be best, and possibly bring a second pair.
• Read the blister advice we will send you, and on our websites.
Fitness Level
• A high level of fitness is required. It’s a long walk, a long demanding trail of between 17 and 25 km (4-6 hrs) each day. No one gets left behind, and the group camaraderie lifts everyone’s performance.
• Desired walking rate is 4km/hr. (1 Km in 15 minutes). Test your ability to walk the pace of 4Km/hr on following days.
• The Camino is a pilgrim walk, not a race.
• The Camino is an Intermediate to Experienced walk requiring you to be physically and mentally prepared before you begin. The fitter you are the more you will enjoy the Camino with everything falling into place and enriching your life physically, mentally and spiritually.
• Bulky overnight luggage is transported via the support vehicle as the pilgrim group moves between each accommodation centre. Pack sufficient for 7 days. Laundry facilities are limited. • Smaller bags are better, both for ease of packing and for the backs of those who help with loading and unloading.
• A daypack is needed for a raincoat or poncho (maybe?), spare socks or snacks and at least 2 litres of water.
• Accommodation is provided each night. Rooms will involve sharing. Linen, pillows & bedding & towels will be supplied.
• 2 nights at Swan Valley Adventure Centre, 2 nights at Peace be Still, 2 nights at Bindoon’s Windmill Farm and one night in New Norcia’s Benedictine Community’s Old Convent.
• Shared Overnight accommodation is basic: room layouts vary from centre to centre from 2-room to 4-room so be prepared to share according to availability.
• Daily bus transport to each morning’s start point and collection at the end of the day is included.
• Upon completion of the Pilgrim Walk in New Norcia, the bus returns on Sunday to Subiaco with a scheduled arrival at 3.00pm.
• Breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided every day except for lunch on the first day and lunch in-transit to Perth on the last Sunday.
• Take your own snack foods if peckish along the way
• Take extra cash for purchases as we will be stopping at various locations en route
• If you like a red, or white, a beer, soft drink or spirits, bring what you need or rely on the support drivers doing a bottle run for those unexpected necessities.
• You’ll want to try the New Norcia local beer and port available locally. The final dinner in New Norcia is also BYO drinks.
• The most important thing to take isn’t on the list: a pilgrim’s attitude –
• A combination of openness to experience, a willingness to connect with people and places, and gratitude for each day as it comes.
• It’s a unique blend of a spirit of adventure and a spirit of acceptance. If you haven’t found your pilgrim attitude yet, don’t worry; I’m sure its waiting for you on the path to New Norcia. It’s the best souvenir you can bring home. And it doesn’t weigh a thing.
• We operate a complaint free zone.
• Take along a medallion, photo, pebble, shell or token to place on Salvado’s tomb – it can be a feather! The monks retain all tokens left by pilgrims as a historical treasure.

The Pilgrim embraces three ancient virtues following the tradition of the Camino de Santiago:
• Connect with others on the path.
• Acceptance of the experience.
• Gratitude for the journey itself.

Love, light and peace,
Your Camino Salvado Committee

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