2020 marks the twelfth year of the St Joseph’s Camino Salvado. But most importantly we all need to remember that Camino is a “Way”, not a Holiday – so please don’t expect luxury or a blister free time, because this is a time to simplify, reflect and connect.
We also encourage you to carry a symbolic (small) token with you on your journey and which you can leave at the tomb of Dom Salvado when you arrive in New Norcia: the choice and significance of the token is yours alone, but it adds to the spirituality of the occasion.
Each camino starts at St Josephs Church, and each day offers different aspects of our state’s history, our varied spiritual heritage, our extraordinarily beautiful environment: but perhaps most important of all, it gives each walker a time to reflect. The Monastery Town of New Norcia is unique in Australia, and it’s where the camino ends: please be aware that this is a very fragile environment and all overnight accommodation has to be booked well in advance, as casual vacancies do not exist. The Camino Salvado is organised so that the environment of the Monastery is respected: New Norcia is a very important part of our heritage, and one that we cherish and wish to preserve.
The idea of the Pilgrim Trail began on the Camino Santiago in northern Spain in September 2008. The following year, the first group of 28 walkers initiated the Camino Salvado and entered New Norcia. The trail was inspired by the memory of Dom Rosendo Salvado, the Benedictine monk who founded New Norcia in the nineteenth century. Since that first walk, hundreds of people have experienced the trail in small organized groups.
Dom Rosendo Salvado Rote was born on the 1st March 1814 in Tui, Galicia in Spain. At the age of 15, he joined the Benedictine Abbey of San Martin at Compostela.. He arrived in Fremantle in 1846 with his friend Father Joseph Serra. Within two months they left the Perth settlement in an ox drawn cart and headed north to serve the remote Aboriginal people there. They founded the Central Mission which was renamed New Norcia after the birthplace of St Benedict.
The current trail does not follow exactly in the footsteps of Dom Salvado who walked frequently between New Norcia and Perth, but has been moved further to the west from his original route so that it can be walked at a reasonable pace in 7 days.
The Camino Salvado trail…
The route runs from St. Joseph’s Church in Subiaco to New Norcia.
Day 1: The Blessing from St Josephs, St Andrew’s, St Georges and St Mary’s city churches.
Day 2: Walk through the Swan Valley vineyards
Day 3: Passing through years of Noongyar history in Walyunga National Park
Day 4: Chittering Valley famous for it’s orange groves and vineyards
Day 5: Walk along the edge of the magnificent Julimar State Forest.
Day 6: Through beautiful undulating countryside and amazing bird life
Day 7: The Spanish heritage of New Norcia
Day 8: Return to Perth via coach after the 9.00am Community Mass arriving at 3.00pm
More details about the walk can be found here
In 2020, there will be TWO Caminos by St Joseph’s Church in August / September:*
Walk 1: Sun 23 Aug to Sun 30 Aug 2020
Walk 2: Sun 6 Sept to Sun 13 Sept 2020
How many & how much?
Each pilgrimage has a maximum of 24 participants. The total cost is $1,150.00. After the first $150.00 deposit has been paid to secure a spot, the final amount of $1000.00 will need to be paid by Sunday 31st May 2020. The registration covers accommodation, transport and meals. Payment by Electronic Funds Transfer only and please clearly state your full name.
Terms and Conditions?
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