NOTE: Proposed program, subject to change.
You are invited to an audience with John Brierley
We are excited to announce John Brierley, renown UK author of the most popular and used Camino guide book A Pilgrims Guide to the Camino de Santiago, a Practical & Mystical Manual for the Modern-day Pilgrim covering the Camino Frances, Portugues, Ingles, Finisterre & Muxia routes will be in Blackheath 25-27 October 2019 for his first visit to the Blue Mountains.
John will be sharing his reflections on how the Camino can act as a potent force for positive change. This is a wonderful opportunity for new and experienced pilgrims to gain insight into both the spirituality and the practicality of walking the Camino. John’s fame and reputation as a Camino teacher, guide and guru is widely known and highly respected. Your chance to meet the man himself, and have your Camino book/s (new and old) signed! We hope John will join us for a bush walk or two during his visit. John will be generously hosted by Margaret & Rowan at Glenella Guesthouse.
The planned events as follows:
FRIDAY 25 October
*Storytelling 8.00pm-9.30pm Blue Mountains Supporters of the Camino group hosting a social evening with Storytelling at Glenella Guesthouse. BYO drinks. RSVP: HERE
Walkers on the 5 day Camino-style walk will be on their 4th day and are invited to catch the train from Katoomba to Blackheath to attend Storytelling at Glenella.
SATURDAY 26 October
*Walk - 8.30am-1.00pm Walk from Katoomba Station to Blackheath (last day of the 5 day walk). Meet in front of the Station Bar pizza restaurant, Main St, Katoomba at 8.30am. Depending on numbers and ability, there maybe 2 options for the walking route, between 12-14kms duration. The slightly longer route in part goes via bush track and terrain whereas the shorter direct route is via the shared footpath and bush track besides the GWH. The preferred route can be decided at the meeting point on the day. Wear sturdy footwear, suitable clothing and carry water and snacks. There won't be a break until we reach Medlow Bath. Saturday walk REGISTRATION required.
*Walk - 9.00am-1.00pm from Glenella Guesthouse, 56 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath to Medlow Bath and return. Meet at Glenella Guesthouse at 8.50am for 9.00am departure. This is a relatively flat 'Camino-like' track approx 7-8kms and walking along the fire trail. You can have a break at the Hydro Majestic or Synonymous Cafe, Medlow Bath before returning to Blackheath. Bring your wallet and Opal card if you need to get the train from Medlow Bath to Blackheath. Registration not required for Medlow Bath walk.
*Camino Meetup 2.00pm-5.00pm with John Brierley
The afternoon program includes John Brierley's presentation Path of Self Discovery and Q&A
* Conference Feedback * Personal Pilgrim Experiences * Afternoon tea and Santiago tart
* Camino book signing - bring your Brierley Camino book/s (new and old) to be signed by John
The extended Camino Meetup will be held at RSL Hall, 2 Bundarra St, Blackheath. Cost is $5.00, pay at the door. Numbers are limited so bookings are essential. RSVP: BOOK HERE
*Social Dinner 6.30pm-10.00pm Blackheath Golf Club, cnr Valley Rd & Brightlands Ave, Blackheath for drinks, dinner and social night. Dinner by bistro menu at Birdies Bistro. Food and drinks at own cost. We anticipate John Brierley will join us again for this social night. This is an opportunity for additional Q&A, personal Pilgrim Camino stories and opportunity to chat to John. RSVP: BOOK HERE
SUNDAY 27 OCTOBER:
*Walk 9.30am-1.00pm Do the Grand Canyon Track. Meet 9.30am at the Grand Canyon Loop Carpark (the 2nd carpark), Evans Lookout Rd, Blackheath. This is approx 7-8km circuit from carpark meeting point and will take about 3.30/4.00hrs. Arresting sandstone walls, ever-present waterfalls and abundant native plants line the awesome Grand Canyon track. The historic loop track takes you into the heart of this World Heritage-listed landscape. It's an intimate and adventurous track which walkers have trodden since 1907.
*Social Lunch 1.00-2.00pm in the Glenella Guesthouse gardens - bring your own lunch to enjoy the tranquility of the rear gardens at Glenella before your journey home.
John is travelling to Australia to attend the inaugural Australian Friends of the Camino (AFotC) conference in Adelaide from 11-13 October. He is travelling to the various states to meetup with local Camino groups. The program for 25-26 October for John Brierley’s visit to the Blue Mountains is a jointly organised event together with Central Coast Camino and Pilgrims of Sydney groups and hosted by the Blue Mountains Supporters of the Camino.
*5 Day Camino-style Walk: If you wish to participate in some or all of the 5 day Camino-style walk from Penrith to Blackheath, 22-26 October 2019, you will find more information and REGISTRATION HERE
It is strongly suggested you make your accommodation reservations early.