We were thrilled and excited to have John Brierley visit to the Blue Mountains in October. In case you didn't know, John is the 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.
John travelled to Australia to attend the inaugural Australian Friends of the Camino (AFotC) conference in Adelaide 11-13 October 2019. Afterwards he travelled to Victoria, Queensland and NSW to meet and gave presentations "Journey of Self Discovery" to local Camino groups. The program for 25-27 October 2019 for John Brierley’s visit to the Blue Mountains was a joint event together with Central Coast Camino and Pilgrims of Sydney groups and hosted by the Blue Mountains Supporters of the Camino. His first visit to the Blue Mountains coincided with the conclusion of our 5 Day Camino-style walk from Penrith to Blackheath.
We thank John Brierley for his genorisity and being so giving of his time. We hope he enjoyed his time in the Blue Mountains and meeting some of the many pilgrims who have used his books and wisdom to guide them through The Way.
Thank you to Margaret & Rowan Bouttell of Glenella Guesthouse for hosting John; to Tony & Ce Jacques for hosting the Saturday Camino Meetup at RSL Blackheath and to MC Juliet Clark from the Newcastle Camino Group. Thanks also to MC Sharise Watson at the social dinner and the Sunday Camino Meetup.
With thanks to all the pilgrims and intending pilgrims for travelling from afar and staying in Blackheath as well as our local Camino supporters for attending the weekend events, especially those pilgrims who participated in the 5 Day Camino-style walk up the Mountains. A big thank you for the team of organisers of the events and those who volunteered their time at the various events. Last but not least, thank you to Chris Osborne of Chris Osborne Adventures who recorded the two presentations John gave at the RSL and Glenella.
Chris has generously made available the recordings for your enjoyment and reflection.
John Brierley talk at RSL: part 1/3 John Brierley talk at RSL: part 2/3 John Brierley talk at RSL: part 3/3
Q&A with John Brierley at RSL Blackheath
Photos on Facebook:
Saturday Camino Meetup at RSL & Social Dinner at Blackheath Golf Club
Sunday Grand Canyon Loop Walk & Camino Meetup at Glenella
Article written by Sharise Watson for the Blue Mountains Camino group November 2019 newsletter.