Oakland, CA: Northern California Chapter, Pilgrim Talk: Wellness on the Way

Jan 04, 2020 1:00PM—2:00PM


Lakeview Library at Lake Merritt, near the columns where we meet for our monthly walks 550 El Embarcadero, Oakland, CA 94610

Event Contact Laurie Ferris | Email


Discover the wellness that is inherent on the Camino. Explore the reasons why it makes us feel so good, and why we keep coming back. We know that being surrounded by kindred spirits and walking in nature have obvious benefits. What about unplugging, forest bathing, mindful walking or doing something completely out of our comfort zone? In a world of French fries, bocadillos and churros, is it possible to eat healthy on the Camino? From survival and sustenance to inexpensive luxuries and creative play—Laurie hopes to encourage pilgrims to become their own wellness ambassadors along the Way.

After Laurie’s talk, we will welcome other pilgrims to share their own wellness tips learned on their Caminos. Whether you’re a first-timer or seasoned veteran, you’re sure to pick up invaluable info, tips and tricks for your next Camino!

Camino Presentation: Wellness on the Way with Laurie Ferris
Saturday, January 4th, 2020
1:00 – 2:00 PM (after the Lake Merritt Walk that starts at 10:30 AM)

Our walk usually ends around noon, so you will have time to get a quick lunch, enjoy a picnic, move your car or socialize with other pilgrims before the presentation begins at 1:00 PM.

Speaker Bio:
Laurie Ferris has walked the Caminos Portugués, Inglés, Primitivo and Invierno. On the Camino, she has led yoga sessions for pilgrims, and has also discovered some interesting ways to enhance wellbeing. As a chapter coordinator in Northern California, Laurie welcomes new pilgrims, organizes events, delivers presentations, and contributes articles for La Concha Newsletter. Laurie is dedicated to keeping the spirit of the Camino alive through her work in the chapter and her blog, thecaminoprovides.com.

At her communications job at UC Berkeley’s International House, Laurie serves as a wellness ambassador where she teaches yoga to UC Berkeley staff and leads lunchtime hikes around campus. Always an advocate for self care, Laurie is excited to share some Camino tips in this informative and interactive pilgrim talk.