Centre for Continuing Education

Classic Journeys Course: A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino

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Travelling the Road to Santiago de Compostela, where the remains of St James are said to be buried, is one of the oldest and most interesting journeys in Europe. The idea of pilgrimage seems to touch a chord in us and pilgrims on the road to Compostela are as taken with the journey as with the destination.

These days, pilgrimage is an exciting and challenging opportunity to depart from our usual lifestyles and experience the world beyond the horizon. Walking gives us the opportunity to slow down, to appreciate the world through which we normally race. The physiological benefits of longer distance walking are many, including an increased sense of well-being. Pilgrimage also gives us the opportunity to participate in an ancient religious/spiritual tradition.

If you have ever wanted to go on a pilgrimage, but have been reluctant or unsure about how to start, this course will help you to prepare for your pilgrimage.

Course content

This pilgramage to Santiago de Compostela course covers the following topics:

Introduction and Preparation

  • Introduce the concept of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela
  • Explore the beginnings of the St. James tradition
  • Preparation for the walking journey – what to take
  • Presentation of a journey along The Camino in Spain
  • Complete a list of things to take on a pilgrimage
  • Planning the pilgrimage – distances, times
  • A further look at pilgrimage

Walk to St James Church

  • Participants will walk to St James Church in Sydney, approximately 4km. We do this walk after the initial morning session of the course and then catch a public bus back to class for lunch.


  • Expert trainers
  • Central locations
  • Small class sizes
  • Free, expert advice
  • Student materials – yours to keep
  • Certificate of completion

What others say.

  • A very enthusiastic and knowledgeable tutor. They made sure everyone was included, took time to chat to each person individually and made it a very enjoyable day.