Home
  • Deepening your Camino de Santiago journey through reflective disengagement from media tech
    Deepening your Camino de Santiago journey through reflective disengagement from media tech
  • I love that technology connects us…., but we have to learn how to use it, and not have it use us. - Levi Felix
    I love that technology connects us…., but we have to learn how to use it, and not have it use us. - Levi Felix
  •  Tech ties us up as it promises to free us up. - Sherry Turkle
    Tech ties us up as it promises to free us up. - Sherry Turkle
  • As we habituate ourselves to it, the technology comes to exert more power over us, not less. - Nicholas Carr
    As we habituate ourselves to it, the technology comes to exert more power over us, not less. - Nicholas Carr
  • Nothing that is vast enters the life of mortals without a curse. -Sophocles
    Nothing that is vast enters the life of mortals without a curse. -Sophocles
  • The creeping substitution of virtual reality for reality is a prominent feature of contemporary life... - Matthew Crawford
    The creeping substitution of virtual reality for reality is a prominent feature of contemporary life... - Matthew Crawford
  • Smartphones help us avoid the normal adversity offered by the Camino thereby diminishing its power as a growth experience.
    Smartphones help us avoid the normal adversity offered by the Camino thereby diminishing its power as a growth experience.
  • Dependence on tech is eroding autonomy and self-confidence under the insidious guise of freedom, convenience and improvement of experience. - Nancy Frey
    Dependence on tech is eroding autonomy and self-confidence under the insidious guise of freedom, convenience and improvement of experience. - Nancy Frey

Walking

to Presence
 

Pathway to Connecting More Deeply with the Camino

09 October 2019

Korean Edition of Pilgrim Stories: The Rise of Korean Pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago

 

The Korean language edition of my book Pilgrim Stories. On and Off the Road to Santiago (UC Press, 1998) reached bookstores in early 2019. Why in Korean? In this article I overview the remarkable 21st C rise in the number of South Korean pilgrims along the Camino de Santiago. 

Korean cover of Pilgrim Stories 2019

31 August 2019

In Praise of Walking

Walking made us human. Walking has untold physical, mental and emotional benefits. Walking can be a solitary activity or a very positive social activity. Walking is accessible, low-tech and inexpensive. Walk. Walk in nature, even better. Simply walk.

22 March 2019

Mobile Technology Survey on the Camino de Santiago, April 2015

In April 2015 I conducted a survey on mobile technology usage along the Camino de Santiago and did follow-up research in 2016. Here are the results and analysis of the survey.

20 December 2018

Leaving Home and Coming Back: Reflections on Doing the Camino Pre-Internet and in 2018

In this personal piece written for the anthology of pilgrims' experiences My Camino Walk #2, I describe the power of my first Camino walk in 1993 undertaken before the Internet became integral to daily life. The mental isolation I experienced on that trip was fundamental to the overall impact of that journey on my life.

27 March 2018

15 Tips for Keeping Your Head Out of the Cloud

Here are 15 tips to help you reflect on ways to keep youself “on the road” mentally rather than engage your mind with your mobile tech devices to the detriment of being present on the Camino. Unchecked mobile tech usage limits your capacity to connect deeply with the Camino and yourself.  

14 September 2017

Video: Pilgrimage in the Internet Age

In January 2017, I gave the keynote address at the Confraternity of St James’ Annual General Meeting in London titled The Smart Camino: Pilgrimage in the Internet Age. In the talk I briefly review some general changes I’ve noticed over the last 25 years and then present my research on the incorporation of new media technology into the Camino and how this has impacted being a pilgrim.

14 September 2017

Text: Pilgrimage in the Internet Age

In January 2017, I gave the keynote address at the Confraternity of St James’ Annual General Meeting in London titled The Smart Camino: Pilgrimage in the Internet Age. In the talk I briefly review some general changes I’ve noticed over the last 25 years and then present my research on the incorporation of new media technology into the Camino and how this has impacted being a pilgrim.

25 October 2016

The Camino is Life Affirming

Life affirming. That was how one woman described what the Camino had meant to her. Looking at this photo of our hands held together upon arrival in the Plaza de Obradoiro, I feel that sense of affirmation strongly. Each person comes to the Camino at a different age, stage and place in his or her life and this is clearly shown through how different our hands are. Some are smooth and unblemished. Others appear wise with age and work. Some come adorned and others plain. A week ago most of those hands had little relation to one another.

29 December 2015

Walking with Focused Awareness

In a previous article I reviewed Thom Hartmann’s book Walking your Blues Away and outlined his technique for problem solving when walking. It’s a very useful technique and applies a type of focused thinking while walking which often helps to resolve questions you put forth to yourself and even past trauma. When stumped or blocked mentally, it’s often helpful to get up out of your chair, breathe deeply and go outside ‘to clear your mind’. Many times you return feeling refreshed, renewed and even sometimes with a problem solved or a new perspective.

Deepening your Camino de Santiago journey with Nancy Frey

Signup To Our Newsletter Signup with your email address to receive news and updates