• 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.  

  • 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.

  • Text: "LIVE from the Camino" Play and Lecture, William & Mary November 2019

    In November 2019, William & Mary University (Williamsburg, Virginia, USA) invited me to be a week-long visiting scholar due to my life's work associated with the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. For my main event I wrote a play called "LIVE from the Camino" following two pilgrims as they walk the Camino with and without mobile devices. 

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    Text of Nancy’s talk: LIVE from the Camino: 
    Walking the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage in the Digital Age
    (13 Nov  2019, W&M Univ)

    By Nancy L. Frey, PhD
    28 February 2020

    In November 2019, William & Mary University (Williamsburg, Virginia, USA) invited me to be a week-long visiting COLL300 scholar due to my long academic, professional and personal relationship with the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage in Spain. During the week I was there I engaged with students in classroom situations, organized tech-free walks with different themes around campus and had one main talk at the Commonwealth Center. For my main event I wrote a play called "LIVE from the Camino" following two pilgrims as they walk the Camino with and without mobile devices to help viewers to imagine and become aware of how our dependence and relationship to tech devices significantly impact our experiences of ourselves and others. In the main talk, I was also asked to talk about my own life on the Camino. At the heart of my talk is the idea that "Life is a Camino" a journey that we are all on and walking the Camino de Santiago can be a powerful way to gain personal insight into this life process. This video incorporates an introduction to my life on the Camino and then my play performed by Prof. Elizabeth Wiley's Presence and Performance theater class.

    Here is the full text of my talk and a copy of the  Power Point in PDF version for easy download. You can also see the video version:

    ........or listen to it as a Podcast.

    Please feel free to use my talk with a citation: Frey, Nancy L. (2019, Nov 13). LIVE From the Camino: Walking the Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage in the Digital Age. Commonwealth Auditorium, William & Mary University,

     

  • 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.