***Bonus - Meet Kelli at our upcoming Santiago de Compostela Bookclub meeting on Saturday , October 14th at 8:00pm CEST. Get information to register for the call here:
Kelli Field is back at The Camino Cafe Podcast and we had so much to catch up on as we walked through the charming old town of Santiago de Compostela. This discussion is a soulful exchange about living on the Camino Francés, her new novel, “The Grief of Goodbye” which is set on the Camino, and life lessons she has learned from both walking and meeting with pilgrims daily.
We'll chat about the transformative power of the Camino, as told through the eyes of Kelli's protagonist Tess, a cancer patient who puts her treatment on hold to walk the revered path with her daughter. Kelli’s storytelling seamlessly weaves universal themes, the rich tapestry of Spain, and stories that may resonate from our own life or from pilgrims we met along the Camino.
Kelli and Jeff’s life on the Camino de Santiago provides an extraordinary perspective, living at marker 59, they witness a procession of pilgrims on their transformative journey. Each day, up to 3000 pilgrims pass by their home, each carrying their own stories of resilience and transformation. Kelli and Jeff are channeling the Camino's positivity into their plans for the 2024 season, creating a haven for pilgrims, complete with a stationary food truck and cabins.
Here’s the link to the first interview we did with Kelli and Jeff a few years ago:
Season 1 Ep 33 Septemeber 20, 2021
Kelli and Jeff Dream come true
Finally, Kelli shares her personal experience with the Camino's challenges and how it taught her the beauty of surrender and the power of patience. The fear of the unknown is a common sentiment among pilgrims preparing for the Camino, but as Kelly reveals, the real lessons and feedback often come after the journey. We round off the episode in the square in front of the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, swapping stories and reflecting on the profound impact of Kelly's book and the Camino itself. So, join us in this soulful exchange about life, love, and lessons from the Camino de Santiago.
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The Camino Cafe's intro and outro song with thanks to fellow Pilgrim, Jackson Maloney. Original Song - "Finnis Terre" - written and performed by Jackson Maloney - Singer, Musician, and Songwriter. Connect with Jackson: https://open.spotify.com/artist/3fdQsSqq9pDSwKcWlnBHKR