Stories of the Camino (and other long walks)

This workshop is part of the fall celebration series: The Path Ahead


Saturday, October 21 (11:00 am – 10:00 pm) with an optional overnight stay to Sunday, October 22

Screen Shot 2016-03-04 at 3.54.22 PMWhether you’ve just returned from a Camino, or walked The Way years ago – or if you’re simply curious about what this is all about – join us for a weekend of stories and music and food, and be inspired by this ancient pilgrimage.

The stories of how the Camino transforms us are expressed in many ways — through journalling, poetry, photography, videography, and music. Come to Wintergreen to experience these creative expressions, along with food of the historic and storied pilgrimage of Spain. Hear the music, tell the stories, and share the images as we spend an afternoon and evening together in a place that has inspired many a Camino.

Workshop sessions will include a focus on both the practical (what route to take, what to pack) and the inner journey (what lessons does the Camino have to teach us).

Join us for a walk through the autumn woods in the afternoon (a mini pilgrimage, without the backpacks!) or stay back and relax in the lodge, enjoying snacks and conversations with fellow pilgrims or pilgrims-to-be.  At 6 p.m., taste the Camino de Santiago through a Spanish-inspired dinner.

After dinner, those who have walked the Camino will be encouraged to share their creative expressions, whether they might be poetry, photographs, stories or videos. We’ll enjoy music from the Schroer CD, Camino, as the evening comes to a close.

Bring your memories and artifacts from your own Camino, or if you haven’t gone yet, bring your dreams. Be inspired to join the thousands who have already journeyed the beautiful and indescribable Camino de Santiago.

When to arrive…

caminoThe workshop begins Saturday morning, October 22, at 11:00. Feel free to arrive any time after 10:00 for a quick cup of tea or coffee, and to settle into your room or cabin. The workshop ends after dinner on Saturday, but those wishing to extend their stay are welcome to gather for more conversation on Sunday.

$150 fee includes Camino-inspired lunch, dinner and snacks, as well as all sessions and workshops. For those requiring accommodation, there is an extra fee, beginning at $100, for bed, breakfast, and lunch the next day. Saturday evening only is $45. HST extra.

Registration for this workshop closes October 8, 2017.

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About the session leaders…

The sessions will be hosted by a mix of the following people (yet to be finalized) — all of whom have had some amazing Camino adventures.


img_9864Helen Turnbull is a former Principal with Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, and she is a Founding Director of Wintergreen Studios. She has been involved with curriculum development for over two decades, including the co-creation, with Rena Upitis, of a high-school cooperative placement program at the Wintergreen site for students in French Immersion. This award-winning program ran for three years in the mid-1990s at Wintergreen before being re-located at the Ganaraska Forest Centre. Helen lives in a heritage home near Gores Landing, Ontario, and has also been involved in extensive building, renovation, and design projects. She has designed and helped to build two cordwood retreats since taking the cordwood course at Wintergreen. Inspired by a Camino workshop in 2015, Helen, Rena, and Zinta are walking the northern Camino route in July, 2017.



Screen Shot 2015-04-23 at 9.50.37 AMA writer and a veteran journalist, Lawrence Scanlan’s most recent book, A Year of Living Generously: Dispatches from the Front Lines of Philanthropy, is about community service in all its forms. Lawrence has been a journalist for more than four decades, working with daily newspapers, magazines, and in radio with two national CBC programs (producer on Morningside and Writers & Company). He has won numerous prizes for his writing, including three National Magazine Awards. Lawrence is the author or co-author of two dozen books, on subjects ranging from horses to hockey to home. Lawrence walked the Camino Primitivo September/October 2016, so his Camino stories will be hot off the press!


caminoPeter Coffman graduated from Ryerson University’s Department of Film and Photography with a B.A.A. in 1988. He has had solo photographic exhibitions at the ViewPoint Gallery (Halifax), Studio 22 (Kingston), the College of St. Francis (Joliet, Illinois), The Ryerson Gallery (Toronto), Western Michigan University (Kalamazoo, Michigan), and the McLaughlin Planetarium (Toronto), among others. He has also participated in group exhibitions in Ottawa, Halifax, Kingston and Toronto. His photography has appeared in publications ranging from Queen’s Quarterly to The Globe and Mail, and is in private collections in Canada, the United States, and Europe.

Peter also holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto, an M.A. from York University, and a Ph.D. from Queen’s University. He has taught at the University of Toronto, York University, Queen’s University and Carleton University, and is now an Assistant Professor and Supervisor of the History and Theory of Architecture Program at Carleton.

Peter’s Camino adventures with musician and composer Oliver Schroer have been documented in interviews and films, and Peter’s Camino photography has won several awards. For more details, see his website. Peter has presented on his Camino adventures at Wintergreen a number of times, and during this Camino weekend, he will be joined by his wife Diane Laundy, as the two of them chat about ways that their art-making was transformed through the Camino experience.


Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 7.25.23 AMRena and Zinta, mother and daughter, walked the Camino Primitivo in the summer of 2015. It was an unforgettable journey for them both, and they have enjoyed sharing their experiences with other Camino pilgrims and pilgrims to be. Zinta created a short film about the Camino experience, and has since shared it with participants at Wintergreen (fall of 2015) and graduate students and faculty members at Queen’s (winter 2016). Both Zinta and Rena managed to keep their pack weight to under 6 kilograms each! Since venturing on the Camino together, Rena has completed two additional long distance walks (she’s officially addicted). The Camino Portuguese was her adventure in April 2016, followed by Scotland’s West Highland Way in July 2016. Zinta and Rena then hiked the Salkantay Trail to Machu Picchu in March of 2017.


Screen Shot 2015-03-09 at 6.26.28 AMIn 2013, Roberto embarked on a year long adventure overseas.  A trip that began as a search for inner peace, evolved and shaped itself into a life changing journey.  From volunteer work and climbing mountains in Tanzania, to helping family in Italy, there were many different stops along the way.  In September, Roberto’s journey led him to France/Spain where he embarked on the 1200 year old pilgrimage of the Camino de Santiago. Along the way, he met many, many, incredible people and experienced the magic that is the Camino.  After his adventure, Roberto returned to his hometown of Guelph, back to work at TD Bank, and has been very fortunate to share his experiences with others around him. In September 2016, Roberto and his brother journeyed to Machu Picchu, Peru.