Private group Tour:
St. George’s Episcopal Church walks the Camino
23 September - 2nd October 2023
The French Way, Galicia
St. George’s Episcopal Church walks the Camino de Santiago
23 September – 2nd October 2023
There are many routes to Santiago de Compostela. One of the most popular is the Camino Francés, the French Way, which originates in Saint Jean Pied de Port in France. During our pilgrimage, we shall have the opportunity to walk the last 72 miles along the French Way in Spain. It leads us through different landscapes and places of interest to offer a feeling of what the Camino is about, and what it means to pilgrims of the past and present. Our pilgrimage starts in Madrid, with five walking stays starting in Sarría and finishing in Santiago de Compostela. This pilgrimage is for both those who walk shorter distances and those who would like to walk the full route. There is on-hand transport all the way.
Christian pilgrims in the Middle Ages walked this spectacular path to be spiritually-inspired for centuries. There are three historic Christian pilgrimage sites in the world: Rome, Jerusalem and Santiago de Compostela. Santiago became a destination point for pilgrims because the cathedral was said to house the remains of St. James since the 12th century. We are about to follow in the footsteps of these pilgrims.
♥ Dinner & Private Tour at Botín, the World’s Oldest Restaurant
♥ Flamenco at the Carboneras Flamenco Tablao
♥ Prado Museum, Madrid – Guided visit of Collection Highlights
♥ Leon Cathedral & the Basilica of Saint Isidoro
♥ Gaudí along the Camino: visits to Casa Botines & the Episcopal Palace of Astorga
♥ Wines along the French Way, Private tasting
♥ Pilgrim’s Mass with the Botafumeiro
♥ Catered music recital in Pazo Country House Gardens in Arzua
♥ Private mass with Bishop Carlos in Santiago de Compostela’s Santa Susana Church
♥ Farewell dinner in the 15th-century Parador de Santiago de Compostela
MEET YOUR HOST
JOANNA WIVELL Originally from Yorkshire, UK, Joanna Wivell has always felt a natural attraction to Spain. She lived in Madrid for 19 years, where she first worked in television for the lifestyle channel, Canal Estilo, and then the National Geographic Channel. For the last 16 years, she has been showing visitors Spain with a personal, insider’s view through her company’s Insider’s Travel. Joanna has enjoyed walking on her travels through South America and in Europe. She has a love for flamenco dancing, languages and connecting visitors to Spain.
LEAD CLERGY, REVEREND MARGERY KENNELLY Margery is the Associate Rector at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Nashville, TN. Margery previously served as Episcopal Chaplain at the Harvard Episcopal Chaplaincy in Cambridge, MA and the Assistant Rector at Church of the Redeemer in Chestnut Hill, MA.
Margery received her Master of Divinity degree from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary in 2010, followed by an Advanced Degree in Anglican Studies from Episcopal Divinity School in 2011. Prior to her ordination, Margery was a professional portrait painter, taught drama and music in schools, and directed an acting summer camp.
In addition to sharing in overall liturgical leadership, preaching, teaching, and pastoral care responsibilities with other staff clergy, Margery brings experience and passion to spiritual direction, small group discipleship, as well as to our ministry of faith and the arts.
Margery is married to Richard whom she met while they were undergraduates at Harvard and where she graduated magna cum laude in 1987. Richard is an attorney and entrepreneur, a founding member of an innovative clean tech startup, as well as an Olympic medalist in rowing. The Kennellys have two young adult children, Julia and Henry.
GERARD McCULLOUGH Gerard has lived in Spain with his Spanish wife Maria Rosa for 20 years, having served 20 years in the British Army. When not organising tours with Joanna, he spends his time exploring the hidden corners of Spain on his motorcycle. He has a particular interest in the Peninsular Campaign and the Carlist wars of the early 19th century. He is also a devotee of regional Spanish cuisine and always on the lookout for new contenders for his top ten tapas.