Q & A with Kevin
WHAT ARE YOUR NEXT STEPS?
In 2021 I’m walking England’s ancient Pilgrims’ Way from London to Canterbury. Afterward, I’ll begin the Via Francigena, the historic way in Europe connecting Canterbury to Rome. When I’m not in Europe, I’ll be preparing to walk sections of the California Mission Trail as well as the Florida Trail. You can learn more about my routes – including detailed stage descriptions and maps – on my blog: One Step Then Another.
WHAT IS THE BEST WAY TO FOLLOW YOUR JOURNEY?
I really enjoy being connected to pilgrims and followers, especially if you are considering starting your own pilgrimage. I share my steps on social media (Facebook | Instagram) and cover details of my pilgrimage with the complimentary Book Preview List.
HOW DO YOU STAY CONNECTED TO OTHER PILGRIMS AND LEARN ABOUT DIFFERENT WALKS?
During the global pandemic, I launched the Sacred Steps Podcast to stay connected with pilgrims from across the globe. If you’re not familiar with podcasts, they are short audio and video streams that you can subscribe to (for free) and download new broadcasts to your device automatically. On each episode, I interview a pilgrim or author to discuss their pilgrimages and insights, as well as their next steps.
WHEN DO YOU EXPECT SACRED STEPS: A PILGRIMAGE JOURNAL TO BE AVAILABLE?
The book is currently in draft production and editing. There are (literally) miles to go before it is finished but I expect it will be available as a digital book, paperback, and audiobook on Amazon for Easter 2022. In the meantime, please sign up to join the complimentary Book Preview List for updates and previews!
WHAT ARE OTHER PILGRIMAGE WALKS THAT YOU SUGGEST PILGRIMS CONSIDER?
Firstly, I would encourage pilgrims to connect their rucksacks to their heart; if a specific place or Saint is speaking to you then make that journey. I think St. Cuthbert’s Way to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne is an incredible ancient British pilgrimage that is very accessible with good pilgrim infrastructure. The Kumano Kodo in Japan is the sister pilgrimage to Spain’s Camino de Santiago. The ancient walks to the shrines of Celtic Saints in Ireland and Nordic Saints are fascinating. And – of course – the historic Italian caminos: the Way of St Francis to Assisi, the Via Lauretana to Loreto, and the Via Francigena to Rome, which I hope to be completing shortly
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE SOMEONE WHO IS THINKING ABOUT WALKING A PILGRIMAGE?
I’ve really learned so much from the community of pilgrims and from my own experiences. I began my own backpacking blog (One Step Then Another) several years ago to share those learnings and to connect with fellow pilgrims. I would suggest starting there to understand the many different routes and how to prepare for the journey.
My other advice would be to share what my wife told me before I left on the Camino de Santiago: write it down. This one suggestion was the foundation for my first book. Journaling during the pilgrimage is really the best way to stay in touch with your thoughts across the entirety of the experience. It also makes for a really great way to reflect on your pilgrimage, allowing you to return time and time again through the pages.