The Pilgrim made the news in the Hills Gazette. Here is the article content
“A NEW bush walk through the natural Julimar State Forrest near Toodyay will enable modern day pilgrims to find spiritual peace.
The Pilgrim Trail is a contemporary journey that terminates at the Monastery of the Benedictine Monks in New Norcia.
Organiser Duncan Jefferson said the journey began with the idea of taking time out to think about who we are and where we’re going in our lives.
“The journey itself can be as important as the destination,” Mr Jefferson said.
Mr Jefferson said the trail took eight days but people could start or finish anywhere along the trek without having to walk the full eight days.
“If you only have a four-day window then by all means start in Toodyay and finish in New Norcia,” he said.
The inspiration for the trail was the established route which had been set up in 1846 by Father Rosendo Salvado, a Spanish Benedictine monk who came to Perth to serve the Aboriginal people in the Swan River Settlement and then moved to New Norcia where the mission was established.
The spiritual side of the tour offers ancient Aboriginal cultural heritage information in WA as well as the exercise and meals.
Back packs are carried by car to each destination and meals are provided en route.
Those completing the walk can deepen their understanding of the European Christian influence that came to WA and links the city with the bush.
Mr Jefferson said the walk offered people the opportunity to “leave their footprints in the story of the trail.”
“The two current walks for August and September are full and there are no more places for 2015.”
He said if others were keen to complete the walks this year they could organise their own walk on the developing camping areas on the trail.
Go to http://pilgrimtrail.com.au/
The State Government Minister for Roads recently announced the the proposed Bye-Pass for New Norcia will proceed and it is intended that it will be open for traffic in 2017. The pilgrim Trail Foundation have worked closely with the Main Roads during the development of the plans and as a result we have made some changes to the final days of the trail – all of which are for the safety and greater experience of the walkers.
Main Roads will be incorporating a safe crossing on the new highway and are proposing to help create a new entry into New Norcia across the river to the south of the town. The Pilgrim Trail Board are very grateful for the manner in which Main Roads have taken our needs into consideration.
The other great news is that the Department of Parks and Wildlife are helping us in marking the Trail through Walyunga and Julimar Parks. This should be completed by the end of June. This has cemented a great relationship between our two organisations and we thank them enormously for their support and encouragement.
Our next big challenge is to create world class camping sites along the trail and discussions are already well under way to action this goal.
Finally, we’re working on Membership. So if you’re interested in receiving an email newsletter or becoming an active member to support the Pilgrim Trail, please send me your contact details to email@example.com
With the two Camino Salvado Pilgrimages by St Josephs in Subiaco already full, more Colleges becoming interested in walking the trail and individual walkers wanting to “do their own thing” MMXV looks like becoming a seminal year in the development of the Pilgrim Trail. We also discussed creating a Sister-link with the Camino De Santiago and have initiated discussion with the regional Government in Galicia to get the ball rolling. We are also planing to extend Membership of the Pilgrim Trail to the wider community and are working on “Member Benefits” to go with it. But the big news out of the Board Meeting is that we will officially launch the Trail at Easter 2016 with a special walking group that will include some of the original walkers from 2009. If you’re interested in being part of this Historic event, please contact us early as interest will be huge!
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The Camino Salvado® – the way of Salvado – follows the Pilgrim Trail from Perth to New Norcia under our great southern sky. At night the stars blaze and all we Aussies love pointing out our Southern Cross.
The Camino Frances starts in France and ends in Spain at Santiago de Compostela. One suggested origin of the name Compostela is “Field of Stars” as early pilgrims often slept out under them.
At Christmas, may you remember that great star that heralded the birth of the Christ child.
Buon Camino and JinJin – Australian Noongar for Good Spirit – to you all.
Check out the following links to the New Norcia News for 14th December 2014. It tells the story of the arrival in New Norcia of this years 2014 Camino Salvado from St Josephs Parish in Subiaco.
If you’re thinking about following the Camino Salvado along the Pilgrim Trail in 2015, you should be starting to plan it all now.
Happy Christmas and a blessed New year to you all.
New Norcia News 10 pages Dec 14 (dragged)
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Photo courtesy of the Kalamunda Post
A recent article by Sally McGlue in the Kalamunda Post has aroused interest in linking the historical town of York to the Pilgrim Trail™ which joins Subiaco to New Norcia. Since it’s inception in 2009, the Pilgrim Trail has been evolving as it tries to follow the way of Rosendo Salvado, the pioneering Spanish Benedictine monk who came out to the Swan River Colony in the 19th century.
Over the past 5 years event walks from St Josephs Church in Subiaco have seen groups of Pilgrims undertaking the Camino Salvado to the monastery town of New Norcia. With increased usage of the Trail by more diverse groups of walkers, contemporary pilgrims and school groups too, it is exciting that York has shown interest in linking to the Pilgrim trail.
We look forward to seeing how this expansion of the Pilgrim trail will play out.
2015 looks like being a very exciting year for the Pilgrim Trail™ and the Camino Salvado
In 2015, there will be TWO Caminos® by St Jospeh’s Church in August/September:
- Sunday 23rd August to Sunday 30th August
- Sunday 6th September to Sunday 13th September
These two event walks can take up to 24 people per walk. Interest is already brisk so if you are interested then you should register ASAP at http://www.caminosalvado.com/register-interest/
For those of you who want to organise your own Camino Salvado® then go to our webpage where you will find some good advice as to how to go about exploring the Pilgrim Trail™ 2015 will soon be here and if you want to book accommodation then you’ll need to do it very soon.
The Benedictine Community at New Norcia, as a part of the Bi-Centennary celebrations of the birth of Rosendo Salvado, are holding a two day symposium at the State Library on the 13th & 14th Novemeber 2014. This will be a wonderful chance to experience what it was like for the early settlers and the Indigneous folk who’d been here for so long.
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Symposium – Ways of Telling
Those amazing Pilgrims who just finished the 2014 Camino Salvado had the added reward of being presented with the Certificates above by the Benedictine Community. It had a genuine wax seal on it too! In Spain these certificates are known as Compostela, perhaps we should call them ‘djin djin” which means “good spirit” in the Noongar language.
For those who receive them, they will be a life long reminder about what a wonderful journey they experienced. Our sincere thanks go to the New Norcia Community for such generosity of spirit.
The spirit of pilgrimage, the spirit of disparate peoples coming together from all around the Australia – and one day from all around the planet – is a great sign to the rest of the world.
Spread the word!
For those of you who missed the SBS news on Sunday 19th September 2014, here’s the link that will take you to their online story on the Camino Salvado.
SBS World News – Pilgrims retrace footsteps of monk behind WA’s slice of Spain