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Current news from the Camino.
Projects now being funded are beds, mattresses and bedcovers for Casa Mambre Parochial Retreat House in Hontanas; and exploring new or repairs for picnic tables for the Albergue San Francisco Asis in Tosantos.
The "Camino Angels," or Angeles del Camino, is now a Spanish non-profit Asociacion based in Santiago de Compostela. It is not officially part of the PPI empire, (due to international banking rules), but we will work closely with them in the future. Their status is pending. They will focus their fundraising in Spain and Europe, help us identify needful projects on the caminos, and work together with us to solve problems with ready resources.
The Yo-Yos, a group of crafty ladies in Vandergrift, Pennsylvania, shipped a big box of crocheted items over to similarly inclined ladies of the Asociacion Cultural de Moratinos. With these colourful squares, the local ladies can refresh the “Yarn Bombing” project that´s lighted up the rather severe Plaza Mayor for the past two summers… all the trees have sweaters! The passing pilgrims love to photograph the project, and the crochetiers of Moratinos get a big kick out their handiwork. Yarn bombers, knitters, or crochet aficionados are welcome to contribute their work!
A third memorial stone has arrived for the Pilgrim Memorial Grove, it will be set at the foot of a plane tree soon as the winter weather breaks. Garden designer Jan Waeveart will come from Belgium this summer to examine the site and draw up a plan for future development there.
Good news from Tosantos: Jose Luis, the charismatic founding hospitalero at the classic pilgrim refuge there, is back in the saddle this season after a long illness. His standby Santi will also continue to serve, with help from a corps of carefully trained volunteers. Tosantos hews to the donativo principal, and offers pilgrims a simple meal, a meditative worship service, and mats on the floorboards for their beds… old-school hospitality.
Albergues de Acogida: Firing UP!
The Association of Albergues de Acogida, a newly formed group of non-profit albergues on the Camino de Santiago, meets this weekend in Sahagun to ratify its constitution and welcome new member albergues.
The group, headed by the ubiquitous Juan Carlos Perez of Albergue Siervas de Maria in Astorga, aims to unite the many non-profit groups that run pilgrim shelters throughout the Camino de Santiago network. They are motivated to join ranks by proposed regional legislation, backed by the for-profit hotel industry, that could make non-profit and donativo shelters non-viable in the open market.
Representatives of non-profit albergues are welcome to attend the meeting, or apply for membership via the group´s website.
This just in, for those interested in becoming hospitaleros! The Spanish Federation of Amigos del Camino de Santiago released its listing of approved hospitalero training sessions for 2018. Find your place here!
COURSES FOR NEW HOSPITALEROS IN 2018
More information, in Spanish, at http://www.caminosantiago.org/cpperegrino/hospitaleros/cursos.asp
SPAIN: Grañón 23-25/2 (La Rioja)
Oviedo 19-18/3 (Asturias)
Logroño 27/29/4 (La Rioja)
Villaconejos de Trabueque 11-13/5 (Cuenca)
Navacerrada 25-27/5 (Madrid)
GERMANY: Limburg 9-11/3 contact: email@example.com
FRANCE: Montreal du Gers 21-23/3 (por extensión de la FEAACS en Francia, para hacer hospitalidad en España)
Le Puy en Valey 12-15/3 contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
SOUTH AFRICA: Capetown 10-12/2 contact: email@example.com
AUSTRALIA: Melbourne (Victoria) 10-11/2
Blackheath, (NSW) 22-23/2 contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
CANADA: Toronto 30/3-1/4
Victoria (BC) 20-22/4 contact: email@example.com
USA: Marin Headlands (California) 9-11/2
Scottdale (Arizona) 10-12/4
NETHERLANDS: Haaksbergen/Buurse 26-28/10
ITALY: (por extensión de la FEAACS en Francia, para hacer hospitalidad en España o Italia)
Vercelli 1 23-25/2 Vercelli 2 9-11/3
Valpromaro 6-8/4 contact: firstname.lastname@example.org