December 2022 Newsletter
Feliz Navidad from the
Blue Mountains Camino Supporters
Admin Team.
We have loved sharing the Camino Spirit with you this year, it has been wonderful to hear from Pilgrims returning from their Camino. Sharing their camino stories with us, inspiring and supporting others planning their own journeys.

We look forward to the New Year and new adventures and memories with you all.

Have a safe and happy festive time and a wonderful new year!

Buen Camino!
Pilgrim Reflection
To feel the pull, the draw, the interior attraction and want to follow it, even if it has no name still, that is " the pilgrim spirit" The "why" only becomes clear as time passes, only long after the walking is over. 
Kevin A Codd.
2023 Calander of Events
Here is a look of what's to come in 2023! 

More Details and booking links in the January Newsletter.

JANUARY Saturday 28th January

Camino Training Walk, 8:45am for a 9am start, Katoomba, including Ngula Bulgarabang (Radiata Plateau).
Camino Meet-Up, 2:00pm.

FEBRUARY Saturday 25th February
*Glenella Open Weekend* including special guests, Susi and Fermin from Casa Susi, Trabadelo, Spain

Camino Training Walk, 8:45am for a 9am start, Blackheath, 
Camino Meet-Up, 2:00pm.

MARCH Saturday 25th March

Camino Training Walk, 8:45am for a 9am start, Mount Victoria, 
Camino Meet-Up, 2:00pm.

There will be two 5-Day Walks scheduled for 2023.

Tuesday 28th March - Saturday 1st April
Welcome Dinner Monday 27th March at Glenella.
*Glenella will again offer an accommodation package for pilgrims wanting to base themselves at Blackheath for our popular 5-Day Blue Mountains Camino.  Details will be published in the January newsletter

Tuesday 12th September - Saturday 16th September
This Blue Mountains Camino 5-Day walk will be in keeping with the spirit of the Camino and will be a "Village to Village" rather than being based around Glenella.
Keep up to date via Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Newsletter, Facebook and website.
We hope you will join us for a Camino event in 2023.
Our November Training Walk
Pilgrims joined us for two walks for our November Training Walk in Blackheath, the Easy route group headed to the Rhodo Gardens and returned via the Hat Hill Loop. The Medium Group, headed to Braeside Trail to Evans Lookout and the Cliff Top Walk before returning via Braeside Walk and Govetts Leap Creek to Glenella.
Our end of year "Camino Celebracion"
We had great fun hosting our first Camino Fair, sellers offered Camino Art, Handcrafted walking poles, headbands and more. It was very enjoyable, relaxing and a lovely way to celebrate the end of a busy year. We look forward to hosting this event again in 2023.
Our Camino Workshops provided an opportunity to make your own Waymarker, thanks to the great instruction from Les Simons and support from Rowan.  We also had a hands-on Santiago Tart making lesson thanks to Margaret and Carlene, Spanish Conversations with Elaine and Richard and finally Camino Jewelry making with Les.

The Camino Celebrations were finished off with a feast of Paella, salad Ensalada Mixta. and dessert and not forgetting Sangria.

A great way to round off our year of Camino Events at Glenella, thank you to Margaret and Rowan for providing Glenella, to Les, Elaine, Richard, Margaret and Carlene for hosting our Camino Workshops.

Congratulations to Mary who won her own Camino Waymarker in the fundraising raffle.
A special well done to the Waymarker makers, we look forward to sharing your finished and installed Waymarkers in coming newsletters.
Volunteer Portal
The Blue Mountains Camino Supporters have a Volunteer Portal to provide opportunities for the Camino Community to be involved in our local Camino events.
We relish being able to offer opportunities for people to give back to the Camino Community, in recognition of all the Camino has given to so many. 
For instance, you may offer help in leading a walk/s, get involved in our Blue Mountains Camino 5-Day Walks and much more!  Thank you to those who have already registered, we appreciate your support.

Read more about the various volunteer opportunities HERE.
Who's On the Way!
To Inspire, To Share, To Connect.....    
We know there are several of Blue Mountains Camino Supporters who are planning and booking their airfares to do their Camino in 2023.   Do let us know when you are planning to walk and which route/s, just in case others in this group are able to linkup with you! 
On your return, we would love to hear about your Camino either at a Camino Meetup or you may wish to write a highlights Blog to include on our website.... You can see the Virtual  "On The Way Board" on our website:  HERE. 
Buen Camino
If you would like to share your plans or connect with one of your fellow Australian Pilgrims when you’re On The Way, drop us a line HERE.
We look forward to reading your blogs. 
Blue Mountains Camino Supporters
Pilgrim Record and Camino Badge.
 The Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Pilgrim Record has been developed for  pilgrims to record their walks here in the Blue Mountains or anywhere.  Collect pilgrim stamps each time you walk with us here in the Mountains, write your reflections, collect business cards or mementos to keep in your Pilgrim Record.
 The Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Cloth Badge can be attached to your backpacks, covers, hats, or clothing. The badge measures 8cm in diameter and can be glued or stitched.
 More details how to purchase a  Pilgrim Record and/or Badge   Click Here     
About Blue Mountains Camino Supporters.
The Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Inc is a community group run by volunteers with the aim of:
  • Fostering the Camino Spirit in the Blue Mountains.
  • Bringing people together to share their interest and experience in walking a Camino pilgrimage
  • Supporting pilgrims in preparation for their pilgrimage
  • Connecting with other Camino Groups
  • Supporting Camino communities and organisations
There is a dedicated team of volunteers who plan, recce and organise the Blue Mountains Camino 5-Day Walks, monthly Training Walks, Camino Meetups and other events.   We hold monthly Camino Training Walks and Meetups on the last Saturday of the month except December. When available, Glenella in Blackheath will host Meetups and the Blue Mountains Camino 5-Day Pilgirms. 

The Admin Team are responsible for developing and facilitating the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters activities, however there are also a band of keen volunteers who so willingly help when required.  Without you all, the Blue Mountains Camino Supporters wouldn't exist.
Glenella is owned and managed by Margaret and Rowan Bouttell .
                                              The Admin Team                                                     

L-R front row:   Tony Hodgson, Carlene Martin, Sharise Watson, Jen McPherson.
Back row:         Rosie Edmonds,  Johann Saure, Margaret Bouttell.  

Thank you to the volunteers including those not listed:
This newsletter is produced by Sharise Watson and Carlene Martin, supported by Margaret Bouttell.
The Blue Mountains Camino Supporters Facebook Page is managed by Carlene Martin and Rosie Edmonds.
Margaret Bouttell  and Jen McPherson manage TryBooking 
Carlene Martin manages the Blue Mountains Camino Community Group Forum on Facebook and BMCS financial matters with assistance of Margaret
Margaret Bouttell and Nick Batten are our Chief and Deputy Mappers extraordinaire.
Our website is managed by Johann Saure and Carlene Martin.  Rowan Bouttell is developing a new website
Rowan Bouttell and Nick Batten are tech support, videographers and editors. 

The Blue Mountains Camino Supporters was founded in 2015 by Tony & Ce Jacques and Margaret & Rowan Bouttell.  
Blue Mountains Camino Supporters acknowledges the Dharug and Gundungurra Traditional Owners have a continuous and deep connection to their Country. We pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging.

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