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AUGUSTANA FACULTY LED PROGRAM: Camino de Santiago: Narrating the Pilgrimage
Arzua, Spain; Burgos, Spain; Madrid, Spain; Melide, Spain; Palais de Rei, Spain; Portomarin, Spain; Rua, Spain; Santiago de Compostela, Spain; Sarria, Spain (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Dates & Deadlines: Click here to view
Fact Sheet:
Program Type:
Language of Instruction:
English, Spanish
Course Leader:
Ogdie, Sam, Rohde, Paul
Program Provider:
Augustana College
Academic Prerequisites:
Additional Prerequisites:
Academic Good Standing, Dean of Students Approval, Faculty Leader Approval, High Physical Stamina
Major/Minor Credit:
Additional Fees:
$150 IPO Administrative Fee
Program Description:

Camino de Santiago:  Narrating the Pilgrimage

Camino 1    camino 2

Academic Overview
  The Camino de Santiago is a centuries-old pilgrimage route in Northern Spain culminating at the Cathedral of St. James in Santiago.  The course includes walking 120 kilometers from Sarria to Santiago, staying in refugios which serve pilgrims along the route, participating in group presentations, discussion and keeping a daily journal.
  The pilgrimage is a rigorous walk.  Students must be physically fit and eager to live very simply on what they can carry in a backpack.  The challenges will focus reflections, cement trust, and catalyze reliance on one another.  Students will work on mental and spiritual preparation in mandatory pre-trip classes. 
  The power of this walk is in the people students will meet.  Accompanied by hundreds of pilgrims from all over the world, students will be immersed in centuries of history and begin to formulate their own interpretations of the artifacts and legends that surround them.  The experience will be fed by historical and contemporary interpretations as students' views of spiritual practice are challenged by what other pilgrims offer to and claim from them.

Students will practice conversational Spanish en route.  Students seeking MDFL credit for this course will complete all written work in Spanish.
This is a one credit elective course.

Tentative Itinerary:
Day 1: (May 24) Flight from SF to Madrid                                                Spend day and that night in Madrid 
Day 2: (May 25) Train to St Jean Pied de Port                                         Spend night in hotel.
Day 3:  (May 26) St. Jean Pied de Port to Roncesvalles                          24 km = 15 miles
Day 4:  (May 27) Roncesvalles to Larrasoana                                          27.4 km = 17 miles
Day 5:  (May 28) Larrasoana to Pamplona                                               16.5 km = 10.3 miles
Day 6: (May 29)    Spend day in Pamplona
Day 7: (May 30) Pamplona to Puente la Reina                                         24.2 km = 15 miles
Day 8:  (May 31) Puente la Reina to Estella                                              21.7 km = 13.4 miles
Day 9:  (June 1) Estella to Los Arcos                                                         22.5 km = 14 miles
Day 10:  (June 2) Los Arcos to Logroño                                                    28.6 km = 17.85 miles
Day 11:  (June 3) Logroño to Nájera                                                          30.1 km = 18.8 miles
Day 12:  (June 4) Nájera to Santo Domingo                                              21 km = 13 miles
Day 13:  (June 5) Bus to Santiago early afternoon, spend night in Santiago
Day 14: (June 6) Spend day and night in Santiago
Day 15:  (June 7) Leave for Sioux Falls
Day 16 (June 8) Arrive home

Comprehensive Fee
Estimated Costs (based on 15 participants):  $3,595 plus $50 IPO Administrative Fee
Comprehensive Fee includes airfare, ground transportation and course arrangements as indicated, and accommodations in twin and triple rooms. Daily buffet breakfast and some dinners are included.  See Professor Ogdie for complete details and an estimated budget for extra costs and spending money.

The course does not have any academic prerequisites.

Student Testimonial
"The Camino was a life changing experience that not only allowed me to see some of the most beautiful countryside in Spain, but also brought me closer to God as well.  One has the opportunity to travel through numerous small farm villages allowing them to practice their Spanish and get to see how the residents truly live.  One still gets to see many of the great tourist sites, but most importantly, they get to meet people on the road similar to themselves and learn about their struggles and desires, bringing one much closer to them than they could ever imagine.  Getting to know these people and their reasons for walking the Camino changed my perspective on life and made me take a hard look at how I treat those closest to me." ~ Jordan Mitzel, Class of 2014

Required Readings
Students will be provided with material from the following texts both prior to departure and during the walk in Spain.

Bradley, Ian.  Pilgrimage:  A Spiritual and Cultural Journey.  Lion UK, 2010.
Rohde, Paul.  Penning the Pilgrimage.
Valles, Carlos & Fidalgo, Sergio.  Como Sobrevivir en el Camino de Santiago.
Jaen, Jose Maria Anguita.  The Road to Santiago:  The Pilgrim's Practical Guide.  Editorial Everest, 2005.
Davier, Bethan & Cole, Ben.  Walking the Camino de Santiago.  Pili Pala Press, 2009.
Brierley, John.  A Pilgrim's Guide to the Camino de Santiago:  St. Jean, Roncevalles, Santiago.  Findhorn Press, 2011.
Gitlitz, David.  The Pilgrimage Road to Santiago:  The Complete Cultural Handbook.  St. Martin's Griffin, 2000.
Stortz, Marty.  "Walking the Camino".
Facaros, Dana & Pauls, Michael.  Northern Spain.  Cadogan Guides, 2009.
Chimenti, Wayne.  El Camino de Santiago:  Rites of Passage.  Trafford Publishing, 2006.

25%  Attendance and participation
25%  Focused reflective and directed journal
25%  Class presentation
25%  Final reflective paper

Program Directors
Sam Ogdie, M.A., Augustana Collge           605.274.5482
Paul Rohde, M.A., Augustana College        605.274.5403

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 03/15/2017 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.