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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 Type:||Faculty-Led||Language of Instruction:||English, Spanish|
|Course Leader:||Ogdie, Sam, Rohde, Paul||Program Provider:||Augustana College|
|Academic Prerequisites:||No||Additional Prerequisites:||Academic Good Standing, Dean of Students Approval, Faculty Leader Approval, High Physical Stamina|
|Major/Minor Credit:||Spanish||Additional Fees:||$150 IPO Administrative Fee|
Camino de Santiago: Narrating the Pilgrimage
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.
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
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.
"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
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
Sam Ogdie, M.A., Augustana Collge 605.274.5482
Paul Rohde, M.A., Augustana College 605.274.5403
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