Near Sauges on the GR 65, France

Through out history, from all over Europe, pilgrims have walked to the saint’s tomb at Santiago de Compostela, passing by and stopping at other shrines along the way. Due to its size and common borders with so many other countries, France was the ideal place for pilgrims to gather for the long journey to Santiago.

The French cities that provided these pilgrim gathering sites were Paris, Le Puy-en-Velay, Vezelay and Arles. Pilgrims would then follow well established pathways and roads towards the Spanish border. Three of these four routes converged in the Pyrenees at the border with Spain and continued on the Way of St James to the shrine.

Le Puy to Conques - one day 9.30am - 4.30pm

LE PUY to CONQUES:
Sacred sites and pilgrimage trails dot and cross France. In this course we will look at some of these sites and explore one of the best known pilgrimage trails. If you have ever wanted to go on a pilgrimage, but have been reluctant or unsure about how to start, this course will help you to prepare for your pilgrimage and give you a taste for walking in France along the ancient Via Podiensis.
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Course Information

The French Pilgrimage paths Full Day Course Includes:

  • Comprehensive Course Notes
  • Interactive Discussions.
  • Gear Demonstrations.
  • Audio-Visual Presentations.
  • Fun Quiz.
  • Next Scheduled Course: Saturday 16 June
Course Sessions
  • SESSION 1.
  • PILGRIMAGES IN FRANCE.
  • Introduce the pilgrimage on the Way of St. James.
  • Explore the beginnings of the St. James tradition.
  • SESSION 2.
  • WALK TO ST. MARY'S SYDNEY.
  • We walk to St. Mary's.
  • Sample the Pilgrim Experience.
  • Test out Walking Gear.
  • Brief Tour of St. Mary's.
  • SESSION 3.
  • PREPARATION FOR A WALKING JOURNEY.
  • Gear Demonstration.
  • Complete list of Clothes and Equipment.
  • Pilgrim's Etiquette.
  • SESSION 4.
  • PILGRIMAGE SITES OF CONQUES AND ROCAMADOUR.
  • The Black Madonna.
  • Conques.
  • Rocamadour.
  • Planning the pilgrimage – distances, times.
Planned Learning Outcomes:
By the end of this course, participants should be able to:
  • 1. Know of the St. James Tradition and some of the reasons for pilgrimage.
  • 2. Know what to take and pack for your journey from Le puy to Conques.
  • 3. Plan your itinerary along the Route St Jacques de Compostelle.