That the Camino de Santiago is very beneficial for mental and physical health is something we already know from our own experience. Such are its many benefits that it even serves as a instrument with therapeutic and healing functions for ex-servicemen and women who faced hard and dramatic episodes of war, grief after the death of loved ones, stories of overcoming, etc. We want to tell you the benefits that many pilgrims experienced on the Camino de Santiago A path that is also one of therapy, healing and rebirth, superpowers that the different pilgrim routes can offer even in cases as traumatic as the ones we are going to see.
Here we have a very recent example of therapeutic stories on the road, the telling of which is overwhelming. The association Warriors on the Waycreated by Texas priest Steve Rindhal in 2018, is dedicated to organize annual pilgrimages on the Camino de Santiago for U.S. ex-military personnel psychologically affected after traumatic experiences on the war fronts, such as those who were Iraq and Afghanistan. He himself, a former paratrooper in the U.S. Armed Forces, made the Camino de Santiago for the first time and alone in 2016, and, as he declares, “.I realized the healing that the Camino de Santiago meant for me.“a kind of unique healing balm.
In an exercise of empathy with his compatriots and military colleagues, he created this association that tries to help paratroopers, soldiers, airmen, sailors, marines and even medics of the American armies in the process of healing psychological war wounds. in the process of healing psychological war wounds.
And if that wasn’t enough, the stories of initiative are non-profit and solidarity-based.Each trip costs about 3,200 euros per person, so that, despite the generosity of the donors, it cannot satisfy all the requests for participation that it receives each year, between 70 and 80. Thus, he must carry out a selection process of the approximately seven final participants who will accompany him.
This year they went on pilgrimage again, starting the French Camino de Santiago from Astorga. Accompanied by psychologist Renee Phillips and officer Jim Stinson, they arrived in Santiago de Compostela last September 30, after a pilgrimage experience which, on returning home, will help them to recover from their wounds..
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