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 Way created 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.