About | Camino Downunder

Camino Downunder is the realisation of Marc Grossman’s passion for the Camino de Santiago and his commitment to communicate all facets and aspects of the Camino to an Australian and New Zealand audience.

Marc’s knowledge, skills and experiences concerning the Camino de Santiago were first honed as a specialised French and Spanish language teacher & educator to senior high school students and adults over the last thirty years.

Since 2007, Marc regularly holds formal Camino classes and workshops in Sydney and travels outside New South Wales to conduct Camino consultations to small groups. Participants at these workshops leave much enriched and enlightened and so much better prepared, with boundless enthusiasm and confidence for their own pilgrimage.

Photo: The very practical side of being a modern pilgrim: drying one's washing in the early morning sun

Whilst being modern day pilgrims, Marc and his wife observed fellow Australian & New Zealand compatriots struggling with many «camino issues»: moving between & amongst cultures; using languages; making the appropriate linguistic connections, accessing the right services and infrastructure; understanding the policies, protocols and procedures of being a 21st century pilgrim.

After three years of researching all facets and aspects of the Camino de Santiago from 2006 to 2009, Marc has produced a 100 page book titled: The guide for the Spanish Camino, Walking the Camino Francés as a 21st century pilgrim.

These Camino classes/workshops closely mirror the guidebook including most of the issues that are invariably discussed with very practical solutions proposed.

There is a famous Spanish saying which is applied to all pilgrims beginning their Camino de Santiago:

«PARA LLEGAR A SANTIAGO COMO UN JOVEN – EMPIEZA EL CAMINO COMO UN VIEJO»

– TO ARRIVE IN SANTIAGO LIKE A YOUNG PERSON, BEGIN THE CAMINO LIKE AN OLD MAN

or in other words:

«Start low, go slow and monitor the show»