Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sue Kenney's Camino: Walk, Write, Listen, Live


After being suddenly downsized from a career in the corporate telecom industry, Sue Kenney decided to walk 780 kilometers on a medieval pilgrimage route in Spain known as the Camino de Santiago do Compostela. She was on a quest to find more purpose in life.


That paraphrased opening greets you at Sue Kenney's website.

Seeking a new path in life Sue heard about the Camino de Santiago do Compostela in 2001 and began a journey that would forever change her life. Seeking clarity and direction in life, Sue's journey along the camino opened her to new possibilities.

Possibilities that had to come from within.

Two years later Sue Kenney had written a memoir of her experience along the trail. My Camino became a Canadian bestseller and Sue has returned to the Camino de Santiago do Compostela many times. These further pilgrimages taken both in moments of solitary reflection and while leading groups resulted in a second book, Confessions of a Pilgrim.

Whereas My Camino explored the soul, Confessions explores the terrain.

From her base in a cottage north of Stephen Leacock's fabled Mariposa, Sue Kenney manages a life that is markedly different than the one she left behind in Toronto ten years ago. As a life coach and motivational speaker Sue's calendar is chock-full of speaking engagements, not just of the camino but also of issues affecting women, spirituality and confidence.

The path of Sue Kenney's My Camino has found its own curious road. From notes, to bestseller, to optioned screenplay, to sequel and now to audiobook.

On November 17, 2012 My Camino will launch as an audiobook at an event in Toronto that not only includes Sue reading from My Camino, but also apps and an open bar. A portion of the proceeds from the audiobook launch will go to the Canadian Company of Pilgrims.

The audiobook gives readers, old and new, of My Camino an opportunity to experience Sue's travels in her own voice. Sue will lead a group journey to the camino May 19-June 1, 2012 so that others can "walk in the footsteps of millions of pilgrims who walked before you." The spring trek is designed for people interested in a "spiritual journey of self-discovery and adventure."