Kathleen Donnelly Israel on El Camino de Santiago at Age 70

Agnes has, for a long time, had a fascination with El Camino de Santiago – a pilgrimage with a series of routes, all of which end at the city of Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain.

Today’s guest walked her first Camino at age 70. Alone.  Like so many mid-age women, she had spent her life as a daughter, a wife, a mother… and telling her own sad story.  After caring for her husband through his 17-year Parkinson’s journey, she decided to create her own “next chapter”.

With an open heart and a message she was willing to share, Kathleen traveled, enjoyed and experienced two journeys on two different caminos and inspires us to embrace the opportunity as well.

Her book “Wisdom on the Camino – A spiritual Journey Sharing Forgiveness and Possibilities to Inspire the Rest of Your Life” can be found at https://www.wisdomonthecamino.com


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About the guest: Kathleen Donnelly Israel

Kathleen Donnelly Israel was born in 1949 in San Diego, California where she has lived her whole life. Ron and Kathleen Israel raised their five children in Lakeside, San Diego County. They were a Team Couple for Worldwide Marriage Encounter in the 70s and 80s.

She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Art from San Diego State University. She studied Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. She is a certified Transformational Breathing Facilitator, Theta Healer, and has enjoyed a lifetime of walking, hiking, and running.

Kathleen cared for her husband for the 17 years that he had Parkinson’s disease until he died in 2018. During this time, she studied spiritual healing from many enlightened thought leaders and teachers. She developed some Spiritual philosophies and shared them with those she met on the Camino Frances from St. Jean Pied de Port, France to Santiago, Spain. Kathleen had great adventures and shared this all in a book, Wisdom on the Camino. At 72 years old, last year she walked the Camino Portugese from Lisbon to Santiago and on to Fisterra.



    1. Cathie Senoff

      Loved the interview Very inspirational

    2. Cathie Senoff

      Thank you for the podcast you are sharing. Very inspirational and loved Kathleens sharing of her adventure on The Camino . Kathleen is in my parish and read her book and she told me to check out this website Hope to hear more stories


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