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“Lessons Learned Walking the Camino” and from a Walk Across America

The Central Colorado Humanists (CCH) have announced that the next Sunday Science program beginning at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, January 8, 2023, will feature three speakers sharing their perspectives from once-in-a-lifetime treks.

Two of the speakers, Marilyn Bouldin, and Jane Gilden, will share their experience of the Camino de Santiago. while Jonathon Stalls will share insights from his trek across the U.S.

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Known in English as the Way of St. James, the Camino de Santiago is a network of pilgrimages leading to the shrine of the apostle St. James in northwestern Spain. This 1,200-year-old Camino provides the pilgrim with a way to temporarily disconnect from normal life by going on a long walk and connecting deeply with nature, with others, and with one’s self.

Bouldin and Gilden recently walked 483 miles on the Camino and both say they gained many insights along the way which they will share. Stalls spent 242 days walking across the U.S. in 2010 and has continued to move alongside thousands of people for thousands of miles.

Bouldin received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Duke University and a Master of Science from the University of Colorado. She has worked in the nursing field for more than 50 years in a variety of capacities including nursing education and public health. Her primary area of interest is promoting a healthy aging community. She is currently the leader of Chaffee County Women Who Care and a member of the Age Strong Coalition under Chaffee County Public Health. She is a dedicated walker and is on a mission to inspire more people to incorporate walking into their everyday lives.

Gilden received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Regis University and Master of Science-Adult Nurse Practitioner at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She is a long-standing provider for the underserved. She worked in the AIDS Clinic at Denver Health when it was a new and frightening disease, was the Clinic Director and provider at Chaffee People’s Clinic, and currently works at Colorado Territorial Correctional Facility in Cañon City. Her passions include biking, hiking, camping, XC skiing, horseback riding and taking very long walks with her friend Bouldin,

In 2012 Stalls founded Walk2Connect and currently moves through the world as a “walking artist” with Intrinsic Paths. His creative work consists of pen and ink drawing, writing and poetry, storytelling with the Pedestrian Dignity project, economic and racial justice organizing, meditative practices, and creating/scouting long-distance walking routes. His first book; “WALK – Slow Down, Wake Up, and Connect at 1-3 Miles Per Hour” was released in August of 2022.

The Central Colorado Humanists event will be held at the Salida Scout Hut, 210 E. Sackett St. Salida, CO. 81201. Note that CCH will distribute an important, brief survey form at this month’s Sunday Science. The survey is designed to help the CCH board chart a path forward that best serves the interests of the CCH membership.