Sarah Kotchian is a writer and artist who completed a 500-mile solo pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Camino, her book of poetry and photographs about that pilgrimage, received the New Mexico and Arizona Book Award and the Seven Sisters Book Award. A former environmental health agency leader, she is trained as a lay pastor and spiritual director, and facilitates workshops and contemplative retreats incorporating creative writing and art. An experienced long-distance hiker, she has walked the West Highland Way in Scotland, the Kerry Way in Ireland, the Catalan Pyrenees in Spain, the Coast to Coast walk and portions of the South West Coast Path, the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, and the North Downs Way in England and Wales, as well as hiking trails throughout the United States. She holds a bachelor's degree in American Literature, master's degrees in Education and in Public Health, and a PhD in American Studies. She and her husband live in New Mexico at the foot of the Sandia Mountains.
Emails from readers--"Captures, so very well, the spirit of the Camino.""A beautiful, reflectively poetic account of her pilgrimage day by day. Through her meditations and evocative photographs, she reveals how her journey mirrors her spiritual awakening.""I was moved by the community of peregrinos on the trail, the joy and fellowship at each albergue, making friends from across the globe, languages, hiking in solitude, getting lost, the flora and fauna, dramatic weather, days of quiet reflection, sore feet, history and epiphany. Many deep emotions to embrace on a truly spiritual journey. Congratulations on this comprehensive and intimate work.""The design of the book is just perfect--a feast for the eyes.""From the first page to the last, I felt as if I was on the journey with you. Thanks for a touching and inspiring account of your experiences on the road.""I know that this journey will be with you for the rest of your life and I am so grateful you were able to put it into book form so that we all were able to experience your walk.""From the very first page I was entranced with your poetry and photos. I savored your book by only reading a page or two a day and using it as a daily meditation. There were many times when the message on a particular page was exactly what I needed to hear at that exact point in time. Thank you so much for writing this beautiful book. I will treasure it always."Goodreads.com review-- "A poetic journey on the Camino del Santiago in Spain. Very well done."Google Books reviews--"I have read about 8-10 books on the Camino de Santiago, and Sarah's book is the best!... I will keep in mind her style while journaling my own Camino experiences, physical and spiritual.""Reading Sarah's book is like walking alongside of her on the camino, in a quiet, thoughtful mindspace...in an awareness of where you are and why you are there.... I am reading in preparation for my second journey. Buen camino, Sarah!"