Camino de Santiago

Santiago was a faithful companion of Jesus in the decisive chapters of his life. After Jesus’ death, Santiago dedicated himself to the tireless mission of spreading the Gospel far and wide. His journey took him to the most remote areas of the world, including the distant and mysterious lands of Hispania.

As Santiago travelled through the Iberian Peninsula, history shrouded his journeys in mystery. Traditions quietly tell of his adventures that reached as far as the enchanting land we now call Galicia, once known as Gallaecia. In 44 AD, Santiago returned to the soil of Palestine after a pilgrimage. However, his homecoming was overshadowed by tragedy when King Herod Agrippa I, a figure of earthly power, sealed his fate and made Santiago the first apostolic martyr for the Christian faith.

However, this was not the end, but the beginning of an extraordinary story that would characterise Santiago de Compostela as we know it today. From the ashes of Santiago’s martyrdom emerged an unrivalled expedition that laid the foundations for one of the most important pilgrimage routes in the world: the Way of St James. This sacred path, stretching through time and terrain, not only follows in the footsteps of Santiago, but weaves together the spiritual fabric of a journey that transcends centuries and continents.

Why is it regenerative?

Traces the legacy of Santiago and the sacred path of pilgrimage, presenting an extraordinary story that transcends time and terrain and has accompanied countless pilgrims on their spiritual journeys. Creates a transformative experience through pilgrimage and historical significance.

Project partners met in Aveiro on the 14th and 15th of September 2023. It was the perfect opportunity to visit the destination with regenerative glasses on, to understand its many assets but also some of the challenges the destination is facing. Face to face project meetings always provide the partners with the unique opportunity to learn about the work of the hosting partner and get valuable insights about the destination. In this case partners were hosted by the dedicated team of management and tourism professionals of the University of Aveiro who shared a wealth of insights about a city that was new to many of the participants.

The Enforce project is well on track when it comes to the project work plan, which means that after having completed the Best Practice collection of innovative examples about storytelling for regeneration and also the Storyteller’s Guide, partners used the meeting to discuss the development of the Enforce Training Programme.

For the next few months partners will be working on developing the content in line with guidelines provided by the University of Usak, our project partner from Turkey.
The course should be available for piloting in January/February 2024 and will also be available in the partner languages once all translations are finalised.

The ENFORCE team met in the beautiful city of Luxembourg for its kick-off meeting. It took place at the premises of the Italian Chamber of Commerce in Luxembourg (also known as CCIL), which opened its doors to warmly welcome all partners.

The team was aware of the importance of this first meeting and approached it with the same enthusiasm, as it plays an important role in building strong bonds that will contribute to the success of the entire cooperation. With the common goal of building a solid foundation, the participants discussed in depth the first steps required for the project ENFORCE.

During this visit, the project objectives were discussed in depth to ensure that each partner has a comprehensive understanding of the overarching goals. The outcome of the kick-off meeting was extremely satisfying for all partners and generated enthusiasm among the team. It was a success and left everyone inspired and energised.

The journey of ENFORCE has officially begun and with the collective expertise of the committed partners, there is no doubt that it will thrive and achieve remarkable results.


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