I dedicate this, my final blog, from the Camino de Santiago to my walking companion, my daughter, Emily, who let´s her Light shine.

I first heard this recited from Amy Rippe´s eighth grade class at Meadowbrook Waldorf School.  They are the words of Marianne Williamson, but they became famous in Nelson Mandela´s  FREEDOM SPEECH.

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate.

Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure.

It is our LIGHT, not our darkness, that most frightens us.

We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous?

Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God.

Your playing small doesn´t serve the world.

There´s nothing enlightened about shrinking,

So that other people won´t feel insecure around you.

We were born to make manifest the Glory of God that is within us.

It´s not just in some of us; it´s in everyone.

And as we let our Light shine,

We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same.

As we our liberated from our own fear,

Our presence automatically liberates others.


Dearest Family, Friends and Pilgrims,

Thank you for joining us on our journey; a journey that is not over but continues.

Let your Light shine.

Farewell to the Camino de Santiago. Farewell from the Camino de Santiago.

mucho amor,

Donna and Emily xoxo




Posted August 16, 2011 by Pygmy Pilgrimage in Uncategorized


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  1. What a beautiful ending piece for an incredible journey–a journey of so many dimensions. Thank you for the honor of carrying us along with you.

    • Dear Betty, Knowing that you have been reading our posts and sending words of encouragement gave us daily inspiration. Cant wait to be home in RI and share a beer and lemonade with you. However, tonight in Barcelona we are not pilgrims. In a hostel with our own private room and tonight we will end our time in Spain going to see a flamenco dancer sipping sangria!! xo Donna and Emily

  2. Donna,
    We’ve been following you and Emily. You are doing amazing work. I am so very inspired.

  3. Hello Donna & Emily,

    its Natalie from Slovakia, we have met on the camino, it was very nice to meet you, fair play for walking for Pygmies, Im having a difficulty to donate through the link provided. Pls let me know, how its possible to donate. Hope your camino didnt finish entering Santiago, all the best

    Rgds, Natalie:)

    • Dear Natalie,
      Great to hear from you and thank you so much for remembering the Pygmies. Click the “donations” to the Empower Congo Woman site. Continue following the “Donate” link. There will be 2 choices, Empower Congo Woman or “Pygmy Land Project”. Click Pygmy Land Project to the PayPal account.
      How was your re-entry back to “life”. I’m still dreaming of the Camino and we have been home for 7 days.
      Buen Camino – Buen Life!
      Donna and Emily

  4. thanks Donna,

    I will defo try again, not even day without thinking and remembering Camino, missing the Camino so much, but it feels like there is so much what weve learnt and so many possibilities ahead, feels very empowering…good luck with your Pygmy support:)

    Wishing you also Buen Camino:)


  5. Hello Donna and Emily. I’m Albert, from Galicia. Thanks for your light in O Cebreiro and for your friendly. were happy days for me. The Camino is a especial adventure. Thanks again for these days with you. Here, you have a friend………”buen camino”………….

  6. Hi Donna and Emily, i’m Albert from Galicia. Congratulations for your adventure. Good lock for the pygmees. Thank you for your light and your friendly. Good Way (Buen camino)

    • Great to hear from you, Albert, one of our Angels on the Camino. Wishing you a full Camino someday with your daughters.

      • Hi Donna and Emily, I have enoyed reading your blog, it brings back many memories, Samantha and I would like to donate but cannot seem to workout how to do it?? Hope you are both well.
        Sam and Samantha from England

      • Sam and Samantha, So happy that you have subscribed to our blog. Just recently, I was reading again some of the entries. Yes it brings back great memories; memories which you are apart of. Thank you for sharing our pilgrimage with us. I’ve sent you an email detailing how to donate. Many thanks again for remembering the Pygmies. Their land may soon be purchased; Land that you will have helped to buy!! Best wishes on your life’s journey and again, Buen Camino! xo Donna

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