Monday, April 18, 2016

Frog Medicine

Tonight on my walk I heard these frogs and thought I would take a little video to share with you in case you need to take a pause in your life and experience a dose of virtual nature! Namaste. ‪#‎forest‬ ‪#‎frogmedicine‬‪#‎pauseforpeace‬ ‪#‎nature‬

Friday, April 15, 2016

Feel Good Fast Day 2-4 Nourishing Food and Barefooting

The Great Mother Earth feeds us, waters us, houses us, clothes us, gives us wisdom and nourishes our heart and soul. I try to spend as much time as I can outside in my barefeet to stay connected to her as much as possible.

Everything that goes into my mouth, nourishes my body and has a direct impact on the environment body too. I believe that some of my nourishment  comes from walking and running barefoot in the forest. The earth grounds me, the minerals in the mud feed me and the water or snow (as you see in this pic) hydrates me. After I've been in the forest for about an hour, I am filled with joy and on a natural high for about 24 hours. My appetite diminishes naturally. It's magic!

One of the things I love about this is how Moira suggests we make a bit extra so there are leftovers the next day. That's the way my Mum taught me to cook and it's efficient, wastes less energy and it's handy to have food ready made. One of the struggles I have with doing this kind of a program, is committing the time to preparing food. Again, it comes back to my mindful practice. I am mindful when I am preparing food, cooking it and eating it.

I've been vegetarian for about 6 years, though I have occaisionally eaten meat and fish...especially when I am walking the Camino in Spain. During this 21 Day Feel Good Fast, I am changing my habits and it feels really GOOD! Before every meal I stop to offer gratitude by saying grace and blessing my food.

On Saturday I'm going to the Farmer's Market in Orillia to buy from my favourite organic farm,  McBrides in Oro-Medonte.

I had to buy bagged carrots since I couldn't get them at a market but I plan to change that when I get to the market.

I made my own Spring Onion and Leek soup which was delicious. I used the leftovers the next day and it was even better. 

Also the 5 Minute Curry was perfect with a little zuccini and tomato. I bought Malaysian Curry since I'd never tried it before but it had a nice bite to it.

After playing in the mud and snow in the forest, the day ended with a stunning sunset over the lake. I ate dinner by the water and spent some time meditating too. Each day I go outside and put my feet on the ground and sometimes in the freezing cold water. It discharges all the static electricity from my cell and laptop and makes me feel connected to the universe as one. Try it. Even if it is cold or hot. Think of it as being mindful about a sensation. It's not good or bad, it just is!

Feel Good/GREAT again Moira! Thank you! Only one more month until I leave with my group to walk 225kms on the Camino in Spain. 

Be sure to check out the Feel Good Fast

on this site: Where is my Guru?

21 Day Feel Good Fast plan starts May 1, 2016. 
Moira will be helping you along the way every day.

Love and light,
Sue Kenney
Author of Canadian best-selling book My Camino and designer of Barebottom Shoes, the first ever truly soleless shoe for barefooting, yoga and dance.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Feel Good Fast - Day 1 Living without Cafe con Leche

My Camino is a blog about the stories of walking the Camino de Santiago in Spain and it is also about my way back home which includes the journey back to my authentic self. I have been integrating the Camino experiences into my life for 11 years now and I want to share more of this journey with you in other ways, such as Mindfulness and Barefooting.

Today, I'm beginning a 21 Day Feel Good Fast. No I'm not starving myself, rather I am practicing mindfulness, with a dash of hands on healthy eating, living and being Barefoot!

In May she is offering not only 21 days of ideas about what to eat and what to delete from your diet, she's sharing her recipes! Last week I made the decision to give it a go. I'm doing a trial run for Moira to sort out any kinks and share my experience with you. Here we are in a short video having some fun after an interview. I Love Barefooting!It's I plan on  being more mindful about everything I put into my body. This I can't do alone cause I always cheat! My dear friend and chef Moira Nordholt, who has had one of the best organic vegan spots in Toronto for over 3 years called Feel Good Guru, is my guide.

Yesterday I went shopping at Fiesta Farms and especially the The Nut House to buy organic and fresh products. I cleaned out my fridge of anything that doesn't fit into this way of eating and now I'm ready to begin.

As a barefooter, I honour the value the Great Mother Earth has on our life, offering food, water, earth and the air we breath. It's been a mindfulness practice for the last 4 years . In May I'll be leading my 13th group on the Camino to walk 225 kilometers (mostly barefoot) and I'm also training for a 50 kilometer ultra run July 2 in Hector, New York (mostly barefoot too!).

Day 1

No cafe con leche.

I love my morning coffee organic, free trade and freshly ground. I prefer soy to milk but when I am in Spain on the Camino, I will have milk. How will I live without coffee?

"Try Teeccino," Moira says. I did and it's good. Not great, but good.

Before I made coffee it I went out for a 7am run in the snow! 45 minutes with some hill training. Had to wear minimalist shoes today as I have a split on the side of my foot and it really hurts if I step on anything. Tomorrow I will tape it up. I live on the lake and came home to this beautiful view of a very rough lake and snow falling.

Next I made a fresh green smoothie for breaky and enough for 2 days. Yummy.

I'll wait till some sun comes out to go for a barefoot walk.

Lunch is a salad and dinner is Fava beans and green veggies. I could live on legumes so this is easy for me.

I Feel Good already Moira!

Be sure to check out Feel Good Fast at
Where is my Guru?
Starts May 1, 2016.

Love and light,

Author of Canadian best-selling book My Camino and designer of Barebottom Shoes, the first ever truly soleless shoe for barefooting, yoga and dance.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Barefoot Kilimanjaro

Often people can't understand why I would choose to run or walk barefoot through the forest or in the snow and there isn't always a simple answer. Mostly it's because I like to be connected to the Great Mother Earth and I'm not afraid to expose my feet to the elements because I trust they are designed to take care of me. Even after reading studies and scientific evidence, in the end what is most important for me is that it makes sense. When I watched this documentary I could competely relate to their mission and I would attempt it myself if the chance was presented in my life. For them it was about defying common perception, slowing down and being aware of the environment. And those are the same reasons I like to experience much of my life in my bare feet.        

Love and light,
Author of Canadian best-selling book My Camino presently in development as a feature film.

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Sunday, September 27, 2015

When I walk the Camino, I walk for the world. 

In one week I'll be on my way to Spain to walk the Camino with my lovely group of pilgrims. It is such an honour to return to the path that had a profound shift in my life. On my first journey in 2001 I learned that I could pick up a stone along the path of the Camino and put my sorrow, or the sorrow of others, into it. When I set the stone down, I left the sorrow behind and it opened my heart for more love. I'd like to offer to pick up a stone for you. If you have a particular intention (it doesn't have to be sorrow)you would like me to put into the stone, I will set it down on the path. You can post your intention here or PM me at if you prefer confidentiality. Read about the Sorrow Stone Story in the book My Camino or here is a blog about the stones I picked up while on the May 2015 group Camino.…/stones-as-camino-inte…

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

"Sorrow Stones" as Camino Intentions

"It is said if you pick up a stone and put your sorrow into it, when you place the stone down you leave some of your sorrow behind." 
From the book My Camino
by Sue Kenney
The Caminio has given me so much to be grateful for that I like to give something back to it each time I walk. Before I begin a group journey I make an offer to family, friends and even strangers by email and social media by asking to receive an intention from them. It could be for themselves, another person or for the world. 
For each request I receive I pick up a different stone. I put their intention into it by gripping the stone while I walk and then shift the thought to the stone. When the time feels right, I let it go by setting it back down on the path as a way to give it over to the Camino with the confidence and trust it will be received. 
Some of the stones are small and some are big. It doesn't really matter. I just look for the one that is calling to me. Stone is the slowest moving organism on our planet, and by virtue of that, they are alive and so I listen to them. 
There are rock cairns all along the Camino Frances path and as you can see by the picture, pilgrims leave all sorts of odd items like a pair of boots with the toes cut out! There must be a story behind those shoes!
I received requests from pilgrims who wanted to offer peace, healing and love to other pilgrims. One person was under a lot of stress and wanted help to let it go. Another person lost their Mother and asked for help dealing with the grief. 
And there was a request to help people realize their own dreams no matter where they come from, trouble pasts, abusive families etc to change peoples lives! How noble are these requests? Yet another wanted to offer loving support to their son. A fellow pilgrim offered their Intention to release all that is not serving their highest good and find more joy and fun in life.
Along with 50 or so intentions I also received this beautiful prayer of intention from Laure, a woman who would like to walk the Camino one day. This is a special gift and I am humbled to receive this gift.  Muchas gracias.  

"I will meditate and pray:
-for your feet to be safe and healthy, 
-for your legs and hips to support your and carry you gracefully along the Camino, 
-for your eyes to see the beauty of the people you meet and landscapes you traverse, 
-for your ears to hear the wind, the birds and inspiring stories of pilgrims, 
-for your nose to smell the morning coffee, lavender and rosemary bushes, the sunflower fields, the fresh scent of soap and cooked food at the end of a long day, 
-for your mouth and tongue to taste the delights of tapas, wine and tarta de Santiago, 
-for your skin to feel the kisses of the sun, the caresses of the winds, the gentle embrace of comfortable clothing and soothing hug of warm showers, 
-for your third eye to sense all it is you need to sense, and 
-for your heart to love, open and receive."
Many thanks. 
A very special woman wrote about seeing me on Breakfast Television inToronto years ago. "I have followed you since I woke up watching a TV show while going through cancer treatment 7 years ago and you were talking about the Camino.  The TV was on channel 9 which I rarely watch, and I sat bolt upright and knew I was meant to hear your story." She asked to learn the lesson of forgiveness and: May all people see animals as souls to be treated with kindness instead of items to be used and abused."
Several people asked for help for teenagers who were struggling with drugs or emotional difficulties. 
Each day the first stone is for me, then my children and my Mother, then my sisters and brother and them my friends. I continue to pick up stones along the way in my life offering peace, happiness and love to all sentient beings in the world. It is my Camino gift to you. 

Love and light. 

Sue Kenney

The next group Camino is in October 2015. We will offer backpack service and all accommodation is booked. Details will be on the website but feel free to email mycamino

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Day 8 barefoot Picnic in Portomarine

Leaving that morning we decided to stop in the beautiful city of Portomarine to go grocery shopping and buy food for a picnic in the forest. One of our pilgrims had a lot of swelling in her feet and couldn't walk that day. She agreed to buy the food and have it all ready for us when we arrived there later that day. Out destination was Gonzar, a very small village with a municipal Albergue and a private one where we were staying. 

My feet were sore from walking 22kms barefoot the day before, so I wore my demi-soled Barebottom Shoes and Merryl minimalist shoes over them. When I wore the shoes without them, my feet slid around and it created friction. A perfect environment for blisters. Besides I was still experiencing some tenderness on the bottom my foot where I had the infection a few days ago. I used oil of Oregano to try and draw out whatever it was that seemed lodged on there. Then I covered it with Second Skin to keep other infection out!

A few kilometers before Portomarine we stopped at a shelter that provided benches, a fire pit and a roof for pilgrims who needed emergency cover. 

It was after we left there I told one if the pilgrims about the story of the walking stick that I had received from the old man. We came across a place that offered fruit and drinks, for a donation (or Donativo) and I bought a banana. I ate it while I walked. When we arrived in Portomarine, I discovered that I had lost my stick and through the process of elimination, concluded I left it at that place. I was so sad that I couldn't take it to Santiago and pray for him and his wife.  

wanted to run back and get it! To ease my disappointment, Katherine assured me that everything was perfect as it was. I didn't need the stick to pray for them, I could walk with the intention and pick up Stones for them along the way. Somehow I found peace in that idea. 

Lynn was having some trouble with her foot so she went ahead in a taxi and bought all the food for out picnic as a gift to our group. We sat on the ground, spread out some plastic bags for the good, and we had our picnic. It was so perfect!

The afternoon was long and my feet were sore. I wore my Barebottom shoes to protect the balls of my feet, and still felt the ground with my heels and toes. 

Gonzar seemed to take forever. Some days are slow and others go by so quickly even though the distance is the same. I wonder if my perception changes so easily in real life?


Sue Kenney

The next group Camino is in October 2015. We will offer backpack service and all accommodation is booked. Details will be on the website but feel free to email mycamino