The Way of St. James

This summer (2014) Jean-Francois and Trish spent ten days back on what the French call the Chemin de Compostela and the Spanish generally just call El Camino. It’s really a collection of pilgrimage walking paths that cross Europe and end up in a cathedral in northern Spain, St. James of Compostella Cathedral.

We’ll continue doing an annual walk until we reach the cathedral…in two years? in ten years? time and our bodies and our health will tell.

Here is the link to the Compostella Page under the Travel menu.

Max Weber and Worldstouch

 Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic

When I lived in Alaska in 1972, a young woman hitchhiked down to our homestead, offering to barter her labor for room and board. At the time, I was a neophyte writer, so came up with an essay I eventually submitted to the Mother Earth News. I’m not 100% sure what ever happened to it. This idea of bartering work in exchange for hospitality has intrigued me since.

The idea that God somehow supports the project of amassing wealth, even for the purposes of investing and growing a business, has just never really forged a route through my solid 60s, counterculture mentality.

The podcast featured here fired my determination to leave the for-profit world and offer what I know and can do to others in exchange for hospitality. That is one of the central principles of WorldsTouch.


Until one is committed there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back, always ineffectualness. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation) there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then providence moves too: all sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one’s favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no man could have dreamt would have come his way. I have learned a deep respect for one of Geothe’s couplets:

“Whatever you can do or dream you can,
begin it.
Boldness has genius
Power and magic in it.”

–from W.H. Murray, written on the West Ridge of Mt. Everest

Nepal in November

In November, two of my friends and I will head to the country of Nepal, where we will find opportunities to work in fields where we have experience and expertise.

I’ll be working with my client (and I WISH I could get them to change this name…) Community-Based Rehabilitation/Resource Center for Rehabilitation and Development (CBR/RCRD). They’ve been clients of mine since I first went to Nepal as an exigent volunteer in 2004.

I let them know when I’ll be coming, how long I’ll stay– typically a month, sometimes longer–  and the first day of my visit we decide together how I can best help them this time. On my last visit in 2010, I conducted tech training (Google Calendar, Gmail, Google Docs, Skype and for a national audience and I worked with their IT guy on problems with his Access Database.

As with all my Worldstouch international technology projects, I work for hospitality. CBR/RCRD provides a room in their hostel and meals on the rooftop dining hall.  I have early-morning yoga with my hosts as well, and participate in festivals and gatherings when I’m invited.

This time, I’ll bring two friends–one a lifelong international teacher, trainer and community organizer, the other a highly trained psychologist. They pay their way, as do I, and we’ll find ways they can use their skills to help out while they are there.

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