The Camino de Sonoma is a 75 mile walk from the historic Mission San Francisco Solano in Sonoma to the Russian Orthodox Chapel in Fort Ross State Historic Park, offering those who travel it an embodied experience that is physical, spiritual, historical, agricultural, environmental, communal, and cultural. The Camino de Sonoma, or ancient pathway, stretches across the ancestral lands of Coast Miwok, Wappo, Southern Pomo and Kashia Pomo. This route takes in the unique history of this land where indigenous tribes were confronted by colonial culture from both the East (Russia) and West (Spain).
We offer these guided walks to support pilgrims in having a robustly supported experience and to steward the enrichment and sustainability of the route. However, you do not need a guide to access or walk the Camino de Sonoma. We are working diligently to better equip and support those who would prefer to plan their own walk.
The Camino de Sonoma is both the walk as well as the name of the organization. We are currently a volunteer-run organization that offers guided walks along the entirety of the Camino de Sonoma, walks of the six individual stages of the route, and shorter, more communal walks called Caminatas. Here's the basic route of the Camino de Sonoma:
People are marked by journey, and no type of journey is more organic to humans than those taken on foot, in faith.
Walking the Camino de Sonoma can be a challenging physical endeavor. It is also a rigorous undertaking that can inspire powerful meditative, contemplative, and reflective experiences. You can expect to move and be moved by witnessing the environment through historical, religious, and cultural lenses.
We circle up at the outset of every walk. We invite each person to consider the intention with which they come to the day’s walk and we celebrate the impact that walking can have in our lives - that there is an opportunity for physical movement in our own hearts, minds, and world. We honor the desire for greater awareness, and the commitment to offer something from ourselves into a bigger work.
Each walk is designed with short, inspirited readings and a communal recognition of who and where we are, from an environmental and cultural perspective. We honor who has walked before us, acknowledge our own walk and lay the groundwork for who will walk after us.
We conclude all walks with a moment of recognition, and an opportunity to circle up again to hold space for walkers who wish to share their immediate reflections.
Those who choose to walk the Camino de Sonoma are self-identified hikers, walkers, pilgrims, and sojourners. Paths can be physically challenging, and experience with 10-15 mile hikes is highly recommended. Uncovering the paths we are to walk is ongoing, and we aim to make them more accessible to more bodies with different abilities, and can currently offer select experiences to those with mobility issues.
When you support the Camino de Sonoma, you are supporting the development, ongoing oversight, needed adjustment of the pathway itself, community engagement, and relationship management. This includes the volunteer board of directors, bylaws, insurances, and legal counsel to provide effective and responsible stewardship. Learn more about our intentions and efforts here.