The path of the ring

Pope Francis teaches us that “the care of nature is part of a lifestyle that implies the capacity for coexistence and communion” (LS 28). A series of camps that begin in primary school and arrive at the university with a common growth dynamic can be a form of “environmental education (which) should prepare us to take that leap into the Mystery” (LS 210). The diocesan camps intend to respond to the challenge that the Holy Father throws us as “educators capable of rethinking the pedagogical itineraries of an ecological ethic, so that they effectively help to grow in solidarity, responsibility and care based on compassion” (Ls 210).

To do this, the camps propose a very specific itinerary, supported by a natural setting, the Sierra Norte and a theme, the world of The Lord of the Rings, with the aim of proposing a path to travel from childhood to youth in the to discover some “motivations that arise from spirituality to feed a passion for the care of the world” (LS 216). Our proposal is to invite the young people of the archdiocese of Madrid through their usual parishes and schools to travel throughout their childhood and youth years the “CAMINO DEL ANILLO”, a growth itinerary in which, “Christians in particular, discover that your mission within creation, as well as your duties with nature and the Creator, are part of your faith ”(LS 64). THE WAY OF THE RING consists of a series of camps distributed spatially through the Sierra Norte de Madrid that forms a “Small Middle Earth” in which to live the “Tolkian” way an adventure for a lifetime using both the natural resources offered to us this wonderful natural setting (which includes a national park [1] and a biosphere reserve [2] among other conservation figures) that JRR gives us Tolkien in his work “The Lord of the Rings”


[1]  Guadarrama National Park

[2]  Rincón Biosphere Reserve