A LETTER TO OUR CAMINO FAMILY
BARBARA LAVON PEREDO (1932 - 2019)
Dear Camino Family,
Many of you within the Camino community are well aware of the tragedy that recently entered our lives as three weeks ago was the passing of my beautiful and "Feisty Irish Red" mom Barbara. Due to these circumstances that are affecting myself and all involved in the Road to Muxia kickstarter campaign we are closing it.
We will, however, launch again at a later date this year.
As my mom's caretaker for the past four years, family, and friends this has been an emotional time. These past three weeks have had a tremendous effect me emotionally as well as on our family. Our rightful focus had to be on an amazing mom, grandmother and friend who gave so very much to all us.
So on behalf of Jon, the Road to Muxia Team, myself and everyone involved - we give our deepest gratitude and say "Thank You" to all who have backed the campaign as well as all those who spread the word about a documentary about finding Hope and forgiveness on the Camino of Santiago.
I personally want to give a special thank you to directors Bill Bennett & Aaron C. Leaman for being Camino brothers in guiding me their advice and hard decisions on next steps. You are true artists & peregrinos of the Camino by giving with no personal motivation or expectation. I also want to give a special thank you to Mike Fernandez for teaching me to lift today - as neither yesterday nor tomorrow don't exist.
We will begin another campaign once we can regroup and move past this personal time.
Mark Joseph Peredo, Ariel Jonatán Fernández Arias & the Road To Muxia Team
HOW FAR WOULD YOU GO?
The Camino of Santiago is a sacred route across Spain that pilgrims have walked for over 1,500 years in search of meaning and healing. For some, there is a call to continue further on a ROAD TO MUXIA, an extension of the Camino that ends on the mystical shores of a Spanish coastal town, where pilgrims hopefully discover the deeper meaning of their walk. Many call it the Camino of Devotion.
We are a team of filmmakers and creators who are dedicated to bringing you a character-driven documentary that follows the journey of pilgrim Mark Joseph. After a near fatal car accident and experiencing the death of his father shortly after, he chooses to embark on this journey that is presumed to offer healing and closure.
Mark Joseph with some of his closest family members including director Ariel Jonatan Fernandez Arias makes a courageous decision — to leave behind what he thought he knew and to seek answers along the ancient path of the Camino de Santiago, ultimately striving to heal the pain that has echoed generations.
ROAD TO MUXIA explores life changing decisions that we all take throughout our lives. It is a documentary about facing death, loss, loneliness, abandonment and the courage to let go. This film in essence, is an intimate look into ourselves through experiences of others played out upon the Camino of Santiago.
ABOUT THE FILM
As his father passed from cancer, Mark Joseph experiences a profound emotional darkness that painfully reveals a generational wound, a pattern that is said to be passed down within families. Mark realizes that he was bound by this wound... It needed to be broken by him and his father.
During his walk on the Camino de Santiago, Mark chooses to complete the journey carrying his father ashes towards Muxia. What he discovers along The Way is that this walk was also for the next generations of his family, whose pain would not end until acceptance and forgiveness are found.
Mark’s journey is intricately entwined with his own daughter’s story and the pilgrims who are encountered along The Way in their own Camino of Devotion. ROAD TO MUXIA tells of a struggle to find hope, to live in the present, and to help a daughter find her truth and love herself as she is.
WHY SHOULD I BACK THIS PROJECT? WALK WITH US!
We are asking you to please help us fund this independent film. All of us on the Muxia Documentary Team believe in what we have filmed and what we are currently making. We will continue to pursue every resource to ensure the completion, because we firmly believe that the result will have an unprecedented impact on thousands.
Help us pay for final filming, travel, equipment and, most importantly, quality editing. And help us to bring the healing magic of the Camino to the screen. The team holds a deep trust that the Camino really does provide.
OUR SPECIAL REWARDS
Voice of the Pilgrim / The Pilgrims Voice
The Camino of Santiago is our own individual walk. But you can be part of the documentary by telling us your Camino Story in video about what the Camino of Santiago meant to you! Your video will be included within the DVD under Voice Of The Pilgrim!
Camino Trekking Buff & Bracelet
Support with $19 And get 1 Buff or 1 Bracelet - Super Early Bird limited edition.
Road to Muxia custom-designed buff: Multifunctional Microfiber Sports Headwear, Sun UV protection, Moisture-wicking, quick-drying, breathable, Polygiene fabric treatment helps control odors, and size that fits most adults. Enjoy the Road to Muxia Buff whenever your hike or trek.
Road to Muxia special edition bracelet: Handmade by local artisans along the Camino with a symbolic design — for everyday use or to remember that we are all one tribe, one Camino family connected through the ways of Saint James. You choose if you prefer the Road To Muxia logo or the traditional Camino of Santiago shell.
AUTHENTICITY AND BEING HUMAN
For the final stages of filming, we will be walking and conducting interviews with people from around the world who have chosen to dedicate their lives to inspiring people on their own Caminos. Each of them have had a profound impact on Mark's journey in a way that has contributed to the message of this film. Many have walked their own Caminos of Devotion, and they will be sharing their personal perspectives on the significance of The Way and of healing from generational wounds.
Amie Chilson is an entrepreneur, adventure blogger and American pilgrim. Amie walked the Camino of Santiago in 2017 and 2019 and since then has developed an online community that follow her on her inspiring adventures around the world. She holds a wealth of insight about what the Camino brings to those who seek a sense of peace and renewal. Amie can be followed on Instagram and Facebook.
Jose Mari Ardanaz is a Spanish pilgrim from Pamplona who works as a guide, consultant, and implements coaching programs on the Camino. For Jose The Way is culture, it is wealth, it is diversity - but above all it is humanity. Through his work shows to others how the spirit of The Way is the source of that offers to give, to take in and to help individuals grow. He manages El Camino People to inspire, inform and bring the beauty of the Camino of Santiago to everyone. Jose can be followed on Instagram and at El Camino People.
Margaret Caffyn is an Australian pilgrim and author of Walking Back Home: Finding Clarity on the Camino and of My Camino Journal. Margaret walked with the ashes of her husband and mother - and most importantly she carried a stone for her best friend's daughter who is terminally ill. Margaret will offer a rare insight into the healing that is offered on the Camino of Santiago. Margaret can be followed on Facebook and he Website.
Monica Ferrin is a medical research scientist and an American pilgrim who walked with her daughter's ashes in 2018. Monica will be interviewed about her personal experience of the Camino of Santiago and how her journey to Muxia changed her life forever. This small coastal town welcomed her with open arms, offering a final resting place for her daughter and a sense of peace in her heart. She donated all her belongings to an animal sanctuary in her daughter's memory and moved to Spain in 2019 where she now dedicates her life to welcoming pilgrims to Santiago and walking the Camino daily.
OF HEALING WOUNDS - A DEEPER PERSPECTIVE
One can never deny the spiritual foundation that the Camino of Santiago is built upon. There is one man whose influence has been pivotal in shaping the connection Road to Muxia has for Mark Joseph. Father Philip Scott, Founder of 'Familia de Jesus', a Catholic community in Peru, offers a unique and fresh perspective of Generational Wounds and Healing throughout the film. He can be followed on Facebook.
How You Can Help
1) BACK ROAD TO MUXIA with the amount you feel called to give. Every contribution counts! Please see our backer rewards- we’ve put much thought into all of them and there is something for everyone!
2) SPREAD THE WORD! It takes tremendous community support to fund a Kickstarter! Crowdfunding is about lots of people getting together to bring important projects to life. So, please, talk about us, and share our page on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.
3) KICKBOOSTER.ME - Kickbooster gives you a referral link to post about our campaign. If someone backs Road To Muxia by clicking on your link, you get a financial reward. Register at kickbooster.me and share away!!!
We are creating a beautiful and touching documentary that is built upon authenticity of a journey that will break barriers, and challenge the hearts, minds and spirits of all those who watch it.
Risks and challenges
Our biggest challenge is funding the completion of the documentary, which will include final filming, travel, equipment and most importantly, editing with an financially efficient and quality editor.
We are also conducting highly sensitive interviews with individuals in both Bolivia and Spain who are especially connected to the story of generational wounds and forgiveness.
Walk with us, and be part of this journey that will create a change in peoples lives.
- (60 days)