S. Yates has not only walked more than 6,000 kilometres / 3,700 miles on European pilgrim routes in Spain, France, Italy and England, but has also helped pilgrims as a hospitalera voluntaria in more than 20 pilgrim refugios on the Way. She helped in Spain to train others for this task and providing continuous further training for them, especially with focus on First Aid, History of the Camino de Santiago, and Spirituality. Additionally, she has hands-on experience of renovating old houses into new pilgrim refugios and participated in "pilgrim preparation days" in England. She is, together with her husband Rev. Ricky Yates, a member of the Confraternity of Saint James (Great Britain). She walked her first Camino from Roncesvalles to Santiago in 1999 and in the following years made foot pilgrimages to Rome and Assisi as well as walking regularly the Camino in Spain and France and taking care of pilgrims as a hospitalera. She now lives in the beautiful city of Prague and looks forward to walk The Way (Camino de Santiago) this year yet another time.
Daphne Hnatiuk walked the Camino Francés for the first time in 2003, where she met S. Yates in Spain, and was infected with the incurable "Camino and Hospitalera Bug". Since then, she has spent many months over the past 10 years in Spain as both a pilgrim and a hospitalera voluntaria. She has walked Camino routes north, south, east, and west in Spain as well as in Southern France and Northern Italy and can often be seen with her camera and pen and paper in hand, updating English language guide books / web pages and taking pictures while walking the Way. She cherishes and thanks all the pilgrims with whom she has shared the Way and feels very privileged that they in turn have shared their hearts and their stories with her. When not on the Camino, Daphne lives in Vancouver, Canada where she keeps her Camino connection alive by editing guidebooks and answering the questions of future pilgrims.