The Ultreya Project is a psychological study that wants to investigate the short and medium term mental health benefits of the Camino de Santiago.
Among the pilgrims who have once completed the Camino de Santiago, there is the certainty that the fact of touring their routes and experiencing the pilgrimage experience has very positive effects on our well-being, personal self-realization and self-esteem for having surpassed our barriers. It is an effect that not only appears as we travel or just finish it, but remains with us for a while, leading many to launch the Camino again as soon as they have the opportunity.
With the objective of demonstrating the psychological benefits in the short and medium term that the Camino de Santiago has among the pilgrims who walk it, the Ultreya Project is born. It is an investigation centered on the effects of the Camino on mood, satisfaction with life, happiness, the ability to pay attention to the present moment and to make choices in a more conscious and coherent way with ones own Values of the pilgrims that run it.
All those pilgrims who are doing the Camino de Santiago at the moment or will do so soon.
Participating pilgrims must answer here a questionnaire that takes about 15 minutes to complete, in addition to indicating their email. The researchers will contact each participant to complete the questionnaire again after completing the Camino de Santiago and one last time 3 months after finishing it. Participating will help researchers determine the effects of the Camino de Santiago on the health and psychological well-being of people.
The psychological study includes the San Juan de Dios Foundation, University of Zaragoza, Santa Creu i Sant Pau Hospital, Quietude Mindfulness Center, Federal University of Sao Paulo, Research Network on Preventive Activities and Health Promotion (RedIAPP) and Center Biomedical Research Network - Mental Health (CIBERSAM). Collaborating with the project are the Association of Associations of the North Road and the Association Opening the Way, Friends of the North Way of Santiago.
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