The Chocolate Pilgrim

Marie Maccagno is passionate about walking, the great outdoors, and chocolate. In the spring of 2009 she made a commitment to walk 800 kilometers through Spain in the hopes she could eat all the chocolate she could find.

What she didn’t expect to find was herself.

A walk that long gives a person a lot of time to think. Marie’s mind dished out big lessons around forgiving her mother, entertaining the idea of possibly leaving her husband, and honoring herself as a parent. One step at a time is how Marie completed the Camino de Santiago and learned to love herself after all the years of inner self-hate.

The Chocolate Pilgrim Book

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What are people saying about The Chocolate Pilgrim?

Bronze Award, Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) – Canada West, Regional Non-fiction

Five Star Rating – Readers Favorite

“‘I can choose my own path’: that’s what Marie’s journey has taught me. Her words will transport you to a place where you know you can choose too — and that’s a rare gift. When you read her book, you will be so glad you walked this path with her!”

Michele Gunderson, Ph.D.
Best-selling author and Breakthrough Story Expert

“Whether or not you are drawn to the Camino this book is a must read for anyone wanting to see how they can be blocking happiness in their own lives.  It should come with a warning label:  “Beware – this book may cause you to throw caution to the winds and go off on a grand adventure of coming home to yourself.”

Ariana Brackenbury
Owner – Wisdom of the Camino Tours

“Marie’s book took me on a journey of her very personal quest – and I recognized myself in Marie; difficult family relationships, questions about marriage, and not liking who I am. I am very grateful she did all the walking for me, and chose to share her wisdom in this powerful creative memoir!”

Yvonne Basten
Executive Managing Director Calgary
eWomenNetwork Inc.

Marie and I connected three years ago when we were both working on our first books. Back then finishing a manuscript was a far away some-day dream. When we first started reviewing each other’s words, I instantly knew that my writing was landing in a safe place, one free of judgement or harsh criticism. Marie’s feedback always helped me see the beauty in my words and helped them blossom where they still had room to grow.

Whenever I received my writing back from her, I felt energized and excited to keep working on my book. She reads between the lines and pulls out the deeper meaning behind what I’m trying to say, helping me find the words to deepen my story. Working with her is a sure-fire way to keep me motivated and confident in the direction of my dreams. Plus, we have a ton of fun in the process! It’s like having a personal cheerleader, always there, making the ‘hard’ parts light and easy again.

Katherine Marie Tetz

I am committed to guiding women exploring who they are and why they are here by championing the writer within.

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