The AndaSpain team
Our passionate group of pilgrim guides that makes experience its priority
Andaspain is a passionate group of pilgrim guides that makes experience its priority. We have been in Spain and on the camino for more years than we care to count and we would not have it any other way.
We are passionate about sharing our experience with everybody we meet. We know that walking long distances in foreign lands can be a big undertaking and our mission is to clear the path ahead for you. We organize every last detail to ensure you can be free to ponder mysteries other than where to spend the night or how to read the menu. From the practical (like what is the best way to lace up your boots), to the curious (what the heck is a gypsy’s arm and why is it on my dessert menu?), we have an answer. We move mountains so long as they are metaphorical.
Every day is a new adventure no matter the circumstance, and we would like nothing more than to share it with you.
Your Camino Guides
Your experience with Andaspain will always include the attention of one the owners. From either the first contact or to the last glass raised, we will be there to join in your Camino.
Kate Goad, Co-Founder
Kate´s love of walking started in the mountains of the Lake District near her home in Lancaster, England. She graduated from Manchester University and spent several years teaching adults with learning difficulties and managing international exchange projects. She has since travelled, worked and walked all over the world but in 2005 set up home in the mountains of Asturias in Northern Spain, where she can combine her passion for walking in the nearby Picos de Europa with exploring the trails of Europe. She first walked the Camino Francés in 2006 and has since shared her enthusiasm for the Camino with many groups of pilgrims from all over the world. She added two little pilgrims to the family in 2011 and 2013 and is, for the moment, based in our Spanish office. She will be your main point of contact from booking your tour to meeting your guides.
Vanessa Illanes, Co-Founder
Vanessa has had a lifelong attraction to Spain. Although she was born and raised in the U.S., she spent many of her childhood summers with her grandparents in a seaside village only an hour away from Santiago de Compostela. Her father is from the town of Mera, where she learned about the people, the language, the customs and the magical walk to the city of Saint James. After graduating from Jacksonville University, Vanessa decided that it was time to pack her bags and see what was in store for her in Europe. She soon found herself on the familiar trail. Since 2005 she has worked as a tour guide on the Camino leading dozens of groups along the Camino Frances, Camino del Norte and the Chemin Saint-Jacques in France. She has made her home in Santiago de Compostela, right at the heart of the Camino.
Ashleigh was born and raised in the United States. After completing her master´s degree at the University of South Florida, she packed her bags and moved to London where she worked as a social worker with children and families for over ten years. During that time, Ashleigh used London as her base to travel the world and that passion for travel took her back many times to Spain and the Camino. Ashleigh soon fell in love with Santiago de Compostela which she has made her home and now shares her passion for the Camino.
Alex was born and raised in Barcelona. From a very young age he developed a love for nature and travelling; so much that guiding trips became his profession. Alex guides wildlife safaris in East Africa, polar experiences around Laponia in Finland, and of course on the great Camino trail. Alex believes that through travelling we can discover our beautiful planet, but that the best way for truly exploring anywhere is by using “our feet.”
Canadian-born and world-traveled Stefanie resides in Santiago de Compostela where she works teaching English and yoga. She completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification with Karma Teachers College in Vancouver, Canada. Stefanie has developed her own relationship with the Camino de Santiago having walked the Camino Francés, Camino del Norte, the Camino Primitive, the Camino Fisterra-Muxía, and sections of the Camino Portugés. She has a heart for nature, culture, language and movement, and is our inspirational yoga instructor leading the Yoga on the Camino Tours.
Lily discovered the Camino more or less by chance in 2012. She hiked in País Vasco, Spain for a week alongside her father and a new addiction was born. Since then she has hiked many different sections of the Camino de Santiago; and after living in Santiago de Compostela and studying the famous pilgrimage at University, working as a guide and helping other pilgrims experience the walk feels like a natural step forward in her journey on the Camino. Lily still enjoys walking as a pilgrim to reconnect with her body, the beautiful region of Galicia and to gain a certain peace of mind that she finds on the trail.
Robby is a photographer/videographer who sometimes joins us on the walking trail. Since completing his studies in Cinematography from the Colorado Film School, Robby has been based in South Florida but his work has taken him all over the world. Robby spent much of his childhood summers exploring Galicia and he first walked the Camino de Santiago in 2009. His shots off the Camino can be found at RCI Photography.
Asa Jelena Pettersson
Asa is originally from Sweden but has lived and worked in Iceland, Norway, England and Scotland. She made her home in the mountains of Northern Spain in 2012 and has been part of the Andaspain family since 2016 as a massage therapist and guide on the Camino. Asa is a registered herbalist, graduating from the University of Lincoln, UK in 2012. She brings a variety of skills to the team with her love of walking, cooking, gardening and yoga studies; as well as her ability to speak fluent English, Spanish, Norwegian, Swedish and Icelandic.
Justin first walked the Camino de Santiago in 2013 and has been coming back ever since. A University of North Florida graduate with a double major in Spanish and English, he grew up in tranquil Atlantic Beach, often sunrise-strolling the seashore in search of sharks teeth. To the Andaspain team he brings his quiet assurance and love of adventure. He takes great pleasure in identifying the various and diverse flora which grow along the Camino and is always happy to share this knowledge with the curious pilgrim.
Javier Castellano Boyer
Javier is one of our expert guides – especially when it comes to bikes. As well as guiding countless walking tours along the Camino and throughout Europe he has a successful cycling company, Ibérica Coast to Coast. We call on Javier for his bike expertise whenever we have a special tour on two wheels rather than two legs.
Kris was born and raised in Asturias, Spain. As a small girl, she developed a special connection with the Camino de Santiago when she walked it with her family. Kris went on to study Audiovisual Communication and Design; and today she is able to devote her time to both her passions of creative design and spending time in nature. Kris organizes all our Self-Guided Walking Tours and when she is not doing that, you can find her walking in the mountains of Asturias and continuing to help people to fall in love with The Way in the same way she did many years ago.