Sunday, September 17, 2017 - Tuesday, September 26, 2017
September 17-26, 2017
Sat. 6 pm to Tue. 1 pm
$3599 per person double occupancy
$4249 per person single occupancy
FULL & WAIT-LISTED
…even before you sat down with them,
broke bread and drank wine,
wiped the wind-tears from your eyes:
pilgrim they called you again. Pilgrim.”
~ David Whyte, from “Camino”
Reunite body, mind, and spirit through transformational and sacred travel, and connect with fellow seekers while walking the famed pilgrimage trail, El Camino de Santiago, Spain, September 17-26, 2017.
About this Walking Pilgrimage:
This 70-mile walk is at a snail’s pace and is with the support of a private van, loaded with healthy snacks when you want it, giving you time to soak in this ancient and compelling landscape dotted with quiet, charming villages, forests and coastal views, and the ease of carrying a light daypack. A Sabbath Rest or ‘Lazy’ Day is planned, giving your body and spirit a chance to receive, integrate and consolidate your experiences. Lodgings are beautifully restored farmhouse inns with exceptional regional delicious Spanish cuisine and local wine. All rooms have private baths. The smaller country inns have the serenity of no phones or TV in the rooms. Explore Courage & Renewal® reflective practices, including daily gathering for poetry, silence, and mutual discovery to deepen your experience. Savor quiet self-reflection, dialogue, and journaling, using the pilgrimage road as metaphor.
Surround yourself in beauty on this breathtaking and epic pilgrimage, El Camino de Santiago route that follows the sea. Imagine entering a sacred space of beauty and deep spiritual inspiration? How would you feel to step away from the fast-paced busyness of daily life and immerse yourself in a timeless world of country roads, farming tracks, and beautiful coastal footpaths?
Are your facing questions of life transition, life purpose, direction, and meaning and wanting space to purposefully reflect in a beautiful setting, enjoy connectedness and community with like-minded people?
What to Expect on this Pilgrimage…
Even before you arrive in Spain, we prepare you fully for this once in a lifetime experience. You can expect to get to know fellow pilgrims before your arrive in Spain, building a safe and supportive community. You will receive a comprehensive training schedule to build confidence and to nurture body, mind, and spirit. Our pilgrimage newsletters and comprehensive materials offer you an ‘insider’ and unique perspective, preparing you fully for this epic journey.
About the Landscape…
We explore the little known pilgrimage route along Spain’s northern coastline of Galicia, from Santiago de Compostela to Muxia and Finisterra, the ‘end of the world’, where the cliffs plunge steeply to the western sea and the sun disappears each evening. We leave the bustle of the stunning and lively medieval city of Santiago de Compostela, entering the fullness of the rural landscapes of high plateaus, forested tracks, and country villages. Breathtaking coastal trails and headlands, await us as our pace slows to that of centuries of sea faring life. Upon reaching Finisterra, you can collect your Fisterrana, a certificate of completion of this epic pilgrimage, an added bonus!
What People Are Saying…
The scenery is spectacular and the beautiful rhythm of walking the Camino is truly revelatory.”
To walk the Camino my own way empowered and stretched me into new horizons, safely and in community…”
Everyday was a feast for the senses….”
I am venturing home with my heart burst wide open, full of hope and possibilities. I am deeply grateful.”
Why Private Van Support for this Pilgrimage?
This is a 10-day walking pilgrimage, fully supported with a private van, sets it apart and makes it accessible to all. Our private van is loaded with cold drinks, for starters, and plenty of healthy snacks. Extra maps in case you’ve left yours behind. Sunscreen, band-aids. A bit of coaching on technique, if you want it—plus free moral support. And, of course, a comfortable seat if you’d like a lift, whether to the top of the next hill, the nearest village with a shady square, a local cafe, or all the way back to our charming country farmhouse inn, where there’s a comfy chair with your name on it. Whatever kind of support you’re looking for, this pilgrimage will deliver it.
This pilgrimage fills quickly, just by word of mouth, so if you are interested, please reserve your place and begin planning for the experience of a lifetime!
Meet Your Leader
Valerie Brown is a national Courage & Renewal® Facilitator, an educational consultant and ICF-accredited leadership coach of Lead Smart Coaching, specializing in leadership and mindfulness training for educational leaders (www.leadsmartcoaching.com). Valerie’s life and work is a blending of career paths and disciplines. After many stops and starts, great uncertainty and fear, she left a successful twenty-one year career as an attorney and lobbyist, representing educational institutions and nonprofits, to live in greater alignment with her deepest values and her true self. Valerie travels nationally and internationally leading retreats and speaking on mindfulness and leadership, and is passionate about fostering courageous conversations that nurture trustworthy relationships. In her latest book, The Mindful School Leader: Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School, she explores the role of mindfulness in strengthening thriving leaders and building greater understanding and peace within schools. Valerie is a Quaker and a long-time teacher at Pendle Hill, a Quaker study, retreat, and conference center, and is a lay member of the Order of Interbeing founded by Thich Nhat Hanh.
Registration & Fees
FULL & WAIT-LISTED
Price: $3599 per person double occupancy. $4249 per person single occupancy.
Payment: A non-refundable deposit of $500.00 per person is required to reserve your space. Space is limited to 12 participants.
The price includes:
- Expert guides
- Charming lodging in family-run hotels/farmhouse inns
- All breakfasts and dinners
- Private van support loaded with refreshments
- Luggage support
- Three-pre-departure conference calls to prepare you for this journey of a lifetime
- Comprehensive pre-departure materials, including customized training schedule and monthly newsletters
Price DOES NOT include:
- Round trip airfare
- Ground travel in Spain to and from meeting location
- All lunches
- Tips & Gratuities
Cancellation: Please see registration website for details.
Contact Valerie Brown email@example.com
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