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Walk in Beauty: Pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago, Spain, the North Coast Route (A Kinder Camino) – WAIT LISTED

Monday, October 8, 2018 - Saturday, October 20, 2018

Santiago de Compostela, Spain

October 8 – 20, 2018
Mon 9 am to Sat 1 pm

Santiago, Spain

$4599 per person, double occupancy

Click to register now
Register by June 8th

Pease note the pilgrimage is FULL AND WAIT LISTED!
2019 dates will be announced in early 2018.

San Sebastián


…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 travel, engage Courage & Renewal reflective practices, and connect with fellow seekers while walking the famed pilgrimage trail of El Camino de Santiago, Spain, October 8-20, 2018.

Great reasons this pilgrimage is ideal for you:  

    • Spacious time to listen to your own inner wisdom and the courage to act with integrity.
    • Deepen your discernment through the Courage & Renewal® Approach about life transitions and life direction, and walk inspired by the sun-drenched beauty of Spain’s hidden gem, the stunning north coast.
    • Connect with a small community of like-minded seekers; the pilgrimage is limited to 12 persons.

What to expect on this pilgrimage:

This fully guided pilgrimage combines the stunning beauty of El Camino de Santiago, Spain with the Center for Courage & Renewal® Approach to explore your inner capacity to lead a more authentic, meaningful, and resilient life. In this exclusive, small group pilgrimage, you are spoiled by breathtaking natural beauty of the sun-drenched north coast of Spain, magnificent accommodations, exquisite food, private van support loaded with healthy snacks, and luggage transfers, allowing you the ease of carrying a light daypack. This gives you the time to soak in this ancient and compelling landscape dotted with quiet, charming fishing villages, forest, and coastal views.

We begin our journey in Europe’s culinary capital, San Sebastián, a lovely seaside metropolis located in the Basque region of the northern Atlantic coast, bordering France, widely considered one of the best places to eat in the world. Our accommodations are in Spain’s magnificent Paradores, elegant hotels in unique settings, and in authentic Galician rural manor houses, offering superb hospitality and service.

Walking the last 100 km of El Camino qualifies the pilgrim to receive the famed Compostela, the Certificate of Completion of the Pilgrimage of El Camino!

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.

About the Landscape…

Walk in Beauty:  Pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago follows the sea, the north coast of Spain, through the Basque region, Galicia, and Asturias, among others.  We walk westward along an old cart tracks that wind through fields and hamlets, along beautiful, unspoiled beaches to small fishing villages, with the dramatic backdrop of the snow-capped Picos de Europa in the distance.  A highlight is a visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Caves of Altamira, boasting some of Spain’s most magnificent prehistoric cave art, dating back from 22,000-10,000 BC.

From the North Route, the pilgrimage joins the Camino Frances, the French Way for the last 100 km until we arrive at Santiago de Compostela, the final stop on this epic journey of a lifetime!

Private Van Support & Guides…

Our fully supported private van, loaded with fresh fruits, snacks, water, medicine, and first aid kits, sets this pilgrimage apart and makes it accessible to all.  A vehicle and guide for logistical support is available during the entire pilgrimage route to assist you, to transport luggage, and to address any other needs.  This means you can enjoy the scenery and not worry about the unexpected!

We have meeting points along the way where our support vehicle is waiting with snacks, fruits, and water. We also offer assistance 
for any unexpected circumstance or simply to relieve muscular pain or cure blisters. If you do not want to keep walking for any reason, you can hop on the support vehicle at the next meeting point. In this customized pilgrimage, our ground support has signals in places where some people take the wrong turn to ensure you’re on the right path. 
After the daily walk, and after you’ve had lunch we return to the hotel to shower, freshen up, enjoy well-deserved rest, savor a delicious-regionally sourced dinner, and to reflect on the day.

What People Are Saying…

"quote-LThe scenery is spectacular and the beautiful rhythm of walking the Camino is truly revelatory.”

"quote-LTo walk the Camino my own way empowered and stretched me into new horizons, safely and in community…”

"quote-LEveryday was a feast for the senses….”

"quote-LI am venturing home with my heart burst wide open, full of hope and possibilities.  I am deeply grateful.”

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 BrownValerie Brown is an international retreat leader, writer, leadership coach, and Principal of Lead Smart Coaching, LLC, specializing in application and integration of mindfulness in daily life (  She transformed her high-pressure career as a lawyer-lobbyist, representing educational institutions and nonprofits, to human-scale work with leaders and teams to foster trustworthy and authentic connections.

Valerie’s books include, The Road that Teaches:  Lessons in Transformation through Travel (QuakerBridge Media, 2012) and The Mindful School Leader:  Practices to Transform Your Leadership and School (Corwin, 2014), named one of the ‘best books on courage’ in 2014 by the Center for Courage & Renewal.

She has studied and practiced mindfulness in the Plum Village tradition since 1995 and was ordained in the Order of Interbeing by Thich Nhat Hanh in 2003. Valerie is a member of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) and a certified Kundalini yoga teacher.

Registration & Fees

Pease note the pilgrimage is FULL AND WAIT LISTED!
2019 dates will be announced in early 2018.

Click to register now

Price: $4599 per person, double occupancy.

Payment:  $500.00 nonrefundable, nontransferable deposit secures your space; installment payment plan available; full payment due June 8, 2018.   Space is limited to 12 participants.

The price includes:

  • Transfer from Madrid to San Sebastian
  • Private Van Support & Luggage transfer
  • Carefully selected en suite accommodation
  • All breakfasts, drinks and snacks Pinxtos lunch tour in San Sebastián
  • Expert Courage & Renewal Facilitation Comprehensive pre-pilgirmage preparation, including customized training schedule
  • English-speaking guides
  • Mobile phones with a Spanish line
  • Informational program and route map
  • Pilgrim’s kit
  • Value Added Tax (VAT)
  • Farewell dinner and surprise
  • 5 nights in Spain’s beautiful Paradores (based on availability), and other nights in lovely country manor houses
  • All Dinners
  • Guided visit in Santiago & Oviedo
  • Visit to the Caves of Altamira

Price DOES NOT include:

  • Round trip airfare
  • Ground transportation from Santiago at the end of the pilgrimage
  • All lunches (except Pinxtos lunch tour)
  • Tips & Gratuities

Duration: 13 Days/12 Nights

Distance: 102 miles/164 km

Difficulty: Medium-Low

Start-End: San Sebastián-Santiago

Map Route:

Forms and Additional Information:

Cancellation:  Please see registration website for details.

Questions? Contact…

Valerie Brown at

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