A Magical, Mystical, and Miraculous Healing Journey
September 8 – 19, 2017
Has walking the el Camino been on your bucket list way too long?
But you can’t take the 2 months off from work and truth be told…
you really have no desire to walk 500 miles and yet you want the sacred experience.
Then this trip is for you!!!
Are you ready to claim the life your heart is yearning for?
Are you craving sacred time alone to get the answers you need?
If so, the walking the el Camino de Santiago is the perfect way to illuminate key areas of your life – including health, self-care, relationships, career, creative expression, and even your relationship with the Divine that are calling out to you.
Make no mistake this will be a once in a lifetime pilgrimage to connect with your soul’s deepest longing and truths. Offering you time away from the stresses of everyday life to breathe, think, feel and gain fierce clarity.
You are miles away from daily stress and…
Surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful and fragrant lavender that lines your winding path, you release a deep sigh of relief as the fragrance soothes your body and your shoulders drop away from your ears. Bright sunlight warms your hair and you feel all the tension that you’ve been carrying for years leave your body. You smile, knowing you have an entire day to cover the next 6-10 miles. You start walking again, happy, content and contemplative.
Where are you – you ask?
Why you are in Spain, walking the el Camino Santiago!
Intrigued? Of course you are. Let me tell you more…
You’ve given your soul the chance to soar among the expansive green landscapes, and countless Gothic cathedrals with their spiraling naves…
Giddy delight bubbles up within you, each time you discover a hidden tapas bar along the crooked cobblestone streets where the scent of fresh baked bread is wafting in the air leading you to your lunch stop…
You feel supported as you stroll through quaint medieval towns and villages, with your new friends – pilgrims from all over the world.
As you lean back in a comfortable chair sipping a glass of Spanish Rioja and nibbling on flavorful artisanal cheeses and olives under the Galician sky, you connect with the most delightful heart centered souls you can imagine in deep camaraderie.
Your heart is open, the fresh air clears your mind and soothes your soul. Your daily struggles are miles away and finally the answers you seek are revealing themselves.
Welcome to your journey to the sacred!
On our 12 day /11 night journey of a lifetime, you’ll be ambling through powerful ancient pilgrimage sites and rolling hills along the mystical El Camino de Santiago on the final segment of the French Way, leaving the hustle and bustle and stress of everyday life to connect with Spirit and your intuition, following the path that soul seekers have walked for millennium.
Do you feel like you have lost YOUR way – feeling stuck or out of balance?
No problem! My tools will amplify your energy and turn your deep longings into easy forward action.
Is it time to leave behind stress, anxiety, the fatigue from a chronic condition or worries around a recent diagnosis and step into happiness and vibrant health?
Let the underlying mental, emotional, physical and spiritual roadblocks dissolve with the help of my ancient shamanic techniques.
Are you ready to consciously design your most radiant life?
Excellent! During our guided contemplative walks, you’ll have time to profoundly heal, re-prioritize and plan the 7 main areas of your life.
Has deepening your connection with Spirit been on your to-do list for too long?
You and Spirit will be walking together on El Camino the entire way!
Why should you join us?
You will have dedicated time away from the stresses of everyday life to breathe, think, feel and gain fierce clarity and connect with your soul’s deepest longing and truths.
You’ll be gifting yourself with the opportunity to feed your soul through deep inner work that will shift your outer world – your health, relationships, creativity, career, and your connection with the Divine.
And you won’t be trekking alone – you’ll be surrounded by like-minded friends who support you in walking toward a kinder, gentler, more loving version of your self!
El Camino de Santiago
Walking the entire route could take as long as two months, so we handpicked the very best of the Camino and created one unforgettable experience that includes unique, top-notch accommodations, delectable meals and transportation – while still giving you the opportunity to walk 70 miles (112 KM).
You’ll be traversing rolling hills with panoramic views, sunflower fields, magical old oak tree forests, medieval cities, rolling vineyards, and eucalypyus groves, the Camino de Santiago is one of the most renowned pilgrimage routes in the world.
Historically people have walked el Camino as a spiritual journey to tap into inner peace and solitude, to experience an adventure of a lifetime, and to personally challenge themselves while being immersed in cultural marvels.
And you’ll feel your spirit soar with an overwhelming sense of accomplishment when you reach the breath-taking grandeur of The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, the final steps of each pilgrim’s journey!
Following the traditions of the pilgrimage with a modern shamanic twist, we’ll be using the powerful energies of the magical, mystical and miraculous el Camino de Santiago to build your dream life.
You’ll receive life-altering tools and strategies to identify and breakthrough personal barriers so that you can create more love and abundance and reach your highest potential in life.
How you listen and treat yourself during this alchemistic
journey to the sacred will be indicative of how you treat yourself in life!
- Do you push yourself too hard – or are you ready to discover a gentler way?
- Do you listen to your body? – or do you ignore signs and symptoms?
- Is your self-talk critical and judgmental – or is it time to develop a more loving and compassionate voice?
- Are you impatient with yourself and demand perfection – or is there room for more kindness?
- Are you able to drop into the moment, go with the flow and savor the pleasures offered to you?
On this Journey to the Sacred, you will have an opportunity to make a commitment to be more, loving, kind and gentler with yourself.
Give yourself permission to be perfectly imperfect AND claim your awesomeness!
Why will YOU walk the
el Camino Santiago de Compostela with me?
Discovering local customs and enjoying the unique atmosphere of it all, rewarding yourself with delicious food after a day walking in Galicia’s green countryside
Ambling through quaint towns and villages. The Camino will take you across woodlands, farmland and rustic hamlets, following tracks and paths lined by granite stone walls. You won’t forget a single minute of it!
Feeling the gentle breeze of Spirit as it caresses your face, it whispers to you the secrets of your soul’s longings.
Delighting in the Spanish hospitality, always gracious, is heightened by the beauty of the rolling hills and camaraderie along the Way — inviting inns and boutique hotels are combined in a deluxe inn-to-inn experience, along with some of Spain’s freshest local food and wine.
Relaxing in the countryside, the sun softly setting behind you as the shadows grow longer across the rolling hills
Cara is a passionate trip leader. I spent a couple weeks with Cara in Spain and I experienced a positive change in my life as a result. Her dedication to the success of the trip was palpable and transformational. We hiked the El Camino and stayed in a new location every night, so the change in accommodations was very constant. It was such a relief to know and trust that everything was taken care of and my job was to have fun and enjoy. All the details were carefully laid out and the communication was remarkable. I traveled alone, so safety and communication was important to me. Cara exceeded my expectations. I look forward to many more journeys with Cara!Heather Jacoby
By the end of this trip you will…
- Identify and break through limited beliefs about yourself and how the universe works that are keeping you from living the life of your dreams.
- Make yourself a priority by deciding how you will change your life.
- Deepen your intuition, through silence, listening, contemplation and reflection.
- Strengthen your connection to the Divine.
- Create a customized action plan to create radiant health and happiness in your everyday life.
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Sacred Time For YOU!
Away from the hustle, bustle and stress of everyday life to get really clear on what it is you really want in life.
You will have dedicated time away from the stresses of everyday life to breathe, think, feel and gain fierce clarity and connect with your soul’s deepest longing and truths.
You’ll be gifting yourself with the opportunity to gain clarity around your health, relationships, creativity, career, and your connection with the Divine.
Experience an ultimate connection with the Divine through the sacredness of contemplation with your higher self and experience deep inner knowing.
Deepen your intuition and connect with inner guidance. Walking in silence is one of the quickest ways to make that Divine connection. During the hike, I also encourage you to connect with all of your senses (sight, hearing, touch, smells, taste) and fully take in the beauty of the Divine that surrounds you.
While walking through the beautiful rolling hills and quaint little Spanish towns, it’s possible to experience alchemistic breakthroughs in one or more areas of your life! What a-ha might you have? Physical movement and exercise moves energy that support physical, mental, emotional and spiritual shifts.
Don’t be surprised if you laugh wildly – and cry profusely!
Delicious Regional Fare
We’ll be sampling different regional specialties – mouthwatering and incredibly delicious Spanish tapas, flavorful artisanal cheeses and luscious wines – as we make our way through quaint towns and villages. And yes, are you brave enough to try a regional favorite, octopus, with me!
We’ll be starting and ending our journey at 4 & 5 star hotels that will be sure to please your inner gourmet and tantalize your taste buds. Vegetarian? No problem – we ensure there is always a vegetarian option on the menu.
During our walk, we will have wonderful breakfasts each morning and 3 course gourmet meals each night which includes a glass of wine. Only the best for you!
Don’t worry – you won’t be blindly walking the Camino! We’ll have one of the most knowledgeable guides in Spain walking with us to answer any questions you may have about the charming towns, history, sacred sites and best places to stop for lunch.
And no need to schlep your bags. Our guide will make sure that our bags are sent ahead of us and will be waiting when we reach our next destination. Thank Goodness! It’s VIP treatment for you all the way. No need to wonder if our accommodations are in order or if a meal is at the ready. It’s all taken care of for you!
Starting and ending our journey in luxurious 4-5 Star Hotels and Inns
A Quinta da Auga
Our Journey will begin with staying at the luxurious A Quinta da Auga. A hotel with charm, Spa and gastronomic restaurant where you can discover the luxury and the beauty of Santiago de Compostela, Galicia.
It is situated in a 18th century building, lulled by the sound of the Sar river and surrounded by a estate of 10.000 m2, the hotel stands out with a luxurious Spa with a wide range of massages and treatments and their gourmet restaurant, Filigrana.
Throughout our walk we will be staying in luxurious accommodations, each with private bathrooms.
Parador Reyes Catolico
At the end of our journey we We will be staying at one of the most luxurious and beautiful hotels located in the heart of Santiago de Compostela. It is located on Obradoiro Square near the cathedral, creating an area of spectacular beauty in one of the most visited provincial capitals in the world.
The Parador de Santiago, known as the Hostal dos Reis Católicos, is a blend of history, art and tradition, the dream of pilgrims and emblem of Santiago. The hotel was built as a royal hospital in 1499 to accommodate pilgrims traveling to Santiago. Inside this Parador Museum, considered the oldest hotel in the world, you will discover four beautiful cloisters, elegant rooms, spectacular guest rooms and a luxurious dining room.
If you think you might have achy feet or a tired back after walking, we have the perfect remedy for you! A relaxing and rejuvenating 90 minute Spa Circuit and a 30 minute massage will be waiting for you during your stay at A Quinta De Auga.
The 90 minute Spa Circuit includes access to:
- Hydrotherapy pool
- Swimming Pool
- Sauna steam bath
- Ice fountain
- Contrast Showers
- Essential oils shower
- Hot Tub
And a few surprises along the way…
This unique itinerary was carefully crafted to walk the highlights of the Camino de Santiago — the Way of St. James — the ancient pilgrims’ route to the city of Santiago de Compostela in Spain’s northwestern corner.
Please note, itinerary is subject to change.
Day 1: Santiago de Compostela
Welcome to Spain!
You will be warmly greeted and whisked from the Santiago de Compostela airport and you will check into the lovely boutique 4 star Relais & Chateaux property, A Quinta De Auga. You have time to relax and freshen up before we meet in the evening.
We will begin and end our unforgettable journey in Santiago de Compostela. In this city, the destination of millions of pilgrims, rays of sunlight illuminate the building façades and creates a magical ambiance that overtakes the cobbled streets. The city brimming with mystical architecture, heritage, culture, tradition and succulent food.
We will gather at 7:00 for a lovely glass of Spanish Cava (sparkling wine) and Tapas allowing you time to meet and greet your amazing fellow travelers. At 7:30 pm Cara will give an overview of the trip, logistics, what to expect and answer any questions. It will then be followed by an enchanting delicious gourmet welcome dinner at 8:30 pm.
Day 2: Sarria – Morgade – 12 km (7.5 miles)
Buen Camino! After a wonderful breakfast, we will be whisked away to beautiful Sarria, which will be where we begin our pilgrimage from the medieval staircase and we will make our way to Santiago de Compostela along easy paved trails through beautiful countryside, meadows and oak woods and charming villages with slate roofs. Sarria is located on a rolling hilltop with a delightful gurgling river on either side, affording you breath-taking views of the region
We will stop just after the 100 km marker before heading to Lugo, 45 min away, to spend the night at Hotel Méndez Núñez 4*
Located on a hill on the banks of the river Miño, the city of Lugo preserves major remains of its Roman past, among them its ancient wall, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. You will be staying for 3 nights in a 4* hotel within the old roman town and we will enjoy dinner in the hotel tonight.
Each day I will offer an area of life to contemplate during your walk.
Today we will contemplate how far you have come in this lifetime.
How often do we truly have time to reflect on your beginnings to where you are now? Many of us have jumped through many hurdles, and gathered up courage to leave our hometowns for a great adventure.
We’ll explore the areas of family, friends, education, self-development, awakening, opportunities, profession, accomplishments, volunteering, mentoring, life lessons, the places you have seen in your lifetime, and your talents. I encourage you to look back in awe and in deep appreciation of who are and who you have become in the process.
Yes, there may be some gaps, disappointments, or missed opportunities but during this trip you will discover “what’s next for me?” What an amazing baseline to start from! You will be exploring “what would I love” in the next few chapters in your life.
As we take off on our trek, today our journey of 12 km (7.5 miles) begins in Sarria and will end in Morgade.
Before you leave town, we recommend that you take the time to visit the Church of the convent of La Magdalena.
To receive the ‘Compostela’ pilgrim certificate your pilgrim passport must be stamped twice each day (e.g., in hotels, bars, restaurants, churches, albergues-Spanish) along the walk.
I encourage you to walk the el Camino in silence to connect more deeply to yourself, the Divine and the desires of your heart. You will walk at your own pace, stopping along the way when you are hungry, at a place of your choice for lunch.
Today, expect a calm walk through pretty villages and peaceful hamlets under the shade of oak trees and along quiet country roads. Along the way, you will spot many Galician traditional ‘hórreos’ (granaries).
Once we all reach our agreed stopping point, we will be transferred to Hotel Méndez Núñez 4*, taking some time to relax and freshen up before our charming dinner together.
Day 3: Morgade to Gonzar - 16 km (10 miles)
Rise and shine!
After a scrumptious breakfast, we’ll start our journey with a powerful meditation. Today’s contemplation is health and wellness. How healthy are you physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually? What is your body trying to tell you? How well are you taking care of yourself?
We’ll explore any habits or addictions that get in the way of being fully present in life. What small incremental changes can you make that result in a huge difference?
Today, our journey of 10 miles begins in Morgade and will end in Gonzar.
Over the “Meseta Lucense”, the Lugo Plateau, you’ll pass through many hamlets dotted along areas of cultivated land, grazing pastures and woodlands and view the first “horreos,” typical raised grain silos.
Today, you will be walking a trail that has been protected by the Knights of the Order of Santiago since 1184. There will be some more uphill and downhill but mostly peaceful oak and eucalyptus forests and charming villages like Portomarin with its impressive archway village and memorable church. This town is very unique as great battles that took place in the valley below and the town you visit is only a replica of the Medieval town relocated in the 60s rock by rock to avoid floods.
After a break for lunch in Portomarin, we will continue another 6 km towards Gonzar before driving 40 min to spend our second night in Lugo and enjoying a dinner in a restaurant near our Hotel Méndez Núñez 4*.
Take some time to relax and freshen up before dinner.
Day 4: Gonzar to Palas de Rei – 16 km (10 miles)
Up and Adam my lovelies!
After a delicious breakfast we will start with a deep meditation. Self-care is the topic for the day. Do you put yourself first or last and survive off of crumbs? What is it you need more or less of? How do you treat yourself or talk to yourself?
It’s 10 miles for us today from Gonzar and will end in Palas de Rei. We will bring you back in 40 min to the point where we picked you up the day before. You will then walk 16 km into Palas de Rei mostly on a tarmac path specifically created for the pilgrims. The route takes you through the white brooms which have a magnificent fragrance. Along the path you will pass charming hamlets.
You will start the day with an ascent to the top of Serra do Ligonde at 720m, where you will be able to enjoy a stunning panoramic view. After Portos, you will pass near the Romanesque Church of Vilar de Donas, where the Knights of the Order of Santiago are buried. You will then have one more small mount to climb at Alto Del Rosario before arriving in Palas de Rei. After a short visit, we will bring you back to Lugo for your third night.
Enjoy lunch is on you own or meet up with a walking buddy.
We will return to Hotel – Méndez Núñez 4* for our final night. You’ll be able to shower and freshen up before our wonderful dinner together.
Day 5: Palas de Rei - Melide – 14 km (8.75 miles)
After a nourishing breakfast, I will lead us in a meditation to begin our day. Relationships are our topic of the day. Relationships are a hugely important part of our daily life. – with your spouse or partner, children, family, friends, pets, co-workers…
Do you want better communication, better sex, and greater intimacy with your partner/spouse? Are you getting your needs met? Are there relationships in your life that no longer serve you? That you have outgrown?
Explore how you can be more loving, kind, gentle, respectful, generous and a better listener in all your relationships.
We have a walk of 8.75 miles today, beginning in Palas de Rei and ending in Melide, walking through the small towns of Coto and Leboreiro. We will try to arrive in Melide in time for lunch (2pm in Spain). Melide is renown for having the oldest surviving cruceiro (calvary) in the world and for the best “Pulpo a la Galega” (Octopus) in Galicia. After lunch, we will bring you to a luxurious guest-house 40min away where you will spend the next two nights.
Tonight you’ll lay your head down in the lovely Hotel Casa Goris after we savor an enchanting dinner together.
Day 6: Melide - Arzua – 15 km (9.4 miles)
Ommmmm. Yes, we’ll start with a meditation on your career. Have you outgrown your “it” and ready for a new challenge? What would you love to do? What lights you up and would bring you joy! How could you serve humanity in some way using your education, skills, and talents?
Whew! The terrain becomes much easier today as you walk through the villages of Carballal, San Xuilan do Camino and Lebereiro and past the fragrant Eucalyptus trees over the course of 9.4 miles. You’ll be able to stop at one of many villages for a yummy lunch. Crossing over the River Seco on the Magdalena Bridge you will reach Furelos and onto Arzúa in the lovely province of La Coruña.
You have done more than half of the journey but the best is still to come. Your destination is Arzua which is famous for a local Cheese with a very peculiar shape from where we will drive you back to yesterday’s guest-house. In the afternoon, you can go visit the stunning Mosteiro de Carboeiro, go for a walk in the village or by the river.
Tonight we return to the wonderful Hotel, Casa Goris where we’ll have a delightful dinner together.
Day 7: Arzua - Brea – 14 km (8.75 miles)
Good Morning amazing travelers!
In our contemplative meditation, we’ll explore creative expression.
Have you put your creative expression on the back burner? Maybe you tell yourself that “I just don’t have time.” Being creative is at the core of all life. We are creative beings. We will never be truly fulfilled and happy if we cannot express our essence in some way. Perhaps it’s the book you always wanted to write, painting, singing, dancing, playing a musical instrument, drawing, cooking, gardening, or photography. What would make your heart sing?
Today’s 8.75 mile walk will bring you to the quaint small town of Brea. The walk today is lovely, as you pass expansive green fields and rural landscapes. The atmosphere along the Way is changing as people plan to celebrate their arrival and start realizing it will soon be time to part with people they might have been walking with for a month. The countryside itself changes as you enter forest with totally symmetric rows that produce curious and magical visual effects. The villages you pass virtually have no name and seem stuck in time. After arriving in Brea, or a bit earlier if needed, we will drive you back to your first hotel near Santiago.
Check in tonight is once again at the fabulous Hotel A Quinta de Auga where we’ll have a scrumptious dinner together.
Day 8: Brea - Lavacolla – 16 km (10 miles)
We continue our journey today to reach the town of Lavacolla, where traditionally pilgrims would bath in the small river and clean their clothes – and hence purifying their soul – before stepping into the Cathedral on the next day.
Tonight we will spend our last night at a Quinta de Auga. Be sure to utilize the spa circuit and/or receive your soothing massage. Ahhhhh!
Day 9: Lavacolla – Santiago de Compostela 10km (6.25 miles)
Rise and meet the day beautiful souls!
It’s time to connect with Spirit! It is our final leg of the journey
Spirit goes by a thousand names and by no name at all. What is your current connection? Do you want a deeper relationship with the Divine? It is closer than your breath. It’s not something outside of yourself. It’s right where you are, connected to all things.
On the shortest leg of the journey – 6.25 miles from Lavacolla ending at our final destination Santiago de Compostela. You have the opportunity to connect with inner guidance, love intelligence, intuition, your angels and guides and ask for clarity on anything that is heavy on your heart. Ask for guidance on what your next steps to live a life you absolutely love.
Walking together we will pass many ancient sites including monuments, chapels and bridges – all of which have a story to tell. Follow country lanes and forest paths through increasingly populated countryside. The last day on the trail is always a special one.
This is it! Only ten kilometers separate you from your goal. We will leave early to reach Santiago before twelve, to see the pilgrim mass (also at 7:30 pm). We will start by climbing up to Monte do Gozo (Mount of joy), which offers stunning views on the City, before walking into the Medieval Town through the “Camino Door” Puerta del Camino. A few minutes later, we will finally pass the Azabachería Door, the official entrance to the Cathedral on a non-Holy year and continue down to the Plaza del Obradoiro. You have finally finished the Camino de Santiago!
You have arrived!
You still have a few things to do today – get your pilgrim certificate, attend Pilgrim Mass & marvel at the architecture of our beloved City before we check into the impressive 5* Parador Palace hotel just steps from the Cathedral.
If you choose to do so, you will have an opportunity to attend the noon Pilgrim Mass which they burn incense in the Bufumero, which is suspended from the ceiling.
At the beginning of the Pilgrim Mass in Santiago de Compostela, a list is read out of the countries of pilgrims who have been received in the Pilgrims’ Office in the last 24 hours. Imagine the pride you’ll feel at your incredible accomplishment when you hear your country of origin announced from the pulpit!
Parador Reyes Catolico – 5-Star Hotel
We will be staying at one of the most luxurious and beautiful hotels located in the heart of Santiago de Compostela. It is located on Obradoiro Square near the cathedral, creating an area of spectacular beauty in one of the most visited provincial capitals in the world.
Who-hoo! It’s time to celebrate as a group so we’ll all meet in the café bar of the Hotel Parador and have a beverage of choice.
Dinner is on your own tonight, make a plan with fellow soul travelers.
Day 10: Santiago de Compostela
After a delectable breakfast, We will do a short meditation and then I’ll share with you key tools to incorporate your insights from your personal journey into everyday life at home, to truly begin to live a life you love! As the real journey begins when you arrive home.
Later we will have a 3-hour private guided tour of Santiago de Compostela and the Cathedral, the walled city, and the market.
The Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela Galician, Catedral de Santiago de Compostela, a cathedral of the archdiocese is in the World Heritage Site of Santiago de Compostela in Galicia in Spain. The cathedral is the reputed burial-place of Saint James the Great, one of the apostles of Jesus Christ. The cathedral has historically been a place of pilgrimage on the Way of St. James, since the Early Middle Ages.
You will have the afternoon free for exploring the town. Fun!
Day 11: Finisterre – The End of the Earth… plus an extra Surprise!
You have made it to Santiago de Compostela, however, there is a tradition to go 88 km further towards Finisterre, also known as the land at the end of the World. So today, we will make our Way to the Atlantic Coast stopping in some traditional villages. The Tradition says pilgrims should burn an item of clothing and find a Scallop Shell on the beach as a proof their completed your pilgrimage.
Day 12: Going Home
Many Blessings to you on your journey home!
After a final breakfast together, we’ll say our farewells and be whisked off to the Santiago de Compostela airport for your flights home.
A wise pilgrim once told us “the real Camino starts where the Camino de Santiago finishes but I will not be afraid because the Camino will always be there for me.”
- 11 nights of luxurious en-suite accommodations at 4 and 5 star guest houses/hotels
- 11 delicious breakfasts
- 9 mouthwatering 3 course dinners, which includes the special welcome and farewell dinners
- 1 scrumptious and very special lunch
- Private tour of Santiago de Compostela & the Cathedral
- Private transfers from Santiago de Compostela Airport to hotel & hotel to Santiago de Compostela Airport
- Group transfer each day to our luxurious accommodations
- Transfer of 1 piece of luggage per passenger to the next location (40 lbs. max.)
- 90 minute spa circuit and 30 minute massage at Hotel A Quintada Agua
- Private walking guide (Sarria – Santiago de Compostela)
- Finisterre guided day tour
- Detailed walking notes
- Pilgrim Passport
- A detailed John Bierley guidebook (one per room)
- Tips for our private guides
What’s Not Included
- Your round trip airfare from home
- Airport transfers outside of Sept. 8 or Sept. 19 (if you come in early or leave later)
- Lunches – you will stop when you are hungry in the quaint towns
- Additional food or drink (other than our planned meals together) or alcohol
- Taxis if you need help to the next hotel
- Transfer of additional luggage (1 piece/person included)
- Any attractions or activities not specifically listed.
- Personal, medical or trip cancellation insurance (required).
- Medical expenses
- Hospitalization and evacuation from remote areas, and additional expenses arising from the delay or extension of a trip due to weather, political disputes, sickness, failure of transportation, or other causes beyond our control.
- Other non-included items would include souvenir shopping, incidentals, personal phone calls, additional spa services, laundry, bell-boys, and tips for your room maid (we recommend $1-2 USD per day per person).
- Any additional spa treatments or circuit time and Spa Tips
- Taxis not otherwise listed
- Other non-included items would be: any other activities, healing sessions, and tours not included in our package
Your Trip Leader
Cara Andershock is a powerful healer, speaker, teacher and coach who leads spiritually conscious individuals on retreats around the world. Through her own personal “journey to the sacred” and walking with her former partner who was dealing with advanced symptoms of MS, she was able to circumnavigate the medical maze and see the tremendous benefits of holistic medicine. Cara’s advanced training, education and experience in both traditional and energy medicine coupled with life coaching, enables her to walk with you on your own “journey to the sacred” so you can create a life of vibrant health and happiness.
Where do I begin? How does one put into words a life changing journey? My experience with Cara and Journeys to the Sacred was a beautiful combination of transformation, spiritual growth, deep inner exploration and connection to my fellow travelers. There is something very magical that happens when a leader like Cara creates a journey.
She has a beautiful gift of being present and holding space for one’s personal journey while at the same time creating and holding the space for the needs of a group. Her gentle way of creating this type of experience created a sense of love, safety, healing and connection for me that I will never forget. Whether you are experiencing a time of change, not sure what your next step is, wanting to create new connections or just want to gift yourself with an amazing experience, I highly recommend a journey with Cara and Journeys to the Sacred.Kim Stanford
Frequently Asked Questions
How many miles will we be hiking?
Approximately 70 miles (112 km), on last segment of the French way from Sarria to Santiago de Compostela.
How do I get prepared for the hiking?
I recommend having a check-up from your primary physician before your journey. You may also want to work with a personal trainer. Once given the okay, begin walking gradually! 1 mile a day for at least a week or two. Then bump it up a mile each week until you can walk 10 miles. You can do this! Ideally you want to lace up your shoes 5 or more days a week before you hop on the plane. And yes! Start breaking in your shoes now.
How strenuous is the walk?
We’ve mindfully selected the easiest part of the French Way (3 out of 5 strenuous level). However, there are rolling hills AND 10 miles is 10 miles no matter how you slice it. You need to be in good physical condition. I require a note from your physician stating you are in good health to participate in this Pilgrimage.
Will I be walking alone or with a group?
We will start out as a group, but everyone will be walking at their own pace each day. It is a personal journey. I recommend pairing up with someone who walks at the same pace as you, in case there is an issue. We will also have a guide walking with us to make sure everyone gets to where they need to be before dark.
What happens if I can’t walk that far?
It’s critical to start training NOW to be able to walk 7-10 miles each day. It is important to listen to your body. If for some reason you can’t make it, in any of the towns, a store keeper can call a cab for you. “Por favor me llame un taxi” is the only phrase you’ll need to know! Also if you have a walking buddy, they can send a cab for you once they reach the next town.
What will the weather be like in September?
The average high temperature is 77F and average low is 54F. The average amount of rainfall in the month of September is 8 days.
Will I have to carry everything with me when I walk?
Absolutely not! We have arranged that your luggage will be transferred ahead of you and will be waiting at the next hotel for you. You will however want a good day pack with sturdy comfortable straps to carry water, snacks, camera, binoculars, (Spain has great bird watching), Spanish/English dictionary, journal, itinerary, jacket, etc.
How do I know what direction to walk?
The “Ways” are generally very well marked and it is very difficult to get lost. You should follow the yellow arrow and/or the scallop shell on the Camino; once you get to the first one, you are good to go. Also, bear in mind you are generally crossing inhabited areas; therefore, don’t hesitate to ask the locals for directions: “Santiago de Compostela?” or “Camino?” and you’ll be on your way!
How do I receive the ‘Compostela’ pilgrim certificate?
Starting in Sarria, the most popular Camino starting point, this section covers the last 100km of the Camino Francés, (The French Way) which means you can receive for your pilgrim ‘Compostela’ certificate when you arrive in Santiago.
Your pilgrim passport MUST be stamped twice each day (e.g., in hotels, bars, restaurants, churches, albergues-Spanish) along the walk.