Dynamic Walker's head to the Camino de Compestela for a hiking retreat!
Delayed 1 year because of COVID-19
April 30th to May 8th, 2021
Join us for an unforgettable 9 days/8 nights as we walk the last 150 km of the Camino Primitivo together. Enjoy stunning rural scenery, quaint villages, delicious Spanish food, daily yoga and meditation classes along with tips to improve your walking technique. With your luggage being transferred, pre-booked accommodations and dinner reservations each day, you are free to hike each day worry-free! Without the concern of where to eat or lay your head, there will be space and free time to contemplate the bigger questions in life and be in the moment.
Day 1 Late afternoon transfer from Santiago de Compestela to A Fonsegrada (2 hours by private bus)
Day 2 Walk from A Fonsegrada to O Cadavo Baleira BD (26 kilometers)
Day 3 Walk from O Cadavo Baleira to Lugo ( 24 kilometers)
Day 4 Walk from Lugo to Ferreira (30 kilometers)
Day 5 Walk from Ferreira to Melide (21 kilometers)
Day 6 Walk from Melide to Arzua (13 kilometers)
Day 7 Walk from Arzua to Rua Pedrouzo (18 kilometers)
Day 8 Walk from Rua Pedrouze to Santiago de Compostela. (19 kilometers)
Day 9 Transfer to Airport
What is the Camino Primitivo and why would I want to go?
The Camino Primitivo is part of The Camino de Santiago (often called The Way of St. James) and was one of the most important Christian pilgrimages during the Middle Ages. Today thousands of pilgrims trek all or part of it for various reasons. It might for the opportunity to move through a landscape at the pace of walking or to reflect on their life and spiritual path. Other's are attracted by the physical challenge or the opportunity to take a break from media, technology, and their regular life. Though the path was originally walked by St James who was on a pilgrimage of Christian faith, today the Camino is filled with walkers of all faiths (or no faith) and is open to all denominations. One attraction for many hikers is the opportunity to meet other pilgrims and share in long rambling conversations as you walk through towns and countryside about some of the larger questions in life.
Today, less than 5% of pilgrims to Santiago choose the Camino Primitivo as their route. Its mountainous and challenging terrain make it a difficult trail for Camino newbies but perfect for adventurous pilgrims and those looking for a more rustic Camino experience. The trail is still wonderfully rugged, rural and untouched in many parts, particularly the first section of the trail from Oviedo to Lugo. As you walk the quiet tracks and forests of the Camino Primitivo you will nearly feel as if you are stepping back in time. The first part of the Camino is challenging; from Oviedo to Lugo you will mainly pass through a mountainous area with ups and downs. The terrain will sometimes be rocky and/or muddy and you need to be well prepared for this journey both physically and in terms of gear.
Meet your hosts Janet Nicol and Julie Beaulac
Though born and raised in Ottawa, Janet fled at age 17 for a global life of travel and living abroad. First introduced to the Camino while living in Spain in the early 1990's she is an avid outdoors-woman, experienced hiker and loves to share stories over wine after a long day of exercise. In 2017 she returned to Ottawa and opened up Metta Movement and Meditation Studio sharing her love of mindfulness & movement. She is counting the days until we embark on this trek and is currently researching foot wear to help make the journey a little more comfy. Here's a great of list of minimalist shoes she is using!
Julie lives in Ottawa, Canada where she works as a clinical health psychologist. She is also a certified yoga teacher and teaches mindfulness. She is a lifelong movement and nature enthusiast and you will often find her hiking, biking, swimming, running, skiing, or otherwise exploring nature. She also enjoys eating real food, deep conversations, and learning (including about natural movement and mindfulness). Julie first set foot on the Camino while traveling in Spain in 2003 and is eager to explore the primitivo route in 2020!
If you are interested in joining us on this journey please read the following before signing up:
“Walking is a superfood. It’s the defining movement of a human"
- Katy Bowman, biomechanist and author of "Movement Matters"
Early Bird Price $2,200.00 CAD* (+13% tax for Canadian residents) until November 1, 2020.
Regular Price $2,700.00 CAD
Price based on a shared double-occupancy room (we will match you with a room mate)
9 days/8 nights
We are limiting this retreat to 16 guests plus
$500.00 Non-Refundable Deposit Required to secure your spot
INCLUDED IN PRICE
• 8 nights accommodation including breakfast
-Superior room upgrades in Lugo, Melide, Arzua, Rua Pedrouzo, and Santiago de Compostela
• 7 three-course dinners at traditional restaurants
- 1 pilgrim dinner at your hotel in Ferreira
• Airport transfers to Santiago airport (two shuttle times)
• Luggage transfers on walking days
-Daily Stretching/Yoga class (no standing postures!)
- Daily Guided Meditation
- Psychology group coaching session: How to Get out of Your Head and
Thrive in Your Life
NOT INCLUDED IN PRICE
-Flights to Santiago
• Any other services not stated in the above
• City tax (directly payable to the hotels directly-about $3.00 per night)
Optional Add Ons
Single Room UPGRADE: $465.00 (2 spots left only)
Packed picnic lunch from hotel: $22.25
3 course sit down lunch in a restaurant en route: $30.00
Reserve Your Spot Today!
Deposit (deducted from total fee): $500 CAD
Registration (Full Payment by March 1, 2020): $2,700 CAD + GST
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