The Camino Experience
Embark on an adventure that makes you a little nervous, but also incredibly excited.
The Camino Experience
Embark on an adventure that makes you a little nervous, but also incredibly excited.
In a small group of 6-10 people, you’ll experience all aspects of this wonderful walk…
…no matter what route you choose. From breathtaking views of countryside or coast when we find ourselves on ridges and outcrops; to the many churches of varying size and importance often open for us to visit; as well as the farms, forests and moorland and the villages, small towns and cities on the way. Of course let’s not forget the amazing food and wine of France, Spain and Portugal.
There’s something very special about the closeness, fun, laughter and camaraderie of travelling as a small group.
With time for reflection, discussion and mindfulness you’ll be able to focus on YOU and your life and use the opportunity to think about what you might want to be different as you spend time putting YOU first.
That journey will start even before you even leave your home as I want you to be able to maximise this gift that you are giving yourself. That time and space that allows you to focus on the most important person in your life, YOU.
This is a challenging walk, stretching you mentally and physically and that’s where the growth happens, that’s where we feel the achievement and where we get the great joy and inspiration.
There is something about the Camino that gets under your skin, so I know that you’re likely to leave wanting to return. We can do that too…
Walk The Camino
Imagine taking a whole week out just to ‘be’ in the moment and focus without interruption. Imagine the freedom of this time away, of not having to think of anyone but yourself. Time to put yourself first, how often does that happen?
No beds to make, piles of ironing to work through, supermarket shopping to do or food to prepare. No-one else’s demands to attend to. All you have to do is get from A to B, enjoy your post walk drink, a hot shower and then dinner.
Imagine walking an ancient and historic path, walking in the footsteps of those who have gone before. Visiting the places they worshipped and where they were given refuge, seeing the wonderful countryside and tasting the food of the region.
Tapping into their wisdom and stories and then relating that to our wisdom and stories. Wisdom and stories we may never even have valued.
The Camino is just one part of your journey, you’ll do some preparation work before you leave so that you can maximise the benefits of this time away.
If you are feeling a little disjointed, a little lost or distracted or indeed fear you have lost that woman with all the dreams, plans and intentions you once had, you are indeed in the right place. If you are always busy with no time for YOU, stressed and overwhelmed, then being here will help. The time, space and exploration of this walk will allow you to look at what you love about your life, what you want more of and what you might want to change or get rid of. We’ll also start to look at what steps you need to take to bring about these changes.
If possible, time zones allowing, we’ll start this off with a group call so you can all say hi to each other and start to build the bond that will inevitably grow and then you’ll have a one to one call with me as we get closer to the event. After your Experience, you will leave feeling calmer, fitter, clearer and with the beginnings of a plan for the next stage of your life.
Having the time to think and focus on you; pondering many questions which will come up from within as well as those asked by the leaders; exploring the possibilities and meanings of the cards we work with and discovering what happens when you have to dig deep, will lead to insights and breakthroughs. You are likely to have even more questions at the end of this Experience than at the beginning and definitely much food for thought. We’ll make sure you get the answers you need and want.
Everyone has transformation happen to some greater or larger extent which is what the path does for you. Expect that to evolve even further in the weeks and even months afterwards.
What is unfolding is the continuation of your own journey and often there is a rediscovery and reconnection with your true self. When you know who you truly are, what makes you tick and what brings you joy then what follows is so much more fluid and easy.
If you want further help and support to make this happen, then we can talk about maximising what you get out of this Experience by joining one of my nurturing programmes giving you 3 – 6 months coaching and nurturing after your return…or why not bring it in before you start to have you in the best place you can be when you begin your Camino Experience. You choose whatever you feel would serve you best.
All your accommodation is booked in advance on the path and your large bags are moved on every day so you only have to carry a day pack. You have the peace of mind of knowing that at the end of the day a chilled beer, wine or soft drink, hot bath or shower, comfy bed and dinner await you. Everything apart from your travel, incidental coffees, occasionally a couple of dinners in the larger towns and your personal alcohol consumption is organised for you.
I’ll also provide you with at least a 6 month fitness plan, a packing list and advice and guidance on gear and also travel so that you can feel confident when you join us.
On this journey we will generally walk for 5 days (with a travel day on either side) and the distance walked will vary depending on which section we are walking. You’ll have a rough idea when you choose which Camino Experience to come on.
- Advice and guidance on travel
- 6 or 7 nights accommodation depending on the section
- Transportation of your large bags to each night’s accommodation
- Breakfast, light lunch and dinner each walking day on the Sarria to Santiago section except for the last day into Santiago. ONLY breakfast and light lunches included on Vigo to Santiago section.
- An experienced guide to lead you along your journey
- The camaraderie of walking in a small group of like-minded women
- The option of adding a ‘Transition Day’ at the end of your trip while still on location and in the zone (please ask if interested).
- An extensive tried and tested packing list of what to bring
- At least a 6-month training plan giving you plenty of time to build your fitness
- A couple of one to one calls to establish what you need to get out of the journey
- Time zones allowing, a pre-walk group call to meet your fellow walkers and start to bond as a group
- One-to-one and small group discussions along the way
- A post-walk beer/wine/soft drink every walking day
- A post-experience call to pull together what may have come up for you and ensure you are clear and supported in how to move forward. (These are booked before we leave so to ensure continuity and maximising thoughts, experience etc).
“The Camino allowed me to focus on myself, which is something that I am rarely able to do as a wife, mother and employee.
As a wife and mother, I am responsible for keeping my family afloat. As an employee, I am responsible for keeping my team afloat. But no one is responsible for keeping ME afloat! I felt like I was drowning before this trip, and now- after 1 week of focusing on no one but me- I feel rejuvenated, refreshed, and more present in my life.
I am beyond thankful for this wonderful opportunity.” – Shannon Clay, Denver, Colorado, USA
“A series of totally unexpected, but most fortunate, events led me to meet Heather in April 2018. After just an hour of conversation, I had signed up and was preparing to walk a section of the Camino de Santiago in September.
For me, it was the realisation of a long-held dream – to walk a pilgrim route alongside like-minded women. And what an experience it was. We walked through spectacular countryside, met with fascinating people from all over the world, enjoyed some rigorous conversations, drank lots of delicious wine and ate some very tasty tapas. But the very best parts for me are the new friendships and the many wonderful memories that were forged along that road. Both of these I now treasure.
Thanks, Heather, I had a ball!” – Karen Christian, Sheffield, UK
“Getting away and completely unplugging for 5 days, being completely open to what the Camino would bring to me, has been nothing short of life-altering.
It was a challenging walk, hard at times because of long days but also the weight of our lives and experiences that we carry and were able to work with on the path. It was one of the most rewarding experiences I have ever had and I’ve already signed up for the next one. I really look forward to continuing my physical and metaphysical journey.
If you’re thinking about the Camino Experience, do it, you’ll not regret it and Heather prepares and encourages you every step of the way.
Thank you, Heather, for being so amazing at bringing together such a wonderful group of women, organizing a grand Camino adventure, and for bringing so much joy into my life.” – Debby Kevin, Columbia, Maryland, USA
Not surprisingly our Camino Experiences and Retreat Plans were severely hampered in 2020. This current year and 2022 are both designated Holy Years on the Camino and we are therefore currently considering what that means for the experiences we can offer. With many restrictions in place due to the ongoing coronavirus it is difficult to make concrete decisions and guarantees. However, in the past when things were less complex, I was used to booking these Experiences up to 2 years in advance. Many people like that as it allows time for training and building fitness as well as the opportunity to spread payment over an extended period of time. Please be assured those payments go into a separate account and are not touched until needed for the event. The payments from those who were booked for 2020, in full or partially, are safe and are being transferred to the events when they can go ahead.
As things stand, I am planning to lead a Vigo to Santiago section in spring of 2023 followed by a Sarria to Santiago section. I plan to do both those again in autumn 2023. I would also love to lead some sections of the Camino Frances in France – from Nasbinals to Conques, one of the jewels of the French crown, and from Cahors to Lectoure starting at the beautiful UNESCO heritage site Pont Valentre.
For future walking experiences, we already have a waitlist for the Camino Retreat, which starts and ends in Porto, but is unlikely to happen until 2022 now. As a taster or tester for the Camino, I plan to offer the St James Way in the UK in autumn 2021 which could be a stepping stone for you. I am also exploring some potential walking in Sweden and in Italy as alternatives for the future.
Final costs are hard to give at this moment as the Camino is starting to return to life. I would expect prices to be similar to what we did have which were an early bird price of £2395 + VAT – full price of £2595 + VAT. A £250 non-refundable deposit is taken which secures your place and price (in the current situation deposits are honoured for 12-24 months if trips cannot go ahead). Payment plans are available (usually the norm) and these are arranged to suit you the client.
If you would like to explore this further then let’s have a chat and we can talk through any concerns and questions that you might have. Book in for a virtual coffee below or email me.
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How about a VIP Camino Experience?
Ready to supercharge change in your life? Maximise this entire Experience by having Heather all to yourself? By booking a VIP Camino you get 1 to 1 coaching and service from the very beginning.
Starting with your preparation, Heather will be on hand to guide you through your fitness training, give personal advice on the correct gear – even come shopping with you, answer questions and address concerns and keep you accountable at all stages. She will coach you, through regular calls, as you set your intentions for this journey and get you into the mindset which will serve you best.
On the actual path, Heather will be by your side ensuring that the challenges you face and the insights you have are explored fully for your benefit and your development.
As you walk, there will be ‘alone’ time too for you to ‘be’ with your thoughts and feelings, for you to tune into what comes up and to give headspace. Having that ‘me time’ is an essential part of the trip.
Heather will work with you to put together your personal routemap so that when you return home, everything learnt and experienced is used by you, in both your business and personal development and you’ll receive regular coaching for 3 – 6 months after the Camino through sessions on zoom.
This is a very special experience and you can choose whatever route you would like to walk. We can talk through all possibilities and timescales. To further this do schedule in a virtual coffee.
What can I do to help you?
I’d like to invite you to join me in introducing walking into your life or to deepen your walking practice in a way that is the right fit for you.
Why not start off by joining our Inner Circle where I share insights and tips from my world of walking and all the latest news about upcoming events and retreats.
Or contact me to arrange a virtual coffee to chat about how I can work with you on your personal journey. At a time when many of us are wondering what the future holds this is a great opportunity to explore and create “Project YOU” – your moving forward plan.