The Camino ExperienceVARIOUS DATES
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.
And imagine walking an ancient and historic path, walking in the footsteps of those who have gone before. Tapping into their wisdom and stories and then expanding this to our wisdom and stories. Wisdom and stories we may never even have valued. Visiting the places they worshipped and where they were given refuge, seeing wonderful countryside and tasting the food of the region.
I’m Heather Waring and I’m a coach and walking expert.
I’ve walked the ancient Camino in stages over a period of 9 years, starting in the centre of France in Le Puy en Velay so covering around 1000 miles. I know the restorative effects that this path has had on me and the people I have met. I love it’s energy, it’s spiritual effect and what it teaches me.
It is likely that you have heard of the Camino de Santiago de Compostella. You might have wanted to walk this path but perhaps you’re not sure if you’d enjoy it or you may be wondering if you could actually do it.
This is your chance to experience walking a section of it with a small group of like-minded women – laughing, learning and supporting each other. And above all focusing on YOU.
On this path you will be guided all the way.
Imagine embarking 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 – from breathtaking views when we find ourselves on ridges and outcrops; the many churches of varying size and importance, often open for us to visit; the farms, forests and moorland as well as villages, small towns and cities of the way through to the amazing food and wine of France and Spain; to the fun, laughter and camaraderie of travelling as a small group.
With time for reflection, discussion, mindfulness and meditation, you’ll be able to look at your life and how you want it to be. And that will start before you even leave your home. 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 you.
This is a challenging walk, stretching you mentally and physically and that’s where the growth happens, that’s where we feel the achivement and where we get the great joy and inspiration.
You’ll leave wanting to return and truly walking to the rhythm of your heart.
I’ll make the journey easy for you.
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 is organised for you and guidance regarding travel will be provided.
I’ll also provide you with a 6 month fitness plan, and support through a private facebook group so that you can feel confident when you join us – even if you are currently worried about your physical ability to undertake the camino. 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.
But 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.
The time, space and exploration will allow you to look at what you love about your life, what you want more of; what you might want to change or get rid of. We’ll also look at what steps you need to take to bring about these changes. We’ll start this off in a couple of one to one calls with me and then expansion will happen while on the path itself, at the end of the Experience when we come together to celebrate and talk about our days but also when you return home. You will leave feeling calmer, fitter, clearer and with the beginnings of a Routemap for the next stage of your life.
Once home, we’ll have a call to develop your Routemap further, so you can continue taking action on creating the life you want to live.
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.
What is unfolding is the continuation of your own journey and if you want help and support to make this happen then we can talk about maximsing what you get out of this Experience by adding coaching to it for 3 – 6 months after your return. You can also choose to start this work before you even leave if you feel that would serve you best.
What is included:
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, lunch and dinner each walking day
An experienced guide to lead you along your journey
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
A packing list of what to bring
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
At least one 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-walk coaching call to pull together what may have come up for you and ensure you are clear and supported in how to move forward
Sarria to Santiago in Spain
If you want to walk some of the Camino de Santiago and you know that you cannot do it all, then this would be a section I recommend.
This is the last section and in walking this last 100 km or just over, you can claim your Compostella (Pilgrim Certificate) at the end.
The majority of this section is walked in Galicia with its green and undulating landscape. This is ‘green’ Spain and I was really taken by its beauty and how so much of it was on woodland paths in comparison with some other sections. As we walked through many ancient oak woods with their gnarled and twisted trunks, I found myself thinking about all the wonderful stories that these trees could tell if they could talk.
On this section, many choose to have a very short final day so that they can get to Santiago in time for the midday mass. I choose instead to make the last two days of equal length and to have the time to fully enjoy your last walking day and to be able to savour the first sighting of the three spires of the cathedral from Monte do Gozo. You will want to have time to take photos here and celebrate getting so far.
We will not forget mass though, and whether you attend for religious reasons; spiritual ones; the sense of theatre or just as a celebration, you can attend the next day and also have time to go to the Pilgrim office and receive your certificate and your final stamp.
On this trip, I allow this extra day so you can relax, celebrate, and explore and enjoy the beautiful city before heading home the following day.
It’s also a great opportunity to begin your transition back into life at home. It’s amazing how after 5 days on the path, with the solitude and peace that busy places seem so much chaotic and noisier than they were before. This helps prepare you.
Our accommodation in Santiago is in a converted XVIth century monastery just across from the cathedral and is such an atmospheric place to stay, a perfect and fitting end to our walk.
On this section we cover about 75 miles over the 5 days, some days longer than others. The terrain is undulating, much of it through ancient oak woods and on gravel and earth paths. Some road walking in places mainly coming into or leaving towns or villages. Very rural in most places.
Booking on this section, because it’s the busiest and most popular, needs to be well in advance as accommodation gets fully booked. This is the reason that the EARLYBIRD cut off dates are so much earlier.
Your investment for this walk is £2495 + VAT
We have EARLYBIRD PRICES and on the Autumn/Fall Walk our EARLY EARLYBIRD is £2295 + VAT until April 30th 2019.
From May 1st 2019 until June 30th 2019, the EARLYBIRD price is £2395 + VAT and after that it’s the full £2495 + VAT
7 of the 8 places available on the Autumn Camino Experience
Payment plans are available, with some people choosing to pay up front, and others spreading payments out over as many as 12-18 months. We will work with what suits you as long as final payment is made before you leave on your Experience. We want to make this as doable for you as possible.
Once you commit, we take a £250 + VAT non-refundable deposit which secures your place and the price at the time of booking, then we follow up with a payment discussion.
– email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and we can set a call up or use the link below to book a virtual coffee and we can talk through your questions, any concerns and see if this is right for you.
£2,495 + VAT
EARLYBIRD PRICES £2295 + VAT and £2395 +VAT
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The first step on your journey is to arrange a committment free call.
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, 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 6 months after the Camino through sessions on zoom.
The first step in your journey is to arrange a committment free call.
What other women are saying
A series of totally unexpected, but most fortunate, events led me to a London club where I met Heather in April of this year. After just an hour of conversation, I had joined her, ‘Women Walking, Women Talking group 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
What has the Camino trip done for me? I have started to slow down a bit; trying not to get worked up over things that are out of my control. Taking deep breaths seems to help center me too. I look at the photos, laugh at the fun we had and continually be thankful for the opportunity I had.
I am naturally finding myself thinking less and less about myself and more and more about what I want to do for others. I have found a local person I can chat to periodically about how my life is progressing and where I want to see it going.
So all and all a positive result in large part because I had the space to get out of my routine, relax and think. Huge thank you to you.
WENDY HARMON, DENVER, Colorado, USA.
Learning so much about myself and how I cope with adversity. Big thanks to Heather for the opportunity and my fellow walkers for the support.
Linda Everett, Bonnyrigg, Scotland
I am so glad I took part in the Camino Experience and really value it. I felt physically good and able to cope though there were challenging sections of steep ups and downs. It was all very positive, well organised and I felt well supported.
Celia Coram, Hackney, London, UK
“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
I didn’t know what to expect really – both in terms of my own capacity and the whole experience. I loved the group, reaching the tops of hills , the countryside and the challenge. If you are thinking of doing it, do train. The fitter you are the more you will enjoy it. Don’t take more stuff than necessary.
Rosalind Hallifax, London, UK
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