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Over 200,000 people from all over the world embark on this once in a life time quest every year to reconnect with themselves, God, Nature in a pure and pristine way. Pilgrims searching for meaning in their lives; answers to those big questions, Who Am I? What Is My Purpose? People ready to Unplug from the hustle and bustle of day to day living, the pressures, stress, technology and PLUG into with what is really important – Peace, Oneness, your Soul’s deepest longing and truths.
The Camino offers pilgrims like you a “Journey of the Spirit,” through challenges, lessons, friendships, communion with Mother Nature, clarity, insights, blessings, unexpected gifts and transformation along The Way.
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By The End Of This Soul Journey You Will:
- Feel more connected to and grounded in your body for living as Spirit in the Physical.
- Your Soul will be Nourished leading to expansion, change and ultimately manifestation of living life on your terms your way.
- Experience a deep sense of accomplishment, victory on completing the Classic Pilgrimage from Sarria to Santiago. You did it!!! when so many just talk about it.
- With that sense of accomplishment and realizing what you are capable of, image what you will do and take on when you return home? What are the possibilities?
- Receive greater clarity about life and your purpose.
- Expand into a Grander Version of Your True Self for Authentic Living and Being.
- Deepen your connection to the Divine.
- Gain understanding of how special and important you are and how important it is when you return home to take time for yourself.
- Meet new like minded friends, a community that gets you and honors you as you are, something you have been asking and praying for.
- Another adventure under your belt setting the pace for more adventures in the future.
Here’s What People Who Have Walked The Pilgrim’s Way
have said about their journey…
Esther, I'm so excited
Together we will walk the final leg of the Camino de Santiago de Compostela from Sarria to Santiago.
Once in Santiago we honour our Selves and celebrate our accomplishment by walking the final steps into the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral and participate in the Pilgrim’s Ceremony receiving our Pilgrim’s Certificate.
Along “The Way”:
The Teaching, Growth and Transformation:
This trip is exactly what my Soul yearns for
The Adventure and Exploration:
But that’s not where the exploring and adventure ends. Following our walk we will spend time touring Santiago a fascinating medieval walled city and Finisterre, a famous fishing port, considered to be the end of the world during the Middle Ages. Finisterre is believed to hold the energy of special spiritual and physical significance adding to the flavor and theme of our trip. We will visit waterfalls, fishing villages, the famous Finisterre lighthouse while breathing in the sea air. Plus along your walking route there will be plenty of charming villages and sites to explore.
*itinerary is subject to change
Day One: From Santiago de Compostela To Sarria
We spend our first night in a gorgeous 18th century stonewalled country house reformed into a luxurious guest house boasting a large garden and private chapel. A perfect place to relax and refresh from our travels before we meet in the evening for our Opening Circle of Intention Setting and a fabulous gourmet Welcome Dinner. The owner of the lodge used to work as a chef in top restaurants in San Sebastian and Madrid. So be prepared for a mouth watering meal Spanish style.
Day Two - Day Six : The Pilgrim’s Walk
Each day we will come together as a group for a Meditation Circle to set the tone for the day. I will offer you a Divinely Inspired teaching to contemplate while you are on the path designed to provoke new awarenesses about yourself and the world, and stimulate change and transformation. Once the meditation circle is complete and we are well stretched for the day’s walk, we embark on the Pilgrim’s Way. Each day we will be walking between 14 and 22 kms (about 4-6 hours) through beautiful countryside, meadows, oak woods and charming villages. We will pass by town churches, medieval bridges, lakes, rivers and valleys. Uphill and downhill routes are all made easy by breathtaking views.
On the first leg of our walk we will have a Spanish local guide with us to set the scene ensuring confidence in our ability to find route markers as we make our way to Santiago. After that we are on our own to navigate the Way in our own time and way making this journey unique to you.
Along the way be sure to take time to explore the ancient ruins, enjoy a coffee in one of the villages, sample the famous cheese of the Arzua region and talk to locals and other travelers. Some of the villages we pass through appear to be stuck in time and have no name. As your body and feet get used to the activity, the path becomes gentler and your focus turns to communing with your Self, Nature and God. Allow the energies to wrap you in LOVE and listen for the whispers of guidance and inspiration answering questions you hold and assisting you in the creation of your intentions and desires.
Once our walk is complete for the day, we will be transported as group to our lodgings for the night. We have carefully selected comfortable and accommodating guesthouses and hotels with en suite bathrooms. Including an 18th century farmhouse, 500 year old manor with lake views, a spa hotel inspired by Celtic architecture and a renovated old mill in a stunning rural location. Accommodations subject to change, we will always choose something unique and vibrant to our group.
Refresh from your walk and explore the area. Perhaps take some time to write in your journal. Or sit at a cafe and just Be.
In the evening we gather for our evening group meal, dining on local cuisine which tempts the palate, tantalizes the taste buds and fills our bellies for a good night’s sleep. During the meal we will engage in a sharing circle to speak about our days travels, A Ha’s we have had along the way and thoughts regarding the topic of the daily mediation. Sharing in this way stimulates even greater awareness and understanding which leads to new choices and ultimately change. And then we rest. We rest our mind and body preparing for the next day’s adventure.
Breakfast and Dinner Daily.
Day Seven: We Arrive in Santiago!
We cross Lavacolla River where traditionally pilgrims would bathe and clean their clothes – purifying their Soul – before stepping into the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela where Apostle Saint James is buried.
Climb up Monte do Gozo (Mount of Joy) which offers stunning views of the city before continuing downhill into the Medieval Town which we enter through the “Camino Door.” We pass through the Azabacheria Door, the official entrance to the Cathedral and onto the Plaza del Obradoiro. Stepping into the Plaza we rejoice! You have completed the Camino de Santiago! Take time to feel and express your emotions. Acknowledge your grand accomplishment. Breath in the air and soak in the sights. You did it!
After our arrival celebration we check into our hotel and get ready to participate in the traditional Pilgrim Mass and Compostelas Ceremony at the Cathedral. And of course to receive our Pilgrims Certificates! Georgian chanting, the Botafumeiro, pilgrims communing together makes for a moving event. And then our Celebration Dinner. Disfrute de su comida! ~ Bon Appetite.
Day Eight: Explore Santiago and Pamper Your Body
And then we offer love and gratitude to our bodies that carried us along the Pilgrim’s Way with spa treatments and baths. Your spa package includes: Access Thermal Circuit (SPA), up to 3 hours + Local Massage of Legs with Circulatory Ointment + Special Treatment of Pressotherapy, an exclusive detoxifying treatment. The rest of the day and evening is yours to do as you wish. Souvenir shop, poke around the city; chill and relax.
Dinner is on your own. Tapas anyone?
Day Nine: Finisterre
Today we visit the port city by coach stopping along the way at the traditionally quaint Galician fishing village of Muros and the 155 meter tall Ezaro Waterfalls. Cascada del Ézaro is a big powerful waterfall along the river Rio Xallas known for its scenic beauty and teeming with flora and fauna.
Once on the cape we walk 3 kms to the working lighthouse of Finisterre, the westernmost point of the Iberian Peninsula and the 0 km marker. You will have some free time to explore the area before we begin our drive back to Santiago via Virxe da Barca Sancturary in Maxia.
Along the way we stop for our Farewell lunch, yes more delicious Spanish Food and Closing Circle. When we arrive back in Santiago you have the evening to be foot loose and fancy free in the city.
Breakfast, Farewell Lunch
Day Ten: On To The Next Adventure
While your journey walking the Pilgrim’s Way has come to an end, your Soul’s Journey continues now bolstered by what you have discovered and learned during your time in Spain. Whether you are heading back home or to another destination ¡ buen viaje! Meaning, I hope you have a safe and enjoyable journey.
One early morning group transfer to the airport.
- 7 nights en-suite accommodations handpicked for comfort and uniqueness along the Camino de Santiago.
- 2 nights at Hotel Bonaval or similar.
- 9 breakfasts
- 1 Farewell Luncheon
- 7 dinners
- A Pilgrim Kit for each person which includes: an official Pilgrim Passport, a waterproof zip bag, a scallop shell, poncho, a sweet, luggage tags and John Bierley guide book considered to be the bible of the Camino.
- Transfers to and from the Camino and hotels if they are not directly on the Camino and accessible by foot.
- Local Spanish Walking Guide on Day 2.
- Luggage transport each day of our walk.
- Guided tours in Santiago and Finisterre.
- Entrance to the Spa on Day 8: Access Thermal Circuit (SPA), up to 3 hours + Local Massage of Legs with Circulatory Ointment + Special Treatment of Pressotherapy, an exclusive detoxifying treatment.
- Emergency support from our local team on the ground.
- Group transfer from airport to Sarria and from Santiago to the airport.
- All taxes and gratuities at hotels.
- Tips for guides and drivers.
Esther, I am ready to join you!
What’s Not Included
- Return airfare to and from Santiago, Spain.
- Travel and Medical Insurance. (mandatory)
- First aid kit.
- Items of a personal nature including but not limited to phone calls, snacks, laundry services, souvenir shopping…
- Meals not listed in the itinerary including lunches, water and snacks along the walk.
- Additional spa treatments of your choosing.
- Beer, wine and alcoholic drinks.
- Taxi fare if needed.
- Separate airport transfer from Santiago if required.
- Anything not specifically noted in the what’s included section.
- Cost of accommodation and associated services for overnights en route, caused by weather, flight schedules and other events.
Walking The El Camino A Sacred Spirit Journey
June 7 to 16th, 2019.
Double Occupancy $3747 USD
Single Occupancy $4467 USD
*If you would like to request a roommate to avoid paying single supplement please let us know. We will do our best to find you match however there are no guarantees.
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Your deposit is non-refundable. For cancellations received in writing sixty days or earlier from start date of Journey, we refund all but the $500 non-refundable deposit. No refunds if you cancel later than 30 days prior to tour start date. We reserve the right to cancel the trip if it is not meeting the trip minimum, (seven persons) but your funds are fully refundable if this occurs. Because our prepayments are not refundable other than under the circumstances listed here within, our cancellation policy must be firm and we strongly recommend the purchase of adequate travel insurance.
Trip cancellation insurance is strongly recommended when making travel plans. You can use our suggested Travel Guard Insurance online and choose from several policy options or contact Ales my travel co-ordinator and he will be able to assist you with arranging travel insurance.
Meet Esther Your Retreat Leader:
After waking up to the awareness that not only did she not love herself, she didn’t even like herself, Esther embarked on a journey of falling in love with Self which continues to deepen and blossom every day. Esther is driven by the inner knowing that loving Self and knowing who you truly be as Soul Essence and vessel for Source Energy to flow, is key to experiencing a juicy, fulfilling life.
Esther applies the most cutting-edge healing technologies to her work so that every personal session, group, or live event she co-creates with you, will create change and a welcomed state of expansion.
“My first taste of guiding a Sacred Spirit Journey was to the Bosnian Pyramids in 2015. The retreat offered participants not only an exciting adventure, but also facilitated personal change at a deep level.
It also stirred up within me a desire to offer more Spirit filled transformational journeys. The Spirit Journey to Iceland was fun, powerful and transformative beyond belief as we played in amazing Vortex’s of Energy! Then back to Bosnia working with Pyramid Energy and exploring other mysteries. And now we head to Spain to participate in the Pilgrim Walk along the El Camino. I am excited to see what unfolds for us on our journey.
I believe that experiential travel is soul stirring, inspiring, heart opening and above all life changing. It allows for personal growth through connections with other cultures, people, visitation to sacred sites and energetic hot spots around the world.
Please join me on this next life changing adventure as we Walk the El Camino.
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Will I be walking alone or with a group?
What happens if I can’t walk that far?
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How do I know what direction to walk when not being guided?
Of course don’t hesitate to ask the locals for directions: “Santiago de Compostela?” or “Camino?” and they will point you in the right direction. Navigating the walk with the group or at times on your own is part of the journey, adventure, growth and expansion.
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This trip is exactly what my Soul yearns for
We will be gathering together at the airport and leave for Sarria by 1 pm. Many flights arrive into Spain early in the morning. You may choose to arrive the day before and stay overnight at a local hotel and then transport back to the airport during the morning of the seventh.
Feel free to make your own flight arrangements or reach out to my Travel Planner Extraordinaire Ales Struna for assistance with flights and travel insurance. If you do book your own flight please notify Ales with your flight information.
We ask that you wait to book your flight until we give the go ahead knowing the required number of people for the journey has been met. Ales contact info 866-866-5566 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Journeys of the Spirit Luxury Travel and Esther Bartkiw shall not be liable for any personal injury, property loss or other damage arising out of, or incident to, the tour or otherwise. Airlines are not responsible for any act, omission or event during the time passengers are not aboard their aircraft. Passenger tickets, in use by the airlines, when issued, shall constitute the sole contract between airline and purchaser and/or passenger.
Furthermore, Journeys of the Spirit Luxury Travel and Esther Bartkiw are not responsible for inclement weather, political acts, or any “acts of God” or the shortening of a trip due to these occurrences. Nor are they responsible for airline or ground operator defaults or repayment of monies lost due to default. Nor are they responsible for lost luggage. Flight schedules and accommodations are subject to change at any time, though such changes are not anticipated. No refunds will be made for changes beyond the control of Journeys of the Spirit Luxury Travel and Esther Bartkiw.
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Esther, I am ready to join you
* Spa photo courtesy of HOTEL BALNEARIO DE COMPOSTELA
* Venue Image courtesy of Hotel Bonaval
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