By Valerie Brown, JD, MA, PCC
Many of us, especially women, are in a state of ambiguity and depletion from COVID. We have spent years caretaking others, supporting family, friends, co-workers, and raising kids, all of which has brought tremendous joy into our lives, and we’re wondering: ‘When will there be time for me?’ Some of us have been so conditioned to put ourselves last that even considering our own needs feels selfish and disloyal to the people and the causes we love and care about. The well being of others is important to us and yet, our well being is postponed indefinitely into an un-named future.
Life has an unknown expiration date. And while that may sound morbid, you know it’s true. I created and designed Walk in Beauty: Pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago for these women on the edge of burnout, for Black, Indigenous, and people of color, for professionals, and for you.
Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Camino de Santiago, also known as The Way of St. James, is the epic pilgrimage route of Europe. Walk in Beauty specializes in preparing you in body, mind, and spirit to join a small, intimate pilgrimage community, to help you discover your own ‘inner wisdom’, to engage travel as an act of mindfulness, and to return home with greater awareness, courage, understanding, and compassion, supporting personal and societal transformation.
Is El Camino on your “bucket list”?
Are you in transition and wanting space and time to reflect on “what’s next”?
Are you celebrating a milestone life event?
Are you seeking a travel experience that aligns with your deepest values?
What to Expect on a Walk in Beauty Pilgrimage
For 2022, we offer two hidden gem pilgrimage options: Portuguese Coast Camino, October 3-14, 2022 and Asturias Art & Adventure Camino, October 17-26, 2022, our kindest and gentlest Camino. Both the Portuguese Coast Camino and the Asturias Art & Adventure Camino, Walk in Beauty Pilgrimage combine the stunning beauty of El Camino de Santiago, Spain with ample time to reflect on your inner capacity to lead a more authentic, meaningful, and resilient life. Our unique approach to pilgrimage includes spacious time in solitude and in community, journaling, and reflection with poetry and prose to life’s big questions. In these exclusive, small group pilgrimages, you are spoiled by breathtaking natural beauty of the sun-drenched north coast of Spain and Portugal, magnificent accommodations, and exquisite food.
Walk in Beauty Ethos
We believe that traveling under your own power and at your own pace with a supportive community opens up an opportunity to connect more meaningfully with the world. Our mission is to provide not just a travel experience but rather a pilgrimage journey so transformative that it becomes a defining moment in your life. We provide amazing support on meticulously planned itineraries with superb accommodations and regional-delicious cuisine so you can be fully present, enjoying ‘your Camino, your Way’.
We welcome and support people from diverse racial, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, sexual orientation, genders, languages, ages, abilities, immigration and socio-economic status, and spiritual practices.
We focus on women’s empowerment: nurturing you, celebrating you, pampering you, making the journey along this famed 1000-year old trail a once-in-a-lifetime adventure of body, mind, and spirit. We specialize in the most gentle and kind El Camino experience with expert guides, support, and training tailored to you. We take care of everything so you can focus on you. Leave the details to us and grab your hiking shoes. Join Walk in Beauty: Pilgrimage of El Camino, October 2022. Register here and more details: https://www.leadsmartcoaching.com/upcoming-events/