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?
Experience the sacred art and practice of pilgrimage.
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.
Walk in Beauty Pilgrimages are designed to exceed your expectations, with stunning natural scenery, superb accommodations, and exceptional regional-delicious meals. We are specialists in the “Heart of El Camino,” offering a unique process of self-discovery through the Center for Courage & Renewal® Approach to reflect on your deepest values and to lead a more courageous, resilient, and meaningful life. The Approach includes spacious time in solitude and in community, journaling, mindfulness practices, and exploring poetry and prose to life’s big questions. To learn more about the Courage & Renewal Approach: http://www.couragerenewal.org/
Mindfulness in the Plum Village tradition, founded by Zen master Thich Nhat Hanh is the basis for daily activity, including mindful breathing, mindful sitting, mindful walking, mindful eating, mindful speaking and listening. To learn more about the Plum Village Approach: https://plumvillage.org/
Preparation is essential. We work with you from the moment you register for a pilgrimage to after you return home, offering you practices grounded in mindfulness and reflection to enhance your journey of transformation.
The crown jewel of Spanish walking trails, the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela began as an act of faith as Europeans crossed Spain to visit the sacred tomb of Saint James. One thousand years later, the Camino continues to draw spiritual seekers worldwide to enjoy the beauty of green rolling hills, stunning coastal views, and small hamlets of northern Spain. Come be part of this magical trail, find your authentic voice, and practice mindfulness in daily life. Experience the sacred art and practice of pilgrimage.
Walking El Camino, the path itself, taught me that activism is about the relationships that I cultivate with each person; how I express care, concern, and kindness; and how I offer support to others and for myself. The Way of Saint James helped me to attune to others and to trust my brief moments of clarity and my own intuition.
—-Valerie Brown in Kosmos Journal
What You Will Experience on a Lead Smart Pilgrimage: Walk in Beauty…
Feel grounded and centered inward with quiet self-reflection and reflection in small groups, using poetry, prose, music, and the land itself. Return home deeply touched by the beauty and inspiration of sacred land and culture. Be a force for change in the world.
Savor the present moment. Our pilgrimage journeys are very different from the typical :hiking vacation” or “cultural tour.” You won’t sit on a bus, “touring,” or sleep in a hostel. You won’t rush from one site to another to “get it all in.” You’ll move at a human pace, mindfully, to “allow your soul to catch up to your feet.” Be a pilgrim, not a tourist.
Enjoy connection with community; evening gatherings offer you time to reflect, write, and share from your experience, supporting your integration of this unique adventure. Be part of a community of seekers.
Foster respect and integrity for the land, the people, and the culture. A core value of Walk in Beauty is cultivating deep awareness of people, and of the environment, restoring a sense of integrity to the act of travel. Be connected.
Self-care and self-compassion are companions on the journey. Our private coach is loaded with healthy snacks and cold drinks and is available whenever you want to ride. Luggage is transferred to your hotel. After breakfast and morning reflection, the coach delivers you to the trailhead to begin each day on El Camino. You decide how much (or how little) you want to walk. Be kind to yourself.
What People Are Saying About Walk in Beauty. . . .
“I was surprised by joy, by the deep, authentic connection with those in this group as we shared the beauty and the challenge of the walk.”
“I loved the quality time devoted to hearing each others’ stories.”
“I loved the sense of community.”
“I loved the reflection with poetry.”
“Wonderful accommodations, closeness to nature, and solitude.”
“I learned to reconnect with what is really essential in my life.”
“I was deeply touched by the beauty of the environment we walked through, the silence, the stillness.”
Camino del Norte
(North Coast Route)