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The Camino de Santiago Pilgrim Walk 
The Region & Its Treasures

"An active holiday escape for those wanting to experience a deeply personal and transformative journey, whilst immersing themselves in the local culture and enjoying a touch of luxury "

The Camino de Santiago — literally the "Way of St. James" — is Europe's ultimate pilgrimage route. Since the Middle Ages, pilgrims have walked hundreds of miles across Northern Spain to pay homage to the remains of St. James in the city named for him, Santiago de Compostela.

 

Spain's famous pilgrimage trail, El Camino de Santiago, has become one of the most popular walking vacations and spiritual journeys in Europe - bursting with regional culture, historic cities, and some of the greatest food available, from Michelin Star quality to hearty regional classics.

 

The journey will take you through quaint villages, endless green meadows, and rolling hillsides. This well-worn path is symbolically marked by the image of a scallop shell with yellow arrows that help guide our way.

 

There is so much more to our pilgrimage.

 

A deep spiritual sense accompanies the walk, whether you are looking for it or not. Ten full days infused with mindfulness and woven with wellness-inspired retreat activities. Guests undertake pilgrimages for a multitude of reasons and it is meeting these fellow pilgrims, hearing their stories, and sharing this adventure with them that will make your Camino Walking Retreat a life-changing event.

 

We cater to all levels of fitness and therefore have chosen an easier walk along the coast experiencing the final 122+km of the the Camino Portuguese Coastal Way. Our customised and bespoke walking retreat infuses a walking experience with luxury accommodation, three meals a day made up of fine local artisan foods, and even a cheeky glass (or 2) of wine with dinner, meaning you only need to think about one thing......placing one foot in front of the other. Bien Camino!

 

Erica & Lisa

Days 1 & 2

Our adventure begins in Baiona, Spain

Baiona is a spectacular coastal town with an incredible promenade where we'll be able to enjoy the coast and the magnificence of the Atlantic Ocean while we get to know each other dining on fresh seafood and a cheeky vino. Here we begin our Retreat.

Accommodation

The Parador de Baiona

2 - 4th April 2023 {2 nights}

 

In the southern Rías Baixas region, protected from the open sea by a lovely bay, stands Monterreal Peninsula, where the Parador de Baiona awaits. Elegance is a key feature of every room of the Parador. The stately function rooms, spacious guest rooms with sea views, and spectacular stone staircase that welcomes you at the entrance are just a few examples of the majesty of this medieval fortress

Photos of the Bay of Baiona, in Pontevedra, Galicia. The photos are made from the Parador

Day 3

Walking Baiona to Vigo - 26 KM

Leaving behind the historical village of Baiona to start the longest stage of the Portuguese Coastal Camino, we will walk to Vigo, a vibrant hustling city in Galicia. This stretch of the Camino has a distance of 26 km with a low difficulty level and passes through significant historical sites and glorious scenery.

Accommodation

NH Collection Vigo

4 - 5th April 2023 {1 night}

 

Team classic furnishings with contemporary touches like wooden floors where every detail has been considered when it comes to comfort, with soundproof windows, plush mattresses, and pillow menus ensuring a good night’s sleep.

Free Wi-Fi is included too. The NH Collection Vigo has a prime spot in the heart of the city’s shopping district.

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Day 4

Walking Vigo to Redondella - 13 KM

Today we meander and take on a nice, short & simple stage after yesterday's more challenging walk. During the day we will walk gently through the pleasant Camiño of the River Course, from where we breathe-in and enjoy the stunning views of the Vigo Estuary.

Accommodation

As Chivas Rural House

5 - 6th April 2023 {1 night}

From the heart of the Rías Baixas in Galicia, on top of the southern slope of the Ría de Vigo, 1 km from the Portuguese route of the Camino de Santiago, surrounded by pine and eucalyptus trees is As Chivas - a charming rural house ideal for pilgrims who want to disconnect from the routine, enjoy nature, pamper the palate and rest pleasantly while exploring the magic surrounds of Galicia.

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Day 5

Walking Redondela to Pontevedra - 19 KM

Leaving Redondela towards Arcade to Cesantes, we find the Chapel of Santa María. From here, we continue to Arcade, famous for its 13th-century Castles. Arcade’s natural oyster banks make it one of the most remarkable places to eat shellfish in Galicia. The area is also famous for its vineyards and for producing the wine of the Denomination of Origin “Rías Baixas”.

Accommodation

The Paradaor de Pontevedra

6 - 7th April 2023 {1 night}

he Parador, once the residence of the Counts of Maceda, is located in the old quarter of the magnificent city of Pontevedra. The building is decorated with antiques and classic furniture. The surrounding area invites you to visit coves and beaches and enjoy fine seafood and excellent wine.

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Day 6

Walking Pontevedra to Caldas de Reis - 24.5 KM

Today we leave the emblematic Pontevedra by the Church of the Pilgrim, cross the Old Town and enter many villages and rural hamlets on our journey to Caldas de Reis - where our accommodation is situated 3 km outside of this picturesque and quaint town.

Accommodation

Casa A Pedreira Boutique Hotel

7 - 8th April 2023 {1 night}

This restored 19th-century Galician farmhouse is midway between Pontevedra and Santiago de Compostela. It offers an outdoor pool and free Wi-Fi. A Pedreira Hotel is decorated in traditional country style. There is an office desk, and your own private bathroom. Guests can relax on the sun terrace, in the garden, or enjoy the hotel library.

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Days 7 & 8

Walking Caldas de Reis to Padron - 19 km

Today we leave Caldas de Reis through the viaduct, and across a mountainous stretch that leads to O Cruceiro - at 4 km we will visit the Church of Santa Mariña. We'll end our day in Padrón, famous for its peppers. Tradition has it that it was here that the boat coming from the Holy Land carrying the body of the Apostle was moored on the “pedrón”, a granite block still preserved under the altar of the church of Santiago

Accommodation

Os Lambráns

8 - 10th April 2023 {2 nights}

 

This charming, eco-friendly property offers attractive rooms overlooking lovely gardens. Rooms at Os Lambráns feature exposed stone walls, oak floors, and bright finishes. The Sar River runs directly past the property. We will spend 2 nights here (where we have exclusivity of the property) to breathe, relax, practice mindfulness and meditation, set intentions and goals, and share in ceremony & celebration before we walk our last pilgrim journey together.

Day 9

Walking Padron to Santiago de Compostella 20 KM

As we leave Padrón we will go past the church of Santiago towards the Colegiata of Iria Flavia, where Nobel Literature Prize Camilo José Cela is buried. Continue through Osebe, through villages and woodlands, until we reach O Milladoiro - a satellite town of Santiago de Compostela. The name comes from the word “humilladoiro” because pilgrims prostrated themselves (humillarse) when seeing the towers of the Cathedral in the distance and perceiving how close their goal was. A Rocha and Conxo welcome you to Santiago de Compostela.

Accommodation

Hotel Palacio del Carmen (by Marriot)

10 - 11th April 2023 {1 night}

The Palacio del Carmen Autograph Collection Hotel is located in the historic area of Santiago de Compostela, very close to the Santiago Cathedral and the Plaza Obradoiro. It occupies a building that was once the Oblatas Convent and exudes undeniable elegance.

Meet your Hosts

Lisa Marie Staab

The Conscious Living Expert

A Certified Mindfulness, Meditation & Wellness Mentor, Member of Meditation Australia, Trained Chef & holds a Diploma of International Travel.

She also happens to be a mother to two (adult & teenager), a life adventurer & ex-corporate chick who enjoys the odd glass of wine.

Lisa holds regular Retreats and has been entrenched in learning and teaching the principles of the Blue Zones (think longevity) along with bringing Mindfulness Principles into everyday real life.

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Erica Yeats

The Behavioural Interrupter

Erica hails from an international corporate HR & Recruitment background across UK, NZ, Bali, and Australia. After reaching complete burnout at 29 she entered the world of holistic wellness - certifying and lecturing across many holistic therapeutic modalities; Wellness and Revenue Manager for Gwinganna Health Retreat and working in several luxury rehab retreats across Asia-pacific. For the past decade, she has consulted in the Spa and Wellness sector whilst studying wellness coaching, mental health counselling & advanced addiction interventions and is currently studying Divorce & Separation Coaching. As an avid traveller, Erica now co-joins with Lisa to merge her passion for global travel, mental health wellbeing, wellness, and all things retreat-orientated.

Your Trip Inclusions

9 Nights LUXURY Twin Share Accommodation

9 x Breakfasts, 8 x Lunches and 9 x Dinners

Camino Entrance Fees

Retreat Focused Activities

1x Afternoon Tapas Tour

The History of Camino De Santiago E-book

Retreat Gift Bag & Survival Pack

Pre-departure Walking Preparation Guide

The Camino Pilgrim Passport (Credencial del Peregrino for achieving 122kms+ walk)

$4599 AUD Per Person

Tailored Payment plans available 

$800 AUD deposit to secure your reservation.

Final payments due: 31st January 2023

***Spaces are strictly Limited to 12 SPOTS ONLY***

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James, Psychologist, AU

"Lisa facilitated a lovely, grounding mindfulness retreat that helped remind me about the importance of slowing down, allowing space & time for LIFE! Amazing food too."

Mandy, Executive, AU

"The retreat was the catalyst for a huge shift in consciousness which has radically transformed me. I have since found that my health, relationships, inner peace & overall confidence has shifted to a different level. I wholeheartedly recommend this experience to anyone on a personal journey to find their inner self."

Alana, Manager, AU

"Blissful! I came out so relaxed and rejuvenated with new experiences and tools to take back to everyday life to be a little bit more zen and grateful."
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What's NOT Included

  • Airfares (International & Domestic)

  • Travel Insurance

  • Souveniers & misc. spending

  • Extra Alcohol

REFUND & CANCELLATION POLICY:

80% refund of monies paid if cancelled prior to 31.1.23

50% refund of monies paid if cancelled prior to 27.02.23

No refunds after 27.02.23, however it is fully transferable (see Covid Policy below for exceptions)

 

COVID POLICY: In the event that the retreat is cancelled due to Covid Restrictions, prior to departure, you’ll receive an 80% refund of all monies paid.

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