How long is the program?
The total retreat program covers 8 days and 7 nights. The program starts in Vigo with a welcome drink at the hotel, dinner and overnight stay. We start the walk early morning on the next day and the walking retreat lasts 5 full days until we reach Santiago de Compostela. We then spend two night in Santiago, the first for a well-deserved rest. The next day we will undertake a full day of workshops and activities completing the second phase of the program, and set you on the road to your future personal transformation.
How do I get there?
You are expected to travel independently to Vigo, where the retreat begins. There are a number of options to travel to Vigo from the common entry points into Spain, like direct daily flights from Madrid and Barcelona, trains and buses. All participants will receive a travel information guide with complete information on how to get there and upon request additional information assistance with travel arrangements. Depending on your passport, a Visa might be required.
Daily walking distances?
A little over 100 km (62 miles) in total during the five days, on the last five stages of the Portuguese way from Vigo to Santiago de Compostela. The average daily distance walked is 20 km, between 5 and 6 hours, but don’t worry, it is with two breaks along the way! The pace you will have to walk is gentle, but there are some hills. We recommend ABSOLUTELY above all else you break in your footwear, and also you to be in good physical condition, as the walk will be more enjoyable if you are in good cardiovascular shape. We will send you our recommended preparation program with guidelines and tips for you to get ready!
Which places will we visit?
During the pilgrimage we will walk the final segment of the Portuguese way, connecting Vigo, Redondela, Pontevedra, Caldas de Reis, Padrón and Santiago de Compostela. Once the walking retreat is over you will be spend the remaining day in Santiago working even further and deeper on your personal transformation process, through a series of practices that will empower you, guide your transformation process, and provide the integrating tools that will continue to help you once the retreat is over. Soul Camino is a unique comprehensive program developed by experienced facilitators to unleash your full potential.
Walking alone or with a group?
We will work as a small group of up to 12 participants, and during the course of the day there will be a range of activities which everyone will take part in, either on their own or with the others in the group. We recommend being with the group when special activities are happening. Each day we will provide a schedule. Pairing up with someone who walks at the same pace as you is always a good idea, but there will be times you will walk alone, either by choice or to engage in a solo activity. You will have a guide and facilitator walking with you always, who is available to help with any issues you may have, and of course to make sure everyone gets to where they need to be.
What if I can’t walk that far?
It’s recommended to start training before the retreat to be able to walk a minimum of 20 km each day. It is anticipated that the day’s walking will be in sections of between 6 and 8 km. We ask that you be prepared to undertake the challenge and make the effort to walk every step. It is important to listen to your body, we know this from experience, but don’t worry we will be with you, a guide and facilitator, every step of the way, to encourage you, support you, and assist you to complete the walk. If for some reason you really can’t make it we can arrange a taxi for you to the destination for the day.
What will the weather be like?
During the Spring and Autumn months the average high temperature is 18-20°C (64-66°F) and average low is 10-11°C (50-52°F). The amount of rainfall may vary but there can be a few raining days along the way, so we will recommend you some rain protection.
When I walk will I carry everything?
We have you covered! You won’t be needing to carry your luggage. We have arranged that your luggage will be transferred ahead of you and will be waiting at the next hotel for you. The service includes one bag up to 20kg. You will however want to bring with you on the walk a comfortable day pack to carry water, snacks, camera, journal, itinerary, rain jacket or poncho, etc.
During the Camino we will be staying in 2/3-star accommodation in towns and villages along the route walked between the cities of Vigo and Santiago de Compostela. Each hotel is carefully selected to provide comfortable cozy lodging, and the basis is shared twin rooms with private bathrooms (optional Private Room add on available). The hotels chosen are very familiar with pilgrims, and many of the other guests are likely to be pilgrims as well!
Is food and drink included?
All the meals are included! During the camino there will be a typical Spanish breakfasts served at the accommodation, picnic or cafe lunches and a traditional pilgrim menu with three courses in the evening. Some vegetarian options will be offered in each accommodation. We highly recommend eating light food and avoid consuming red meat, and if white meat is desired it is consumed in moderation. We recommend a fruit and vegetable based diet to engage in greater openness during the retreat, and to allow for the process of transformation to be more effective throughout.
Drinking water fountains are available along the way and we encourage you to significantly hydratate. Water or wine is traditionally offered to pilgrims with dinner. We would however recommend none or not more than one glass a day in order to fully engage with the transformational processes you will be immersed in.
Snacks and extra drinks are not provided, but are available for participants to purchase periodically along the route.
Do I receive the ‘Compostela’?
As our walk will cover the last 100km of the Camino Portugués this means you can receive for your pilgrim ‘Compostela’ certificate when you arrive in Santiago! Your pilgrim passport must be stamped twice each day (e.g., in hotels, bars, restaurants, churches, albergues) along the walk, but don’t worry we will be with you all the way to ensure you don’t forget.
What do I need to bring?
After you have made a reservation we will email you a detailed packing list with all the equipment you may need and our recommendations for hiking items and footwear to clothing.
Is this program right for me?
We welcome people of all faiths and beliefs, committed to personal self-exploration and transformation.
If you are looking for a way to create the life you want, break negative and self-limiting beliefs and start living a purpose centered life, you have come to the right place! If you need guidance and support overcoming personal challenges of the body, mind and soul, if you want to deepen the understanding of your own inner power to create lasting transformation, this program is definitely for you.
We have designed thoughtfully curated workshops, activities and practices that will empower you, day by day through a guided transformation process. A unique comprehensive program developed by experience facilitators to unleash your full potential.
Soul Camino is a new way to transform!
Need to know more?
We would love to have a call from you and go through the details in person! Please book a call using our Book A Call request, or directly call our team any time Monday through Sunday 8am to 8pm (UTC + 8), and we will answer any questions you may have. If you would like details of the Full Program please request it with our facility on this website. You can also send us your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. Get in touch!