Yearly Seasonal Retreat

The Ashram Camino

 

A Pilgrimage through Spain

September

Come and walk with us on one of the most beautiful parts of the Spanish  pilgrimage “The Camino de Santiago”.

Although the complete path, known as the “French Way,” is 500 miles, our retreat will have you walking the last 120 miles of this pilgrimage from Villa Franca de Bierzo to Santiago de Compostela in the northwestern part of Spain.

The Camino has been well known in Europe for centuries but these days, there are pilgrims from all over the world. People began walking this path for religious reasons but now there are many different intentions from personal to spiritual. 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 shell and yellow arrows help guide your way.

Get your hiking shoes ready and let’s go for a walk together.

Buen Camino!

 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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A Day on The Ashram Camino

This exclusive program is limited to 12 guests per retreat. It includes 7 days walking and 8 nights accommodations. Average daily mileage is 15-20 miles. 

  • Begin your day with early morning yoga and breathing meditation

  • Breakfast is served and then start your walk for the day. (We will transport your luggage from one hotel to the next. All you need on your walk is your day pack)

  • Lunch and snacks - The Ashram Camino staff will be with you on the path, as well as at snack points and lunch places. You can have lunch anytime you get into the designated village. You do not have to wait for everyone to arrive. This walk is about finding your own rhythm.

  • At the end of the day, relax with a well-deserved 30 min. massage

  • Evening restorative yoga

  • Dinner is enjoyed together with the other guests in your group

 

Healthy Fare

Included on your retreat is breakfast, lunch, dinner, water, and snacks. You might need a few euros for any extra drinks or goodies you decide to get along the way. You will be served a healthy preset "Pilgrim Menu” with choice of fish, meat, or a vegetarian option and always accompanied by a mixed green salad.

This pilgrimage will take you out of your comfort zone on many levels. For example, gluten-free breads rarely exists so flexibility is required here.

We are not going to restrict our guests from the whole Camino experience where sharing a glass of wine with fellow pilgrims is a common ritual at dinner time. We let it be a personal choice what to have or not.

This is part of the fun and exciting experiences of The Camino!!!


Lodging

You will be staying in quaint hotels along the way. We have chosen great little places that sometimes are off the path and will require us to drive you a few miles in each direction. A few of the hotels are reserved only for our group. Most rooms are double occupancy but we have a few single rooms that are given on a first come, first serve basis. Accommodations are clean and simple with en-suite bathrooms.

 

THE SHELL

To identify you as a pilgrim, you will receive a scallop shell to put on your backpack as well as a special passport unique to The Camino. Along your walk, collect 2 stamps per day from churches, restaurants or hotels to show that you have completed the 120-mile distance once you get to Santiago. 


 Come walk with us on the pilgrimage known as The Camino de Santiago. A 120-mile journey through various Galician villages where remarkable scenery and rich history will make for an unforgettable experience.

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Rates & Reservations

The cost for the 7 days walking, 8 nights accommodation is US $5,800 per person all-inclusive. The three-hour transport from Hotel Palacio del Carmen in Santiago de Compostela to Villa Franca de Bierzo where our walk starts is also included. 

Cancellations

Your deposit of US $2000 is required to reserve your place with us and is refundable only if you cancel 90 days in advance of your arrival minus a 10% cancellation fee. After that time, your deposit will be forfeited.

Your balance will be charged to the same credit card 60 days prior to your arrival. Please note that if you cancel after that date, you forfeit the entire cost.

We are happy to issue a refund but only if we are able to book another guest in your place.

We strongly recommend travel insurance for any unexpected change in plans.

 
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Dates

2019 Camino Dates

Group 1: September 1 to September 9
Group 2: September 10 to September 18
Group 3: September 19 to September 27
Group 4: September 28 to October 6


2020 Camino Dates

THE CAMINO (The French Way)
Group 1: August 25 to September 1
Group 2: September 3 to September 10
Group 3: September 12 to September 19

THE CAMINO (The Northern Way)
Group 1: September 21 to September 28
Group 2: September30 to October 7

 
 
 

We look forward to hearing from you.

 
 

Space is very limited for this retreat so if you are interested in securing a place, please call The Ashram office at 1.818.222.6900 between the hours of 9:00am to 4:00pm PST or email us at  thecamino@theashram.com for reservations and additional information. 

We are happy to answer your questions and reserve your time with us at The Ashram Camino!

 
 
 

Frequently Asked Questions

Prepare for your retreat

 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
With your reservation confirmation, we will email you a detailed packing list. Most important is comfortable and broken-in hiking shoes.

IS THERE WIFI ON THE WALK?
Yes. Most of the small hotels we are staying in have free WiFi.

WHAT LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SHOULD I PREPARE FOR?
The walk varies in terrain. There are some long uphills but also undulating sections through meadows, fields, and quaint little villages. The walk will be more enjoyable if you are in good cardiovascular shape.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT THE PROGRAM?
Please call The Ashram any time Monday through Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm PST if you have specific questions or email us at thecamino@theashram.com.

We are looking forward to showing you THE WAY on this most exquisite part of The Camino.

HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM ?
7 days walking and 8 nights accommodations all-inclusive. Pick up is at 2:00pm on your start date. You are welcome to make flight reservations anytime on your departure date as there is no program on that day. 

WHAT AIRPORT DO I FLY INTO?
Santiago de Compostela which is about an hour flight from Madrid.

WHERE DO I GET PICKED UP TO START MY PILGRIMAGE?
Hotel Palacio del Carmen in Santiago de Compostela at 2:00pm on your retreat start date. (www.palaciodelcarmen.com)

HOW DO I GET TO THE HOTEL PALACIO DEL CARMEN?
From the airport take a taxi for the approximate 15 to 20 min drive. Cost is around 25 euro.

IF I COME IN A DAY EARLY WHERE DO I STAY?
We do recommend that you come in a night in advance so not to miss the pickup at 2:00pm. Hotel Palacio del Carmen is a nice, smaller hotel located close to the centre of town. Email us for other hotel recommendations if needed.