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Learn & Explore Trip: Spain - Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage


WHERE?

Spain - Camino de Santiago Pilgrimage

WHEN?

Thursday, April 4th - Sunday, April 21st, 2019

WHAT WILL WE BE DOING? 

The Camino de Santiago in an ancient traditional Catholic pilgrimage to the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela. There are multiple routes from nearby countries that all lead to the same destination with the Camino Frances being the most commonly traveled one. In present days, most pilgrims travel for personal or spiritual reasons, not for religious reasons and while the route passes by many churches, it is mostly a secular experience. Each year thousands of pilgrims walk (or bike or ride horses) one of the paths and as they travel, they stay in pilgrim’s hostels called albergues and share meals and conversation with their fellow pilgrims. To walk one of the paths in full takes about 40 days.

For the past two years Wayfinding students, crew, and community members have traveled together on this pilgrimage. In 2018 we walked the Camino de Norte and the Camino Primitivo, while in 2017 we walked the Via de la Plata and the Camino Portugués. Routes for 2019 have not yet been confirmed.

Everyone will arrive (by foot) in Santiago on April 20th. We recommend that no one makes plans to leave Santiago any earlier than the evening of April 21st and the 22nd is better if possible. Note that April 21st is Easter Sunday (a BIG deal in Spain), so there will be a lot of festivities happening that day and it might be significantly cheaper to travel on a day after Easter.

TENTATIVE ITINERARY:

  • April 4th - Arrive in Spain, meet your fellow pilgrims, and get settled

  • April 5th - get accustomed to the time change and potentially transport to starting location for walking

  • April 6th - April 20th - Walk from your starting location to Santiago de Compostela (15 days of walking)

  • April 20th and 21st - Stay in Santiago de Compostela and learn about the history of the city, the pilgrimage, and attend the pilgrim's mass at the cathedral and learn about customs and traditions built into that ceremony.

  • Evening of April 21st or April 22nd - Depart Santiago for your next travel destination or home

EXPERIENCE NEEDED:

No prior experience is necessary to join this trip. However, participants should be prepared to walk between 15-20 miles a day generally on a paved or dirt road carrying a 15-20 lb. backpack. 

HOW MANY PEOPLE ON THE TRIP?

There is a cap of eight people (seven plus a trip leader) in each group. We will plan to have two groups each with its own trip leader. Registration is first come, first served. 

WHAT DOES IT COST? 

  • Estimated Costs:

    • Students: $1,150 (scholarships may be available!)

    • Luminaries, Board, Crew: $1,250

    • Community Members: $1,350

      • Why are costs different for different groups of people? We charge Wayfinding students the absolute minimum cost to attend the trip to make it as affordable as possible for them. For those in our community including crew, faculty, guides, board members, parents of students, and Luminaries, we offer the trip at a rate that helps cover some of our administrative costs of planning the trip but still at a discount. Finally, we ask communities members to pay just over the standard price of the trip to help subsidize student participation.

      • Costs to be finalized by February 2019. Estimates are based on costs from 2018. We anticipate the estimate to the maximum amount anyone would pay.

  • What's included?

    • Housing for seventeen nights (nights of April 4th - April 20th)

    • Meals while walking (April 5th - 20th) plus dinner at your starting city and in Santiago

    • Logistical planning

  • What's not included?

    • Airfare to and from Spain

    • Transportation to and from the airports

    • Travel insurance which you may already have through your credit card company or other policy. If not, we highly recommend it.

    • Spending money for the trip. We recommend $50-$100 total.

    • Personal gear including a pair of sturdy hiking shoes/trail running shoes, a sleeping bag/sheet & blanket, and a hiking backpack. 

HOW DO I SIGN-UP? 

Registration will be open until Feb 10th or until the trip sells out, whichever comes first. We’ve had very high interest in this trip for the past two years. If you have more questions, feel free to reach out to Jean Garcia-Chitwood, Director of Student Services, at jeang@wayfindingacademy.org. 

If you know you'd like to join us, click below to register for this trip. A nonrefundable deposit of $250 is due shortly after you register to hold your spot.

Registration for this trip will close February 10th and full payment for the remaining balance will be due by March 15th. 

Please note, your deposit will be applied to your final trip cost. Deposits are NOT refundable as they hold your place. 

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