If you're longing to step into a space where you can discover all that God has for you , this trip is for you. You'll walk away with a renewed sense of God's goodness, your purpose and tools to help you live with more freedom, joy, peace, and health! You will also experience the beautiful countryside of Austria. Your days will be filled with powerful teachings, workouts, delicious authentic Austrian food and wine and lots, and lots, of fun1
The retreat will begin at the breath taking Landhaus Neumayr Boutique Hotel. After the retreat we will set out on our pilgrimage around the Salzburg Lake District. We will end in the picturesque city of Halstatt which many claim to be the most beautiful village in the world!
Jeff and Michelle Spadafora will be your trip leaders.
This experience is limited to 22 people -- women, men, solo or couples all are welcome!
TOTAL COST: $2,995/ double occupancy (per person) and $4,145 – single occupancy
Price includes all meals except 1 dinner.
For the next 4 days you will stay in the beautiful mountain setting of Grossarl which is 45 miles south of Salzburg. This family run Inn will offers spacious sleeping rooms, outdoor sitting areas with breath taking views and they will serve healthy and satisfying breakfasts and lunches plus in the evening we will have authentic Austrian dinners to include a fondu party, a typical Austrian grill night plus other local delicacies. All drinks are included too.
Our pilgrimage / hike will be through the Salzburg Lake District. We will leave our beautiful villa and take a breathtaking bus trip to St. Wolfgang and stay at Hotel Furian situated on the shore of Lake Wolfgang. After an afternoon on the lake we will head to a multi-course dinner!
After a hearty Austrian breakfast we will share a devotional and then head out for our hike to Bad Ischl. The hike begins with beautiful view of Lake Wolfgang and then continues through forested trails. We will finish our 10 mile hike at the hotel Hubertushof Bad Ischl. Bad Ischl is a famous spa town!
Our pilgrimage today follows the path of the old brine pipeline which takes us through spectacular views. Our 8 mile hike finishes in the market town of Bad Goisern, a world architectural heritage site. Once we settle into the
Hotel Goiserere Muhle we will meet for stretching and core exercises. After we've done such great things for our body, there will still be time to go explore the village before we gather for a leisurely dinner.
The final day of our hiking will be SO magical . We will begin by following the river trail towards Lake Hallstatt, where you will walk along the lake into the fjord. After a while, you will see the first houses of Hallstatt and the Salt Mountain. Look around to see Mount Dachstein, the highest peak in upper Austria. This 12 mile hike will be so amazing with mountain peaks all around you!
For the next 2 nights we will stay at Seehotel Gruner Baum a 4 star boutique hotel on Lake Hallstatt.
For our final full day we will enjoy the village of Hallstatt which has been called the most beautiful village in the world. We will celebrate all that we've seen, experienced and especially what God has has revealed to us during our pilgrimage. The following morning after a special breakfast we will say our good byes and then head to the airport or continue our travels.
SOME GOOD THINGS TO KNOW:
- The national language is German in Austria, but many speak some English as well
- The national currency is Euros
- The weather should be in the upper 60's - low 70's during the day and upper 50's in the evening
- Visas are unnecessary for North American travelers
- Double check your passport is valid for 3-months after your return date
“I am grateful that the retreat lasted 10 days. It took me a while to tune out the noise of the world so I could hear from God."
“Everything from start to finish was so fun and amazing. It's been powerful to spend time with like minded people."
“Loved having so much time during the epic hikes and the small group discussions to process all that we learned. Can't wait to go on another retreat!"
Jeff & Michelle Spadafora
Jeff and I have been married for 31 years and we have 3 adult children.
We are leading this retreat because in our combined 30+ years of experience in guiding individuals and groups through spiritual growth nothing has been more transformational than this “retreat + pilgrimage” format.
We can not wait to spend time with you in Austria.