May 5 - 15, 2024

Portugal / Spain

Retreat & Pilgrimage

Includes hiking the Camino de Santiago

The Camino de Santiago is one of the oldest Christian pilgrimage routes in the world.

But it’s more than just a road. It is an opportunity to reflect on life, partake in adventure,

exercise, make new friends, and listen to the voice of God.

You'll walk your way into a renewed sense of God's goodness, your unique purpose, and

the tools to help you live with more freedom, joy, peace, and health!

Your journey will start with a 3-day retreat in Porto, Portugal followed by a 7-day pilgrimage on

the Camino de Santiago through the beautiful countryside of Portugal & Spain.

Before you set off on the Camino, you’ll hear powerful teachings, spend time getting to know

your fellow Pilgrims, have some quiet time, eat amazing food, exercise, worship, laugh and grow!

The retreat will be at the beautiful estate of Casa de Vilela outside of Porto.

After the retreat, we will set out on our 7-day pilgrimage where we'll walk between 7-20 miles each day.

We will have a relaxing rest day in the middle of the week at the historic city of Pontevedra.

Each night we will gather for slow-paced dinners, drinks, and great conversation.

We will also offer stretching sessions on some evenings to keep your body at its best.


This experience is limited to 16 people -- women, men, solo, or couples all are welcome!

16 spots available

Included In Your Trip:

10 Nights Lodging

All Meals Except 2 Dinners & 1 Lunch

Drinks: Coffee, Wine, Beer & More

Exercise Band & Loop

Teachings & Workouts

Handouts & Trail Book

One On One Coaching Session

Not Included In Your Trip:

Airfare

Transportation from airport to retreat

Transportation after the pilgrimage to

your next destination

Cost Per Person:

Double Occupancy: $3,295

Single Occupancy: $4,245

Deposit Due To Reserve Your Spot:

$750


Coming alone? We will pair you with someone of the same gender. You will have your own bed in the shared room.

Daily Plan

May 5-7

Once you land in Porto you will taxi over to the beautiful retreat location, Casa de Vilela just outside Porto. This 18th-century manor house is steeped in history and is beautifully decorated. The grounds include a private swimming pool, fountain, hiking trails, a chapel, and plenty of space to relax.

During the 3 days at the retreat, you will join in daily teachings, discussions, workouts, and gourmet meals plus have plenty of time to get to know each other and relax. We will take an afternoon to explore the amazing city of Porto too!

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May 8

After an early breakfast we will be driven to the start of our pilgrimage. Today we will walk a little over 12 miles. You’ll say goodbye to Portugal as you cross the metal bridge over the River Minho and enter Tui. Take your time to visit the magnificent cathedral. From Tui, you’ll follow the Louro valley, walk along a forest track and across a stone slab bridge into a wetland area where you should spot plenty of birdlife. Reach the city of

O Porriño with its magnificent Gothic town hall building.


During dinner we will talk about our amazing day and then head to sleep at Hotel Azul

May 9

Today will will walk for 13 miles. We will head out from O Porriño and make our way through the forest of Chan das Pipas. A short, steep climb up the Road of the Knights is rewarded with amazing seascapes. You will reach Redondela, where the central route and the coastal route of the Camino merge. We will finish at As Civas, a quint villa in the countryside. Here we will refresh our body with a wonderful meal and great conversation.

May 10

We will then begin our 10 mile trek through one of the most beautiful sections of our pilgrimage. Climb the ancient stone paths of the Verea Vella da Canicouva and explore the 13th-century church. We will finish in the town of Pontevedra where we will have time to do some shopping at the historic city center and have dinner on our own. We will stay at the beautiful Parador de Pontevedra which is situated in the heart of the city for 2 nights!

May 11

Today we will take a day off from the physical part of our pilgrimage. We will all gather to share our experiences from the Camino thus far. We will also have time to develop a personalized plan that will help you to put into action all that you feel God is speaking into your heart. Our plans will include simple steps that you can begin taking as soon as you get home; steps that will lead you toward physical and spiritual health!

You will also have the afternoon to explore the city and then you will have dinner of your own.

May 12

Today we will hike just over 13 miles into Caldas de Reis. We will venture through the pleasant countryside. This stage is fairly long but not demanding, and you will have the opportunity to rest your feet in Caldas de Reis’ thermal springs when you finish your day.


May 13

Today’s route leaves Caldas de Reis and takes you on a soft climb to the charming woodlands of Valga. You’ll see many churches and stone crosses on the way to Padrón and take in the Bermana and Valga river valleys. Padrón is the place where St James remains were brought to following his martyrdom in Jerusalem. We will continue walking to Parada de Francos where we will enjoy a gourmet meal and then go to sleep.

Today is our longest walk of 18 miles. If you feel this is a bit too much for you we can arrange a taxi to take you part of the way.

May 14

Your final stage! As you head out for the final day of your pilgrimage you may be caught off guard by the strong emotions you feel. There is something unexplainable that happens when you walk into your final destination of a pilgrimage. There is a prt of you that doesn't want the rhythm of your days to come to an end. The unhurried pace, the beautiful scenery, the conversations and time to just be, is something you won't want to end. You will also most likely feel a huge sense of accomplishment and joy because of what you just accomplished.


After our 10 mile walk we will enter the ancient city of Santiago de Compostela and relish the end of your journey at the spectacular Cathedral. You will have time to walk the narrow streets, shop and sit in a cafe!


Our final night will be spent at the beautiful Parador de Santiago de Compostela, located next to the cathedral.

May 15

We finish our journey with one of the best breakfasts that I've ever had. You don't want to leave early and miss it!! We will leave different than when we arrived as I know God will do a powerful work in all our hearts.

We will help you to arrange transportation to your next destination but it is not included in your package. There is an airport in Santiago or we can arrange travel back to Porto for you.


SOME GOOD THINGS TO KNOW:

  • The national language is Portuguese in Portugal and Spanish in Spain, but most people can speak some English as well
  • The national currency is Euros
  • Tipping is unnecessary but it is common to round up to the nearest euro when settling a bill (we will really handle all meals together as a group, but good to know when on your own:)
  • Visas are unnecessary for North American travelers
  • Double check your passport is valid for 3 months after your return date
  • The total distance for the Camino walk our group is doing is 80 miles! 


Jeff & Michelle Spadafora

Jeff and I have been married for 32 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 Portugal and Spain.

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