This 13-night spiritual retreat on the Camino Primitivo will introduce spiritual formation practices that will deepen your intimacy with God. A typical day will look like this:
Morning: Pilgrims usually rise shortly after daybreak to enjoy the crisp morning air. We will begin the day with a short facilitated meditation on the suggested theme for the day followed by an orientation for the hike ahead. Breakfast will be taken on your own, based on your own needs and desired departure time. The morning will be spent walking, with rests and lunch along the way.
Afternoon: After walking 4-6 hours (averaging 25 km each day), you will arrive at your overnight destination sometime in early to mid-afternoon. Everyone is permitted to walk at their own pace, with or without a companion. Afternoons will be spent showering, resting, journaling or doing laundry. Before dinner, you will have the opportunity to debrief the day with the group over drinks and tapas, if desired.
Evening: You may choose to eat dinner with our cohort, a smaller group, or on your own. Dinner in Spain is typically much later than in other countries (after 9 pm). However, due to the rigorous exercise of the Camino, most albergues will require lights out at 10:00 pm. So, we will aim to eat dinner between 7-8 pm. Afterward, there will be an optional brief meditation before bedtime.
The program above describes a typical day and the opportunities that will be available to you. While we hope you will participate in some of the group sessions to enrich the experience of others, it is not required because we realize that every person’s pilgrimage is unique. Each person comes with different questions, hopes and needs. We want to respect and honor where each person is at. The intent of the program is to provide a basic rhythm that pilgrims can follow as desired.
Camino Primitivo 13-Night Spiritual Retreat – Oviedo to Santiago de Compostela
This extraordinary spiritual retreat starts at the Cathedral of Oviedo, passes through the UNESCO World Heritage City of Lugo and finishes at the Cathedral in Santiago de Compostela. This is the complete Primitivo trail and it passes through two provinces—Asturias and Galicia—and offers a stunning natural experience combined with sufficient infrastructure. It is a land of luscious rolling hills, misty mountains, tumbling creeks, peaceful forests and verdant meadows. It has a rich rural heritage, with original and small batch wines and cider accompanied masterfully by flavorful artisanal cheeses. The last two days coincide with the Camino Frances where you will meet many new pilgrims to enhance the social aspect of the experience.
This is a guided spiritual retreat. Please read the tabs to the left for details about what is included.