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SARRIA – SANTIAGO DE COMPOSTELA

9 - 19 April, 2018 I 12 places only!

WALK & WRITE THE CAMINO

 

Welcome to Walk & Write Sarria – Santiago de Compostela!

A writing holiday for your body, mind & spirit.

11 DAYS     12 PLACES ONLY!     DAILY WRITING SUPPORT

JOURNEY OVERVIEW – WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT

 

Walk & Write Camino is an adventure writing experience that will lead you through the final 10 days of Spain’s famous Camino pilgrimage.

 

You will, literally, write your journey home.

 

A hike along the Camino in northern Spain is one of the world’s great walking experiences. The pace is relaxed, walking 10 ‑ 18 km a day, and you will stay in handpicked hotels and guesthouses.

 

By completing the final 115kms to Santiago, you will be eligible to receive the official Compostela certificate.

Walk & Write Camino is organized in partnership with UTracks.

On this specially crafted trip, you will experience a series of writing workshops in beautiful villages, forests, farms and cities. At certain junctures along the way, such as gentle streams and open hilltops, in afternoon cafes and iconic village squares, we will stop, rest and write.

 

You will experience writing about people and local cultures; you’ll gain a wonderful appreciation of the historic significance of the trail; you will have ample opportunity to revel in that beautiful, reflective space that walking offers the pilgrim.

 

The gates of Galicia will welcome you, as you make your way along the trail to the fabled city of Santiago de Compostela, its famous cathedral the site of the tomb of St James.

 

Each night you will stay in comfortable 3‑4 star hotels and guesthouses, and enjoy the hospitality of your local hosts.

 

It’s important to note that the relaxed pace of the walking ensures there is plenty of time for writing and reflection, however you also need to keep in mind that this is a walking trip so a reasonable level of fitness is required.

The great cathedral of Santiago de Compostela will welcome you into the old city.

HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Experience the history of the trail marked by stones and statues
  • Walk the last 115kms of the Camino at a relaxed pace and qualify for the pilgrims’ certificate
  • Reach Santiago on foot and experience the famous pilgrims’ mass
  • Enjoying the camaraderie of fellow writers, hikers and pilgrims
  • Stay overnight in comfortable guesthouses and hotels
  • Exclusive writing workshops
  • Real time record of your Camino adventure
  • Trip escorted by journalist, author, travelling writer Stephanie Dale.

 

 

Enjoy the camaraderie of writing buddies, walking The Camino trail. Photo courtesy UTracks

THE WRITING

 

On this Walk & Write holiday writing adventure, you will:

 

  • clarify your writing purpose
  • learn to use writing as a tool for everyday wellbeing
  • rest in productive time out each day
  • tune into the rhythms of the world around you as you explore your writing voice
  • engage in gentle productive purpose as you wander the beautiful trails of Spain’s northern interior
  • receive writing support, guidance and encouragement throughout the journey.

 

Your writing facilitator, Stephanie Dale, specializes in helping new writers get started on their writing.

 

Whether you want to blog your journey, share fabulous social media updates, take notes for a novel, unlock your inner writer or break through writers’ block ‑ this journey will meet your writing needs as you take a break from everyday life.

 

Walk & Write will encourage you to sit quietly, patiently, like the hunters of old, tuning your senses to the rhythms of life around you. You will learn to take time to rest, renew, replenish. You will find your creative rhythm. You will discover new ways to incorporate writing into your everyday life. You will be offered support, guidance and encouragement to write your story, your way.

Afternoon siesta – time out for writing on The Camino.

TAKEAWAYS include:

  • a real time record of your Camino adventure
  • concrete writing direction
  • increased writing confidence
  • solid notes for future writing projects
  • a group of interested, dedicated writing buddies
  • enthusiasm to do it again!

 

 

Trust in The Way – everyday surprises along the road to Santiago de Compostela.

ITINERARY – DAY BY DAY

 

AT A GLANCE:

 

    • Day 1 Arrive in Sarria
    • Day 2 Walk to Morgade, transfer back to Sarria (3.5hrs, 13km, +260m)
    • Day 3 Transfer to Morgade, walk to Portomarin (2-3hrs, 10km, +50m, -385m)
    • Day 4 On foot to Ligonde, transfer to Lestedo (4hrs, 16km, +420m)
    • Day 5 Transfer to Ligonde, walk to Coto (4hrs, 16km, +50m, -270m)
    • Day 6 Walk to Castaneda (4hrs, 15km, +20m, -120m)
    • Day 7 Continue to Salceda, transfer to Lavacolla (4.5hrs, 16.5km, +120m, -370m)
    • Day 8 Transfer to Salceda and on foot to Lavacolla (5hrs, 18km, +100m, -300m)
    • Day 9 Walk to Santiago (3hrs, 10km, +70m, -110m)
    • Day 10 Free day in Santiago
    • Day 11 Trip concludes Santiago de Compostela.

 

pretty camino trail

Your itinerary will lead you through gentle trails along The Way to Santiago de Compostela – perfect for writing over a picnic lunch.

FOR FURTHER DETAILS – DOWNLOAD PDF

  • The logistics for this journey have been organized by UTracks, a subsidiary of World Expeditions.
  • To speak to a UTracks representative about Walk & Write Sarria-Santiago de Compostela, phone Jaclyn on +61 2 8270 8488.

 

BOOK YOUR PLACE ON THIS PERFECT WRITING HOLIDAY

To discuss your Walk & Write Camino holiday phone Jaclyn on +61 2 8270 8488.

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE CALL UTRACKS +61 2 8270 8488

 

“Thank you so much for your time and valuable insight. It was great to discover I actually do have something to write about! I also loved hearing the stories from the other members of the group.”

Jenna

INCLUSIONS & COSTS

 

The cost of Walk & Write Sarria – Santiago de Compostela is $2990, based on twin share accommodation. A single supplement is payable if a single room is required.

 

INCLUSIONS:

 

  • 10 breakfasts, 10 dinners: Breakfasts are usually continental inclusive of breads, cheese, ham, tea, coffee & juices. Dinner will consist of 3 courses, usually starting with a salad, followed by chicken, red meat, fish or a pasta dish & finishing with a dessert of fruit or cakes.
  • 10 nights in a combination of 3‑4 hotels and comfortable guesthouses on a twin share basis with ensuite facilities
  • 1 walking guidebook, 1 map holder, 1 detailed day‑by‑day description of the itinerary for each room booked
  • Luggage transfer (max 20kgs per person)
  • Visitor tax
  • Emergency hotline
  • Transfers as noted in the itinerary
  • Trip escorted by journalist, author, travelling writer, Stephanie Dale.

 

THERE ARE ONLY 12 PLACES ON THIS JOURNEY.
FOR MORE INFORMATION PHONE JACLYN +61 2 8270 8488

 

 

 

Home is a village along the road to Santiago de Compostela.

FAQs

 

DO I HAVE TO BE AN EXPERIENCED WRITER?

 

Absolutely not! Everyone is welcome at Walk & Write holiday writing adventures – new writers, experienced writers, writers who are not yet confident enough to call themselves a writer. Our program is about your individual writing journey.

 

DOES IT MATTER WHAT KIND OF WRITING I’D LIKE TO DO?

 

Not at all! Some people will come along with a very clear idea of what they plan to achieve on their writing holiday – they may want to take notes for their novel, plan out a family history, write as the spirit moves them or blog their Camino journey for friends and family at home.

 

Others may have no idea what they want to write – they know only that the longing to write won’t go away and the thought of starting their project on a writing holiday is an opportunity too good to pass up!

 

Your writing facilitator Stephanie Dale is skilled and experienced at handling the needs of all writers in the group, regardless of their level of experience or productivity.

 

DO I NEED A CERTAIN LEVEL OF FITNESS?

 

Walk & Write Camino is not a difficult walk, although there will be some days that are steeper than others. A good level of basic fitness is required, as you will be walking up to 18 kms a day.

 

WILL I GET INDIVIDUAL WRITING COACHING?

 

Yes! That’s the beauty of Walk & Write holiday writing adventures. Your writing facilitator is with you all the way, to answer questions and offer guidance, support and encouragement.

 

“Today was unbelievable. I sat down by the river to write and couldn’t believe it – it was as if I was in the river and it took me places. My writing just flowed. I no longer even cared if it was ‘good’ or ‘bad’.”

Ailsa

WHAT KINDS OF WRITING DO YOU COVER?

 

Walk & Write holiday writing adventures are designed to open your senses to experiencing whatever it is you’d like to write. Previous writing projects have included:

  • travel writing
  • blogging
  • social media messaging
  • food writing
  • fiction
  • short stories
  • memoir
  • letters
  • speeches
  • family and community histories
  • landscape writing
  • writing wild places
  • architecture writing
  • journaling.

 

MORE QUESTIONS?

CALL US!

CONTACT WALK & WRITE ON 0422 138 103 OR UTRACKS ON +61 2 8270 8488

 

Ultreya! Mass inside the great cathedral in Santiago de Compostela, fabled tomb of St James. The pilgrims’ journey complete.