Join us for this special yoga trip to northern Spain and walk the Camino de Santiago.

You’ll have the opportunity to add a new dimension to your practice, experience the spiritual echoes of this ancient pilgrimage and support Smile Network International.

We begin with five days in the mountains of Asturias at the charming B&B, Casa Rural de Fuentes de Lucia in Faedo. Here, a daily yoga practice and hikes will prepare us for the Camino de Santiago walking portion of our journey. Physically, mentally and spiritually, you’ll be nurtured and guided by Maggie Kessell of Riverbend Yoga.

The guides at Spanish Steps will lead us along the 1,200- year-old Camino de Santiago. We’ll follow in the steps of countless pilgrims before us along the Camino de Norte and Camino Frances. On this World Heritage Site, covering 70 miles in five days, we’ll cross rolling hills, small villages, and ancient castles and cathedrals, immersing ourselves in the unique culture of northern Spain and finding the deeper aspects of our being. On the final day, we arrive at our destination in Santiago de Compostela for a guided tour of the city and the shrine where the remains of Apostle Saint James have been protected for centuries.

Yoga

Each day consists of a morning plus an afternoon or evening practice. Practices are designed around selected yoga sutras and will include asana, pranayama, chanting, meditation, writing, and discussion. Time is included for personal reflection. Through extended practice in the setting of the mountains of Asturias in Northern Spain and the sun and stars, students can relax and focus on the deeper aspects of their being. Regardless of physical abilities, this yoga experience offers something to all students who are open to transformation and happiness. The practices will prepare you for your walking journey of the Camino de Santiago.

Walk

The walk begins in Baamonde on the Camino Norte, following country roads to the small town of Miraz, where we’ll spend the night. We continue our walk the next day thru Galicia, arriving at the 10th century monastery of Sobrado. Entering a world of tranquility, we’ll tour cloisters, the grand kitchen, and the main church. In Arzua, our next stop, we join the popular Camino Frances and many pilgrims who have come from the border of France. From Arzua we follow the ancient path of many before us arriving in Santiago de Compostela on our last day.

Each day’s walk is 12-15 miles. Walk at your own pace with van support along the way if you need it. Lunches are on your own, easily found in the small towns and villages along the way.

Smiles

In the spirit of open-heartedness that is key to this retreat, you will be asked to conduct fundraising in support of Smile Network International in the life-changing work they do. Several fundraising options are available. Please contact Lori Cheney at 612 325-7425 for more information.

Smile Network International is a local Minnesota nonprofit humanitarian organization that helps bring smiles to kids in developing countries by performing cleft lip and palette surgeries – reconstructing lives, one bright, smiling face at a time. Learn more at www.smilenetwork.org.

Questions

Call Lori Cheney at 612-325-7425, or email: cheney@matsonamission.com