• The Daring Spanish Camino
  • The Daring Spanish Camino
  • The Daring Spanish Camino
  • The Daring Spanish Camino
  • The Daring Spanish Camino
  • The Daring Spanish Camino
  • The Daring Spanish Camino
  • The Daring Spanish Camino
  • The Daring Spanish Camino
  • The Daring Spanish Camino
  • The Daring Spanish Camino
  • The Daring Spanish Camino
  • The Daring Spanish Camino
  • The Daring Spanish Camino



JULY 6 – 13, 2018

Pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago (The Way of St. James)

Reunite mind, body, and spirit by connecting with like-minded individuals while traveling through this historic and sacred pilgrimage of El Camino de Santiago, Spain.

This 67-mile walk is a time to reconnect with your inner needs and develop resilience techniques to bounce forward when faced with challenges. This trip will deepen your understanding about life transitions and help provide direction through an inspiring walk in the beauty of northern Spain’s stunning vistas. Expert facilitators will provide daily instruction on topics such as resiliency, burn-out prevention, self-care, and wholehearted living.

This pilgrimage is at YOUR pace and has the support of our guides and a van so that you will have the ease of traveling only with a small daypack and for those who may need it, the opportunity of a helping lift along the way. You will have ample time to soak in the Spanish landscape as you walk through quiet, charming villages, forests, farmland and beaches. We will stay in beautiful restored farmhouses and small inns and enjoy their exquisite regional cuisine and wine.

With the surrounding beauty and help of our staff you will learn reflective and resilient practices. Our time developing resilience will be through the use of dialogue with other pilgrims, quiet self-reflection, journaling, daily group reflection, and using the pilgrimage road as a daily metaphor to develop gratitude and wonder.

If have additional questions about this trip, please contact Corey Martin at

DEPOSIT = $500

  • This is a nonrefundable deposit to secure your space on this trip
  • Payment in full is due by April 1, 2018


  • Single Occupancy: One person in a single occupancy room

DOUBLE OCCUPANCY ROOM = $2,799 per person

  • Double Occupancy — I have a roommate: At checkout, please let us know the name of your roommate in the Order Notes section.
  • Double Occupancy — Please assign me a roommate: If you don’t have a roommate, we would be happy to assign one for you.


Please be sure to read through the Additional Information tab below to familiarize yourself with What’s Included, What’s Not Included and Cancellation Details.



Product Description


Jill NelsonDr. Jill Nelson is the Associate Dean for Professional Development and Leadership in the College of Human Development and Education at North Dakota State University,  she is also an Associate Professor in the Counseling program. Jill’s research interests include faculty development and mentoring, shame and shame resilience, and counselor supervision and she teaches a course called, “Shame and Shame Resilience.” She is a Certified Daring Way Facilitator, and facilitates workshops and leadership training using the Daring Way curriculum based on the research of Dr. Brené Brown. 

Corey MartinDr. Corey Martin is a Yale-trained family physician driven to change the delivery of healthcare and improve the mental and physical health of our communities. He is a founder of the Bounce Back Project and lead physician in Allina Health’s response to clinician burnout. Driven to do this work by the loss of two colleagues and friends, Corey strives to create an environment of opportunity in which all of us can do the deep, heartfelt work of changing the way we show up and interact in each other’s lives. One of the ways he does this is by facilitating resilience retreats (like this) across the United States and throughout the world. He is also a Certified Daring Way Facilitator and facilitates workshops and leadership training based on the work of Brené Brown. In his free time, he enjoys working on his farm that he has recently turned into an event center. He lives in Buffalo, MN with his wife and three daughters. He is a recovering perfectionist and an aspiring “good enoughist”


8:00am Resilience Lesson

9:00am Hearty breakfast at our hotel

10:00am Walk the Camino

12:00pm Lunch on the Camino

4:00pm Finish walking & return to hotel / relaxation / personal reflection

6:00pm Journal club, educational skills & social hour

7:30pm Dinner & drinks


Day 1: Sarria – Portomarin

At 9:00AM, we will meet you at the bus station in Lugo, a fascinating Galician city east of Santiago de Compostela. We suggest you spend the night in Lugo before the tour begins. Lugo, a wonderfully restored walled city, was built by the Romans in the 3rd century and is protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. A wander around the narrow streets within the enclosed walls will take you right back to the middle-ages.

Once you become acquainted with your guide and your new pilgrim companions, there will be a 40-minute drive south arriving close to the town of Sarria where you begin your pilgrimage walk along the beautiful green paths of the Camino. This final 67 miles, is the most popular section of the 500 mile trail. One of the great joys of walking the Camino will not only be the stunning landscapes you take in, but also the variety of people you meet. Join pilgrims from all over the world and all walks of life. (11 miles – Dinner included)

Day 2: Portomarin – Airexe

Starting from Portomarin, we climb up through woodland and then over our high point for the day, the Sierra Ligonde, on quiet country roads. Views abound in every direction, far reaching hill and mountain-scapes in every shade of green imaginable. The villages we pass through have long standing associations with the Camino and ancient pilgrim’s hospices are now just whispers of the past. A final climb brings us to the small village of Airexe where we end our day of walking. From here, we will have a group shuttle to our hotel. (10 miles – Breakfast and Dinner included)

Day 3: Airexe – O Coto

Today we pass though the town of Palas de Rei, Palace of the King named after an 8th century Visigoth king who once ruled the lands. From here the route becomes more undulating as we meander through the village of San Xulian, a classic Camino village with its 12th Century church, and walk through forested trails over two river valleys. We drive, once more, to our hotel for dinner and a good night’s rest. (10 miles – Breakfast and Dinner included)

Day 4: O Coto – Castañeda

After breakfast, we begin our day by walking through the Leboreiro, a quintessential Camino village, then the medieval village of Furelos, both of which have fine medieval bridges. The next stop is the town of Melide. You will want to stop here in the famous Pulperia to sample one of Galicia’s specialties—Pulpo Gallego—steamed octopus prepared by the locals and enjoyed by pilgrims! After lunch, ascend and descend through small villages and woodland paths to end our walk at Castañeda, the village where the limestone carried from Triacastela was fired in the kilns before being taken to Santiago to build the cathedral. (10 miles – Breakfast and Dinner included)

Day 5: Castañeda – Salceda

Shuttling back to the trail, we climb then descend to beautiful Ribasdiso, home to the oldest albergue on the Camino, then climb to the town of Arzua, famous for its creamy cow cheese. Onwards, our walk is dotted with small hamlets hidden within tall eucalyptus forests and behind moss covered stone walls. Villages named Rua, Calzada, and Calle all refer to the word ‘road’, recognizing that this pilgrimage trail has been leading pilgrims to Santiago de Compostela for centuries. We end our day of walking at the village of Salceda, from where we will travel to our hotel. (12 miles – Breakfast and Dinner included)

Day 6: Salceda – Lavacolla

Today, we continue westwards on the Camino, descending from Alto de Santa Irene, through serene stands of eucalyptus trees and the small villages of Rua and Amenal before embarking on one of our final climbs of the route. At the top, we walk around the airport to arrive in Lavacolla, a place where pilgrims, in days gone by, would wash themselves in the shallow stream before entering Santiago. Here, we shuttle to our hotel for our penultimate evening together. (10 miles – Breakfast and Dinner included)

Day 7: Lavacolla – Santiago de Compostela

Today, we take to the trail one last time. We climb from Lavacolla to the famed Monte del Gozo, Mount Joy, where, if we are lucky we catch our first glimpse of the towers of the cathedral of Santiago. Tradition claims that if you were the first one in your group to sight the church towers, you could officially change your name to King (Rey, Leroy, Le Roi). Our Camino walking journey ends at the steps of the cathedral today. We will gather for a celebratory dinner together. (7 miles – Breakfast and Dinner included)

Day 8: Tour End – Buen Camino

After a leisurely breakfast and before saying good-bye, a local tour guide and historian will show us the main sights on a two-hour guided walking tour of the city and the cathedral. (Breakfast included)

Additional Information


• Expert local bilingual guides
• Daily interactive sessions on resiliency and self-care
• Lodging in exquisite small local inns
• Daily breakfasts and most dinners with wine
• Van support for luggage and transportation along the route
• One pre-departure meeting to discuss reflective practices and preparation for the trip


• Round-trip airfare
• Ground transportation to and from the meeting
• Daily lunches
• Tips and gratuity


• Cancellations prior to April 1, 2018 are subject to a $500 cancellation fee
• Nonrefundable on or after April 1, 2018
• Limited to the first 15 people


• This itinerary may change slightly due to accommodation availability, rain, festivals and spontaneous side trips.
• We have the luggage van to transport your luggage and you if you feel you need some assistance while on this journey.
• This is not an endurance race, nor a competition. Please be respectful of all the different paces and walks of life that come together on this group trip.