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This walk is bucket-list worthy. If you’re looking for a way to feel more grounded or simply destress, pack your trainers for a journey of a lifetime. In southwest France, solo and group travellers can follow in the footsteps of pilgrims along the ancient Camino de Santiago de Compostella routes. Saunter through vineyards, avenues of oak trees and flourishing sunflower fields and sample delicious locally-grown produce and wines along the way. Your hosts will also make sure every step of the journey is effortless, so all you have to do is enjoy the view. 
Suitable for beginner, advanced, and intermediate practitioners
Great for groups and solo travellers
Walking the Camino
Meals celebrating fresh local produce
Embark on a Journey of Self-discovery
When was the last time you took some time out to reflect on what you want from life? What are your priorities, your values, your viewpoints, your dreams, your skills, your talents, your achievements, your interests, your motivation, your beliefs, your regrets, your limitations?

Walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostella has provided answers to these questions for the last 800+ years. Today, people from all and no religious persuasions walk the Camino to reconnect with themselves, with others and with nature.

A warm welcome awaits you, for 5 or 7 days, in an authentic 200-year-old French farmhouse near the Camino de Santiago de Compostella amidst the Saint-Mont, Armagnac and Madiran vineyards in the sun-blessed southwest of France!

Hundreds of thousands (over 200,000 in 2019) of people from all walks of life make their way to Santiago de Compostela via one of the pilgrims’ routes each year. For most, it is an unforgettable experience, resulting in a spiritual awakening or renewal. Few return home unchanged. This is your chance to join them, to walk the Camino de Santiago in the south of France and tick it off your bucket list.

Walking the Camino is hard work – unless you choose to do it during this retreat. Everything will be taken care of for you. You do not have to fret about where you will sleep each night – you will sleep in the same comfortable bed each night. You don’t need to lug around a heavy backpack with all your belongings every day – you will be taken to the start of the walk each morning and will be picked up at the end of each afternoon. On your return after a hard day’s walking a hot/cold shower awaits as well as a healthy, home-grown and homemade meal – all YOU have to do is concentrate on experiencing everything that walking the Camino has to offer.

Accommodation

Nature setting
Caters for vegetarian diets
200 year old restored French farmhouse
In the foothills of the Pyrenées mountains
The Gastronomy of Gascony
As guests use up a lot of energy while walking the Camino, I ensure that they do not go hungry by enticing them to indulge in the best food that our region has to offer: freshly baked, crunchy French bread, wildflower-flavoured honey, home-made jam and vegetables just-picked in the potager… Gascon food is simple but delicious and I aim to give your digestive tract as much of a rest as the rest of you while feeding your body as well and as generously as your mind.

Our meals are a celebration of the wonderful variety of fresh local produce available from my neighbour’s garden as well as from the local weekly fresh food markets. This region is known for its abundant gourmet cuisine and I would not dream of depriving my guests of the pleasure and benefits that can be had.

If you have any intolerances, allergies or dislike some ingredient or food, please let me know during your booking.

To support the local economy post-covid, we have dinner on day 4 at a local restaurant (cost not included, usually 15-30 euro depending on your choices)


Accommodation
The accommodation basically consists of B-and-B, but during the retreats, guests enjoy a scrumptious brunch during which they can make sandwiches to take with them on Days 2, 3 and 4. Guests can thus walk at their own pace and have lunch where they choose to do so. I also provide dinner on days 1, 2 and 3. Dinner on Day 4 is not included, we eat this meal at a local restaurant to support small businesses in the region during the pandemic. (cost 15-30 euro, depending on your choices) Transport to and from the Camino is included. 
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The prices are for a 5-day, 4-night retreat. Guests can choose to prolong their visit by a day or two on a bed-and-breakfast basis at 79 euro per room per night
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Program

None of the walks is particularly strenuous. There are no steep hills to clamber up nor deep valleys to scale down, but a certain level of fitness is essential to be able to walk for several hours a day. So is a pair of decent, well broken-in walking shoes. The route is very well indicated. The walk is self-guided, but if anything should go wrong, help is just a phone call away. The daily program is adjustable according to weather conditions.

Day 1: Arrive after 18h00, in time for a scrumptious welcome dinner



Day 2: On the first day, guests walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostella from EAUZE to MANCIET. This section is about 10 km (6 miles) long and takes about 2,5 – 3 hours to walk. The walk meanders through woods, vineyards, meadows, orchards and sunflower fields from the Roman and cathedral city of Eauze towards Manciet, a small market town with a beautifully preserved lavoir.



Day 3: On the second day, guests walk from MANCIET to NOGARO. The route continues past an ancient church that once belonged to the Order of the Knights of Malta and an 18th-century milestone with a Maltese cross to Nogaro or Nogarium, which means ‘a place planted with walnut trees.’ This small town was established in the 11th century and has a fine Romanesque church. The walk takes about 2,5-3 hours to walk and is about  10km (6 miles.)



Day 4: The third day’s walk is from NOGARO to AIRE SUR ADOUR. The full walk is (28 km 17,4 miles) but we guests can opt for a shorter walk (10 km or 6.3 miles) if they prefer. The shorter walk takes 2-3 hours to walk, the longer walk 5-7 hours. The walk is fairly flat: Nogaro is at 100m above sea level and Aire is at 80m above sea level. The path passes by several ancient farmhouses, along the vineyards towards Lanne-Soubiran and onwards towards Barcellone-du-Gers, a small town adjacent to Aire. From Barcellone the scenery changes, The vineyards give way to trees: oaks, pines and chestnuts until one finally arrives in the beautiful town of Aire-sur-Adour, on the mighty Adour river.



Day 5: Leave after brunch.

Walking can make you feel more positive enabling you to handle stressful situations more effectively
Research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences revealed that spending time in nature substantially decreases the number and frequency of negative thoughts that individuals experience. People who walk for approximately ninety minutes also experience reduced neural activity in the subgenual prefrontal cortex, an area of the brain related to mental illness.

Walking without technology can enhance creativity and problem-solving skills
According to a study performed by psychologists Ruth Ann Atchley and David Strayer, connecting with nature as opposed to connecting with technology greatly enhances our creativity. In this study, participants who walked for four days without using any modern technology showed a 50% increase in problem-solving abilities as a result.

Walking improves brain function and prevents memory loss
A study conducted at the University of British Columbia found that aerobic exercise increases hippocampal volume, which is the section of the brain related to spatial and episodic memory. In other words, walking can prevent memory loss from occurring, in addition to reducing memory loss. Walking can cause the release of endorphins and thus reduce stress and anxiety while enhancing self-esteem.

Instructor

Margaretha Montagu
Margaretha
After working for 20 years as a medical doctor in a variety of specialities including psychiatry and general practice, she came to the conclusion that many diseases have their roots in her patients’ inability to handle stress effectively. Instead of treating stress-related illnesses, she decided to look at practical ways that her patients can use to prevent stress from ruining their health.

She studied a number of alternative therapies including hypnotherapy and NLP, and eventually combined her education and experience to create the transformational virtual and residential retreats that she hosts in the south of France.

Cancellation policy

Cancellation

Cancel up to 30 days in advance for a 50% refund

Changes

Change your dates up to 14 days in advance

Covid

Free reschedule to later retreat if you test positive for Covid
Full refund if you cannot travel due to Covid restrictions
Full refund if the retreat does not take place due to Covid restrictions
The prices are for a 5-day, 4-night retreat. Guests can choose to prolong their visit by a day or two on a bed-and-breakfast basis at 79 euro per room per night
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