Via Tolosana 2018

This route was selected to move away from the increasing busyness of the Spanish routes. It is historically the route taken by pilgrims travelling from Rome to Santiago.

We are walking approximately 350 KM of this route in a small group of eight with two trip leaders. Even though this is a group each participant is encouraged to walk in silence on their own pilgrimage as much as possible.

The journey is designed to give you the freedom to walk at your own pace knowing there is bed at the end of the day. We leave each morning as a group, meeting optionally for lunch and gathering at the end of the day. Your trip leaders will be available during the walk for whatever support you need.

Join us from 3-21 October 2018 for this chance to explore with us.

Included in the trip:

  • Clean, comfortable accommodation and simple continental breakfasts each morning. A lot of the trip is through small towns in rural France where accommodation is limited. For the most part, you will be staying in the centre of town and close to the Camino trail.
  • In some cases, in order to supply you with a quality accommodation, there will be transportation provided to transport you to a hotel following your walk and return you to the trail the next morning to continue the journey.
  • No single supplement – you will be matched with a roommate. Generally, we are in double occupancy; on occasions where accommodation is limited, you may be in triple occupancy.
  • One-on-one and group pre-Camino support coaching calls for participants. These calls will focus on the mental, spiritual, and physical aspects of walking a long pilgrimage. This walk is a powerful journey that will test your stamina in many realms. The pre-Camino calls are designed to help you prepare in a way that will powerfully enhance the journey. Some calls will be private and some will be group calls. The group calls will serve to solidify the group and give you a sense of your walking partners before we go. There will be a private Facebook page for you to connect before and during the trip.
  • Emails and texts within 9 am – 8 pm for the pre-Camino training period (in accordance with leaders’ time zones – MST and GMT).
  • Two trip leaders to support you during the Camino journey. Your trip leaders will have cell phones to deal with unforeseen circumstances. If necessary, transport can be arranged during the day to deal with unexpected issues.
  • Celebration and preparation for re-integration circle before departure.
  • Post Camino review & integration call.
  • A welcome package including a guidebook.

Not included in the trip:

  • Transportation from home to the Camino route and back.
  • Lunches and dinners on the Camino, incidentals such as water, snacks, toiletries, any medicinal needs and first aid. Plan on spending between $45 and $60 CAD per day on food and incidentals.  France is more expensive for food than both Spain and Portugal.
  • Any taxis or transport chosen by participants to shorten the walking period per day.

Itinerary – these distances and elevations are approximated using a guidebook and online resources. There will be some days when the hotel is not exactly on the route. Once booking is confirmed you will receive a detailed itinerary with hotels and information along the way.  

Date Day From To Daily Distance Elevation

Change

Wed 03 Oct 1 Travel day Montpellier
Thu 04 Oct 2 Jet Lag day Montpellier
Fri 05 Oct 3 Grabels Aniane 23.9 201
Sat 06 Oct 4 Aniane Arboras 22.3 437
Sun 07 Oct 5 Arboras Lodève 23.6 223
Mon 08 Oct 6 Lodève Lunas 26.3 520
Tue 09 Oct 7 Le Bousquet d’Orb Saint-Gervais-sur-Mare 24.7 642
Wed 10 Oct 8 Saint-Gervais-sur-Mare Murat-sur-Vèbre 21.6 697
Thu 11 Oct 9 Murat-sur-Vèbre La Salvetat-sur-Agout 21.4 354
Fri 12 Oct 10 La Salvetat-sur-Agout Anglès 18.5 157
Sat 13 Oct 11 Anglès Noailhac (Castres) 23.6 -520
Sun 14 Oct 12 Noailhac Castres 14.3 124
Mon 15 Oct 13 Castres Sorèze 30.7 68
Tue 16 Oct 14 Sorèze Saint-Félix-Lauragais 22.8 62
Wed 17 Oct 15 Saint-Félix-Lauragais Avignonet-Lauragais 29.6 69
Thu 18 Oct 16 Avignonet-Lauragais Montgiscard 24 50
Fri 19 Oct 17 Montgiscard Toulouse 23.8 50
Sat 20 Oct 18 Toulouse Celebration/exploration
Sun 21 Oct 19 Departure day
Total 351.1
Avg 23.9

 Your Trip Leaders:

Jenny Griffin

Jenny is an Earth Goddess, intuitive empath, messenger and mentor at The Power of Change. She channels Divine Love energy and through her connection with the Earth taps into the Heart of Creation to bring messages of healing and expansion.

Jenny was called to a pilgrimage in France in 2015, when she walked over 500 km of the Le Puy route alone and without a plan.

The power that nature has to connect us to our souls is immense, and an essential part of the adventure. It awakens an understanding that we’re ALL vital pieces of a larger whole, partners in the dance of life. The Earth has inspired many occasions for Jenny to reflect on this. She has walked thousands of miles on this beautiful planet, connecting to its wisdom through her feet and her heart.

Jenny speaks English and decent but not perfect French.

Ariana Brackenbury

Ariana is a spiritual wisdom guide and has a deep sense of spirit in her life.  She knows at a deep level how supported we are on our journeys on the planet. The Camino is an inner journey as well as a physical one and she is very good at holding space for that with great love.

Having walked ten Caminos and over 4000 KM Ariana has gained a lot of wisdom about how to structure a trip that allows the participants to have a powerful spiritual journey without overly stressing the physical body.

She brings the experience of having weathered many of life’s challenges giving her the wisdom and insight to support you through any emotional aspects of the journey.

Ariana is an intuitive and can see patterns in people. As a spiritual coach, she deeply connects with her clients helping them get very clear on where they are going. She is very aware from her own transformation on the Camino the power of the journey and the degree of commitment it takes to complete the walk.

Pricing information

This is the first time Ariana and Jenny have offered this route.  If you are up for a grand adventure and are okay with us finding our way together, then this trip will be perfect for you.  Our pricing reflects this. 

Pricing in CAD – N.B. GST will be added for Canadian residents. 

*Final payments must be made by July 30. 

Cheque or eTransfer Credit Card via Paypal
Early Bird must be booked and paid in full by June 15, 2018.  $400 savings 3,550 *3,692
Deposit – in order to reserve your space – non refundable per person 1,400 1,456
2nd payment (ask about multiple extra payments) 2,150 2,236
Per person double occupancy*  3,950 *4,108
Deposit – in order to reserve your space – non refundable 1,400 1,456
2nd payment (ask about multiple extra payments) 2,550 2,652
Friend/Family rate per person  in same room 3,800 *3,952
Deposit – in order to reserve your space – non refundable per person 1,400 1,456
2nd payment (ask about multiple extra payments) 2,400 2,496

*Credit card fees will be waived for payment in full at time of booking.  For Friend and Family rate both must be booked at the same time. 

*See the note about double occupancy above under items included.  

For booking info please contact Ariana Brackenburyusing the subject line via Tolosana Pilgrimage.

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Big Love,

~ Jenny

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