Good morning! Today is the day we walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostella. This pilgrim’s route is nearly 800 years old, some experts suggest that it may even be a 1000 years old. Thousands of people walk it every year and many of them say afterwards that it was a life-changing experience.
- Breakfast: 8h30
- Class: 9h00 Camino de Santiago Mindfulness Training and Walking Meditation
- Dinner: 19h30
- Tomorrow’s Activities and Preparation: Jeudi (Thursday)
To avoid the worst heat of the day, we are starting early this morning. Breakfast will be ready from 8h30 and we will be leaving for Eauze cathedral at 9h00 sharp.
What you need to take with you on your walk
- Your rucksack
- Your lunch (crucially important, don’t leave the farm without it! – see below)
- Your water bottle filled up with water
- Your hat, sunglasses, sun tanning lotion and insect repellant
- Your mobile phone with your downloaded map
- Our phone number
- Your walking boots
- A camera
- Your raincoat (if rain is predicted (best weather site around here is meteociel.fr)
- A small first aid kit with the bare essentials especially plasters in case you develop blisters
- A few euro in case you want to buy something in Manciet
Walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostella
We have added the Camino de Santiago walk to this workshop so that you can practice both mindfulness and walking meditation.
“Mindfulness is the aware, balanced acceptance of the present experience. It isn’t more complicated than that. It is opening to or receiving the present moment, pleasant or unpleasant, just as it is, without either clinging to it or rejecting it.” Sylvia Boorstein
More Quotes about Mindfulness
- Download the map of the Camino onto your phone. You will need to take your mobile phone with you so that you can follow the route with an online map that you can access here: https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=1mkVyT7-SeNTyvHkTSohqICFROLE or here http://www.elcaminosantiago.com/Camino-Santiago-Map-Via-Podiensis-Google.htm
- You can also use Map.Me to create and download your own map.
Information about the Camino
Click here to find out what the Camino de Santiago is all about.
You can meet and talk to other walkers of the Camino here:
Pack all the above in your rucksack and bring it to breakfast as you will be given a scrumptious picnic lunch to take with you. This means you can walk at your own pace and stop at any time during the day to have lunch, wherever you find a spot that particularly appeals to you.
After breakfast, we leave for the cathedral city of Eauze. Today you have the opportunity to walk the Camino de Santiago de Compostella from EAUZE to NOGARO. This section is 20 km (12. miles) long and takes about 5 hours to walk. The walk meanders through woods, vineyards, meadows, orchards and sunflower fields from the Roman city of Eauze towards Manciet, a small market town with a beautifully preserved lavoir. It continues past an ancient church that once belonged to the Order of the Knights of Malta, Saint Claire de l’hopital de Crevancères – it is worth a detour. Our choir, the Gersabelles, sings here at least once a year. A bit further you will come across an 18th-century milestone with a Maltese cross. From there it is just a short walk into 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, which is where we will come and pick you up. Just give us a ring when you are ready to come home.
The walk is not 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. The route is very well indicated by two yellow lines that appear on whatever is to hand: tree, posts, house wall etc. You can follow your progress on your phone, there really is no chance that you can get lost. If anything should go wrong, help is just a phone call away.
You have the rest of the evening free to recuperate from the day’s exertions. You may want to stay awake until it is completely dark to admire the stars. As there is so little light pollution in this part of the world, on a clear night, the Milky Way puts on quite a display.