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Jo wrote her book, one woman walking, on the back of her experiences while out walking, largely on the Camino de Santiago, not once but twice. Because of her vast experience walking pilgrimages throughout both France and Spain, she now offers a training retreat for those who want to embark on their own Camino and learn more about how to walk the 'long walk'.

A walking retreat for the lover of history, local folklore and admirer of breath-taking lanscapes. Following in the ancient footsteps of the Cathar people brought to popularity by the writings of Kate Mosse and Dan Brown, this week promises to take you up the impressive heights of some of the most spectacular castle ruins in Europe, to medieval towns and cathedrals wrought by the Cathar plight and a Cathar initiation cave where Mary Magdalene reputedly took her refuge in order to meditate and retreat.

Following the popularity of the Plight of the Cathars retreat, this week offers a variation of the same theme taking you on a tour of yet more of the Cathar castles, medieval towns, villages and local markets. As activity-packed as the original and with equally break-taking scenery and places of interest, this retreat promises to deliver yet more insight into the plight of the Cathar people and their beautiful homelands, the Pays Cathare.

In this beautiful and unspoilt part of Occitanie called the Pays Cathare, there are thousands of kilometres of scarcely-trod pathways and ancient hidden trails waiting to be discovered by those seeking a walking retreat with a unique twist.

From the Mediterranean to the Pyrenees, these lands are marked by the plight and flight of the Cathar people and this retreat has you walking in the footsteps of the infamous Cathar martyrs across some of France's most legendary paths.

Best suited to singles, couples or small groups, the core attention of this retreat is on gentle walking to uplift and enhance your sense of wellbeing.

Take a well-deserved week out from your busy, everyday life to spend a week of walking for wellbeing, gradually unwinding on a digital detox, strolling gently over meandering footpaths across the unspoilt Razès countryside.

Many people actually hear their soul calling when it wants to undertake a personal and most often life-changing pilgrimage or long walk. Often, it emanates from the pit of the stomach and can arise as the result of some traumatic event in your life. But not always. Sometimes your soul is simply telling you that you need to go on a long walk in order to find clarity with which to help you find the strength to take the plunge and embark on a new direction in your life.