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'.


The Camino de Santiago in Spain has to be the most popular and well-known of all pilgrimage routes worldwide for those seeking to test their endurance while same-time redefining their inner worlds. There are many starting points spanning Spain and starting all over Europe but the most famed route is 800 km long, referred to as the Camino Francés, and its starting point is in the tiny town of St-Jean-Pied-de-Port situated not far from Biarritz in France.

But you don't have to follow the Camino de Santiago if you don't want to. There are many alternatives out there all over the world. The point is a pilgrimage is a long walk and, while thousands of people dream of doing their own Camino (or other pilgrim route), many stop short of actually realising it because it can seem like such a daunting task. Jo follows different pilgrimage routes two to three times a year and sees first-hand how all too often so many people never get to complete their pilgrimage for a variety of reasons which shouldn't even factor in the equation. Above all else, good prior planning is key.

The feelings of pure elation, an overwhelming sense of outstanding achievement and tremendous inner happiness and peace are what we all experience when we do actually complete the 'long walk' and the majority of people are more than capable of doing it. For many, an extra bit of friendly guidance on the 'hows' and the 'whats' is all that is needed.

If you choose to do your own Camino Dreaming boot-camp with Jo, you can expect to get tips on the following:

  • how to train to suit your specific level of fitness, walking speed and personal goals;
  • what to train for on the 'long walk';
  • finding and booking the best accommodation to suit you;
  • buying the right equipment and packing precisely what you need;
  • best times of the year to go and what to expect along the way;
  • building physical strength and endurance;
  • developing mental and spiritual agility.

Having benefited from a personally tailored training programme to suit your level of fitness, available time, desired goals and outcomes from your Camino, Jo will have you leave here feeling physically and mentally prepared to take on quite literally the soul-changing walk of your lifetime. With the right training gradually introduced over time, the walk need not hurt the body, leaving the mind and soul free to accomplish what you set out to achieve - your very own Buen Camino!

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There are no specific start and finish dates for these Camino Dreaming retreats. You can come any time of the year when it suits your needs best. So long as your dates don't coincide with our other scheduled retreats (see our Event Calendar), the timing is yours and the options are endless. Come for a long weekend, week or 10 days and/or several times a year in order to get yourself ready for your own Camino.

One Consideration

We have blocked off the entire Winter period to devote to Camino Dreaming training since Spring and Autumn are arguably the best seasons to tackle your Camino. This is the longest, harshest period for anyone to endure and, as such, has many of us just wanting to get away from it all. It is therefore the cheapest period and there are no scheduled retreats blocking your way.

Retreat Prices (per person, per night & include airport transfers to and from Carcassonne): 

Self-catering €65
Bed & Breakfast €73
Half-board €103
Full-board €113 (given the nature of this retreat, lunch on the full-board option will sometimes be a picnic)


Discounts apply for two people sharing, small groups and stays of 7 nights or more. For more information, Get in Touch.

Retreat Exclusions

  • Cost of your flights to and from Carcassonne airport;
  • Holiday insurance;
  • Personal expenditure.

Ready to book your retreat?

Simply choose your catering and transport options, length of stay and click on the PayPal button below.A discount is available for stays of 2 weeks or more. Get in Touch for details.

A 30% deposit is required at the time of booking; the balance 70% is due 8 weeks prior to your arrival. Deposits are refundable up to 8 weeks prior to the retreat start date.