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.
Many people respond to this soul-calling while others do not. Sometimes the decision to take no action is in part fear of the unknown but often because you don't know where to go or how to go about it. Whatever your reason for wanting to embark on your soul journey, Jo is happy and willing to accompany you on it if that's what you need.
If you are interested in undertaking your own personal journey and want someone to guide you on your long walk then Jo has a variety of sacred route options to offer you depending on what you're looking for in terms of distance, time spent and your desired soul journey outcome. Offering companionship as you need it along the way, perhaps with convivial chat or in meditative silence as the occasion calls, Jo has fourteen years' worth of experience guiding people down their own personal paths.
With gentle support, Jo is there to guide you along some of France's most sacred pilgrimage routes (grandes randonnées, GRs) ensuring you quiet literally stay on the right path, arriving timely at each night's accommodation, with daily meals and picnics already organised from start to finish so that you don't have to think about anything other than your inner journey.
(5, 7 and 10 day variants are also available)
A 250 km trek from the Mediterranean coast crossing open garrigue (scrub land), traversing the bottoms of rocky valleys and climbing limestone mountains, ambling through ancient forests of the Pyrenees and onward to Foix, passing through six of the most celebrated Cathar castles, paying homage to those who died or fled the persecution of the Catholic church in the 12th and 13th centuries.
A 170 km trip starting from the Pic Nore atop of the Montagne Noire in the Minervois, walking through villages down into Carcassonne (UNESCO world heritage site) and upwards onto the Alaric mountain and across the ragged Corbières range down towards the foothills of the Pyrenees, passing through three of the famed Cathar castles.
A 180 km hike starting from the legendary Cathar castle Montségur in France, this path takes you up and through the Pyrenees, walking through ancient forest, woodland and across open prairies, following in the footsteps of the Cathars as they fled their persecutors, passing through small mountain villages and hamlets into Spain, onward to the Cathar sanctuary at Queralt and culminating in Berga. Walkers must have some experience of climbing some fairly robust hills.
Considered to be one of the most beautiful of the GR routes in France, this 200 km route ultimately culminates at St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and is therefore a French feeder route to the Camino Francés. Walking through medieval towns, villages and woodlands, along tracks across vast farmlands and heather-clad moors, up hills across the Massif Central and alongside rivers in the Loire and Lot valleys, the long distance walker has a taste of everything that France has to offer.
A 520 km pilgrimage from Carcassonne to St-Jean-Pied-de-Port via Lourdes, yet another feeder route into the Camino Francés, passing through beautiful French towns and villages, alongside the impressive foothills of the Pyrenees, a path renowned for the beauty of its churches and villages and the serenity of the landscapes walked through.
Perhaps the most famed pilgrimage in the world, this 780 km path starts in the foothills of the Pyrenees in the small town of St-Jean-Pied-de-Port and ends in Santiago de Compostella, Spain. In fact, it's so long that it covers pretty much every terrain type you can imagine yet with only 2 long ascents of particular note. Many people like to tackle it in a month or 6 weeks; some can't afford that much time off work and so return each year to undertake a week or 10 days taking several years to complete St James' Way (as it is otherwise known).
The minimum distance required to be able to declare you have accomplished the Camino is 100 km and so many Spanish start in the town of Sarria and arrive in Santiago just one week later.
Whether you simply want to walk across some diverse and stunning scenery with break-taking views, follow a link path to join the Spanish Camino Francés or follow in the historic footsteps of the legendary Cathar martyrs, each of these routes has so much to offer to heed your soul's call and give you the time, place and space to undertake your inner journey.
Prices will vary depending on the length of your chosen route and/or number of days you wish to walk with accompanied guidance. For example, you may choose to follow Le Sentier Cathare for 5 days. Meals (excluding drinks), overnight accommodation and transportation to and from the start and finish points in France is €650 per person. Or you may wish to spend 10 days and walk the whole 250 kilometres from the Mediterranean sea to Foix visiting 5 of the most esteemed Cathar castles en route for €1,350.
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