It’s been a life-long dream of mine to take time away from ‘the usual routine of work” for a significant period of time and set out on a personal journey that, although has been walked by thousands before me, will undoubtedly be a spiritual and magical experience. When walking the 800km ancient pilgrim path known as El Camino de Santiago, I intend to stay open for whatever, whoever, and however ‘it’ shows up along the way.
Packing for this adventure has been no small feat. The experts say to take not much more than 10% of your weight. Well, if you saw my closet you’d freak cause my natural inclination when I travel is to take one outfit per day! Ok – Ok This is absolutely not what I intend to do so here’s how things have transpired. I started out a couple of months ago buying my pack, sleeping sack, walking poles, hat and boots. The latter was a fairly big challenge cause I’ve had toenail problems in the past when hiking or running for hours at a time. What I have is something called ‘morgan’s toes’ – my second toes are longer than my big toes and thus jamming these babies into any kind of shoe for long stretches of time tends to cause the skin on the tip of my toes to blister and get perpetual calluses. Too much information? Alright … suffice to say searching for the perfect boots took me to four different places around the city and finally I decided on goretex Saloman Trail Runners. So far, with a few long walks under my belt, they are more than fine and I feel good to go. My next thing is to pack, unpack and repack again – each time weighing myself with and without my pack.
I must tell you that this trip has not been planned alone. A big part of my inspiration comes from my beloved friends Sue Kenney and Joe (Sze Chiang). They are both passionate about the Camino and all that it has to offer. Sue now makes the Camino her life’s work and takes people on retreats to the ancient path. Joe has been a pilgrim three times taking various routes of the Camino. This year he plans to walk paths that he missed before and we plan to meet to walk together for ten days across the flat land of the Masada. If we are still good together and we haven’t fallen in love with anyone else along the way (it is our private joke) we will celebrate in Santiago and continue as tourists in the south of Spain relaxing and resting in style!
Naturally, planning to be away for a period of time means organizing things at home so that it’s possible to leave and be free of worry. I welcome Elizabeth Tromp, a friend, yoga teacher, and neighbour to Surround Circle Yoga as Associate Teacher who has kindly agreed to substitute for me while I am away. Elizabeth will teach all classes (adults, seniors, and Kids Yoga) for six weeks (beginning at the end of September) and then I will teach the latter six weeks of the season (beginning the first week of November).