This is a physical walking pilgrimage with a powerful emotional focus; to explore both literally and psychologically the concept of story-telling. Journey inside, outside, with ipse wilderness, on a thoughtful and transformative exploration of your inner and outer landscape.
Whether you feel as though you're stuck in a rut, treading water, plodding along or just going through the paces, this facilitated 4-day journey along the Pilgrims' Way will guide you, through purposeful movement and meaningful communication, to free yourself up to change the path of your life, and start telling yourself a different story.
Using Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales' as inspiration, we will listen to each others' stories, and through gentle enquiry and therapeutic exercises, step with courage into new ways of speaking our truth.
This pilgrimage makes use of therapeutic activities, wilderness immersion processes and facilitated circle time to create a grounded connection with nature, our own nature, and that of other people.
Route: Footpaths of Pilgrims Way and North Downs Way, through fields, orchards, & woods.
Accommodation: Shared rooms in B&Bs/inns. Single supplement available on request.
Difficulty: Challenging; walking distance 42 miles, 6-15 miles per day, undulating route, pace 3mph.
Day 1: Rochester to Detling (12 miles)
Day 2: Detling to Lenham (9 miles)
Day 3: Lenham to Chilham (15 miles)
Day 4: Chilham to Canterbury (6 miles)
Visit Cathedral, lunch, train back to Rochester for departure.
Cost: £400. This includes all activities, accommodation, breakfasts and transport. Does not include other meals or beverages.
Travel to Rochester and stay overnight on night before or arrive in the morning for meeting and opening ceremony at the Castle Thursday 10am.
Good transport links from London and South East.
We will return via train from Canterbury to Rochester for departure, or arrange your own onward travel from Canterbury after 5pm on Sunday.
What To Bring
• a day rucksack – around 20-30 litres
• walking boots – broken in and comfortable, not new
• comfortable clothes for walking, including a jumper or warm layers
• a change of clothes in case of downpour, especially spare socks
• a small first aid kit - medications, plasters, anti-histamines, pain-killers
• a set of simple evening clothes
• a journal or notebook and pen
• a pair of light sandals, slippers or flip-flops for the evenings
• a wash-kit
• a towel or sarong
• a re-usable water bottle – 1 litre minimum
• a waterproof jacket (and trousers, if you wish)
• sun-cream, sun hat and sunglasses
• money for snacks, meals, ice creams etc - most places do not take card, and cash machines are few and far between
• a Tupperware to carry packed lunches
• a book/cards etc for leisure time
• phone and charger
• a camera
• nuts and snacks e.g. trailmix
Maximum Size Of Group
£400 including all accommodation, breakfasts, activities and workshops
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