Walking into deep connection

MAY 13 - 18 2019

JUNE 24 - 29 2019

Join us for a week long guided journey along the Rota Vicentina Fisherman’s Trail as we learn to walk with intention to rediscover deep connections within nature and spirit.

The first thing to do is to lift your foot. Breathe in. Put your foot down in front of you, first your heel and then your toes. Breathe out. Feel your feet solid on the Earth. You have already arrived.

When we first learn to walk, we walked just to enjoy walking. We walked and discovered each moment as we encountered it. We can learn to walk that way again. We frequently walk with the sole purpose of getting from one place to another. But where are we in between? With every step, we can feel the miracle of walking on solid ground. We can arrive in the present moment with every step.

When you walk, arrive with every step. That is walking meditation. There’s nothing else to it.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Regular meditation is a solid foundation for mind-body wellness and a consciousness-based approach to life. The daily practice can improve relationship skills, enhance concentration, reduce stress, improve sleep quality and provide a deeper connection to spirit. However, to incorporate this practice into your life does not have to mean sitting passively. Walking meditation, also known as mindful walking, is an active practice that requires you to be consciously aware and moving in the environment rather than sitting down with your eyes closed. 

The practice brings you closer to nature and reconnects you with your body. There are many ways why walking with intention, or mindful walking, can bring a unique set of benefits into your life and daily routine, here are just a few of them: 

It Connects You More Deeply with the Environment

In mindful walking, all of our senses are actively engaged in the experience of walking. We are deliberately focusing our attention on the earth beneath our feet, the air flowing in and out of our lungs, the sights, sounds, smells, and even tastes that we experience as we walk. 

This practice helps us to feel connected to the environment of which we are an inseparable part. This environmental connection also cultivates situational awareness, in which we put all of our available attention on our surroundings rather than mindlessly walking from place to place. 

It Gets You Out of Your Head

Taking a walk outdoors can break you out of a mental fog or a perpetual train of thought. This interruption may only be a change of scenery, which might be all you need to shift your awareness out of your conditioned mind and open you up to a more universal perspective. 

It Helps You Get to Know Your Body

Many of us are so alienated from our bodies that we don’t feel truly connected with our physical selves. Even worse, we may hold our bodies in contempt rather accepting ourselves and having a loving and intimate in-body experience.  

Walking mindfully establishes a deeper connection between mind and body, helping you to embrace your body as it moves through space.  

It Increases Your Awareness of Intention

By walking mindfully, we cultivate a deeper understanding of our intentions through conscious movement, one step at a time. Each walk begins with an intention; each footstep also begins with intention. And if we practice walking with attention and clarity of desire, we can more easily choose transformative intentions that bring the most fulfillment and happiness into our lives. 

It Expands Everyday Mindfulness

Walking meditation is a practice; it’s a skill that develops over time. The more you do it, the more it becomes a part of your being. This integration of mindfulness starts to spill over into other areas of your life, infusing them with deeper awareness. 

And since walking is a basic activity that most people engage in on a daily basis, you can practice any time you get up to take a walk, whether it’s for 30 seconds or 30 minutes. This regularity helps this mindfulness become a part of everything you do. 

It Helps You Connect to the Present Moment

As you walk and become increasingly aware, the mind grows quieter. On occasion, that quiet becomes deeply profound. Your awareness goes beyond the walking, the breathing, and the passing scenery into the boundless field of pure awareness. 

 
 
 
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Program

• Discover the wild and deserted beaches of the Alentejo coast.
• Experience the tranquility of its genuine, sleepy villages.
• Guide into silence - time to reflect, meditate and reconnect with nature.      

• Stay in a range of local Portuguese guest houses, B&B's and fincas.
• Experienced One Love One Step walk leaders on hand to guide you through your walk at all times.

• 4 days walking the Rota Vicentina's Fisherman Trail walking through the picturesque sea-side towns of Porto Covo, Vila Nova de Milfontes, Almograve, Zambujeira do Mar and ending in the ancient market town of Odexeice on the Algarve border (Approx 80km trail split into 15-20km sections).
• 5 Breakfasts and 4 fresh vegetarian packed lunches prepared by our team throughout the walk. 
• Daily Luggage Transfers to and from all the walks and movement of luggage during the week.

Accommodation & Rates

Group sizes are normally 8-10 people and we stay in good quality local accommodation, often unique and family run guest houses where possible. 

Our rates are based on double or twin room occupancy, with en-suite.

Single Rooms can be arranged with an additional supplement, please inform us at time of inquiry if this would suit you better.

 

What’s Included

5 nights accommodation in a twin –bedded room with en-suite facilities, on a half board basis

5 Breakfasts, 4 picnic lunches for the walks (evening meals can be provided at an additional cost)

Transfer to and from all the walks and movement of luggage during the week.

Experienced walk leader at all times.

For full booking terms and conditions please click here.


whats not included

Any flights

Travel Insurance

Some evening meals

Airport Transfers

 

 
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PACKAGE 1 - HALF BOARD ON SHARING BASIS 
Features: En-suite, breakfasts and lunches, quality accommodation, fully guided and supported

FROM €850.00 / PER PERSON

 
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PACKAGE 2 - HALF BOARD WITH PRIVATE ROOM
Features: Private room with en-suite, breakfasts and lunches, quality accommodation, fully guided and supported

FROM €950.00 / PER PERSON