Bienvenue All Camino Walkers!

“Don’t ever be ashamed of loving the strange things that make your weird little heart happy.” Elizabeth Gilbert

Just wanted to wish you, on behalf of the whole ménagerie (including the horses, dog and cats!) a very warm welcome. I hope you’ll find many strange things that will make your weird little heart happy here.

  • As mentioned in the description of this retreat, if you are on the 5-day retreat; we will be having dinner at one of Nogaro’s delightful bistros one evening, usually the evening of day 4. We will each pay for our own meal and wine, to support a local small business in these still very difficult times.
  • If you would like one or more massages during your stay (subject to availability) you’ll find Sarah Thacker’s contact details on the table in the corridor and you can arrange it with her. The costs of massages are not included in the cost of the retreat and have to be paid in cash after each massage.
  • The wifi password is: 1026 1A26 3EC0 4F5A 2 E01 6073 A7. It sometimes takes a few attempts, but everyone has managed to log on so far. The 0’s are zeros, not the letter ‘O’ and there are no spaces between the numbers/letters.
  • The retreat ends at 11h00 on Day 5 (or your last day, if you are staying longer.)


Our program during your stay is simple, to allow you as much time as possible to relax, recharge your batteries and simply enjoy your surroundings. Even though you will not directly interact with the horses, please have a look at Safety Precautions around Horses.

Intermittent Fasters (IF), we’ll be aiming to keep to a window of 8 hours.

  • 09h00 Esprit Meraki Morning routine
  • 10h00 IF Discussion
  • 11h00 Brunch 
  • 12h00 Transport to the start of the day’s walk on Days 2, 3 and 4 (IF and writers 2 walks)
  • 16h00 Pickup at the end of the day’s walk Days 2, 3 and 4 (IF and writers 2 walks)
  • 17h00 Writing Meditation (self-guided see instructions below)
  • 18:00 Dinner
  • 19:00 Yoga Nidra (see instructions below)

The program is not set in stone and may be changed to make the most of the weather etc.

Walking Meditation

It’s a great idea to fit in a walking meditation during your Camino walk.  Full instructions on how to do this are available here: Walking Meditation Made Easy. During your walk, you can listen to a guided walking meditation like this one: 

Map of the Camino: 

  • Or you can download the maps as pdfs, and find out more about the Camino, French phrases you may need, birds you may see, and download 2 free Camino guidebooks etc. by clicking here.
  • Google maps (in walking mode) is another excellent option.
  • Aire-sur-Adour to Nogaro Bus Timetable

The route is very well indicated, you’ll find the signs below every few hundred meters, so you can easily walk it without a map:



Writing Meditation

During the walk, later in the afternoon or evening, to enrich your experience, you may want to do a Writing Meditation (self-guided.) Use the simple prompts below or click here for more detailed prompts.

Simple Prompts:

  • Day 1 Make a list of 100 people/experiences/events/possessions that you are grateful for
  • Day 2 Make a list of 100 of your achievements/talents/strengths/skills (small, medium and outstanding)
  • Day 3 Make a list of 100 ways you can help others, especially the people on your gratitude list from Day 1

Yoga Nidra

I have made a recording of a yoga nidra session that you can listen to whenever you have a moment. Best time to do so is last thing at night. 

Pick up points:

Hope you’ll have a great time and see you at Lou ‘tit Mercat in Manciet on the first walking day and at Brasserie Les Cordeliers in Nogaro on the second and third walking days.

Sleep well,

PS. Don’t forget to make and take some sandwiches with you at tomorrow morning’s brunch and if you have any questions, just ask!

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