the journey of a lifetime: Answer The Calling

The Camino de Santiago is an ancient pilgrimage that started in the 9th century.  While the most popular route, the Camino Frances, is around 500 miles, there are many routes through Spain and Portugal. What started as a Christian pilgrimage has turned into a spiritual path of self growth for thousands of pilgrims every year. While everyone’s reason for walking the Camino is different, most describe the Camino as the single most impactful thing they’ve ever done.

The Calling is a private session with a Camino expert covering all the things you need to know to walk the Camino de Santiago. 

The Calling Overview

trees in nature
Will and Sam on Camino Frances

What's covered

  • Which route best fits what you’re looking to gain out of the Camino
  • Finding your ‘why’
  • How to train for a long-distance hike
  • Choosing gear and what to pack
  • How to stay safe on the Camino and what to do in case of emergencies or injury
  • Accommodations on the Camino 
  • What to eat on the Camino
  • Setting intentions for your trip
  • Soulful travel practices  
  • Language practice 
  • Cultural awareness tips
  • Regenerative travel advice
  • How to integrate lessons learned to your life back home
  • And more!

5 Bonus Offerings: Total value $450

  1. Camino Prep Packet (Including route information, personalized accommodation list, packing list, training guide, etc.)
  2. Camino Prep Reading List (including guidebook recommendations)
  3. 3 Guided Meditation MP3 Downloads 
  4. 15 % Discount on Post-Travel Integration Session
  5. Contemplative Journaling Prompts
Camino photo

Hi, I'm Jamie!

I’m the founder of Lotus Compass and a lover of all things travel. I’m an avid hiker, Certified Travel Expert, and Camino de Santiago pilgrim! 

I have a depth of experience in pilgrimage, hiking, Eastern wisdom practices, and cultivating the inner mentor that will guide you through your journey. When we use travel as a tool for self discovery, every moment carries with it an unfolding of the sacred. We can begin to get more in touch with the sacredness of our lives and live from a place of authenticity and reverence for the world.

There’s so much to cover when it comes to preparing for a pilgrimage. I want to work with you to prepare for the inner and outer journey so that your Camino is a truly transformational experience. 

I am so excited to guide YOU along your journey. During our coaching session, I’ll make sure to listen to your needs and make sure you feel fully prepared for your Camino.

 

Santiago de Compostela on the Camino de Santiago

I offer a FREE 15-minute consultation. During the call, we can discuss your dreams of walking the Camino de Santiago and together we can see which service best fits your needs.

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Somewhere along the Camino de Santiago
Field of sunflowers
Grassy lawn in an Albergue

Why Work With Jamie?

Frequently asked questions:

What happens when I click 'Schedule Now'?

You’ll be taken to a page to schedule a free 15-minute call with Jamie, Lotus Compass founder. From there, you’ll discuss the service levels and how we can make your dream of walking the come true. 

Will you book my trip for me?

The travel coaching services give you the resources you need to plan your trip. If you’re interested in getting help with the booking of your trip, check out our travel planning services and email or schedule a call with us to further discuss!

Why hire a travel coach? Why not just use a travel agent?

We have a depth of knowledge on the Camino de Santiago and Spain. We’ve walked the Camino, and we aren’t swayed by commissions because our pricing model is fee based. 

Plus, we understand that travel can be a deeply transformational experience, especially pilgrimage. Having a guide is tremendously helpful for this type of journey. If you’re an independent traveler, you will appreciate the flexibility and freedom of working with a travel coach instead of having everything booked for you. 

How do I pay?

You can pay here through our secure payment processor. From there, we’ll set up a time and date that works best for you for session. 

After our initial conversation whether by phone or email and you’ve decided you’re ready to move forward with travel coaching session(s), we will send you a secure link to pay.

Can I buy a coaching session as a gift for someone who is preparing to walk the Camino?

Of course you can! What a thoughtful gift! First, send us an email, and then we will send you an e-gift card.

Is it worth it? What's my return on investment?

Return on your investment is in 2 parts:

Time saved during the planning process: To organize walking the Camino de Santiago and all the preparation that goes along with it,  the level of organization and detail provided by Lotus Compass, plan on spending about 5 hours per travel day if you are going to do it yourself. A 30-day trip would therefore take about 150 hours for an average person to plan (including internet and guidebook research, trying to figure out the best training schedule, booking time, and double-checking everything). By contrast, plan on 2-3 hours spent via phone or video with Lotus Compass for the Calling service. For the average time it takes to walk the Camino (without rest days) a 30-day trip, that’s about between 147 hours of time saved. How much is your time worth per hour?

Time used more efficiently on the trip: when a trip is well-prepared for ahead of time, you won’t waste time getting lost; showing up at the train station and realizing that train doesn’t run on Sundays, or waiting in line for 2 hours for a museum that could have been pre-booked, for example, and don’t forget: the more prepared you are body, mind & spirit, the more you will be able to RECEIVE from your trip. You will spend less time stressing and more time experiencing fully what the Camino has to offer. You’ll connect more with locals. You’ll be able to journal about all the beautiful insights you are gaining from your trip, and isn’t that the reason why you want to walk this ancient trail in the first place?!

Can I walk a pilgrimage even if I'm not religious?

100% YES. A 2019 study completed by the Pilgrim’s Office in Santiago de Compostela showed that 49% of pilgrims walked for spiritual reasons rather than religious. For the modern pilgrim, the journey is leading you back to yourself, and each step of the way teaches you valuable lessons. 

What is the inner journey?

The inner journey refers to self discovery and growth. Most often, the intentionality of looking for answers, listening to yourself, and being curious about what shows up along the way is a major part of inner work.