Pamplona • Montserrat • Barcelona
An Exclusive Journey to Spain with Caroline Myss
Sunday April 1 – Sunday April 8, 2018
In recent years, I have become devoted to teaching spiritual direction and contemporary mystical spirituality. It is my deep belief as a teacher, a medical intuitive, and a mystic that most people have been searching for a way to embrace the power of their soul for most of their life. Perhaps you have not been conscious of that search, but that is because you are not familiar with the subtle tactics of the way the soul maneuvers in your psyche, your heart and even in your physical biology. For all the many ways we can describe this rapidly changing time in which we are living, I see this time as the era in which the consciousness of the soul is emerging as the core power of the human being. A new understanding of the soul is essential, one that is based upon the truth that the soul is our mystical consciousness, not an object of religion.
I am passionate about teaching mystical consciousness and introducing people to the power of their soul. To accommodate this workshop theme, CMED and Alternatives UK. have created a workshop experience in Spain that begins in Pamplona, a town on the famous Camino de Santiago, the long walk across Spain (or France or Portugal) to the Church of Saint James the Apostle in Santiago de Compostela. We chose that town as the start of our workshop because of a legend associated with a Pilgrim. According to the legend, a Pilgrim, exhausted and thirsty from traveling the Camino, met a stranger, also traveling on the road. This stranger happened to be the Devil in disguise. The Devil offered to show the Pilgrim a hidden source of water but only on the condition that he renounce God, the Virgin Mary and Saint James. The Pilgrim refused even though it meant dying of thirst. At that moment, Saint James, also disguised as a Pilgrim, appeared and led him to that hidden fountain and using a scallop shell, he offered him water to drink. Eventually pilgrims walking the Camino began to wear scallop shells around their necks, indicating that they were officially on a pilgrimage. For centuries, people were honor bound to offer food and shelter to people wearing the pilgrim’s shell out of respect for the holy journey, as hotels did not exist along the roads to Santiago de Compostela. People have walked these pilgrimages for over 1,000 years. And those caught wearing the shell under false pretenses as a way of entering homes to steal were put to death. The Pilgrim’s shell is still the official icon of the holy journey. And so, we begin our holy journey at the place where the Pilgrim’s shell came into being.
The well-known monastery of Montserrat is the location for the main part of my workshop. It is a privilege to do a workshop in this monastery for so many reasons, not the least of which is that Montserrat is home to a revered Black Madonna, the patron saint of Catalonia. Montserrat is an active monastery and as such, the resident monks and priests observe a schedule of prayer that is signaled by the ringing of the bells from the bell tower, even through the night. Because we are sharing the monastery atmosphere, I have written a prayer book for participants so that should the bells awaken you, you have the option of joining in the monastic practice of praying during specific times of the day and night.
Mysticism is about the experience of the nature of the Divine. My approach to this workshop is that participants enter into the experience of their soul. The lecture topics covered during our journey together will include:
- The nature of your soul
- How your soul communicates
- Soul appetites
- Spiritual versus psychological crises
- Contemporary mystical experiences
- Mystical laws
- The power of grace and prayer
- Applying Mystical laws to health/happiness and sanity
- Developing mystical consciousness
I believe mystical consciousness is our most refined intelligence and that we exist in partnership with the Sacred and with all of creation. I hope you will join me on this inner and outer journey to Spain.
Due to the sacred theme of this workshop and my choice of venue, enrollment will be limited to a moderate-sized group.
This Journey has limited availability! Secure your spot now.
Registration closed February 1, 2018
Day 1 – Arrival Pamplona
We arrive at Bilbao airport in the morning. We are collected by luxury coaches and drive 2 hours to Hotel Tres Reyes in Pamplona. We will check into the Hotel in time for lunch. After we have settled, guides will take the group on a walking tour of Pamplona including a relevant history of the Camino. Dinner is served from 7.30pm which will give us ample time to explore the city.
Day 2 – Morning Lecture & Afternoon Tour of Arre and Puente la Reina
After breakfast, morning in a workshop with Caroline.
After lunch, we set off towards the town of Arre. To start the tour an experienced pilgrim will give a 40-minute lecture at the Basilica de la Santisima Trinidad de Arre. This is an important Camino stop where you can witness pilgrims taking a rest or personal prayer break, the Camino stamp for the carnet, a hostel where many travelers stay, the historically significant Basilica and a medieval bridge over the Rio Ulzama river. The pilgrim will give a personal account of what it is like to walk the Camino and the spiritual significance of it.
We will visit the Fuente Reniega, which means the Fountain of Renouncement or Denial in English. We will visit the Iron sculpture of a group of pilgrims, Alto del Perdon – ‘Mount of Forgiveness’. Set on a high point of the Camino, you can experience extensive panoramic vistas all around the surrounding countryside as far as the Pyrenees.
On the summit of Alto del Perdon is the iconic sculpture dedicated to all the pilgrims who walk the Camino Del Santiago. The long metal sculpture representing pilgrims on foot and on horse reflects the historical and eternal nature of the walk. There is a Spanish inscription on it “donde se cruza el Camino del viento con el de las estrellas” meaning “where the path of the wind crosses that of the stars”. It is one of the great landmarks of the Camino.
Then we move onto Puente la Reina. The bridge lies between Pamplona and Estella on the Way of St. James pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostela. Queen Muniadona built the six-arched bridge over the Río Arga for the use of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela along the Camino de Santiago.
On the way to Puente la Reina ,we will give the group a ribbon in order to write an intention from their day, so that when they arrive at the bridge they can explore the area and tie the ribbon to a branch or iron pole nearby.
Day 3 – Zaragoza and Arrival at Montserrat
Check out of the Hotel in the morning. The coach trip from Pamplona to Montserrat is 4hrs and 24mins. In order to break up the time we thought the group could stop at Zaragoza midway for have lunch there. Zaragoza is a wonderful added additional to the trip and an attraction in itself. Art lovers will note that it is the home of Goya.
About Zaragoza: The ethereal image of the multi-domed Basilica de Nuestra Señora de Pilar reflected in the Río Ebro at dawn is reason alone to visit Zaragoza, one of Spain’s most underrated regional capitals. Spain’s fifth largest city is loaded with creatively displayed Roman remains, a turreted castle with an interior like a mini-Alhambra, and the epoch-defining art of Francisco de Goya, the genius painter who was born a short horse-ride away in 1746. A stroll around the riverside northwest of the city centre will reveal space-age bridges, built recently as Zaragoza’s most recent moment in the spotlight came in 2008 when it hosted the World Expo.
After a stop for lunch and some sight-seeing we will be back on the coach to Montserrat. We’ll arrive in the late afternoon. Once we have settled, Caroline can hold a short session before dinner.
Days 4 & 5 – Montserrat
Workshop with Caroline.
Late afternoon off to explore the complex including the cable cars, Museum, Funicular, the Black Madonna, hiking etc…
Day 6 – Montserrat, Arrival in Barcelona
Workshop with Caroline in the morning
After lunch, coaches will bring the group into Barcelona – check into Hotel Melia Barcelona Sky. The group may want to explore as it is Friday evening – a great time to walk around Barcelona. Gala dinner will be arranged for the group in the Hotel
Day 7 – Barcelona
Breakfast is included at the Hotel. Double-deck open bus tour with tour guides – all day. Lunch on Las Ramblas in the middle of the tour. Dinner, on the Mediterranean Sea.
Day 8 – Departure from Barcelona
Breakfast, coach transfers back to Barcelona airport.
This Journey has limited availability! Secure your spot now.
Registration closed February 1, 2018
Registration fees include all meals, transport and hotel accommodations – except for lunches on Tuesday and Saturday. Air travel expenses not included.
Due to the nature of this event, your deposit payment is non-refundable. Balance payments are due no later than January 15, 2018. If balance payment not received by this deadline, you will forfeit your registration and deposit.
$1,300.00 US cancellation fee per person. Cancellation after February 1, 2018: 50% of total workshop cost per person. No refunds after March 15, 2017. No refund for unused portions of the tour, including but not limited to, missed meals, hotel nights and sightseeing. To mitigate the risk of unforeseen circumstances causing you to cancel, we recommend you purchase travel insurance.
Frequently Asked Questions
I’m taking this trip with my friend or spouse. What is your rate if we share our room?
There is a $250 per person discount for double occupancy. Please note that European accommodations are smaller than they are in the U.S. Our experience has been that these intimate spaces work well for spouses and partners, but can be a challenge for more casual relationships. Consider carefully as arrangements cannot be changed during the tour. If you are paying your registration fee in full now, contact us and we’ll provide you with a discount code. Otherwise, you will receive a discount code when you pay your balance.
Is there any certification or Continuing Education credit offered with this workshop?
While our workshops can benefit and enhance your professional practice, we do not offer any certification or CE credit.
Do you offer any scholarships or discounts in exchange for work?
We are not equipped to evaluate students for aptitude and/or financial need equitably – therefore we are unable to offer scholarships. Our tours are professionally staffed so we do not offer discounts in exchange for service.