This offering is part of the fall celebration series: The Path Ahead
Thursday September 21 — Friday September 22, 2017
At your own front door. This is your departure point.
These words, penned by Peter Muller and Angel Fernandez de Aranguiz, are the opening sentences in Every Pilgrim’s Guide to Walking to Santiago de Compostela. We’ve decided to take that idea literally.
For some years, Wintergreen has been hosting workshops exploring the storied pilgrimage of the Camino. And we continue to do so, as we relish hearing the music and stories from those who have walked the Camino, and help others plan for their first Camino — details about what to pack and expect, but also, a focus on the inner journey that many experience. But not everyone can travel to Spain to experience the Camino. What would happen if we built a Camino right outside our front door?
Not long ago, we were approached by some of our Westport neighbours with the idea that we begin to plan a local trek. And so, the idea for the Westport Trek was born. We’re going to begin small, with a two-day walk that begins at A Thin Space and ends in Westport, with the night between being spent at Wintergreen Studios.
Trekkers will begin from A Thin Space (475 Lee Road, Tichborne, ON K0H 2V0) after a hearty breakfast on Thursday, September 21. Upon arriving at Wintergreen, trekkers will be provided with dinner (and hot showers!), a comfortable bed for the night, and breakfast the next morning. Packed lunches will be provided both days to fortify trekkers for their next destination.
We’re excited about taking part in this adventure with our Westport neighbours. Our hope is to expand the Westport Trek in the years to come. Next in the plan is a three-day loop, then a five-day loop, then a seven-day loop, and eventually, a route from Kingston to Ottawa, with Westport linking the two.