As a pilgrim, Gert-Jan de Hoon has walked the Camino for the first time in 2005. And the Camino kept calling him back ever since to return to walk. Since 2015 Voyage Beyond is guiding small groups, teams and groups of visually impaired people to Santiago. By walking the Camino over and over again, Gert-Jan has felt the healing power of this path in combination with coaching and guiding. It is also possible to have custom made walks and individual Camino Coaching to walk as a pilgrim to Santiago de Compostela or Finistera. Find out about planned Camino Coaching Events.
Starting points for walking
Towards the end of the trip she reflected on the journey to me. "I have more children, and to spend two weeks with one of them just walking is an amazing experience. Actually, I have not spent this amount of time just with him alone in his life. Walking has made me feel very present with him. To see him in a totally different light, too – opening up, getting more confident, connecting with all these pilgrims. And I realize he is a 15-year-old boy, trying to find himself. It is the best thing that could have happened, such a gift. I haven't seen him more alive than on the Camino. It was such a great experience, meeting all these pilgrims from all over the world. And he saw a different side of me, too, on the last part of the Camino. When we arrived in Santiago I was in such a good space – I was much calmer in the end. Totally in rhythm with the Camino."
quote from Walking in the Rain, chapter 8 Roots on the move.
A group of visually impaired walkers, accompanied by their personal buddies, arrived at Praza Obradoiro in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. After 14 days of walking together, everyone realized that life would be different for ever. The group completed a pilgrimage of 200km (124 miles). The limitations on their sight meant they had to let go of the idea of having control over their life during the expedition. Getting through the journey meant trusting a buddy to walk with and accepting help to find their way around.
"My experience of walking the Way and being part of the Camino Walking Blind team was very intense. My intensity was felt as sadness and confrontation, but also as happiness, beauty and joy. It was a complete spectrum of emotions and that is what I loved. I had to let go of certain ideas on the Camino and I realize now, after returning home, that I want to hold on to this new insight. What a contradiction!"
quote from Walking in the Rain, chapter 4 One foot in front of the other.