The Walking Mentorship, Day 7: The Last Day of This Journey Is the First Day of a New One

The Walking Mentorship, Day 7: The Last Day of This Journey Is the First Day of a New One
From Recruiter - September 7, 2016

Joo Perre Viana is the mastermind behind theWalking Mentorshipprogram, an innovative one-week experience that helps people face their personal andprofessionalchallenges while taking a120-kilometer (74.5-mile) hike alongthe Camino de Santiago.

The purpose of this methodology is to help gain perspective on what is important (both personally and professionally), update our reality maps, and create an action plan for the future, Viana says.

On Sunday, August 28, Viana embarked on his latest hike.Over the course of the week, he journaled about thejourney he and his participants were on.This is the final entry in the series. Read the previous entrieshere:part 0,part 1,part 2,part 3,part 4, andpart 5, and part 6. Ed. Note.

From Outeiro, we could practically smell Santiago de Compostela. During the first hours of the day, the omnipresent Pico Sacro wasour constant companion on the horizon, standing at more than 500 meters above sea level and overlooking the surrounding landscape.

Today, we had a little surpriselike we did every single day during this journey. Any path can be walked in a group, but The Way is always an individual process. For that reason, I hadeach member of thegroup start thelast section of the hikeon their own, walking alone until they reached the Cathedral in Santiago. I told them where and when we were to meet, and then I let them go.

It was time to enjoy our last challenge.

Aside from walking thelast 16 kilometers of our hike, we also knew that we had to use this final day to consolidate our individual action plans before returning to our homes. That was the only way wed be able to successfully seize the opportunities we had identified for ourselves this week.

A busy morning!Such ambitious objectives and so fewkilometers left.

On my own, I enjoyed the magic first hours of the day in total silence, interrupted only by the breathtaking views of the valley below engulfed by mist and fog. In what felt like the blink of aneye,I covered roughlyseven kilometers, which brought me to A Susana, a small village alongside the national road. I made aquick stop for coffee and toast in the restaurant Rosende.

One of the best feelings in the world is the pleasure of reuniting with your friends after youve been away for some time. Even though we had only parted a few hours ago, I was so happy when I found my fellow travelers in the cafe.It was one ofthose moments in which one clearly understands the intensity of what the group had lived during the preceding week.

I once heard that we actually dont experience seven days on the Walking Mentorship. Instead, we experience something beyond normal time. We spend more than 14 hours a day on average with one another, talking, sharing, paying attention, and giving the best of ourselves. Rarely do we spend so much time with our loved ones! (Which is unfortunate, and probably something to revise in our own lives.)

As we approached Santiago, we had to double our attention on the road ahead of us because the yellow arrows pointing the way became extremely scarce.

I had time to reflect on a few morethoughts and sing a few more songs inside my head beforethe pinnacles of the cathedral appeared in front of my eyes. I knew then that the cityour final destinationwas no more than four kilometers away, but I also knew from my many previous walks that the first and last kilometer of any path are always liars.

After crossing the bridge over the river Sar, we had to make our final push:the steep climb up Ra do Sar and Ra do Castro Douro. We passed the arch of the Porta de Mazarelos, the only gate that remains of the old city wall, and a few minutes later, we were walking into the old town.

Our journey reached its destination.I entered the Praza do Obradoiro and took a seat on the ground, where I could face the end of the roadand the beginning of another route in my life.


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