Walking the Camino de Santiago had been a dream of mine for over ten years. I am an active woman who enjoys being outdoors and was drawn to the challenge and adventure. However, it did not occur to me to walk the 500 miles and carry a backpack of 20 pounds solo. At 69 years old, I realized that I was just getting older. If I wanted to make this dream a reality, I began to realize that I better do it while I was healthy.
At that time, Sheri Goodwin gave a talk about walking the Camino de Santiago at The Savvy Traveler in Edmonds. It was during her talk, that I began to think about walking the Camino by myself. Did I have the courage to walk alone? At the end of her talk, I signed up as an interested person in her training program.
Our first meeting included a discussion of my goals and an evaluation of my physical abilities. Sheri set-up a weekly training program that helped build my strength and endurance. When I became stressed over trying to schedule the daily exercises into my life, she gladly readjusted it which helped to reduce my stress. Two of the sessions included an introduction to EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique. I found this an excellent technique to help me deal with the self-doubts that plagued me during this time. She always allowed time for me to ask questions. The structure of the exercise goals, EFT, and her positive reassurance helped me gain confidence in myself to achieve my dream.
Sheri’s on-going support and encouragement helped me to realize another dream that would be a challenge. June 2016, I joined a group of women, including Sheri, and trekked in the Andes to Choquequirao and Machu Picchu.
Tori Peters, age 70, Camino de Santiago & Choquequirao to Machu PicchuRead Full Testimonial