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Sacred Geography with Sarah Bachelard

June 20-23, 2022 | $3,695 per person

You are invited to walk with Sarah Bachelard on her "Sacred Geography' Series of walks, in a spirit of pilgrimage, attentive to the voice of the country and to our own truth. Journey, place, landscape and inscape - spiritual awareness is nurtured and deepened by images, metaphors and the lived experience of a sacred geography.

Through conversation, reflection, and the sharing of wisdom and practice from contemplative traditions, this journey is a chance to connect and reconnect, body, soul and spirit. It will invite you to be open in new and different ways to what the poet John O’Donohue calls ‘the territories of spirit where you will discover more of your hidden life, and the urgencies that deserve to claim you’.

This dramatic walk takes place at the height of winter. The Three Capes Track is a dry-foot track. Escape and journey along some of the world’s highest sea cliffs, to where the Southern Ocean meets land.  Walk from isolated coves to silver gum forests and cloud forests. Watch eagles soar on salt-edged winds. Return to cosy lodges to share dinner and fireside conversations. 

For all enquiries and bookings please contact Tasmanian Walking Company on (03) 6392 2211 or email bookings@taswalkingco.com.au

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Sarah Bachelard

Sarah Bachelard is a theologian, retreat leader and spiritual director of Benedictus Contemplative Church. She is a teacher with the World Community for Christian Meditation, and in 2017 was part of a gathering of emerging contemplative leaders at St Benedict’s Monastery at Snowmass, Colorado together with Richard Rohr, Thomas Keating and Laurence Freeman She has led retreats and taught contemplative prayer nationally and internationally, including at the Edge of the Sacred conferences in central Australia and Silence in The City at Westminster Cathedral in London. She gave the John Main Seminar in 2019 in Canada on the theme, A Contemplative Christianity for Our Time.

Sarah loves the practice of pilgrimage and of deep listening to land. Together with her partner Neil, she has walked three of the pilgrim routes to Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Sarah is the author of Experiencing God in a Time of Crisis, Resurrection and Moral Imagination, and Poetica Divina.

Three Capes Lodge Walk (4-days)

Three Capes Lodge Walk is the only guided walk offering the full Three Capes Track experience including the only private lodge accommodation inside the national park.

Walk with us and we’ll take you a step further, a step deeper. We’re the only guided walking company authorised by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service to climb the iconic Blade and walk the Three Capes Track. You’ll rest your head in the only private accommodation within Tasman National Park. Our exclusive, architect-designed Crescent Lodge and Cape Pillar Lodge are your havens within the wilderness. Think hot showers, superb dining and our Relaxation Pavilion where iKOU treatments rejuvenate.

Walking with lightweight packs (7kg or less) and pulling a chair up to three-course meals, let our world-class guides take you on an unforgettable journey.

 
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Day 1: Hobart - Crescent Lodge

Approximately 2 hours walking

Upon arrival at Stewarts Bay, we will make our way down to the jetty where a private boat will be waiting to depart for our short trip across to Denman’s Cove at 1.15 pm. Cruising with views back to Port Arthur, aside from the possible seal and dolphin spotting, some of the highest dolerite cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere come into view, an indication of the drama to come.

A short wade ashore from the boats signals your arrival at Denman’s Cove, where we’ll fuel you with local produce for lunch, in preparation for a gentle walk through coastal woodland to the rocky refuge of Surveyors Cove. At this point, if the Southern Ocean begs, head for a dip before a gradual incline up to the lodge.

Crescent Lodge is perched high, with far stretching views across Crescent Bay to Cape Raoul, with guest rooms spilling into the gully. Settle in with a warm shower as your guides-come-chefs prepare a three-course feast of local fare. Post dinner, take your Tassie pinot to a quiet deck for your own private sunset.

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Day 2: Crescent Lodge - Cape Pillar Lodge

Approximately 5 hours walking

Wake to the silence of Crescent Lodge and wander down to the stunning dining room for a hearty breakfast to start the day. From here, head due south with views across Safety Cove and Maingon Bay to Bruny Island. Climbing Arthurs Peak, 300 metres above sea level, is worth the oceanic vista. In these parts, White Bellied Sea Eagles soar in the thermal currents, so be sure to look skyward. Lunch isn’t far away, an easy downhill descent to south-facing cliffs where pelagic seabirds are plenty - albatross, petrels and gannets. Here, there’s nothing between you and Antarctica.

Following lunch, skirt the edge of Tornado Ridge before heading south toward Cape Pillar Lodge, your base for the next two nights. Your pace might quicken in the knowledge there is a massage, facial or relaxation bath on offer at Cape Pillar Lodge.

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Day 3: Cape Pillar Lodge return

Approximately 6 hours walking (optional)

This is the most adventurous day of your journey. Today you’ll walk through silver gum forest (Eucalyptus Tenuiramis), a species endemic to the area, out to the highest sea cliffs in the Southern Hemisphere. There’s little wonder Cape Pillar has been afforded other names - Hurricane Heath and Desolation Gully. A side trip to The Blade is a must, with staggering views across to Tasman Island.

Lunch is served at Chasm Lookout - with Tasman Island’s weathered lighthouse in sight. It’s then a direct return journey home to Cape Pillar Lodge where the relaxation pavilion, three-course goodness and ocean views await. By now, walking strangers might just have become firm friends. Unlace the boots, read a book with sea breeze in your toes.

Those with a penchant for pampering can forego today’s walk and spend the day at Cape Pillar Lodge. Enjoy one of our relaxing treatments ranging from 30 to 60 minutes and immerse yourself in the enchanting surrounds.

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Day 4: Cape Pillar Lodge - Fortescue Bay

Approximately 6 hours walking (Cape Hauy side trip optional)

Time to farewell Cape Pillar's safe forest haven. From here you’ll cross Retakunna Creek (local indigenous dialect for creaking trees) en route to a patch of rainforest. Breathe it in - lush mosses, ferns and vibrant greens. Next mission is the peninsula’s highest peak, Mount Fortescue, climbing some 490 metres above sea level. Enjoy lunch with leafy-framed ocean views overlooking The Monument.

Take the side trip and enjoy the majesty of Cape Hauy - or simply remain with the group for a final cliff-walk descent onto the cool white sands of Fortescue Bay. This is your chance to drop the pack and sink your toes in pristine sands or perhaps take a celebratory dive into the crystal clear waves. We will then travel back to Hobart via the airport. We will finish in Hobart with a glass of celebratory bubbles.

Itinerary Details

Three Capes Lodge 'Sacred Geography Walk' with Sarah Bachelard

  • 4 Day Guided Walk 
  • Each trip requires a minimum of 10 guests (Twin Share). The maximum is 12
  • June 20-23 | $3,695

Bookings

Special Interest Walks - Terms and Conditions 

These are in addition to our standard booking terms and conditions.

  • All prices are quoted per person in $AUD including GST
  • A deposit of $500 per person and the Guest Information Form are due within five days of booking
  • The final payment is due 90 days before departure. For reservations made three months or less from the departure date, full payment is due at the time of booking.
  • Cancellations
    • more than 90 days from the scheduled departure date, a fee of $350 per person will be charged with the balance payment refunded;
    • between 90 and 60 days prior to departure, you will be charged 50% of the full trip cost with the balance refunded; or
    • within 60 days of departure, no refund is available. Bookings are transferable.
  • Travel and pre and post-trip accommodation expenses are not included.
  • This walk cannot be booked in conjunction with any other offers and discounts.
  • Single supplements are not available on this walk.

COVID-19 Peace of Mind Booking Assurance

After the minimum number of bookings has been achieved, the trip is guaranteed to depart.  If for any reason, the trip cannot go ahead due to restrictions placed upon travel due to Covid-19,  guests will be permitted to reschedule their walk to the new date provided for the departure or rebook a different Walk within 24 months. Cancellations by guests for other reasons will incur our standard cancellation fees.

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Inclusions

  • Return transfers from Hobart
  • Lodge accommodation 
  • All meals,  non-alcoholic beverages and a selection of Tasmanian wines
  • National Park Pass
  • Boat transfer from Port Arthur to Denman's Cove
  • Use of a backpack and weather-proof jacket for the duration of the walk
  • Linen and comfortable beds
  • Two qualified guides for the duration of the walk
  • All materials for creating the artworks

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