The Thinking Woman's Escape

Small Group Tours: Extremadura

The Thinking Woman's Escape

April 25–29, 2018
  • Paul's house in Hoyos Extremadura by Linda Griffiths
  • The Roman bridge in Merida Extremadura
  • Figs growing at Paul's in Extremadura by Linda Griffiths
  • Trujillo Extremadura with countryside behind

The rural landscapes, quiet villages, and golden stone cities of Extremadura are some of the most memorably beautiful in Spain. Yet you don’t come across many tourists here.

Maybe that’s why the deep past feels so powerfully present. Preserved, it seems, to enlighten our visions of the future.

This is the perfect place to go for reflection and renewal.

Here is your invitation to do just that. An escape. And a way to re-set your dreams. Especially important this year, don't you think? Especially if you happen to be a woman.

We have a plan:

  • Start with the power of the escape itself, a getaway to a secret, sunny corner of southwestern Spain.
  • Add four long walks straight into Roman ruins, renaissance plazas, and wildflower-covered olive groves.
  • Set aside some well-curated creative time to carve out new paths for ourselves and the world.

You'll be well taken care of.

Lucy Kimbell, who teaches “design thinking” at places like Oxford, is on board as provocateur on this trip. She's an expert on applying art to life’s strategic challenges. And she's curating a low-key daily mix of reading, conversation, and reflective downtime for us.

Meanwhile, I’ve got the travel plans all mapped out. I have us booked in rustic-yet-charming lodgings and I'm connecting us with wonderful local people, who will show us their best walking paths, feed us their artisan cheeses, and make it so we'll always have Extremadura.

One more thing: You don't have to over-think this one. It's a retreat! But before you join, you do need to know that this trip is simpler than my usual tours. You'll note the nice price. It reflects really sweet lodgings, but not posh. Lovely local food, but no Michelin stars. And part of the charm is well-thought-out downtime. In spite of the fact that we're planning like mad, even Lucy and I see this as a getaway, to be savored with good friends. If you'd like an invitation, please be in touch.

  • 2 nights in simple, stylish apartments in the heart of historic Cáceres
  • 2 nights in a rustic, comfortable farmhouse in the Sierra de Gata countryside
  • 4 good walks: in a renaissance town (6k), through Roman ruins (11k), from templar castle to village (13k), and village to farmhouse (6k)
  • Entrance into Roman ruins and museum
  • Fresh, healthy, homemade local food (and wine, too), at daily breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
  • Pleasures of artisanal food traditions, including cooking with food writer Paul Richardson at his off-grid farm
  • Education for your senses at an olive oil tasting with a professional taster
  • Daily time for reading, sketching, reflection, creative acts, connection, curated by Lucy Kimbell
  • Transportation from Madrid and back again, and for our excursioning throughout

For a more detailed day-to-day itinerary, please email Teresa.