Your days will be filled with a soulful blend of scenic hiking, educational sessions, and deep, meaningful conversations. Each day, you will spend considerable time taking in the Bavarian air as you hike, admire, and reflect on the spectacular scenery found along King Ludwig Way.
On this retreat, you will follow the King Ludwig Way, one of Germany’s best-known hiking trails, through Bavaria to Neuschwanstein Castle (after which the Disney Castle was modeled). Beginning at beautiful Lake Starnberg, within easy reach of Munich, the King Ludwig Way takes you past quaint villages with abbeys, monasteries, and frescoed churches. Quench your thirst in world-class breweries and beer gardens along the route. You’ll also enjoy spectacular views from Hohenpeissenberg Hill, considered by many to be the finest viewpoint in Bavaria. Stay in charming small hotels and guesthouses and experience the best of Bavarian hospitality on this rewarding trail while earning 19 CME/CEUs.
On this Bounce Travels retreat, your days will be filled with a soulful blend of scenic hiking, educational sessions, and deep, meaningful conversations. Each day, you will spend considerable time taking in the Bavarian air as you hike, admire, and reflect on the spectacular scenery found along King Ludwig Way. You will be accompanied by a community of fellow retreaters led by friendly, supportive, and knowledgeable guides during your retreat.
Each day, expert facilitators will lead educational and contemplative sessions inspired by Parker J. Palmer’s Center for Courage & Renewal, Brené Brown’s The Daring Way™ programs, and other thought leaders in burnout prevention and resilience. Throughout the retreat, we will explore, individually and in community, the thoughts and behaviors that hold us back and inhibit our growth. These sessions will empower you with tools, techniques, and practices to help you make changes that better serve you in your pursuit of living a more authentic and wholehearted life. These retreat sessions are interactive, fun, and insightful. You’ll work hard, be challenged, and leave feeling capable of tackling new opportunities.
We begin each day with an early morning reflective practice, educational sessions, and a hearty breakfast before setting out on the day’s adventures. We will spend the majority of our days admiring and exploring the impressive panoramas of the Bavarian mountains, beautiful lakes, and typical villages. Following our time hiking and exploring the natural world we gather for a communal dinner in the early evening to enjoy some of the delicious food found in Bavaria. Each evening, to further help rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul, you are invited to join in an unstructured social hour with your fellow travelers and guides. No matter your fitness level or resilience experience, you are welcome on this adventure retreat.
During this retreat, you will have the opportunity to explore your inner wisdom in a Clearness Triad. Each participant will learn the skills necessary to create the triad container and support the other triad members as you all explore your inner wisdom around a particular question or wondering each participant is holding. The Clearness Triad is a technique developed by Parker Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal that allows each retreatant to serve both as Clearness Focus Person and a Clearness Committee member.
Munich is the closest major city to the awe-inspiring path we will be hiking. Our proximity to Munich also allows participants to add a few days either before or after this trip and experience Oktoberfest firsthand in the place where it all started…Munich.
Following this in-person Bavarian retreat, we will offer four additional retreat-style Online sessions over six months (worth an additional 6 CME/CEUs). During these post-retreat online sessions, expert facilitators will use a small cohort model to help participants continue exploring the intentions they set while on retreat in Sonoma County. The cost for the additional meetings is $500.
This program is co-facilitated by Courage & Renewal Facilitators Corey Martin, Kim Schwartz, and Joshua Whitman, alongside Roberta Cassidy, a highly experienced healthcare leader with over 33 years of acute hospital experience, and Mary Messina, a passionate, energetic innovator committed to the idea that business can be a force for good in the world.
This itinerary may change slightly due to accommodation availability, rain, festivals and spontaneous side trips. This is not an endurance race, nor a competition. Please be respectful of all the different paces and walks of life that come together on this retreat.
Tentative Daily Schedule
7:00am – 7:30am: Breakfast at the hotel
7:30am – 10:30am: Daily reflective practice, check-in, and educational sessions
11:00am – 5:00pm: Daily 8–13 mile trek through the most beautiful part of Bavaria, filled with castles, romantic lakes, majestic fields and welcoming people
5:00pm – 7:00pm: Personal reflection or relaxation time
7:00 pm – 9:30pm: Group dinner and social connection time
Our time developing resilience will be through the use of quiet reflection, lectures, journaling, daily group reflections, book reads, and using our experiences and the paths we hike as daily metaphors to develop gratitude, hope, awe, and joy.
Day 1: Arrival in Bernried on Lake Starnberg.
Settle into your hotel and take a stroll along the lake in the pretty hamlet of Bernried.
Day 2: Bernried to Diessen on Lake Ammer
Begin today’s walk along the banks of Lake Starnberg and continue through a nature reserve via the Ilka Cave, with its stunning views over Lake Starnberg, all the way to the Deixfurter Pond. The route takes you through pretty villages with inviting beer gardens, including Andechs Monastery with its own brewery). From here, you take a short bus ride to Herrsching, followed by a boat ride to Diessen where we will spend the night. Breakfast included. Details: approx. 6 hours | 13 miles
Day 3: Diessen to Wessobrunn
From Diessen our path moves across beautiful meadows and then into the peaceful Stiller Forest. A hilltop walk will provide you with wonderful views all the way to Wessobrunn, home of the well-known ‘Grey Duke’ (a historic bell tower). In the distance, you can get a glimpse of the Zugspitze summit, the highest mountain in Germany. Breakfast included.
Details: approx. 4 hours | 8 miles
Day 4: Wessobrun to Peiting
Today you explore the Bavarian Alpine foothills, with lots of pretty villages and remote moors. A steep ascent will bring you to the Hohen Peissenberg mountain, from where you have breathtaking views the whole length of the Alps. This is an excellent place for lunch in the restaurant with its terrace and fantastic views. Then it is a descent to finally walk across meadows and through forest to Peiting. Breakfast included. Details: approx. 5 hours | 12 miles
Day 5: Peiting to Wildsteig
The walk today is a contrasting and spectacular one through the Ammer gorge, with the turbulent Ammer River below you, all the way to Rottenbuch, with its ornate monastery church. Continue to walk across hills and meadows with glorious views to the Alps before reaching Wildsteig. Breakfast included. Details: approx. 4 hours | 9 miles
Day 6: Wildsteig to Buching
The route takes one across idyllic moorland to the world-famous UNESCO site of the ‘Kirche in der Wies’ (the Church in the Meadow). Continue walking across gentle countryside and flower-filled meadows and through the tranquil forest to Buching. Breakfast included. Details: approx. 5 hours | 12 miles |
Day 7: Buching to Füssen
The final walk along King Ludwig’s Way is from Buching to Füssen. Along the way you will see the two famous castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, and continue on Alpenrosenweg between beautiful Schwan Lake and idyllic Alp Lake. Two routes are possible, both of which initially follow Lake Hegratsied. After the lake, the easier route continues along Lake Forggensee to Füssen. The other route goes up via the Pöllatschlucht gorge to King Ludwig’s fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle and neighboring Hohenschwangau Castle. As you leave Neuschwanstein, you walk through woodland along the Austrian border, high above the Schwansee Lake to Füssen, where The King Ludwig Way ends. Breakfast and Dinner included. Details: approx. 5 hours | 12 mi
* An extra night to visit the two castles and enjoy the town is recommended, especially if you take the easier option.
Day 8 Departure after Breakfast.
King Ludwig’s Way in Bavaria Germany
This is one of the hotels where we will be staying when we start our hike through the Bavarian countryside. Embedded in the gentle alpine uplands, surrounded by meadows and old trees, the Marina Resort lies at the edge of the picturesque village of Bernried, directly on the shore of Lake Starnberg. The continuously changing views of the lake and the fascinatingly pretty Bavarian landscape, with the panorama of the Alps to the south, will let you forget the busy strains of everyday life from the moment you arrive.
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY ROOM =$3799 per person
DOUBLE OCCUPANCY ROOM with ONLINE FOLLOW UP = $4299
SINGLE OCCUPANCY ROOM = $4,799
SINGLE OCCUPANCY ROOM with ONLine FOLLOW UP = $5299
Single Occupancy: One person in a single occupancy room
RESERVE YOUR SPOT WITH A DEPOSIT = $500
Registration Deadline: September 16, 2023
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Minnesota Medical Association and Innovations in Resilience. The Minnesota Medical Association (MMA) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The Minnesota Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 19 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
There is no commercial support for this event.
A commercial interest is any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by, or used on, patients. The ACCME defines “‘relevant’ financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest
If you have additional questions about this trip, please contact Dr. Corey Martin at Corey@BounceTravels.com.
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