Updated on February 28th, 2022
Hi I’m Amit Janco! The founder of Retreat on Your Feet, I’m a nomadic multipotentialite: writer, artist, yoga teacher, incurable explorer and seasoned hiker. A former lawyer, I’m certified in Narrative Therapy, Usui Reiki, and Aromatherapy Basics (NAHA). I’ve scaled Annapurna, traversed the Mongolian desert, and rode the Trans-Siberian across Russia – in 3rd class, with the locals. After a decade in Bali, Indonesia, I now divide my time between Canada and Mexico. – Amit Janco, Retreat on Your Feet
Why I Walk – and Why You Should Too!
In 2013, two years after a near-fatal fall from a bridge, I walked nearly 1000 km along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in Spain – and wrote a memoir about it. In 2019, I set out on a 3-week walk, from Lucca to Rome, along Italy’s Via Francigena, where I fell in love with the towering cypresses and maritime pine trees. In April 2021, I launched BaliCore 2021, leading a small group of hikers on a 10-day, 200km walking expedition across the Island of the Gods – to raise funds for COVID relief.
Diving into creative endeavours – without training or restraint, and moving our bodies in the great outdoors, fuels our soul. From start to finish, whether on a walking journey, writing workshop or (stand-up) painting experience, Retreat On Your Feet captures that ethos.
Retreat On Your Feet is about… Slow Walking Journeys:
A pilgrimage through Italy is about eating pizza, seeing sights, and meeting the locals; but it’s also about expanding your mind, grounding yourself in the world, and listening closely to your inner muse. Discover the beauty of your own story and the gifts of your creative spirit, amidst the gorgeous Tuscan landscape.
Join me on a pilgrimage through courage, contemplation and creativity in Italy in the Spring and Fall of 2022 (and beyond!). This unique, 12-day walking odyssey through nature & creative expression follows the ancient Via Francigena pilgrimage route, exploring the Tuscan countryside from Lucca to Siena. Fresh air, and gelato await!