What we're about

We're focused on mindful living at home and abroad. Our local events are often group mediation &/or Yoga sessions while our international adventures range from a broad variety of experiences all over the world. Many trips are to less fortunate ("3rd World Countries") to increase our privileged western awareness of how most of this world operates and exists.

Some trips are focused on compassion & have elements of giving back while others are more general and focus on great photography opportunities, unique off the path experiences, & small groups to increase our awareness of each-other and the "worlds" we visit.

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“Travel makes one modest, you see what a tiny place you occupy in the world.”- Gustave Flaubert

“If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears.”- Cesare Pavese

"This human being is a guest house,
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
Some momentary awareness comes
As an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all,
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows
Who violently sweep your house
Of all it’s furniture.
Still treat each guest honorably.
She may be cleaning you out for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice,
Meet them at the door laughing, And invite them in.
Be grateful for whoever comes,
Because each has been sent
As a guide from beyond." ~ Rumi

Upcoming events (5)

Best of Eastern Europe: Poland, Czech Republic, & Hungary!

Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club (https://www.photoflytravel.com/) have crafted a brand new trip for us!

July 23rd - August 1st 2021

E-mail [masked] for the daily itinerary!

Go here to sign up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/eastern-europe-group-tours/

* 9 nights/10 days throughout the best of Eastern Europe

* Breakfast every day

* 1 Lunch, 2 Dinners

Poland: 2 Nights

Krakow

– Privately guided city tour of Krakow

– Royal Wawel Castle: This Gothic Royal Capital is now a necropolis of Polish kings, dukes, and noble citizens.

– Old Town: Visit the market square, cloth hall (iconic central feature of the market), St. Mary’s church, and the Florianska Gate, resembling an open-air art gallery with numerous paintings and water-colors displayed by local artists.

– Auschwitz-Birkenau: Experience & learn about the ever important and tragic history of the world’s most infamous concentration camp during the Nazi Regime.

Czech Republic: 4 nights

Cesky Krumlov

– Sloupsko-Šošůvské Caves: En route to Cesky, we’ll make a must stop at this mind boggling wonder of nature. These are the largest accessible caves in the Czech Republic with an extensive complex of caverns, corridors, and chasms. An exciting guided adventure into the abyss will be a real highlight during our time in this remarkable country.

– Privately guided city tour throughout Cesky Krumlov:

– Chateu Cesky Krumlov

– Castle Tower

– Privately guided walking tour through Old Town: Highlights as we stroll through the medieval streets as if it were still the 13th century include the Renaissance town hall, former Jesuit hall of residents, Gothic Church of St.Vit, former Town Brewery, Renaissance House, Old Mill, Barber´s House, Old Orphanage and Hospital, aqueduct view bridge, Castle Gardens with Baroque Fountain, Roccoco House, & beautifully preserved Latran Quarter Houses.

– Museum Fotoatelier Seidel Photo Exposition

– A host of awesome optional activities during free time (e-mail for daily itinerary and pricing):

– Revolving Auditorium & Open Air Theater Show

– Kayak the Vltava River

– Hike to the Divci Kamen Castle Ruins

– Kutna Hora: Privately guided city tour throughout Kutna Hora: Highlights include the Gothic Cathedral of St. Barbara, Assumption of Our Lady and St John the Baptist Cathedral , and the Little All Saints Church situated in the middle of a picturesque cemetery, famous for its elaborate ossuary decorated with the skulls of former monks!

Prague

- Privately guided city tour of Prague

- Magical old town square with the Tyn Church clock

- Jewish Quarter - Filled with culture, history, and architecture, an iconic treasure of the city

- The atmospheric 15th-century Charles Bridge

- Castle Quarter

Hungary: 3 Nights

- Private guided city tours of Buda & Pest

- Castle Hill: Visit the neo-Gothic Matthias Church and the Fisherman’s Bastion

- Panoramic views of the city atop Gellert Hill next to the citadel (rock church)

- Gellert Thermal Baths (known world-wide, the baths were built in the art nouveau style and opened in 1918)

- Visit the striking 19-century parliament

- Visit the Great Synagogue, the world second largest

- Discover Heroes Square with a mammoth tribute to Hungary’s historic figures

- Full day adventure to Lake Balaton & her surrounding gems!

- Tour Director and photographer to help those interested in photography throughout these Eastern Europe tours

- All taxes & fees included

E-mail [masked] for the daily itinerary!

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Join Us!

* For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested.

Price: $2,695.00

* Single Supplement: $895.00

OR

Deposit: $600.00

Go here to sign up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/eastern-europe-group-tours/

Norway: Vikings, Fjords, & the Arctic Circle!

Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club (https://www.photoflytravel.com/) have crafted a brand new trip for us!

September 2nd – 11th 2021

E-mail [masked] for the daily itinerary!

https://photoflytravel.org/tour/norway-small-group-tours/

* 9 nights/10 Days Norway small group tour

* Private, Local English Speaking Guide Throughout

* Domestic Flight INCLUDED ($300 Value!)

* Breakfast Every Day

* Welcome & Farewell Dinner Included

Oslo (2 Nights)

* Privately guided orientation tour of the city

Highlights:

- Explore different areas and architecture styles from the 1600s to beautiful, ornate buildings of the 19th century.

- Photograph functionalist style City Hall, the site of the annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony every December

- Baroque style Oslo Cathedral from 1697

- Vigeland Park, a sculpture park and museum which display the works of Gustav Vigeland and other temporary
art exhibitions.

* 48 Hr “Oslo Pass“: The most convenient way to experience Oslo

* Free public transport

* Entrance to museums and attractions

* Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower

* Discounts on sightseeing, restaurants, and services

Flåm (1 Night)

The Flåm Railway w/ “Norway in a Nutshell”

“Norway in a Nutshell” takes us through some of Norway’s most beautiful scenery. Experience the scenic Bergen Railway, the breathtaking Flåm Railway, the Aurlandsfjord, the narrow Nærøyfjord and the steep hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva.

* Flåm-Gudvangen Fjord Cruise: UNESCO’s World Heritage-listed Nærøyfjord is spectacularly narrow and surrounded by steep mountains and snow-covered peaks that stand 5900 ft above sea level, with thundering waterfalls and picturesque villages along the fjord.

Bergen (2 Nights)

* Privately guided tour of Bergen; Highlights:

* Photograph & explore the charming indoor Fish Market

* Stroll around Bryggen – the medieval UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of the old Hanseatic Wharf & buildings.

* Bergen Fortress area with one of the oldest and best-preserved fortresses in Norway

* Town Square and City Park

* Fløibanen Funicular: Connects the Bergen city center with the mountain of Fløyen. It’s one of Bergen’s must-do activities with mountain walks and magnificent views of the city.

* Free time to explore, hike, visit museums, etc.

Lofoten (4 Nights)

* Silent Fjord Cruise: Experience this Lofoten classic aboard a silent electric catamaran

* Reaching the Top: 3 hikes to choose from (easy, moderate, difficult)

* Very Easy: A simple excursion & beautiful walk immersed in the nature surrounding Svolvær. Enjoy the silence, while admiring extraordinary scenery and landscapes.

* Moderate: Hike along a path that hugs a stunning mountain lake, and passes through green fir tree forests.

* Difficult: Hike through high peaks and follow a path that has the ocean on one side and the imposing mountains on the other!

Lofoten Scenic Road Trip: Learn about the fascinating Viking history among old fishing villages, sit on pure white sand beaches facing crystal seas, and admire imposing mountains & magnificent cliffs, which for billions of years have guarded the settlements like ancient Viking warriors…

Lofotr Viking Museum: The world’s biggest Viking Age longhouse has been found and excavated at Borg in the Lofoten Islands.

* Trekking the famous Reinebringen: This steep scramble leads to one the most beautiful viewpoints on all the Islands: an epic panorama of Reinefjorden and the Lofoten Wall. (*Easier hike or nature walk will also be available)

E-mail [masked] for the daily itinerary!

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Join Us!

*For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested.

Price: $4,995.00

*Single Supplement:[masked]

OR

Deposit: $1,000.00

Go here to sign up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/norway-small-group-tours/

Iceland Uncovered

Reykjavík

Sept. 19 - Sept. [masked]

PhotoFly Travel Club ( http://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have invited us on an adventure to Iceland!

E-mail [masked] for DAILY ITINERARY!

* 7 N /8 D small group tour
* Breakfast daily
* Welcome & farewell dinners, & 2 lunches
* Boutique B&Bs & top rated hotels
* 4×4 custom Mercedes Sprinters
* Local expert guide

Reykjavík Region

* Reykjavík: Explore the city on your own or hire a local guide
* Hallgrimskirkja Church: The tallest & most domineering church
* The Blue Lagoon: A wonder of the world, the water temp is a constant[masked]°F year-round

Sudhurland Region (South)

* Geysir Geothermal Area: Strokkur geyser which shoots water up to 98 ft every 4-8 minutes
* Gulfoss Falls: “Golden Falls” plunges into a deep crevice
* Thingvellir National Park: Largest lake on the island and the meeting point of the American and Eurasian tectonic plates
* Kerid Crater: Gigantic, bright red volcanic depression
* Skogafoss Falls: Awe-inspiring view of south Iceland’s coastline and a 200 ft waterfall
* Vik’s Black Sand Beaches & the ‘Needles’: One of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world; the ‘Needles’ are unique basalt sea stack formations
* Fjadrargljufur Canyon Hike: Spectacular canyon, nature's wild creation stretches 1 mile
* Seljalandsfoss Falls: Walking path that runs behind its curtain of water

Highlands Region

* Landmannalaugar: Colorful rhyolite mountains with varying textures, shapes and sizes; 1 hour hike in this landscape
* Ljotipollur Explosion Crater: The vibrant, red crater walls contrast with the deep blues of the lake at the bottom
* Vatnajokull National Park: Western Europe’s largest national park home to the continent's largest glacier
* Svartifoss (Black Falls): Iconic waterfall that made this park famous; water falls 100 ft over the edge, falls are bordered by tall black basalt columns
* Optional Glacier Hike

Austerland Region (East)

* Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon: White, turquoise, and black streaked icebergs move on this 815 ft deep lagoon
* Boat Cruise: Float among icebergs of Jökulsárlón to get close for fantastic viewpoints

Vesturland Region (West)

* Village of Arnarstapi & Arch Rock: Harbor village of Arnarstapi is home to magnificent basalt rock formations along sea cliffs; Gatklettur Arch, a cliff defined by its unique circular arch
* Hellnar: Iceland’s most peculiar cave, Badstofa, due to the way light enters and bounces off its interior
* Djúpalónssandur Beach: Countless, little black stones shaped by weathering
* Kirkjufell Mountain & Waterfalls: Icon of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula

**International airfare not included

Optional North Iceland Extension

Geothermal Wonderland
Sept. 26 – Sept. [masked]

* 3 N /4 D North Iceland Small Group Tour
* Breakfast daily
* Boutique B&Bs & top rated hotels
* 4×4 custom Mercedes Sprinters
* Domestic Flights Included, $400 Value!

Nordurland Region (North) and Diamond Circle

* Akureyri Town: Small city in north Iceland rated #1 in Lonely Planet’s “Best Places in Europe 2015”!
* Lake Mývatn: Surprising serenity that is ideal for light hiking
* Goðafoss Waterfall: 100 ft. wide around semicircular rim, falls 40 ft. into foaming pool below
* Skutustadagigar: Lush craters to photograph; wetlands are also an excellent for birdwatchers
* Namafjall, Geothermal Zone: Gigantic mud craters surrounded by sulfur crystals, mud pots, steam vents, and other geological wonders
* Dettifoss: ´The Beast’, 18,000 cubic ft. of water plunges over the edge every second, greatest volume of any European waterfall
* Ásbyrgi Canyon: Massive horseshoe-shaped rock formation
* Hljodaklettar, “Cave of Echoes”: Derive their name from the strange acoustics created by uncommon formations

Price: $3,895

*Single Supplement: $859

OR

Deposit: $600

Go here to sign up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/iceland-uncovered/

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North Island Extension (optional)

Price: $1,945

*Single Supplement: $359

OR

Deposit: $600

Greece: Best of the Best, Mainland & Islands

Athens

September 24th – October 5th 2021

Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club (http://www.photoflytravel.com/) have invited us on an amazing adventure to Greece!

E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary!

Sign up at: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/greece-small-group-tours/

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* 11 nights/12 day Adventure

* Breakfast every day

* 2 Lunches & 4 Dinners included

* Welcome & Farewell Dinner Included

* Privately Guided Adventures Throughout
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Athens: A taste of the Gods (2 nights)

* Explore Athens: Highlights including Constitution square, Monastiraki and flea market area, national library, Memorial to the Unknown Soldier, Herod Atticus street, the Panathenaic Stadium (first modern olympic games in 1896), Hadrian’s Arch, Temple of Zeus, & of course, the Acropolis & Parthenon with the Acropolis new museum.

* Scenic Drive along the “Riviera of Attica” Coastal Road

* Discover Cape Sounion & the Temple of Poseidon
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Central & Northern Greece: Where the real gems are found… (3 nights)

Mystical Delphi: Amazing photography and breathtaking scenery from the slopes of Mount Parnassus await.

* Meteora: A real photography highlight on our Greece small group adventure, this region is famous for its beautiful monasteries standing between earth and sky atop huge pinnacle rocks.

* Monodendri Villlage: The small town of slate-roofed houses has a handful of great tavernas and some amazing churches including the triple-bell Church of Agios Athanasios and the 17th-century Church of Agios Minas.

* Vikos gorge: Formerly regarded by the Guinness Book of World Records as the deepest canyon in the world at almost 3,000 ft, this geological wonder has incredible hikes with views for the Gods!
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The Greek Isles: Zakythnos & Corfu (6 nights)

* 3 nights Zakythnos & 3 nights Corfu

* A variety of the best beaches, hikes, culture, & architecture Greece has to offer
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Zakythnos: “The Ionian’s Flower of The East”

* Shipwrecks, Caves, & Epic Beaches: An incredible day of exploration by traditional Kaiki boat along Zakynthos’ dramatic west coast!

* Sea Turtles, the Keri Caves, & Charming Villages
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Corfu: The Grand Lady of the Ionian Islands

* Corfu Town: An Unesco World Heritage Site, this historic center’s colonial British and Venetian buildings with neoclassical influences will dazzle us and our cameras.

* Paleokastritsa Village: Arguably the most beautiful village on the entire island, Paleokastritsa offers a plethora of local taverns overlooking the blue bay and six idyllic beaches dotting the coastline surrounded by olive tree forests unchanged for millennia!

* Kanoni Town: A must stop due to the most famous and photographed spots on the island: The church of Panagia Vlacherna & Mouse Island.

* Sidari: Live music, Greek dancing, & one of the best beaches on Corfu sum up this small town gem.

* Corfu Photography Adventure: Impressive caves, breathtaking cliff views, isolated Byzantine monasteries, & stone-made villages are just some of the highlights we’ll explore and photograph
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* All Taxes, Tours, & Entrance Fees included as per itinerary

* All Transfers and ground transportation included

* Roommate Pairing to save money as always! Avoid the single supplement!

* International Airfare is not included but we will assist all guests with finding the best flights upon request! (Flying into and out of Athens International Airport (ATH) )

* EMAIL US to see the daily itinerary for our Greece small group tours at [masked]
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Join Us!

*For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested.

Price: $2,995.00

*Single Supplement: $489.00

OR

Deposit: $600.00

Go here to sign up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/greece-small-group-tours/

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