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

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Croatia & Her Beautiful Sisters (Montenegro & Bosnia/Herzegovina)

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October 11th - October 20th, 2022

From Zagreb to Dubrovnik, we’ll explore the best of the best when it comes to this Eastern European gem. And since this gorgeous country is surrounded by gorgeous neighbors, we’ll explore a few of them too: Bosnia Herzegovina and Montenegro!

  • 9 N/10 D throughout the best of Croatia and Bosnia Herzegovina & Montenegro

  • Boutique style hotels

  • Breakfast daily

  • Welcome/Farewell Dinners, 1 lunch included

  • Privately guided tours throughout
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Croatia:

  • Zagreb: We’ll explore the capital of Croatia via a panoramic bus and walking tour of the historical and photogenic highlights

  • Plitvice Lakes National Park: Oldest park in Southeast Europe & an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Witness more than 16 lakes lined up and separated by natural limestone barriers.

  • Trogir: Explore the picturesque city known as “The Stone Beauty”, a charming stone town under the protection of UNESCO which takes. Trogir is proud of their fascinating Romanesque cathedral, churches, towers and beautiful palaces.

  • Split: The second largest city in Croatia and “the capital of Dalmatia” has gradually developed around the palace of the Roman emperor Diocletian built more than 1700 years ago. The entire old city of Split has been built within the walls of the UNESCO world heritage site, Diocletian Palace, making this historical center very unique.

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Bosnia & Herzegovina:

*Mostar: As we continue south we’ll take a slight detour across the border to Bosnia & Herzegovina’s wonderland town of Mostar. Along the way awaits another mystical waterfall, not only superb for photos but swimming too! A short walk down a windy road & staircase takes us to Kravice Falls. 80 ft high and 390 ft long!

All cooled off, we’ll finally arrive in Mostar, most famous for a beautiful Ottoman-style bridge which spans the Neretva river in the historic center of the city. “Stari Most” frames the colorful buildings and mosques that tumble down the cliffs of Old Town as the river rushes underneath it. It is obvious that Mostar is arguably this country’s most beautiful “city”.
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Montenegro:

Often called “The Pearl of the Mediterranean”, Montenegro might be the only place in the world where you can find so much natural wealth & beauty in such a compact area, including pretty beaches, blue lakes, rushing rivers, and gorgeous mountains.

Kotor: This medieval walled town on the coast is situated in the Bay of Kotor. It’s world-famous for the maze of streets, unique history, & dramatic defense walls encircling the town as it winds up and around the massive mountain overlooking the city. A privately guided walking tour will take us throughout the best parts of Kotor for a day filled with awesome pictures, culture, and history.
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Dubrovnik:

Dubrovnik City Tour: Reclaimed, not just as a Croatian treasure but also as one of the world’s treasures; a fact that was officially recognized when the United Nations declared this medieval town as a World Cultural Heritage site. Its fortresses, imposing walls surrounding the city, palaces, churches, and small streets form a perfect harmony with the natural surroundings
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  • Plenty of free time throughout to explore on our own

  • A range of optional excursions excellent for photography

  • Optional extra night Dubrovnik: Wind down, relax, swim, or explore more of the Dubrovnik area by staying an extra night at our resort on the coast. A roundtrip boat ride to Lokrum Island with great nature trails, swimming, & the “Game of Thrones” museum is included. Price/details in daily itinerary-E-mail to request!

  • All Taxes, Transfers, & Fees included

  • Airfare is not included but we will help you find a good flight! (Home Airport → Zagreb International Airport (ZAG) & Dubrovnik International Airport (DBV) → Home Airport)

  • Roommate Pairing to save money as always!

  • Email us to see daily itinerary at [masked]

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Join Us!

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

Price: $2,995.00

*Single Supplement: $950.00

OR

Deposit: $600.00

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

Marvelous Morocco!

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November 15 - November 27, 2022

Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club (http://www.photoflytravel.com/) have invited us to a one of a kind adventure throughout Morocco!

E-mail [masked] for the DAILY ITINERARY!
Sign up at: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/morocco-group-tours/

  • 12 nights/13 days throughout Marvelous Morocco
  • Private local English speaking guides throughout
  • Breakfast Daily
  • 4 Lunches, 8 Dinners

Tangier (2 Nights)

There is still an air of mystery about the city, going back over 2,000 years to the time of the Phoenicians, and after WWII when it was made into an international zone attracting eccentric expats, colorful artists & hippies, and even spies!

– Mountain Road Trip: Pass splendid villas & gardens en route to Cape Spartel and it’s striking lighthouse.
– Hercules Cave: Continually inhabited since the Neolithic period
– The Medina (Old Walled City): Privately guided tour through the labyrinth of paths

Chefchaouen (1 Night)

Chefchaouen is an otherworldly escape nestled in Morocco’s Rif Mountains and founded in 1471 by Moorish exiles from southern Spain. Known as the “blue” city due to its picturesque blue-glazed houses & buildings, they are a tradition that comes from the town’s former Jewish population.

Volubilis

Leaving Chefchaouen en route to Fes, we’ll spend the morning exploring the UNESCO World Heritage site, 2000-year-old Roman ruins of Volubilis and get a picture of life during the Roman Empire.

Meknes

Two UNESCO World Heritage sites for the price of one: Bab el Mansour, the grandest of all imperial Moroccan gateways and Moulay Ismail’s massive Heri es Souani, his personal stable & granary for his 12,000 horses.

Fes (2 Nights)

One of the largest medieval cities in the world and an UNESCO World Heritage site, Fes is Morocco’s oldest imperial city and the religious, spiritual, intellectual, and cultural center of the country.

– Guided City Walk with stops at the various craftsmen quarters
– Unique Family Dinner in Traditional Home: dining at a traditional house with a host family

Erfoud & the Sahara Desert (2 Nights)

Erfoud is perched on the edge of the Erg Chebbi – a 30 mile long and 3 mile wide set of sand dunes that reach up to 170 ft high.

– Ifrane, the Swiss Alps of Morocco: This small mountain town located at an altitude of 6,000 ft above sea level is unlike any other city in Morocco with heavy European influence.
– Scenic Cedar Forest & Barbery apes: We’ll drive through and stop to photograph a beautiful cedar forest and encounter a tribe of “apes”.

Erg Chebbi Desert Camp

All luxury tents at the camp have air conditioning, en suite bathrooms w/ showers, and are beautifully decorated in the local Berber style.
– Camel ride into the desert

Boumalne Dades: Land of Valleys & Gorges (2 Nights)

This remote town is sought after for it’s proximity to the stunning Dades Gorges & Valleys.

– The Route of 1000 Kasbahs: En route to Boumalne Dades we’ll have en epic road trip along one of the most beautiful drives in the entire country.
– Todra Gorge: Lush palm trees cover 30 miles of wide tracts along this giant natural creation.
– Ait Ben Haddou: On our way to Marrakesh we’ll visit this world famous Ksar (fortified village), now an UNESCO World Heritage site.

Marrakesh (3 nights)

Referred to as “The Jewel of the South”, the city reached its prominence when it became the epicenter of trade for slaves, gold, ivory, and leather along the ancient caravan routes.

–Bahia Palace: With its lush, Moorish style gardens, the structure was erected by the countries top artisans in the 19th century to be the greatest palace of its time.
– Koutoubia Minaret and gardens: With perhaps the most stunning minaret in the country, this mosque is the largest in Marrakesh and a great site to photograph.
– Majorelle Botanical Gardens: A truly enchanting place, the gardens were designed by French painter Jacques Majorelle over the course of 40 years and are reminiscent of the famous Generalife gardens
– Jemaa el Fna Square: Wander around and photograph this UNESCO site and the heart of Marrakech.

Lots of free time to explore the city on your own or sign up for a number of different optional tours:

– Hot Air Balloon Ride:
– Quad Biking in the Desert
– Full Day Trip to Essaouira
– Cooking classes, hammam (Spa), horse cart rides, and others available

  • Tour Leader and photographer to help those who want to learn more about using their camera’s, taking better pictures
  • International Airfare is not included - Flying into Tangier (TNG) & flying out of Marrakesh (RAK)
  • All Taxes, Fees, & Transfers Included

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

Join Us!

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

Price: $2,795.00

*Single Supplement: $650.00

OR

Deposit: $600.00

Go Here to Sign Up: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/morocco-group-tours/

Colorful Cuba

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Colorful Cuba

January 16th - January 24th, 2023

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Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club are relaunching their Colorful Cuba tour. It is an excellent program full of surprises, fun, and off the beaten path sights - and it is 100% legal! Take this once in a lifetime trip to this undisturbed Caribbean gem!

* 8N/9D throughout the best of Cuba with amazing off the path experiences!
* One-of-a-kind "casa particulares" (small converted homes & guesthouses!)
* Privately guided adventures and local experts throughout
* Breakfast every day
* 3 Dinners, 5 Lunches INCLUDED
* Legal, licensed & permitted program with all USA compliance requirements met under the SCP Program

Email us directly at [masked] to receive a detailed daily itinerary!

Havana

* Old Havana: Privately guided walking tour including many of the historical sites
* Fusterlandia & Jaimanitas Fishing Village: Colorful fishing village made famous by local artist, Jose Fuster, outside Havana

Soroa

* Unesco Biosphere Reserve
* Callejon de Hamel: Street art project where resident Salvador Gonzáles Escalona has decorated and painted in vibrant colors a pedestrian alleyway with scrap objects
* Las Terrazas: Mountain community was built as a reforestation project in the 1960s and is now part of the same UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.
* Orchid Garden: Specialized botanical garden, with a collection of 20,000 specimens and more than 350 species of orchids

Viñales

* Sustainable Farm Discovery: Cuban farmer and his family who'll show us around their organic farm and explain the methods they use to grow their produce without pesticides or artificial fertilizers
* Valley Walking Tour & Tobacco Plantation: A beautiful walk through the valley to a local tobacco farm to learn about the making of Cuba’s famous cigars
* Cuban Cooking Class: Learn to cook Cuban-style with a cooking demonstration of 'platos tipicos'.

Cienfuegos

* Bay of Pigs: Scenic drive along the site where the Bay of Pigs occurred in 1961.
* Sinkhole or Ocean Snorkel: Stop for a swim and snorkel in the ocean or by a sinkhole which resembles a huge natural tropical fish tank.
* Guided Orientation Walk & Palacio de Valle : A short walk to see and learn the local landmarks followed by a visit to the Palacio de Valle, an "Arabian Nights" like aspiring restaurant with a fantastic terrace bar.

Trinidad

* Guided Trinidad Walk: Cultural tour of numerous churches, museums, and many colonial buildings
* Learn to Bartend: Bartending demonstration and discussion of the history behind Cuba’s most popular cocktails.
* Salsa Lesson: Visit a local dance school for a demonstration and lesson in the dances of Cuba
* Salto de Javira Waterfall: An easy hike to this beautiful waterfall, perfect for photos and a dip to cool off.
* Dinner on the Beach: Weather permitting, we'll celebrate this amazing journey together with a feast on the beach!

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

Price: $2,295.00

Single Supplement: $695.00

Check out our club's official trip page: https://photoflytravel.org/tour/cuba-small-group-tours/

Ultimate Vietnam

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Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club ( https://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have planned an amazing cultural and visually stunning adventure through Vietnam!

January 26 – February 3, 2023

Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/vietnam-group-tours/

PLUS, don’t forget to check out our Best of Vietnam’s Tropical Paradise Optional Extension! Coming Soon…

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

This time we’ll be exploring both the South & North, which in many ways are like two different countries (visually and culturally)! From the one-of-a-kind floating markets along the Southern Mekong River Delta, to the world famous natural wonders at Halong Bay in the North, to the countries best beaches and tropical waters, we’ll show you our favorite parts (on & off the path!) that this striking country has to offer on our Vietnam small group tour.

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  • 8 nights/9 days throughout this unimaginably diverse country:

– 3 nights/4 Days of unforgettable Southern Vietnam (Saigon & Mekong Delta)
– 5 nights/6 days of stunning Northern Vietnam (Halong Bay & Hanoi)
– 4 nights/5 days Optional Extension to Vietnam’s tropical central coast with the best beaches in the country! (Da Nang & Hoi An)

  • Charming hotels throughout
  • Breakfast daily
  • 8 Lunches & 4 Dinners Included

Southern Vietnam (4 Nights):

  • Tour of Ho Chi Minh City (Notre Dame, Hotel d’Ville, Ben Thanh Market, & Dong Khoi street)
  • Cu Chi tunnels (Visit the vast underground network of tunnels built first as a defense against the French, and later expanded during the American war)
  • Floating Markets of Cai Be & Cai Rang (Sampan ride through the floating markets colorfully congested with women and children jostling for space and vying to sell their wares)
  • Khmer Pagoda in Can Tho City (The most beautiful Khmer pagoda in the Mekong Delta!)

Northern Vietnam (5 Nights):

  • Hanoi highlight city tour (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Presidential Palace, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum, Temple of Literature (Awesome photographs of the grounds and architecture here!)
  • Unique Street Food Experience (Lunch and privately guided tour of the hidden but true taste of Hanoi on a discovery walk-through of Vietnamese street cuisine and culture)
  • Explore the Old Quarter- (Right outside our hotel, lots of great photos to be taken along the old streets, each well-known for a specialized industry. Silk clothing ready-made and tailored, embroidery, silver products, and so much more can be found at the different merchants.)
  • Hill Tribes & Rice Paddies (A full day adventure to Hoa Binh province filled with bright green rice paddies and colorful lowland ethnic minority tribes, mostly of nomadic Thai origin. We’ll visit the “White Thai” Minority village of Mai Chau. Amazing cultural and landscape photos to be captured here!)

Cruise Halong Bay!

A great way to see spectacular Halong Bay is a slow cruise through the seemingly never-ending bay of islands. Lay in the sun, enjoy a selection of the freshest seafood, and take photograph after photograph.

  • 2 night/3 Day all inclusive cruise of the best & off the path destinations in Halong Bay
  • Deluxe cabins w/ ensuite bathrooms and air conditioning on traditional Vietnamese style “Junk Boat”
  • Explore Bai Tu Long Bay (The largest part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site, most beautiful, off the path, and by far least crowded!)
  • Explore, kayak, and swim among hidden beaches, lagoons, and magical sea caves!
  • As always this entire trip will be amazing for photography and one photographer will be on hand to help those who want to learn more about using their camera’s, taking better pictures, etc. (PhotoFly Travel Club adventures are laid back when it comes to photography. They are not workshop style based tours and you do not need to be an avid photographer to join. All are welcome!)
  • All transfers & taxes Included
  • Domestic Flight Included from Saigon to Hanoi (SGN–>HAN)
  • International Airfare is not included. We are happy to help you find a good flight as always! (Flying into Saigon (SGN) on January 26th 2023 and departing from Hanoi International Airport (HAN) on February 4th 2023)

*Don’t forget to e-mail us for the daily itinerary of Vietnam small group tours ( [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: $2,495
*Single Supplement: $620

Deposit: $600

Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/vietnam-group-tours/

PLUS, don’t forget to check out our Best of Vietnam’s Tropical Paradise Optional Extension! Coming Soon…

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