The Value of Foreign Travel

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 Enjoy a
A Journey Into Self

in JAPAN

with Arleen Lorrance and Diane K. Pike

October 18 to November 2, 2008 — 16 Days, 14 Nights

$4,744 — Land Only plus $600 — Journey Into Self

We are excited to have found a fully escorted tour that will give us a fabulous introduction to Japan and the Japanese culture. We will enjoy a colorful mix of large cities like Tokyo and Osaka, quaint and traditional Takayama, the ambiance and solitude of Miyajima Island, the ostentatious, over-the-top shrines and temples of Nikko, the religious center of Koya-san, the ancient shrines and temples of Kyoto and Nara, the testament to peace of Hiroshima, and more.

We will stay overnight at a mountaintop Buddhist temple where Buddhist monks will serve us meals of shojin ryori (the traditional Buddhist vegetarian cuisine), attend prayer services at the temple early the next morning, climb to the top of a samurai castle, participate in a tea ceremony, visit the world’s largest fish market, stroll through farmer’s markets, meet a “maiko” (geisha-in-training) face-to-face, see where the geisha live and work, stay overnight on beautiful and quiet Miyamjima Island, enjoy four gourmet Kaiseki-style dinners and much, much more.

Throughout, our lodging will be in ryokans, traditional Japanese Inns.

Our Journey Into Self meetings (held daily as travel permits) will focus on the Joy of Roots and Differences. We will explore together what we are learning about the Japanese culture, both ancient and modern, and compare and contrast it with our own, affirming the value of each. The Love Principles will inform our explorations as we seek to open our hearts wider in unconditional love while deepening our appreciation for our own roots and those of the Japanese.

For a full description of the tour, write to us at dkpike@aol.com or call 480-948-1800.

If you are interested in the tour, we encourage you to inquire immediately because the tour group is limited to 14.


 

JOIN US ON A JOURNEY INTO SELF IN SOUTH AMERICA

November 6 – 16, 2007

Cruise the Galapagos, Lima, Peru and Machu Picchu

November 16 – 28, 2007

Lake Titicaca and the Bolivian Altiplano, Buenos Aires; the Iguassu Falls; Rio de Janeiro

You can do either part of this trip, or you can join us for the entire journey.

The Journey Into Self:

This trip is planned and escorted by Mariamne Paulus and Arleen Lorrance (OSO) who have 35 years of experience in planning and escorting group travel. All your arrangments pre-trip will be handled for you and you will be guided through the things you need to take care of yourself. During the trip, Mariamne and OSO will oversee logistics so you can just enjoy your travel. In addition, each evening, travel permitting, the two women will conduct group sessions in which all can reflect on the experiences of the day. This broadens each person’s perspective, helps to integrate and digest the events of the day, and opens the door to new and deeper friendships with fellow journeyers. The Love Principles (copies available on request) form the foundation for the Journey Into Self dimension of our trip.

November 6 – 16, 2007

Our journey will be launched from Miami (add-on fares from your local airport can be arranged) on November 6. We will fly into Guayaquil, Ecuador. Our five-day, four-night Galapagos cruise will begin from Guayaquil. We will enjoy the diversified wildlife on the several islands we will visit: for example, the famous Galapagos Giant Tortoise, the Santa Fe land iguana, the large opuntia cactus forest. We will also snorkel with sea turtles. Other wildlife includes sea lions, land and hybrid iguanas, and many fascinating birds, including masked and blue-footed boobies.

     After our colorful Galapagos cruise, we will fly from Guayaquil to Lima, Peru, where we will have city sightseeing. The next day we will fly to Cusco. After adjusting to the altitude (almost 10,000 feet), we will enjoy seeing the city and attending a Folklore Show.

The next day we will take a full-day excursion to the Pisac Market and Ollantaytambo, and on the third and fourth day we will visit the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu.


 

November 16 – 28, 2007

After a full day of rest and independent exploration of Cusco, we will travel by coach from Cusco across the Altiplano to Puno, on the shore of Lake Titicaca. We will stop along the way to visit several sites important to the Incas’ mythological history. The next two days we will travel out from our lakeside hotel by Catamaran to enjoy the magnificent scenery of Lake Titicaca, visit the Aymara people, the floating islands, and other islands.

We will then travel from Puno to La Paz, Bolivia, by Catamaran and Coach. Our full day in La Paz will include a City tour and an excursion back to the Altiplano to visit the Tiahuanaco Ruins.

 

From La Paz we will fly to Buenos Aires, Argentina where we will spend three nights. City sightseeing, a Tango Show & Dinner, and an excursion to the Tigre Delta will be highlights.

We fly then to the fabulous Iguassu Falls on the border of Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay. After two days of enjoying the falls we fly to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for a spectacular finish to our trip.

The Cost:

The figures we give you here include the Journey Into Self fee and the airfare and are approximate. Final calculations of the ground costs will depend on how many people are traveling. The prices given here are based on the four people already committed to go. Because ground costs will go down when we know how many people will join us, you should consider these numbers to represent the high end of final figures.

Some of you will want to use air miles, so that will change the airfare calculations (for your internal flights). And those who will use the group airfare may see those costs come down when we are six months out from our departure date and the airlines put up their discounted fares.

We ask you to commit to the trip by placing a deposit NOW, or as soon as possible, so that our travel agent can calculate final costs.

 The final date for deposits is May 6, 2007.

Here are the approximate costs:

If you plan to travel from November 6 – 16 only, high end cost:  Approx. $5,000.00 (including airfare)

If you plan to join us for the entire trip (November 6 – 28), high end cost: Approx. $9,300.00 (including airfare)

The Deposit:

$600.00 ($200.00 is nonrefundable)

Checks for the deposit should be made out to Diane Pike and Arleen Lorrance and mailed to 7439 E. Beryl Avenue, Suite 109 PMB 418, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. The balance of your tour costs (except for the Journey Into Self fee) may be paid by credit card.

Upon receipt of your deposit we will send you a day by day itinerary and a breakdown of costs.

Your Registration:

 

Contact: Teleos Institute, 7439 E. Beryl Avenue,

Suite 109 PMB 418, Scottsdale, AZ 85258

480-948-1800

 

 

THE VALUE OF FOREIGN TRAVEL
BY MARIAMNE PAULUS

I became convinced of the value and importance of foreign travel when I was in my early 20’s. Having spent three and a half years in Central and South America, I recognized that it is almost impossible to gain perspective on your own culture unless you spend time outside of it and are exposed to other ways of living and being. I would have liked every American to spend at least one year living in another culture.

Short of being able to achieve that lofty goal, OSO and I decided that, as part of our work, we would take people on Journeys Into Self in foreign countries. Over the past 33 years, we have visited over 40 countries, some of them more than once, on about twenty Journeys Into Self. We are satisfied that even two weeks of foreign travel can change your consciousness if you are open to that, as most who travel with us are.

On this past trip to Vietnam, Cambodia, and Thailand, I spent considerable time conversing with travelers who were not on Journeys Into Self but who have traveled widely. Some of them were from countries other than the United States. I was surprised to discover that nearly all of them shared traits that I value for the future of our Global Village.

To a person, these world travelers are ecologically conscious and concerned. Aware of pollution of air, earth, and water, these people value policies on the part of their governments that aim to improve and protect our global environment.

Everyone I talked to shared a conviction that war will never resolve the problems that are at the root of terrorism. All seemed to feel that poverty and the disparity between the rich and the poor are the most direct cause of terrorism, and all recognized that no matter how we would classify ourselves at home, in relation to the world’s poor, all foreign travelers are rich.

Most people felt that religion is a divisive force around the world. The travelers were surprisingly broad-minded about religion, expressing tolerance for nearly all practices and beliefs as long as they are not imposed on others.

I had not set out to discover the attitudes and values of travelers, and of course I was dependent on those who could talk with me in English, even if only very limited English. But my overwhelming sense is that nothing contributes more to broad-minded thinking and nonjudgmental values than world travel. I continue to wish it for as many people as possible.

On this trip, we had four women travel with us on our Journey Into Self in Vietnam and Cambodia, with brief stops in Bangkok coming and going. Our explorations were colored by the Tsunami tragedy that had occurred only ten days before we left for Thailand. The history of the Vietnam war was also uppermost in our consciousness as we explored our personal memories and our current feelings. It was good to have Jane with us, who is a Canadian living in England, and Mary, who is a Canadian living in Canada. They gave our explorations additional breadth and depth.

I am grateful for one more opportunity to stretch myself toward more universal understandings and deeper awareness through the incredible privilege of foreign travel.

 


Past explorations have taken us to Africa, Thailand, Viet Nam, Cambodia, China, Bali, India, Italy,
the
classic capitals of Eastern Europe , Russia and the Baltic States,
South America, Central America, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Egypt, and the British Isles.

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A Journey Into Self is a unique travel experience, an opportunity for personal and spiritual growth as you go. Group meetings are held regularly, as travel allows, to permit an exchange of experiences and reflections on them. This helps to integrate what is unfolding for you day by day.

The Love Principles

provide the framework for our sharings and our interactions. We practice living them each day and reflecting on how that practice is going when we gather as a group. The result is unique: a traveling Love Family, something most persons long remember.

 

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