#1628 - Wed/Thurs. - November 26/27 - Editor: Jerry
#1628 - Wed. and Thurs. November 26/27, 2003 - Editor: Jerry
A Travel Issue
Meditate on impressive Maya temples and sacred places... Come join our elders celebrate ancient rituals! Study the cosmos and discover many cultures sharing one vision...
Seekers come to the Maya World to learn and grow... You may cleanse yourself with herbs prescribed by Maya healers and learn about their medicinal plants and spiritual path...
You will be on a trip of self discovery in powerful sites and feel a strong transformation in a special energy vortex on planet Earth...
We will have special happenings on special dates, such as the Maya New Year, equinoxes and solstices and for planetary alignments...Chances are, if you are ready for these trips, you will know when to contact us as we don't publish departure dates for these trips.
In order to enroll for a Spiritual Tour in the Maya World we will need you to e-mail us with your name, place of birth and birthdate, e-mail, mailing address and phone number. Shamans reserve themselves the right to accept you on a trip, so please write no later than 30 days prior to planned arrival.
There's nothing else like the Green Tortoise - PERIOD. Our buses are beautiful, with names and literally millions of miles of character. Our passengers are happy. They don't sit up all night with their heads against the window, but sleep lying down on fitted sheets over mattresses on raised platforms and bunk beds, listening to beautiful music as they doze off. In the morning they've usually arrived somewhere incredible! By day we swim, cook breakfast, explore caves, climb mountains, raft downstream, stand under waterfalls, walk through forests, cook dinner, build campfires, visit towns, meet people, or just plain take it easy.
You're welcome to join the adventure, friends and fun. The settings will be national parks and the finest and least visited beaches, deserts, forests, hot springs, mountains, and waterfalls that our years of experience and good-natured drivers can find.
from Across the U.S.A. on the Green Tortoise http://tinyurl.com/wzda
Cuny’s Café (South Dakota) : we’re actually on an Indian (‘native American’ barks my PC guardian with no idea of romance) reservation, which seems to be in the middle of nowhere (but then, a lot of this part of the US really is). The old biddy (whose name escapes me) and her helpers produce Indian burritos piled high with chilli, lettuce and other condiments, accompanied by home-made lemonade. Lovely stuff and devoured in a flash.
There’s a little trading post selling artefacts and clothing decorated in the tribal style. I buy a pretty cool t-shirt with a pattern based around a tortoise, which Tony claims was designed specially for GT (every Coast-to-Coast trip stops here).
We’re camping here tonight, but not enough people got their beer in during our stop at Scenic, so a group of us heads back in the bus for further supplies. En route, Ginger Susan debates the ethics of keeping the chronically ill alive with a surprisingly animated Chris & Suzanne, before a staggering electrical storm focuses everyone’s attention on blocking the leaks that appear in the roof.
On our return, we move the bus to the far side of the flat area (away from the café and nearer to the dodgy outdoor loo) and set-up for the night. It turns out that the storm was all Ashley’s fault. Our Man in Muswell Hill had, on sighting the gathering clouds, greeted them with the traditional challenge "Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough." They duly did, with quite hair-raising consequences.
The music blares out as we put the tarpaulin up and make dinner. Everyone chats and drinks late into the night, watching shooting stars and the Milky Way in quite a party atmosphere. Some people sleep outside but, having clambered onto the coach to find my gear, I haul myself onto a mattress-less bunk and crash out. Too much hassle, man.
Bright sunshine greets us as we cook tofu-hash for breakfast, a production line of me, Jess, Ben, Ashley and Ralf assembling and cooking the ingredients. Ben and I run the gauntlet of the spitting oil, as we discard our shirts in the heat. All of us get a bit pissed off when the vultures gather, little realising that we hadn’t yet assembled our masterpiece. Doh!
Watch leaping dolphins and soaring manta rays from our remote beach camp. Snorkel through turquoise waters, stand in the shadows of towering cacti, and discover forgotten villages. Ride this Tortoise classic and transform your winter blues into sunny beaches.
Baja Beach Daze 2003/2004
Fri, Dec. 19, 2003 thru Sat, Jan. 3, 2004
Fri, Dec. 26, 2003 thru Sat, Jan. 10, 2004
15 days: $549 plus $151 for food
Baja Beach Daze 2004
Fri, Mar. 19 thru Sun, Mar. 28
Fri, Mar. 26 thru Sun, Apr. 4
Fri, Apr. 9 thru Sun, Apr. 18
Fri, Apr. 23 thru Sun, May 2
Fri, Nov. 19 thru Sun, Nov. 28
Fri, Dec. 10 thru Sun, Dec. 19
9 days: $419 plus $91 for food
Baja Beach Daze 2004/2005
Fri, Dec. 17, 2004 thru Sat, Jan. 1, 2005
Sun, Dec. 26, 2004 thru Mon, Jan. 10, 2005
15 days: $599 plus $151 for food
Baja Beach/Whale Watching Special 2004
Fri, Feb. 20 thru Mon, Mar. 8
17 days: $599 plus $161 for food - Special 17-day Whale Watching Expedition!
Vamos a la playa, amigos!Please be aware that there may be some Special Considerations for Baja TMore details and itinerary here: http://www.greentortoise.com/baja.beach.whale.watching.html
The following is from http://www.paulamuran.com/spiritualtours/default.htm
As we enter this next decade, the thirst for self-knowledge is exploding and with it the knowledge of other cultures and ways of living. Seeking out exotic locales to trace the ancient footsteps of lost parts of our True self. For many it is an attempt to uncover roots or find the humanity which unites us all. In our daily lives we feel disconnected from the institutions of family and community and hope that in these ancient and sacred places we will find something lost inside of us.
In 1998 I was asked to travel around the globe to amend certain pivotal
locations for upcoming Earth changes. It was then that Spiritual Tours
was created. At each location Peru, Bali, Nepal, Tibet,
England/Scotland and India grid and leylines were reconnected and lost
energy patterns healed.
In hindsight I carried with me a divine needle with golden thread and
sewed up energy leakages by reconnecting many grid/leylines around the
world. My first Spiritual Tour was in 1987 for the Harmonic Convergence
when I led 50 people and two channels to Hawaii for this most
Peru for Wesak 1998 we connected a triangular figuration between the
Northern and Southern Hemisphere's. This balanced the bottom of a
triangle formed between to Northern Hemisphere points, Tibet and
Israel. And we repatterned the third chakra for Earth, which
corresponds to fear and anger. After this initial journey fear
vaporized in many locations on Earth.
Bali Fall Equinox in 1998. Bali and the region around Bali served as a
connection point for the second chakra. It represented abundance and
prosperity and the limiting patterns of lack and control. It is also
directly across the ocean from Machu Picchu in Peru. It served to
reconnect the energy of the Solar Disc that was upheaved over lake
The original temple created by the Spiritual Hierarchy is in Peru now
buried under Lake Titticca, as the Solar Disc rose it unleashed energy
that had been trapped for millions of years, and we weaved it through
the portal in Lemuria, by journeying to this location.
Spring Equinox of 1999 it was back to Peru to complete unfinished
business for Earth and Sanatkumara. We needed to connect to the Temple
of the Moon, which was not open the year before due to a fire. Once
again unleashing energy for Earth changing energy patterns. It's
similar to activating a magic genie.
Summer Solstice of 1999 we were off to Nepal and Tibet. This journey,
although difficult proved to be most powerful. We connected the western
side of the triangular point of energy bridging the Southern and
Northern Hemisphere. The work done is in preparation for the
forthcoming changes shortly due to Earth and its people.
Southern India, December 2002, to the southern most tip of the old
Lemurian continent, proved to be the most powerful spiritual tour thus
far. The original core pattern for Earth--love was reestablished. As
the group walked a particular itinerary they released Earth's grid and
the core pattern activated in Kanniyakumari. By traveling to this
region we captured the Divine feminine. Each person now carries a piece
of her in their heart and every person they touch also receives this
"I have been on two spiritual tours with Paula and both were
remarkable. I learned so much about myself and the places we went to."
W.W. ArizonaHarlem on Sunday
Did you know that this service is included in one of our packages. Please click here to see. Days Sundays Time
9:30am to 1:30pm
8:45am (all other languages )
Please come 15 minutes before departure.
690 Eighth Avenue between 43rd and 44th Streets
Adult - $45
Child - $27
Proper dress is required to attend the church service: no shorts or tank tops will be accepted.
Reservations Are Necessary
Join us on a Sunday Morning in the Black capital of the world. This tour will take you through the neighborhoods of Harlem and past its famous landmarks, the Apollo Theatre, The Schomburg Center.The Abyssinian Baptist Church. Visit it charming residential enclaves as well as its elegant apartment buildings.Harlem has an amazing story to tell at every turn.Then, join a local congregation for the Sunday worship service and experience the soul stirring power of gospel music.
Day 1 ~ Travel Day. Depart Connecticut (or your city) and arrive at Lihue Airport, Kaua'i. Take a short taxi ride to the SunSpree Resort and have a relaxing evening.
Each morning gather for gentle body and energy movement which allows you to open to the spirit of the aina (land).
Day 2 ~ Welcome. Settle into the day. The SunSpree is located steps away from a spacious park and one of the finest swimming and snorkeling beaches on Kaua'i. Welcome dinner at a local restaurant rich in Hawaiian atmosphere. The evening includes a lei presentation, introductions and overview of the week. (B,D)
Day 3 - Great Sacred Wailua. Learn the traditions and history of Great Sacred Wailua, where ali'i (royalty) once came to worship, play and give birth. Visit several heiau (ancient temple sites) where Hawaiian priests and ruling chiefs performed spiritual ceremonies. Dinner on your own. The evening offers a specially created program. (B)
Day 4 ~ North Shore Excursion. Full day journey to the dramatic North Shore including a visit to Limahuli Gardens, a lush tropical botanical valley. Travel to Haena. Our guide will lead us to the hula heiau at Ke'e Beach. Time to stroll along the shore. Picnic lunch provided. Return through Hanalei where we will stop to explore this picturesque town. Dinner on your own. The evening is free. Moonlight and waterwheeling in the Pacific. (B,L)
Day 5 ~ Sacred Kaua'i. In the morning we will visit the Hindu Monastery, a 51-acre meditation sanctuary. Picnic lunch included. The afternoon is spent on the land connecting to the beautiful Garden Island of Kaua'i and participating in an afternoon activity. Dinner on own. A special evening presentation of traditional music and hula (B,L)
Day 6 ~ South Shore Excursion. Explore the south shore beaches of Mahaulepu, an astonishing place of wild, untouched beauty. Travel onward to the charming artists' village of Hanapepe. Picnic lunch included. Late afternoon free for relaxation. Join us for a farewell dinner. (B,L,D)
Day 7 ~ Departure Day. Check out of the hotel and return to Lihue Airport for your flight home. (B)
In Search of Fulcanelli:
A TOUR OF ALCHEMICAL FRANCE
May 23rd through June 8th 2003
May 24 th - May 31st 2003
We will find Black Madonnas and Gypsy protectors in the flickering candle light of cathedral crypts, participate in a Grail procession as the boat of the Marys returns to the sea, and climb the ancient pilgrim stairs to Mary Magdalene's Grotto. From these experiences, and many more, we will gain a deeper understanding of the origins of Christianity in the west as we realize that the greatest secret of all, the Holy Grail itself, is hidden in plain sight.
June 1st through June 8th 2003
Just as Provence provides clues to the origins of esoteric Christianity, Languedoc and the Pyrenees supply us with traces of its subsequent history, including the bloody genocide of the Cathars at the hands of the Imperial Catholic Church and the King of France. But the secret lives on in the land itself, its picturesque ruins and its sacred sites.
June 7th through June 14th 2003Join the authors of A Monument to the End of Time -- the only full scale examination of Fulcanelli's masterpiece -- Vincent Bridges and Jay Weidner, as they reveal the meaning of the secrets hidden in plain sight on and within the Gothic cathedrals of Paris, Amiens and Chartres. With Fulcanelli's masterpiece for a guidebook, and the on-site help of our guide Yanka Marie De Rokay, this truly one of a kind tour reveals the initiatory pattern at the heart of alchemy, the great secret itself. It also raises the even more interesting question of how the secret came to be carved on the front of cathedrals.
Welcome to Dobroudja, on Bulgaria’s Black Sea Coast
Visitors to Bulgaria have for many years enjoyed hot summers on the magnificent sandy beaches of the Black Sea. Today there are new oppurtunities to explore Bulgarian life beyond the resorts and, if you venture north from Albena along the coast and ino the countryside of Dobroudja, there’s much to be discovered. You’ll find a rich heritage and culture, a stuningly beautiful coastline and nature reserves of international importance.
Bulgaria has a proud, often turbulent, history – not surprising as here in the Southern Balkans is where Europe and Asia meet. In Dobroudja, Thracians and ancient Greeks prized the natural harbours; centuries of Byzantine and Turkish rule have left their mark; the first independent Bulgarian kingdoms thrived here and feelings of national identity have always been strong. So, there’s a fascinating heritage of historic places, archeological treasures, Christian and Muslim communities, a long established pattern of rural life and seafaring - and a colourful, living tradition of folksong and dance.
Combine this with deserted beaches, attractive fishing ports and old towns, villages in quiet countryside, friendly hospitality and good local food and wine, and you have the makings of an excellent holiday.
So, spend a few days exploring the coasr and countryside of Dobroudja. There’s plenty to see and to do here.
Find Byzantine fortresses, a Turkish monastery, an ancient Greek settlements. Look out for dolphins and the tuquoise bee-eater. Listen to the geese making their evening flight over reed-fringe lakes. Perhaps catch a glimpse of rare European jackal. Walk wild, rocky headlands for spectalular seascapes and multicoloured drifts of wild flowers besides cliff-top paths.
Enjoy the activity around busy markets and horbours, take part in the fun and colour of village fairs and festivals, and savour a traditional lunch as the guest of a local family.
You will find more detailed information in the Touris Offices in the resorts. In Balchik, Kavarna, Shabla and Dobrich the museums should have details of guided walks and tours provided by local people – often the best way to see wildlife on the reserves and find the remoter archaeological sites.The following is from the Airhitch website: http://www.airhitch.org
"There is a vast difference between a 'tourist' and a 'traveler.' The 'tourist' goes to visit a faraway place, stays for a few days or weeks, and then returns home. But the 'traveler' is at home wherever he may be visiting." -- Paul Bowles, The Sheltering Sky "The road is life." -- Jack Kerouac, On the Road
SO, YOU THINK THE ONLY WAY TO GET TO FARAWAY PLACES IS TO:
1. Contact an airline or travel agency;
2. Make a reservation and buy a ticket for a flight from point A to point B, and from point B or point C back to point A on dates D1 and D2, respectively;
3. Pay a small fortune for the "privilege" of sitting hermetically sealed in a flying sardine can for X hours;
4. Pay an even larger fortune if you change your mind about any of the above?
WELL, HAVE WE GOT NEWS FOR YOU: it's radical, it's a form of hitchhiking, it's called "exploratory travel", it's called AIRHITCH®! You can structure your trip as you go...and hang onto your money for use as and when you need it -- using, if necessary, the Internet from wherever you are, to plug into and stay in touch with the worldwide community of Airhitchers for help in locating the "best deals" of the moment -- thus avoiding virtually any costly advance commitment and potentially saving yourself hundreds of bucks!
CONFUSING ALREADY??? CHECK OUT "AIRHITCH® STEP-BY-STEP", OUR "BARE-BONES" GUIDE TO GETTING WHERE YOU'RE GOING ON, WELL, BARE BONES! BUT ONLY GO HERE IF YOUR PRIMARY OBJECTIVE IS TO MINIMIZE YOUR TRAVEL COSTS TO/FROM EUROPE OR HAWAII OR THE CARIBBEAN, IF YOU'RE GOING ANYWHERE ELSE, OR IF YOU'VE GOT MONEY "BURNING A HOLE IN YOUR POCKET", OR IF YOU DON'T CARE ABOUT BEING FREE TO ROAM WHEN YOU WANT, WHERE YOU WANT, DON'T BOTHER!
ANOTHER GOOD WAY TO GET DECONFUSED IS TO JUST HEAD FOR OUR REGISTRATION PAGE AND DO A "DRY RUN" FILLING OUT THE REGISTRATION FORM UP TO THE POINT WHERE YOU WOULD CLICK "SUBMIT" -- BUT *DON'T* CLICK "SUBMIT", BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT COMMITTED TO ANYTHING UNTIL YOU DO. JUST USE IT TO LEARN THE "NUTS'N'BOLTS" OF HOW THE SYSTEM FUNCTIONS (including the COSTS INVOLVED in your particular travel situation!). BUT REMEMBER: THE INSTANT YOU CLICK "SUBMIT", YOUR LEARNING WILL NO LONGER BE PRIVATE, YOU WILL BE IN COMMUNICATION WITH US AND COMMITTED TO PARTICIPATION IN THE AIRHITCH® PROGRAM!
Interested in the history, philosophy, the "why" of things, as well as just the "what" and "how"? Check out a relatively recent article on the history and philosophy, the "whys and wherefores" of Airhitch®, by its founder, from Arthur Frommer's website: http://www.frommers.com/newsletters/12-01-97/article4.html. If for any reason you can't find this page through the hyperlink above (Frommer's online staff sometimes take it down from time to time), just try THIS ONE. Also, if you've never hitchhiked, you may want to familiarize yourself with what hitchhiking is all about by visiting an excellent site devoted to the art/science/ethos of hitchhiking at www.digihitch.com.