E-magine Journeys is a socially conscious travel company founded on the principles of ecological imagination and spiritual reciprocity. (For our definition of these concepts, please click on the MORE buttons above). We offer a variety of tours to Central American and European countries with the intent of fostering MUTLI-CULTURAL AWARENESS, HUMAN CONNECTION and SOCIAL CHANGE. Our mission is to provide each of our tour participants with a more meaningful and joyful travel experience by focusing on TRAVEL FOR CHANGE and DESTINATIONS WITH PURPOSE.
In May E-magine Journeys explored the beautiful Languedoc-Rousillon region in the south of France. We visited the seaside town of Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer and had the opportunity to participate in the procession of Saint Sara, the Black Madonna revered by Roma peoples all over Europe. We also explored local farmers’ markets, toured the medieval city of Carcassonne, hiked up to the ruins of the Cathar castle of Montsegur, and feasted on paella and exquisite French wines at La Domaine de la Clapiere. We made the acquaintance of (and established a friendship with) the Jefferies family, the owners of La Domaine de l”Hortevieille, the 16th century restored former winery where we stayed during our tour (please click on the France 2013 tab to view some photos of our journey). Our women’s journey to France next May is shaping up to be as fabulous as this year’s (see 2014 Tour Highlights below).
In November our group will travel to Guatemala where we will once again visit and donate to Valhalla Experimental Station (www.exvalhalla.net), an organic macadamia farm that seeks to reverse global warming, assist indigenous peoples in developing self-sustaining agriculture and educate the public about the environment. Please click on the GUATEMALA tab above for a complete itinerary.
We are currently in the process of finalizing dates and itineraries for our upcoming tours. We are very excited about what we have planned; outlined below is what we know so far. Please check this website for updates and more details. Remember to write to us early if you know you’d like to join one of our tours, because we are already hearing from a lot of people who have expressed interest in next year’s tours. We are always available to answer any questions you have. You can contact us either through the website or by phone at (925) 849-5604. We’re looking forward to traveling with you.
This year we feel fortunate to have two unique “partnering” opportunities, both of which we think will make our 2015 tours particularly amazing. The first is with Darryl Harris Cohen, the creator and owner of Foodism Magazine, a culinary & cultural digest. Check out the Foodism website at www.foodism.com Darryl will be joining us on our tours to Guatemala and Italy and, perhaps with some gentle coaxing, will share his knowledge and expertise. See below for details about these tours.
We are also initiating a dialogue with a trio of young entrepreneurs—Novanta— about the possibility of a socially conscious/food tour to the Tuscany region of Italy. This summer Novanta developed and operated a bed & breakfast in the abandoned medieval town of Borgo di Gello with the specific intention of revitalizing it and the surrounding area. We feel their innovative project, which focuses on the socially conscious concepts of urban farming, sustainable agriculture and utilizing local resources, fits well with E-magine Journeys’ vision and mission. We are hoping to entice them into hosting us as we spend several days at La Fatorria, explore the history and power of this special place and learn about and enjoy traditional Tuscan cuisine. Visit their website at www.novanta90.com for more of Novanta’s fascinating story. Please see below for a brief description of the tour and check our website soon for developments.
2015 TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Mystical Guatemala (February 21st to the 28th OR February 28th to March 7th) Join Noemi and Viviane for eight days and seven nights as we guide you on a socially conscious cultural and culinary journey to Guatemala. Together we’ll explore the enchanting city of Antigua. We will visit a jade factory, attend a performance of Guatemalan music and dance, tour and donate to an organic farm that grows macadamia trees for distribution and harvest to indigenous cultures, learn about the coffee production process at a Finca Filadelphia coffee plantation and visit workers’ collectives that produce traditional Guatemalan crafts and textiles. Along the way, we’ll encounter the amazing Guatemalan people and experience beautiful Guatemalan landscapes while feasting on and learning about traditional Guatemalan cuisine. For those who are interested there will also be the opportunity to hike Pacaya—one of Guatemala’s active volcanos. This tour will accept a maximum of 25 people. A $500 deposit is due at the time of reservation of space.
Two add-on tours will be offered for those interested in extending their time in Guatemala: a journey to beautiful Lake Atitlan OR to the ancient Mayan ruins at Tikal. There is an additional cost for each of these journeys. Please inquire about details and prices.
El Camino de Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage in Spain (September or October, exact dates to be determined) The Camino pilgrimage is open to beginner to intermediate level walkers. We will offer some van support for both packs and pilgrims at the beginning of the journey, if you need to ease into walking a little more slowly. We will begin our walk in Leon Spain, where we will all gather before embarking on our pilgrimage. In Leon, we will visit and donate to a site that serves as a pilgrim hostel during most of the year and is converted to a Homeless Shelter during the winter. We will walk the last 100 or so kilometers (approximately 60 miles) from Sarria into Santiago de Compostela—a requirement in order to receive a Compostela (pilgrim certificate). We will spend a day exploring Santiago de Compostela and visiting the cathedral, and then journey on to Finisterre at the western-most point of Spain that in ancient times was known as Land’s End. We are especially fortunate to have Kathy Gower as our personal guide for this journey. Kathy has walked the entire Camino and other lesser known Camino routes several times. This pilgrimage is open to only 15 persons, so please reserve your spot early. A $625 reservation fee is due at the time of booking.
Tuscany! (September, exact dates to be determined) The itinerary for this tour is a work in progress. As mentioned above, we plan to spend several days in Borgo di Gello, a medieval village located 1.5 hours from Florence, Italy. We also plan to explore and stay in Florence and visit nearby towns and important regional cultural sites while discovering the unique ”tastes” of Tuscany. MORE DETAILS SOON!
For questions about any of our tours, detailed itineraries and prices, or to reserve a space on a specific tour, please contact Viviane Dzyak at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone us at (925) 849-5604. The price of each tour will vary depending on the type of accommodation selected i.e., single or double occupancy room. We look forward to your joining us on one of our unique tours.