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.
Study Tour to Spain (March 16th to March 27th) – This tour is offered in conjunction with a class offered at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco California. The class is NOT mandatory to participating in the tour. The tour will focus on the unique nature of the culture of tolerance created by the Muslim, Jewish and Christian peoples in medieval Spain and the later institutional violence enacted by the Spanish Inquisition and Spanish Empire on targeted groups such as women, Jews, Moors and indigenous peoples of the world. In encountering Spanish history, architecture and landscape, we will explore the impact of so-called heretical (or unorthodox) socio-spiritual belief systems and their relationship to contemporary movements for peace and restorative justice. Cities on the tour include Cordoba, Seville and Granada, among others; we will also visit Gibraltar and Morocco. This tour will accept a maximum of 20 people. A deposit of $500 is due at the time of reservation of space. For questions about and/or a description of the California Institute of Integral Studies class, please email us from our contact page.
Barcelona (Spain) and the South of France (May 17st to May 28th) – This year’s women-only tour is entitled “Women in Transition, Women in Transformation” and our discussions will focus on the many life transitions we as women experience. This tour is open to only nine women, so be sure to book early. A $725 deposit is due at the time of reservation. Highlights include a two-day stay in Barcelona, a visit to the Black Madonna of Montserrat, accommodations in a beautiful property in the south of France that dates from the 16th century, the opportunity to explore the history, villages and farmers’ markets of the Languedoc region, a journey to the Roma (Gypsy) Festival in Les Saintes Maries de la Mer, a tour and dinner at a local winery and a visit to the Niaux Cave with its Paleolithic cave art that dates from at least 14,000 years ago. The donation for the socially conscious aspect of the tour will be to an organization that supports the human rights of the Roma people of Europe.
El Camino de Santiago de Compostela Pilgrimage in Spain (September 12th to September 23th) 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 on the 12th of September. 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.
Animal Lovers’ Guatemala (November 8th to November 15th) – Join Noemi and Viviane for eight days and seven nights on a socially conscious cultural journey to Guatemala, as we visit and donate to AWARE, an animal welfare organization that focuses on the rescue and care of Guatemala’s abandoned and abused animals (www.animalaware.org). In addition, we’ll enjoy the enchanting city of Antigua and beautiful Lake Atitlan, explore the ancient Mayan ruins at Tikal, tour an organic farm that grows macadamia trees for distribution and harvest to indigenous cultures, learn about the coffee production process at a coffee plantation and visit workers’ collectives that produce traditional Guatemalan crafts and textiles. Along the way, we’ll encounter the amazing Guatemalan people, journey through beautiful Guatemalan landscapes and feast on traditional Guatemalan cuisine. This tour will accept a maximum of 25 people. A $500 deposit is due at the time of reservation of space.
For questions about any of our tours, detailed itineraries and prices, or to reserve a space on a specific tour, please contact Viviane Dzyak from our contact page. The price of each tour varies 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.