Come explore Cuba, Bali, Turkey, and Brazil with us!
Continuing Education Credits Available!
Join us on four amazing journeys that use the ideas and approaches of the Worldview Explorations™ program of the Institute of Noetic Sciences to frame travelers’ encounters with different cultures. Each trip includes tools and practices that deepen awareness of our own worldviews and encourage understanding and appreciation of the worldviews of people in the countries we visit. The thrill of encountering a new culture becomes an opportunity for deep and lasting transformative experience.
These extraordinary travel opportunities are being offered through a partnership of the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) and Cross Cultural Journeys, a travel planning company with twenty-two years of experience in over twenty-five countries. Trip leaders have deep experience in both the country being visited and IONS’ Worldview Explorations transformative learning program. Each trip will be limited to the first twenty-five people who sign up.
This trip was originally scheduled for Fall 2013.
Meet the dynamic people of Cuba who have a knack for enjoying life despite fifty years of hardship. Soak in the vibrant culture: its beautiful architecture, music, and colorful outdoor markets. Drive from Havana through the countryside to visit historic Santa Clara and stay in the colonial town of Remedios. Learn about the grass roots sustainability movement, about Cuba's innovative educational and alternative medical practices, its art, music and people. Travel legally under a people to people educational license issued by the U.S. Government to the Cross Cultural Journeys Foundation, and benefit from CCJF's 22 years of traveling throughout Cuba. Learn more »
Experience beautiful, exotic Bali. Explore the Balinese practices of Tri Hita Karana, a Hindu saying meaning "to live in harmony with the natural world, community, and spirit." From the cultural and artistic hub of Ubud, travel to remote villages nestled in lush rice paddies, to sacred Mount Agung, and to beaches along the north coast. Observe meaningful ceremonies and rituals that the Balinese celebrate in joyful expression of reverence for their ancestors, gods, families, and the beauty of the natural world that surrounds them. Trip leaders have a long-term relationship with Bali, and through their friendships they are able to provide unique opportunities to unlock the secrets of Bali's deeply spiritual island way of living. You will return home with your world changed forever. Learn more »
Turkey is a unique country straddling two continents: Asia and Europe. She is a bridge connecting East to West, with a culture that is both traditional and modern. Turkey is the cradle of many civilizations, including the Hittites, Phrygians, Lydians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines and the Turks. The land has been a melting pot of numerous traditions, many of them mystical. On this Worldview Explorations journey, we will explore the history of the land including a visit to the oldest known and recently discovered sanctuary of the ancient world, Göbeklitpe, and Cappadocia where early Christians worshipped and were forced to hide underground from Roman persecution. Also focus on mystical themes such as the cosmic dance of the Whirling Dervishes and the Shamanic ritual dances of the traditional Alevite Moslems. Learn more »
Brazilian religions and spirituality are the result of the blending of Catholicism with the religious traditions of African slaves and indigenous peoples. We begin our journey in the northeastern region of Brazil in the country's most African city, where we will meet with members of various Afro-Brazilian communities and observe their practices and rituals. We continue on to the capital city of Brasilia to meet the leaders of spiritual centers that promote research in science, technology, mysticism, and education. In Rio we will visit a spiritual hospital complex where diseases and ailments are treated through spiritual practices. Throughout the journey we explore the worldviews developed by Brazil's unique blending of religious and spiritual beliefs and practices. Learn more »
For More Information
Early Bird Discount
Sign up for the Cuba trip by August 09, 2013, and receive a $200 discount.
Call the Cross Cultural Journeys Foundation office at
(800) 353-2276 or (415) 332-0682
Continuing Education Credits
Continuing Education Credits available for Nurses, Social Workers, Counselors, and MFCC.
Please call (707) 938-7687 for details.
Here is a little more information about how these special trips use the ideas and approaches of the IONS Worldview Explorations program as a way of framing our exploration of the culture of the country being visited.
Our Worldview Explorations related goals for these journeys include:
1. To enable participants to better understand their own worldviews, where those worldviews came from, and to consciously choose among the worldviews they have that are in alignment with their personal values.
2. To provide tools that will help people on the trip better understand and appreciate the worldviews of the people in the country being visited.
3. To facilitate opportunities to contemplate the emotions, inner-knowing and perceptions travelers experience when they encounter the contradictions and mysteries of another culture.
Practices we use include:
1. Examining and reflecting on the assumptions and hidden beliefs the travelers hold about the country they are visiting in terms of their values, family orientation, religion, culture, work ethics, the arts, and more.
Through dialogue and discussion, participants will share these cultural worldviews with others on the trip, exploring their experiences through inquiry questions such as: What surprised us? What engaged us? What inspired us? What challenged us?
2. At the conclusion of the trip, participants will evaluate whether or not the assumptions and beliefs they held mirrored those of the people they met on the trip.
3. A body practice and reflection question will be used to create a space for deep listening and being fully present to others encountered during the trip.
4. Mindfulness exercises will help us become more aware of how our own judgments and expectations can act as a barrier to learning and discovery of a new culture.
5. Deep breathing and body awareness exercises will help us increase our inner listening and inner knowing and to get in touch with competing ideas. These exercises increase participants' ability to hold competing and sometimes conflicting worldviews, and we'll explore ways participants can more effectively navigate through a different culture and hold multiple perspectives.
6. Keeping a journal of reflections and responses to cultural differences and worldview perspectives.