We are pleased to announce the first ever partnership of World to the Wise Cultural Tours with Fly Forward, an organic organization led by artist, author and spiritual director Jennie Schut. Jennie participated in our first joint adventure with Journey Arts Collective in 2016, which took us to Paris and the Tuscany region of Italy. She has a passion to come alongside creatives like herself, and to that end penned the book, Waking Up Grey. Like Brett Mabury, leader of the Journey Arts Collective, Jennie very much sees this trip to Europe as a pilgrimage, where the five senses and the spiritual senses meet to create a holistic, life-changing experience.
The dates for this adventure are Oct. 2-19, 2018. Our itinerary will begin in Rome, where ancient vestiges of one of the world's great civilizations help put things in perspective as the eye feasts on some of the world's greatest artistic creations.
We'll then head to Assisi in the lush region of Umbria, where St. Francis was born, lived, and changed millions of lives the world over by his message of simple faith.
Our next stop will be Tuscany, just to the north, home to Florence and the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. Our home base for several days is a retreat center half an hour outside Florence, overlooking a valley of vineyards and olive groves. We'll be treated to home cooking by our dear friends Caterina and Grazia, and spend our days either roaming the streets of Florence or the Tuscan countryside, stopping to take in the renowned Renaissance masters or the storybook hill towns of Volterra and San Gimignano.
Plans are tentatively for us to take a quick jaunt over to the magical area on the west coast called Cinque Terre ("Five Lands"), called so because of the five cliffside villages perched overlooking the Ligurian Sea. We'll then end our time in Italy with a brief stopover in the canal wonderland of Venice, in a category all its own.
And last but certainly not least, we'll take a night train to Paris. (How could we NOT go there?) Not only will we take in many of the sights one would hope to see in the City of Lights, but we'll also take time to breathe in, to reflect, and recenter, surrounded by one of the world's great world class cities. Our time will also include a day trip to the Norman village of Giverny, where famed Impressionist painter Claude Monet lived and worked for over forty years.
Sound like something up your alley? Just click here for further information on dates, prices, itinerary, and payment plan. A $100 refundable payment saves your spot. Just use email address firstname.lastname@example.org at PayPal. Or head over to flyforward.org to get a feel for the ethos of Jennie's organization.
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