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Learning Journey's Travel Blog

Welcome to Learning Journey’s Travel Blog! In this space there will continuously be updates on all things travel, wellness, and culture. Here at Perillo’s Learning Journey’s, we don’t just believe in visiting destinations. We believe in immersing into different cultures for a rich experience, not just simply a trip. Including posts on international food spots, shopping, NGO’s, and many more alike, each month there will be a highlighted Destination of The Month. 

Mystical Malta

Known to be both mystical and glamorous, Malta is a true jewel in the Mediterranean. 

Travelers come here to experience outstanding hospitality, a land that blends sea and sun, rich Mediterranean cuisine and warm people who welcome guests with open hearts. Rich with history, some of the oldest Megalith temples are here, dating back more than 7,000 years!

From their rich history, to their extensive knowledge of locally grown cuisines prepared with love, a sense of well-being permeates the Maltese islands. From small boutique-style hotels to private villa rentals and luxury resorts, a holistic lifestyle is amplified by yoga, wellness, spas, temple visits, festivals, healthy food and meditation.

Want to Journey with us to experience Mystical Malta for yourself? visit www.learningjourneys.com for more information on our Malta programs!

Kyoto, Japan Follow us on our journey through Japan! Today, we had the pleasure of visiting the traditional city of Kyoto. Home to over a thousand temples, many come here to experience traditional Japanese lis and customs. The widely admired Geisha tradition is still alive in this city, with many young girls coming to Kyoto to train as entertainers. I learned so much about life here by wearing a Kimono for several hours as I visited the city's temples. Additionally, we also experienced a tea ceremony where we learned about the spiritual practice of the ceremony. We even learned how to make a wicked matcha tea with a small bamboo whisk! We also experienced an origami workshop and learned how many industries such as medicine have used origami principles to build medical devices such as stints. We closed out the day at a beautiful drumming workshop in this culturally rich Japanese city. Want to visit Japan with us? Visit www.learningjourneys.com for our current, and upcoming journeys to Japan! Studio Ghibli, Tokyo Known for its creative anime and art, Japan attracts many visitors each year for these interests. Specifically, one of the most popular destinations is Studio Ghibli; a Japanese animation film studio based in Koganei, Tokyo, Japan. This studio is best known for its anime feature films, and has also produced several short films, television commercials, and one television film. Additionally, Studio Ghibli is iconic for the creation of many loved popular Hayao Miyazaki films, such as Castle in the Sky, My Neighbor Totoro, and Spirited away!  Interested in Anime or Japanese Art? You can experience both traditional and pop art culture in Japan touring Ghibli Museum, and sightseeing in Akihabara and Harajuku on our journey to Japan! Akihabara is the home of Tokyo’s ‘Otaku’ culture. Translated into English ‘Otaku’ means obsession but it really describes the hardcore fans of manga, anime and video games. This used to be an area where this subculture hid from the rest of Japan but now times have changed and the area is now a popular place for people to go, shop and soak up the unique and quirky atmosphere. With maid cafes, fashion trends and shops catering to enthusiastic hobbyists of all types you’ll discover a fascinating and perplexing side of Tokyo most never get to see! For more information on our journey to studio Ghibli and more, visit https://www.learningjourneys.com/journeys/japan-anime-learning-journey-p... Ubud, Bali Visit Ubud, Bali for $790!

Want to visit Bali with family, a group of friends, or alone? Regardless of number or interest, Bali has activities for everyone! Known as Bali's heart, Ubud, is a central location of beautiful land, beaches, relaxation, and unforgettable activities!

A top loved activity for all ages in Ubud is the Sacred Monkey Forest! This nature reserve attracts many visitors each year from all over the world. Known as an important spiritual, and educational center for the village, this sanctuary welcomes all for private and public tours to learn more about this scared home of Balinese monkeys, and a Hindu temple complex! Constructed around 1350, this sanctuary hosts three Hindu temples on it's grounds open to all; The Pura Dalem Agung Padangetal, The Pura Beji, and The Pura Prajapati!

 

Interested in visiting Ubud? Travel with us to Bali and spend 7 days on a blissful journey of the mind, body and spirit in Ubud for only $790! Experience traditional yoga, cooking, and relaxation at the beautiful Alaya Resort Jembawan. This boutique-style wellness retreat is in the heart of Ubud that focuses on body, mind and spirit rejuvenation. Additionally, enjoy many resort ammenities such as meditation classes, yoga classes, Balinese dance classes, making Balinese ornament classes, shopping areas, cooking classes and more! For more information on this journey, visit https://www.learningjourneys.com/journeys/spiritual-bali-wellness-and-re...

 

Beatles Ahshram; Rishikesh

Travel is an open book, and visiting global destinations often holds much more culture and historical significance that can be overlooked without proper guidance.  For years travelers seeking serenity and spiritual renewal have made their way to India’s ashrams and retreat centers to learn the wisdom of ancient practices like yoga, meditation and Ayurveda Indian healing.  However, what many visitors may not know is the historic Beatles Ashram located in Rishikesh!  Once abandoned for three decades, this Indian retreat where the band members themselves meditated has since re-opnened and is welcome many Beatles fans each year. Covered in creative Beatles-inspired art, this center showcases where the band wrote around 40 songs, including many featured on Abbey Road, and The White Album! Many yoga and meditation practitioners visit this shrine of the Beatles for the true inspiration left behind by these artists that still lives on today. Pay a spiritual visit to this center, feel the cleansing energy, and spend a day meditating where the Beatles meditated! To learn more about visiting Rishikesh and the Beatles Ashram, visit https://www.learningjourneys.com/journeys/spiritual-northern-india

Join us on a journey to Japan!

Journey with us to Japan this year! 

To artists, designers, and cultural connoisseurs alike, experience both traditional and pop culture in Japan! Touring Ghibli Museum, and sightseeing in Akihabara and Harajuku on this tour will give participants a true insight into the unique art of Japan. Akihabara is the home of Tokyo’s ‘Otaku’ culture. Translated into English ‘Otaku’ means obsession but it really describes the hardcore fans of manga, anime and video games. This used to be an area where this subculture hid from the rest of Japan but now times have changed and the area is now a popular place for people to go, shop and soak up the unique and quirky atmosphere. With maid cafes, fashion trends and shops catering to enthusiastic hobbyists of all types you’ll discover a fascinating and perplexing side of Tokyo most never get to see. In Tokyo, spend the day with a family learning about traditions and customs. Then off to Mt.Fuji for a nature study- Eco forest walk, at the bottom of Mt. Fuji with nature guide. Visit Kyoto for experience hands on drawing lessons and a class in traditional fashion design.

For more information on this program, visit https://www.learningjourneys.com/…/japan-anime-learning-jou…

Join us on a new journey through Northern India!

Starting at only $990 per person, this 9 day spiritual journey is packed with India's most sacred sights. For a limited low price, participants will spend 9 days traveling through sacred Haridwar, Rishikesh, and Varanasi! 

 

Upon reaching the holy city of Rishikesh, take a walk on the Laxman Jula and feel the energy from this suspension bridge built in 1939. Afterward, spend a night participating in the prayer of river Ganges, called “Ganga Aarti”. This holy ceremony is performed by ashram resident children who are studying the Vedas there, and commences with the singing of bhajans (prayers), and a purifying and sacred ritual that takes place around a fire, with the offerings made to the fire god (Agni)! After Rishikesh, journey to Varanasi to witness unforgettable sights and ceremonies on the Ganges - the most sacred river of the world. 

 

In addition to sacred ceremonies, participants will get a hands on immersion into the rich culture of India through sacred temple visits, NGO work, interaction with locals (including a home cooking class!), river trips down the sacred Ganga, and much more!

 

For more information on this journey, visit https://www.learningjourneys.com/journeys/blissful-northern-india#tour-i...

Mythical Journey to India with Alanna Kaivalya!

Sacred to spirituality, mythology is rich in telling histories and tales of times past. It is often said that "no ancient culture is without its mythology". 

 

Interested in mythology? Join Dr. Alanna Kaivalya for a journey to some of India’s most holy and culturally significant sites! Experience India’s past and present; its myths and magic firsthand. This adventure features yoga in all its true forms: mantra, asana (poses), philosophy, spirituality, and ritual.

 

Perhaps you’re a dedicated yoga practitioner with many years of downward dogs behind you. Maybe you’ve always been interested in the story and sound of India’s timeless cultural traditions. You may simply be looking for a unique voyage that not only changes your physical location on earth but also moves your spirit to new depths, reshaping your perspectives about space and time.

 

Spend 13 days in spiritual India! Participate in daily sessions illuminating the mythological foundations of yoga, taking cooking classes, participating in Aarti ceremonies, learning from Vedic Astrologers, boating on the Ganges in Varanasi, and meeting with a monk in Bodhgaya, the site of the Buddha’s enlightenment! Community services in Purkal Youth Development Society will give visitors the chance to see a local NGO and learn about the work. 

 

To learn more about booking this unique journey, visit https://www.learningjourneys.com/journeys/mythic-india-discovering-yoga’s-heritage-alanna-kaivalya

 

Spirituality in Tibet
To many, Tibet is known as a mystical land for Buddhism.  This destination attracts thousands of visitors each year to it's spiritual Monasteries  for worship, education, enlightenment, meditation and more. One of the most remarkable Monasteries in Tibet is known as Hanging Monastery, which is beautifully perched halfway up a 75 meter cliff. This Monastery consists of 40 rooms for practice and meditation. 

In Tibet, what is means to be a "Perfect Buddhist" is "living a life towards becoming enlightened. You want to be free from suffering and desire. You also want other sentient beings to be free from the pain of life and to receive goodness. But while living in this current existence, there are teachings or Dharmas to be followed".  In Buddhism, what is followed for day-to-day acts is known as The Ten Paramitas. These are teachings and guidelines that help to offer a respectful and wholesome lifestyle. The Ten Paramitas are;

1. Generosity

2. Morality

3. Renunciation

4. Wisdom

5. Energy

6. Patience

7. Truthfulness

8. Determination

9. Loving-kindness

10. Equanimity

In following these guidelines, it is said that one can achieve enlightenment, as well as helping others toward this path. 

 
Interested in visiting Tibet? Visit https://www.learningjourneys.com/journeys/spiritual-journey-mt-kailash-a... more information on our trip to Tibet this summer!

Spirituality in Bali
Each year, thousands of travelers flock to spiritual Bali for healing of the mind, body and soul. Along with a serene environment, this destination is home to many spiritual sites as well.  

Travelers are eager to visit the island temples covering this relaxation hot spot. Housing at least 11,000 temples both regional and local, festivals and ceremonies are common in this destination. 

Although Bali has numerous temples, there are six known supremely holy temples, also known as Sad Kahyangan, or the "six temples of the world". These temples are Pura Besakih, Pura Lempuyang Luhur, Pura Gua Lawah, Pura Batukaru, Pura Pusering Jagat, and Pura Uluwatu.

Unique to Bali, the temples are not closed buildings, but large rectangular courtyards welcoming all. Alongside the temples lay rows of shrines and altars dedicated to various gods and deities. In Bali, the gods and deities worshipped are believed to not be immediately present in the locations, except for on the specific dates of the temples festivals. 

 

Balinese families commonly belong to not one temple, but half a dozen or more. In addition, these families "devote several weeks of labor each year to maintaining the temples and preparing them for numerous festivals". During these festivals, it is only a small portion of the ceremony that is dedicated to offerings to the gods and deities. The largest parts of these festivals are usually spent on sacred dance and music. 

 

Eager to journey to Bali to witness these profound festivals for yourself? Visit https://www.learningjourneys.com/journeys/blissful-bali-journey-mindbody-and-spirit to learn more! 

Spirituality in Italy

Similar to most alike european countries, since the twenty-first century Catholicism is still the prevailing belief system of most Italians. However, through recent studies it has been shown that Italians are now more interested in spirituality as opposed to religion, meaning that Italians might describe themselves as spiritual, but not a strict religious follower.

 

Italy is home is numerous sacred sites that attract many visitors each year. Basilica di San Francesco in Assisi is popular for both its intense spirituality, and inspiring art. This memorial built to honor Brother Francis, a highly spiritual man who lived a simple life in in poverty attracts spiritual followers and art lovers alike. 

Yet another wildly popular Italian site is home to seven ancient Greek Temples, the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento. Founded in 580 BC by Greek Colonists, the most famous temple of Agrigento is the Temple of Concord, which is one of the best-preserved Doric temples in the world. 

 

One of the most popular spiritual sites in Rome still can be found as Pantheon. Built as early as 27 BC, This ancient temple was originally built to commemorate the victory of Actium over Anthony and Cleopatra was later converted into the church or Santa Maria ad Matyres. To this day, Parthenon remains as not only a highly popular tourist site, but also a hot spot for weddings. 

 

Want to witness these and many other spiritual sites around Italy? Visit https://www.learningjourneys.com/journeys/tuscany-eat-love-and-mystery-special-carnival-edition-air, https://www.learningjourneys.com/journeys/italian-renaissance-art-and-architecture, https://www.learningjourneys.com/yoga-health-wellness/europe to plan your journey! 

Spirituality in Malta

Malta is a land known for beauty, culture, cuisines, but is also home to many sacred spiritual sights. Atop the beautiful islands of malta, sites such as Ggantija Temples, Mdina CathedralMosta RotundaSt. Paul's Catacombs, and more!

Visitors and locals alike venture to the Ggantija Temples in Gozo for a peek at the oldest stone structures in the world. These temples have great divine energy as they were built in dedication to The Great Earth Mother, Goddess of Fertility. 

 

Meanwhile, the Mdina Cathedral hosts many visitors to witness the traditional site of the house of the governor Publius, who received St. Paul when he was shipwrecked on Malta. Being built 1697 to 1702, this Cathedral stands on the traditional site of Publius' town house and headquarters.

 

Likewise, the Mosta Rotunda is a popular site for many. Being the third-largest church dome in Europe, the Mosta Rotunda backs a heavy history as well. This miraculous site is known as a miracle from back in World War II, "In 1942 during World War II, the church took a direct hit from a German bomb while more than 300 people were congregated inside for Mass. The bomb pierced the dome and fell to the ground with a bounce, but failed to explode.The army took the bomb outside and diffused it, and no one was hurt".

 

Also bringing in many visitors each year is the historic St. Paul's Catacombs. This fascinating 3rd century labyrinth is home to more than 1,000 tombs over 2,200 square meters! This miraculous site is an educational and unique history experience for many.

 

To journey to these historic sites, visit https://www.learningjourneys.com/journeys/malta-journey-wellness-gastronomy-and-culture.

Kalachakra Festival

Spiritual Learning Journeys are a way to take a break from life to reflect on one's self and interests.

Destinations around the world offer the opportunity for seekers to connect with their inner worlds.

Festivals are a great way to travel with like minded people to expand and grow interests.
Learning Journeys has just returned from hosting an educational journey to Spiritual India and The 34th Annual Kalachakra Festival.  Participants from around the world including the medical professions witnessed alternate forms of healing to bring back to their patients.

 

Taking place in Bodh Gaya, India, the 34th Kalachakra Festival was presided over by His Holiness the Dalai Lama from January 3rd to January 14th. Bodh Gaya is a religious site and place of pilgrimage associated with the Mahabodhi Temple. Also known as The Land of Buddha, Bodh Gaya is the site where Lord Buddha himself became enlightened over the course of a historic seven week period. 

 

Including the Mahabohdi temple and the Bodhi tree, this pilgrimmage site is a must visit for Buddhists, Hindus, and religious practitioners alike. 

 

Spirituality is a large part of Indian culture and life. This country is unique in its practice in the ideology that the belief systems are not just an act of following, but are immersed into the daily life. In India, spirituality is not just about faith, but about forming a better life through belief practices. 

 

This was witnessed first hand during the Learning Journeys Kalachakra journey.

Participants not only were able to witness and attend speeches and sessions presided over by HH The Dalai Lama. but additionally were immersed into the holy ancient city of Varanasi. Providing a thin boarder between physical and passed on lives, Varanasi is the oldest civilized city still in existence. 

 

Through journeys down the Ganges, 

temple visits and ceremonies, visitors got a first hand experience into the true Varanasi and Bodhgaya. Walking tours through this ancient city gave a local living and shopping experience that will never be forgotten. Through in-person immersion through this unique culture, participants additionally attended dinner with a local family! Learning Journeys specifically designs journeys to deliver educational, spiritual, and unique cultural immersion experiences unlike any other. 

   

For more information on upcoming festivals and journeys to India visit : https://www.learningjourneys.com/yoga-health-wellness/asi

Sneak peek into Myanmar!

"It doesn't matter whether this is your first or 51st visit to Myanmar: you won't fail to notice the energy, hope and possibilities for the future that hang in the air".

 

Coming this 2017 to Learning Journeys, immerse yourself into Myanmar! Nestled geographically in South-east Asia, this culturally rich Asian country hosts over 100 different ethnic groups! Immerse yourself into Myanmar to experience true untouched traditions of the land. Visitors will interact with the locals who are known for their humor, generosity, warmth and positivity! 

 

Known to be a land unlike any other, Myanmar continually dazzles even the most seasoned travelers every year. Culturally engaging with locals in small traditional villages scattered across the Shan Hills is an invaluable travel experience loved by many. Harboring timeless buddhist sights, experience the trip of a lifetime by visiting the "winking wonder" of Shwedagon Paya, the 4000 sacred stupas scattered across the plains of Bagan, and even gaze at the magnificent Golden Rock at Mt Kyaiktiyo, and many more!

Sneak peek into the Galapagos Islands

Keep an eye out for our new program coming this 2017 to Learning journeys, Galapagos Islands Education Journey! 

These magical Islands showcase ideal landscapes of crystal clear water and pristine beaches. However, what draws many travelers to the Galapagos islands each year is the vast array of wildlife and underwater wonders! 

 

Embark on a tropical wildlife adventure to get an up close look at organisms below the surface!

Prepare to suit up for a scuba mission to get an unforgettable lesson in marine biology as you come face to face with fish, dolphins, turtles and alike in their natural habitats. 

In addition to scuba, the Galapagos islands offers invaluable opportunities for some of the most amazing wildlife photography on the planet. 

 

This 2017, be part of this unforgettable experience of wildlife adventure aboard a luxury cruise ship. 

Swim alongside turtles, dolphins and exotic fish all while taking in the beautiful scenery of this archipelago. With options of trekking around volcanos, beachside relaxation, and underwater exploration; this invigorating journey offers something for everyone! Visit www.learningjourneys.com for more information on this upcoming 2017 journey.

New Year Health in Peru

"To keep the body in good health is a duty, otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear".

Learn how to be fit for the new year! The transition into another year sets forth a feeling of shedding years past, and moving forward. Often times for many, this included wellness or travel. This 2017, you can have both! Bring in the new year by experiencing the ultimate journey of self discovery in Peru!
 

Discover the magnificent land of self discovery-Peru and visit the mythical Machu Picchu, all while enjoying reflexology, reiki, yoga, meditation, meeting with locals and giving back to the local communities! Peru is ideal for a sojourn for the soul as it reconnects you with your inner world as you explore the ruins of ancient civilizations while viewing some of the most spellbinding scenery anywhere in the planet. Departing in both May and October of 2017, this journey is waiting for you!

 

 

To learn more about this experience visit https://www.learningjourneys.com/journeys/peru-health-and-wellness-program

Christmas in India

Śubh krisamas!

 

With over 25 million Christians in residency, India has its own special Christmas traditions too! Like many other countries, midnight mass is a very important part of the Christmas holiday in India. 

 

However, instead of having traditional Christmas Trees, participants use a banana or mango tree for decorating. People often use mango leaves to decorate their homes in holiday fashion as well! 

In the south of India, a common way for Christians to celebrate is also to put small oil burning clay lamps on the flat roofs of their homes, especially in Goa. 

Christians in Goa love to celebrate Christmas, due to Goa having many 'western' customs as part of their Christmas as Goa has historical connections with Portugal.  A fun activity for these participants also includes caroling, and cooking! Specifically, the fruit Christmas Cake is quite popular in these areas. 

In addition to western customs, many local sweets are also eaten at Christmas in Goa. Popular sweets include neureos (small pastries which are stuffed with dry fruit and coconut and fried) and dodol (like toffee that has coconut and cashew in it)!

Want to learn more about the customs of India and visit to yourself? Find more information on:

https://www.learningjourneys.com/journeys/spiritual-southern-india

https://www.learningjourneys.com/journeys/spiritual-northern-india

Giving Back; India

One of the continuing themes of the holidays regardless of which holidays you participate in, is giving back. It is often said that giving to others is the source of true happiness, and you should be the change that you want to see in the world. In the words of Dalai Lama, "If you think you’re too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

The change you make to help others can be as small as in your local communities, or in global communities. At learning Journeys, we proudly have a partnership with two NGO's in India that visitors can actively participate in on our journeys:

1) Purkal Village

During our visits in Northern India, we discovered a meaningful NGO which directly impacts lives in rural India: The seeds of PYDS were sown fifteen years ago, when on observing the marginal level of education among the poor rural children of Purkal, G.K. Swamy decided to literally take matters in his own hands. He identified students who showed promise and put in long hours with them after school to help them cope up in their studies

Their Vision is to "To enhance the lives of underprivileged rural children through holistic education, nutrition and healthcare”

PYDS is dedicated to enhancing the lives of underprivileged rural young people. To achieve this they offer holistic care and education, and foster in these children a desire for excellence. Part of this mission is instilling in the students a sense of community; a respect for responsible, ethical living, and a desire to preserve the beautiful environment of the Himalayan foothills of their birth.

 

2)Matraanchal Orphange For Girls

Matraanchal Orphanage For Girls provides a home to children and teaches them the skills and support they need to reach their fullest potential while providing quality education for at risk and destitute girls.

 

To learn more about booking a journey to visit these NGO's, visit:

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Giving Back; Costa Rica

As the holidays quickly approach, it is this time of year that reminds us of the true spirit and goodness of giving back to each other, and our planet. In the words of H. Jackson Brown Jr., "Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more". It is in this quote that we can all take away the importance of giving back this holiday season.

Though many opt to volunteer locally, it is important to know how you can help globally as well! Travel is one of the best ways to connect cultures and give back to communities much different than your own.

Learning journeys not only specializes in wellness travel, but always connects global NGO work with our journeys. Spend your holiday in Costa Rica volunteering with kids at local schools, orphanages, and repairing towns. Specifically in Costa Rica, Learning Journeys works alongside the NGO Musade. For over 30 years, Musade, an NGO in San Ramon Costa Rica, has been fighting in defense of human rights for women. Musade provides a safe haven for women to grow and live in safety, love and hope.  Fostering support and empowerment is the mission, and the organization supports this goal through activities and job development skills.  Lovely crafts are produced by the ladies of Musade and can be purchased during your visit a center to help women escaping domestic violence in the San Ramon area.

Travel does not have to only be for oneself, but we should always look to lend a hand to others while abroad, wether it be by physically rebuilding schools, or teaching them about your culture.

For more information on building a community service journey visit www.learningjourneys.com

Custom Journeys

Many times, Yoga Teacher's have a passion for travel and want to share the yogic lifestyle abroad with their students. Unfortunately, this task can often seem too demanding for teachers to actually go through with. However, with Learning Journeys custom tour series, you have professionals working alongside you to give you the journey you've always dreamed of, with less tress on you!

 

How can we help you? 

We take the work out of your hands so you can focus on your students and growing your business We are your partner for all thing travel and we support YOU to bring your vision to life.

The Learning Journeys by Perillo brands are backed by 72 years of experience in travel. And we have the networks and buying power to save you money and time and offer exclusive locations. We will design the perfect retreat for you based on your style and goals. We help you design your retreat, manage the booking and operation of your retreat and handle all transactions. so you don’t need to do a thing.

Often times for example, groups opt to travel around specific festival times to couple yogic practice with global festivals, specifically in India Holi, and most recently the Kalachakra! Is it your dream to travel to India for an incomparable experience at the 34th annual Kalachakra, presided over by His Holiness the Dalai Lama? This spiritual journey at the heart of the Kalachakra festival is bookended by immersive cultural experiences, and is a must attend for yogic teachers, and practitioners. 

 

For more information on customizing a festival journey and choosing your destination, visit; https://www.learningjourneys.com/teacher-student-custom-journeys

Custom Journeys

Do you love languages and cooking?  Want to create a private travel experience for your school, group, community?   

 

Visit Venice, Florence and Rome, staying in authentic Tuscan Villa in Chianti! Create a custom journey for your group that fits your personal themes for travel. Opt for creating a customized journey so that your group can enjoy an itinerary of personalized education sessions specific to you. 

Want to travel with your group for culinary arts? Learning Journey's is grateful to have a partnership with the world renowned Culinary Institute of America in Italy! Learn to make delicious traditional Italian food from some of the most talented chefs in the world. 

Learning Journey's trained professionals work with you to create your dream travel vision easily, so that you can relax and enjoy amenities such as three nights stay at a four star hotel in Rome, two nights stay at a Tuscan Villa, two nights at a three star hotel in Mestre, daily buffet breakfast, daily dinners including welcome and farewell dinners (drinks included for welcome and farewell dinners only), Italian language lessons,guided tours of Rome, Florence, San Gimignano, Lucca, Venice, and so much more!

To learn more on how to customize your own journey to Italy, visit https://www.learningjourneys.com/classic-italy-private-custom-group-lear...

Custom Journeys

What's your passion? 

Cooking? Art? Photography? Many times we don't even realize what we are most passionate about until we immerse ourselves completely into it. Maybe you're an artist with a specification in Anime and dream of visiting Tokyo, or maybe you love dance and have always wanted to visit Russia. You deserve a travel experience that is as unique as you are. Gather a groubelow..here comes the p of like minded people and travel for free! 

 

Experience these unique travel journeys within a group! Learning Journey's offer's a division of custom tours specific to you. Work with Learning Journeys staff, all of whom are veteran educators trained at targeting specific markets to get the international journey you've always dreamed of. Experienced Learning Journeys managers/teacher guides will be on-site to deliver these life changing encounters for students of all ages: schools and colleges, special interest groups, families, multi-generational, and other small group experiences.

 

 

To see suggestions of other custom journeys or to get more information on creating your own, visit: https://www.learningjourneys.com/journeys-by-interest-custom

Malta Magic; Cuisine

One of the most beautiful experiences for travelers is tasting local cusinine. Food is known for bringing people together across all cultures. In Malta, this couldn't be more true. On this picturesque island nation, the Maltese pride themselves on their unique cuisine made with love.

 

The Maltese cuisine reflects their rich history by showing strong Sicilian and English influences as well as Spanish, French, and many others. Situated on an island, fresh seafood is a staple in the Maltese diet and includes everything from cafes, to farm fresh vegetables and cheeses, to fine dining, including something for everyone'spalette.

 

With Malta becoming one of the most sought-after destinations for 2017, it is important for travelers to get a true organic look into this beautiful culture. Journey with us to Mystical Malta next year and Visit Gozo, Mdina and Valetta! Our Mystical Malta Wellness Journey focuses on wellness, food and wine with hands on cooking classes for travelers to see the art and love put behind this delicious cuisine. Visit Dingli, a beautiful spot in Malta that lays amongthe gnarled olive trees and low-hanging carob branches to visit Doriana and her family who runs a farm set in an idyllic valley on a sun-kissed island and produces some of Mediterranean’s finest and most iconic food. On our journey, participants get the chance to learn about farm fresh food, and even take a yoga class in the garden! After having this one-of-kind visit with Doriana, travel to Gozo to meet with Ricado and learn how to make fresh Maltese-style cheeses. Michelle Buttigieg

 

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Travel Feature; JohnnyJet.com

So grateful to announce that we have been featured on the wildly popular JohnnyJet.Com for our Modern Day Explorer in Malta Art and Fashion Program! 

 

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Health and Community

When life becomes hectic, it is always important to remember to take care of ourselves first. As said by Deborah Day, "Nourishing yourself in a way that helps you blossom in the direction you want to go is attainable, and you are worth the effort". This is especially true this time of year as the amazing, yet crazy holiday season is approaching. 
Being able to take a break from life and take care of yourself first is not always an easy task, and many want to be able to give back and relax. At Learning Journeys we have specialized journeys focusing on nourishing your mind, body and spirit in beautiful communities that you can also help out in!

Two highly requested destinations for peace and relaxation are the beautiful Costa Rica and Blissful Bali! These two destinations are lands that draws individuals on a path to it’s magnet charm and healing capabilities. Perhaps it’s Bali’s beauty, maybe the friendly people, or maybe even the influence from spirits that certainly abide in this place, or maybe it's Costa Rica's beautiful serene forests and beaches that keep travelers eagerly coming back each year for a relaxation destination.

Our journeys takes you through an immersion of the mind, body and soul all while giving back through community projects. Enjoy yoga daily, farm to table meals, a purification ceremony, a dance lesson, spa treatments, cooking class and local market visits, visits to rural villages and temples, hiking and two community based projects. Exploring Bali will take you on a journey inward to deepen your self-discovery and ultimately, transformation.

To learn more about these peaceful programs visit: https://www.learningjourneys.com/blissful-bali-journey-mind… and https://www.learningjourneys.com/costa-rica-zen-yoga-wellne…

Holiday Cooking; Spanish Cuisine

As we venture into the Holidays, a hectic time of year, it is important to remember to always enjoy, and to take care of yourself.  Preparing for the holidays can seem daunting with tasks, but sometimes you can work with these tasks to learn more, and indulge in what you love. For your holiday dinner this year, an amazing treat to yourself and a love one is a weekend culinary class at the Culinary Institute of America to learn new recipes and ways to cook your favorite holiday dishes! Our own Steve Perillo, Carol and Charlotte Dimopoulos welcomed guests at the Culinary Institute this weekend during an Italian Cooking at Home class. They learned how to make fresh pasta, pizza,gnocchi  and other traditional Italian gastronomic delights.

 

Learning Journeys has a partnership with the world renowned Culinary Institute of America, home to some of culinary's greatest creations. Nestled in the beautiful hills of New Paltz, New York, this campus is just as beautiful as what is made in the kitchen. The holiday's are a time for sharing love and experiencing new things. At The Culinary Institute, working along highly trained professionals and skilled students will prove for a fun and educational cooking class that is truly unlike any other. Participants will spend a class, or the weekend, learning hands-on how to make amazing dishes at home for the Holiday's, and any time of year!
 

One of the most flavorful cuisines no doubt belonging to Spain. With it's rich spices and explosive flavors, these dishes are perfect for a gathering of loved ones around the most special time of year. This holiday season, join us and get ready to fall in love with Spanish cuisine! Located at the world renowned Culinary Institute of America, this class is an exploration of the best of the culinary traditions and innovations from Spain. You’ll learn all about the iconic ingredients, cooking techniques, and dishes that the country is known for, as you prepare mouthwatering creations like hazelnut-crusted halibut with spicy Romesco and aioli, chorizo-stuffed mushrooms, or classic paella with vegetables. After an exciting day of cooking (and eating!), participants can relax and enjoy a visit to a local distillery to learn about spirits, cocktails and a light dinner.

 

To learn more about this journey taking place in December, visit https://www.learningjourneys.com/culinary-institute-america-spain-and-wo...!https://www.learningjourneys.com/culinary-institute-america-spain-and-world-table!

 

Give the gift of a Culinary Weekend to your loved ones, a gift that keeps giving when they prepare a sumptuous meal for you!   

Mythology of Malta; Atlantis

In the spirit of Halloween season, join us this week as we explore the mythical side of some of our favorite destinations! Many know Malta as a beautiful island with a rich history. However, many do not know the legend that Malta was the site of the legendary lost city of Atlantis! 

One of the supporting reasons for this is that Malta is home to some of the world's oldest free-standing temples, older than that of even stonehenge and the Pyramids in Egypt! Additionally, there is geographical evidence that Malta's land suffered a blow a long time ago to the effect of part of the island being "washed away", as part of the island cuts immediately to the sea and off of cliff tops as though it were broken off. This is theorized from Plato's dialogues that a catastrophe such as a volcano eruption took place on the site of Atlantis which caused the land to break off and submerge into the ocean. Going off of this, as many know, Malta is made up of three islands. This is said to have happened from massive earthquakes, breaking the remaining land into three parts.

Another notion connecting Malta to Atlantis is an underwater site referred to as “Ġebel ġol-Baħar”. This site is located under the water of St. Julian's in Malta. “Ġebel ġol-Baħar” consists of three stone clusters with rooms in diameter up to 11 meters, with an avenue through the entrance facing East. Additionally, tracks that paperer to have been placed from a cart are present on this site, giving proof that “Ġebel ġol-Baħar” was once on land. 

In addition to being theorized by many philosophers, a last piece of evidence that Atlantis was once part of Malta was when marine scientists in 2013 discovered that geographically, the Maltese islands were once much larger with a land bridge connection to Sicily. 

Still curious about Malta? Follow us on instagram @PerillosLearningJourneys and visit here to learn more about this enchanting island and visit for yourself! https://www.learningjourneys.com/malta-journey-wellness-gastronomy-and-c...

 

A Week in Nature; Northern India

Journey to India to spend a week in Nature and experience a trip of a lifetime! Immerse yourself in the beautiful exotic wildlife of Northern Indian jungles. 

Journey to Ranthambore National Park for a chance at seeing the widely sought Tiger! Being the National Animal of India, these beautiful creatures are just as magnificent in person, and extremely exciting if seen. Becoming scarce at only approximately a few thousand globally, Tigers are a main adventure viewing point for many travelers to Northern India each year. Witnessing these majestic animals in their natural habitats are both thrilling and educational. 

After learning more on the beautiful Tiger, travelers can continue immersing themselves in the natural beauty of Northern India. A popular destination is hidden off the beaten track between Jaipur and Udaipur, where lays the lovely Shahpura Bagh. This natural spot makes a great stopover for those who want to discover the rural way of life that lies in between.

Additionally, travelers can journey to the beautiful Udaipur, also known as the city of Lakes and the capital of the Mewar Dynasty. The white-washed Palaces shimmering in the waters of Lake Pichola present a romantic panorama. 

Still want to see more wildlife? Northern India is a perfect destination for everyone! Whether you want beautiful jungle trails and tigers at Ranthambore, serene waters at Udaipur, the adventure does not stop there! Continuing on in your journey, only a few miles away from Udaipur is Jawai. Laying at the heart of the wilderness, come here to see where leopards roam wild and free!

To learn more about this exciting journey visit https://www.learningjourneys.com/14-days-tigers-leopards-no… and follow us on instagram @PerillosLearningJourneys !

A Week in Nature; Costa Rica

Learning Journeys brings you back to nature in beautiful Costa Rica! Visit a paradise that remains seemingly untouched and offers an array of unique environments such as rainforests, beaches, cloud forests and jungles with wildlife native to each ecological system. 

Visit a land alive with natural beauty and energy. Hike on nature trails, relax on pristine Costa Rican beaches, and even participate in sustainability community service projects!

 Visitors come each year to Costa Rica for many reasons, such as experiencing a true journey for mind, body and soul. Known as one of the capitals for yoga tranquility and practice, it's hard to find somewhere more naturally relaxing than Costa Rica. You’ll reach natural connection through Pranayama as you breathe in wellness — along the verdant cloud forest hiking trails; beside pristine rivers; or ensconced in the warm golden sands of a tropical beach.

If not just for relaxation, Costa Rica is perfect for finding inspiration. Whether it be writing, photography, or art, being in a completely serene place such as Costa Rica is endlessly inspiring for creative minds, and even business minds alike.

To learn more about our journeys, visit https://www.learningjourneys.com/costa-rica-zen-yoga-wellness-and-community and follow us on instagram @ PerillosLearningJourneys

A Week in Nature; African Safari

Join us as we spend a week in nature. Get ready for a family adventure of a lifetime; a safari across two African Countries! Take a trip to beautiful Africa and experience true wild nature on a safari! 
Taking part in a safari is an experience in nature like no other. With thousands of travelers seeking out safari's each year, Africa is the top destination for this wildlife adventure like no other. 

Immerse yourself around elephants, giraffes, wildebeests, rhinos, and other animals you've only seen on TV or in zoos in their natural habitats. 

Safari's offer a unique experience to be up close with prides of lion, Cape Buffalo, waterbucks, wart hogs, the endangered Rothschild Giraffe, Black & White Rhino, Burchell’s Zebra, impalas, and the elusive leopard are among the many species of animals that make this park their home.

The excitement doesn't stop when the safari does; when you are not immersing yourself in rolling plains and grasslands, stretching as far as the eye can see, you can spend time in unique African lodges overlooking vast national parks in unforgettable enviornments.This adventure journey is an unforgettable experience, with highly unique memories that will last a lifetime.

For more information on this journey, visit https://www.learningjourneys.com/african-safari-adventure-f…

Week of Romance; Tuscany

One of the many ways to truly indulge in romance can be through the culinary arts with your partner. What better area to take part in fine romantic cuisine than France! Known for their decadent dishes and beautiful pastries, France is a hot spot for romantic cuisines. Take your partner to one-on-one cooking classes with culinary professionals and learn of the traditional art of French cooking.

Take a romantic walk through the beautiful and historic Lyons, France, a city in France’s historical Rhône-Alpes region. Nestled beautifully at the junction of the Rhône and Saône rivers, this magnificent destination's center reflects 2,000 years of history. Interact with locals, try a fresh morning croissant, and witness the Roman Amphithéâtre des Trois Gaules, medieval and Renaissance architecture in Vieux Lyon (Old Lyon), and the modern Confluence district on the Presqu'île peninsula.

Engage your senses during our professional level culinary exploration of Lyon, France. Hands on experiences in cheese, chocolate, wine and bread making at some of the renown culinary landmarks in the world. A true immersion into fine gastronomy. To learn more; visit www.learningJourneys.com, follow us on Instagram @PerillosLearningJourneys, and like us on facebook @Perillo's Learning Journeys!

Week of Romance; Tuscany

Starting our weekly focus on romance, one of the most beloved destinations for lovers of every kind is Italy! 

Dating back to the times of Romeo and Juliet, historically Italy is a land thriving off of love, which thousands of couples flocking to the destination yearly to celebrate weddings, honeymoons, and many other celebrations. 

Taking place in the historic Verona, Romeo and Juliet tell one of the most famous and tragic love stories of all time. Residing in northern Italy’s Veneto region, Verona is home to a medieval old town built between the meandering Adige River, famous for being the setting of Shakespeare’s "Romeo and Juliet." Visit Verona to see a 14th-century residence with a tiny balcony overlooking a courtyard which is said be “Juliet’s House." The Verona Arena is a huge 1st-century Roman amphitheater, which currently hosts concerts and large-scale opera performances, and gives travelers a feel of this old time era. 

Just a day trip from Verona lays another romantic paradise for lovers, Tuscany! Like Verona, Tuscany is dotted with delightful villages, medieval castles and graced with a combination of sun, vineyards, olive groves, and signature cypress trees. Tuscany’s rich artistic heritage includes exquisite art and architecture, a glorious history, excellent wines and delicious food. This would be a special way to travel with your friends and stay at the elegant Tuscan Villa that was built at the end of 14th century and located in the heart of a Tuscan town – Figline Valderno – near Florence. Our Villa is surrounded by magnificent gardens and offers spa treatments. The restaurant is known for delicious local dishes from its own farm estate and wine from the ancient wine cellars. Optional excursion to Venice during Carnival!

Travel with your love to Italy on our Tuscany - Eat, Love and Mystery Journey! To learn more about this romantic excursion, visit here: https://www.learningjourneys.com/tuscany-eat-love-and-myste…

Festivals; Kalachakra - October 7th, 2016

Closing off out our week focusing on international festivals, travel to India this January to witness the 34th Annual Kalachakra, Presided Over By His Holiness The Dali Lama! Since 1954, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has given 33 Kalachakra Initiations, including four times at Bodh Gaya in 1974, 1985, 2003 and 2012. The Kalachakra teachings in 2012 drew over 200,000 devotees from across the world, including 8,000-10,000 Tibetans. The initiation to the Kalachakra is one of the most important because it takes everything in to account: the body, mind, and cosmic and astrological external aspects.

"Kalachakra" is a term used in Vajrayana Buddhism that means wheel of time or "time-cycles", because the Kalachakra tradition revolves around the concept of time (kāla) and cycles (chakra): from the cycles of the planets, to the cycles of human breathing, it teaches the practice of working with the most subtle energies within one's body on the path to enlightenment.

Kalachakra traditionally refers both to Tantric deity of Vajrayana Buddhism and to the philosophies and meditation practices contained within the Kalachakra Tantra. According to some Buddhist masters, Kalachakra is the most advanced form of Vajrayana practice.

Experience this spiritual journey with us this January! Book by Oct 15th and take advantage of a $450 round trip air rate to Delhi!

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Festivals; Holi - October 6th, 2016

Continuing with our weekly focus of international festivals; one of the most intriguing and exciting international festivals takes place in India in early march every year, Holi! Also known as the festival of colors, the ancient origins of Holi are centered around the celebration of the triumph of 'good' over 'bad'. This magnificently colorful festival bridges the social gap and renews relationships.

 

Holi Festival each year begins the night before with the lighting of a bonfire on Holi eve. Holy celebration is known for it's truly unqiue and beautiful exuberance and lively nature. Participants rub and throw what is called 'gulal' and 'abeer' on each other, accompanied with "bura na maano Holi hai", which has a similar meaning to "Just kidding don't take it personally". This is used to justify the light hearted shenanigans during this fun festival. In addition to creating a beautiful environment with magnificent colors, Holi also gives a wonderful chance to send blessings and love to dear ones wrapped in a special Holi gifts.

 

Each year, thousands of travelers journey to India during the period of early March to experience this one-of-a-kind festival. Immerse yourself in this beautiful cultural tradition of India, partake in the festivities, and make new friends over light-hearted shenanigans and wonderful experiences. Travel with Learning journey's one one of our specialized trips to India this March, to experience this amazing country during the festival of Holi!

 

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Festivals; Carnival;October 4th, 2016

Perillo's Learning Journeys loves to engage travelers in one of a kind experiences. This week we will focus on colorful and exciting Festivals around the world! Welcome to the Carnival of Venice! Taking place February 11-28th in 2017, this globally known festival is decked out with masks, confetti, lights and magnificent colors! This unique celebration is something you do not want to miss. Spend this magical time in beautiful Venice donning a traditional mask and costume, and transform into whoever you want to be! Originating from the ideology of a temporary escape for the lower classes through enjoyment of feasts, and entertainment, Carnival was an opportunity to historically uproot the social class system of Italy and spread enjoyment. Undoubtedly one of the most intreguing things about Carnival is the iconic Venetian masks. The tradition of the mask stemmed from the mingling between the upper and middle Venetian classes in the 13th century at the celebratory parties between December 26th and Lent.

These elaborate masks were worn to conceal identity of aristocrats and peasants alike while engaging in dancing, feasting, and other festivities together. Traditionally, Venetian masks were simple, however today they are quite elaborate; dripping in natural feathers, and gems across these hand painted masks. At Carnival, there are multiple types of masks typically worn; The Bauta which is the traditional simple mask, The Moretta which was created in France and has a more feminine characteristic, The Volto; which covers only the upper half of the face, The Columbina; a highly decorated gold and crystal half mask, and the Medico della Peste; the birdlike mask holding similarities to the traditional Plague Doctor. Taking place from Northern to Southern Italy, Carnival stays true with these long standing traditions to this day of decadent feasts, and rich entertainment for all! Come immerse yourself in these internationally-known festivities. This experience is unforgettable, as many travelers journey to Italy during February each year to parkade in the festivities. Learn more about traveling to Italy and experiencing Carnival with us at Learning Journeys here: https://www.learningjourneys.com

Eat, Pray, Love; Septemer 29th, 2016

Continuing our week of our Eat, pray, Love series; you've eaten in Italy, now move forward to India to pray! 
For years travelers seeking serenity and spiritual renewal have made their way to India’s ashrams and retreat centers to learn the wisdom of ancient practices like yoga, meditation and Ayurveda healing. This sojourn is designed for personal reflection and growth. You will have the opportunity to interact with experts and learn many new things as well as experience cultural exposures during your journey which includes yoga and wellness classes, a visit to the Taj Mahal and Red Fort, Saree shopping with Nettu Singh, a local woman know for her style,community service projects, Ayurveda lecture, cooking and astrology lessons, temple and village visit and an exploration of the Beatles Ashram. 

Indulge in the unique foods and flavors of india, enjoy learning about the culture and making friends over home cooked traditional food. Food is cherished in India, and it becomes apparent through the amount of time and attention paid to each dish.
Indian cuisine encompasses a wide variety of regional and traditional cuisines native to India. Given the range of the countries diversity, these cuisines vary significantly from each other and use locally available spices, herbs, vegetables and fruits. Indian food is also heavily influenced by religious and cultural choices and traditions.[1] There has also been Middle Eastern and Central Asian influence on North Indian cuisine from the years of Mughal rule.
Our journeys will indulge you in the unique foods and flavors of India, enjoy learning about the culture and making friends over authentic traditional food. Food is cherished in India, and it becomes apparent through the amount of time and attention paid to each dish.
The various spices of curry all dance together to create a truly delicious meal. Enjoy the consistency of a home made naan bread, and finish the meal with a satisfying Lassi!https://www.learningjourneys.com/spiritual-northern-india-f…

Eat, Pray, Love; September 28th, 2016

Starting our weekly theme of Eat, Pray, Love, what better area to eat in than Italy! Spend the first part of this three-part series feeding your mind, body and soul in Tuscany. Come with us on a journey to a land as old as the gods, where good food and wine are a way of life. Begin this series by reconnecting your body and soul with daily meditations and yoga, while also sitting at our table and savoring our wines. Immerse yourself in this culture of family, and decadent cuisines and let us welcome you to the heart and soul of Italy. Sit around the table and indulge in fine Italian cuisines, try an authentic Italian pizza, learn how to cook traditional pasta carbonara, and make a tiramisu with Mama Paola at Villa Casagrande! Travelers have a unique opportunity to learn traditional cooking with Mama Paola and see first hand the love and attention that goes into Italian cooking. 

Tuscany is certainly one of Italy’s best-loved and beautiful regions. Looking for a real Tuscany? Visit the countryside! It’s dotted with delightful villages, medieval castles and graced with a combination of sun, vineyards, olive groves, and signature cypress trees. Tuscany’s rich artistic heritage includes exquisite art and architecture, a glorious history, excellent wines and delicious food. This would be a special way to travel with your friends and stay at the elegant Tuscan Villa that was built at the end of 14th century and located in the heart of a Tuscan town – Figline Valderno – near Florence. Villa is surrounded by magnificent garden and offers spa treatments. Restaurant is known for delicious local dishes from its own farm estate and wine from the ancient wine cellars.

For more information on this journey visit here: https://www.learningjourneys.com/yoga-health-wellness-eat-p…

Journeys of Interest- Photography and Birding in Costa Rica; September 22nd, 2016

Continuing this weeks focus on wildlife and photography, we adventure to a land ideal for all things culture, yoga, art, birding, and photography alike; Costa Rica! Join us as we immerse in a unique physical and spiritual journey of self-discovery for those looking to nourish the essence of their inner spirit to become one with the environment. Take a morning yoga class, where you’ll reach natural connection through Pranayama as you breathe in wellness, before visiting along the verdant cloud forest hiking trails; beside pristine rivers; or ensconced in the warm golden sands of a tropical beach for photography classes, birding, or relaxing. Our commitment on this Journey in Costa Rica, is for you to indulge in your passions, while relaxing and even taking up new interests! To learn more about this relaxing journey, visit here:https://www.learningjourneys.com/costa-rica-zen-yoga-wellne…

Journeys of Interest-Northern India; September 20th, 2016

There is no greater reward than submersing yourself into your true interests in their most natural environments. Have a passion for traveling? Love wildlife and nature? Spend 14 days traveling though Northern India on one of our specialized Journeys of Interest. Spend two weeks on our 14 Days Tigers & Leopards of North India with Mumbai-Private Tour learning about the earliest rendezvous with the national animal of India, the Tiger. Take a chance at witnessing these beautiful creatures at Ranthambore, one of the largest National Parks in North India. Adventure off the beaten track between Jaipur and Udaipur, to the lovely Shahpura Bagh which makes a great stopover for those who want to discover the rural way of life that lies in between. Udaipur is the city of Lakes and the capital of the Mewar Dynasty. The white-washed Palaces shimmering in the waters of Lake Pichola present a romantic panorama. A few miles away is Jawai lying at the heart of the wilderness, where leopards roam wild and free.

 

Or, take the direction of our unforgettable journey; The Jungle Book-India Wildlife and Nature Focus.The journey begins in Delhi and takes you through India's rich and varied heritage. View exotic birds at Chambal and the wondrous epitome of love – the Taj Mahal. The heart of India is a travlers delight and consists of some of the most rugged and remote areas of India’s territories. Central India includes extensive jungles and is world renowned as an important Tiger habitat. Kipling set his “Jungle Book” here and, to this date, the National Parks in the heart of India, accessed by safari jeeps and on elephant back, offer a glimpse of the wild and even a chance to see the tiger in its natural habitat. From mountain forts of Gwalior to the Bundela murals of Orchha along with the thriving forest reserves of Panna and Bandhavgarh, there is plenty to see and do.

 

Learn more about these two unique programs here:

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Blissful Peru; September 16th, 2016

Closing off our week of blissful journeys, experience the ultimate journey of self discovery in Peru. Reconnect with your inner world as you explore the ruins of ancient civilizations while viewing some of the most spellbinding scenery anywhere in the planet. Meet the descendants of the Inca and learn all about the three indigenous camelid species. Travel through the ages in the Sacred Valley of the Incas. Observe how time has stood still on the islands of Lake Titicaca and make the pilgrimage to the peaks of the Andes to discover the magnificent Machu Picchu.You will enjoy reflexology, reiki, yoga, meditation, meeting with locals and giving back to the local communities. Learn more about this blissful experience and its inclusions here: https://www.learningjourneys.com/peru-health-and-wellness-program

 

 

Blissful Costa Rica; September 15th, 2016

Continuing on our weekly theme of blissful journeys, align and immerse yourself in the pure energy of nature in beautiful Costa Rica! Drawing in the blissful scent of the region’s native flowers, you connect to the rhythm of mystical waterfalls and the secret language of the birds and butterflies — all living in Zen unison with the people who enter this sacred land. You’ve arrived in a place where your outer journey moves you inward, towards self. Our womens focused journey includes all farm to table meals, activities, stays in Costa Rica's premire sustainable luxury hotels and resorts, an opportunity to give back to the local community, daily yoga and meditation and more. 
As part of Learning Journeys commitment to sustainability, we have crafted a unique physical and spiritual journey of self-discovery for those looking to nourish the essence of their inner spirit to become one with the environment. We have chosen the perfect partner to deliver this exclusive, exceptional Costa Rica experience, Greentique Hotels. The brand’s commitment to sustainable hospitality embodies a deeply held conviction about the importance of wellness, including sustainable gastronomy. A “Closer is Better,” slow-food philosophy is expressed in the nutritious, beautifully prepared meals at all Greentique restaurants, where hand-selected organic and locally sourced ingredients are used. You’ll reach natural connection through Pranayama as you breathe in wellness — along the verdant cloud forest hiking trails; beside pristine rivers; or ensconced in the warm golden sands of a tropical beach. Relax and restore mind, body, and spirit with a Cala Spa and Voices of Nature spa experience. Life-in-Balance is a quest shared by Learning Journeys and Greentique Hotels, and our commitment on this Journey in Costa Rica, is to have you share in it as well. 
To learn more about this blissful experience visit here: https://www.learningjourneys.com/costa-rica-zen-yoga-wellne…

Blissful Bali; September 12th, 2016

Starting off our week focused on our Blissful tour series, it's important to remember to take care of ourselves as life can become more hectic this time of year. Take a break from your busy everyday life to visit the mystical and magical Bali! Bali is a land that draws individuals on a path to it’s magnet charm and healing capabilities. Perhaps it’s Bali’s beauty, maybe the friendly people, or maybe even the influence from spirits that certainly abide in this place. Our journeys takes you through an immersion of the mind, body and soul while giving back through community projects. Enjoy yoga daily, farm to table meals, a purification ceremony, a dance lesson, spa treatments, cooking class and local market visits, visits to rural villages and temples, hiking and two community based projects. Exploring Bali will take you on a journey inward to deepen your self-discovery and ultimately, transformation. 

Find more information about this peaceful experience here: https://www.learningjourneys.com/blissful-bali-journey-mind…

New York Fashion Week; The Culinary Institute- September 9th, 2016:

Wrapping up our pre -fashion in NYC.. Learning Journeys president Carol Dimopoulos designs our journeys to reflect hands on experiences, such as unique visits to Charles and Ron in Malta and NYC, as well as the culinary institute! It's no secret that fashion is idolized for it's wonderful glamour, but in addition to fashion, glamour can come in many ways , including great food and wine.

Spend a weekend at the culinary institute to learn hands on how to make decadent, glamorous dishes from highly skilled chefs! The Culinary Institute Of America and Perillo’s Learning Journeys are offering unforgettable culinary immersion packages including hotel, local culinary experiences and classes at the historic Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Through this program, participants get a learn-by-doing approach. Learn about wines, develop rich, balanced flavor in your dishes, try your hand at tiramisu. This delicious weekend is all about hands-on learning! Prepare to take a deeper look into the fundamentals of cooking as you taste some of our most popular creations.From savory starters to hearty entrees, you'll explore it all!

For more information and bookings, visit:https://www.learningjourneys.com/tours/parent-and-teen-fall-culinary-weekend-culinary-institute-america

New York Fashion Week; Italy- September 8th, 2016: 

 

Continuing our Fashion Week theme, Italy reigns supreme! Known for it's beautiful fashions, cities, countrysides and cuisines, Italy is a dream destination for many. Nestled by the breath taking countryside of Italy lays Tuscany, a land as old as the gods, where good food and wine are a way of life. Tuscany is certainly one of Italy’s best-loved and beautiful regions. Come with us on a journey to .reconnect your body and soul with daily meditations and yoga, sit at our table and savor our wines, immerse yourself in our culture, our family, and our country, let us welcome you to the heart and soul of Italy. Stay in the heart of Tuscany and immerse yourself in high trend Italian fashion, or visit the countryside! It’s dotted with delightful villages, medieval castles and graced with a combination of sun, vineyards, olive groves, and signature cypress trees. Tuscany’s rich artistic heritage includes exquisite art and architecture, a glorious history, excellent wines and delicious food. This would be a special way to travel with your friends and stay at the elegant Tuscan Villa that was built at the end of 14th century and located in the heart of a Tuscan town – Figline Valderno – near Florence. Villa is surrounded by magnificent garden and offers spa treatments. Restaurant is known for delicious local dishes from its own farm estate and wine from the ancient wine cellars.

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New York Fashion Week; Malta- September 6th, 2016: 

 

 It's that time of year again! Corresponding to the upcoming New York Fashion Week Events, stay updated this week as we focus on our cultural art and fashion global tours! Kicking off this exciting week with the truly magnificent destination of Malta, travel with us as you immerse yourself into the rich Maltese culture, thriving off of a heavy influence of the arts.
Prominent Maltese designers, Charles & Ron, are a hot commodity on this even hotter beautiful gem of an island. Dressing women in beautiful mediterranean fashions with a twist, these talented designers will be showcased at this years New York Fashion Week! 

The Maltese know how to throw a party, and seem to have tapped into the secret of enjoying life to the fullest. 
Upon your arrival to this island, locals and visitors alike welcome you with warm smiles. The Maltese proudly boast about their weather, said to include 300 sunny days a year. The islands are rich in centuries-old traditions and foods, including many village festas that crowd the summer calendar across Malta and Gozo. Additionally, the Maltese have a rich food tradition of farm to table foods. You will be visiting sustainable farms and cooking with people like Doriana, and seeing first hand the amazing treatment of their people, and animals. On your tour, you will get an invaluable experience visiting Victor, an incredibly inspiring man who rescues horses and other animals, and nurses them back to health!
Spend a week sunning and enjoying the truly unique arts, cuisines, and fashions of Malta! https://www.ustoa.com/modern-day-explorers/malta

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Back To School; The Culinary Insititue- September 2nd, 2016Closing off our week focused on Back To School, travel to the Culinary Institute to personally learn how to make delicious cuisines! If you have a passion for cooking, you'll love spending a Weekend at The Culinary Institute learning hands on techniques and skills on how to make one of a kind dishes! Take a break from your busy school, or work life to Indulge in seasonal favorites, get creative with cooking, and enjoy a weekend that will last a lifetime.

Come sample some of the CIA's all-time favorite recipes. From savory starters to hearty entrees, you'll explore it all. In this class, you'll learn a variety of cooking skills and helpful tips
and discuss basic cooking methods, ingredient selection, and plating techniques. Prepare to take a deeper look into the fundamentals of cooking as you taste some of our most popular creations. As a participant in this class, you will receive a CIA logo apron to take home. After your class you will enjoy a visit to a cheese making farm and a visit an Apple Orchard. Featuring two hotel nights, transfers to the Culinary Institute, a Saturday hands-on cooking experience, chef demonstrations, and recipes from our award-winning
cookbooks, these fun classes offer an unforgettable bonding experience. Learn more about this delicious experience here: https://www.learningjourneys.com/…/parent-and-teen-fall-cul…

LA Times Feature; Spiritual Journey to India Features the Kalachakra festival and the Dalai Lama 

 

Excited to post our Kalachakra Journey feature in The LA times! Take part in this amazing spiritual journey and book by 10/1 for an exclusive air fare special! $475 round trip air to Delhi from NY to go with the package.

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Back To School: Cuisine and Language in Italy - September 1st, 2016

 

Continuing with our week focus on Back To School, transform your life and education in Italy! Live your dream of studying Italian language and cooking, Roman style! Enjoy an educational immersion into Roman culture, dialect and traditional foods. You will experience hands-on lessons while seeing the highlights of the city and learning how to prepare traditional dishes with a local chef. You will return with skills that will last beyond the memories of the travel experience.  
With multiple guaranteed departures between September and November, come spend 7 nights in Italy and immerse yourself into this beautiful culture. Take day trip explorations to tour the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, Colosseum, Spanish steps and Trevi Fountain! These unforgettable sights are truly inspiring for artists, historians, and all travelers. Take a break from these beautiful walking tours and immerse yourself in traditional Roman cooking classes where you will personally get to experience making delicious pizza and pasta like a true Roman! For more information and booking on this amazing experience, visit here: https://www.learningjourneys.com/live-roman-italian-languag…

Back To School: Yoga Teacher Training - August 30th, 2016

 

 Get Certified In India On Break- Enroll In The "Ivy League" of Yoga teacher training!

As many return back to school this week it is important to keep in mind the various types of educational experiences you can find during your winter and summer breaks. Learning Journeys focuses on yoga and wellness, and Yoga Teacher Training in India is an amazing opportunity to learn, not only yoga, but to learn about Indian culture and truly immerse yourself into this magnificent land! Walking alongside seekers and sages in the yoga capital of the world, Rishikesh is a city like no other. Shopping, eating and living amongst the locals here gives visitors a more intimate look into this spiritual lifestyle that could not be given otherwise.

Offered in Rishikesh, Yoga Vedanta Yoga Teacher Training is offeres a Yoga Alliance Certified RYT-200 including transfers, all meals, housing, day trips, training and a RYT 200 certification from the "Ivy League" of yoga teacher trainings! Training takes place in the in the heart of the Yoga Capital of The World! Yoga Teacher Training is an invaluable transformative experience for the mind, body and soul. With classes in meditation and ayurveda, this training goes hand in hand as an add on to a spiritual Northern India trek to Gangotri Glacier ( 2017 dates to be announced soon.) Great for Gap year or summer! Start saving with our payment plans. $350 initial deposit and low monthly payments available. Airfare ti India as low as $800..if you enroll early.
We offer concierge services from start to finish, picking you up at the airport, including any additional services needed including your own concierge who will accompany you to and from Rishikesh as well as be your contact 24/7. We make the transition to such a fascinating culture easy and worry free.

Focusing specifically on yoga and wellness, Yoga Teacher Training in India is an amazing opportunity to learn, not only yoga, but to learn about Indian culture and truly immerse yourself into this magnificent land. Walking alongside the local people and local cattle, Rishikesh is a city like no other. Shopping, eating and living amongst the locals here gives visitors a more intimate look into this spiritual lifestyle that could not be given otherwise. 
Offered in Rishikesh, Yoga Vedanta Yoga Teacher Training is offered in 200, 300, and 500 hour trainings directly in the heart of the Yoga Capital of Northern India. Yoga Teacher Training is an invaluable transformative experience for the mind, body and soul. With classes in meditation and ayurveda, this training goes hand in hand as an add on to a spiritual Northern India trek to Gangotri Glacier. 

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Family Focus: Costa Rica - August 26th, 2016

 

Closing off our week focus on Family Journeys, a perfect retreat specifically for mother's and daughters can be found in Costa Rica! Being one of the most sought after destinations, Costa Rica is a piece of pure paradise. Here, you can align and enlighten as you immerse yourself in the pure energy of nature, drawing in the blissful scent of the region’s native flowers, connecting to the rhythm of mystical waterfalls and the secret language of the birds and butterflies — all living in Zen unison with the people who enter this sacred land. Relax on the magnificent beaches, enjoy a peaceful yoga class, or take a visit into the rainforest! Costa Rica is full of opportunities to truly immerse yourself into the wonders of the natural world.

You will arrive in a place where your outer journey moves you inward, towards self. This unique bonding journey includes all farm to table meals, activities, stays in Costa Rica's premire sustainable luxury hotels and resorts, an opportunity to give back to the local community, daily yoga and meditation and more. To learn more on this beautiful destination visit here: https://www.learningjourneys.com/costa-rica-womens-focused-wellness-jour...

Family Focus: Tuscany and The Cinque Terra - August 24th, 2016

Our hearts go out to the beautiful people of Italy affected by the earthquake. Love and family is at the core of the Italian culture, and continuing with our week of Family Focused Journey's, a group favorite takes place in magnificent Italy. With it's rich culture, history and cuisine, this land offers a welcoming bonding experience that your family will keep with them for a lifetime. The passion for the language and cuisine of Italy owes as much to the history and geography of the country as it does to its people, dialects and regional cuisine. Learn basic language skills, get a taste of Italy’s gastronomic culture and local food as you make your way through beautiful Tuscany and The Cinque Terra.
Feel and live this beautiful destination through visits, languages lessons and food immersions offering life enhancing, transformative travel. Language lessons, two hands-on cooking immersions, food and wine experiences will give you a true cultural immersion into Tuscany and Cinque Terre. https://www.learningjourneys.com/italian-language-and-cooki…

Family Focus: A Weekend at The Culinary Institute - August 22nd, 2016 

Kicking off our week focused on Family Journey's, what better way to bring families together than delicious cuisines! Does your teen share your passion for cooking? Does he or she aspire to be the next star chef? Then you'll both enjoy Parent and Teen Weekend at The Culinary Institute. Indulge in seasonal favorites, get creative with cooking, and enjoy a weekend with your teen making memories that will last a lifetime.
Come sample some of the CIA's all-time favorite recipes. From savory starters to hearty entrees, you'll explore it all. In this class, you'll learn a variety of cooking skills and helpful tips and discuss basic cooking methods, ingredient selection, and plating techniques. Prepare to take a deeper look into the fundamentals of cooking as you taste some of our most popular creations. As a participant in this class, you will receive a CIA logo apron to take home. After your class you will enjoy a visit to a cheese making farm and a visit an Apple Orchard. Featuring two hotel nights, transfers to the Culinary Institute, a Saturday hands-on cooking experience, chef demonstrations, and recipes from our award-winning cookbooks, these fun classes offer an unforgettable bonding experience for the two of you. Learn more about this delicious experience here: https://www.learningjourneys.com/…/parent-and-teen-fall-cul…

A Women's Focus: Tuscany- Mind, Body and Soul - August 19th, 2016 

In keeping up with our week of Women's Focused Journeys, it's no secret that Tuscany is certainly one of Italy’s best-loved and beautiful regions. Tuscany is the perfect destination for women to travel together to learn about health, wellness and living a relaxed and happy life. Real Tuscany can be found in the magnificent countryside with it’s delightful villages, medieval castles and graced with a combination of sun, vineyards, olive groves, and signature cypress trees. Tu...scany’s rich artistic heritage includes exquisite art and architecture, a glorious history, excellent wines and delicious food.

This would be a special way to travel with your friends and stay at the elegant Tuscan Villa that was built at the end of 14th century and located in the heart of a Tuscan town – Figline Valderno – near Florence. The Villa is surrounded by magnificent garden and offers spa treatments. It"s restaurant is known for delicious local dishes from its own farm estate and wine from ancient vines.

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A Women's Focus: Costa Rica - August 17th, 2016 Continuing with the weekly theme of Women's Focused Journeys, a beautiful and popular location many choose to enjoy is Costa Rica. In this destination you will find yourself immersing in the pure energy of nature, and drawing in the blissful scent of the region’s native flowers as you connect to the rhythm of mystical waterfalls and the secret language of the birds and butterflies — all living in Zen unison with the people who enter this sacred land. Ultimately, you’ve arrived in a place where your outer journey moves you inward, towards self. This sojourn is a unique physical and spiritual journey of self-discovery for those looking to nourish the essence of their inner spirit to become one with the environment. 
Our women's focused journeys includes all farm to table meals, activities, stays in Costa Rica's premier sustainable luxury hotels and resorts, an opportunity to give back to the local community at organizations such as Musade, an organization which supports Women's empowerment, daily yoga and meditation and more. More information on this spiritually and culturally rich program can be found here:https://www.learningjourneys.com/costa-rica-womens-focused-https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FThuBOm1BC4&app=desktop

A Women's Focus: Mystical Malta - August 15th, 2016 As highlighted recently in the Boston Globe, women's travel is on the rise. A fabulous destination for women's travel resides off the coast of Europe, Malta. The magnificent island of Malta bases its core history off of mind, body and spirit. With a mix between Mediterranean and middle Eastern culture, this island is unlike any other.

 

Brilliant colors illuminate the night sky across Marsaxlokk, Malta. Bursts of reds and gold stream across the harbor where fishing boats recline. Locals and visitors alike line the streets, delighting in the centuries-old tradition of fireworks and fiestas. At the hotel Le Meridien, a mosaic of the eye of Horus depicts the deep spirituality of this land. The joyful sounds of laughter blend with lively street music and float to balconies perched above the city. The days in Malta are filled with the focus to develop new transformative experiences for travelers exploring wellness, community, history, culture and gastronomy.

 

The choices are endless to reset the mind, body and spirit on this beautiful island. A sense of well-being permeates the Maltese islands. From small boutique-style hotels to private villa rentals and luxury resorts, a holistic lifestyle is amplified by yoga, wellness, spas, temple visits, festivals, healthy food and meditation. Experience Malta with us! Learn more about this unique destination here: https://www.learningjourneys.com/malta-journey-wellness-gastronomy-and-c...

 

A Women's Focus: Northern and Southern India - August 14th, 2016 For years travelers seeking serenity and spiritual renewal have made their way to India’s ashrams in both the North and the South to learn the wisdom of ancient practices like yoga, meditation and Ayurveda healing. Focusing specifically toward women, these sojourns are designed for inner and outer health and wellness.  In mystical Northern India, enjoy spiritual experiences through traditional yoga and meditation practice, as well as a must see visit to the Taj Mahal, The Beatles Ashram, a traditional Northern Indian cooking class, and Saree shopping with a local! A visit to the local Saree shop is often a favorite part of this journey as travelers get to witness first hand the buying and browsing of this traditional Indian dress. The magnificent colors are something to only be truly appreciated in person. The colors and fabrics of the Saree’s tell a story of traditional Indian culture. The countless variety in these shops gives travelers an in depth look into Indian fashion, both for everyday and for elaborate weddings. Each Saree is different to ensure that no two buyers have the same garment. 

Heading down south, travelers can immerse themselves in the visitation of beautiful Goddess Temples, visit community service projects focusing on education and women’s empowerment, learn how to prepare Indian dishes, visit a wildlife sanctuary, sample spices and teas, spend a night on a houseboat, meet with an astrologer and enjoy optional Ayurvedic treatments. One of the main differences that one may find between Northern and Southern India is the cuisine. When down South, it is imperative that travelers try the widely sought after Dosa. This dish has countless varieties and is made up of a pancake-like shell, made from rice and urad beans. The filling of the classic dosa is a potato filling, however varieties range from vegetables, to paneer, to many others. The dosa is a must try when in the South to truly immerse oneself into the Southern Indian culture. The truly unique spices and art to this cooking will leave you craving these delectables far after you depart from this destination. 

Having the opportunity to interact with locals on this journey and learn many new things as well as experience cultural exposures are invaluable experiences that travelers carry with them for the rest of their lives. Join us on these spiritual Journeys and learn more here: https://www.learningjourneys.com/spiritual-northern-india-woman-focused-...

 

NGO's Highlighted: Purkal Village - August 12, 2016 Purkal Youth Development Society Village is an NGO that we support through our journeys to Northern India. Travelers visit Purkal Village in the Himalayan Foothills which is home to many students and workers. Pukal Village had its humble beginnings through a passion to educate and the dedication to enhancing the lives of underprivileged young people in the community. Starting off with makeshift classes operating out of cow sheds and garages, the community children flocked to join this new school but the criteria for taking on new students remained unchanged;they had to want to work and succeed and they had to come from poorest backgrounds. However, within the past 15 years, Purkal Village has enhanced the lives of underprivileged rural children through free holistic education, nutrition and health care. Taking in donations to sustain the school, Purkal Village additionally offers well paid jobs to women and showcases their talents through breath taking quilt designs for profit to upkeep the school. Purl Village is a truly beautiful organization, follow this link to learn more about Purkal Village here: http://www.purkal.org/in/

A Focus on Rishikesh, India - August 11, 2016 Nestled in mystical Northern India is a truly unique city, the yoga capital of the world; Rishikesh. Every year, thousands of yoga practitioners and travelers alike pursue an unforgettable journey to this land that is like no other. Surrounded by ashrams, temples, traditional food spots, and even German bakeries, this gateway to the Himalayas is a wildly popular spiritual destination granting both inner peace and wellness to travelers. 

While staying in Rishikesh, one will soon realize that a day in this city is a day unlike anywhere else. A quick walk down the road alongside cattle will greet you with countless shops, people, and artwork. Cows being of great spiritual importance, are free to roam around the city with monkies, and pigs alike. The boutiques in Rishikesh are brilliantly decorated with popular yoga clothing trends, tapestries, and many other unqiue beautiful product specialized to Rishikesh. Shopping alongside locals is one of the most inspiring aspects of immersing oneself into a new culture. Take a moment to observe the styles of the local people, and how interactions take place. Local interactions are invaluable international education and are undoubtably one of the most exciting aspects of travel. In Rishikesh, a popular spot to meet and hangout with local and international friends are the many coffee shops and bakeries placed around the city. With everything from Indian pizza (a must try) all the way to a classic Italian Espresso, new relationships are popularly built in this enviornment. The culture of Rishikesh is ultimately centered around a strong yoga community, as many travelers are in town for yoga classes, and yoga teacher training. 

All in all, Rishikesh is spiritual melting pot of culture, and is an absolute must see while visiting India!

 

Destination of the Month: India - August 7, 2016 Namaste! Currently for the month of August, the Destination of the Month is the widely sought India! Every year, thousands of travelers choose spiritual India as a destination for an invaluable experience on personal reflection and growth. These sojourns are designed for travelers seeking serenity and spiritual renewal through visitations to India's ashrms and retreat centers to learn the wisdom of ancient practices like yoga, meditation and Ayurveda healing. Join us on a journey to India for the opportunity to interact with experts and learn many new things s well as experience invaluable cultural exposurs during your journey which includes yoga and wellness classes, a visit to the Taj Mahal and red fort, Saree shopping with a local woman known for her style and community service, Nettu Singh, Ayurveda lectures, cooking and astrology lessons, temple and village explorations, and visit to the Beatles Ashram!