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Join us on a journey of mind, body and spirit to Southern India with Dr. Carol Dimopoulos, CEO and Founder of Learning, Assistant Professor of Entrepreneurship, published researcher in the areas of self-agency and responsible tourism, certified yoga teacher and expert in mindfulness and wellness. Transform self and learn to live your authentic life through embracing and entrepreneurial mindset.

Develop a personal action plan for success. Immerse in the local art & culture learn how to prepare Southern Indian dishes, visit a wildlife sanctuary, sample spices and teas, spend a night on a luxury houseboat, meet with an astrologer and enjoy optional Ayurvedic treatments. Enjoy daily yoga, partake in Amma’s Ashram journeys, immerse in Temples, visit community service projects focusing on education and women’s empowerment.


Spiritual Southern India Personal & Professional Renewal- Discover You


June 28, 2023 days and July 7, 2023 nights

Your Curriculum

At A Glance

DAY 1: Arrive Kochithe - Malabar Coast

Welcome to Kochi Airport. You will be met by the Representative in arrival lounge and transfer to hotel. Your room will be reserved from 1400 hrs onwards.

DAY 2: In Kochi - Explore Religion and Spirituality

Start the day with a visit to the birthplace of Sri Shankaracharya at Kalady. Shankaracharya was a great reformer who reestablished Hinduism in the 8th century. He was a spiritual light and extraordinary scholar of Hindu religion.

DAY 3: Drive to Thekaddy - Rubber plantation, and Kathakali dance

After breakfast drive to Thekkady (approx. 5 hours), a lush green corridor famous for spice plantation, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and elegant elephants.

DAY 4: In Thikkady - Spice plantation, Tea Estate and Wildlife

In the morning ride on a Jeep towards uphill Ottakathala Medu hill to the top of this area and see nature’s unparallel beauty there. Visit Tea plantation and a tea factory and make a stop at a village to peep into their lifestyle.

DAY 5: Drive to Alleppey - Houseboat Experience!

After breakfast drive towards Alleppey canal network where you will embark the traditional wooden Houseboat (or Kettuvalloms in local language) which is the languid way to experience these tranquil backwaters.

DAY 6: Kollam - Spirituality, Light, Joy, and Inspiration

Start the day with a yoga session – a basic introduction.

DAY 7: Kollam - Spirituality, Light, Joy, and Inspiration

Yoga Session at your hotel.

DAY 8: Drive to Kochi

Yoga Session at hotel.

Later, a five-hour drive will circle back you at Kochi which will welcome with the same warmness.

DAY 9: In Kochi

Morning is free for yoga and optional ayurvedic treatments.

DAY 10: Departure Kochi

Early morning transfer, in time, to Kochi airport for flight to next destination
(Hotel rooms reserved till 1200 hrs)


Why Learning Journeys?

At Learning Journeys we believe in a new kind of vacation. Our unique journeys help you explore and develop your skills and interest, travel the world, give back to the community and ultimately re-connect with yourself.


The destinations are chosen specifically to make practicing that skill more accessible, and more fun. Typical skills offered are health and wellness, cooking, photography, art, birding and wildlife, language study, architecture, music, dance and more. Programs range from beginner to professional certification. You will even have the opportunity to attend off the beaten path festivals in your specific area of interest which will take your learning immersion to new heights!

Brand Pillars

Transformation

The quest for knowledge as we open our hearts and minds to new experiences can transform us. As we see the world through the eyes of others, the communities we visit and touch are also transformed. This cycle of positive change is at the heart of every Learning Journeys experience.

Education

Learning Journeys is designed to nurture that ember of curiosity inside you into a flame of life-long discovery. Continued learning ensures continued growth, whether pursuing any number of interests that intrigue you or a passion you have honed over the years.

Exploration

Truly, the world is your classroom. Exploring the rich and varied cultures of the destinations you visit multiplies the value of your educational pursuits, and the exploration of yourself. The journey itself – to a new place and new you – is what truly matters.

Self-reflection

Through reflection, we bring learning to life. Pausing from the chaos of our daily lives allows us to sort through experiences to create meaning, from which we learn more deeply about ourselves. Understanding what truly moves us leads to rich and profound actions that shape our lives.

Community service and sustainability is at the core of the Learning Journeys mission. In addition to hands-on interactive classes, we work in the local communities, helping to improve lives and our planet. Destinations are chosen for their exceptional beauty, abundant wildlife, accessibility to expert practitioners, and generally fun places to visit! The destinations are near and far-North America, Latin and South America, Europe, India, Asia, Australia and more.

Finally, just as you remember specific meals from a trip taken many years ago, your ability to recall information is enhanced when combined with a unique setting. “Learning Journeys” are an excellent value for money and an investment.


Departure

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What You Will Learn/Do

Why We Love This Traveling Classroom

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How This Program Benefits The Local Community

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Program

DAY 1: Arrive Kochithe - Malabar Coast

Kochi (or Cochin) was a city of the world before the world was fully known! Later it became the principal harbour for Malabar coast’s spice trade and emerged as the main trade port for the Arabs, Europeans and Chinese who came here to buy pearls, pepper, silk, ginger and indigo. Kochi rulers invited people of various religions to settle here, including the Jews and the Christians who built places of worship and their own communities.

Later take a panoramic drive of Fort Kochi area and in the evening visit nearby Shiva Temple at Ernakulam, where you get to know about rituals and process of worship while having a detailed talk with tour escort. Witness the prayer here and begin the sojourn to this part of the world.
Dinner at hotel.

Overnight in Kochi (Meal: D)


DAY 2: In Kochi - Explore Religion and Spirituality

He was blessed with superhuman capabilities At the age of two, he could fluently speak and write Sanskrit. At the age of four, he could recite all the Vedas, and at the age of twelve, he took Sanyas and left his home. He left his body when he was just thirty-two! In these twenty years he walked entire India from South to North and West to East. He established four main seats of Hinduism in all four directions so that society should look at them whenever required. Adi Guru Shankaracharya is regarded as one of the most important philosophers of all time. In addition, he was a master of Raja yoga and one of the founders of Jnana yoga. In his writing, Adi Guru Shankaracharya proved his extensive knowledge of yoga asana, chakras, mantras and breathing techniques. He was the master in Nirvikalpa Samadhi, which is viewed as being the highest possible yogic state.

Lunch will be at Kerala Ayurveda Village at Aluva, Discussion on Ayurveda and its important to flow in everyone life.

Next stop will be Chottanikkara Devi Temple, believed to be 1500 years old temple – the goddess of power temple is known for curing mental illness and disorders due to evil spirits. It is believed that Chottanikkara Devi possesses supernatural powers and can cure any disease; for this reason, a lot of patients suffering from mental illnesses visit here. 'Guruthi Pooja' is an important ritual performed at the temple every evening to invoke Goddess Mahakali. (If witness the ritual, we will back late to the town by 2130 hours)

Stop for dinner at a local restaurant on the way back after temple visit.
Overnight in Cochin.


DAY 3: Drive to Thekaddy - Rubber plantation, and Kathakali dance

Enroute stop at a Rubber Plantation – a chance to learn how to make natural rubber from latex oozing out of rubber trees.
Check-in at hotel and have a lunch there.

Take a bit relax in your room before we restart for another experience.




Drive to a local theatre to witness Kathakali Dance Performance. The word Kathakali literally means "Story-Play". It is known for its large, elaborate makeup and costumes. The themes of the Kathakali are religious in nature, and it is the most elaborate of dance forms in southern India.

Reach at the location before the show starts to meet the artists and witness their preparations for the show. Also learn about the significance of the costumes and facial expressions.
Return to hotel for dinner
Overnight in Thekkady (Meal: B, L, D)


DAY 4: In Thikkady - Spice plantation, Tea Estate and Wildlife

Visit a Spice Plantation where you will be enticed by not only the aroma of spices like black pepper, cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg, but we will also get to know how spices are grown, harvested, processed, and prepared for supermarket.

Evening is the time reserved for Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, which is South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary, located in dense hilly forests and extends around the banks of huge artificial lake. Ride on a boat to cruise the lake in the heart of the Sanctuary. Keep an alert watch for animals who may come to water edge – may be a herd of Sambar deers, sheepish wild boar, bulky bison, slick group of langurs or lazy moving family of elephants! This boat ride will be on a seat share basis. To maximise the available resources, the Government does not allow any exclusive boating here.
Overnight in Thekkady (Meal: B, L, D)


DAY 5: Drive to Alleppey - Houseboat Experience!

Cruise through brackish lagoons and a splendid area full of canals, lakes, and harbours. Relax on sundeck and observe the landscape and life sailing through these splendid backwaters. People’s entire life takes place here on the water. They sail, swim, bathe, wash, and even buy and sell as hawkers take care of supplies! Water taxi service is available, they do have paddy fields and fishing villages lined on the banks.

Have lunch onboard.

Later, leave the boat and drive towards Kollam for divine engagements!
The small fishing village of Kollam has now become the source of “Insight & Inspiration” to the world. Amma – the mother of all, has established Amritapuri Ashram where thousands come every day for spiritual guidance, to unburden their sorrows, or simply to spend a few moments in ecstatic ambience. Amritapuri is the centre of Spirituality, Inspiration, and Love for Humanity.

Upon arrival check-in at hotel. Dinner at hotel.
Overnight in Kollam (Meal: B, L, D)


DAY 6: Kollam - Spirituality, Light, Joy, and Inspiration

After breakfast, visit Amma’s Ashram and participate in prayers/activities as per Ashram’s Schedule. From the stillness of the morning hours when the ashram is wrapped in meditation to the vibrancy of the night when the air is filled with Amma’s sonorous bhajans, Amritapuri is always wonderfully abuzz.

Lunch at Ashram Canteen.







Each day at Amritapuri is joyous as festival and can be easily seen in all who come here — the sense of peace, joy and fullness that radiates from their faces.
Dinner at hotel.
Overnight in Kollam (Meal: B, L, D)


DAY 7: Kollam - Spirituality, Light, Joy, and Inspiration

Today will be a free day for Ayurveda oil massage or any other treatment at your hotel.

Later in the evening our guide will take us for a walk.
Dinner at hotel.
Overnight in Kollam (Meal: B, D)


DAY 8: Drive to Kochi

After check-in, visit the house of Brahmin (who are society teachers and monitors in Hindu religion and are the most respected clan) where the lady will share the art of Kolam with us. Kolams are auspicious geometrical patterns. Hindu belief is that Kolam at the entrance to a home, invites Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of prosperity) into the household, and drives away the evil spirits. Traditionally women use rice powder to draw Kolams on floors. It also fulfils their motive of kindness as rice flour is the food for ants and insects.

Also browse the vibrant, pungent spice markets before moving on to the much-photographed Chinese nets that line the shore of Fort Kochi.
Overnight in Kochi (Meal: B, L, D)


DAY 9: In Kochi

At a seacoast, the nicest way to say bid adieu is to go for a a dinner at a restaurant much loved by locals!
Overnight in Kochi (Meal: B, L, D)


DAY 10: Departure Kochi




Program Registration Fees

All itinerary prices are listed in USD

Per person for Single Standard $3,250.00

Per person for Standard $3,250.00


Program Departure Dates:

Services Included

Life/business plan development

Accommodation:
•    09 Nights’ accommodation at following hotels:

City    Name of the Hotel
    Nights
Cochin Crowne Plaza Kochi
www.crowneplaza.hotelsgroup.in/crowne-plaza-kochi.html
02
Thekkedy Spice Village
Spice Village Kerala - Resort in Thekkady | Official Website (cghearth.com)
02
Kollam Fragrant Nature
www.fragrantnature.com
03
Cochin Le Meridian Kochi
Luxury Suites Kochi | Le Méridien Kochi (marriott.com)
02

Meals:
•    Daily breakfast - as per the itinerary
•    7 Lunch and 9 dinners – as per the itinerary
Transportation:
•    Up to 04 pax together    : Toyota Innova vehicle
•    05 to 08 pax together    : Tempo Traveller
Guide, Sightseeing & Local Assistance
•    Cost for inclusive of services of English-speaking ACCOMPANYING tour guide.
•    All entrance fees to sites and monuments as per the itinerary.
•    Learning Journeys Representative for assistance at airport / train transfers.
•    All currently applicable taxes, tolls, parking fees, fuel cost and service tax
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Program Type

Adventure Learning
Ancient Traditions
Arts-Crafts-Textile
Birding and Wildlife
Bucket List Learning
Dance
Fashion
Gastronomy
Genealogy
Language
Music
Photography
Theater Arts
Unplugged Learning
Wellness and Spirituality
Wine and Spirits
Woman's Focused
Writing and Literature

Learning Level

Explore an Interest
Pursue a Passion
Change My Life!

Activity Level

Easy


What You Will Learn/Do

Personal and Professional Development coaching sessions with Dr. Carol Dimopoulos. Transform self and learn to live your authentic life through embracing and entrepreneurial mindset. Develop a personal action plan for success.

• A learning journey to a vibrant land with infinite opportunities to meet & interact with locals

•Cultural Exploration, Spirituality & Hinduism

• Contribute your time to the project which is dedicated to Women and Street Children

• Learn some Indian dishes

• Visit a Wildlife Sanctuary, Spice & Tea Plantations

• Spend an afternoon on Houseboat in backwaters

• Meet yourself at Amma’s Ashram

•Basic Yoga Lessons

Special Site events & Activities;

• Cochin: Hindu Temple visit, Kathkali Dance Show, visit an NGO working for Children & Women and Yoga Sessions as per itinerary

• Thekkedy: Visit Spice Plantation, Ride on an Elephant, experience Tuk-Tuk ride, Meet staff at Cardamom Grading Unit, Jeep ride to the hilltop, Boat tour (on seat share basis) in Lake Periyar and Yoga sessions as per itinerary

• Alleppey area: Overnight stay in Houseboat in backwaters

• Kollam: Amma’s Ashram visit


Why This Program Is Unique

Includes personal career building opportunities.


How This Program Benefits The Local Community

Your Spiritual Southern India program has a positive impact on local communities, providing a good source for employment generation and encouragement for local arts & crafts. Visit to local community projects included.


Program Itinerary

Start/Finish City:

Open All Days


DAY 1: Arrive Kochithe - Malabar Coast

Welcome to Kochi Airport. You will be met by the Representative in arrival lounge and transfer to hotel. Your room will be reserved from 1400 hrs onwards. Kochi (or Cochin) was a city of the world before the world was fully known! Later it became the principal harbour for Malabar coast’s spice trade and emerged as the main trade port for the Arabs, Europeans and Chinese who came here to buy pearls, pepper, silk, ginger and indigo. Kochi rulers invited people of various religions to settle here, including the Jews and the Christians who built places of worship and their own communities. Later take a panoramic drive of Fort Kochi area and in the evening visit nearby Shiva Temple at Ernakulam, where you get to know about rituals and process of worship while having a detailed talk with tour escort. Witness the prayer here and begin the sojourn to this part of the world. Dinner at hotel. Overnight in Kochi (Meal: D)

DAY 2: In Kochi - Explore Religion and Spirituality

Start the day with a visit to the birthplace of Sri Shankaracharya at Kalady. Shankaracharya was a great reformer who reestablished Hinduism in the 8th century. He was a spiritual light and extraordinary scholar of Hindu religion. He was blessed with superhuman capabilities At the age of two, he could fluently speak and write Sanskrit. At the age of four, he could recite all the Vedas, and at the age of twelve, he took Sanyas and left his home. He left his body when he was just thirty-two! In these twenty years he walked entire India from South to North and West to East. He established four main seats of Hinduism in all four directions so that society should look at them whenever required. Adi Guru Shankaracharya is regarded as one of the most important philosophers of all time. In addition, he was a master of Raja yoga and one of the founders of Jnana yoga. In his writing, Adi Guru Shankaracharya proved his extensive knowledge of yoga asana, chakras, mantras and breathing techniques. He was the master in Nirvikalpa Samadhi, which is viewed as being the highest possible yogic state. Lunch will be at Kerala Ayurveda Village at Aluva, Discussion on Ayurveda and its important to flow in everyone life. Next stop will be Chottanikkara Devi Temple, believed to be 1500 years old temple – the goddess of power temple is known for curing mental illness and disorders due to evil spirits. It is believed that Chottanikkara Devi possesses supernatural powers and can cure any disease; for this reason, a lot of patients suffering from mental illnesses visit here. 'Guruthi Pooja' is an important ritual performed at the temple every evening to invoke Goddess Mahakali. (If witness the ritual, we will back late to the town by 2130 hours) Stop for dinner at a local restaurant on the way back after temple visit. Overnight in Cochin.

DAY 3: Drive to Thekaddy - Rubber plantation, and Kathakali dance

After breakfast drive to Thekkady (approx. 5 hours), a lush green corridor famous for spice plantation, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, and elegant elephants. Enroute stop at a Rubber Plantation – a chance to learn how to make natural rubber from latex oozing out of rubber trees. Check-in at hotel and have a lunch there. Take a bit relax in your room before we restart for another experience.   Drive to a local theatre to witness Kathakali Dance Performance. The word Kathakali literally means "Story-Play". It is known for its large, elaborate makeup and costumes. The themes of the Kathakali are religious in nature, and it is the most elaborate of dance forms in southern India. Reach at the location before the show starts to meet the artists and witness their preparations for the show. Also learn about the significance of the costumes and facial expressions. Return to hotel for dinner Overnight in Thekkady (Meal: B, L, D)

DAY 4: In Thikkady - Spice plantation, Tea Estate and Wildlife

In the morning ride on a Jeep towards uphill Ottakathala Medu hill to the top of this area and see nature’s unparallel beauty there. Visit Tea plantation and a tea factory and make a stop at a village to peep into their lifestyle. Visit a Spice Plantation where you will be enticed by not only the aroma of spices like black pepper, cardamom, cloves, and nutmeg, but we will also get to know how spices are grown, harvested, processed, and prepared for supermarket. Evening is the time reserved for Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, which is South India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary, located in dense hilly forests and extends around the banks of huge artificial lake. Ride on a boat to cruise the lake in the heart of the Sanctuary. Keep an alert watch for animals who may come to water edge – may be a herd of Sambar deers, sheepish wild boar, bulky bison, slick group of langurs or lazy moving family of elephants! This boat ride will be on a seat share basis. To maximise the available resources, the Government does not allow any exclusive boating here. Overnight in Thekkady (Meal: B, L, D)

DAY 5: Drive to Alleppey - Houseboat Experience!

After breakfast drive towards Alleppey canal network where you will embark the traditional wooden Houseboat (or Kettuvalloms in local language) which is the languid way to experience these tranquil backwaters. Cruise through brackish lagoons and a splendid area full of canals, lakes, and harbours. Relax on sundeck and observe the landscape and life sailing through these splendid backwaters. People’s entire life takes place here on the water. They sail, swim, bathe, wash, and even buy and sell as hawkers take care of supplies! Water taxi service is available, they do have paddy fields and fishing villages lined on the banks. Have lunch onboard. Later, leave the boat and drive towards Kollam for divine engagements! The small fishing village of Kollam has now become the source of “Insight & Inspiration” to the world. Amma – the mother of all, has established Amritapuri Ashram where thousands come every day for spiritual guidance, to unburden their sorrows, or simply to spend a few moments in ecstatic ambience. Amritapuri is the centre of Spirituality, Inspiration, and Love for Humanity. Upon arrival check-in at hotel. Dinner at hotel. Overnight in Kollam (Meal: B, L, D)

DAY 6: Kollam - Spirituality, Light, Joy, and Inspiration

Start the day with a yoga session – a basic introduction. After breakfast, visit Amma’s Ashram and participate in prayers/activities as per Ashram’s Schedule. From the stillness of the morning hours when the ashram is wrapped in meditation to the vibrancy of the night when the air is filled with Amma’s sonorous bhajans, Amritapuri is always wonderfully abuzz. Lunch at Ashram Canteen.   Each day at Amritapuri is joyous as festival and can be easily seen in all who come here — the sense of peace, joy and fullness that radiates from their faces. Dinner at hotel. Overnight in Kollam (Meal: B, L, D)

DAY 7: Kollam - Spirituality, Light, Joy, and Inspiration

Yoga Session at your hotel. Today will be a free day for Ayurveda oil massage or any other treatment at your hotel. Later in the evening our guide will take us for a walk. Dinner at hotel. Overnight in Kollam (Meal: B, D)

DAY 8: Drive to Kochi

Yoga Session at hotel. Later, a five-hour drive will circle back you at Kochi which will welcome with the same warmness. After check-in, visit the house of Brahmin (who are society teachers and monitors in Hindu religion and are the most respected clan) where the lady will share the art of Kolam with us. Kolams are auspicious geometrical patterns. Hindu belief is that Kolam at the entrance to a home, invites Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of prosperity) into the household, and drives away the evil spirits. Traditionally women use rice powder to draw Kolams on floors. It also fulfils their motive of kindness as rice flour is the food for ants and insects. Also browse the vibrant, pungent spice markets before moving on to the much-photographed Chinese nets that line the shore of Fort Kochi. Overnight in Kochi (Meal: B, L, D)

DAY 9: In Kochi

Morning is free for yoga and optional ayurvedic treatments. At a seacoast, the nicest way to say bid adieu is to go for a a dinner at a restaurant much loved by locals! Overnight in Kochi (Meal: B, L, D)

DAY 10: Departure Kochi

Early morning transfer, in time, to Kochi airport for flight to next destination (Hotel rooms reserved till 1200 hrs)


Program Registration Fees

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Services Included

Life/business plan development Accommodation: • 09 Nights’ accommodation at following hotels: City Name of the Hotel Nights Cochin Crowne Plaza Kochi www.crowneplaza.hotelsgroup.in/crowne-plaza-kochi.html 02 Thekkedy Spice Village Spice Village Kerala - Resort in Thekkady | Official Website (cghearth.com) 02 Kollam Fragrant Nature www.fragrantnature.com 03 Cochin Le Meridian Kochi Luxury Suites Kochi | Le Méridien Kochi (marriott.com) 02 Meals: • Daily breakfast - as per the itinerary • 7 Lunch and 9 dinners – as per the itinerary Transportation: • Up to 04 pax together : Toyota Innova vehicle • 05 to 08 pax together : Tempo Traveller Guide, Sightseeing & Local Assistance • Cost for inclusive of services of English-speaking ACCOMPANYING tour guide. • All entrance fees to sites and monuments as per the itinerary. • Learning Journeys Representative for assistance at airport / train transfers. • All currently applicable taxes, tolls, parking fees, fuel cost and service tax

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