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A Photojourney in Yunnan with Douglas Beasley

March 17 – 30, 2016

Sometimes I do get to places just when God’s ready to have somebody click the shutter.
-Ansel Adams

South of the Clouds, there lies a region hidden in the southeast vestiges of the Himalayas, where snow covered mountains tower over 8,000 foot verdant plains, and where whispers from the heavens lead visitors to majestic vistas and timeless villages filled with sun-etched smiling faces and indigo-tinged caresses.

South of the Clouds, memories are created, both spiritually and through the viewfinder of a camera. Shrouded paths, previously reserved for caravans carrying tea and spices to the Silk Road, lead to unveiled providence, where every experience becomes a form of exploration and achievement.

South of the Clouds has always been known as Yunnan- a fabled land of breath-taking scenery, saffron-clad Buddhist monks, exotic ethnic cultures, and year-round Spring. This region has been the cultural battle ground between Hindu beliefs from the west and the Khmer south, Confucian conventions from the northeast, Tibetan, Thai and Burmese Buddhist teachings from the north and southwest. All of these cultures have left a lasting impression on the local people and their unique iconography. Yunnan is a paradise just waiting for Adams’s someone to come click the shutter.

Doug Beasley, an accomplished photographer with 25 years of professional experience, will lead and mentor this workshop. As founder and director of Vision Quest workshops, Beasley provides photography workshops that emphasize personal expression and creative vision. For more information, please visit www.douglasbeasley.com.

Join us in a unique opportunity to bring your photography to the next level. Whether you are considering becoming a professional photographer or interested in how to take better travel photographs, this workshop can help you achieve your goals. We will spend days photographing in exotic locations, as well as engage in group critiques, portfolio reviews and presentations.

 


Summary

 

What – 13 day cultural excursion and photography tour in Yunnan, China. Includes a range of culturally interactive activities, hikes through forests and temple complexes, informative history and religious lectures, and professional photography workshops for enthusiasts of any skill level.

When – March 17 – 30, 2016

Who – The traveler who hopes to experience many different cultural challenges and capture those differences through photos. Anyone who wishes to explore the romanticism and spirituality of the ‘true’ China.

Cost – $4,995 Includes all domestic and international airfare expenses, medical evacuation insurance, accommodations, most meals, activities, and cultural services. Trip insurance is recommended and will be offered for purchase separately.

Group Size – While the Linden Centre can comfortably accommodate 30 people, this group is limited to 16 to ensure that all guests can receive personal attention from the Centre’s teachers and staff. Many workshops will be hands-on, thus the lower number of guests will ensure ample participation. To ensure that all can stay within the Centre, we highly encourage double occupancy with a loved one, friend, or colleague, but can assist in finding you an appropriate roommate. Requesting a single room for the duration of the trip is $600 and subject to availability. Our minimum group size is 10 people; we reserve the right to cancel any tour if the minimum size is not met. All rooms are non-smoking.

*All guests should be fit to travel at altitudes of 11,500 feet and should be able to walk at least 3 miles a day on uneven ground.

Not included – Guests are responsible for obtaining their own Chinese visa, costs related to alcohol, beverages not included in regular meals, laundry, personal items, souvenirs, and long distance telephone calls. Airfare to and from Los Angeles, trip interruption and cancellation insurance is not included but highly recommended.

 


When words become unclear, I shall focus with photographs.
When images become inadequate, I shall be content with silence.
Ansel Adams

 


The Spirit of Travel


October 5 – 18, 2016

No matter the background or faith, there is a universal feeling that Asia’s traditional beliefs echo the sublime harmony found not only in nature, but also in humanity. Despite the ideological challenges throughout China’s history, and its rapid openness to Western business and social paradigms, there still exist places of deep and divine connections with the earlier traditions. The exploration of how these customs and beliefs have been able to survive through the millennia helps the seeker to better understand the basic humanistic values that may be universal to all cultures.

Nestled in the verdant vestiges of the Himalayas, the Dali region in China’s southwest Yunnan Province, has been one of leading centers of Esoteric Buddhism in Asia since the seventh century. Located just below Tibet and near the Theravada Buddhist Kingdoms of Siam and Burma, Dali served as a major crossroad for traders traversing the Southwest Silk Road. This constant flow of visitors, many of whom carried with them their spiritual traditions and iconography, helped Dali take on a mystical quality among its neighbors- becoming a Buddhist ‘Shangrila’ where
spirits intercede to uphold the virtuous.

Travel with us on a journey into Asia’s spiritual past- where daily lectures and thought provoking workshops are followed by visits to ancient temples, mosques, cathedrals, and sacred mountains where the traditions of Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity and Islam exist alongside the Bai ethnic group’s indigenous Ben Zhu beliefs. It is in the Dali basin that the spiritual traditions from South Asia and the Middle East collided with the greater Sino-Tibetan religious beliefs. The result is one of the most vibrant spiritual environments in the world.


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for more information about The Spirit of Travel and a full itinerary detailing activities and the tour’s day-to-day schedule.

 


Summary

 

What – 13 day cultural and spiritual excursion in Yunnan, China. Includes a range of interactive activities, hikes through forests and temple complexes, informative history and religious lectures, and a spiritual workshop that will deepen, develop, and challenge your systems of belief.

When – October 5 – 18, 2016

Who – An interested traveler who hopes to engage with and gain insight from Yunnan’s cultural diversity and religious tradition. An open mind and willingness to learn in an unusual setting will help you get the most out of this culturally immersive trip.

Cost – $4,995 Includes all domestic and international airfare expenses, medical evacuation insurance, accommodations, most meals, activities, and cultural services. Trip insurance is recommended and will be offered for purchase separately.

Group Size – While the Linden Centre can comfortably accommodate 30 people, this group is limited to 16 to ensure that all guests can receive personal attention from the Centre’s teachers and staff. Many workshops will be hands-on, thus the lower number of guests will ensure ample participation. To ensure that all can stay within the Centre, we highly encourage double occupancy with a loved one, friend, or colleague, but can assist in finding you an appropriate roommate. Requesting a single room for the duration of the trip is $600 and subject to availability. Our minimum group size is 10 people; we reserve the right to cancel any tour if the minimum size is not met. All rooms are non-smoking.

*All guests should be fit to travel at altitudes of 11,500 feet and should be able to walk at least 3 miles a day on uneven ground.

Not included – Guests are responsible for obtaining their own Chinese visa, costs related to alcohol, beverages not included in regular meals, laundry, personal items, souvenirs, and long distance telephone calls. Airfare to and from Los Angeles, trip interruption and cancellation insurance is not included but highly recommended.

 


Believe nothing just because a so-called wise person said it. Believe nothing just because a belief is generally held. Believe nothing just because it is said in ancient books. Believe nothing just because it is said to be of divine origin. Believe nothing just because someone else believes it. Believe only what you yourself test and judge to be true.

- Buddha

 


How to reserve space for the tour

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to request a Reservation Form or call and/or email us to reserve space:
+86 (0)872-245-2988 or info@linden-centre.com


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to view, download, and print the contract for The Spirit of Travel this October.

 
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