MOTHER EARTH NEW' upcoming program of educational tours is so extensive that—in the space available here—we can do little more than provide the briefest of outlines for each tour. But if one of the following trips appeals to you, send us your deposit by certified check or money order to assure your place.
A Touch of Magic
Our newest travel offering—which we call A Visit to Findhorn and Friends— will take place from May 20 to June 6, 1982, and is a tour designed for people who would like to explore inner as well as outer,realms. Flying to Scotland, we'll first go to Findhorn, where we'll participate in an "Experience Week," an introduction to all phases of the life of this alternative community, including lending a hand in the various work departments that help make this such a remarkably beautiful and well-functioning planetary village.
The following week we'll travel to Scotland's opposite coast on the Hebridean island of Erraid, which the Findhorn Foundation folks caretake and are developing into a self-sufficient community. While there, we'll also spend some time on the nearby sacred isle of Iona, a "place of power" in both Celtic and early Christian tradition.
This visit to a unique, visionary community (set among the rainbows, golden gorse, and historical sights of northern Scotland) will end with several days in the wonderful city of Edinburgh. The entire trip will cost approximately $1,600, all-inclusive except for a few meals. A $200 deposit will reserve your ticket for this magical encounter.
An Alpine Adventure
Strolling through a flower-strewn Alpine meadow—with picture-book Swiss and Austrian villages far below and jagged, snowcapped peaks rising up in the background—is the kind of experience that can rekindle a person's wonder at the beauty our earth is capable of. For that reason, we have decided to offer—from June 11 to 26, 1982—a Wild Plants Walk in the Alps. After a stopover to enjoy Holland's legendary, once-in-a-decade flower show, we'll take you on mountain footpaths near Salzburg, Kitzbuhel, Innsbruck, Liechtenstein, Zurich, and Geneva and learn about the edible wild plants and herbs that grow along the spectacularly lovely route.
The tour is tentatively priced at $1,770, which will include airfare, camping equipment, lodging, and two meals a day. Send $200 to reserve your place.
A Himalayan High
You may think the Abominable Snowman is nothing more than a legend, but the Nepalese take the beast's existence for granted! You'll have an opportunity to look into the matter yourself on our three-week (January 25 to February 17, 1982) trek into the yeti's reputed home in the rugged and remote Arun Valley of Nepal. This heady adventure also offers you the chance to explore the colorful bazaars and temples of Kathmandu, hike through forests of 60-foot rhododendrons, negotiate suspended bridges, and meet with an incredible variety of native peoples.
In addition, as we meander higher and higher along an abandoned trade route between the towering crests of Everest and Kanchenjunga (the first and third highest mountain peaks on earth), you can expect to behold some of the world's most spectacular scenery and a wealth of wildlife. This exciting expedition coordinated by Journeys, an environmental tour operator, costs $2,785 (the price covers everything except some meals in Kathmandu) and requires a $300 deposit.
A Wonderful Juxtaposition
The day after our trekkers return from Nepal, another group will embark on MOTHER EARTH NEWS' third Solar Tour of Israel (February 17 to March 2, 1982), which is, again, cosponsored with Jordan College. And one of the delightful aspects of this trip is the constant contrast provided by that country's technical advances in alternative energy forms and its ancient, historical landmarks.
For example, the mighty fortress of Masada lies just up the road from a 250-acre Dead Sea solar pond that will generate 25 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year ...and we'll take in both. In fact, our visits to solar collector manufacturers, to alternative-energy kibbutzim, and with top researchers and scientists will often be combined with trips to Roman ruins and places rich in Biblical significance.
And—best of all—the price of this 13-day excursion has actually decreased, since we first announced it, to $1,495. (A $200 deposit will hold your place.)
A Seminar in Paradise
While many North Americans are beginning to stoke up their woodstoves, folks on MOTHER EARTH NEWS' ecological seminar in the South Seas will be able to spend their mornings snorkeling through beautiful coral gardens. In the afternoons, they'll bike, scuba, play tennis, beachcomb on uninhabited islets, explore the ruins of Polynesian temples, or sail outrigger canoes. And the evenings will feature beach barbecues and dancing under balmy, tropical skies.
All that might seem glorious enough, but our journey to Tahiti, Bora Bora, and Raiatea offers—as is our aim on all our tours—a great deal more. Each morning, when you dive into those crystal-clear lagoons to study the behavior of reef fishes, you'll be doing so under the guidance of Anne and Paul Ehrlich—our Ecoscience columnists and their equally knowledgeable friends and colleagues, John and Cheryl Holdren. Then, after dinner, our tour leaders will answer your questions on some of the most pressing ecological problems of our time.
This journey—originally scheduled for November 27 to December 11, 1981—has been moved forward: It's now set for November 29 to December 13, 1981. The price of the tour, however, remains the same: $2,295, including most meals, and we need only $100 to reserve one of the few spaces still open.
A Cruise in the Sun
While some of our readers snooze under South Pacific palms, others will enjoy a cruise, aboard the M/S World Renaissance, that will combine stopovers at the islands of Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Guadeloupe, Antigua, Saint Thomas, and Barbados with the study of alternative energy systems. Cosponsored with Jordan College and the University of Puerto Rico's Center for Energy and Environmental Research (CEER), the trip promises to provide numerous opportunities to explore energy facilities in the Caribbean islands. In addition, there'll be shipboard lectures on alternative energy options.
This week-away-from-winter-and-worries, which begins in San Juan, is scheduled for December 5-12, 1981 at a cost of $745 per person ...and $200 reserves your space aboard.
A River Like No Other
Imagine yourself days from any hint of civilization, running a river that's been fully explored only in the last decade. There, icebergs the size of small towns crack off the face of sapphire blue glaciers, crash into the water with a force that makes the ground tremble like jelly, then spin slowly in the water looking like mammoth, prismatic jewels while bald eagles soar overhead. As night falls, the aurora borealis flashes its furious colors across the horizon and wild creatures make tracks outside your tent.
If you'd like to make that fantasy a reality, join our August 15-26, 1982 Alaska Raft Trip on the Tatshenshini River. It costs only $1,490 from Haines, Alaska and back to Haines (the deposit is $250) and there's just no way—in the space here—that we can even begin to describe this incredible adventure that Sobek Expeditions is putting together for us. As Henry Morton Stanley once said: "Ah, fellows, this is a journey worthy to be called a journey! "
But then, we think that's true of all of MOTHER EARTH NEWS' Tours.