Happiness is to "travel into a very far country, and even
out of ourselves".
We're very excited about the tours MOTHER will be offering
for the remainder of this year and during 1984. Just look
at this lineup: the horticultural practices of Japan ...
Scotland's New Age lifestyles . . . alternative energy in
Australia ... the wildlife of Rwanda and Tanzania ...
biking Inner Mongolia in China ... and trekking Ladakh's
Tibetan Plateau! And of course, our travelers will be able
to share these incredible experiences with other MOTHER
readers, who are — as we've discovered over
the years —fabulous companions!
Because of space limitations, we can give you only the
following brief outlines of our upcoming adventures, but
you can write to us for more details.
THE PLANTS AND GARDENS OF JAPAN
As we went to press, there were only a few openings left on
our springtime horticultural study tour of Japan (April 21
to May 12, 1983) with Dr. John L. Creech, former head of
the U.S. Arboretum in Washington, D.C. and one of the
Western world's top experts on Japanese gardening
practices. However, there's always the possibility of a
last-minute cancellation, so if you'd like to visit some of
the Orient's most exquisite gardens — at the
peak of their beauty — call us, at
704/693-0211, to find out whether any space is available.
(The all-inclusive cost, from San Francisco, is $3,795 ...
which would have to be paid right away.)
A RETURN TO FINDHORN AND FRIENDS
Last year's visit to the New Age Scottish community of
Findhorn, and the nearby island of Erraid (which a few
members caretake and farm), was so delightful that we
decided to repeat the experience ... from June I to 23,
This time, we'll fly from New York to Edinburgh, where
we'll spend two days sightseeing and recovering from jet
lag before proceeding by train to Findhorn, on Scotland's
northeast coast. There, we'll participate in an "Experience
Week" . . . working and playing with the community's
creative citizens, as we learn from their fresh approaches
to old problems.
Next, we'll travel across Scotland, past Loch
Ness, for a week's unstructured stay on Erraid (it's
located in the Inner Hebrides). You'll have plenty of time
to explore this rugged, splendid little island (which
served as a setting for some of Robert Louis Stevenson's
most delightful tales) ... to help the fine folks who live
there with the farming and fishing chores (if you feel so
moved) ... and to visit the neighboring island of Iona,
from which Christianity spread throughout Britain and
When we leave Erraid, we'll travel down the length of Great
Britain to Glastonbury, sightseeing along the way. Then,
while staying in Glastonbury (the legendary burial place of
King Arthur) we'll visit Stonehenge, Avebury, and Cadbury
Castle ... and attend a Midsummer Eve celebration. Finally,
we'll overnight in London before flying home.
The price, which includes round-trip airfare from New York
and all other expenses (except for a few meals en route and
in Glastonbury), is only $1,790, and a $200 deposit will
reserve your place for this fine adventure of the mind,
body, and spirit.
AUSTRALIA'S INTERNATIONAL SOLAR
We're pleased to be able to offer a ten-day trip to the
International Solar Energy Society Congress in Perth,
Australia (August 9 to 19, 1983) for as little as $1,395,
including airfare from San Francisco and university
housing, but excluding the convention registration
fee (it will run $150 for ISES members, $170 for
nonmembers, $50 for student members, $60 for student
nonmembers, and $50 for accompanying guests).
This major energy forum will offer a wide range of
technical sessions, seminars, workshops, opportunities for
both formal and informal discussion with leaders in the
field, and one of the most exciting exhibits ever held in
the Southern Hemisphere. In addition, the tour offers
optional stopovers in Auckland, Honolulu, and Tahiti ...
and even a circle tour of the East, which includes visits
to alternative-energy sites in Thailand, Hong Kong, and
Japan. (Write to find out about the costs of these various
tour options.) A $200 deposit is required with your
AFRICA'S MIGHTY MOUNTAIN GORILLAS
When we decided to go on an African camping safari (January
6 to 24, 1984) to search for the rare mountain gorillas of
Rwanda and to view Tanzania's other spectacular wildlife,
we knew immediately that we could find no better tour
leaders than our Ecoscience columnists and renowned
biologists, Anne and Paul Ehrlich, and their associates
John and Cheryl Holdren.
There is no more striking natural wonder in East Africa
than its wildlife, and this three-week journey will let us
see the best that the area has to offer: the Lake Manyara
region, where the elephants — many of which
sport incredibly long tusks — are some of
the oldest on the continent, and where lions spend the hot
afternoons sprawled on the limbs of acacia trees ... the
Ngorongoro Crater, whose grassy floor contains Africa's
largest permanent concentration of animals ... the
unmatched Serengeti Plains, where giraffes, ostriches, and
zebras abound ... Lake Victoria, one of the world's most
alluring inland seas ... and Rwanda's Virunga volcanoes,
where we'll observe some of the earth's rarest and most
interesting creatures, the mountain gorillas, mighty
masters of Africa's rain forests. And, of course, this
wealth of natural beauty will be enhanced by the wide range
of knowledge that our tour leaders will bring to the
unforgettable outdoor excursion.
The all-inclusive cost from New York is $3,380, and $300
reserves one of the limited number of spaces available.
BIKING INNER MONGOLIA
In late May of 1984 (the exact dates are still to be set),
we'll be sponsoring what is probably the most exciting
bicycle tour offered anywhere ... a trip through
the grasslands and steppes of China's Inner Mongolia
Autonomous Region, which — of all
the places recently opened in China — surely
ranks among the most colorful.
The tour will begin with four days in Beijing, including
bike excursions to the Great Wall and the Ming Tombs. We'll
then strike out westward to the Shanxi Province and the
town of Datong ... site of the spectacular Dunhuang Caves,
which date back to 366 A.D. and contain the world's largest
Buddhist art treasury, housing over 484,200 square feet of
murals and 2,000 statues.
From there, we'll cross the border into Inner Mongolia,
biking to such ancient towns as Wuchuan, Wulang-Bulang,
Baotou, Xilinhot, and Hohhot. What's more, along the route
we'll spend some of our nights in yurts with the local
This 28-day excursion is, however, only for the hardy ...
as we bike up to 60 kilometers a day. The all-inclusive
cost, from the West Coast, is $3,183 ... and a deposit of
$300 is required.
TREKKING THE TIBETAN PLATEAU
From July 15 to August 7, 1984 we're planning an
extraordinary visit to the incredibly spectacular land
called Ladakh . . . often referred to as "the roof of the
world" or "Little Tibet". Although this remote area is
technically attached to northern India, its culture has
always linked it with Tibet. Indeed, the language, the
clothing, the architecture, and the traditions are all very
similar those of Tibet (as that country was prior to the
Chinese conquest and the region's predominant religion-its
major guiding force over the centuries — is
Tibetan Mahayana Buddhism.
This, too, is a trip only for those in very good physical
condition Though we will stay over in the famous houseboats
on fabled Dal Lake in Srinagar, and travel by bus for the
first leg of the trip, out travelers must be able
— once we start trekking — to
negotiate very steep mountain trails that will climb as
high as 17,500 feet! However, as we view wild rock
formations, wine-red scree, deep ravines soaring Himalayan
snow peaks, and the high desert punctuated brilliant green
oases — and visit ancient monasteries,
native home and self-sufficient villages, gaining insights
into a traditional way life that has seen little change for
more than a thousand years — energy expended
to experience this timeless land will be more the amply
The all-inclusive cost (except for a few meals) of this
24-day venture is $3,330, and a $300 deposit is required.
To sign up for any of our trips, send your deposit
— $50 of which is nonrefundable
— by certified check or money order to Moth
Tours, 105 Stoney Mountain Road, Hendersonville, North lina