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Personal Mythology:
Rewriting the Myth of Ourselves

GREECE, (exact dates - TBD)

A Journey into Extreme Journalism with Juliana Coles

(All Grecian travelers please be advised: For this inspirational, intense, and life changing event, no prior art, writing, or travel experience required: we are all seekers on this path.

However, due to the serious inner work we will be excavating, a certain amount of self awareness and openness is requested.)

 Dear Fellow Travelers:

Please join Lou Ann, our inspiring Pathfinder, and I, Juliana Coles, your guide to the underworld of self expression and destiny unknown, as we return to an ancient land, the cradle of Western Civilization. We seek to uncover among the ruins of the past, and rewrite, a personal mythology. Learn to develop a meaningful encounter with the self by combining a travel journal with a visual journal to excavate the authentic self from her safe hiding place deep below the surface. In the company of other seekers, gods and goddesses, heroes and monsters, explore classical ruins, enjoy Mediterranean cuisine, hear foreign tongues, gaze out onto a tideless blue green sea, and feel the presence and whispers of distant travelers, artists, poets, and chroniclers who have passed this way long ago...

The true story is within, begin it now.

The ancient Greeks declared, it is our duty to ask questions. This is the true journey of the Visual Journalist: to explore our deep interior by asking questions of our ancient and wise self through words, signs, and symbols. Greece, where everything is infused with art, is a timeless land of poetry and poets. Life pulsates on cobblestone streets, the ancient Agora, the activity and bustle of the Plaka, the white marble of the Parthenon, in the voices of her people, in the heart of her Greek salads and fresh seafood, in the beauty of statues, smooth columns, even in the ground as you walk the deserted isle of Delos. And while the Greeks openly admit they no longer believe in gods and goddesses, it is clear, the gods and goddesses are everywhere. You will not have to look far: they will find you. They will urge you to ask the right questions. They will be clear about the answers. Believe me: I was there. I know this to be true.

 What myth are you living by?

The only thing that holds you back is an old story. Itís just a story. You can rewrite it. I offer you the tools. Greece offers you a land of inspiration and potential. The journey within begins with a journey outside ourselves. We must travel far to expand and challenge the parameters of our existence. Is something missing in your life? Want to find yourself? Want to know what your real story is and why you are living this false myth? The answer will find you in Greece. You will never be the same. You will be forever changed.

 You will rewrite the story of your life,

and you will live again.

Embarkation

Welcome, Inner and Distant Travelers:

Imagine this: you have just arrived in Athens. Tired, but thoroughly excited, you ride the elevator to the rooftop restaurant for our reception. The night is warm, it smells of Homerís wine dark sea, and just over your shoulder- turn to look - is the magnificent acropolis! The sky glows as the sun sets behind the Parthenon. It is more breathtaking than you pictured. Are you really here, you ask? Yes, you have just begun the journey of a lifetime. This is an experience that lasts forever. It is truly unforgettable. Anything is possible as we begin, right here, right now, our first journaling assignment! We can hear the ancient whisperings all ready, there is no time to waste in this timeless place. These voices direct our pens to speak on our pages. It is a magical evening, and we have only just begun...

Travel with us as we spend our days Chronicling our Destiny Voyage in a "Visual Travelogue" while relaxing at the Kouros, a hillside hotel on the whitewashed and blue trimmed island of Mykonos. When you pictured this journey in your heart, this is the hotel you envisioned. We spend our days in the studio learning to tell our stories in a visual journal through words and mixed media as I teach you everything you need to know about this transformational process. There will be time for exploring the lovely town with its mazelike streets, incredible restaurants, tavernas, and exciting nightlife. You will be able to discover wonderful museums and churches as well as nude beaches and shopping, if you desire, but most of our time will be dedicated to this inner journey, the most important journey of all. We will also journal on site at the ruins on the island of Delos, the place of answers, before closing our journey with a sunset at Cape Sounion, the temple of Poseidon.

For full details see click on Itinerary Page.

This exciting workshop is led by Juliana Coles (home page http://www.meandpete.com), award-winning artist and developer of Expressive Visual Journaling. Our remarkable voyage is planned by World Traveler Lou Ann Granger of Echoes des Voyages. (home page http://www.echoesdesvoyages.com ) Please see Team page for more information regarding this inspiring team that unites creative expression with sacred travel for inner dialogue, transformation, and healing! Every trip is a once in a lifetime journey that can never be duplicated, no matter how many times we return...

pack your bags; we have a room reserved for you...