Brazil, Worldview Explorations™
Exploring Other Realities
8 days, 7 nights $4,999*
Join Cross Cultural Journeys and the Institute of Noetic Sciences on an amazing, educational journey that uses the ideas and approaches of the IONS Worldview Explorations™ program to frame travelers’ encounters with the Brazilian culture as we explore this vibrant country’s “Other Realities.” Throughout the journey we will explore our own worldviews and that of the people of Brazil from multiple perspectives and expand our understanding of what separates, or unites us.
We begin our trip in the beautiful coastal city of Salvador, Bahia in the northeastern region of Brazil, and the country’s most African city. The African influence in Salvador is felt most deeply in the practice of Candomblé, which is the worship of ancestral spirits, known as Orixás. The Orixás are believed to be an inclusive family of both the living and the dead. We meet with members of these Afro-Brazilian communities, observing their practices and rituals.
From Salvador we fly to the capital city of Brasilia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This planned city was carved from a desolate plateau in the middle of Brazil in 1960. In Brasilia we will meet with leaders of spiritual centers that promote research in science, technology, mysticism and education. A very special feature is an overnight visit to the nearby village of one of the world’s most revered healers, João de Deus. We then will go to Rio de Janeiro for two nights where we visit a spiritual hospital complex. Here we will learn how diseases and ailments are treated through alternative, mystical practices. Later we will walk through street markets and tour Rio’s famous landmark: Corcovado Mountain. The iconic Christ the Redeemer statue stands at its peak, a symbol of peace to the world.
The goal of Cross Cultural Journeys “Other Realities” is an understanding of Brazil’s multi determined faith/religion, a blend of traditional European spiritual practices with the beliefs of early African and tribal peoples. If we travel to learn about other worlds, do we not also have the opportunity to understand ourselves better? CCJ is the travel company, which takes the traveler to realms of the senses. Its reputation is built upon the experience of newness, the unknown and the awakening to how others live.
If you would like to sign up for this journey, or if you would like to request more information, please call (800) 353-2276 or (415) 332-0682, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
*(Pricing based on 2014 pricing. Subject to change)