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Personal Mythology in Greece Visual Journal Art Workshop with Juliana Coles

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Key Information:
Class Size: 5 - 16 people
Destination: Greece  
Category: Art and craft workshop
Specialty: Other  
Season: September
Courses Per Year: 1
Course Level: All levels
Min Price: 5250 US Dollar (USD) per person
Max Price: 6450 US Dollar (USD) per person

10 exciting days in Greece including 7 days on the exciting Greek island of Mykonos in this exclusive workshop with Destiny Voyages. In this exciting 10-day mixed-media visual journal workshop, explore your inner mythology while traveling to Athens, the Acropolis, Mykonos, Delos, and the Temple of Poseidon. Create a personal mythology in the land of the ancients. In the company of other seekers, learn to combine journal writing with imagery in a visual travelogue. Mixed media, art journals, visual journals, Extreme Visual Journalling, paper arts, book arts, writing, travelogues, and more. No prior art, writing, or travel experience is required. 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.

The only thing that holds you back is an old story. It’s 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.

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 Homer’s 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 maze like streets, incredible restaurants, taverns, 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.

This exciting workshop is led by Juliana Coles, award-winning artist and developer of Expressive Visual Journaling. Our remarkable voyage is planned by World Traveler Lou Ann Granger of Echoes des Voyages. Please visit us 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.

Faculty Information:
Lou Ann's experience with the practical side of distant travel, and Juliana's extensive background on guiding individuals on the inner journey, work together to create a safe and enriching environment to explore both the inner and outer layers of our explorations.

Juliana Coles, award winning artist, Creative Expression teacher and pioneering Visual Journalist, received her BFA from the Academy of Art College, San Francisco with a minor in English and Dance. Coles has studied with well known Illustrator Barron Storey who encouraged her Mixed Media Journals, and muralist Juana Alicia Montoya whose passion as an artist and activist convinced Coles to define her own style of Contemporary Expressionism. Coles, based on her expression as an artist, developed Extreme Journalism as a workshop in 1992 for the Epilepsy Society of San Francisco, and has taught and refined this unique creative process that combines journal writing assignments with art making explorations in the safe container of a book ever since. Juliana has been keeping journals since she was eleven, worked in sketchbooks since she could hold a crayon, and has been creating Visual Journals Since she was fourteen.

Juliana Coles' Visual Journals are featured in “Making Journals By Hand,” by Jason Thompson, and Somerset Studio's 2000 engagement Calendar. Her Journals appear in Karen Michel's " Complete Guide To Altered Imagery," Lynne Perrella's "Artist's Sketchbooks".

Lou Ann brings a unique travel background to this team, having traveled to over 30 countries for pleasure and business. She has led many groups on domestic travels during many years of volunteer work in youth sports. She has also led groups on international business travel to such places as Italy and Australia during her previous career as a research engineer working with international Navies and conducting major sea trials of advanced navy systems.

Other Activities:
An exclusive private walking tour of the Acropolis on our first morning. We have a chance to ask our own questions about Greek art, mythology, design, architecture, symbols, or whatever else arises. Time on our own in the afternoon to explore the Plaka, or visit the National Archaeological Museum (or perhaps the New Acropolis Museum if it has opened by then).

Ferry to Mykonos from the Athens port of Piraeus. A relaxing journey on a comfortable ferry, with brief stops in two other Greek islands on the way. A chance to gradually insert ourselves into Greek island culture, and energies, and make the transition from the bustling environment of Athens to the relaxed island of Mykonos. Time on Mykonos to explore on your own, and visit the town, its shops, restaurants, windmills, harbor, Little Venice, ruins, monasteries, and its famous beaches.

A sightseeing trip to the nearby island of Delos, with a private tour, and a chance to explore this sacred island, the birthplace of Artemis and Apollo. Sunset at Cape Sounion. A private tour to the Temple of Poseidon on our last night, to view the famous sunset. This temple on a rocky promontory is the one we all have seen in so many Greece travel posters, and is the perfect setting for our farewell to Greece. Welcome cocktail on arrival to meet our fellow distant travelers and share our visual journals and hopes and dreams for the journey. Farewell dinner at conclusion.

Facility Information:
2 nights at Electra Palace Hotel in the heart of Athens. Walk to the Acropolis or enjoy the remarkable view of it from the rooftop restaurant and bar, as well as rooftop swimming pool. Located in the Plaka, this hotel is a fantastic introduction to Greece, just walk outside the doors to be immediately immersed in the Plaka's restaurants, cafes, shopping and more.

In Mykonos, we are at the cliff side Kouros Hotel. A 10-minute walk outside the town, with a view of the town, its harbor, its famous windmills. All rooms have a view of the ocean, facing westwards where we get the most incredible views of the famous Mediterranean sunsets and Homer's "wine-dark sea".

Workshop will be held in our private studio space at the Kouros Hotel, where we will have room to spread out our art supplies and a private safe environment for visual journaling and exploration of ou inner selves. A perfect space for reflection, transformation, and art-making.

We will also be working 'in-the-field', with field trips to cafes, windmills, restaurants, ruins, and more, either individually or with others. We are energized by the special surroundings of Greece and its islands and temples, and will learn the art of recording impressions and notes in our visual travelogues.

Price Includes:
- 5 full-day sessions plus other sessions Visual Journaling workshop taught by Juliana Coles
- 10 nights single or double occupancy luxury hotel accommodations (2 nights at Electra Palace in Athens, 7 nights at Kouros Hotel on Mykonos, 1 night at Electra Palace at conclusion of trip)
- Breakfast each day, welcome cocktail party, farewell dinner
- Arrival transfer from airport to Electra Palace Hotel in Athens
- Transportation within Greece as per itinerary (ferries, transfers, etc.)
- Private sightseeing tours and admissions to: Acropolis, Delos, Cape Sounion
- Exclusive 70-page workshop booklets created by Juliana Coles.

Price Excludes:
- Airfare to/ from Athens.