Hands-on, art and cultural travel experiences
have organized and led some 17 ceramic art and language learning
vacation excursions since
1996. Destinations include: San
Miguel De Allende and Oaxaca in Mexico; Istanbul and Cappadocia
in Turkey; Tuscany in Italy; and a tour of folk potteries in Thailand.
I have blended my experiences as a Ceramic Artist, Traveller, Instructor,
of new things, to develop this unique small art travel company-Discovery
Art Travel. Laos is a new destination for
2005 and 2006.
I have always been excited when I find a Turkish, Mexican or Thai
potter using century old methods and local materials to make vessels
for daily use, or whimsical figures to inspire. I then began to
take others with me to experience the excitement and mystery of
alternative educational travel.
explore below the surface of the tourist routes to experience local
artisans at work. We visit small both traditional studios as well
as cutting edge contemporary artist spaces.Local artists teach hands-
on courses in their own studios. This experience will give you a
chance to be influenced by the rich traditional and contemporary
artists at work, history, culture and then to provide time and place
for your individual expression. We try to use local artists, craftspeople,
guides, and transportation facilities wherever possible.
is from Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Vancouver group departures provide
considerable group discounts and the opportunity for people get
to know each other a little enroute. However, exceptions can be
made, if you wish to join the group at the destination city.Generous
flexibility in return dates, at little additional cost, encourages
one to explore the region further after the group itinerary is
over. Local transportation varies considerably from country to
However, every attempt is made to find small, local, unique, and
safe ways to move throughout the county. One is also encouraged
to have contact with the local people through use of public transportation.
Group sizes are small (generally 12 people, except when
the focus is primarily touring). We believe smaller groups are less
intrusive to culture and environment, allow genuine cultural interaction,
and on a social level prove to be more fun.
for Local Culture
for local cultures and positive environmental impact is essential
to our tours. We contribute to local economies in various ways,
e.g. working with local guides, using public transport and trying
to stay in independently run guest houses and hotels. Our worldwide
"artventures "emphasize individual responsibilities for
We will be helping a small village in Laos develop a water system.
A portion of the Laos 2005,6 excursion profits will finance the
purchase of a water pump which will be used as part of a community
water system. This is a project conceived of and executed by local
villagers, and our help will be strictly financial.
creative holiday adventure will combine fabulous destinations and
'hidden places' with a wide range of existing activities, whilst
still allowing ample time to relax and unwind. Our extensive knowledge
of the region enables us to offer original itineraries, including
places far removed from the well trodden tourist trails. We'll share
with you some best kept secrets and give you a real insight into
fascinating cultures, art, history, landscapes and natural world.Note
that itineraries are flexible - changes may be made due to weather
or transport considerations etc. or to accommodate exciting new
opportunities that invariably present themselves!
Accommodation varies from guesthouses, restored heritage
buldings, hotels, and occasionally private train sleeper rooms.
As much as possible we will use smaller, friendly places with local
character and avoid the larger anonymous hotels. All accommodation
is offered on the basis of two people sharing. If you are travelling
on your own we'll discuss arrangements for room sharing in advance.
In most places you may be able to pay a single room supplement.
Visas, Health regulations
Please consult the details for each specific excursion as requirements
vary from country to country.
It is a condition of booking (It is strongly recommended)
that you take out an adequate personal insurance policy for the
full period of travel.
Schedules, Cancellation policy
consult the details for each specific excursion.