Celebrating Women’s Photography. December 2019

We are excited to offer this women’s only adventure in collaboration with Camera Story.

Join us in December 2019 on unforgettable trip to Varanasi India with photographers Jacquie Warwick and Sarah Lombardo. Perfect for beggoner ##@#@#@

Jaq and Sara have practiced their art in community settings from Bangladesh to the Pinikura indigenous communities of Australia’s North West and out to the subuds and regions of Perth Jaq and Sarah will take you on a journey with your camera into the hearts and homes of the people we meet along the way. Both women have been engaging women of all ages in positive photography and education for over a decade.

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Step out of the door of our quiet accommodation and into a cacophony of color, a riot of textiles and sounds. The senses heighten in this incredible atmosphere, and most people in India just love to have their photo taken in exchange for yours ! Perfect for exploring your deeper understanding of taking photos with heart. Morning workshop time will teach you new skills, a deeper understanding of your camera and set assignments. The rest of the day is yours to explore with us the streets lane ways and river of Varansi completing your asigments. In the evennng we will share our photos for group reflection.

Pilgrims come from all over India to Varanasi to worship and bath in the Ganga. For many this is the trip of a life time. India has a long tradition of pilgrimage, the atmosphere is festive and the ghats remain vehicle and shop free allowing peaceful walks as well as larger public prayers and ritual ceremonies.

Your week includes organised trips on the river to evening and morning prayers as well as private or small group use of the boats, and boatman, at any time throughout the week. The wide bodied sturdy wooden boats are a part of life on the ghats, the river runs slowly and the pace is never more than a meander.

Ayurveda, Sanskrit, classical music and dance are all taught and practiced here. Sounds of chanting, temple bells and the hum of everyday life are never far away. Varanasi is home to the Benares Hindu University and has a long association with the study of Indic thought and Buddhist studies. The Ganges River, most sacred of Indian rivers, and a goddess in her own right, has been a place of worship, and pilgrimage for millennia.

Varanasi holds the hopes dreams, tears and prayers of the countless who have made pilgrimages here over the the ages. It’s palpable .

 

You will be met at Varanasi Airport and transferred to the Ashram and returned.

We will stay together in a peaceful, humble Ashram on the banks of the Ganges. The Ashram is light and spacious with common sitting and dining areas. A small library, for your use, explores many schools of thought on Yoga. The rooms, each with a bathroom, are basic, fresh and comfortable. The Ashram is beautifully maintained throughout.

Daily brunch, includes delicious home made yogurt, all the usual favourites and a few new ones too. Fresh fruit and herbal teas available across the day. Some other meals and light refreshments will also be included. There is a cook in the ashram and there are several restaurant options close by.

There will be a welcome dinner with special guests from a local music academy. Also from the academy, an evening performance in our ashram of classical music and dance, later in the week.

The week will formally commence with blessings and chants led by Brahmin priests. We will also participate in a traditional fire ceremony at our ashram temple.

Small group tours of the busy main ghat area and temples, at a very small additional cost paid to our guides and friends, Sandip and Vishnu, are available daily. By moving in a small group, and with our local friends, you will be taken into twisting laneways deeper and deeper within the city, places of legends (that will be told ), temples high above the Ganges and tiny cave like shrines below.

Ayurveda consultations, remedies and massages are also available on request at an extra cost to the practitioner.
 

Cost


$1500 Sun – Sun Twin Share
$1700 Private room, limited please ask

Whats Included
Six nights accommodation with daily brunch.

Two Dinners

Group has exclusive use of a boat and boat crew for small group and private use

Daily cultural activities, including boat trips to see evening ceremonies, sunrise on the Ganges, classical music and dance concerts.

Transfers in private taxi to and from Varanasi Airport

English speaking guides

 

Reviews

 

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Morocco in style

5th - 17th January 2020

“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.” -Maya Angelou

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Morocco Women’s Comfort Explorer

Big Sista loves a bit of comfort, this tour takes us on a gentler pace as we meander by car and first class train from Casablanca to the exotic beach side town of esoqare. We will explore the ancient city of Fes and drink tea under the mythical blue gate of Marrakesh. A trip designed to be taken slowly. We will stay together in beautiful Rhiads enjoying Moroccan hospitality. Locally organized day tours to take in the sites or simply wandering along the alleyways and streets of the ancient cities stopping to sip mint tea with locals or just watching the passing parade of every day life in this truly magical country.

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Stay in Beautiful Moroccan Rhiads

A Rhiad is a traditional inwards facing Moroccan House. From the outside it can appear as only a door in a wall. Open the door into a large courtyard, or salon, with a fountain, gardens, and of course bedecked with the wonderful carpets and woven textiles that are signature to this part of the world. Walls and pillars are covered in the small hand crafted tiles, each one a unique work of art. Look up to see balconies running the width of the house, explore the twists and turns of corridors hidden within walls. Big Sista has selected each of our Rhiads as outstanding examples of Moroccan beauty and hospitality.

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Cost and nitty gritty

Shared Room 12 Nights
$1700.00 AUD

Whats included
Individual transfers from Casablanca International Airport to and from your accommodation.

12 night accommodation in a mix of hotels and Rhiads

Daily Breakfast

Welcome Dinner

All land fares a mix of private taxi and first class train including first class sleeper cabin on the Marrakesh Express

Walking tours shopping tours with local guides in Fes.

Shopping Morocco

Shopping in Morocco is a delight. Haggle in the markets, called Souks here, with us for woven textiles and rugs. Big Sister knows a thing or two about haggling :) Leather is extraordinary in Morocco, crafted and tanned in traditional methods right in Fes. You can order a custom made leather jacket and collect it the next day. Pottery and woven baskets line the streets. Leather shoes in every color and spices to set your senses a blaze. Each town has its specialty however there is nowhere like Fes to get your shopping on ! Whether you are buying or just looking the souks are as inviting as they are exciting.


206.00
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Celebrating Woman’s photography
Varanasi, India

28 Dec 2019 - 5 Jan 2020

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Egypt Nile Focus

19 - 26 January 2020

"As a woman I have no country. As a woman my country is the whole world." virginia woolf

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Egypt Nile Focus

Day one we see the pyramids, eat in the best restaurant in Cairo and see the sun do down over the sphinx from our hotel roof top. And that’s just the beginning !

Together we will visit the grand mosque, city of the dead and the old bazaar before jumping on the over night first class sleeper train as we head south to Aswan.

We stay together for five days in a quite location on the west bank of the Nile in the smaller City of Luxor, the ancient city of Thebes. Here we will cook with local friends in their homes, sail on gentle waters in Felucas and explore colossal temples and tombs. We stay in a beautiful and well appointed compound style guest house designed and decorated in Nubian custom.

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North African sun sets and Felucca’s

A Felucca is a study wide wooden boat with a single large sail, the design of which has remained largely unchanged for millennia. On this trip you will see North African sunsets as we sail in our own Felucca, drinking tea with our local friends as we talk about life in this part of the world and what makes Luxor so special to so many.

Take in a sunset from the top of the mountainside, The Valley of the Kings. Here we will see the tomb of Tutankhamen the majestic temple of Hatshepsut and spectacular vista high above the nile.

Visit the Karnak Temple complex, the oldest and biggest temple complex in the world. Take your time. This one is spectacular.

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Cost and nitty gritty

Shared Room 10 Nights
$1700.00 AUD

Whats included
Transfers from Cairo International Airport to your accommodation.

10 nights accommodation, boutique hotel, guest house and first class sleeper cabin overnight train.

Daily Breakfast

Welcome Dinner in Cairo

Over night first class sleeper cabin, shared, to Aswan and return via Luxor transfers between train and accommodations

All felucca transport costs, tea and snacks on board, all river crossings including to Luxor and Karnak Temples

Sunset and sunrise Felucca tours on the Nile.

Car cost to valley of the kings, you choose which ones you wish to see and pay the individual entry fees your self

Cooking class with our local friends.

Entry into National Museum in Cairo

Whats not included

Entry fees to Valley of the Kings Tombs ( you choose )

Entry fees to additional temples or complexes that you have chosen. All entry fees average $15 to $20 AUD

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206.00
Book now


Small Group, Women’s comfortable explorer

Jan 5 - 17 2020 $1700

Big Sista loves a bit of comfort, this tour takes us on a gentler pace as we meander by car and first class train from Casablanca to the exotic beach side town of esoqare. We will explore the ancient city of Fes and drink tea under the mythical blue gate of Marrakesh. A trip designed to be taken slowly. We will stay together in beautiful Rhiads enjoying Moroccan hospitality. Locally organized day tours to take in the sites or simply wandering along the alleyways and streets of the ancient cities stopping to sip mint tea with locals or just watching the passing parade of every day life in this truly magical country.

 

Moroccan Rhiads

A Rhiad is a traditional inwards facing Moroccan House. From the outside it can appear as only a door in a wall. Open the door into a large courtyard, or salon, with a fountain, gardens, and of course bedecked with the wonderful carpets and woven textiles that are signature to this part of the world. Look up to see balconies running the width of the house, explore the twists and turns of corridors hidden within walls. Big Sista has selected each of our Rhiads as outstanding examples of Moroccan beauty and hospitality.

Shopping Morocco

Shopping in Morocco is a delight. Haggle in the markets with us for woven textiles and rugs. Leather is extraordinary in Morocco, crafted and tanned in traditional methods right in Fes. You can order a custom made leather jacket and collect it the next day. Pottery and woven baskets line the streets. Each town has its specialty however there is nowhere like Fes to get your shopping on !

Cost

Shared Room 12 Days
$1700.00 AUD

Whats included
12 nights accommodation in a mix of Rhiads and local guest houses one night in a three star Casablanca Hotel. All first class train travel and car travel.

 

Reviews

 

Ut sed egestas, volutpat.

“Pellentesque vel mattis turpis. Etiam tristique posuere sapien at mattis. Praesent feugiat pulvinar justo id varius. Fusce nisl elit, dictum eget condimentum eu, elementum sed ante.”

— J.A.

Maecenas vehicula tortor!

“Etiam tristique posuere sapien at mattis. Praesent feugiat pulvinar justo id varius. Fusce nisl elit, dictum eget condimentum eu, elementum sed ante. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci luctus.”

— L.K.

Sed maximus vel velit ac rutrum.

“Fusce nisl elit, dictum eget condimentum eu, elementum sed ante. Vestibulum ante ipsum primis in faucibus orci luctus et ultrices posuere cubilia. Pellentesque vel mattis turpis.”

— J.Y.

 

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Take a break from the hustle and bustle.

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