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Volunteer for an Eco-Spiritual Tour of the Himalayan Mountains

Added: (Fri May 25 2001)

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Contact Person: Chris Perry, President 561-266-0096

Volunteer for an Eco-Spiritual Tour of the Himalayan Mountains

DELRAY BEACH – May 25, 2001 - Combine parts of the Peace Corps, Earthwatch and New Age Spirituality, and you get Global Eco-Spiritual Tours. In July, two tour groups will spend 10 days experiencing the environmental landscape and Buddhist culture of the Ladakh region deep in the Himalayan Mountains of northern India. A non-profit, tax-exempt organization, Global Eco-Spiritual Tours donates proceeds from the tour to schools and clinics in their tour region.

Tour members will work together on low impact ecological projects and learn about the spiritual heritage of the Ladakh region, a former Himalayan mountain kingdom, situated west of Tibet.

A tour highlight is an invitation to see His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the inauguration of the New Millennium Ladakhi Children’s School, where tour founder Christopher Perry will present their donation to the Child Welfare Society, the school’s educational organization.

“The cost of the tour is a tax deductible, charitable donation that you actually get to participate in as you travel,” says Perry, a professional geologist and environmental consultant based in south Florida. “Ladakh is a mysterious, spiritual place with a delicate ecology and a lot of poor kids. Our goal is to help improve the lives of the Ladakhi and Tibetan refugee children through our member donations. The beauty of this idea is to expand it to other eco-spiritual destinations so that more impoverished children can benefit worldwide.”

Ecological projects include installing solar panels in remote villages, planting sapling trees and bottling spring water for charities. To expand their spiritual awareness of other cultures, tour members will explore ancient monasteries, meet with monks and lamas, participate in meditation sessions and attend summer harvest festivals.

The tour groups will travel the region by jeep caravan and spend most nights in a Tibetan-style hotel. A few nights will be spent trekking and camping in the Himalayas. Openings are still available for the two tours (Group I: July 6-17; Group II: July 20-31). The transition time between the two tour groups coincides with the Dalai Lama’s visit to Ladakh.

To learn more, visit the web site GlobalEcoSpiritualTours.org or call 561-266-0096.

Important note: The scheduled visit of the Dalai Lama subject to change at any time.Visit by Dalai Lama is not an official part of the organized tour.

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