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SRI LANKA

A photographic adventure

 
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TBD Dates

 

WE ARE invites you to travel overseas to Sri Lanka--this journey will take you on an unforgettable adventure across one of Asia’s most beautiful islands.  Let's embark on an adventure that will expand your culture and help you discover this new landscape in the map land of Sri Lanka.  This adventure will take us all over the Sri Lankan Country  from the lush jungles to the rolling hillsides to the remarkable coast--we will see it all!  We will start off exploring the capital city of Colombo.  We will travel inland to the Dambulla Cave Temples to take in the beauty of this World Heritage Site.  Take in a the vast countryside and breathtaking views as we hike Ella Rock.  Let yourself stand in awe at the feet of giants while we roam the grassy plains of Udawalawe National Park in search of elephants.  Cap off our journey surfing the turquoise waves of Mirissa Bay.  Throughout our adventure we will tap into our creativity with a series of photography workshops led by Ami Vitale.  We will learn how to capture various subjects from the beautiful souls of the people of Sri Lanka to the diverse landscapes we will find ourselves in. 

We will immerse ourselves in the vibrant and colorful culture of the country and dive deep into their exotic cuisine, including local dishes like dhal curry, kale mallung, and many more. In appreciation of the destination, we will also give back to the community by collaborating with Selyn and taking part in their Handloom workshop. Selyn utilizes its infinite measures of skill and devotion by engaging the traditional Sri Lankan community of Handloom weavers to bring you products that are handmade from 100% cotton.

Ami Vitale will also lead a workshop in photo journalism to cultivate a deep, intuitive experience that will document every moment of this journey of a lifetime.

 
 

FROM $xxx / PERSON - BOUTIQUE TRAVEL AND PHOTOGRAPHY EXPERIENCE

TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT WITH ONLY A 30% DEPOSIT USE CODE SRILANKA2019

Remaining balance due XX day (90 days before adventure) . Group size 12-15 people.

We will visit 2 different destinations of the wild and untamed Sri Lanka; Weligama and Yala. On our journey we will explore off the beaten track to gather a glimpse of this beautiful country.

1. START IN WELIGAMA > 2. END IN YALA NATIONAL PARK

 
 
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AMI VITALE - Ambassador / National Geographic Photographer

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GIULIA BACCI - Founder of WE ARE + Yoga teacher

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HANNAH MAC DOUGALL -Facilitator

 
 
 

WOMEN FOR WOMEN AMBASSADORS

 
 
 

AMI VITALE

National Geographic magazine photographer and Nikon Ambassador she has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit—all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.”

She has traveled to more than 90 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict, but also to surreal beauty and to the enduring power of the human spirit. Recently, she has turned her lens to compelling wildlife stories, such as returning critically endangered captive born species, like the giant pandas back to the wild and attempts to save the last living northern white rhinos from extinction. Based in Montana, Vitale is a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine and frequently gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

 
 
 

01 - 04

WELIGAMA

3 nights - June XX

 
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Stay 3 nights at Cape Weligama

Rest and relax in style at this beautiful luxury resort.

Cuisine

Enjoy our first taste of Sri Lankan Cuisine with a group dinner.

Creativity

Participate in a photography workshop led by National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale.

Culture

Tour Cape Weligama + join Asha de Vos for a day of researching the whales of Sri Lanka.

 
 
 

04 - 07

YALA

3 nights - June XX

 
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Stay 3 nights at Wild Coast Lodge

Enjoy this luxury tented camp on the Wild Coast of Sri Lanka

Cuisine

Enjoy traditional Sri Lankan Cuisine.

Creativity

Participate in a photography workshop led by National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale.

Culture

Embark on a Safari to come face to face with Elephants.

 
 

Details

 
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Adventure

This adventure is just that…an adventure! We will explore the jungle and the coast of Sri Lanka. We will explore, swim, learn about photography, and practice yoga. Although we will be participate in a photography workshop with a National Geographic Photographer, no experience necessary.

cuisine

On this adventure we will be enjoying traditional Sri Lakan cuisine. All meals will be provided during the duration of this adventure—starting from dinner on night one and ending with breakfast on our last day. We are able to accommodate dietary restrictions with prior notice. Alcoholic beverages not provided.

Included Transportation

Airport transfer from Bandaranaike Airport to Cape Weligama. Transfers between all previously listed cities on itinerary.


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Creativity + Giving back

Community

TBD: Working with Asha to create something 

One of the foundational principles of WE ARE’s mission is the desire to give back to the destinations visited; redefining how we answer the call to travel.  We will be volunteering our time and funds at Selyn, Sri Lanka's only Fair Trade guaranteed Handloom company. Selyn is situated in Colombo, the commercial capital and largest city in Sri Lanka. They utilize bold colored dye and 100% cotton in order to weave apparel and tapestries that not only look pretty, but also benefit the environment and its workers. Plus, Selyn maintains an eco-conscious standard by utilizing their recycled cloth to make jewelry. 

Founded in 1991 by Sandra Wanduragala, Selyn started its work with 15 women in the village of Wanduragala in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka. Joined shortly thereafter by her brother, Hilary Wanduragala, Selyn now has nearly 1000 members within its organization. The tradition of the loom takes its roots at the very inception of Sri Lankan history. Today the industry faces decline due to various reasons ranging from the lack of skilled experience, uncompetitive market prices, outdated designs and lack of infrastructure and technology.

Selyn takes on this challenge to revive Sri Lankan heritage and extend its benefits to their rural women and men. Their fundamental values stem from the very foundation of their organization: quality and innovative design. Their dye house gives you all the colors of a rainbow and at their handloom workshops they weave a myriad of fabrics, which become home textiles, garments and toys. We will be attending a workshop at their dye house where we will get to learn the ins-and-outs of their heritage and handloom techniques.

 

Earth

We will also clean up every beach we set foot in - a small and simple effort, that shines a light on the issues of waste, particularly when it pours directly into our oceans.

For every attendee, WE ARE plants a tree through the international movement, Treedom in order to help rebuild forests, capture CO2 emissions, improve air quality and create a tangible symbol for the WE ARE Mission.  


WE ARE Creative Adventurers Experience

 
 
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Whats included

  • Healthy meals for all 8 days (breakfast, lunch, & dinner + snacks) 

  • All taxis + group shuttle to/from airport + cities

  • Safari Game Drive

  • Park fees

  • Photography workshop

  • Hand-looming Workshop

  • Giving back project 

  • Onsite photographer

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare to Sri Lanka

  • Travel Insurance 

  • Gratuities for guides

 

Getting Here

 
  • Fly into Bandaranaike International Airport

  • Arrive between XX:XX and XX:XX for a group shuttle to our hotel

The adventure begins on XX X with a group dinner at 7 PM at Cape Weligama

Frequent daily flights with multiple operators. Transfer from airport to hotel included. 

The adventure ends on XX X with a closing ceremony and breakfast.

Frequent daily flights out. Transfer from hotel included.

 
 
 
 

Capture the Heart of Sri Lanka: with Ami Vitale

Photography adventure with national geographic photographer ami vitale

january 26th February 1st 2019 >

(TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT WITH ONLY A 30% DEPOSIT USE CODE SriLanka2019)

 

PRICE XXXX

 

WE ARE invites you to travel overseas to Sri Lanka--this journey will take you on an unforgettable adventure across one of Asia’s most beautiful islands.  Let's embark on an adventure that will expand your culture and help you discover this new landscape in the map land of Sri Lanka.  This adventure will take us all over the Sri Lankan Country  from the lush jungles to the rolling hillsides to the remarkable coast--we will see it all!  We will start off exploring the capital city of Colombo.  We will travel inland to the Dambulla Cave Temples to take in the beauty of this World Heritage Site.  Take in a the vast countryside and breathtaking views as we hike Ella Rock.  Let yourself stand in awe at the feet of giants while we roam the grassy plains of Udawalawe National Park in search of elephants.  Cap off our journey surfing the turquoise waves of Mirissa Bay.  Throughout our adventure we will tap into our creativity with a series of photography workshops led by Ami Vitale.  We will learn how to capture various subjects from the beautiful souls of the people of Sri Lanka to the diverse landscapes we will find ourselves in. 

We will immerse ourselves in the vibrant and colorful culture of the country and dive deep into their exotic cuisine, including local dishes like dhal curry, kale mallung, and many more. In appreciation of the destination, we will also give back to the community by collaborating with Selyn and taking part in their Handloom workshop. Selyn utilizes its infinite measures of skill and devotion by engaging the traditional Sri Lankan community of Handloom weavers to bring you products that are handmade from 100% cotton.

Ami Vitale will also lead a workshop in photo journalism to cultivate a deep, intuitive experience that will document every moment of this journey of a lifetime.


Day 1 Negombo (staff only)

Arrive in Negombo and relax from a long journey.  We will have a welcome ceremony + practice intention setting.  After resting up tap into your creativity with a dual hand-looming and giving back workshop with a factory tour.    

Day 1/2 Sigiriya

We will travel to Sigiriya to explore the Dambulla caves.  Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains.  There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings and four statues of gods and goddesses.

We will take  train ride from Kandy to Ella.  One of the most picturesque rides in the world. 

Day 3/4 Ella

The adventure continues to Ella, which is surrounded by hills covered with cloud forests and tea plantations.  We will hike to the stunning Ella rock while we are here.  

Day 5/6/7 Yala National Park

Here we will embark on an adventure through Yala National Park where we will witness elephants and leopards in their natural habitat.  Here we will be amongst the incredible biodiversity that Sri Lanka has to offer.  

Goodbye...until the next adventure!


LACE WORKSHOP

Visit the Dickwella Lace Center for a one of a kind lace workshop. "Our project works with the poorest women in Dickwella coastal villages to train and improve their lace making skills. Not only have we seen a revival in this traditional craft, the Dickwella Lace Centre also provides an authentic and fair trade craft experience for tourists.

PICTURE YOUR DAY:

  • Early Morning Yoga and Meditation

  • Breakfast 

  • Travel to destination

  • Lunch + Free Time

  • Afternoon Activity (photography workshop - give back - creative workshop - explore)

  • Free Time + Appetizers and tea

  • Dinner

  • Free Time + night circle 

A more detailed itinerary will be sent to confirmed guests closer to date. 

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Photography workshop led by Ami Vitale

  • Daily yoga and meditation

  • Hand-looming workshop + factory tour?

  • Give back through looming workshop

  • Experience traditions and customs 

  • Visit Dambulla Cave Temple

  • Trek to Ella rock

  • Healthy locally sourced meals

  • Visit to Udawalawe National Park 

  • 1 Safari Game Drive 

  • Surf the pristine beaches of Mirissa Bay

WHAT'S INCLUDED 

  • Healthy meals for all 8 days (breakfast, lunch, & dinner + snacks) 

  • All taxis + group shuttle to/from airport + cities

  • Safari Game Drive

  • Park fees

  • Photography workshop

  • Hand-looming Workshop

  • Giving back project 

  • Onsite photographer

WHAT'S NOT INCLUDED

  • Airfare to Sri Lanka

  • Travel Insurance 

  • Gratuities for guides


AMBASSADOR

AMI VITALE - National Geographic magazine photographer and Nikon Ambassador she has lived in mud huts and war zones, contracted malaria, and donned a panda suit—all in keeping with her philosophy of “living the story.”

She has traveled to more than 90 countries, bearing witness not only to violence and conflict, but also to surreal beauty and to the enduring power of the human spirit. Recently, she has turned her lens to compelling wildlife stories, such as returning critically endangered captive born species, like the giant pandas back to the wild and attempts to save the last living northern white rhinos from extinction. Based in Montana, Vitale is a contract photographer with National Geographic magazine and frequently gives workshops throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.

 

FACILITATOR

GIULIA BACCI - Founder of WE ARE 

Born and raised in Florence, Italy Giulia has been on her personal pursuit of what creates and maintains happiness.  Giulia's kind heart and creative spirit shine through her work and are showcased in the giving back projects WE ARE does abroad.  When she is not trying to find the key to happiness Giulia is a certified Hatha Yoga instructor and a lover of any adventure; from snowboarding on the slopes to dancing on water while surfing you will find her with a big smile and open heart.  

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Accommodations TBD


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CUISINE

All of our meals will align with the cuisine of the local culture. In Sri Lanka, some of the most popular dishes are kiribath, kottu, and  dahl curry. By eating local food, we not only help support the Sri Lankan economy, but get to fully engage in their way of life and better understand their heritage. 

However, If you have dietary restrictions please notify us ahead of time. 


FLIGHT - HOW TO GET THERE

Flights should be booked to Colombo Airport CMB

 

 


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TBD: Working with Asha to create something 

One of the foundational principles of WE ARE’s mission is the desire to give back to the destinations visited; redefining how we answer the call to travel.  We will be volunteering our time and funds at Selyn, Sri Lanka's only Fair Trade guaranteed Handloom company. Selyn is situated in Colombo, the commercial capital and largest city in Sri Lanka. They utilize bold colored dye and 100% cotton in order to weave apparel and tapestries that not only look pretty, but also benefit the environment and its workers. Plus, Selyn maintains an eco-conscious standard by utilizing their recycled cloth to make jewelry. 

Founded in 1991 by Sandra Wanduragala, Selyn started its work with 15 women in the village of Wanduragala in Kurunegala, Sri Lanka. Joined shortly thereafter by her brother, Hilary Wanduragala, Selyn now has nearly 1000 members within its organization. The tradition of the loom takes its roots at the very inception of Sri Lankan history. Today the industry faces decline due to various reasons ranging from the lack of skilled experience, uncompetitive market prices, outdated designs and lack of infrastructure and technology.

Selyn takes on this challenge to revive Sri Lankan heritage and extend its benefits to their rural women and men. Their fundamental values stem from the very foundation of their organization: quality and innovative design. Their dye house gives you all the colors of a rainbow and at their handloom workshops they weave a myriad of fabrics, which become home textiles, garments and toys. We will be attending a workshop at their dye house where we will get to learn the ins-and-outs of their heritage and handloom techniques.


TO RESERVE YOUR SPOT WITH ONLY A 30% DEPOSIT USE CODE SRILANKA2019)

 
 

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Hope to see you there!