American gets 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for 'hostile acts' An American tour operator has been sentenced to 15 years of hard labor in North Korea for alleged “hostile acts” against the repressive regime, according to its official state news agency. Kenneth Bae, who is in his mid-40s and lives in Washington state, has been described by friends as a devout Christian who took tourists on trips to North Korea, The Associated Press reported. More
U.S. plans to drop gray wolves from endangered list The planned ruling would eliminate protection for the top predators, but scientists and conservationists say the proposal is flawed. Federal authorities intend to remove endangered species protections for all gray wolves in the Lower 48 states, carving out an a exception for a small pocket of about 75 Mexican wolves in the wild in Arizona and New Mexico, according to a draft document obtained by The Times. More
South Africa: Elephant overturns vehicle South African officials say an elephant has overturned a vehicle carrying two tourists, injuring one of them. A statement from Kruger National Park says the tourists are of "Chinese origin." The statement says an elephant in the park attacked the vehicle on a road at 6:30 a.m. More
Ariz. sheriff releases records from Giffords' shooting The Pima County Sheriff's Office released an estimated 2,700 pages of investigative records Wednesday from a shooting rampage here two years ago — documents that are expected to shed new light on a massacre that left six dead and 14 wounded. More
Sri Lanka: visit Kandy and Ella for spiritual experiences A slim film of sweat gathers across my brow as I return to face my tormenter ... accessible only via a steep dirt road. The lodge twinkles and teeters precariously close to the mountain edge; even in the dark, I’m guessing some seriously good views ... 11/20/2011 - 10:16 pm | View Link
A Fading Aura For Arizona's Spiritual Tourism But Guadreau attributes her struggles to the recession, not to fallout from the sweat lodge incident. Jennifer Wesselhoff, CEO of the Sedona Chamber of Commerce ... says spiritual tourists don't make travel decisions based on money. As a result, he ... 02/15/2011 - 4:10 pm | View Link
A Fading Aura For Arizona's Spiritual Tourism A self-help guru goes on trial this week for manslaughter after three people died during an event he hosted at a sweat lodge near Sedona, Ariz. Following that deadly spiritual retreat, tourists have retreated from the area's mecca of spiritual energy ... 02/15/2011 - 4:04 pm | View Link
A Fading Aura For Arizona's Spiritual Tourism In addition to the criminal case against Ray, people who were in the sweat lodge and victims' families have brought ... who has written several books on religious and spiritual travel, says spiritual tourists don't make travel decisions based on money. 02/14/2011 - 7:34 pm | View Link
James Ray Trial: "Spiritual Warrior's" Attorneys Try to Keep Cult Expert From Testifying at Trial "Spiritual Warrior"/snake-oil salesman James Arthur Ray -- accused of manslaughter in the deaths of three participants in a 2009 sweat-lodge ceremony in Sedona -- doesn't want the jury in his upcoming trial to hear what two experts on cult behavior have ... 01/25/2011 - 11:00 am | View Link
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How to Stop Drinking In the attempt to stop drinking, strategies will always be better than tactics. Here are 13 strategies on how to overcome alcoholism. 12/16/2014 - 9:20 pm | View Website
Ojibway First Nations Culture, Crafts and Ceremonies Learn about sweat lodges, healing weekends, smudging, medicine wheels and vision quests, golden thread, gowgabgonce, juniper berries and other aboriginal medicinal ... 12/16/2014 - 8:08 pm | View Website
Aboriginal Tourism Association of British Columbia Explore BC and learn the province's history through its Aboriginal heritage. Browse through things to do, trip ideas, and articles on the blog. 12/16/2014 - 6:49 pm | View Website
Sweat lodges in South Africa – South African Tourism Visit a sweat lodge in South Africa and experience a Native American cleansing ceremony with an African twist. 12/16/2014 - 1:49 pm | View Website
The six weeks that follow are full of events, from olive-curing workshops to cooking classes to olive-oil-and-wine pairings to olive-oriented feasts.
The ever-popular Martini Madness is Jan. 9.
The Finale Weekend will bring a wine and olive tasting, a valley-wide passport option, and tours and tastings at the Olive Press at Jacuzzi Family Vineyards.
Monterey’s historic downtown welcomes 2015 by transforming its streets and buildings into a gallery for locally created ocean-themed art in multiple forms.
A wide range of music, dance and performances will take over 22 venues throughout the district.
Art activities, magic and music for kids and a twilight procession fill the hours until the countdown to midnight, which takes place at two venues offering music to suit various tastes.
Holiday cheer doesn’t end after New Year’s Eve in the state’s capital; the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink will remain open in St.
Bhutan is remote and largely untouched by Western influences.
New roads, public education and other modern enterprises will undoubtedly change the rich cultural heritage of this unique kingdom.
Observing Bhutan’s four pillars of “gross national happiness” — equitable and equal socioeconomic development; preservation and promotion of cultural and spiritual heritage; conservation of environment; and good governance — in everyday life.
Visas are only issued to authorized tour operators.
Long-sleeved tops, as visits to many sacred sites required the arms to be covered.
The hike to this sacred monastery was steep (10,240 feet at the destination) and the trail was messy.
Royal Air Force Museum’s new exhibition on World War I
London: “The First World War in the Air,” on permanent display at the Royal Air Force Museum’s Grahame-White Factory, traces the story of the world’s first independent air force, including the role of pilots, ground crews and factory workers at the North London site.
If you’re going to keep warm, your down jacket usually has to be so fully stuffed that it’s pretty hard imagining being fairly active while wearing it.
 the Columbia Diamond 890 TurboDown Hooded Down Jacket mixes 850-fill goose down with a lining of Omni-Heat synthetic insulation, so you get a lightweight mix of performance-enhanced down that can accompany you on most of your winter adventures.
The Omni-Heat liner reflects your body heat, yet is breathable and wicks moisture, so you can stay dry and comfortable, no matter how extreme your winter activities may be.
The lightweight jacket performs like a beefy down jacket, yet packs down small, making it easier to include on your travels.
Retreat.guru takes on spiritual quests
Scroll down to the “Hot Topics” section on the home page and find key categories such as Meditation, Travel Retreat, Yoga Teacher Training, Plant Medicine or Wellness Retreat.
There are teacher reviews, but I couldn’t find reviews for retreats or centers.
When you tap on a destination in the “Top Locations” section, the retreats are numbered, but it’s unclear what the number ranking means.
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