Join The Tree of Life Mystery School
with Joseph-Mark Cohen for
 The 10th World Sacred Music Festival
   Fez, Morocco, May 25-June 12th, 2004
 
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May 25:  New York / Casablanca
Depart on your overnight Royal Air Maroc non-stop flight leaving New York (JFK) at 8:30pm and arriving Casablanca Mohamed V airport at 7:10am.  Dinner & breakfast served on board.

May 26: Casablanca / Rabat
Upon your arrival at Casablanca airport and after formalities, your host will find your host waiting for you to greet you and then transfer you to Rabat. 2nd Day: Casablanca / Rabat.  Rabat is an imperial city with a rich history of kingdoms that have swept through it for many centuries; leaving behind a collage of different architectural styles and a unique legacy. Afternoon sightseeing will highlight the Mellah (Jewish quarter), the Mohamed V mausoleum, the Oudaya Kasbah and the Andalous gardens. Dinner at the well centered Hotel Chellah.

May 27: Volubilis / Meknes / Fes
Travel to Fez via Volubilis, the Roman capital of Northwestern Africa.  Walk through the narrow streets of Moulay Idris:  this venerated 8th century citadel is considered to be the first islamic for the first Arab dynasty and the cradle of Sufism  to the Moroccan society.  Founded in the 8th century by Moulay Idris Al Akbar the grand son of Prophet Mohamed.  Ultimately for locals, its Holiness make out of it a pilgrimage place for those who can not afford to make it to Mekkah for the Hajj Duty.  Continue exploring the region on to Fez with sightseeing of the ramparts, the gates, and the Borjes (Moorish Forts). Dinner at the Hotel.

May 28: Fez
Start your day with a colorful Mediterranean buffet breakfast, then take off to  explore the largest and most authentic Medina in the world. The historic tour will feature the mellah, the King's  palace, the walking tour of the Medina, the fascinating walled city with its incredible maze of medieval twisting alleys, blind turns, mosques, shrines, fountains, workshops and every conceivable kind of market. After lunch in a typical Moroccan restaurant, you will continue visiting and shopping. Dinner at the hotel. Evening, Festival Grand Opening.

May 29: Fez / Moulay Yacob
Morning optional excursion to the venerated hot springs of Moulay Yacob - known for their healing powers -  located  in a small, charming Berber village at the foothills of the Rif mountains (admittance to the Spa is optional). Return to Fez for afternoon concerts.  Dinner then at the hotel then Evening: Festival events.

May 30: Fez / Sidi Ahmed Barnoussi / Fez
Morning excursion to Sidi Ahmed al Barnoussi shrine in the Rif mountains for a typical couscous lunch in the open air with local scribes. A picnic over the red hills of poppies flower to treasure for a life time. Return to Fez for the afternoon festival activities.  After dinner we will go out for  evening festival events.

May 31: Fez / Volubilis / Fez
Morning excursion to Volubilis for the Festival concert, after lunch we will visit the Roman  ruins of Volubilis -- ancient capital of Mauritania Tingitana dating back to 300 BC. Then the site of  Moulay Idris Zerhoun, the first Islamic city in Morocco and home of many Sufi orders. A small city hidden in the hinterland surrounded with centuries-old olive groves that have supplied the country with the best olives oil since the Punic time.

June 1: Fez
Morning at leisure. Afternoon concerts. Evening: Festival events.

June 2: Fez
Morning Film screening.  Afternoon and evening: Festival events.

June 3: Fez / Sefrou / B'Halil / Fez
Optional excursion to the ancient Jewish city of Sefrou, this city predates Fez for a thousand years. It has played a large role in antiquity as the last stop of subsaharan caravans transporting goods for the European markets then the visit to the shrine of  Sidi Lahcen Al Yussi a well venerated Sufi master considered to be the custodian of this ancient outpost.  Other Rabbis Mausoleums and synagogues will also highlight this journey to antiquity.  On our way back to Fez we will stop to visit the ancient Christian village of Bhallil known for its fascinating troglodytes dwellings. Evening:  Festival events.

June 4:  Fez
Morning lecture, Afternoon festival at dar Batha. after dinner, festival events at Bab Makina.

June 5:  Fez
Morning visit to the Andalucian part of the Medina to discover the history of the Settler Moors who came from Spain in the 13th century. Evening:  Afternoon concerts at Dar Batha.  Evening: Closing ceremony of  the Festival.

June 6: Fez / Khenifra / Marrakech
Morning departure to Marrakech via Azrou and Khenifra across the Middle Atlaas Mounatains.  Visit Berber villages and wards, scenic views and classical markets.  Lunch in Khenifra.  Dinner and accommodation at the Hotel in Marrakech.

June 7: Marrakech
Our guide and driver will help you explore the marvels of Marrakech.  Historic visit of Marrakech will include the Menara, a magnificent pool surrounded by flower beds, reflecting the image of a beautiful Moorish construction built in 1866 for the dignitaries to enjoy glorious sunsets with the snow capped Atlas mountains provide an ethereal backdrop. The pool is also a unique and functional irrigation system  that belongs to an ancient architecture adapted by life in the desert. The tour will cover several impressive sights: The Koutoubia Minaret (the twin tower of la Giralda in Sevilla, Spain), the Saadian tombs demonstrating Moorish architecture in its perfection. The tombs, consisting of splendid mausoleums built in the sixteenth century, were walled for some time, not to be discovered until 1917.

Other sites include:
The museum of Dar Si Said with the best display of Berber arts and crafts from all over the country.   The remains of the Badii Palace, a historical monument chosen to host the Annual National Festival of Popular Art,  beginning the second Friday in June. The Bahia Palace, the apogee of Moorish splendor situated in the heart of the Mellah (Jewish quarter) still hosts dignitaries today. Lunch at the hotel then a walk through of the colorful souks of Marrakech in the afternoon. Conclude the day with a sunset drink overlooking the exciting Jamaa El Fna Square.

June 8: Early morning transfer to Casablanca Airport, connect to New York (JFK) with a memorable trip of a life time.

Or transfer from Marrakech to Esssouera  and experience the rare  transit of Venus across the face of the Sun for 6 hours on June 8th. This date is likely to become a planetary meditation and cermonial link-up and Morocco is one of the best viewing places on the planet (  See Guy Ottewell's  Astronomical Calendar 2004 for details of this event ). Essouera is the home of the annual Gnawa  Sufi music & dance festival . We will enjoy this charming village for 3 full days  returning to JFK from Casablanca on June 12th. ( $3275, all inclusive )

Please note that all events are subject to change.  10th  Annual World Sacred Music Festival Tour    What is included:
· Round Trip from New York to Casablanca/Fez· Accommodation in hotels, with Full-Board (breakfast, lunch & dinner).
· Land transportation to specified events in deluxe motor coach.· Assistance from Sarah Tours guides and escorts.
· Fees of monuments museums and the Festival activities.
· Sufi music gatherings in Moroccan homes at the labyrinth of the Medina of Fez.
· Baggage handling, taxes in the tour restaurants.
Cost per person based on double occupancy:
Accommodations in 3 star hotel:   $2,685.00 Fez: Hotel Tghat ****
Essaouira add on from June 8 to June 12 is $590

Call  1-888-633-2214 or 250-229-2227
e mail joseph-mark@treeoflifeschool.com to make your registration.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spinning in the Cocoon of Light

A Mystical Turkey Journey: 

October12-27th, 2004


with Joseph-Mark Cohen

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$2222US (plus airfare from North America) featuring 3 days in Istanbul, a week of touring: Ankara, Cappadocia, Konya, Pamukkale,  Fetiye, Ephesus, Samos, & Assos .  We will share daily readings & attunements to the spirit & teachings of Jelaluddin Rumi, including Dervish performances & visits to shrines. We will be treated to divine appetizers in folkloric & belly-dance  plus Rumi readings  with Joseph-Mark. This tour is limited to 12 participants. (You can download the registration form in PDF or Microsoft Word from the website) Our tour host Mythic Travel can help with air travel from America. We have a particularity good air fare departing from Toronto, Canada courtesy of Sun Holidays. We may be able to offer an optional excursion to Urfa (Edessa) to visit sites associated with the biblical patriarch Abraham, the mystic Gurdjieff and Mary Magdaleine. (Cost for this excursion will be approximately $500. )

Our itinerary includes: 

 Oct.12: Early evening flight to Turkey from Toronto or NYC.

 Oct.13:  Mid afternoon arrival in Istanbul.  Transfer to our hotel in Sultan Ahmet. Welcome Dinner (D) & orientation seminar, plus an introductory tour of a few special carpet shops and the spice market .

Oct.14: Whirlwind tour to familiarize ourselves with the architectural marvels of Istanbul: Topkapi palace, the Blue Mosque, Haghia Sofia. We will take the sunset cruise of the Bospherus this evening and spend some time with the dervishes tonight !

Oct.15: We will devote this day to visiting Grand Covered Bazaar. When we have gathered all the treasures we can, we will caravan back to our hotel before soaking away in one of the finer hameems, or Turkish baths. Those who revive may wish to take in an Oriental show tonight or some Anatolian folklore over dinner.

Oct.16: Morning flight to Ankara. Visits to the Ankara Museum & the Bektashi sufi shrine en route to  Cappadocia.  Overnight at  a fabulous cave hotel in  Goreme

Oct.17: A day of touring through Cappadocia with visits to the underground city of Kaymakli , the open air museums of Zelve and Goreme.  We will be treated to an evening folkloric dance and music performance tonight. (B ,D )

Oct.18: We will tour some of the beautiful nature preserves in Cappadocia today, including a mystical walk through the Ilhara Valley. We will enjoy a Whirling Dervish sema this evening in Avanos. Overnight at Goreme.

Oct.19: We drive to Konya via a Keravansaray with visits to the the Dervish Brothers Carpet Shop before our powerful  meditation at Rumi's tomb. We travel on to Pumakele in the afternoon with a dinner stop en route. Overnight in Pummakale.(B, D)

Oct.20: We  visit the red springs and the magnificent calcified falls at Pamukkale with its magical white terraces today. We will be staying at a world class health resort that has a fabulous series of thermal pools of its own. We will have a seminar here on hot stone treatments and aromatherapy.Overnight at Pamukkale (B, D)

Oct.21: Morning drive to Hierapolis and Aphrodisias to see the the theatre, the temple of Apollo, and visit the thermal baths. After lunch we continue on to  either Dalyan or Fetiye for dinner and an evening of Turkish saz music. Overnight in Fetiye.

Oct.22: We board our Turkish sailboat or gulet for two relaxing days of explorations along the charming coves of  the turqoise coast. We will stop off to visit sea caves, secluded villages and perhaps an island that is known as a sanctuary for storks. We will be sleeping and dreaming aboard the  Gulet under the stars. 

Oct.23: We disembark the gulet today and drive to Selcuk to pay a visit to the House of Virgin Mary. We will walk through the magnificent ruins of the ancient city of Ephesus this afternoon and pay homage to the goddess Aphrodite tonight in the trendy section of Kusadasi. Dinner and overnight at the Keravansarai in Kusadasi. (B, D)

Oct.24 We travel by ferry to the Greek island of Samos where we will be free to explore much of the day in the charming village of Pythagoria. Joseph-Mark will offer a seminar on the teachings of Pythagoras over dinner tonight. Overnight in Samos. 

Oct.25: We will spend this day on Samos with an optional daytrip to Patmos. Overnight in Samos or we return to Kusadasi at sunset. (B,D). 

Oct.26: Morning departure for the village of Assos overlooking the Gulf of Edrimit.  En route we will  choreograph a ceremony at the Asclepion in Pergamon and  try out an experiment in dream incubation. We will arrive in Assos in time for an  afternoon swim in the Aegean sea before taking dinner in the village. Overnight in a charming pension in Assos. (B,D)

Oct.27:We depart early this morning for the airport at Izmir for our flight to Istanbul and our return flight to North America.

 Contact Joseph-Mark Cohen at 250-229-2227 or 1-888-633-2214                    jm-cohen@treeoflifeschool.com to make your reservation.  To register fill out the following  form. Download this brochure in PDF format (10 pt text) 



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