Exploring the Great Canadian Wilderness

Exploring the Great Canadian Wilderness

EXPLORING THE GREAT CANADIAN WILDERNESS

After travelling to South Africa and hearing from master Camino Pilgrim Sue Kenney along with virtual Spanish wine tasting, Divine Live and Online returned to Canada last month for Finding Nimmo! an exclusive wilderness experience at Nimmo Bay, located beside British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest.

Teeming with an abundant variety of both marine and animal wildlife – Nimmo Bay is world-renowned for whale-watching, fishing, and outdoor adventure.

Although it is located right on the B.C. mainland, about 320 km northwest of Vancouver, it is not accessible by road. Fortunately, for the group of 35 who joined in on the Finding Nimmo call on August 26, there was no need to jump on a private float plane to get to their destination. They were magically transported to a boat where they accompanied an expert wilderness guide in an exploration of the beautiful pacific coast.

“From the water, Nimmo Bay is iconic B.C. – spectacular scenery, snow-capped mountains, ocean, forests, rivers, and a diversity of wildlife,” says Helen Howes, one of the virtual travellers on the call. “I had taken a B.C. ferry holiday north to Bella Coola in the Great Bear Rainforest before, where I saw grizzly bears. But this time I saw other wildlife, like sea lions. We were able to able to get up close and see them in real time.”

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An oasis of luxury and adventure

Along with the wilderness guide, the participants also had the chance to learn more about the exclusive Nimmo Bay Resort, which mixes luxurious ocean side lodging and gourmet West Coast cuisine with incredible outdoor experiences, such as catching a helicopter to a remote river for catch and release fly fishing, or hiking over a 10,000-year-old glacier. “The combination of direct communication with sales, one of the owners, and the wilderness guide – plus seeing the videos they have produced – was perfect,” says Helen.

John Kafieh, who was also on the virtual journey, agrees. “I liked the insight into the resort from three different people, as well as the still pictures they showed. I even used Google Maps while I was on the call to see even more pictures of what they were talking about. It gave me a deeper familiarity with the resort.”

Despite a bit of spotty Internet reception caused by the remoteness of the location, John said the presentation really lured him in. “I was simply able to see myself in the resort.  The presentation made me feel I could enjoy being there.

“It also wasn’t a piped in or pre-recorded discussion. They were talking to us. That made it personal, and that’s important. It piqued my interest and I thought – I want to go there.”

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Keeping connected to fellow travellers

The Divine Live and Online calls also help to keep John interested in travelling, as well as connected to the Divine Destination Collection travellers he has met on trips to South Africa, Scotland and Muskoka. “By the time each trip is over you have talked to each person. And the more trips you take, the more people you know. It’s a good group, and I like to keep in touch.

“I hadn’t been a big traveller. I’m a busy guy, but I want to travel more. These calls help because even though I find all the calls interesting, they may not all be on my bucket list. But in this case – Nimmo Bay did call to me. I wouldn’t have thought of going there. I didn’t even know it existed!”

Helen, who is a biologist, says she travels a lot, especially to check out the bird and animal life of different parts of the world. “When this is all over and there is a vaccine, I’d like to go back to the Galápagos Islands, go on a safari in Africa, or take a trip to the Antarctic, which I visited in 2000.

“These calls make me miss traveling even more because I see what I am missing. However, I live in B.C. and in mid-September we are heading out from Port Hardy to the Broughton Archipelago to see bears, sea lions, otters, whales, and salmon. Our trip will not be as luxurious as The Divine Destination Collection trip, but hopefully it will have some of the magic.”

Besides adding that magic, The Divine Destination Collection is committed to leaving a place better for having been there, even when making a virtual trip – so a donation has been made to Nimmo Bay’s charity of choice, Sea to Cedar, which enables diverse economic and stewardship initiatives for positive, lasting change in the area.

The virtual travel continues

To find out more about how you can continue to explore the world until we can travel again – visit The Divine Destination Collection’s Divine Live and Online page.

Upcoming Divine Live and Online trips include meeting up with wildlife and literacy activist Boyd Varty on September 27, who will share how the mystic and the natural world are intertwined in Into the Mystic… 40 Days & 40 Nights in the South African Bush with Boyd Varty, a visit with gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of Uganda for These Gorillas Just Can’t Be Mist! on October 25, and a trip to Churchill, Manitoba on November 25 for a front row seat with Lazy Bear Expeditions to visit polar bears, Arctic fox, and beluga whales, called Lions and Tigers and Bears… Oh My!

Remember – you can still subscribe to all six Divine Live and Online experiences as each call is recorded and subscribers have access to the calls if they can’t make the live call, or wish to watch it again!

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What Will Travel Look Like in the Future?

What Will Travel Look Like in the Future?

WHAT WILL TRAVEL LOOK LIKE IN THE FUTURE?

Zelda La Grange

If you are reading this – travel is an integral part of your life. You cherish the opportunity to explore new worlds, meet new people, and learn more about yourself along the way.

Our lives have quickly and dramatically changed because of COVID-19. While we know we can protect ourselves and others by frequently washing our hands, wearing a mask indoors, and sitting six feet apart on restaurant patios – there is still no clear view of how we can safely travel in the next few years.

News reports range from the optimistic, with airlines and hotels trying to allay fears with increased cleaning procedures, to others saying the cost of travel will go up substantially, and we will be greeted with long line-ups at airports for health screening.

This pandemic has also been a wake-up call about the impact of pollution caused by travel. We all heard about dolphins being spotted swimming in the suddenly clear canals of Venice and tourist destinations getting the chance to rejuvenate. Could we have the chance to help nurse our planet back to health by creating less pollution when we travel?

“I’m ashamed to say that I have had my head in the sand about how air travel contributed to climate change,” says Allison Frame, co-founder of The Divine Destination Collection. “This pandemic has given us the opportunity to take a step back and see how travelling has affected our world.”

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A CLEANER FUTURE

Some companies are already taking steps to address the impact of flying on the environment. For example, Air Transat is looking for ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by exploring the possibility of using kerosene to make synthetic jet fuel. It is estimated that this would have an 80 per cent lower carbon footprint than conventional jet fuel.

We are also rethinking why we fly. During the lockdown, companies found that using Zoom and other online meeting platforms could be as effective as meeting in person to do business. Zoom won’t eliminate the need for face-to-face encounters, but it looks like it might permanently decrease the amount of business travel companies do in the future.

“I think travel is going to become more meaningful – in the sense that we will think more carefully about where we are going and why,” says Allison. “I hope we will be more mindful of what we do when we visit, and try to make more meaningful connections.

“We also may have to travel in a different way, at least for the foreseeable future. As humans we love to travel, and we will adapt.”

That could mean travelling in smaller groups, and choosing private rental properties or small boutique hotels instead of crowded resorts & hotels. Multi-generational family trips may also become more popular as family members weren’t able to see each other during the lockdown.

LUXURY TRAVEL 2.0

Our priorities while travelling will also shift. “The new luxury travel will focus on safety, hygiene and off the beaten path experiences instead of five star amenities,” says Allison. “It will be about making memories and connections with local cultures and communities, instead of elegant lounges and fully stocked mini-bars.”

In fact, Emirates airlines, which is known for such over-the-top luxuries as fully enclosed first class suites complete with moisturizing pajamas to keep passengers’ skin hydrated, now boasts of being the first airline in the world to cover medical and quarantine expenses if you are diagnosed with COVID-19 while travelling.

And while we will look to technology to help us keep safe by using tools like the Government of Canada’s COVID Alert app, which lets you know if you may have been exposed to COVID-19, the use of travel agents may also be on the rise, as people decide they want to interact with a real person to receive informed advice and expertise, instead of booking all their travel plans online.

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THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

But perhaps the biggest change in the immediate future will be a switch to travelling closer to home. In fact, there has already been a boom in RV sales due to the pandemic.

“We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful and diverse country. Researching our Divine Live and Online virtual travel adventures really reawakened my desire to see all these magnificent jewels we have in Canada. It’s also important to support our local economy during these uncertain times,” says Allison.

“These past months have given us time to think about what is important. As we stayed inside, we had the chance to really look inside ourselves. We’re protesting injustices we should have been protesting before, and looking ahead to the kind of world we want to live in.

“It’s also been a time of great creativity, imagination and innovation, as we found new ways to connect to each other, new ways of doing business and more satisfying ways to spend our time. We don’t just want to get through this – we want be able to thrive during these uncertain times!”

THE ADVENTURE CONTINUES

Fulfill your need to travel by embarking on an exclusive wilderness experience to Nimmo Bay with Finding Nimmo! our next Divine Live and Online adventure on August 26.

You’ll join an expert wilderness guide on a boat ride to explore this amazing part of B.C.’s Pacific coast for some whale watching and an up-close exploration of the abundant plant and animal life in the area. You’ll see the beautiful rainforest and then experience its healing benefits with a mindful and nurturing guided meditation of the Great Bear Rainforest.

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Inspiration for Changing the World via a Virtual Visit to South Africa

Inspiration for Changing the World via a Virtual Visit to South Africa

Inspiration for Changing the World via a Virtual Visit to South Africa

Zelda La Grange

Divine Live and Online kicked off on June 30th with a fascinating journey to South Africa to speak with Zelda la Grange, a white Afrikaner who went through a life-changing transformation when she started working in President Nelson Mandela’s office in her 20’s.

Born in apartheid South Africa to a privileged, upper class white family, Zelda was raised to believe that black people were dangerous and could not be trusted. “She started working in the President’s Office because she needed a job, and she ended up totally falling in love with the man,” says Nancy, one of the 42 people who participated on the virtual experience.

“To grow up with such a drilled-in belief system, and then to break that, and not only change the way she thought, but to change the people around her, was so heartening.”

Nancy was also amazed at how Nelson Mandela was able to use his 27 years in prison to strengthen his spirituality. Despite all the racism and hardship he faced because he was black, he never became prejudiced himself. “He totally accepted everyone,” says Nancy.

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A Special Significance in Our Current Times

“I was completely captivated by her story,” says Sheila, another participant on the video chat. “Her journey from growing up racist in apartheid South Africa to becoming Nelson Mandela’s right-hand person, and letting go of her biases, was incredible. It also helped me to better understand the racism we are experiencing today and allowed me to see things through a different and more positive lens.

“After diving into the Black Lives Matter movement, I realized that I was living in a bubble when it came to racism. When I looked closely at my social media feeds, I realized that they were predominately white, which bothered me. At the same time I was feeling overwhelmed and infuriated at all the injustice, while also wondering how we, as individuals, could possibly make a difference.

“Zelda explained that the path to changing minds and behaviours is with affection. Nelson Mandela’s approach to injustice and violence was to lead with love, kindness, and positivity, which really resonated with me and I came away from the presentation feeling inspired and more hopeful for the future.”

Thea agrees that the chance to talk with Zelda couldn’t have come at a better time. “It was an opportunity to revisit the legacy of Nelson Mandela and his example of compassion, humility, perseverance, and bravery at a moment when the world is still struggling with racism.

“[Zelda] was very clear about the way she grew up. She was raw in how she spoke about her parents, but tender when she spoke about her transformation. It was very poignant and moving.”

The Power of Speaking the Same Language

What really stood out for Thea was the fact that Nelson Mandela spoke to Zelda in her native language of Afrikaans. “It was about the humility and respect of speaking to a person in their own native tongue. He knew the way to create a movement was to speak to different cultures.”

It turns out that Thea’s sister, who joined in on the call along with their brother, had often used a quote from Nelson Mandela in her work as a Spanish teacher: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

Thea and her siblings, who haven’t seen each other because of the pandemic, spoke for an hour and a half after the call. “There were so many morsels of wisdom that caused you to think. We didn’t want the journey to end.” The next morning her sister called to continue the conversation and “unpack” from their “virtual” trip together.

Sheila also continues to think about Zelda’s journey. “It was so timely for me. It showed that people’s ideologies can be changed.” She even ordered Nelson Mandela’s book, Conversations with Myselfthe next day.

“The Divine Destination Collection has that special knack of tapping into the extraordinary,” says Nancy. “They put so much care into what we are experiencing.”

And since The Divine Destination Collection has always been committed to leaving a place better for having been there – a donation was made to a charity of Zelda’s choice – Relief Life Disaster Management. It will use the funds to put together 60 parcels of food that will each feed two people for a week who have been affected by the COVID-19 lockdown in the Hermanus area of South Africa.

Perfect Group Cathedral Shot - Camino, Spain
Perfect Group Cathedral Shot - Camino, Spain
Perfect Group Cathedral Shot - Camino, Spain

The Next Adventure Awaits

Nancy is now looking forward to the July 29th Divine Live and Online experience, Pilgrimages & Vintages, with Sue Kenney. “I met Sue when I was on The Divine Destination Collection trip to El Camino de Santiago last year. That trip was focused on us, so I’m interested to now learn about Sue’s experiences walking the Camino for 16 years.”

In fact Nancy, Sheila, and Thea have signed up for all six Divine Live and Online calls.

Since the calls are also recorded and reside on The Divine Destination Collection website for subscribers to view at their leisure, Sheila is thinking of inviting some of her clients to watch the South Africa call, as well as the October 25th Gorilla trek high in the hills near the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda. “It would be a great way to keep up the momentum for a trip we have planned to South Africa in 2021.”

Continuing on with the family affair, Thea bought subscriptions to four calls for her brother and sister. They will both be joining Thea on Pilgrimages & Vintages since they all lived in Spain when they were young and grew up learning about El Camino. “My brother is also excited about Finding Nimmo, as he had planned to visit Nimmo Bay in British Columbia one day.

“I travel for business, so I have been on a lot of planes. It’s a luxury to be in the moment and have it linger on,” says Thea. “My passport is no longer the only key to emerge into a new world. From my home I have a new way to seek inspiration, learn, and wonder.”

Other upcoming Divine Live and Online experiences include meeting up with wildlife and literacy activist Boyd Varty, who will share how the mystic and the natural world are intertwined in Into the Mystic…40 Days & 40 Nights in the South African Bush with Boyd Varty and a trip to Churchill, Manitoba, for a front row seat with Lazy Bear Expeditions to visit polar bears, Arctic fox, and beluga whales, called Lions and Tigers and Bears… Oh My!

To find out more about how you can continue to explore the world until we can travel again – visit The Divine Destination Collection website.

Remember – you can still subscribe to all six experiences as each call is recorded and subscribers have access to the calls if they can’t make the live call, or wish to watch it again!

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We’re ready to welcome you on a new kind of journey

We’re ready to welcome you on a new kind of journey

We’re ready to welcome you on a new kind of journey

While COVID-19 has forced us all to change our travel plans – it has not deterred The Divine Destination Collection from searching out and curating an incredibly unique array of adventures for you to experience this year.

Imagine travelling the globe to meet fascinating people, take in the beauty of nature, and enjoy unexpected delights without worrying about face masks, quarantines, and social distancing. You’ll be able to experience all that – along with the impeccable combination of comfort, adventure and spirituality that you have come to expect from The Divine Destination Collection.

“We have always been interested in the personal journey we take while we visit another part of the world,” says The Divine Destination Collection co-founder Allison Frame. “Learning about ourselves as we explore other cultures, traditions, and beliefs has always been at the centre of all of our trips – so while we can’t physically transport ourselves to a new setting, we have found a way to enjoy a fantastic virtual experience that captures those same profound moments of personal discovery.”

Welcome to Divine Live and Online – a series of live, up-close and personal encounters that will inspire and transform you as you visit some of the most remote and exotic locales on earth.

Just imagine the awe of seeing whales frolic in the ocean by one of the largest coastal rainforests in the world, learning about the life-changing power of Spain’s El Camino from a modern-day pilgrim, visiting South Africa for an exclusive conversation with a personal aide and friend to Nelson Mandela, or meeting up with some friendly gorillas in Uganda.

Those are just a few of the adventures that await you on Divine Live and Online.

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The evolution to Divine Live and Online

This curated virtual travel series is the natural evolution from The Conscious Conversation Collection! The Divine Destination Collection community came together this spring through a series of Zoom calls to discuss what was happening in the world, learn how meditation and breathing exercises can help reduce anxiety, and travel to Hunkapi Farms in Arizona to meet an extraordinary horse named Alfie and explore the healing nature of horses.

In fact, that virtual trip to Arizona, called Horseplay with Heart was so successful that Allison and The Divine Destination Collection co-founder Deb Niven realized that they could use the magic of Zoom to take participants on live adventures around the world.

A Brave New World

A brave new world awaits

“A brave new world requires a brave new offering – so we opened up our minds to new possibilities and created a series of six once-in-a-lifetime adventures that will transport participants to places most people will never have the chance to visit, and take part in some incredible experiences,” says Allison. “Make no mistake, this is no ordinary Zoom call. Each adventure is hosted by a local expert who shares inside knowledge and personal stories with us for a truly interactive and exclusive experience.”

And since The Divine Destination Collection has always been committed to leaving a place better for having been there – a donation will be made to the host’s favourite charitable organization at each destination.

Created as a subscription service, you can choose from either one, four, or six Divine Live and Online adventures. Affordable and unique, it is just $269.00 CDN + HST for all six experiences, $199.00 CDN + HST for any four, or $59.00 CDN + HST per single experience. To make the deal even sweeter, if you refer a friend who signs up for a subscription – you will receive 10% off your next subscription!

And don’t worry, each call is recorded, so if you have subscribed and are unavailable for the live call, it will be available to you for private viewing at your leisure.

Zelda & Mandela

First stop – South Africa

Divine Live and Online kicks off on June 30 with a journey to South Africa entitled Be the Change You Want to See in the World – where we will have a private audience with Zelda la Grange, founding staff member of the Presidential Office of Nelson Mandela.

Zelda will share life-changing experiences and personal anecdotes from working by Mandela’s side for almost 20 years. Now, more than ever, we can all benefit from the resilience and approach to life that made Nelson Mandela one of the most admired leaders and humanitarians of our time.

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Travel the El Camino

In July we will venture back to the Camino in Spain, where several Divine Destination Collection travellers visited in 2019. Called Pilgrimages & Vintages – we will combine wine and walking as we talk to Sue Kenney, who has been walking the Camino for over 16 years and will share how the Camino can change your life, with a discussion of the many fabulous wines from the region with Jessica Chaikowsky, wine scholar and owner of the Wine Agency Gusto Grapes, who will of course also provide some great suggestions for a few Spanish wines to sip on during the call!

Zelda & Mandela

A healing forest walk

In August we return to Canada for Finding Nimmo! an exclusive wilderness experience at Nimmo Bay, located beside British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest.

Our expert wilderness guide will take us along on a boat ride to explore this amazing part of the Pacific coast for some whale watching and an up-close exploration of the abundant plant and animal life in the area. We’ll then experience the healing benefits of the rainforest with a mindful and nurturing guided meditation.

Zelda & Mandela

The power of nature

In September we will meet up with a fascinating wildlife and literacy activist who will share how the mystic and the natural world are intertwined in Into the Mystic… 40 Days & 40 Nights in the South African Bush with Boyd Varty.

Boyd Varty, who realized a lifelong dream this April as he went into the African wilderness alone for 40 days and 40 nights, will help us explore the dynamics of solitude and what it means to be wild. His insights are particularly timely as the world goes into a collective time of reflection during the global shutdown due to the pandemic. We’ll discuss how our relationship with nature must evolve, and how we need to think deeply about the way we live.

Perfect Group Cathedral Shot - Camino, Spain

The wild worlds of gorillas

In October we travel to Uganda for a private gorilla trek called These Gorillas Just Can’t Be Mist!

Uganda is one of the best locations in the world to view these endangered animals. We will journey high in the hills near the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where gorillas are fiercely protected and access is limited to preserve the habitat of these amazing animals.

Churchill Polar Bears

The Great White North, Eh!

Finally, in November we take our last Divine Live and Online trip of the year to Churchill, Manitoba, where we will be invited to board a custom-built Arctic Crawler™ to visit polar bears, Arctic fox, Arctic hare, and the camouflaged ptarmigan, as well as see beluga whales in Hudson Bay and the Churchill River. Join Lions and Tigers and Bears… Oh My! for a front row seat with Lazy Bear Expeditions to see these amazing animals in their own habitat, along with interactive commentary from a wildlife expert.

Remember you, can sign up for all six adventures, or select four, or one. Click to learn more and register for Divine Live and Online.

The Divine Destination Collection looks forward to welcoming you to explore the world in an exciting new way!

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