Hundreds of years ago, our ancestors traveled together in a caravan for safety and survival. Think: The Silk Road and Camels, Oregon trail and Covered Wagons. Today, however, we can travel together in a Caravan for collective and personal expansion.
We are excited to introduce Caravan: transformational community-driven experiences that expand your inner + outer world.
The Caravan experience is coming to Iran this April 2017! Join us for a 10 day all-inclusive unique journey of a lifetime as we caravan through the breathtaking Iran while engaging with each other in an immersive program. We will be curating a small group of purpose-driven global entrepreneurs & creatives to explore Iran and to connect to ourselves.
What's the Program Design?
We’ve designed this caravan to highlight the unique place-specific elements of Iran that we believe are the most important for an authentic and meaningful experience. Each day, this exploration will emerge with us engaging in a specific theme that is central to life in Iran (most have no translation in english and can only learned by experiencing).
For example, you’ll learn about the modern and traditional Iranian notions of:
community, public sphere, and local leadership by experiencing the themes of Pir Neshin, Karvansara, and Masjed. You’ll also actively learn about Iran’s heritage of personal and societal intimacy by experiencing themes of Sofrey, Hayat-markazi, 5 Dari and Saqa Khooneh.
We believe that at the intersection of immersive deep travel + community + curriculum there is a powerful opportunity for personal & collective growth. In addition to learning about what it means to be Iranian, we will facilitate conversations and interactions around the spectrum of human experience and what it means to be from our respective countries.
Imagine after Caravan, you leave with 7000+ years of wisdom and experience. That's exactly our intention. That you won't just end up taking home a gorgeous Persian rug or some incredible mosque selfies. Instead, that you'll expand as a human by gaining access and insight into yourself and into multiple new ways of being - of which you may choose to adopt and take back home with you. That’s what the Caravan experience is all about: coming together to expand our personal, collective & global consciousness.
What's included in the experience?
We’ve intentionally designed Caravan as an immersive experience from start to finish. Here's what's included:
- 10 days, 10 nights in shared accommodation (historical houses and hotels across Iran)
- 3 delicious traditional & local meals per day (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Immersive Caravan workshops and curriculum (learning by doing)
- All transportation for 10 days in Air-con VIP bus (including to/from airport)
- Domestic airfare
- All excursions and activities
- Tickets and english tour guide to modern and historical heritage sites
- Daily morning yoga & movement
- Visa support + background check for safety precausitions
- The opportunity to connect deeply with Iran, yourself, and a group of new life-long friends
Just purchase your international flight + a Caravan ticket and we'll take care of everything else. This way you can show up and be fully present for the journey of a lifetime!
Where will the journey take us?
Although we believe the journey is not about the destinations - the ones that we’ll visit are certainly unique and worth mentioning! We will be spending 10 days in between the following cities, towns, & villages.
Day 1 & 2: Tehran - Iran’s capital and lively modern metropolis of 12 million people built on the foot of the iconic Alborz mountains and known for its fashion savvy women, skiing, hiking, and diversity of subcultures.
Day 3 & 4: Kashan - One of the oldest human settlements in the world (7,000 BCE) this alluring old town is unique for its rose fields, UNESCO gardens, highly atmospheric bazaars, and architecturally significant traditional houses which were built as vacation spots for royalty of the Safavid Dynasty.
Day 5 & 6: Maranjab Desert - This desert was once a part of the Silk Road between Persia, Europe and China and is now known for its 230 foot sand dunes, castles, salt lakes, a nightsky full of stars and caravanserais (pitstops for caravans along the Silk Road). After our time in the desert, we will visit Abyaneh, which is a historic red clay village and is like a living architectural and anthropological museum.
Day 7 & 8: Isfahan - Known by a famous 16th century rhyme as Esfhan nesf-ejahan ("Esfahan is half the world") this city is brimming with humanity and was once the capital of Persia. Isfahan is home to one of the largest and oldest public squares in the world and many UNESCO mosques that are noted as the best in Islamic and Persian architecture and inlaid mosaic artistry.
Day 8 & 9: Shiraz - The Romanticists' city, Shiraz is synonymous with poetry, education, royalty, nightingales, gardens, flowers and picnics. Shiraz is the resting place of Persian Kings and famous 12th century Persian poets including the beloved Sa’di and Hafez. On our way to Shiraz, we'll visit Persepolis ("The City of the Persians") a UNESCO site that was once home to the Persian Empire around 550 BC. Nearly 44% of the human population of the world belonged to the Empire at that time!
Day 10: Shiraz & Tehran - Program conclusion in Shiraz then flights back to Tehran!