Giving Thanks in Africa: Join us November 23-30, 2013





"I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up that I was not happy."
-Ernest Hemingway



The air in Zimbabwe is called champagne air. It's crisp and bubbly, like the tingle of the first sip of champagne on your lips.  It makes you want slow down and savor every moment.

Zimbabwe sits a mile above sea level just north of the border of South Africa and while news reports may keep you from coming to Zimbabwe perhaps you will listen to the whispers of your soul, come to Zimbabwe and take a deep breath in.

I have been going to Zimbabwe several times a year since 2008.  There is something about the champagne air, the kind smiles of the locals, the dreamy colors of the sunsets, the radiance of the stars lighting the dark African sky, the beauty of seeing elephants and rhinos living in their natural environment.

There is something about the spirit of the Zimbabwean people that remind me to live in a state of gratitude, giving thanks for the sunrise everyday, giving thanks for unexpected rains, just giving thanks.


This November, over (the U.S.) Thanksgiving week, we are offering a very special Giving Thanks Service & Safari trip to Zimbabwe with the founder of Qoya, Rochelle Schieck

Join House of Loveness founder Betsy Blankenbaker November 23-30, 2013 for daily Qoya classes lead by Rochelle under the African sky, three days of service at a local school and hospital followed by three magical nights at a safari park with daily game drives, Qoya classes, a sunrise elephant ride, rhino walk and horseback riding.

Your Thanksgiving Day in Zimbabwe (Thursday, Nov. 28) will be celebrated with a game drive to see elephants, lions, zebras and rhinos followed by a beautiful buffet in the safari park surrounded by the natural beauty of Zimbabwe, with a few special guests.  In the evening, we will do a community Qoya class under the African sky.

This is a once-in-lifetime trip.  Will you join us? Only TEN spots available.

Cost is $3,000 and includes 7 nights of shared accommodations in Zimbabwe, all meals and transportation within Zimbabwe, game drives, elephant ride, rhino walk, horseback ride and special welcome presentation from Zimbabwean Ann Hamilton-King.  A portion of your trip costs goes towards the education of children in Zimbabwe.

Price excludes air travel to and from Zimbabwe.  Flights should be booked to Harare (HRE).  You are required to have travel insurance for trip, available through http://www.allianztravelinsurance.com (or sometimes through your credit card)

    Special rate of $2,750 if you book before July 1, 2013
                Click here (link takes you to fiscal sponsor, fill in amount to purchase trip)

The Qoya classes are for women only but you are welcome to bring a partner or children with you to Zimbabwe.  Please email Betsy if you have more questions: mybetsy@mac.com
                                                                                                                       
Here is a sneak peek of the schedule:

House of Loveness Service & Safari Qoya Retreat with Rochelle Schieck November 23-30, 2013
                                              
                             
Saturday, November 23th Travel Day (Arrival)
All day arrivals into Harare (HRE) Zimbabwe, transportation to Borrowdale B&B
6pm Welcome Dinner
8pm Opening Circle and Gentle Qoya class before bedtime


Sunday, November 24th Welcome to Zimbabwe
7.30-8am Morning breathing exercises, Meditation 
8-9am Breakfast
9:30-12 Qoya class in garden

1-2pm Lunch
2-5pm Afternoon free time
5-6pm Welcome to Zimbabwe by local Ann Hamilton-King 6-7:30pm Dinner
7:45pm-9pm Gentle Qoya/Meditation before bedtime


Monday, November 25th Service with House of Loveness
7-8am Morning breathing exercises, Qoya
8-9am Breakfast
9:15am Transportation to HOL sponsored school
10am-1pm Small teaching groups, Qoya class, lunch with the children 

Qoya founder Rochelle Schieck
1pm Transportation to local hospital

1:30pm Tea with hospital officials followed by tour of children’s ward 
3pm Transporation to B&B
4-6pm Free time
6-7:30pm Dinner

7:45pm-9pm Gentle Qoya/Meditation before bedtime

Tuesday, November 26th Service with House of Loveness
7-8am Morning breathing exercises, Qoya
8-9am Breakfast
9:15am Transportation to HOL sponsored school
10am-1pm Small teaching groups, Qoya class with locals, lunch with the children 

1pm Transportation to craft market
3pm Transporation to B&B
4-6pm Free time
6-7:30pm Dinner
7:45pm-9pm Gentle Qoya/Meditation before bedtime


Wednesday, November 27th Service & Safari Day
7-8am Morning breathing exercises, Qoya in garden
8-9am Breakfast
9:15am Transportation to HOL sponsored school
10am-1pm Qoya class and party (at school) for locals and children 

1pm Transportation to Safari Park (box lunches)                                  

3pm Check-in at Safari lodge
4-6pm Sundowners and Sunset Game Ride 

6.30-8pm Dinner
8-9pm Outdoor Circle & Dancing at Fire Pit


Thursday, November 28th On Safari (Thanksgiving Day in the US)
7-8:30am Morning breathing exercises, Qoya in garden
8:30-9am Breakfast
9:30-3.30pm Game Drive and Thanksgiving Day Brunch (with surprise guests!) 

4-6pm Free Time, Swim, Rest
6.30-8pm Dinner
8-9.30pm Thanksgiving Gratitude Despacho & Qoya  at Fire Pit


Friday, November 29th On Safari
6-8am Sunrise Elephant Ride
8-9am Breakfast
9:30-Noon Qoya class in garden                                                                  

 

12.30-1.30pm Lunch
3-5pm Free Time, Swim, Rest
5-7pm Sunset Game Drive
7.30-9pm Dinner
9-11pm Closing Ceremony and Qoya Dance Party under the African Sky


Saturday, November 30th Travel Day (Departure)
6-8am Sunrise Elephant Ride
8-9am Breakfast
10am Transportation to airport (book flights out of HRE for 1pm or after) 


Saturday, November 30 - Monday, December 2 
Optional two night add-on to Victoria Falls if there is enough interest.  Please email mybetsy@mac.com for more information.


Where will you be this Thanksgiving?  Reserve your spot today.  


“Travel brings power and love back into your life.” 
― Rumi





House of Loveness is grateful to have From The Heart Productions as a fiscal sponsor. 
 FTHP is a 501 C 3 organization
Donations can be made to FTHP for the benefit of House of Loveness 
For more information on FTHP: fromtheheartproductions.com
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