Lectures shed light on exotic trips

Nancy Lanthier, Vancouver Sun
Published: Saturday, March 31, 2007

Two local lectures in April will shed light on travel opportunities — one to explore the little-known Southeast Asian country Myanmar (formerly Burma), the other to experience a spiritual ceremony in Mexico.

CanWest contributor Andrew Renton describes Myanmar in a press release as “a magical yet contentious country.” The well-known writer — who takes impressive photographs and shares a good yarn — offers tips on experiencing the best of this exotic place (bordered by China, Laos, Thailand and India). The talk will take place April 4 at 7 p.m., at Vancouver Public Library (350 West Georgia); tickets are $12; for more information, call 604-732-0054.

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A talk on participating in the Mexican “Ceremony of Fire” — said to be a life-changing experience — is presented by Wirrarika Conexion, April 18 at 6 p.m. and April 21 at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. at the Vancouver Public Library (350 Georgia St.).

Operated by Juan Carlos Quintero and his partner, Wirrarika says in a press release that it guides travellers deep into an indigenous culture to experience a spiritual journey guided by a shaman.

“This is somewhat exclusive,” writes Quintero in a recent e-mail, “since these ceremonies are not easily accessible.”

For those interested in “expanding their spiritual knowledge,” the journey takes place May 24 to 26, in Chacala, Nayarit, a small fishing/tourist village set on a beach near Puerto Vallarta.

nlanthier@png.canwest.com

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