The name Still
Water Travel is derived
from a Zen concept that a turbulent
and chaotic consciousness,
is limited in its ability to clearly
perceive, learn, and expand. Whereas
a calmed mind and spirit is better
able to experience the world
fully with clear
image of tossing a large boulder into a turbulent ocean only
to see the effect quickly diminished by the chaotic waves
of the ocean. But drop the tinniest pebble into the still
water of a placid pond and the effect is clear, expansive
and sustained for a longer period of time.
It is our
belief at Still Water Travel that one way to get
the most out of the travel experience is to make time and
the journey to slow the mind, calm the consciousness and
allow our senses to fully engage.
small group travel programs that often include optional yoga
instruction as an avenue of increasing awareness and integration
of mind, body and spirit.
Water Travel operates quality adventure travel and conscious
programs at a high level of comfort and professionalism. We
do not operate budget travel programs and are committed to
the highest standards of client care and support. We
take full advantage of the fact that we are a small company
by providing a more intimate and personal level of care to
those who travel with us. Because of our attention
to detail, many of our travelers return to experience
a Still Water Travel program again and again.
Water Travel programs are facilitated in locations which
and engage the human spirit in deep and profound
through nature, culture or a combination of both,
our journeys are designed to create enriching memories
that will last
passionate about the areas in which we travel and our passion
and excitement is shared with, and is typically embodied
by, those with whom we travel.
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international travel is more of a rarity than the norm in
our lives. Travel gives us the opportunity to step out of
our standard patterns of behavior and allows us to expand
our perceptions of ourselves, others, the human condition,
the social consciousness of the world in which we live and
the natural wonders of our planet.
of our senses come alive when we travel. Our eyes are
our sense of relationship is heightened: Relationship
to other individuals, other cultures, the planet and
We have found that travel allows us the opportunity
to see our lives "back home" in a new light,
to realign with our true core beliefs, to adjust
and make new commitments.
travel is undertaken on a conscious level, there is a
opportunity to witness ourselves outside of our unconscious
patterns and routines. We are able to see areas of
our lives where perhaps we are spending too much energy
struggling or holding on to old and unproductive
are able to witness areas of our lives where we are
not spending enough of our focus, energy or commitment.
In other words, travel undertaken in a conscious manner allows
us to regain balance in our lives and re-adjust our priorities. A
lifestyle tune up, if you will.
is the state of being that Still Water Travel programs
into and of which we take advantage. We
bring a sense of intention to the travel
and conscious travel is accomplished during a Still
Water Travel program through the use of ceremony, yoga,
discussions and paying close attention to the intricacies
of group dynamics. Sometimes the desired results
are achieved through the group leader simply guiding
a dinner discussion
toward a subject that invokes conscious thought and
awareness of how we are being affected by the travel
group leader may simply ask the members of the group
to speak about their most profound
part of the journey thus far. It is amazing how a simple
question posed at just the right time can turn an average
meal into an dynamic evening of thought provoking conversation,
laughter, learning and insight. Suddenly you
are learning more about yourself and your fellow
travelers that is often
missed on standard travel programs.
It is the
responsibility of the group leader to always be cognizant
of the group mood, energy and spirit. It is his/her job to
facilitate the experience so that it yields the greatest
potential for growth, awareness, enjoyment and a continually
strengthening group camaraderie.
Water Travel programs utilize the process of ceremony
intention around a certain topic or discussion. During
the first night of a program after we have arrived in our
host country, we might gather together to
start the process of getting to know the other members of
the group with whom we are about to share an amazing travel
experience. Your guide may ask you to come to the ceremony
prepared with some small representation (totem) of why you
have chosen to take this journey at this time of your life. As
each person shares their thoughts with the others,
the group begins to create an identity together,
bonds begin to form
and personal barriers are reduced.
the end of the program your guide may provide opportunity
for another simple ceremony (or gathering) where
the totem that you bring represents something about yourself
wish to commit to change. This may be an area
of your life that you realize no longer serves you
or a part of your
life which has been neglected and needs more attention.
of these simple gatherings is to focus intention and awareness
so that our consciousness may expand and our group may become
more of a community of travelers than a loosely knit gaggle
all we respect your choice to participate at the level
at which you feel most comfortable. We travel and explore
together to celebrate life, expand our horizons and ultimately
to have fun!
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are a small travel operator that typically runs only
four specialized journeys each year. Our travel
programs are limited to a maximum of 16 passengers
to run a slightly larger group as a special charter.
All of our travel programs are intimately designed
to maximize the traveler's opportunity for a trip of
Travel is owned and operated by Chess
Edwards, who has been
guiding and organizing international travel programs for
over 20 years. All Still Water Travel programs are created,
organized and guided by Chess Edwards.
an adventure and conscious travel guide, not a tour leader.
He brings to each Still Water Travel journey his passion,
commitment to excellence, professionalism, humor and a wealth
of travel tales from around the globe (some of them are even
Still Water Travel program is enriched by Chess' experience
as a personal coach, corporate
team development facilitator,
trained wilderness guide, natural history
educator, professional photographer and motivational speaker.
To learn more about Chess' background and experience, please
see his Bio online.
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