Photo Workshop to Ethiopia, Africa New Dates Coming Soon!
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A Photo Workshop to Ethiopia, Africa - The tribes of the OMO Valley + Lalibela - The "Churches" below the ground
Join Jay Seldin on a remarkable journey to Ethiopia in Feb 2015. Ethiopia is one of the most interesting countries in the world, full of history intrigue, mysticism and mystery. Ethiopia is the oldest independent country in Africa having recorded civilization dating from the second millennium BC. Ethiopians are people of extraordinary grace, beauty, strength, resilience and intelligence who’s spiritual and tribal traditions and sense of cultural and personal dignity have remained intact throughout the centuries. Ethiopia is the only country in Africa that is never been colonized or sold its own people into slavery.Our photo journey is divided into two main locations. In the north we explore the ancient sacred spiritual traditions of Coptic Christianity and Jewish traditions that predate Western society by centuries. Some historic Jewish traditions are still retained to this day and incorporated as rituals in the Coptic Christian beliefs. Many say that Ethiopia is the site of the “Garden of Eden.” We will visit Lalibela and photograph the ancient and historic underground churches built by King Lalibele beginning in the 12th century. The story goes that an angel appeared to King Lalibela and told him to build the churches which he built over the next 25 years, how they were built remains a mystery some say they are the eighth wonder of the world.
The second part of our photo workshop is an Overland adventure. We fly into the remote tribal lands of the South to visit tribal people living in traditional village compounds far from the beaten path This is a journey straight out of the pages of a 1950’s National Geographic magazine. We will visit the many tribes still found in the Southern Omo Valley. Photo opportunities include portraits, environments landscapes and tribal ceremonies. This is an opportunity not to be missed. These nomadic tribes have been criss-crossing Ethiopia for centuries. How much longer will they remain in this tribal state is a question of time. As more and more roads and lodges are built, (and they are being built) more of western influences are retained. So pack you bags and joins us for a photo workshop to the land of Intrigue and Mysticism: Ethiopia.
Workshop Date - Coming Soon
Includes lodging, all meals, ground transportation, all internal domestic air flights within Ethiopia Limited Single Room Supplements available for additional fee of $800.00
Ethiopia Itinerary (tentative)
Day 1 - Arrival –
Day 1 -- You will be met upon arrival at the International airport and transported back to our hotel. The group will meet later in the day for an orientation and a local sightseeing trip with our bus . When we return we will have time to rest and then meet for dinner Overnight Jupiter International Hotel. (L, D)
Day 2 - Today is all about photographing and Sightseeing the City of Addis Ababa. Our local guides will help us find interesting locations “off the beaten path” in the city to shoot. Overnight Jupiter international (B, L, D)
Day 3 - Morning Photo Shoot in Addis, includingg the largest open-‐air market in Africa offering an array of colors, aromas, customs, produce and jewelry. Later in the afternoon, fly south to Arba Minch, set amid thick jungle at the junction of Lake Abaya and Lake Chamo. Settle into our cliff-‐top Tukul (thatched huts) overlooking the “Bridge of God” that separates the lakes, and take photographs of the sweeping landscape. Paradise Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 4 - Arba Minch -‐ Konso – Jinka Leaving Arba Minch, drive southwards to Jinka. En route visit one of the Konso villages. The Konso people live in a land of low terraced hills. They are reputed to be one of hard working groups in the country. Their elaborately terraced hillside grows some of the county’s best coffee. They have an articulate tradition and erect peculiar totems on the grave of their deceased. You will have an opportunity to photograph interesting cultural encounters with different tribes along the way. These tribes include the Ari, Benna and Tsemay. Overnight Eco Omo Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 5 - Jinka – Mago – Jinka (Key Afer Market) Take a day excursion to Mago National Park to visit the Mursi village. The Mursi are one of the most original ethnic groups. They live in very low huts made of straw leaves. The women like to wear terra cotta on their enormously stretched lower lips and ear lobes. The men are famous for their hairstyle. Drive back to Jinka after having your lunch proceed to Key Afer market to visit the colorful local market where you will have the chance to visit different tribes. Drive back to Jinka and visit the Ari village. Overnight Eco Omo Lodge. (B, L, D)
Day 6 - Jinka -‐ Karo – TurmiMorning after breakfast depart Jinka and drive to Turmi enroute visit the Murulle Village to see the Kara -‐ Koricho ethnic group, experts in the body painting, using clays and locally available vegetable pigments to trace fantastic patterns on each other’s faces, chests, arms, and legs. Karo men are also famous for their unique hairstyle. Overnight Buska Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 7‐ Turmi – Omorate – Turmi (Dimeka Market) This day you will take an excursion to Omorate where you will have cultural experience with the Geleb/ Dassenech people inhabitants of lower Omo River Valley. Visit and drive back to Turmi. Have your picnic lunch and proceed to visit the Dimeka Market. Overnight Buska Lodge (B, L, D)
Day 8‐ Turmi – Arba Minch -‐ Fly Addis After a morning breakfast drive to ArbaMinch visit the Arbore tribe and proceed to meet your flight to Addis. . Overnight Jupiter international Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 9 - Fly Addis – Lalibela You will be transferred to the airport for your flight to Lalibela. Lalibela is the jewel in the crown of Ethiopia, the most famous churches and the scene of many major religious ceremonies. Lalibela and its rock hewn churches are arguably Ethiopian’s top most attraction. Enroute take an excursion to visit Nakuto Le'abe monastery. King Nakuto abdicated his throne in 1270 AD and went to a cave to lead a hermit's life. This cave has ever since became a monastery and has dramatic setting. In the afternoon, visit part of rock hewn churches. Overnight Tukul Village Hotel. (B,L,D)
Day 10 - Excursion Yimrehane KirstosToday you will visit the church of Yimrehane Kirstos. This exquisite church, a masterpiece of Axumite wood and stone construction is renewed for its interior decoration, it’s beautiful wooden coffer ceiling inlaid with hexagons and medallions with both figurative and geometric motifs. Visit and drive back to Lalibela. Overnight Tukul Village Hotel. (B, L, D)
Day 11 - Fly Lalibela -‐ Addis -‐ Shopping – DepartureToday you will be transferred to the airport for your return flight to Addis Ababa, where upon arrival you will be met and transferred to the Jupiter hotel for day use. After lunch, you have some time to visit and shop or work with your photos. In the evening you will be you will attend a folkloric dinner where you will be able to taste Ethiopian national food and watch dances of the various ethnic groups of Ethiopia. Later this evening you will be transferred to Bole international airport for your departure. Day use at the Jupiter (B, L, D)
Most US departures are very late in the evening.
**CPE Workshops are not responsible for price changes and itinerary changes to our programs. We will do our best to meet our stated costs and activities. We reserve the right to make changes if necessary, due to circumstances beyond our control. Once registered, please do not purchase your international flights to Ethiopia until we let you know we have met our minimum student requirements. We will advise everyone about the Airline we recommend to fly non-stop to Addis from NYC
Min/ Max - 12 people
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