What to Expect

Experiential. Educational. Immersive.

It’s not easy to find travel opportunities for adults where you get to be immersed in the culture. Not just visit and take pictures and say that you got to see these places, but truly become one with the culture, learn about it, live within it, converse and live with the locals and learn from their lives as well…
– Allegra C., Participant Senegal: Music & Mysticism

What you do

On a Dragons program, participants engage with local communities in an experiential, educational and immersive way. On a given day, participants visit sites of historical and cultural significance, engage in apprenticeships with master artisans and musicians, and listen to guest lecturers speak on relevant topics. Participants have the opportunity to reflect upon their lives through mindfulness activities and journal prompts. They stroll through vibrant markets, drink tea with community members, and rest in places rich with natural beauty.

Where you stay

All aspects of a Dragons experience, from ground transportation to hotel selection, consider the impacts and benefits on the communities in which we engage. We choose lodging based on character, comfort and safety, as well as the hotel’s economic impact on the local community. Participants stay in guest houses (twin share), spiritual centers, and in the homes of community members. During our 2-3 nights in a community stay, participants have their own room and bed within the home of a local community member and meet with the group daily for guided learning activities.

I’m in a state of transition now, with my kids growing up. I’m about to enter a new chapter of life, which means letting go of some things and embracing others. Very sweetly, my four children all sent me off on this journey with words of wisdom and inspiration–just as I’ve sent them off on their own adventures. In fact, two of them are Dragons graduates themselves! Now, the tables have turned and though I’m the mom, they are drawing on their Dragons experience to support me on my journey!
– Mika C, Participant Nepal: Ashrams & Artisans
(Mother of Karly, Peru Summer 2016 & Eila, Peru Summer 2017)

Who you’re with

We love our participants! The people who are attracted to the Dragons way of traveling are enthusiastic about learning, open minded, flexible, and ready to share themselves with new people from radically differing cultural perspectives. Solo travelers, couples, and friends join our small group programs while our custom designed trips attract families and groups of friends or colleagues.

Program Elements