We invite you to visit these exciting Art centers of Europe with our presentations that probe into the relationships between the artists’ psychodynamics and the Art they create. We will see their works in some of the greatest museums in the world—The Van Gogh Museum, The Rijksmuseum, The Chagall Museum, The Louvre and more.
Please let us know if you would like to be a speaker and receive a discount off the land cost of the trip.
Amsterdam – 4 Nights at the 5 Star Marriott Hotel. The Van Gogh Museum has arranged his paintings in chronological order – beautifully illustrating his tragic journey from the dark palette of the North to the brilliant sunlight of Arles. The wondrous canals of Amsterdam should be lined with brightly colored tulips in full bloom.
Paris – 4 Nights at the 5 Star Westin Hotel overlooking the Tuileries Gardens and the Eiffel Tower and easy walking to The Louvre and The Opera Garnier. City tour, guided tour of The Museé D’Orsay, Optional day outing to Monet’s Giverny. Stroll The Champs Elyseé, enjoy the cafes and fine restaurants of this magnificent city.
Cannes – 4 Nights at the 5 Star InterContinental Carlton Stroll along the Croissette with its chic shops, charming cafes and restaurants. Guided tour of The Chagall Museum. Day outing to the perched village of St. Paul de Vence, next to The Maeght Foundation. Optional lunch on the terrace of the Columbe d’Or.
Included are Welcoming & Farewell Dinners, all breakfasts, baggage handling, and guided tours.
Not Included: Air Travel and Bullet Trains from Amsterdam to Paris and Paris to Cannes.
18 Hours of Continuing Education
Cost $4245 per person double occupancy + air: Single Supplement $1495
Group discount for 4 or more people registering together.
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Travel Information: The Travel Station (800) 990 2282
AIMED designates this educational activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AIMED also is accredited to provide Continuing Education for Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage & Family Therapists, Counselors and others.
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Comments from participants at our last international conference – Italy
Dear Ones, Jacqueline and Barry,
How very much we enjoyed our time with you in Italy! You went above and beyond in every aspect of the trip. Your work behind the scenes smoothed the way for us in every possible way. Your attention to detail made it the trip of a lifetime, and gave us more than we could possibly have hoped for or imagined. I can’t thank you enough for your selfless devotion and efforts on our behalf, to provide us with the best experience possible. It was a gift for our minds, bodies, and souls.
With great admiration and gratitude, Nancy Vincent Zinke
We want to personally thank you for the trip of a lifetime. We were so impressed with the accommodations, the tours and lectures. All the people we met were delightful. You should both be complimented on a job well done. We hope to travel again with Creativity and Madness in the near future. Bruce and Nancy Barton
Up to December 31, 2010 $100 per person
January 1-31, 2011 20% of Land Cost
February 1-28 40%
March 1-15 60%
After March 15 No refund
We strongly advise that you purchase travel insurance which is available from The Travel Station (800) 990 2282 and insurance agencies.
Itinerary for our April 1-14, 2011 Conference
Amsterdam, Paris and Cannes
Dear Colleague, Our adventure is about to begin!
April 2 – Saturday – Arrive Amsterdam
If you are traveling with the group on the flight from New York (Delta #80 arriving at 6:00 AM), you will be met by our agents who will assist you with the transfer to The Marriott Hotel. If you are not on the group flight, but arrive before the group, you may join the group for the transfer. The agent, who will be holding a sign Creativity & Madness, will not have your name on her list, so please find the agent as he or she will not know to be looking for you. Everyone passes through passport and customs so it should be easy to find the agent as you go into the general area from the customs and passport area.
If the timing is not right to join the group there are other ways to get to the hotel:
1 Taxi – the hotel is 9 miles from the airport – for approximately 40€, 2 Connexxion Schiphol Hotel Shuttle (reservations required) or
3 We can arrange a transfer for you for $85.
7:00 PM Welcoming Dinner
April 3 Sunday all breakfasts are included
9:30am-1:30PM Morning Lectures
Vincent van Gogh: A Psychological Analysis of His Last Three Years Suzy Grey, PhD ATR-BC, LPAT
Edith Piaf: The Resilience of The Little Sparrow Jacqueline Berz-Panter, MA, MS
Rembrandt – Bringing Light from Darkness Marty Seidenfeld, PhD
Global Well-Being–The World Databank of Happiness Randy Bjork, MD
2:30-5:30 Afternoon at Leisure
April 4 Monday
9:45 AM Meet in the hotel lobby
Rijksmuseum : This incredible museum contains Masterpieces by Rembrandt, Franz Hals, Vermeer, Brueghel and others
The Van Gogh Museum (very near the Rijksmuseum) His works are arranged in chronological order, giving the viewer a visual picture of his growth as an artist, his emotional development, and his final descent into madness and ascent into greatness
Afternoon at Leisure
4:00 -6:00 PM Discussion Group
April 5 Tuesday
9:30AM This is an option – for which there is no additional cost. A number of people have told us they would rather have a day of leisure in Amsterdam.
Otterloo National Park, which includes the Kroller-Muller Museum. Meet in the Hotel lobby This is a lovely area in a rolling woodland with walking and bicycle paths. Entrance to the Park, which is part of our tour, includes free use of bicycles, which are scattered readily throughout this wonderful area. The Park also contains The Kröller-Muller Museum, which has hundreds of Van Gogh’s finest paintings.
A number of people have commented that there is not enough free time in Amsterdam. This outing is 8-9 hours in duration. If you prefer you can of course, not go on this, and have the day free. Please let us know by March 17th if you DO want to go on this outing.
April 6 Wednesday
9:00 AM Bags out – Breakfast and checkout of the hotel
10:00 AM Coach transfer to the train station for the bullet train to Paris
11:30 AM Train departs
2:30 PM Arrival in Paris – We will be met by our guides for the transfer to the Westin Hotel
April 7 Thursday
9:00AM – 1:00 Morning Lectures
If We Only Had Love— Jacques Brel – Insights into the Human Heart Godfrey Ripley, MD
A Traumatized Society’s Longing for Holy Peace Kamal Artin MD
Camille Claudel:Rodin’s Model & Lover‑ Was She Really Ill or Just a Girl Genius? Kara Witt, PhD, LP
Transformation from Madness: The Rite of Spring Di Semmelhack, PsyD, LCPC
2:30PM Afternoon City Tour
7:30PM Ballet at the Opera Garnier (This is the original Paris Opera House and the setting for Phantom of the Opera)
This is an optional event. Please let us know if you are interested in attending. We have a very limited number of tickets which are $75 each.
April 8 Friday
Day at leisure or:
9:30 AM Optional excursion to Giverny, Monet’s Country Home and Garden. This is where Monet lived for many years and was inspired to paint his Water Lily series. The Japanese Bridge is an iconic image for this beautiful area with its wonderful gardens and restored rooms. $95 per person.
Lunch on your own.
7:45 PM Optional Dinner at Le Train Bleu. Take a look at this beautiful, fun, Belle Époque Restaurant in the Train Station. The set menu is $85. Service and tax are included. The restaurant is a 10-minute taxi ride from the hotel. (not included)
April 9 Saturday
10:15 AM Meet in the hotel lobby Visit to Le Musée D’Orsay. This world famous museum contains the most extensive display of impressionist art in France.
4:00 -6:00 PM Discussion group
April 10 Sunday
7:00 AM Bags out – check out of hotel, breakfast
8:45 AM Transfer to the train station for the bullet train to Nice
9:42 AM Train leaves station for Nice
2:51 PM Arrive Nice – We will be met and assisted in our transfer the International Carlton Hotel in Cannes
April 11 Monday
9:00AM – 1:00 PM Morning Lectures
Alcohol and the Writer Joseph Pursch, MD
A Psychological Look at The Life of Albert Schweitzer From The Perspective Of A Co-Worker Hans Juttner, MD
The Neurosis of Stephen Sondheim: Is Stephen Sondheim God? Marlene Paley, PhD & Jacques Winter, MD
Marc Chagall: Glory and Beauty Arising from Healthy Narcissism Barry Panter, MD
4:00 -6:00 PM Discussion group
April 12 Tuesday
9:30AM Meet in the hotel lobby Day outing to St. Paul de Vence and the Chagall Museum in Nice. St Paul de Vence is a beautiful perched mountain village 35 minutes from Cannes. There are wonderful galleries and cafes along the cobblestone streets of this charming little city.
12:30 Optional lunch on the terrace of Columbe D’Or – the restaurant is famous not only for its food, but also for the many modern artists, Calder, Picasso and others, who frequented it and ran a tab which often was settled by trading one of their works. http://www.la-colombe-dor.com/indexEN.html The cost for this three course lunch including wine, coffee, tax and service is $95 Service and tax are included.
At 2:00PM we will leave St Paul de Vence for the 20-25 minute drive to The Chagall Museum in Nice, which contains his Bible Message Series. This is the only museum in France that was dedicated to the work of a living artist. It exquisitely colored large paintings are stunning against the white walls of the museum.
April 13 Wednesday Day at Leisure. Enjoy walking the Croissette – boardwalk of Cannes; strolling along the boulevard lined with shops and cares; lunch on the pier in front of our hotel.
7:00 PM Farewell Dinner at the Hotel
April 14 Thursday
Checkout and transfer to the airport in Nice
Amsterdam Marriott Hotel | Stadhouderskade 12| 1054 ES| Amsterdam, The Netherlands|
Tel: +31 (0) 20 607 5555| Fax: +31 (0) 20 607 5511|
Westin Paris 3 rue castiglione 75001 Paris
tel 33 1 18.104.22.168 fax 33 1 22.214.171.124 elevate your senses
INTERCONTINENTAL CARLTON CANNES
58, La Croisette
06414 Tel : +33 4 93 06 40 19
You probably won’t need this advice, but we offer it—just in case.
AT HOME AND EN ROUTE:
- Carry any medications, glasses, and prescriptions, with you. Don’t pack them in checked in luggage.
- Keep a list (and photocopies) at home and another with you of your credit cards and the front page of your passport.
- Carry with you the name, address, and phone number of someone to contact in case of accident
- Be sure to carry a card describing any medical difficulties
- Take as little cash as possible. Carry travelers’ checks and credit cards to cover expenses
- It is helpful to have a photo of yourself with you—especially if you have any passport problems.
- Display large amount of cash when paying for taxis or tips.
- Leave luggage unattended. Use the luggage check in service at the Bell Captain’s desk.
- Automatically open your door if someone knocks.
- Leave your room door ajar if going for ice.
- Enter your room if the door is ajar. Call security.
- Open your room if someone is following you. Let them pass.
- Buy from people on the street.
- Walk through dark streets.
AT THE HOTEL:
- Use the hotel vault for jewelry and valuables. Please don’t take any very expensive jewelry, etc.
- Be careful what you say in the presence of strangers. Don’t reveal your room number.
- Ask at the front desk about the neighborhood if you plan on walking.
- Look in the elevator. If uncertain about a stranger –take the next one.
- Look down the corridor when leaving the elevator or your room.
- Use the locking devices on your room door.
- Know where the fire exits are.
IN GENERAL – DO:
- Ride rather than walk. If you do walk, go with a companion.
- Be careful where you carry your wallet. Inside vest or money belt is best.
- Beware of people asking directions. Keep safe and cautious distance.
- Beware of distractions i.e. someone dropping change, or people arguing. Someone bumping into you, etc. especially in the open markets and streets.
Please contact your local cell phone carrier for their international plan. Most require that you activate the international component – then you will be able to receive and make calls from your cell phone. If you have your cell phone with you, we strongly suggest that you turn the roaming feature of your cell phone off. If it remains on, you are continuously connected to the internet and will have a gigantic surprise when you get home and look at your phone bill.
Phone Calls from Home
We have found it most convenient and much less expensive to have calls made from the US and Canada to Europe. European time is 9 hours later than Los Angeles. If you have your caller place the call at about 10PM (from LA) they will reach you in your hotel room early in the morning. From the US, the caller just dials all of the numbers given above.
Jet Lag And How To Avoid It
The latest is to take Melatonin 5-10 mg every night at 10:00 PM for 5 nights after you arrive at your destination. It is available at health food stores and drug stores. I we suggest you take your first dose on the plane going over and continue every night at 10 pm for 3-4 nights. On return to US—take 5-10 mg every night at 10PM in your home city for 4-5 nights
As soon as you board the plane – set your watch to your destination city.
Drink a lot of fluids—except alcohol and coffee—on the day of travel.
PLEASE BE ON TIME FOR THE BUSES
Our Local Guides – Local guides make their money from their salary and tips. If you think he or she did a good job, a tip would be appreciated – it’s up to you. A guideline – an average tip for our guide is 3-4€/day per person.
Our bus drivers Same as above – average tip for drivers 2€/day per person.
Restaurants – Service is included, however, it is customary to leave 2-4% on the table if the service was good. Taxi drivers 10%
ONLY ONE SUITCASE PER PERSON!
You will be much more comfortable without a lot of luggage to look after. The coaches and especially the trains have limited space for our bags. If you have more luggage than you can fit into the space on the train, we will try to help you, but it will be your responsibility and your expense for the extra cost. Worst case is that we will have one of the guides who escort us to the airport take your extra luggage and ship it to you at our next stop. We sincerely hope this isn’t necessary.
The weather and what to expect – Averages in April:
Amsterdam – High 54/Low 41
Paris– High 57/Low 42
Cannes– High 61/Low 49
We suggest you pack light—layering clothing if it’s cool.
For the welcoming and farewell dinners, we suggest comfortable, fairly casual-to-casual chic attire. For the lectures, tours, and the visits to the museums, we suggest casual and comfortable shoes and clothes.
Travel Light – The general rule is to put everything you plan to take on the bed, remove 1/3rd to ½ of the clothes and pack the rest.
Please affix the piece of yarn to your suitcase. This will help the porters identify your luggage as part of our group.
Be sure to wear a comfortable pair of shoes.
Please bring only one suitcase and one carryon per person
PLEASE BE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A VALID, CURRENT PASSPORT.
No visas are necessary.
HANDLING MONEY – You might want to have Euros (1 Euro= $1.36) with you – probably a few hundred dollars worth. Check with your local Currency Exchange Dealer. You could leave the US without any foreign currency if you like. The airports have currency kiosks that offer fairly good rates for the amounts that you might need—under several hundred dollars. There are ATM’s available at most airports, banks, and many hotels. Check with your credit card company to be sure that you are set to withdraw cash from the machines. You could also make change at the hotels, but the rates are not as good.
You will be able to use credit cards for most of your purchases—and they offer a good rate of exchange. You’ll need local currency for taxis, some restaurants or snacks, etc.
We are looking forward to greeting you in Amsterdam and sharing a wonderful experience for all of us.
Start packing, and we’ll see you soon!
Jacqueline & Barry