Come with us to the Far East to experience the beauty and excitement of Vietnam and Cambodia!
If you are going with us on this exciting trip, please scroll to the bottom for a day by day itinerary and for information about shots and other health matters.
January 15, 2012 SOLD OUT
November 11, 2011. . We have one cabin available. It is one level lower than the other cabins, has windows but does not have a french balcony. It is the same size and layout as the other cabins.
July 19th We are sold out again. Please see july 13th
July 18th. Two more cabins are now available.
July 13th. We are sold out of cabins on The AmaLotus. The River Boat has assured us that more cabins will become available. If you would like to be on the wait list, we ask for a $200 per person deposit. This is fully refundable for any reason, up to the moment we can guarantee you a cabin. We suggest you not book your air until we can guarantee you a cabin.
We invite you to join us for our exciting, stimulating, life-affirming conference to Saigon, (Ho Chi Minh City) Mekong River Boat Cruise, Angkor Wat and Hanoi. The presentations will probe into the relationships between the artists’ psychodynamics and the Art they create. Thursday April 12, 2012 Depart U.S. for Ho Chi Minh City. We will enjoy 3 nights at The Park Hyatt Hotel, one of Saigon’s newest 5 star hotels. We will have our welcoming dinner on April 13th, which is our first night in the hotel. There will be time to explore this exciting city teeming with life and colors and filled with Rickshaws and Skyrise buildings. On April 16th we’ll board AMA Waterway’s newest ship, The AmaLotus built in 2011. Our 7 night voyage will go from Ho Chi Minh City to Siem Reap which is the gateway to Angkor Wat, a UNESCO world heritage site. Stops along the way include Phnom Penh with its Royal Palace, National Museum, Silk Weaving Village and Buddhist Monastery. After 2 nights in Siem Reap and our visit to Angkor Wat, we will fly on April 25th to Hanoi. This vibrant and colorful city is the art center of Vietnam. Our flight home will be on Saturday April 28th.
Our Preliminary Itinerary
Transfer to Park Hyatt Saigon, Welcoming dinner, City tour, Day at Leisure
Morning lectures and afternoon discussion group
Aboard the AmaLotus – all shore excursions are included in the price.
Embarkation and welcoming dinner
Cai Be Local junk trip to floating market
Rice paper and candy making workshop visit
Xeon Quyt Excursion Boat ride to Sa Dec Village
Tan Chai Trishaw ride: mat-making and slipper workshop
Visit to fish farm
Border Crossing from Vietnam to Cambodia
Phnom Penh City Tour: Royal Palace and National Museum
Killing Fields Excursion
Orientation walking tour
Chong Kohl Walk at leisure to Silk Weaving village
Oudong Visit to Buddhist monastery
Oxcart ride and visit to Wat Kapong Tralach Pleu
Local boat excursion to lakeside wetland
Seem Reap Transfer to Raffles Hotel
Angkor Archaeological Park
Angkor Thom and Angkor Wat
Lectures and discussion group
Flight to Hanoi
Check-in to Sofitel Metropolis Hotel
City tour, Rickshaw ride and Water puppet show
Lectures and discussion group
Day at Leisure
Optional excursion to Ha Long Bay
Our program will include:
Character and Beauty as Revealed in Photography Sharon Delgado, MFC, RN
Vietnam–The Happiness of Renewal Randy Bjork, MD
Vietnam, A Study of Resilience and Renewal Kayta Gajdos, PhD
Hindu and Indian influences on the architecture of Anhkor Wat Tijender Sandhu, MD
Bibliography and Reading Material on Hinduism and Angkor Wat. Angkor and the Khmer Civilization by Michael D Coe.The Tao of Physics by Fritjof Capra: In search of the cradle of civilization by Georg Fuerstein, Subhash Kak and David Frawley
The Psychology of “Niceness” Evelyn Sommers, PhD
Performance Anxiety Marcia Weiner PhD
The Psychology and Neurology of Enjoying Music Noreen Newmark, MD
Watercooler Wisdom: How Smart People Prosper In The Face of Conflict, Pressure and Change, Karen Leland, President Sterling Marketing Group
Edith Piaf, A study of Adversity and Resilience and the Triumph of Creativity Jacqueline Panter, MA MS
Narcissism, Healthy and Unhealthy and its Role in Creativity Marty Siedeneld PhD
The Psychological Reactions to Modern Catastrophes Barry M. Panter, MD
Accreditation: The American Institute of Medical Education is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. AIMED designates this live activity for a maximum of 18 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AIMED also is approved for Social Workers, MFT’s, Counselors, RN’s & others. Please call if you need more information. An additional 9 Hours are available by attending the workshops.
APA: The program is co-sponsored by The American Institute of Medical Education and Wisdom Wave of Santa Fe. Wisdom Wave is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Wisdom Wave maintains responsibility for this program and its content..
Accommodations: The 5-star Park Hyatt Saigon is Ho Chi Minh City’s newest luxury hotel. http://www.saigon.park.hyatt.com/hyatt/hotels/index.jsp?null
5 star Raffles in Siem Reap. http://www.raffles.com/EN_RA/Property/RGA/
5 star Sofitel Metropole in Hanoi. http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-1555-sofitel-legend-metropole-hanoi/index.shtml
All of our cabins on The AmaLotus have French Balconies. http://www.amawaterways.com/ships.asp?ship=VL
Cost is $5295 per person double occupancy (single supplement is $1995)
All shore excursions are included in this price. (see below for AmaLotus Itinerary
also Included: Lecture presentations, 18 hours of continuing education, 7 nights on AMA Waterway’s AmaLotus, all meals aboard the ship, all breakfasts, 3 nights
Park Hyatt Hotel Saigon, 3 nights in Hanoi. 2 nights Victoria Angkor Resort &
Spa Siem Reap, Welcoming and Farewell Dinners, City Tours, baggage handling
on land portions, and city tours where possible. Not Included: Airfare US to
Ho Chi Minh City, Siem Reap to Hanoi, Hanoi to US, port taxes and visas.
For additional information
Creativity and Madness
Fax (323) 874-5503
A $400 non-refundable deposit is required. Full payment is due January 5, 2012.
We urge you to obtain travel insurance.
For Travel and Insurance information please call The Travel Station (800) 990-2282.
Special low group fares from the West Coast. Visas are required for Cambodia and Vietnam.
We have very limited cabin space for this conference.
The initial $400 deposit is non-refundable (we are obligated by the cruise line for this amount)
89-60 days prior to departure 35% of total cost
59-30 days prior to departure 50%
29-7 days prior to departure 80%
6-0 days prior to departure 100%
We reserve the right to make changes as necessary
Cu Chi Tunnels
This is a half-day tour that takes us by coach to the tunnels– an hour drive each way from Ho Chi Minh City. This network of tunnels was an underground village with sleeping quarters, a hospital, war room, etc. From this hiding place the Vietnamese waged war against the American Forces during the Vietnamese War. You will be able to crawl into some of the tunnels, (not for the claustrophobic) see a video describing them. (Made by the Vietnamese – so this is a Vietnamese view of the war) and learn a great deal more about the U.S. involvement in Vietnam.
Cost $35 per person. Included: Round trip transportation, admission to the tunnels, English Speaking Guide. The information on Wikipedia is excellent. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cu_Chi_tunnels
Halong Bay Day Trip
Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, Halong Bay is one of Vietnam’s most spectacular natural wonders. The tiny limestone islands, with beaches and grottoes created by the wind and the waves, provide a stunning backdrop as they rise spectacularly from the emerald waters beneath. Discover the splendors of the bay through a cruise on this National Treasure.
This is a full day excursion. We will leave our hotel at approximately 7:30 am and return approximately 6PM. Our farewell dinner is this evening at 7:30PM.
The drive from our hotel to the bay is 3.5 hour drive one way. A Vietnamese fusion style lunch is included while we are cruising among the limestone karsts
Cost: $175 per person