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Alverno Spring Travel Courses


Travel to Tanzania July 26 - August 10, 2014
Led by Rita Nawrocki-Chabin and Margee Tackes, Alverno School of Education faculty

Tanzania trip flyer

Course Fee/Trip Cost of $4,200 must be paid in full by April 16, 2014.

For further information, contact Rita Nawrocki-Chabin.



Class Dates:  September 16, October 14, November 4, November 18, December 2; Tuesdays, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Travel to Costa Rica December 26, 2014 – January 6, 2015.

Led by Jill Newton Moore and Elizabeth Palmer

Course Fee/Trip Cost of $3,300 must be paid in full by December 16, 2014.

  • All travelers must be 18 years of age.
  • All travelers must be able to participate in extensive hiking on rough terrain over a sustained period of time.

Trips & Travel

Embark on day-long journeys to explore regional destinations and hidden treasures.

Anderson Japanese Gardens, Rockford IL

Buddhist Temple Tour of Milwaukee

Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin, Spring Green WI

Summer at the Paine Art Center, Oshkosh WI


Rockford, Illinois Daytrip
Saturday, May 17

Longing for peace and tranquility? In a hectic and stressful world of cultural misunderstandings, the mission of the Anderson Japanese Gardens, one of the most authentic Japanese Gardens in the world, is to “open minds to a different culture while offering guests a place of peace and tranquility where they will find healing, renewal, inspiration, and a re-energized soul.”

You will be welcomed with an introduction to the serene atmosphere of the gardens by a docent before your self-guided walk of approximately one and one-half hours. This is not a time to be rushed; enjoy the 50-foot waterfall, plant life, wildlife, koi fish pond, teahouse and fountains, as well as benches for resting and reflecting.  You’ll also have time to browse the unique gift shop in the Visitors’ Center before leaving.

Next we will make our way to the Rock River and Cliffbreakers Resort for lunch in their restaurant. You will choose from three menu items (vegetarian option available) with chef’s dessert, non-alcoholic beverage, tax and tip included.

Tour Guides: Charlene Faiola-Lettrari & Oswald Lettrari, Sunflower Journeys

8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
(Includes private roundtrip motorcoach transportation, admission and private docent-led introduction to the Gardens, and lunch.)
No cancellations after May 7 unless a substitute is found.


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Saturday, May 24 --- NEW DATE!
Pre-Tour lecture Thursday, May 22

How do you practice Buddhism? What does a Buddhist temple look like? Where is a good meditation center? Get answers to your questions on a Buddhist temple tour of Milwaukee in a first-hand introduction to names, places and faces. We will meet at the East Side to learn about Zen meditation at a Zen center. We’ll visit a Tibetan Buddhist site to learn about an esoteric form of Buddhism that is growing in popularity, and caravan to the south side to visit a Theravada Buddhist temple operated by the Lao community. Then we’ll visit a Mahayana temple operated by Vietnamese Buddhists. Finally we will examine Nichiren Buddhism at a Japanese Soka Gakkai center on the west side. Along the way we enjoy fellowship at a fine Asian restaurant while dining on delicious Asian cuisine. If you ever wished to explore Buddhist temples, meditation centers or Zendos near you, now is your chance. There is no pressure to join the religion, only an opportunity to expand your horizons. Learn about the history of Buddhism in Milwaukee. Talk to Buddhist masters. Enjoy insights into enlightenment. Bring a friend. Satisfy your spirit with a pub crawl through the Pure Land.

Tour Guide: Michael Mullooly, MA

Thursday, May 22 lecture: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 24 tour: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
(lunch is on-your-own at the Maharaja Restaurant; participants will drive their own cars or carpool if desired)


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Spring Green Daytrip
Saturday, June 7

Taliesin, the summer home of famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, is a National Historic Landmark and is also on the National Register of Historic Places. Taliesin was the site of some of Wright's major professional triumphs as well as one of his greatest personal losses. During the guided tour you will learn more about the architect and his concept of organic architecture that integrates buildings with their natural surroundings. You’ll walk through the 37,000 square foot complex which includes the house, his personal studio, courtyard and garden. You may wish to read Ron McCrea’s book, BUILDING TALIESIN: Of Love and Loss, before the trip.

Enjoy lunch at The Old Feed Mill Restaurant in Mazomanie. Menu choices will be Chicken Marsala or Yankee Pot Roast, and includes salad, dessert, coffee or tea, tax and tip (a Vegetarian option will be available upon request). Indicate your choice of entrée with your registration.

Tour Guides: Charlene Faiola-Lettrari & Oswald Lettrari, Sunflower Journeys

8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m./$125

(Includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, admission and guided house tour of Taliesin, and lunch.)
No cancellations after May 30 unless a substitute is found.


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Oshkosh Daytrip
Saturday, June 28

Spend a delightful summer day at the Paine Art Center and Garden with its special exhibit, Matisse As Printmaker: Works from the Pierre & Tana Matisse Foundation, an extraordinary collection of prints from the French Master’s career that later belonged to the artist’s son Pierre. The Paine is the only venue in the Midwest to present this exhibit.

The Paine Estate was the Tudor-Revival country home of Nathan and Jessie Paine, of the Paine Family Lumber Mill. The mansion and garden showcased exceptional architecture, furnishings, art and natural beauty, and now serve as a museum open to the public for educational and cultural purposes. You will have plenty of time for a self-guided tour of the mansion, garden and special exhibit to explore at your own pace.

We will enjoy lunch at Fratello’s Waterfront Brewery & Restaurant situated along the scenic Fox River, on the original site of the Paine Family Lumber Mill. You’ll choose from three entrée options (including vegetarian) with dessert, non-alcoholic beverage, tax and gratuity included.

Tour Guides: Charlene Faiola-Lettrari & Oswald Lettrari, Sunflower Journeys

8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m./$85

(Includes deluxe motorcoach transportation, admission and lunch.)
No cancellations after June 20 unless a substitute is found.


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