Are you a Bookworm, Bibliophile, History Buff,
Librarian, or Book Artist?
Are you interested in travel from a literature perspective
with others that share your passion for books?
Do you want to expand your BOOK CLUB
by reading books about books, or join such a group?
Are you interested in learning how to transform
your travel experiences into a beautifully designed book?
Are you a book obsessed Graphic Designer
wanting a chance to make your own book craft
or designer as author project?
Do you get lost in bookstores or libraries?
Have you ever wanted to see the BOOK OF KELLS in person?
Book Lovers Unite
MARCH 12-18, 2019
due to possible adjustments in flight scheduling, please keep March 12 - 21 open on your calendar.
a book themed travel experience, from dreams to reality
In a seven day adventure, join others with similar passion for books in DUBLIN – a mystical and magical city. During this uniquely themed travel experience, you will see where Dublin’s writers ate, drank and drew inspiration for their masterpieces. During guided literary tours and informal walkabouts, you will witness the landmarks that served as famous settings for familiar stories, step inside the Dublin Writers museum and James Joyce Centre museum, have a once in a lifetime look at the wondrous historical Book of Kells, wander into libraries and bookstores of bibliophile dreams, and spend time on your own or with members of the group discovering your own corners for inspiration from coffee shops to pub snugs and lush green parks. Bring your journal, your camera, or sketchbook to document your own travel experience.
You'll have a chance to explore the city's other highlights including Grafton Street, Temple Bar district, Georgian Squares, O'Connell Street, St. Stephen's Green, Phoenix Park, St. Patrick's Cathedral. In addition, we'll have a day trip to Belfast which includes the Titanic Belfast Museum. You'll enjoy a group dinner at the beginning of the trip to meet fellow travelers, and we'll conclude our experience at the historic Brazen Head Pub where hopefully you are only saying so-long, not farewell, to your new book lover friends. Time on your own can be spent wandering or those who want to do more than window shop there's lots of that too. Nightlife abounds from theater to traditional pubs, an amazing variety of restaurants, and more.
Val has partnered with an educational travel agency EFTours to provide the essential on the ground coordination of this quality experience. Even though she has been to Dublin twice and knows her way around like the back of her hand, it's better to hand off the details to this agency so she can focus on making sure you have a quality experience. Besides, her budget trips will pale in comparison to the quality and good night sleep you will hopefully have in the 3-4 star accommodations they will arrange for us. Don't fret if you aren't currently enrolled in college as this tour is for all ages and not being marketed towards college age students in particular even though the tour website infers college only.
$250 OFF until Jan 31
$95 deposit to save your spot
payment plans available
a glimpse at Val's first Dublin experience
DUBLIN IS life and love, a slow pace, an embrace. Dublin is old friends reuniting huddled in cozy clusters in warm spaces, is neighbors standing four stories strong shoulder to shoulder bracing from the wind around their corners, and jovial doorways side by side. Dublin is long shadows on glistening streets, flames in a heart-shaped hearth, twinkling lights spread across the night sky and in the hands of children in Gaiety. Dublin is slow dark mornings, clear crisp days and long evenings, breakfast until 3pm, early bird specials, organic burgers, gourmet plates, curry-to-go, stew to fill, fists full of pints and shepard's pie in a snug. Dublin is lingering, gazing, lolly-gagging, reminiscing and dreaming of a new day.
January 13, 2014
what will your
Val is a graphic design professor of 20 years turned coach who loves books so much she created a seminar all about books in 2014.
"Books, the life and love of…" is a semester long examination of books about books; the history of the book, the art of the book; the science, business and even human behavior of book culture such as literacy.
She's become obsessed and has transformed that course into curated travel experiences and
weekend book club camp workshops at her
new artist retreat center in rural Tennessee.
Coaching | Courses | Workshops
CAN'T TRAVEL IN MARCH, OVERSEAS,
OR FOR THAT LENGTH OF TIME?
OR, WANT TO ADD ON TO THE TRAVEL WITH
PRACTICAL EXPERIENCE OR PRIVATE COACHING?
the life and love of
Join up to 12 other book lovers, for passionate discussions of books about books and exciting discoveries of book craft all in the lovely setting of rural rolling hills of mid-south Tennessee.
Every weekend in July into August, and a few weekends scattered into fall/winter.
Val can work with the novice to the experts in various fields.
She can provide individual consulting to teach you how to transform your work into a visual narrative, discuss her perspectives on identity with place and storytelling (digital story too),
and be a sounding board in critique for writing, photo, design.
Interested in actually creating a project from your travel experience in Dublin?
Add on a coaching session for your project, and Val will work with you before, during, and after the curated travel to help you create
your own book in particular design and narrative techniques, basic software for implementation and how to produce it thru DIY resources once completed.
Don't have the time or money to achieve a bachelors or masters?
Want more from an educational experience than a talking head instructional video?
Val left her tenured position at a University to work with individuals like you to provide the coaching you don't get in those other settings. Learn about how creativity and graphic design can improve your professional skills and bring a new outlook on life