Adventures in Mind is VIU's educational travel program for all, young and old, local or distant. Add something special to your holiday by joining knowledgeable VIU professors to explore the history and culture of fascinating places.

Adventures in Mind will appeal to life-long learners who are inquisitive, open-minded and looking beyond the usual tourist experience. Under expert guidance, groups of 7-15 encounter the selected destination through tours, lectures and seminar discussions, and with ample free time for independent activity. Participants are encouraged to share their background knowledge and developing understanding with others, so that all benefit in their learning.

Typical Adventures run for three weeks, and emphasise staying in a single place to minimise time lost to travel; university credit may be an option; a level of physical and mental fitness is highly advisable; curiosity and community spirit are essential!

To discuss your interest in Adventures in Mind, please contact Regan McKeever on our toll-free number: 1-888-920-2221 Ext. 6536 or by email

2020 Adventure #1: Renaissance Italy (click for details) 

A stimulating interdisciplinary exploration of one of the most dynamic and significant periods in the history of European culture, based in the fascinating city of Florence. Activities include lecture/presentations, seminar discussions and visits to museums, galleries and other sites, in Florence and elsewhere. Optional preparatory sessions will be available in Nanaimo in late April.


Important Notices

A level of physical and medical fitness is required to get the most out of our Adventures. Some of the sites visited are accessible only on foot (some are not wheelchair-accessible), and the visits may require lengthy periods of walking and standing. Accommodation may be several floors up, with no elevator, and you may have to carry your luggage considerable distances and up and down stairs. If you have any limitations or concerns in this area, please consult Adventures in Mind personnel before applying.

In recognition of the health and comfort of others, all Adventures are scent-free: please do not use perfume or other scented products.

All Adventures are subject to enrolment. 

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