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 10-15 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 one to three weeks; many emphasise staying in a single place, to minimise time lost to travel; university credit is sometimes an option; a level of physical and mental fitness is highly advisable; curiosity and community spirit are essential!
A stimulating interdisciplinary exploration of one of the most dynamic and significant periods in the history of European culture. The setting is perfect because of the immense contribution of Florence to the Renaissance, the 14th-16th century blossoming of humanistic learning and artistic endeavour. Our Adventure will cover art, architecture and literature through the works of such figures as Dante, Giotto, Donatello, Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Leonardo, Michelangelo and Gentileschi. 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.
A stimulating yet relaxed exploration of the styles of architecture which have formed the tradition of church-building in the British Isles, and of the styles of music which has been written specifically for church performance. This is not a religious studies program, as it is concerned only with the secular subjects of art history and music history. We will visit a number of cathedrals, listen to live and recorded music, and learn about the historical transitions through which music and architecture have passed in the last thousand years.
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.