Flights to Bali arrive in Denpasar (DPS). There are no direct flights to Bali from the USA, and the usual countries to be routed through are Taiwan, China (Hong Kong), Japan or Thailand, dependent on the airline used. Total travel time can be anywhere between 17 and 22 hours. Plenty of time to catch up on those books you never have time for!
Special prices can be found on-line or through promotional offers from the individual airlines. If we become aware of any we will post them immediately.
For the workshops in May and September, 2017, we will be meeting in the Cornish towns of Liskeard(Liz Greene), and Penzance (Jean Fogelberg). The closest international airports to Liskeard is Exeter Airport, (EXT) only an hour away.
However this may not be the most convenient route for international travellers.
The nearest major airport to Penzance is Land's End Airport (LEQ / EGHC). This airport has domestic
There are several direct trains a day from Paddington Station to both Liskeard and Penzance.
London Heathrow International Airport (LHR) is an easy 15 minute express train journey directly into Paddington station, with a train connection every 15 minutes.
There is an Express Train every 15 minutes from London Gatwick International Airport (LGW) to Victoria Station in Central London (taking half an hour). Victoria to Paddington is a 15 minute tube or a 5 minute taxi journey away.
The London Heathrow connection is slightly easier, but once at Paddington station there are fairly frequent trains. We will of course be happy to assist you in finding the easiest route.
For those coming by car, the accommodations we recommend for Liskeard, plus our venue all have plenty of free parking.
If driving here is Google Maps: London to Liskeard.
The closest international airports to Church Stretton are Manchester (MAN), Liverpool (LPL),each approx. an hour and a half drive away, or Birmingham (BHX),an hour and 10 minutes drive. All are fairly simple drives to and from Church Stretton. We will happily send MapQuest directions to you that can be printed out, or they are easy to access from the link below.
Flights from Europe or other parts of the UK ~ check www.dialaflight.com for good fares.
If you want to book through them, contact Jay +44 1732 592 900. This is his direct line.
Mention Heaven and Earth Workshops and he will find you the best fare available.
Flights from any other location in the world to the UK - it is advisable to use any airline you have "miles" with, or shop around the on-line discount travel sites.
Once you have arrived in the UK:
Church Stretton is situated quite close to the border of England and Wales, on the A49 between Shrewsbury and Hereford.
By car the route from the north and east is via the M6 and M54 motorways, and from the south and south-east cross country via the A49. The town is marked by the only set of traffic lights between Shrewsbury and Hereford. By train, the town is located on the Manchester to Cardiff route.
A branch line from Craven Arms (just 7 miles south) links south and west Wales to the town.
There are the usual myriad car rental agencies, and on-line reservations are often the better way to go. As England even outdoes the the US on gas/petrol prices, an economy car might be the ticket.
For those who would rather not drive, there is always the option of a train. Also a wonderful way to see the glorious countryside you will be entering.
RAIL SERVICES TO CHURCH STRETTON STATION
National Rail Enquiries can be found at
For 1st time travelers to India we realize how daunting it can be to arrive in a completely different culture. We are committed to making the travel experience as comfortable and unintimidating as we possibly can.
The Indian Heaven and Earth Workshops are being held in Goa, a small state on the west coast of Southern India. The state of Goa's coastline is relatively small and only about 100 km long, The location we have chosen is called Palolem Beach, to the very south of the state. It takes some time to get there, but the journey itself is a fascinating one, and well worth the effort.
The closest international airports to Palolem are Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai (BOM), and Dabolim Airport (GOI). Although Dabolim is an International airport, only certain budget European air-lines, Qatar and a limited number of other airlines fly there. See here or here for a list of all air-lines that fly directly into Dabolim.
Dabolim airport is about 65 km from Palolem, which is a drive of around an hour and a half away by road from the workshop location.
Travel from Australia and Europe to India is often not so complex and we are very happy to assist with these arrangements, please contact Evelyn directly.
For connecting flights from Mumbai to Dabolim please check here.
Those who decide to spend time in Mumbai and then take the train to Goa are advised to book their tickets well in advance, an extremely reliable and simple way to book train tickets is through Clear Trips. Those arriving by train will disembark at Margao station, and we will arrange car pick-up if you would like us to. It is about an 8 hour train journey from Mumbai to Margao, and very comfortable in either a 1st or 2nd AC class compartment. If you are lucky enough to be in one with clean windows you will have a splendid view of the countryside, and since many trains leave Mumbai in the morning, you will travel primarily in daylight hours.
From Margao to Palolem takes about an hour and 10 minutes by taxi.
For the workshop you only need a tourist visa.
There have been some positive changes around acquiring Indian visas lately, for most countries they can now get them on-line. https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html We will try and keep this page up to date on any changes, and please don't hesitate to contact us if you need assistance.
Miscellaneous Travel Information
DESPITE THE WORRY ABOUT RISING AIR TRAVEL PRICES, IT IS STILL POSSIBLE TO FIND GREAT DEALS, ESPECIALLY IF YOU HAVE PLENTY OF GOOGLE PERSISTENCE!
It helps immensely if you have some flexibility on dates, and can play around with them somewhat, plus travel mid-week can be more reasonable.
We recommend that you check into the frequent flyer program for the airline you choose. For example China Air is affiliated with Delta, so through their SkyMiles program you can accumulate almost 18,000 miles on a roundtrip ticket to Bali from Los Angeles. Cathay Pacific is affiliated with American Airlines and is quite generous in their mileage requirements to Asia. Affiliate frequent flyer programs can be found on the respective airline's web-site. Joining these programs is free.
Evelyn is happy to assist, in whatever ways she can.
A passport in now mandatory for US citizens travelling to Mexico.
Many credit card companies have built in travel insurance for any purchases made through them. It is advisable to check on this before purchasing another policy.
Cancellation Policies: applying to everyone out of fairness to all participants
For ALL cancellations more than 75 days before a workshop there is a $500 cancellation fee.