Exciting Tibet, Africa, Adventure, Hiking, Pilgrimage and Peace Links

"Travelers, it is late. Life’s sun is going to set.
During these brief days that you have strength,
be quick and spare no effort of your wings." - Rumi


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Tibet
Worldwide movement of 1.8 million members in 150 countries who campaign for human rights.
World's only dedicated Buddhist news service, providing in-depth coverage and cross-cultural understanding.
Join six blind Tibetan teenagers as they attempt to climb a 23,000’ peak, led by the first blind person to summit Mt. Everest, Erik Weihenmayer, and his team.
Contemporary celebration of Tibetan art and culture highlighting the talents of young Tibetans: their photography, painting, sculpture, information technology, music, fashion design and other creative arts. The Festival includes the Tibetan Music Awards, Tibetan Film Festival and Miss Tibet Pageant.
Established in 1985 to educate New Zealanders about the illegal occupation of Tibet by China and to pressure the NZ government into recognising Tibet as an occupied country. Web site offers extensive info on history of Tibet and latest news about the Tibetan struggle.
Promotes human rights and self-determination for Tibetans to protect their culture and environment.
Fusing Tibetan, blues, and rock music, the three Tibetan brothers' haunting sound is the voice of today's exiled Tibetans.
Contemporary Tibetan music with downloads from Lobsang Wangyal Productions and the Tibetan Music Awards.
Ngawang Choephel studied music at Middlebury College and became a professor and Fulbright scholar. In the mid-90's, while in Tibet conducting research on folk dance and music, he was arrested by the Chinese on charges of spying.
Tibetan news, views, photos, goods, books and forums. Speak with the Tibetan community throughout the world.
Best of Tibetan Buddhist books, music, audio, art, calendars, dharma items, posters, statues, dvds, video and more.
Techung is a talented Tibetan singer/songwriter living in exile. He is best known for his performances of traditional Tibetan music, dance, and opera under the name Tashi Dhondup Sharzur. Whether performing in traditional or contemporary styles, Techung's dual goals are to revive Tibetan music in the Tibetan community and to expose the rich performing cultural tradition of his homeland to the world community. His music is featured on this website's Tibet movie.
Official website of the seat of His Holiness the Panchen Lama, kidnapped in 1995 at the age of six.
Talented Tibetan composer and musician whose songs of social conscience instantly carry you to Tibet.
Valuable resource for contacting commerce, media, artists, NGOs and others keeping the Tibetan way of life alive.
Gallery of the Thangde Gatsal Studio, a school in Dharamsala, India that teaches the art of Tibetan thangka painting.
Monthly magazine in English that engages Tibetans (especially youth) in "what it means to be Tibetan."
The office of the Dalai Lama in India.
Dedicated to presenting Tibetan civilization, its profound wisdom and special art of freedom to the people of the world.
Searchable index of Tibet-related websites, offering news, arts, entertainment, history, maps and support groups.
Founded in 1959 to raise awareness of the plight of Tibet. It continues to work for the Tibetan people's right to self-determination. The Tibet Relief Fund is the charitable wing of the Society. It funds a range of projects within Tibetan refugee communities, as well as in Tibet itself.
Online news service providing the latest Tibet news, including politics, culture, education and events/activities.
Daily news from about Tibet from sources around the world. Free daily e-mail subscription.
Websites that promote awareness of Tibet and its diverse cultural and spiritual heritage.
Africa
Committed to the principles of nonviolence and justice, it seeks in its work and witness to draw on the transforming power of love, human and divine. The AFSC draws into its work people of many faiths and backgrounds who nurture the faith that conflicts can be resolved nonviolently, that enmity can be transformed into friendship, strife into cooperation, poverty into well-being, and injustice into dignity and participation.
An international independent medical humanitarian organization that delivers emergency aid to people affected by armed conflict, epidemics, natural and man-made disasters, and exclusion from health care in nearly 70 countries.
Extensive news about life in Africa–news that most often goes unreported by the rest of the mainstream press.
Confederation of 12 organizations working together with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice.
Download your free PDF booklet of poems from eight different authors dedicated to the thousands of Africans whose lives are less fortunate than our own. Together we can make a difference. (Just click.)
Fellow Travelers, Seekers and Peace Makers:
Great source for finding helpful information and resources about single and solo travel.
Dan has written an inspiring book and directed three exceptional pilgrimage documentaries and a fourth is on its way. They interweave the spiritual aspects of basketball with the integral dynamics of pilgrimage and friendship.
Since 1986, Derek Walker Youngs has devoted much of his time to walking as a Peace Pilgrim. During that time he has walked over 24,000km in seventeen countries. The Peace Walker Society is a group of concerned, committed citizens who recognize that Peace is a process, an exquisite journey of enriching our lives and giving back to the planet.
Intuitive counselor, focusing on personal and spiritual growth and the deeper meaning of events. Specialties include dream interpretation, relationship, career and life-path issues, children, finances and passed-on loved ones.
A fellow-wanderer whose exploits have taken him on some amazing adventures from Kenya to Spain, the Appalachian Trail and Lewis and Clark Trail. Great long-distance resource.
She walked over 25,000 miles from 1953-81 with an open heart and simple message for anyone ready to listen. An amazing testimony to the difference one person can make.
Über-trekker and force behind the Sea-to-Sea trans-America route and Pacific Northwest Trail; prolific author and walking advocate.
Long-distance trekkers/pilgrims and award-winning authors who infect others, especially women, with an enthusiasm for backpacking and long distance walking.
While there are many travel sites, few question "why" we travel. Bob Fisher's website explores the philosophy, "We travel to explore the diversity of human society; and in so doing discover the commonality.” For a probing look at his and other's journeys, pay a visit here.
Mony and Alberto were two pilgrims who met on the Camino. That transformative journey inspired them to make a peace walk from Rome to Jerusalem. Join these fellow pilgrims as they share their adventure.
Adventure, Gear, Hiking and Traveling Light:
Everything you need to know about trekking poles, whether trying them out, or perfecting technique. Benefits, tips, seminars, award-winning video and dvd–all in one place.
Danish magazine presenting the best in travel, gear, books, advice and everything you need to "keep it wild."
Premier adventure travel web site and source for award-winning travel articles, vacation packages, online travel directories, adventure tour operators, photo galleries, screensavers, slideshows—anything and everything for all your adventure travel needs.
Long distance backpacking. One of the best English language sites on the Camino de Santiago. John Muir Trail and PCT emphasized. Adventurous older women encouraged.
Stories, gear tips, nutrition, travel, and forums--helping you travel with minimum weight for maximum pleasure.
Exciting adventure travelog, featuring caving, long distance backpacking, mountaineering, worldwide misadventures, and more.
Still undecided about Nordic poles? Visit this blog devoted to answering all your pole-ish questions.
World's leading manufacturer of lightweight outdoor clothing and equipment.
Provides inspiration and links to plan your trip. Destination guides and feature stories about amazing places around the world...and excerpts from top travel books…like Yak Butter Blues!
When life's path calls for light, innovative and affordable, visit these folks for the latest in backpacking and hiking gear.
When you're serious about trekking, do your knees, hips and ankles a favor. LEKIs poles and walking sticks allow you to walk farther in comfort and live to do it all again.
Where demanding trekkers, alpinists, adventure racers and ultrarunners find the perfect footwear for their passion.
Omnimap has over 250,000 map items and is one of the world's largest specialty retailers of paper and digital maps, hiking guides, travel accessories, map pins, globes, flags, and more. Their specialty is international maps for nearly all countries and regions of the world.
Hiking trails and wilderness links.
Enjoy best trip reviews, travel features, and excellent travel photos in your on-line international magazine.
Join famed adventurer and author Richard Bangs for up-close-and-personal "virtual" adventures.
Taiga Works is a manufacturer and retailer of leading edge outdoor equipment: Gore-Tex garments and other rain gear, down clothing, fleece, soft shells, cycle wear, sleeping bags, bivy shelters, backpacks and accessories (hats, mitts, gaiters, booties).
One of the best international sources we've found for hiking and pilgrimage trails around the world. Discover first-person trip journals, books, guides, maps, photos and more.
Websites with useful information about Walking, Hiking, Trekking, Camping & Back Packing, Outdoor Equipment, Coastal paths, Long distance footpaths, Trails, National Parks, Walking & Trekking Holidays, and Guides etc. from around the world.
Penultimate resource for planning your next long-distance Euro trek, with info and links by country, GR routes, maps & guides, equipment, walking vacations, competitions and festivals. Make this your first stop.
Dedicated to the world of outdoor sports and activities, travel and adventure with activities, articles and books for hiking, climbing, cycling, caving and more.
Camino de Santiago, Spain:
Diaries and photos from a Danish pilgrim on her journeys along the Camino Frances, Camino del Norte, and Camino Aragones/Frances (in Danish/English). Practical advice for those planning their own journey and photos for those reminiscing their own days on the trail.
Guide to walking the "Milky Way" across Spain with articles, how-to info, books and more links.
Learn the history of the pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint James the Great at Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain, and the practicalities of following the ancient pilgrim ways today.
Fascinating first-person video account of journey along the Camino de Santiago.
Not-for-profit organization dedicated to the identification and mapping of pilgrim routes all over the world, regardless of religion or belief. They have published books about traveling the Camino de Santiago ("Riding the Milky Way") and Via Francigena ("Riding the Roman Way") by horseback.
All the Good Pilgrims is a first-hand look at the Camino experience, written by a fellow who has walked it five times. Each day brings new lessons, reminding him that it isn’t the pilgrim who walks the Camino – it’s the Camino that walks the pilgrim.
Helpful world forum with over 1300 members consisting of those who have walked the Camino de Santiago–and those planning their own journey.
Pilgrim, author, speaker, filmmaker and life-coach, Sue Kenney is an expert on all things Camino, as well as a motivational speaker.
Classic how-to guide for those interested in walking the Camino de Santiago across northern Spain by Alison Raju and published by Cicerone.
Via de la Plata, Spain
Join this accomplished pilgrim traveler/author whose website offers excerpts from his upcoming book, Naïve & Abroad: Limping 600 Miles Across Spain, A Pilgrimage through History and his latest book Pakistan: Travel in a Land of Mullahs
Via Francigena:
This wonderful new book by Julie Burk and Neville Tencer is a story about a midlife couple who embark on a great adventure — walking 1,000 km on the Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrim trail through the heart of Italy. Join them as they discover the culture and cuisine of a captivating country – as together they push the limits of self-discovery.
Ultimate source for detailed information about the Via Francigena, an ancient pilgrimage route from England to Rome.
Interesting site (in Italian) offers valuable information about the Via Francigena, including pellegrino's accounts, photos, books, history, associations and links. Also contains great accounts of alpinism in Italy.
Italian association for promoting cultural and educational aspects of the Via Francigena and other important pilgrimage sites around the world.
Wonderful collection of photos, notes and other information about trekking the Italian segment of the Via Francigena.
What's a trail without directions? LightFoot guides and travel books are the indispensible companion for those planning a pilgrimage on the Via Francigena or Camino de Santiago across Spain. Not only are they guidebooks, but the Companion Guide gives insight into cultural sites and historic information.
International forum for those who have walked or cycled, or who are planning to walk or cycle the Via Francigena.
St. Olav's Way, Norway:
Helpful association provides practical information and guidebooks for those interested in walking the 643-km St. Olav's Way from Oslo to Trondheim.
One couple's entertaining photo account of walking the St. Olav's Way, complete with many how-to details and links.
St. Olav's Way website contains a detailed map of the St. Olav's Way route, many photos and extensive planning information for pilgrims. Also contains Swedish and Danish routes. In Norwegian and English.
Helpful how-to guide for walking the St. Olav's Way across Norway by Alison Raju and published by Cicerone.
Lycian Way & St. Paul Trail, Turkey:
Turkey offers two spectacular long distance trekking routes: The Lycian Way and The St Paul Trail. Recently developed, both trails are about 500km long and were researched/designed by Kate Clow and Terry Richardson.
Jesus Trail, Israel:
An alternative for travelers and pilgrims to experience the steps of Jesus in a way that is authentic, adventurous and educational by trekking through the rugged and beautiful landscape of the Galilee. The main route is 65km and begins in Nazareth passing through Sepphoris, Cana, Kibbutz Lavi, Arbel Cliffs, the Jesus Boat, Tabgha, Capernaum, and the Mount of Beatitudes. Also an optional return loop to Nazareth.
Books to Inspire:
Read reviews of up-and-coming best-sellers and new offerings from the indy presses.
Easy-to-understand collection of articles and stories written by eleven health care professionals, patients and survivors. Poignant stories of hope, strength and faith in becoming a survivor and treating cancer not as a death sentence, but as a challenge along life’s trail.
Guidebooks for walkers, trekkers, mountaineers, climbers and cyclists.
Immerse yourself in a delightful dance through the alphabet in the company of Angels, while sharing spiritual values, gentle life lessons and the wonder of angelic love. From the Angel of Art to the Angel of Zzzz's, with Goodness and Patience and Understanding in between, this host of angels from many cultures brings messages of love and goodness with each turn of the page. A treasured keepsake and wonderful tool for spiritual parenting and inspiration.
One moment can change a lifetime…Fourteen-year-old Jobeth Roberts' life careens out of control after a freak accident leaves her alone in the world. Her future is uncertain. A hard, desolate road filled with pain and heartache stretches ahead. She finds rays of hope in the friends who become her family; precious petals amongst the weeds. They are seeds scattered by the hands of fate…abandoned to the winds of time.
Discover the perils of 16th century England as a spy races to unravel the secret of his mysterious past and save Princess Elizabeth Tudor from a web of treason, betrayal, and murder.
Award winning TIBETAN TALES FOR LITTLE BUDDHAS is a 64-page picture book featuring three illustrated wisdom tales from Tibet and a special foreword by His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Each story offers a fun, enchanting glimpse of Tibetan culture and imparts examples of how to live in peace and kindness. A book for all ages!
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