Spirit Tours is dedicated to providing a meaningful and rewarding travel experience that takes one beyond the ordinary and into the very heart of diverse and rich cultures around the world. Owners and Spiritual Directors, Rev Karen Fry and Rev Dr Petra Weldes have traveled extensively worldwide, and are thrilled to be providing Spirit Tours, a boutique, group travel company, committed to conscious, sacred, and sustainable travel. We are committed to providing first class service to the experienced traveler, the new traveler, the solo traveler, and anyone who wants to see the world with consciousness openness, and thru the lens of love.
We work with local guides, hotels, and tour companies as much as possible, providing truly unique experiences. We research the most interesting and rewording optional activities and are always happy to tailor make portions of any tour, or work with a leader to create a new tour with a sacred/spiritual focus in an amazing location.
Petra and Karen traveled with Spirit Tours for over 15 years. Spirit Tours was founded in 2001 by Jim Cramer, an experienced travel industry professional and veteran traveler.
Karen and Petra share Jim’s belief that we are all a part of a web of life in which all is sacred, that there is One Presence, a divine life essence, and indwelling consciousness or spirit in every creature and life form. Spirit Tours was born out of Jim’s desire to share that Oneness through Spiritual Journeys. Since those early days in Bali Spirit Tours has led tours to many culturally rich destinations throughout the world with Yoga Teachers, Buddhist Masters, and New Thought Ministers. Karen and Petra are truly honored and delighted to continue the journey begun by our dear friend, Jim Cramer.
Rev. Dr. Edward Viljoen has been senior minister of the Center for Spiritual Living, Santa Rosa since 1995. In 2003, he was awarded an honorary Doctoral Degree in Divinity from Holmes Institute. Our first tour with Edward was to Bali in 1994. Since then Edward has co-led tours to Africa, Mexico, Costa Rica, Thailand, and Bali. Edward says these spiritual journeys develop deep and lasting relationships among the travelers and strengthen their bond to their home community, The Santa Rosa Center for Spiritual Living.
Rev. Karen Fry has a genuine love for all of life and meets people exactly where they are. She leads with her heart and is willing to be vulnerable and real. Her enthusiasm is infectious and her authenticity is definitely noticeable. She invites you into your own magnificence, power, and transformation.
Rev. Karen is definitely known for her enthusiasm, inspirational speaking, and prosperity consciousness. She loves to invite you to go for your highest potential – to move from limitation to limitless – and often incorporates extreme spirituality for transformation such as walking on fire and breaking boards with your hand. She is a Certified Firewalking Instructor and she’s always on fire with her faith in the power of prayer. Her definite love for travel and photography invites you to see and experience life through the Lens of Love. She has co-led tours to Bali, Bhutan, S. Africa, New Zealand/Australia, and Egypt.
David Bruner is the Spiritual Director of the Center for Spiritual Living in San José, California. His irreverent sense of humor and “everyday kind of guy” style makes him adored by his congregation–that and his love of God, people and animals, Harry Potter and a peculiar fondness for People magazine, Taco Doritos, and great neckties. He is a compelling, charismatic speaker known and loved for his humor and his practical, often unorthodox approach to spirituality. One Sunday he is excitedly pursuing the path of forgiveness following a four-hour experience at the California DMV, and the next week he is relaying his escapades in a trapeze class or on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada.
Serving as Spiritual Director of CSLDallas since 1998, Rev Dr Petra Weldes is a powerful, gifted speaker and teacher whose visionary role has created a dynamic spiritual community in Dallas, empowering and transforming lives. In her over 30 years of ministry, her purpose is transformation and her mission is to grow people, communities, and ideas.
A highly regarded, deeply admired teacher, Dr Petra engages students with her interactive style providing a safe, sacred environment for personal growth and exploration. Her deep wisdom, wealth of knowledge, humility as well as humor, guides students into journeys of awakening to their unique expression and creative and joyful potential. An elegant, powerful speaker, her ability to translate seemingly complex and confusing life issues into concise and clear messages invites the audience into deeper levels of understanding of their being and engagement in the world by igniting the change within. She has co-led tours to Costa Rica, Bali, New Zealand/Australia, and developed our New England, New Thought Roots Tour.
Tshering Jamtsho from Bhutan can be rated among the first well-trained tour leaders in the country. He has extensive knowledge in the field of tourism in Bhutan. His understanding of Buddhism, Bhutanese culture, history and environment has earned him many friends around the globe. and through these networks he has also been invited as a guest speaker to speak at the California institute of Integral Studies on Buddhism and local Bhutanese deities. Tshering Jamtsho is today one of the leading tour operators in the Kingdom of Bhutan.
Rev. Liesa Leggett Garcia, is a native of Reno. She has her pulse on the community and her heart in the community. As a young woman, Rev. Liesa received “the call”—that inner voice that led (pushed?) her in to the ministry. A third generation Religious Scientist, she graduated from the Ernest Holmes College in Los Angeles in 1986 and received her first letter of call New Beginnings Church of Religious Science in Rapid City, South Dakota where she served for two years.
Aracelli Alava De Pinho, Our Spirit Tours representative in Peru worked for Peak Travel North America and graduated from Ricardo Palma College and speaks English, Spanish and French. Ara helps coordinate our Machu Picchu journeys to ensure our journey is magical and sacred.
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