Tour Price: $1889
Join Dr. Reverend Heather Clark for an exciting journey to New England, USA to visit sites where the New Thought movement began. We will begin our pilgrimage in Bethel, Maine, the childhood home of our founder Ernest Holmes. In the church in Bethel Ernest argued with the minister about hell and damnation. Our journey will then lead us to, Newburyport, Massachusetts where we will stay for three nights. You will enjoy a free day on your own to explore the historic town or take the train to Boston and take the take the opportunity to walk the Freedom trail from downtown Boston to Bunker Hill. The following day we will bus to nearby Concord visiting Emmerson’s house and walking around Walden Pond where you will have the opportunity to see Henry David Thoreau’s cabin.
Day 1: Upon arrival in Portland, Maine, we will be picked up by charter bus and travel ( 1/2 hours) to Bethel , Maine , the childhood home of Ernest Holmes. Holmes studied at Gould Academy, which is now a private, co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school. The town of Bethel is a rare blend of farming, forestry, education and tourism We will have a welcome dinner at the hotel this evening
Day 2: At our morning meeting we will discuss the importance of Ernest Holmes in the New Thought movement. We will trace his history where he grew up in nearby Lincoln Maine and his studies at Gould Academy. Learning about his life, our goal is not just to learn about the life of this man but to attempt to capture his consciousness knowing that that consciousness is the vitality of his teaching. After our morning meeting we will have lunch on our own before returning to an afternoon question and answer session with Dr. Reverend Heather. Afterwards we will take a short drive, 1 hour, along Sunday river road. Sunday River Road branches off of Route 2 just a couple of miles north of town, then winds past farms alongside its namesake stream in the shadow of the ski hill. Four miles in, you’ll find the postcard-perfect Sunday River Bridge, built in 1872 and nicknamed Artist’s Covered Bridge because it’s so often painted and photographed. Retuning to town you will have the opportunity to explore the beautiful scenic town of Bethel and take a 2 mile stroll along the Bethel pathway, a the trail follows the Androscoggin River.
Day 3: We will travel along the beautiful scenic highway to Portland and then further south to to Newburyport, a small coastal, scenic, and historic city in Essex County Massachusetts. A historic seaport with a vibrant tourism industry Newburyport is often cited as an example by preservationists of how to maintain a city’s architecture and heritage, while still having it remain functional and liveable. On the way we will have lunch together on the coast. Upon arrival at the water front Inn at Ring’s Island boutique hotel you can have dinner at the hotel or walk across the Merimack Rivar bridge to one of the many restaurants in Newburyport.
Day 4: At our morning meeting, we will discuss the importance of Emma Curtis Hopkins, who studied at the Academy in nearby Concord. We will have the afternoon free to explore Newburyport on our own or take the commuter train to Boston . In Boston you can take the hop on hop off bus, visit Boston Common, or see Copley Square and the Boston Christian Science Center’s magnificent reflecting pool.
Day 5: At our morning meeting, we will discuss the importance of Ralph Waldo Emerson who was born in Boston, the son of a Unity minister. Emerson later moved to Concord, where we will travel to today to see his home. Emerson was Henry David Thoreau’s mentor and friend and we will walk from Emerson’s house to Walden Pond. We will then return to Boston for our Farewell dinner.
Day 6: After breakfast and our farewell morning meeting and then we will check out of the hotel for our flight home.