August 03, 2005 13:05 ET

ELEVATE DESTINATIONS Announces 12-Day Spiritual Retreat to India

Trip Proceeds to Benefit Floating Desert School

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 3, 2005 -- ELEVATE DESTINATIONS, the ecoluxury travel company "changing the world one traveler at a time" announces its latest international itinerary: the India Spiritual Retreat. Scheduled for January 2006, guests of this twelve-day trip in Gujarat will stay in a private royal palace and will enjoy daily yoga and meditation, specially prepared ayurvedic foods, contemplation in local temples, and evening desert camel rides.

"Travelers on the Spiritual Retreat will be transported to an ancient and simpler way of life," says Dominique Callimanopulos, founder of ELEVATE DESTINATIONS. "Guests will experience spiritual renewal in an atmosphere of seamless nurturance and support."

An innovative company firmly situated at the intersection of expensive taste and philanthropic principles, ELEVATE DESTINATIONS caters to high-end travelers to whom mission matters. For many developing countries, tourism is a primary industry, yet the bulk of tourism dollars continue to return to multinational corporations or expatriate business owners.

ELEVATE DESTINATIONS seeks to divert tourism dollars into local organizations working on environmental protection and community development by donating five percent of all trip costs to efforts that protect the essential assets and conditions of host countries.

Proceeds from the Royal India Spiritual Retreat will benefit the Floating Desert School, a project founded by ELEVATE DESTINATIONS' host in India: Dr. Jayasinhji Jhala. The Floating Desert School adopts a flexible schooling model, moving from place to place, adapting to the dynamic needs of nomadic children.

Dr. Jhala, a Harvard trained Associate Professor of Anthropology at Temple University, will host the retreat at his family's private palace in Dhrangadhara, ensuring guests an authentic aquaintanceship with the area.

For more information on the India Spiritual Retreat and ELEVATE DESTINATIONS, or to book a trip, visit the company's website at

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