Eco Art Journeys uses a holistic approach to personal transformation and social change by utilizing the healing powers of art, nature, philanthropic travel and collaborations.
We craft and curate customized transformational travel experiences or “Journeys” in nature and through art that bring forth deeper self-connection, change, healing, awareness and social change.
We use the power of travel as a transformative tool for education and social change. We see the deep connections and awareness that travelers experience with this modality of purposeful travel, it provides more meaning and context of the local culture. Additionally, the local people’s opportunities for growth and new skills are broaden by the intercultural interactions and educational volunteering opportunities in which we engaged with NGOs, that boosts the local’s potential to be more self-reliant and develop their own sustainable resources, and entrepreneurial skills.
The use or art as a healing tool is also another powerful element we incorporate in our journeys for processing, healing and self-discovery. In 2010, the American Journal of Public Health published a review titled, The Connection Between Art, Healing, and Public Health. You can click here to read more about the impact of art on your health and your ability to heal yourself, filling occupational voids,improving well-being, decreasing negative emotions and increasing positive ones, improving medical outcomes, flow and spontaneity, expression of grief, positive identity and social networks.
Benefits of Nature: a Stanford-led study finds quantifiable evidence that walking in nature could lead to a lower risk of depression. Read more here: Stanford finds mental Health prescription: Nature
Nature Heals, soothes, restores, connects! Screen time is deadly...
“Research reveals that environments can increase or reduce our stress, which in turn impacts our bodies. What you are seeing, hearing, experiencing at any moment is changing not only your mood, but how your nervous, endocrine, and immune systems are working.
The stress of an unpleasant environment can cause you to feel anxious, or sad, or helpless. This in turn elevates your blood pressure, heart rate, and muscle tension and suppresses your immune system. A pleasing environment reverses that.”
Read more about this study: How nature impacts our well being.
On the traveling front, Tourism is one of the most important social activities and economic sectors in the international political economy, it’s considered a global phenomenon.
According to the UNWTO (United Nation’s World Tourism Organization), currently the industry accounts for 10% of the global GDP, 1 in 11 jobs, and is a major export sector. Sustained growth is predicted over the next two decades, “International tourist arrivals are set to increase by and average of 43 million a year between 2010 and 2013. At the projected pace of growth, we will surpassed the 1 billion mark by 2015 with 1186 million and by 2030, the number is anticipated to reach 1.8 billion” (Towards Tourism 2030, UNWTO). Clearly the economic indicators show that tourism is a growing, robust and vibrant sector of the economy. This is an incredible opportunity for communities and nations around the world to take leadership to invest in tourism products that address the UN Millennium Development Goals (particularly Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger, Promote gender equality and empower women…etc)’ create global partnership for development and socioeconomic growth, promote social progress and environmental sustainability.
Meet our Founder:
Blanca Pauliukevicius is the founder of Eco Art Journeys. She is originally from Venezuela and of Lithuanian descendants, she is an avid traveler and since 2001 she immigrated to Los Angeles, CA and lives with her husband and daughter.
For the last 20 years Blanca has traveled extensively and worked in the public and private finance sector as well as in higher Education.
Blanca earned her degree in Public Finance in Venezuela where she worked as a tax auditor for the government and later pursued her MBA in the United Kingdom and went in search of a different life outside of the comfort of her familiar surroundings. She has been always attracted to living in and exploring different places and cultures, and saw the tremendous benefits of travel and intercultural interactions for developing a richer understanding of the world and of self. She believes that “Meaning in life comes from impacting others positively”. She worked and played very hard for over two decades until her body had enough and broke down. She realized she needed to change her life and work style so she incorporated her passions into a new career as an entrepreneur combining her love for travel, cultures, art, nature, wellness and empowerment of other women.
Blanca developed her love for the arts while working at a private catholic university in Los Angeles during that time she studied several courses in art, music, languages to further enrich her love for the creative arts. She had always documented her life through photography, (you can see part of her traveling and self discovery journey in her self-published photography books Euro Journeys Photography and Faces and Places Photography and she is currently writing her memoir. You can check out her Travel Photography website www.wanderinggypsysouls.com
During that healing time she taught herself how to paint, she trained herself in mixed media, and took a certification in Eco Art Therapy with the Project NatureConnect Institute of Global Education and a certificate on Healing With the Arts with the University of Florida. She uses this training to inform the process of her retreats along with nature as a channel for healing and wellness. Blanca is also pursuing the Seeing Red Certificate: The Emerging Femenine in Turbulent Times with the Assisi Institute: The international Center for the study of Archetypal Patterns. This training is about illuminating the psychological roots of feminine oppression by giving voice and image to the authentic identities of women, addressing the trauma of feminine oppression and working with psyche, soul and the creative unconscious to connect with the emerging feminine.
Additionally Blanca completed a Psych-Intuitive Coaching certification as part of the service to retreat participants and as her path to her vocation and mission to help and empower other women; to guide them in how to reconnect with themselves and develop their potential, empower them in self-care & entrepreneurial skills to raise the next wave of women leaders and healers in the world.
She loves traveling, meeting and collaborating with other women leaders and other cultures and often brings these magical and brilliant souls to her retreats as collaborators. She uses her love for visual and expressive arts, nature and mindfulness practices to help herself heal and process difficult stages in life, and coach others in that process too.
Blanca practices Taichi and Qigong several times a week, and she got immersed in wellness and self-care, leadership, community outreach and activism for women and children. She is committed to help women reconnect with themselves at a deeper level and find their calling, shift their mindsets, renew their focus and commitment to a joyful more fulfilling life, mindful self-compassion and social justice so she funded Eco Art Journeys, a coaching practice for the latina community: Latinas Empoderadas and for a more global outreach Brave Living Coaching.
She hopes to create the space of silence, mind, body and soul nourishment and empowerment that everyone deserves and connect women to empower other women!
If you want to stay in touch please like/follow us in social media below, read more about her transformative retreats and help support and empower other women check out our Eco Art Journeys Wellness retreats tab here we would love for you to join us at our upcoming transformative Journeys!! also feel free to check out our Brave Coaching Living tab here and En Espanol Latinas Empoderadas if you want a personalize blueprint of a Brave and passionate life and a Go from Burned Out to Living a Brave and Passionate Life FREE guide, subscribe to one or all our websites.
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