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Travel Therapy


Socially conscious travel focused in wellness and creativity 

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Travel Therapy


Socially conscious travel focused in wellness and creativity 

Socially Conscious Wellness & Creativity Retreats 

About Us

Travel Therapy Tours was born out of a request to provide shorter culturally enriching trips similar to our residency program.  La Casa de la Artista Residency was originally founded by Pilsen, Chicago artists Andres Contreras and Chelcie S Porter with the mission to provide free education to youth around the world while creating enriching travel opportunities. Many professionals without a lot of vacation time loved our brand and image so we began creating shorter trips just for them!  Thus Travel Therapy Tours was born!  We strive to provide a unique socially conscious travel experiences that benefits the communities we visit. We live with locals. We eat local food, shop at local markets and learn the local language.  This is immersion travel at it's finest and a truly unique and positive experience. 
 

Based in Chiang Mai, Thailand Travel Therapy Tours hosts wellness and creativity retreats and workshops several times per year at Kindred Spirit House located two hours outside of the city on a private mountain. We also host retreats in various international locations so you may be able to catch us in Cambodia, Ghana, The Virgin Islands, Morocco, Kenya, India and more! See our THERAPY page for a list of upcoming retreats!

We pride ourself on being an asset to the local communties that we visit and work to support them as much as possible. We work to provide not only a local experience for our guests but a plesant experience to the communities we are in. Our guides, drivers, cooks and house managers are a part of our extended family and we have personal relationships with them all. It is through these experiences however that inspiration is born and change is made. 

Health is a big focus at La Casa. The better you eat, the better you feel. We buy as much local grocery and produce from local farmers as we can. Our program menu is based on a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet consisting of fresh local fruits, vegetables, grains and cheeses. We always provide breakfast and other meals may be available as well depending on the package. Everything is fresh and sanitary. Safety is of utmost importance while travelling . We work closely with many youth and parents in communities and therefore keep family atmosphere in our housing at all times. We do host child-friendly programs and events so we keep a firm policy of no drugs, alcohol, weapons or outside guests are allowed on the premises during residencies or retreats in any location. We want to ensure that everyone remains as safe as possible while traveling with and participating with us. 

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the artists and healers...


Meet our staff of creative therapists and wellness professionals 

the artists and healers...


Meet our staff of creative therapists and wellness professionals 

             DoublestitcH

         zumba & Healthy Eating Chefs

 Acclaimed Chicago fit fashionistas and Red Heart Yarn spokeswomen Erika and Monika Simmons of Double Stitch Twins have transformed the crochet world. Their fashions have appeared on TV shows like "The Real" and "The Steve Harvery Show". They are also advocates of a fit lifestyle and teach fitness and healthy eating classes throughout Chicago when they're not traveling with us.  During Travel Therapy Retreats DS Twins offer workshops in crochet, Zumba fitness and healthy eating. Join them for a woman-positive time full of creativity and wellness.

         Priest JW Porter II

   Yoga Teacher Trainer Massage and Reiki

Artist,  yogi, massage therapist and Reiki Master Priest JW Porter completed a Fine Arts Bachelor’s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, PA.  after he finished his degree he went to work for the State of Tennessee’s Department of Mental Health. Porter's xperience in the mental health field has been asset in his career in the wellness world. After suffering a cardiac arrest and being declared clinically dead his focus on health took a sharp turn. This Chattanooga, TN native began living a healthier lifestyle and now is dedicated to making mental and physical healthcare available for all people. He will be hosting our Yoga Certification Program starting in fall of 2017.

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Chelcie S Porter

Founder and director of Travel Therapy Tours, La Casa de la Artista as well as  Kindred Spirt House and Kindred Retail Boutique Chelcie S Porter has always been known as a busy woman. An artist and dancer from childhood she opened her first photogaphy business at 19 and first art gallery at 21 and hasn't stopped since. After the passing of her husband and co-founder Colombian artist Andres Contreras she wa diagnosed with osteoarthritis, and rare auto-immune disease called kikuchi fugimoto in 2010. Already a vegetarian for more than 20 yrs she turned to juicing and reiki to heal herself and began diving even deeper into the world of wellness. She has studied with renowned bushmen in the Caribbean and Thailand and has been travelling the world to help others heal since. Chelcie is now a health and wellness focused life coach, reiki practioner, meditation coach, sex educator and trantra coach and certified herbalist.