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Windows Into the Lives of Medieval People

Program Number: 15881RJ
Start and End Dates:
7/1/2013 - 7/7/2013;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Jerome, Idaho
Price starting at: $698.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Literature; History & Culture
Meals: 17; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 6 Dinners    
Meal Options: Gluten Free; Low Salt; Low Fat; Vegetarian    

Go back in time as you join monks and medieval scholars dressed in replicas of medieval clothing for an immersion into daily life in villages and castles, religion, culture and celebrations of medieval peoples. At the Benedictine Monastery of the Ascension, examine a collection of facsimile medieval books, and discuss the popular literary works of the times, including books of hours, bestiaries, and Chaucer’s "Canterbury Tales.” Experience herbs and cuisine from the time period. Discover how medieval people viewed their world, and decide if they can teach us about how we live today.




Highlights

• Compare medieval and modern farming techniques during field trips to local dairy farms, and enjoy a chance to sample their homemade cheeses and ice cream.
• Explore the Snake River via pontoon boat, and learn the history of the Twin Falls area.
• View or participate in medieval dance and enjoy an evening of music during a harp performance.



Activity Particulars

Minimal walking. Elevation of 4,000 feet.



Coordinated by Benedictine Monastery of the Ascension.




Jerome (Idaho)

Surrounded by bountiful farmlands and bordering on the Snake River Canyon, Jerome county has 16,000 residents, including twelve Benedictine monks, who live a peaceful, prayerful life in a thoroughly modern monastery.



Accommodations
Comfortable retreat center connected to Benedictine (Catholic) monastery. Ground floor rooms with two twin beds. For information on categories, please call or go to www.roadscholar.org/15881.
Meals and Lodgings
   Monastery of the Ascension
  Jerome, ID 6 nights
 Monastery of the Ascension
Type: Conference Center
  Description: The Road Scholar is held in a retreat center phyiscally attached to a small Benedictine Monastery. Participants may share in the monastic prayers if they wish.
  Contact info: 541 East--100 South
Jerome, ID 83338 USA
phone: 208-324-2377 x202
web: www.idahomonks.org
  Room amenities: All air conditioned, with outside window. All open onto pleasant, quiet lounge area. Four single rooms, used when the main facility is full, are available in an annex. These rooms have private bath and shower, but are more rustic.
  Facility amenities: Air conditioned. Free snack bar, laundry, private baths, RV spaces with ordinary household electricity (30 AMP only) and access to showers (limited water hookups; no dump site on the premises). Facility provides nice panorama to the south over the Magic Valley and the town of Twin Falls with mountains in the background.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Dbl occupancy: $25 per pers. Accommodations for extra nights may be, but are not always, available. Extra meals: breakfast $4; lunch $5; supper $7.
  Check in time: 1:30 PM
  Additional nights after: Dbl occupancy: $25 per pers. Accommodations for extra nights may be, but are not always, available. Extra meals: breakfast $4; lunch $5; supper $7.
  Check out time: 11:45 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
5:50 PM social in dining room. You will be staying at Monastery of the Ascension that night.
  End of Program:
Program ends after breakfast, 7:40 AM. You will be staying at Monastery of the Ascension the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free, right in front of the building.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Jerome, ID
  Nearest city or town:  Twin Falls, ID
  Nearest highway: I-84
  Nearest airport:  Twin Falls, ID
  From End of Program
  Location: Jerome, ID
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Twin Falls

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Monastery of the Ascension
phone: 208-324-2377
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

25 miles

   

We will pick up or deliver participants at the Twin Falls airport at anytime. We will send a form so that participants can let us know when they need to be picked up.

 

Boise

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Salt Lake Express
phone: 800-356-9796
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

About $35.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

2.5 

 

Distance:

 

125 miles from Boise airport to Jerome Wal-mart; 8 miles from Wal-mart to the monastery.

   

This shuttle discharges and picks up people at the Jerome Wal-Mart parking lot. We will meet the shuttle and bring people to the monastery ($10.00 round trip). We will also meet any planes at the Twin Falls airport ($20. round trip).

 

Twin Falls

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
Monastery of the Ascension
phone: 208-324-2377
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$10.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

11 miles

   

We will pick up or deliver participants to the Twin Falls Greyhound bus depot at any time. We will send a form ahead of time so participants can let us know when to pick them up.

 

Salt Lake City Airport

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Salt Lake Express
phone: 800-356-9796
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

About $35.00
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3.5 

 

Distance:

 

175 miles from Salt Lake Airport to Jerome Wal-mart; 8 miles from Wal-mart to the monastery.

   

This shuttle discharges and picks up people at the Jerome Wal-Mart near the Sonic drive-in. We will meet the shuttle and bring people to the monastery ($20.00 round trip). We will also meet any planes at the Twin Falls airport ($25 round trip).

 
Driving Directions
  Coming on I-84 from East. Turn at exit 173 (to Sun Valley). Go north (toward Sun Valley) on Hwy 93 for 4 miles just past the golf course to the next paved road (Priory Road = 100 South), turn right for 1.5 miles, turn in at sign, "Monastery of the Ascension." [Or continue north on Hwy 93 for another mile to blinking yellow light, turn right onto Hwy 25 (toward Eden, ID, go 1.9 miles to a sign which also says "Monastery of the Ascension," turn right for 0.5 miles and turn in at monastery lane.]
  Coming on I-84 from West. Turn at exit 173 (to Sun Valley). Go north (toward Sun Valley) on Hwy 93 for 4 miles just past the golf course to the next paved road (Priory Road = 100 South), turn right for 1.5 miles, turn in at sign, "Monastery of the Ascension." [Or continue north on Hwy 93 for another mile to blinking yellow light, turn right onto Hwy 25 (toward Eden, ID, go 1.9 miles to a sign which also says "Monastery of the Ascension," turn right for 0.5 miles and turn in at monastery lane.]
  Coming on US Hwy 93 from south (Wells, NV; Twin Falls, ID). Continue north on Hwy 93, under the I-84 overpass and (toward Sun Valley) for 4 miles just past the golf course to the next paved road (Priory Road = 100 South; there is a sign there to "Hospice Visions"), turn right for 1.5 miles, turn in at sign, "Monastery of the Ascension." [Or continue north on Hwy 93 for another mile to blinking yellow light, turn right onto Hwy 25 (toward Eden, ID, go 1.9 miles to a sign which also says "Monastery of the Ascension," turn right for 0.5 miles and turn in at monastery lane.]
  Coming on Us Hwy 93 from north (Shoshone, ID) Travel south from Shoshone, ID (about 15 miles) until come to blinking yellow light at Hwy 25. Turn left toward Eden, ID, and go 1.9 miles to a sign which says "Monastery of the Ascension," turn right for 0.5 miles and turn in at monastery lane.
Elevation Note: Monastery is located at 4000 feet.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Social and dinner prepared by professional chef, get acquainted meeting.
(Monday, July 1)
   
 Dinner: 5:50 Social; 6:15 Dinner. The program officially begins with a social at which soft drinks, beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres are available. It is followed by dinner.
 Evening: 7:30 PM Orientation to the facility and its amenities, the program and the instructors and introductions of participants.
   
Accommodations: Monastery of the Ascension
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Historical overview: England in 1400. Life in a village, monastery, university and castle; building a "cathedral" (Pillars of the Earth). Replica clothing reflecting English fashion of the time.
(Tuesday, July 2)
   
 Breakfast: 8 AM All meals are served in the dining room.
 Morning: 9:00 - 10:15 Overview of England in 1400 10:30 - 11:30 Life in a Medieval Village 11:30-11:55 Movement
 Lunch: 12:10 Dining room.
 Afternoon: 1:00 - 2:30 Life in a Medieval Village, Monastery and University 2:45 - 4:45 Life in a Castle
 Dinner: Dinner included.
 Evening: 7:15 - 8:45 Building a "cathedral": Pillars of the Earth
   
Accommodations: Monastery of the Ascension
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Chaucer's Canterbury Tales; Books of Hours; building a "cathedral" (continued).
(Wednesday, July 3)
   
 Breakfast: 8 AM All meals are prepared in the monastery kitchen and served in the dining room.
 Morning: 9:00 - 11:30 Chaucer (d. ca. 1400): Canterbury Tales
 Lunch: 12:10 Dining room.
 Afternoon: 1:00 - 3:00 Books of Hours
 Dinner: 6:00 l Dinner
 Evening: 7:15-8:45 Building a Cathedral (Pillars of the Earth)
   
Accommodations: Monastery of the Ascension
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Chaucer; visit to family dairies (compare farm life in 1400, and the 21st century). Ride on Snake River in pontoon boats (very smooth and safe) with guides to tell about local history.
(Thursday, July 4)

Note: The two dairies we will visit are small (less than 100 cows) family operations, in sharp contrast to the large (1000-10,000 cows) dairies which dot south central Idaho. One delivers milk in glass bottles and makes superb ice cream; the other makes custom cheeses. We will sample both the ice cream and the cheese. / The local outfitter who will provide pontoon boat ride, will tell about the Snake River, its canyon and the settling on the Twin Falls area. Probably will see BASE jumpers also.



   
 Breakfast: 8 AM Dining room.
 Morning: 9:00 - 11:30 Chaucer 11:30-11:55 Movement
 Lunch: 12:10 lunch
 Afternoon: 1:00 PM board bus for visit to Ballard's Dairy in Godding & Cloverleaf Creamery and Dairy in Buhl; imagine the difference and continuity between farm life in 1400 England early 21st-century Idaho. If time allows, we will also visit the Hagerman Fossil Beds headquarters and Oregon Trail site.
 Dinner: 5:45 Picnic at Centennial Park
 Evening: 7:00 - 9:00 Pontoon boat trip in the Snake River Canyon
   
Accommodations: Monastery of the Ascension
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Medieval music and dance; medieval "household books"; lyric poetry
(Friday, July 5)
   
 Breakfast: 8 AM Dining room.
 Morning: 9:00 - 11:30 Music & Dance 11:30-11:55 Movement
 Lunch: 12:10 Dining room.
 Afternoon: 1:00 - 3:30 William Langland; household books
 Dinner: .
 Evening: 7:15-8:30 Medieval Dance
   
Accommodations: Monastery of the Ascension
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Bestiaries; Medieval art; social; harp concert
(Saturday, July 6)
   
 Breakfast: 9:00 AM Breakfast in dining room.
 Morning: 10:00 - 11:30 Bestiaries 11:30 - 11:55 Movement
 Lunch: 12:10 Dining room .
 Afternoon: 1:00 - 3:00 Art
 Dinner: 5:50 Social, followed by dinner.
 Evening: 7:15 Harp Concert 8:00 Wrap up
   
Accommodations: Monastery of the Ascension
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Breakfast available from 6 am.
(Sunday, July 7)
   
 Breakfast: Pick-up breakfast will be available from 6:00 AM. Breakfast will be served at 7:40 AM. The program concludes with breakfast on Sunday.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast

Free Time Opportunities
 
  Jerome, ID General Overview
The Monastery of the Ascension and its attached retreat center are located centrally in the Magic Valley, five miles east of Jerome and ten miles north of Twin Falls. The monastery is within two hours' drive of Boise (state capitol; churches; Birds of Prey Center), Glens Ferry (Oregon Trail Interpretative Center; Three Island State Park), Malad Gorge State Park, Sun Valley, Jackpot, NV, Craters of the Moon, City of Rocks, Silver Creek Preserve, 1000 Spings (e.g., the spectacular Niagara Springs), Hagerman Fossil Beds Headquarters and Museum (Hagerman, ID), and ice caves north of Shoshone. There a number of museums (e.g., at College of Southern Idaho and in Twin Falls and Jerome), antique stores and galleries, as well as numerous golf courses, several hot springs, and scenic boat rides in the Snake River Canyon.
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Geoffrey Chauceer


Author: Canterbury Tales


William Langland


Author: Piers Plowman


Frances and Joseph Gies


Author: Daily Life in Medieval Times (and other titles by these authors)




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