Travel 2017

I took no trips in the first three months of 2017 as I was still convalescing from my hip operation. In mid-April I went to the Netherlands for a week, staying mostly with my friends Sylvia and Onno Vinkhuyzen in Heelsum and attending the Justice Conference in de Poort, which was also the 21st International Environment Forum conference (see separate page). I also gave some talks to Baha'is and their friends, and lectured at Wageningen University on "What Values for Sustainability?" While it was not a trip, on Earth Day 22 April I took part in the Geneva March for Science, one of many held around the world. Next was a short working trip to Madrid (without photos). In early May, ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future, held its spring event near Geneva (see separate report). On 11 June I went to Basel in the north of Switzerland for the opening of an exposition of the paintings of Mark Tobey, including four from my own collection (see separate page). From 23 June to 5 July I was in Italy, mostly at Pontedera in Tuscany with my friends the Stendardos (see separate page), but also with a day trip to Venice to see the big Mark Tobey retrospective at the Guggenheim Collection (see separate page on Venice). From 7-9 July, I went to central France for a meeting of the Triglav Circle on rurality (see separate page) where we stayed in one chateau and visited another. Later in July my son and grandchildren came visiting from Quebec, so we went to the Puy de Fou park in the Vendée region of western France, and then to Paris on the weekend. I also spent a day at the Louvre museum. In August I visited my brother and his family in Bulgaria (see separate page), followed by a week at the French Bahá'í Summer School south of Angers (separate page). In September, I returned to La Garde near Bourg-en-Bresse, France, for a retreat on art and spirituality (see separate page), and in October I went to Bucharest for the ebbf autumn event (see separate page), followed late in the month by the annual European Center for Peace and Development conference in Belgrade (see separate page), where I spoke on international governance for peace. In November I was invited to Prague to help the Charles University Environment Center celebrate its 25th anniversary (see separate page), and to Nairobi for an expert group to advise UN Environment on its engagement with faith-based organizations. The year closed with the Swiss Baha'i Winter School in Leysin.

de Poort, The Netherlands

The Justice Conference/IEF Conference was highly stimulating as usual, with excellent keynotes and workshops, and a chance to catch up with many old friends (see separate page and IEF conference report).
conference photo . IEF panel . lunch
Conference group photo; the IEF panel; lunch with friends

March for Science, Geneva

I joined hundreds of scientists and supporters of science who gathered on the lakeside in Geneva to March for Science (see separate report).

banner . march . march
Marching for science on the Geneva lakefront

ebbf event, Chavannes de Bogis, Switzerland

On 3-7 May, ebbf - Ethical Business Building the Future, held its annual spring conference at Chavannes de Bogis near Geneva. The theme was “Beyond Diversity”, and I was asked to give the opening keynote on “Systems Science Beyond Diversity” (see separate report).

audience . Arthur Dahl . Governing Board
Part of the audience; giving my keynote; the newly elected ebbf Governing Board

Basel, Switzerland

Between art galleries, I had a little time to walk around the historic centre of the city (see separate page for more views and the Mark Tobey exposition).

Basel old town . cathedral on main square . Rhine River
Old centre of Basel; cathedral; Rhine River

Pontedera, Tuscany, Italy

My 12 days visiting the Stendardos in June-July were mostly spent in their beautiful garden (see separate page).

Stendardo garden . Stendardo garden . improved planting areas


I could not take pictures at the Mark Tobey exposition, but did capture some views along the Grand Canal (see separate page).

Grand Canal . Venice . Grand Canal

Nievre Department, France

The Triglav Circle met in the Nievre Department in central France to discuss rurality and the future of rural areas and agriculture. We met in one chateau and visited another (see separate page).

Chateau de Poussignol . Triglav Circle . Chateau de Quincize
Chateau de Poussignol; Triglav Circle; Chateau de Quincize


With my son and grandchildren from Quebec, we visited the Puy de Fou park in the Vendée region of western France, and spend a day in Paris, after which I visited the Louvre museum.

coliseum . medieval village . viking attack on medieval village
Puy de Fou park with historical spectacles: a Roman colosseum, a medieval village, and a Viking attack
medieval knights . King Arthur's roundtable . fountain display
Kights in the time of Joan of Arc; King Arthur's roundtable; spectacles of water and music

Arc de Triomphe . Eiffel Tower . Petit Palais
Monuments of Paris
The Louvre . sculpture . Mona Lisa
The Louvre museum


Visiting my brother and his family in Bulgaria, after a night in Sofia, we drove to the Black Sea coast, and then back to Sofia and down to my brother's house in the village of Krupnik (see separate page).

Dahl family . countryside near Krupnik . countryside
The Dahl family; the Bulgarian countryside

French Summer School

The French Baha'i Summer School south of Angers, with 300 participants, was a wonderful opportunity for study, the arts, and sharing among all generations (see separate page).
group photo . after the evening programme . the garden
The Summer School group; after the evening programme; beautiful gardens

La Garde, Bourg-en-Bresse, France

I returned to the Domaine of La Garde for a retreat on art and spirituality (see separate page).

Chateau de la Garde . group meeting . at the cross in the forest
Chateau de La Garde; group meeting; at the cross in the forest

ebbf event, Bucharest, Romania

The ebbf autumn event was held in Bucharest, Romania, but there was no time for sightseeing (see separate page).
ebbf group photo
Part of the ebbf group

ECPD Conference, Belgrade

The European Center for Peace and Development, affiliated with the University for Peace established by the United Nations, organized an International Round Table in Belgrade City Hall on ”Peace and Democratic Multilateralism” on 27 October 2017, followed the next day by a Global Youth Forum with over 50 participants from many countries, on ”Youth Peace-builders for a Sustainable Future” (see separate report, and more details on the IEF web site). I helped to chair both events and gave a paper in the Round Table on “UN Charter Revision as the Foundation for Peace”.

Belgrade City Hall . keynote speakers . Arthur Dahl as co-chair
Belgrade City Hall; keynote speakers including Federico Mayor, former Director General of UNESCO, and 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Ouided Bouchamaoui; me as co-chair

Prague, Czech Republic

The Charles University Environment Center invited me to speak at its 25th anniversary celebration on 21 November (see separate page).

Stare Mesto Square . Arthur Dahl, Mrs and Bedrich Moldan
Central square of old Prague; me with founder of Environment Center Bedrich Moldan and his wife

Nairobi, Kenya

I was invited by UN Environment (formerly UNEP) to Nairobi on 30 November for a Consultation meeting on Engaging with Faith-based organizations, representing the Bahá'í Faith through the International Environment Forum, our Bahá'í-inspired organization for environment and sustainability. For a report on the meeting, see the IEF web site. While the visit was too short to see my many local friends, I did enjoy the hospitality of two Bahá'í families, met a number of former colleagues at UNEP, and was interviewed by a student doing a Ph.D. on experts at UNEP.

UN Office in NairobiUN Office in NairobiUN Office in Nairobi
UN Office in Nairobi

participants in the consultation . Iyad Abumoghli, meeting organizer . participants in the consultation
Participants in the consultation; Dr. Iyad Abumoghli, meeting organizer

Leysin, Switzerland

I tutored a study circle during the Swiss Baha'i Winter School in the beautiful Alpine village of Leysin, with over 280 participants of all ages from many countries (see separate page).

mountains around LeysinSwiss Baha'i Winter Schoolyouth at Winter School
Mountains around Leysin, in Valais; Swiss Baha'i Winter School; youth performance

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Last updated 11 January 2018

Photographs copyright © Arthur Lyon Dahl 2017