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With every detail designed and delivered by our extraordinary collective, Aquilo offers unique experiences to fulfil your desires, further your passions and live your dreams.
Featuring some of the world’s most extraordinary individuals – from legendary explorers to notable historians – delight in the stories, people and places that will take your breath away.
Whether you’re discovering our planet’s wild beauty, lending a hand on a conservation mission or reliving your family’s forgotten history, your bespoke experience will be truly unforgettable.
In 1943 a six man Norwegian Special Forces team defied all odds on a mission to disrupt the German development of the first atomic bomb by destroying a heavy water plant in Norway– a key turning point in the Second World War. The British “Special Operations Executive” (SOE) declared the mission the most successful and courageous act of sabotage during the war. The raid was an epic journey of survival and endurance as the team parachuted in behind enemy lines, withstood a treacherous Norwegian winter, successfully destroyed the plant and managed to escape by cross country skiing 250 miles into Sweden. Connect with Aquilo to relive this remarkable journey and hear the tretreous story first hand from Joachim Rønneberg, commanding officer of the Gunnerside assault team and last remaining team member alive today.
Hear the touching story told by Forest Woodward about a remarkable journey to reconnect his father Doug Woodward with his love for the Grand Canyon and to evoke his sense of identity by reliving the adventures of his younger self. Doug Woodward was a pioneer of kayaking and rafting. In 1970 he drove a bus load of explorer scouts cross-country from the Delaware to complete a rafting /kayaking journey snaking through the Grand Canyon down the Colorado River. Forty four years later, as Forest watched Doug age too quickly, and lose his sense of adventure, he challenged his father to repeat the trip - 28 days on the Colorado through the Grand Canyon. At Aquilo we thrive off designing experiences that build a special bond of a parent and sibling and the necessity of returning to the important places in our lives.Video
The origins of the indigenous Maori people of New Zealand can be traced back to the 13th century and the mythical homeland Hawaiki, Eastern Polynesia. Due to centuries of isolation, the Maori established a distinct society with characteristic art, language and unique mythology. The New Zealand Wars, which were long known as the Māori Wars, were a series of armed conflicts that took place in New Zealand from 1845 to 1872 between the British settlers who formed the New Zealand government and indigenous Māori. At the peak of hostilities in the 1860s, 18,000 British troops, supported by artillery, cavalry and local militia, fought approximately 4000 Māori warriors in what became a gross imbalance of manpower and weaponry. The fearless Maori fought to protect their land and heritage, and as a result many aspects of their traditional society have survived into the 21st century. Explore Maori legends and traditional tales from tribal elders on a Maori Waka (Canoe) Journey as you explore this mystical land.
For more than 2,000 years the Kazakh Horsemen of Western Mongolia have been eagle hunters. They come together to celebrate their art of traditional eagle hunting at the incredible golden eagle festival. Their technique of using majestic and highly trained eagles to hunt, trace back to the Genghis Khan era and has been passed on through generations. The horsemen hunt a variety of animals – including rabbits, marmots, foxes and even wolves - for their meat and fur which is an integral part of traditional Kazakh clothing. Connect with Aquila to explore the history of the Kazakh Horsemen. Experience the wild Mongolian landscape and nomadic festivities first hand as you ride alongside traditional elders on a journey rich in culture, rite and passage.
Lenny Shiller is a lifelong Brooklyn resident, classic car collector and American legend. A man so in tune with his passion, he spends each and every day with his outstanding collection of rare classic cars, vintage bikes, motorcycles, and memorabilia. Lenny is not only a collector, but is hands on in restoring and maintaining his collection, with the intention one day to pass them on to the next generation. The walls of his 12,000 sq ft garage in Gowanus, Brooklyn are stacked with car parts he has collected over the years, the space resembling part vintage garage, part museum. Connect with us to spend a day with Lenny, explore his stunning collection or get your hands dirty on a unique restoration project.Video
The Prince De Neufchatel was considered one of the fastest American armed schooner-rigged privateer of the United States army in the War of 1812. The vessel was built by Adam and Noah Brown in 1814 and was chased 17 times by British men–of–war and she outran them every time. After a triumphant victory against the British navy, she went back to Boston and when Prince sailed again in the December of 1814, fully crewed with 120 men under Nicolas Millin, she was chased through a severe gale by three British frigates. Losing crucial spars in the chase, she was taken by the British and sent to the docks for her impressive design to be copied. The Americans intervened and after a Special Order for the Admiralty Command, Captain Henry Home of the HMS Edmond sent five boats to re-capture her. After fierce fighting the Prince De Neufchatel was reclaimed only to be again re-engaged by the British and re-captured on her way to Boston.
She was broken up in 1967 and then fully rebuilt in 2008 in the Greek shipyards where they combined the brilliance of her kind with the comforts of a modern yacht. Connect with us to explore the history of Prince De Neufchatel from her luxury quarters as you sail along the stunning Dalmatian coastline.
Culturally, Cuba is one of the most fascinating and remarkably undiscovered regions of the world. The story of the Buena Vista Social club is set in the time of nationalization and political consolidation that transformed Cuba's economy and civil society. The club started as a secret members’ only venue located in the over populated Marianao neighborhood in the 1940s, and operated through the oppressive era and conflict of Castro’s Cuban revolution. Between the 1940s and early 1960s the club was a social hub for musicians and performers, leading a program of artistic activities such as dances and musical experiences. In its golden era it encouraged and continued the development of traditional Afro-Cuban musical styles and represented freedom of artistic expression. Explore the history, music and passion of the Cuban people in a country undergoing complete transformation.
Antarctica – known as the final frontier of polar exploratory history entrenched with stories of endurance, courage and persistence from the likes of Shackleton, Emmerson, Maweson and Scott. Today, one Australian Polar Explorer, Geoff Wilson, is in training for what will be the greatest solo unsupported crossing of the harshest environment on earth. To raise funds for charity, Geoff will cross the longest distance by any human across Antarctica through the 'pole of inaccessibility' – never before attempted. A momentous feat enabled by the power of wind and cutting edge snow kite technology on a journey of 5285km [3284 miles]. Aquilo is proud to support Geoff on this noble expedition. Connect with us to hear more and how you can join the expedition team and be part of the journey.
Antarctica – known as the final frontier of polar exploratory history entrenched with stories of endurance, courage and persistence from the likes of Shackleton, Emmerson, Maweson and Scott. Today, one Australian Polar Explorer, Geoff Wilson, is in training for what will be the greatest solo unsupported crossing of the harshest environment on earth. To raise funds for charity, Geoff will cross the longest distance by any human across Antarctica through the 'pole of inaccessibility' – never before attempted. A momentous feat enabled by the power of wind and cutting edge snow kite technology on a journey of 5285km [3284 miles]. Aquilo is proud to support Geoff on this noble expedition. Connect with us to hear more and how you can join the expedition team and be part of the journey.Video
A collective movement from the Ktunaxa Nation, conservationists, backcountry skiers and snowboarders are against a proposed large-scale ski resort deep in the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia. The feature film, ‘Keep Jumbo Wild’, by Sweetgrass Productions and Patagonia explores this remarkable story. Travel deep into the Purcell Mountains of British Columbia where the land is wild and backcountry skiing is a way of life. For the Ktunaxa First Nation, it is an area known as Qat’muk, the sacred home of the grizzly bear spirit. And, for scientists and conservation groups like Wildsight, the valley is important as part of a critical wildlife corridor, one of only two remaining areas in North America where grizzly bears can freely roam between Canada and the United States. For decades, First Nations have fought the proposed Jumbo Glacier Resort.
Watch the film and join Aquilo in supporting the Ktunaxa Nation, Wildsight and the thousands of locals who have been fighting for the last 25 years to stop development and permanently #KeepJumboWild.Video
After 30 years in the Navy and 10 years in private industry, Ed Nicholson was diagnosed with cancer. He was in Walter Reed National Military Medical Center recovering when injured vets began coming back from Iraq. Nicholson realized there was something he could do to help them cope with their mental and physical issues. Armed with a fly fishing rod, Ed began to teach people to cast on the front lawn of the hospital. Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing was born.
Beginning in 2005 the project served wounded military service members at Walter Reed Army Medical Center returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since then, it has expanded nationwide, establishing its highly successful program in Department of Defense hospitals, Warrior Transition Units, and Veterans Affairs Medical Centers and clinics. At its core, the program is about more than fly fishing – it is about taking time out to build community relationships to support lifetime recovery and treatment.
The Project has grown to 178 programs in 50 States. Join with us to support Project Healing Waters.Video
Max is a community based public artist from Denver, Colorado. His work takes place in some of the harshest, conflict torn and poverty stricken regions on the planet. Max provides community building in refugee crisis, hospital workshops, abuse and addiction consultation through art, creative facilitation and conflict resolution. His projects have taken him from Israel and Palestine to the Jordanian Syrian border, Turkey, New Zealand, Australia, Costa Rica, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, and Canada and throughout the United States. Although trained in painting, his work focuses on public engagement through creative facilitation and inspired participation. Artolution is a Community Based Public Arts Network composed of over 200 collaborative canvas and wall murals painted in 12 nations around the world. The foundation of this initiative is based on facilitating opportunities for communities to empower themselves through creative, participatory and collaborative public-art making. Connect with us to see how you can immerse yourself in a creative world and join Max on an Artoloution project.