Join us on an epic Yoga Pilgrimage Journey to Nepal with Swiss yoga teacher Soraya Francisco, and a Himalayan Hermitage facilitator in May 2020. We visit sacred Buddhist sites of the Kathmandu Valley, as well as journey into the Himalayan foothills, following the footsteps of yogis as we visit monasteries and nunneries. Daily yoga and meditation.
There is no prerequisite for joining a pilgrimage, nor is it required to have any knowledge or experience with the practice of meditation. Simply, to have the wish to go deeper with one’s mind, and to have curiosity regarding its functions is enough. There is nothing religious about the practice of meditation or in visiting sacred places. In fact, there is nothing even Buddhist about it! The idea of pilgrimage here means that while we are exploring sacred sites, we are also investigating ourselves with a ‘tried & true’ internal/contemplative process called meditation. The practice of meditation is simply a tool to bring your mind back to a place of naked awareness, to a place of basic space with yourself and environment. It is simply a technique with which to uncover all the layers of hope, fear, grasping, and judgement that are all such strong habits which cloud the mind. With the practice of meditation we can learn to come back to ourselves, to become familiar with the groundless, unfabricated, and raw quality of reality.
[ PROGRAM ]
7:45 – 8:45 Yoga
9:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:30 – 12:00 Morning session on Tibetan Buddhism & Meditation Practice
1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
2:00 – 3:30 Free time
3:30 – 5:30 Visiting sacred places
7:00 – 8:00 Dinner
8:15 – 8:45 Evening meditation
Thanks to a wealth of experience in Nepal and in the Himalayan region, Sisse is a knowledge gateway between Asia and the West. For the last twelve years, Sisse has been traveling to Nepal and Tibet. Sisse is originally from Denmark.Ten years of experience with meditation practice and for the last years, guiding meditation at the Himalayan Buddhist Meditation Center (HBMC) in Kathmandu, combined with local experience as a freelance consultant for various international organisations, her studies of Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and Tibetan language, as well as working as a travel guide in the Himalayan region are the basis of her expertise to found Himalayan Hermitage. Sisse is the founder, as well as photographer and facilitator of Himalayan Hermitage.
Originally from Canada, Alex has been based in Nepal for the last number of years and has in-depth knowlege on the many sacred sites of Nepal and the Himalayas.Alex has studied Buddhist philosophy at a University based out of a Tibetan monastery in Kathmandu and is therefore familiar with a classical Tibetan learning environment. At the same time, Alex’s studies in Tibetan Buddhism have stemmed from a psychological/’mind-training’ interest, which comes out in his approach to meditation, philosophy, and various cultivation practices from the rich Tibetan Buddhist wisdom tradition.
A practitioner of Kundalini yoga, Chinese medicine, acupuncture and yoga therapy, Soraya shares her knowledge and her life experience through her teachings. Soraya used to practice sports such as boxing (Swiss Vice Champion) and Jiu-Jitsu (blue belt degree) so when she started practicing Yoga, she didn’t appreciate it that much. But as she felt a peaceful feeling after each practice this pushed her to keep going. After 3 months of intense Yoga practice she decided to dedicate her time to the Yogic path. She completed a 200hr TTC in Rio de Janeiro, and a 200hr Yoga Alliance TTC in Costa Rica. She moved to Geneva, and opened a mind-body studio: Studio SoHam. Soraya is from Geneva, Switzerland.
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[ PRICE ]
!! Early Bird Special : 2900 USD (expires 6 months prior to the starting date) !!
– Normal price: 3160 USD
– Single room supplement: 350 USD
– Deposit: 500 USD
– All accommodation, meals & transport in Nepal
– Experienced guides & instructors
– Jeep ride from Kathmandu to Phablu and flight from Phablu to Kathmandu
– Healthy, vegetarian meals
– Daily Dharma talks & introduction to meditation
– Notebook for journaling during the pilgrimage
– International flight ticket to Nepal
– Personal insurance during the pilgrimage
– Personal visa to Nepal (25 USD for 15 days / 30 USD for 30 days to be purchased upon arrival)
– Any alcoholic beverage during the pilgrimage
– Tip to local guide and porters
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Soraya : email@example.com
Sisse Budolfsen : firstname.lastname@example.org