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14 Days Meditation and Yoga Holiday in Nepal

Vajra Hotel, Bijeswari, Swayambhu, Kathmandu, Kathmandu District, Bagmati Zone, Central Development Region, Province No. 3, Nepal

Virtuous Meditation Retreat Nepal

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Retreat yourself into this yoga journey in Nepal! This yoga journey will be jointly facilitated by yoga instructor Nathalie Royer who specializes in Anusara style, as well as a guide in Nepal, Alex d’Artois. Here, you will explore the Buddhist culture of the Himalayas with the countless blessings of the many yogis and yoginis who have practiced the path of awakening here for centuries, seeping out of every temple and shrine in the Kathmandu Valley. Get your name listed on this enjoyable yoga pilgrimage!

Meet the instructors

Alex & Nathalie
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Highlights

  • Themed yoga sessions
  • Calming meditation practices
  • Visits to sacred places in Nepal
  • Experienced guides and instructors
  • Transports and domestic flights
  • 13 nights of accommodation
  • Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


14 days with instruction
The maximum participants in the group is 15
Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport
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Accommodation

During this retreat, you will stay at various accommodations provided by Himalayan Hermitage, including Vajra Hotel, Neydo Tashi Choling Monastery, Haatiban Resort, Namo Buddha Resort, Chiwong Monastery, Hotel Everest View, and Thupten Chöling Monastery.

Program

The first week we settle in beautiful locations surrounding the Kathmandu Valley and visit some of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world. The second week we hike in the foothills of the Himalayas, walking in the footsteps of fully realised yogis and yoginis, as we visit monasteries and nunneries that are nestled inside a ‘pure-land’.

The yoga and meditation theme will be weaved into our days, both in the Kathmandu Valley and in the Himalayan foothills, as we embark on an inner and outer journey through Nepal.

We start the day by exploring the inner experience of awakening in ourselves, as well as grounding our awareness into the body through yoga in the afternoon sessions we enhance the experience by becoming pilgrims and yogis. We explore the outer element of sacredness and the culture of awakening by visiting, and paying homage to the many sacred temples and shrines in the Kathmandu Valley. Evening meditation after dinner.

Schedule

  • 07:45 - 09:00 Yoga
  • 09:00 - 10:00 Breakfast
  • 10:30 - 12:00 Morning session on Tibetan Buddhism & Meditation Practice
  • 13:00 - 14:00 Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:30 Free time
  • 15:30 - 17:30 Visiting sacred places
  • 19:00 - 20:00 Dinner
  • 20:15 - 20:45 Evening meditation

Soraya shares her knowledge and her life experiences through her teachings. Her classes guide you through a spiritual and physical path practicing Yoga postures, breathing techniques, mantras chanting, relaxation 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.

The daily schedule in this 14-day itinerary comprises of meditating together every morning and evening – this can be for 30-60 minutes (several sessions of sitting and walking meditation) depending on what the group wants and where we are in our itinerary. Buddhist philosophy sessions are roughly 1 hour/day combining a short presentation with group discussion. Throughout the 14 days we slowly walk through all 3 yanas (vehicles) of the Tibetan Buddhist path. We explore how & why shamatha/mindfulness (one-pointed ‘calm abiding’ meditation) + vipassana (insight) are used as tools from the beginning through to the end of the path. The foundational path of the Shravakayana is comprised of: ‘The 4 Turnings of the Mind’, ‘Refuge’, ‘The 3 Marks of Existence’, and ‘The Four Noble Truths’. There is an emphasis on exploring the middle yana – the Mahayana (the ‘great vehicle’ of the Bodhisattvas) which entails: ‘Bodhicitta’, ‘The 6 Paramitas (perfect actions)’, ‘Shunyata (emptiness)’, ‘Relative and Ultimate Truth’, and ‘Lojong (mind-training)’. We contemplate Lojong slogans as brought forth in an accessible way by great Tibetan/Western hybrid teachers Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche and Pema Chodron. We touch upon the final yana of the Vajrayana (Tantric Buddhism) by exploring its many expressions and intricate symbolism. At face value Tibetan Buddhism may look esoteric, but with investigation we may see first-hand how it is simply a system for training one’s mind by utilizing various methods which combine mindfulness, compassion, and wisdom cultivation practices.

Day 1

Arrival and pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. We drive straight to a Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Pharping, the South Western corner of the Kathmandu Valley. There may be time to rest from the journey, go for a walk or enjoy the spectacular views over Kathmandu Valley. In the afternoon there will be an introduction to the pilgrimage by the instructors.

Day 2

Morning yoga followed by breakfast. We have our introduction session to Buddhist philosophy before lunch. After lunch and a rest, we hike through rice fields to visit the Asura cave and the self-arisen Tara in Pharping. Dinner and Meditation session. We spend the night at the Tibetan Buddhist monastery guesthouse.

Day 3

Morning yoga followed by breakfast. We have our introduction session to Buddhist philosophy before lunch. After lunch and a rest, we pilgrimage to the sacred Stupa of Swayambhu and watch the sunset overlooking the Kathmandu Valley from the Stupa. Dinner and Meditation session. We spend the night at the Tibetan Buddhist monastery guesthouse.

Day 4

After morning yoga and breakfast we continue our journey to the lovely area of Namo Buddha, where we spend the next two nights. We will have lunch in the beautiful surroundings of the resort we will stay in, followed by a free afternoon. After dinner we will have a meditation session.

Day 5

Morning yoga followed by breakfast at our resort in Namo Buddha. After lunch we hike to pilgrimage in Namo Buddha where it is said that the previous incarnation of Shakyamuni Buddha sacrificed his body to feed a starving Tigress and her cubs. We visit the stunning monastery of Thrangu Rinpoche and the sacred Namo Buddha Stupa. We overnight again at the beautiful resort in Namo Buddha.

Day 6

After breakfast we depart for Phablu and venture into the foothills of Lower Everest region of Nepal. We go on a beautiful jeep ride up through Central West Nepal where we drive along the Trisuli river and lush landscapes of Central Nepal. The roads are a lot better now compared to in past years but we can prepare ourselves for an adventurous journey. Dinner and overnight in Phablu.

Day 7

After breakfast, we hike up for 3-4 hours up to a nearby Buddhist monastery for a day’s visit. We can sit in on practice of the monks and pay homage to the monastery shrine room. Afternoon meditation.

Day 8

After breakfast, we begin our 5-6 hour hike up to the Tibetan Buddhist nunnery located up in the lower Everest region. We stop for lunch in Junbesi and climb the last bit after lunch. Afternoon tea and dinner.

Day 9

Morning practice with the nuns. At the nunnery we experience the living tradition of a sacred heritage, passed down from the historical Buddha Shakyamuni, to the present day, in an unbroken lineage of masters whose teachings have been passed on to their students, seeking the qualities and realisation of awakening. We join the nuns in their daily practices in the main gompa (place of meditation), and otherwise there is the chance to go for short hikes in the astounding surroundings of hillsides, dotted with prayer flags and retreat caves.

Day 10

We take a few days off hiking and spend the day at nunnery, where we are able to sit in at the nunnery gompa with the nuns practicing. It is possible to go for short hikes in the area around the nunnery. The day is partly guided, partly free for own adventures. According to Tibetan terminology, this Tibetan Buddhist nunnery is seen as a pure realm; a Buddha field. This signifies a place where many prayers and mantras have been whispered throughout the years, of the many nuns living there; mantras and prayers of compassion and loving kindness for the wellbeing of all sentient beings, and very naturally one senses the result of this accumulation.

Day 11

  • After breakfast we make our descend to Phablu. Lunch in dinner. We spend the night in Phablu.

Day 12

After breakfast, due to the unpredictability of the weather in the mountains, if weather permitting, we fly back to Kathmandu. If weather does not permit we will take the jeep back to Kathmandu. We overnight in Boudha.

Day 13

  • Last day of the programme is free to do shopping, visit sights in Ktm etc. We meet for a farewell dinner at the pizza joint Fire an Ice. We overnight in Boudha.

Day 14

  • Day of departure. We provide transportation to the airport.

Included excursions

  • A visit to Swayambhu Stupa
  • Hike through the rice fields to visit the Asura cave and the self-arisen Tara in Pharping
  • Visiting the stunning Thrangu Rinpoche's monastery and the sacred Namo Buddha stupa
  • Sightseeing in Boudhanath stupa and Shechen Monastery in Kathmandu

Instructors

Alex d'Artois

Nathalie Royer

Location

Nepal

For a geographically small country, Nepal has an incredible diversity that is ranging from the highest mountains in the world, the Himalayas, at its Northern border to Tibet, as well as hot, lush jungle and flat plains in the lowland at its southern border to India. In the eastern part of the country, bordering Darjeeling and India, soft and green hills of tea plantations form the scenery. Few travelers that leave Nepal travel on untouched by its magic and spiritual heritage.

Food

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • Daily yoga and meditation
  • A visit to Swayambhu Stupa
  • Hike through the rice fields to visit the Asura cave and the self-arisen Tara in Pharping
  • Visiting the stunning Thrangu Rinpoche's monastery and the sacred Namo Buddha stupa
  • Sightseeing in Boudhanath stupa and Shechen Monastery in Kathmandu
  • Experienced guides and instructors
  • Transportation in Nepal
  • Return jeep transport or flight to and from Phaplu Airport (PPL)
  • Daily meals
  • Transfer from Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)
  • 13 nights' accommodation

What's not included

  • International flight ticket to Nepal
  • Personal insurance during the yoga pilgrimage
  • Any alcoholic beverage during the yoga pilgrimage
  • Tip to local guides and porters

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM). Transfer from the airport is included. Himalayan Hermitage will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Tribhuvan International Airport Airport transfer included: Tribhuvan International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 30% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 14 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 60 days before arrival.

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Retreat information

This retreat requires a minimum of eight participants.

Please send inquiry to Himalayan Hermitage for further details.

 
Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 260 USD per person. 

Saturday September 14, 2019
(14 days / 13 nights)

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