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Retreat yourself into this yoga journey in Nepal! This yoga journey will be jointly facilitated by yoga instructor Lisa Mikosch, 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!
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.
The first week you will settle in beautiful locations surrounding the Kathmandu Valley and visit some of the most revered Buddhist pilgrimage sites in the world. The second week you will hike in the foothills of the Himalayas, walking in the footsteps of fully realized yogis and yoginis, as you visit monasteries and nunneries that are nestled inside a ‘pure-land’.
The yoga and meditation theme will be weaved into the days, both in the Kathmandu Valley and in the Himalayan foothills, as you embark on an inner and outer journey through Nepal.
You will start the day by exploring the inner experience of awakening in ourselves, as well as grounding your awareness into the body through yoga in the afternoon sessions you enhance the experience by becoming pilgrims and yogis. You will 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.
Arrival and pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. You will 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.
Morning yoga followed by breakfast. You will have your introduction session to Buddhist philosophy before lunch. After lunch and a rest, you will hike through rice fields to visit and pay homage to the Asura cave and the self-arisen Tara in Pharping. Dinner and meditation session. You will spend the night at the Tibetan Buddhist monastery guesthouse.
Morning yoga followed by breakfast. You have your introduction session to Buddhist philosophy before lunch. After lunch and a rest, you pilgrimage to the sacred Stupa of Swayambhu and watch the sunset overlooking the Kathmandu Valley from the Stupa. Dinner and meditation session. You will spend the night at the Tibetan Buddhist monastery guesthouse.
After morning yoga and breakfast you will continue your journey to the lovely area of Namo Buddha, where you will spend the next two nights. You will have lunch in the beautiful surroundings of the resort you will stay in, followed by a free afternoon. After dinner you will have a meditation session.
Morning yoga followed by breakfast at the resort in Namo Buddha. After lunch you 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. You will visit the stunning monastery of Thrangu Rinpoche and the sacred Namo Buddha Stupa. You will stay overnight again at the beautiful resort in Namo Buddha.
After breakfast you depart for Phablu early morning and venture into the foothills of Lower Everest region of Nepal. You will go on a beautiful and bumpy jeep ride up through Central West Nepal where you drive along the Sudekoshi river and lush landscapes of Central Nepal. Once you get closer to Phablu you might get a glimpse of the majestic Himalayas. The roads are much better now compared to in recent years but you can prepare ourselves for an adventurous and long day of traveling. Dinner and overnight at a charming mountain lodge in Phablu.
After breakfast, you begin your 6-7 hour hike up to the Tibetan Buddhist nunnery located up in the lower Everest region. You will stop for lunch in Junbesi and climb the last bit after lunch. Afternoon tea and dinner.
Morning practice with the nuns. At the nunnery you 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 realization of awakening. You will join the nuns in their daily practices in the main gompa (place of meditation), and other than that there is the chance to go for stunning hike in the astounding surroundings of hillsides, dotted with prayer flags and retreat caves where you – if the weather is on your side- will be able to get a glimpse of the majestic Himalayas.
You will take a few days off hiking and spend the day at nunnery, where you 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 yown 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 of merit.
After breakfast you will make our descend to Phablu. You will have lunch and dinner and spend the night at the same charming mountain lodge in Phablu as on the way up.
Early morning there is an optional outing by a 30 to 40-minute jeep ride to go up above Phablu for a sunrise view to Mount Everest and the full Himalayan range. Departure at 4:30 a.m. You return to the lodge and have breakfast around 8:00 a.m. Day for rest and evening yoga and meditation practice/philosophy session. Dinner at the lodge.
Early morning breakfast at the lodge and departure for Kathmandu at 7:00 a.m. You embark on yet another full day of traveling down through Solo Khumbu on our way back to Kathmandu. It’s a stunning ride but bumpy as well! Dinner and overnight at the guesthouse in Boudha.
Last day of the programme is free to do shopping, visit sights in Kathmandu etc. You will meet for a farewell dinner at the Roadhouse Restaurant with view to the sacred Boudha Stupa. You will stay overnight in Boudha.
Originally from Montreal, Canada Alex has been based in Nepal for the last number of years and has in-depth knowledge on the many sacred sites of Nepal and the Himalayas. Alex has studied Buddhist philosophy at a Tibetan monastery in Boudha, Kathmandu and is therefore familiar with a traditional classical Tibetan learning environment. At the same time, Alex’s studies in Tibetan Buddhism have stemmed from a psychological or secular interest, which comes out when he introduces these foundational Buddhist practices to a Western audience.
Originally from Germany, Lisa first stepped onto a yoga mat in Argentina in 2007 and was introduced to Ashtanga Yoga and fell in love with the practice. The Yoga practice quickly became a big part of her life as she began to recognise the ability to transform, nurture and heal body, mind and soul. For Lisa, teaching comes from a playful and heart-centred perspective where she aims to inspire her students to move into a place of loving empowerment and to create a sacred space and willingness to feel everything there is to feel. Lisa currently shares Yoga, Reiki and Craniosacral therapy in KTM.
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.
Healthy vegetarian food is included.
Tribhuvan International Airport
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.
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