NEPAL: “Re-Discover the Treasure Within”

Oct 11th – 20th, 2017

A Spiritual Journey in the Himalayas of Nepal

I want to share an important secret with you…

All of this time, while you have been searching for answers, for fulfillment, for joy, for love and happiness outside of yourself, in your career, in your relationships, in your struggles and goals, in your chasing of desires…

…that which you seek has been inside you all along.

There is a place inside you that is your true Home. A place that knows only stillness, complete peace and fulfillment and (dare-I-say-it)bliss.

I call this place the peace within.

“But if this peace is inside me, how come I have never found it?” I can just hear you asking. 🙂

Because it has become hidden… buried under layers of tension, years of work, routine and stress, ingrained habits of ignoring your inner voice, putting others first, not taking time for yourself. But although it has become buried, it has never been lost to you, there is nothing you can do to destroy this sacred place.

It lies deep within you, beyond your fluctuating thoughts and feelings, your family roles,your job, your personality, your hopes and memories, expectations and relationships… it is at the deepest core of your being, it is the eternal, ever-present Truth of who you are.

You can re-discover this peace within. When you reconnect with it, I can guarantee that shift will happen…

Regardless of what’s going on in your life, you find a sense of ease… even when things get hard. You become guided by that excellent internal navigation system – your intuition.

You get clear on what serves you and what doesn’t it, and it becomes simpler to just let go. Kindness, joy and compassion become your natural state of being. You give yourself and your life space… and you begin to flourish into the beautiful potential you were born with.

You are fulfilled from within. You have come Home.

There are places in the world where this peace was never lost. Where the spiritual and the sacred are a part of everyday life. Where eons of wisdom and deep knowledge have accumulated to give us a road map on the path Home.

The Himalayas have long been known as the world’s Shangri-La, that mythical utopian paradise of harmony and peace. Hundreds of generations of rishis, yogis, monks and sages have been called to this sacred place to meditate and unravel the mysteries within.

Highlights of Our Unforgettable Journey…

  • Daily Yoga and Meditation classes to calm your mind and release built-up stress and tension held in your body
  • The perfect place to unwind – we stay in two gorgeous resorts with on-site Ayurvedic wellness spas: one close to sacred Buddhist and Hindu sites, the other on a tranquil lake surrounded by jaw-dropping Himalayan views
  • Fascinating guided tours exploring Buddhist monasteries, Hindu temples, medieval royal squares, as well as hiking to a local village and a visit to a local school
  • Workshops on yogic philosophy and Eastern spirituality to help you release the mental chatter and negative attachments in your mind and bring peace and harmony into your daily life.
  • A very special lesson with a 4th generation Tibetan sound healer on using Tibetan Singing bowls for healing and meditation
  • An incredible Himalayan experience: as well as being surrounded by stunning vistas throughout the retreat, we will take an early morning trip to the top of Sarangkot mountain to view one of the most incredible spectacles in the world: the sun rising over the Himalayas
  • Connection with like-minded souls: the amplification of energies that occurs is a group such as this is truly magical, and many strong friendships have blossomed during –and after- our retreats
  • Tools and insights to take back home: Our workshops are designed to guide you into receiving your own unique insights and messages from within to help you make the changes you need to make long after the retreat is over. Welcome to your new chapter of ease, fulfillment and joy.
  • Total Immersion and Support: as well as traveling with local Nepalese guides, you will also be accompanied by 2 experienced Australians, one a yoga and meditation teacher, the other a holistic counselor, and both always ready for a chat or a hug!
  • Optional healing and pampering: the Ayurvedic spas at the resorts feature a range of therapies that you can book in your free time if you need a little extra TLC..that most precious resource. We have built in several extended periods of free time so you can truly rest and just be – we understand that’s what vacations are all about!

This heart-centered tour and retreat explores the best of authentic Nepalese and Tibetan culture and Himalayan spiritual traditions. This unique package combines yoga and meditation with guided cultural tours, enlightening workshops and unforgettable scenery.

Now it is your turn to follow this calling…

Are you ready to heed this call and join us on this incredible, once-in-a-lifetime journey to the Himalayas of Nepal?

I am ready to go!

Send me to Nepal

What’s Included

  • Accommodations for nine nights, 4nights in Kathmandu and 5 nights staying near Pokhara on a tranquil lake surrounded by stunning Himalayan views.
  • Nine breakfasts, 4 lunches, and 9 evening meals.
  • Special guided tours with our local experts, including a 2 day guided tour of Kathmandu’s World Heritage listed temples, palaces and royal city squares.
  • Visit a traditional Nepali village, watch an unforgettable Himalayan sunrise.
  • All entry fees on guided tours.
  • Eight yoga and meditation lessons.
  • All workshops and workshop materials.
  • Pickup and return to Kathmandu airport.
  • All transportation within Nepal, including a short internal flight from Kathmandu to Pokhara

What’s Not Included

  • International airfares
  • Optional therapeutic massages and spa treatments
  • Personal items
  • Meals not listed above
  • Optional tipping
  • Drinks
  • Visa costs
  • Gratuities for the hotel maids (we recommend $1.00 USD per night)
  • Other non-included items would include souvenir shopping, personal phone calls, laundry, alcoholic and bottled beverages.

“Certainly, travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a deep and permanent change in the ideas of living.”~ Miriam Beard

Itinerary

Day 1 – Oct 11

After collection from the airport we transfer to our beautiful and serene hotel on the outskirts of Kathmandu. Participants are invited to rest after a long flight, lounge by the pool, wander through the extensive gardens or indulge in a treatment at the Ayurvedic wellness spa.

Our first evening will be spent getting to know each other over a sumptuous banquet dinner, answering any questions you may have, and outlining details of the rest of the trip.

Day 2 – Oct 12

7.00am – 8.30am: Yoga & Meditation
8.30am – 9.30am: Breakfast
10.00am-2.30pm: Tour of Boudhanath

Our tour guide will lead us on a special tour of Boudhanath, the holiest Tibetan Buddhist temple outside of Tibet. This beautiful 14th century stupa is Nepal’s largest, and is an important pilgrimage and meditation place not only for the local Nepalese, but for the many Tibetan Buddhists in the Kathmandu area as well. We can join the circular procession of pilgrims as they devotedly spin prayer wheels, recite mantras and perform prostrations at this auspicious site. Lunch will be enjoyed at one of the many restaurants overlooking the temple.

2.30pm – 4.30pm: Tour of Kopan Monastery

After lunch we will visit the beautiful Tibetan Buddhist Monastery on Kopan Hill, overlooking the Kathmandu valley. Home to 360 monks, lamas, teachers and workers; the monks have come from all areas of Nepal and Tibet with ages ranging from seven to sixty years old. Visitors from all over the world come here to enjoy the spiritual atmosphere of the place and learn more about Tibetan Buddhism.

7.00pm – 8.00pm: DINNER

Day 3 – Oct 13

7.00am – 8.30am Yoga and Meditation
8.30am – 9.30am: Breakfast
11.00am – 12.00pm Fly to Pokhara

We will take a short 20 minute flight to Pokhara where we will stay on the shores of a tranquil lake surrounded by incredible Himalayan views.

1.00-2.00pm LUNCH
2.00-7.00pm Free Time

Take a nap, paddle on the lake in a row boat, explore the surrounding gardens or book a luxurious treatment at the Ayurvedic wellness spa.

7.00pm – 8.00pm: Dinner

Day 4 – Oct 14

5.00am – 8.00am: HIMALAYAN SUNRISE

This morning starts early with a trip to the top of Sarangkot mountain in the Annapurna range of the Himalayas…here we will witness one of the most incredible spectacles in the world: the sun rising over the tallest mountains on Earth and the clouded valleys below.

8.30am – 9.30am: BREAKFAST
9.30am – 1.00pm Free Time
1.00pm – 2.00pm: LUNCH
2.00pm – 4.30pm: Yogic Philosophy and Eastern Spirituality Lesson

In our yogic philosophy workshops we will dive into the rich spiritual heritage of the area, exploring fundamental questions such as “Who Am I”, “Why Am I Here” and “What is True and Lasting Happiness?”. We will also learn about the higher spiritual branches of yoga not often taught in the West.

4.30pm – 6.00pm: Yoga and meditation
7.00pm – 8.00pm Dinner

Day 5 – Oct 15

7.00am – 8.30am: Yoga and meditation
9.00am – 10.00am: BREAKFAST
10.00am – 5.00: POKHARA SIGHTSEEING EXCURSION

At an elevation of 915m above sea level, the magical ambiance and pure natural beauty of the lakeside town of Pokhara draws visitors from around the world. Marvel at the snowy peaks towering over you at 8000m or catch their reflection in the serene mirror of Phewa lake.

We will hire row-boats to cross the placid lake and visit the island temple in the centre. This two-storied pagoda temple is an important Hindu holy site dedicated to the boar manifestation of Ajima, the protector deity representing the female force of Shakti.

We will also visit a local waterfall and sacred cave, as well as the Tibetan Refugee Camp. The camp is a centre for Tibetan handicrafts and carpets, providing much-needed jobs to the local Tibetan refugees. The profits go towards healthcare, sanitation, education and aged and disabled care for the Tibetan people of the camp.

Lunch will be enjoyed at one of Pokhara’s many ambient lake-front restaurants and there will be time for optional souvenir shopping at the local stalls selling a range of items sourced from all over Nepal, India and Tibet.

7.00 – 8.00pm Dinner

Day 6 – Oct 16

7.00am – 8.30am: Yoga and Meditation
9.00a – 10.00am: Breakfast
10.00am – 12.00pm: Yogic Philosophy and Eastern Spirituality Lesson

In this class we will explore deeper into the spiritual traditions from the East. Topics include the ethical and attitudinal practices of yoga to break down the false sense of self (the ego) and realize the true awakened self, how to start a spiritual practice at home, eating to enhance consciousness, and mindfulness techniques. Journaling exercises for self-inquiry will be given with the option to complete them in the free-time slot later in the day.

1.00pm – 2.00pm: Lunch
2.00pm – 7.00pm: FREE TIME

You may want to use this time for inner exploration with our suggested journaling exercises given in the morning’s lecture.

7.00pm – 8.00pm: Dinner

Day 7 – Oct 17

7.30am – 8.30am Breakfast
9.00am -1.30pm Village and School Excursion

Our guide will lead us on a hike to a nearby local Nepalese village where we can witness the rural lifestyle that has continued largely unchanged for centuries in Nepal. Then we will visit a local school sponsored by the retreat centre, where the kids are always excited to receive visitors!

1.30pm – 2.30pm Lunch
3.30pm – 4.30pm Sound Circle

In this fun but powerful workshop we will explore the ancient spiritual practice of chanting, learning some widely used Sanskrit chants, followed by a “sound bath”, a healing group sound meditation.

4.30am-6.00pm Yoga and Meditation
7.00pm – 8.00pm Dinner

Day 8 – Oct 18

6.30am-8.00am Yoga and Meditation
8.00am – 9.00am Breakfast
9.00am Return to Kathmandu by Private Bus

The trip back to Kathmandu by bus (approx 7 – 8hrs) is a fascinating journey and as we pass through Himalayan foothills, rice-terraces, farms, villages and forest, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant along the way.

6.30pm – 7.00pm Dinner
7.00pm – 9.00pm Singing Bowl Workshop

Sudeep, a 4th generation Tibetan Sound Healer will join us for an interesting demonstration of the religious, meditative and therapeutic uses of the Tibetan Singing Bowl. These round metallic bowls produce a vibrating singing sound when a wooden stick is struck against or rubbed around its circumference. Sudeep will show you how the powerful sound emitted by the bowl has been used for centuries by Tibetans to calm the mind and heal various ailments.

Day 9 – Oct 19

7.00am – 8.30am: Yoga and Meditation
9.00am -10.00am: Breakfast
10.00am to 2.00pm Guided Tour of Patan

Today our local tour guide will lead us on a fascinating tour of the ancient royal city of Patan, also known as the “City of Beauty” or the “City of Fine Arts”. This world heritage listed site is a visual and cultural feast of exquisite stone architecture, palaces, pagoda temples, Buddhist and Hindu shrines, statues and religious art. This will be followed by a delicious rooftop lunch overlooking the captivating main square and, if the weather is clear, a Himalayan panorama.

2.00pm – 4.30pm Guided Tour of Swayambunath

Our afternoon includes a guided tour of possibly the most recognizable symbol of Nepal, the famous Swayambhunath or “Monkey Temple” as it is also called due to the incredible number of monkeys that inhabit the temple grounds! Arguably one of the world’s most fascinating architectural jewels, this Buddhist pilgrimage site is a haven of peace and beauty with its leafy trees draped in colorful prayer flags, glowing butter lamps, tiny craft and tea shops, and Buddha’s all seeing eyes gazing down over the whole Kathmandu valley.

7.00pm – 9.00pm Dinner and Closing Ceremony

Day 10 – Oct 20

8.00am – 9.00am: FAREWELL BUFFET BREAKFAST

9.00am: After breakfast, transfers to the airport will be arranged.

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Trip Leader

ShareeSharee is a naturopath and a yoga and meditation teacher that has been leading retreats in Nepal for the past 7 years.

It is truly a dream come true for Sharee to do this work and facilitate people like you on your journey towards wholeness.

“I love nothing more than witnessing the shift in your eyes after you have witnessed your first Himalayan panorama, or hearing from how several months after the trip you have implemented some of the tools we taught and your life has changed so much for the better.”

Sharee believes that spiritually-oriented journeys can be life-changing:

“When we travel somewhere new, we see the world with new eyes. We must give up our illusion of control and regain our sense of wonder. This can be a powerful catalyst for self-transformation and joy. And when we visit somewhere sacred and magnificent, such as the Himalayan mountains, we experience something magical that can never be forgotten.”

Testimonials

Thank you Sharee for an amazing trip to Nepal. You gave me a taste of what Nepal has to offer and everyday brought a new experience. The trip was so well organised and I always felt safe in your capable hands. Practicing yoga taught me so much about myself and has enabled me to grow as a teacher and a person.

I loved learning about the healing powers of the singing bowl and I have used it often since being home. There is a now a little bit of Nepal in my heart and when I close my eyes I can see the sunrise over the Himalayas and again feel the peace of that moment.

Michelle Donath

Australia

This trip was for me, a spiritual quest and I found that Sharee and her enlightened team of practitioners fulfilled my requirements. Tour guide “Dip” with his profound wealth of knowledge guided us around Kathmandu Valley with ease and comfort. Questions I asked Raja were answered with such depth that several times I was reduced to tears – there are others that brought a specialness to this magical time in Nepal.

I was sad when my journey came to an end and I had to leave these people that had such an impact on my life. In the future I hope I will be fortunate enough to join Sharee once again as she delivers a tour that feeds your soul completely.

Deb Smith

Australia

Registration

The 2017 trip cost is:
$2,995 USD per person double occupancy
$500 USD single supplement

A $500 USD deposit is required to secure your place as soon as possible, spots are strictly limited!

Your balance is due 8 weeks (August 23rd) before departure, but bookings made within this period are due for immediate payment. Cancellations of bookings must be notified in writing or by email. Cancellation charges are based on the receipt of written notification: More than 4 weeks before departure – total loss of deposit; within 30 days of departure 50% of total (less the deposit) will be refunded; within 14 days no refunds, no exceptions. We reserve the right to cancel the trip if it is not meeting the trip minimum (if we cancel you will receive 100% of your funds back). Deposits are transferable to another attendee.

Trip cancellation insurance is always recommended when making travel plans. You can use our suggested Travel Guard Insurance online and choose from several policy options.

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