This yoga pilgrimage to Nepal will begin in Katmandu at a beautiful oasis surrounded by trees and overlooking the valley where we will settle in and begin our yoga and meditation practices. After settling for a few days we will beging our journey to the foothills of the Himalayas where we will stay at monestaries and a nunnery nestled in the pine trees and prayer flags. We will practice yoga and meditation each morning before we hike to the next destination and some days we will settle in a beautiful spot visitng temples and exploring Tibetan Culture. This is a spiritual journey for those that are seeking to visit Nepal and immerse themselves in the spirituality that is offered in the surroundings of the Himalayas. An unforgettable trip led by two avid travelers Sisse and Joan. Sisse is a meditation teacher who lives in Katmandu and Joan travels the world teaching yoga and has traveled extensively through India and Asia for over a decade. Dharma talks on surrender and exploring life as a spiritual practices will be included on our journey. This will be an unforgettable trip that will help you embrace life and open your heart!
Joan Hyman’s grounded teaching style creates space for students to deepen their personal journey while aligning with teachings of true yogic traditions. Her students emerge from their practice with the rich, bright energy that yoga has to offer. Joan’s teachings come from an organic and intuitive place, as she draws upon the joyful study of Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga, Ayurveda (the science of life), and meditation.
With over twenty years of experience leading retreats, trainings, and workshops worldwide – fifteen of which as a distinguished YogaWorks senior teacher – Joan recently brought her expertise to Wanderlust. As Director of Teacher Trainings, Joan collaborates with teachers who are experts in their field of study with the goal to create an eclectic training program for students at any level. As a leader in the Los Angeles yoga community, Joan also contributes to popular blogs such as The Daily Love, Elephant Journal, and Wanderlust. She has been featured in Yoga Journal, ORIGIN Magazine and Women’s Health for her advice and expertise on health and wellness. Joan’s openhearted approach to teaching yoga keeps both her inner spirit and her students continuously evolving.
Practicing with Joan is an experience; her instruction is intelligent and light, infused with a strong sense of insight that stems from years of focused study. She has the rare combination of a calm, sweet and loyal demeanor mixed with her wild adventurous spirit. Studying with Joan is both fun and freeing, while remaining safe and focused. With Joan, you’re not only exploring your yoga practice, but you might also explore the globe on one of her international retreats or teacher trainings.
• Experienced guide and instructors – Joan Hyman & Sisse Budolfsen
• Kind and friendly Nepali house staff and driver
• Return jeep ride from Phablu to Kathmandu
• Personal insurance during the yoga pilgrimage
• Any alcoholic beverage during the yoga pilgrimage
* Itinerary has changed slightly to allow more rest and relaxation time in the mountains and of course more time to practice! Please click here for updated schedule: http://himalayanhermitage.com/nepal/yoga-pilgrimage-2-itinerary-joanhym/
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL IN KATHMANDU Arrival and pick up at Tribhuvan International Airport of Kathmandu. We drive straight to Hotel Vajra in Swayambhu, West Kathmandu. There will be time to rest from the journey, go for a walk or enjoy the sunset on the rooftop in the afternoon/evening. After dinner there will be an introduction to the yoga pilgrimage and a brief class. DAY 2 - SWAYAMBHU Followed by morning meditation, yoga and breakfast, the first morning session will be on ‘How to deal with Uncertainty and Change’. After lunch, we hike up to the majestic Swayambhu stupa, located in the Western hills of Kathmandu Valley, and watch the sunset with vue over Kathmandu Valley. We finish the day with yoga, and after dinner, evening meditation. DAY 3 - PHARPING Followed by morning meditation, yoga and breakfast, we have the first session on ‘Becoming familiar with Groundlessness and Basic Space’. After lunch we visit the sacred place of Pharping, in the South-western corner of the Kathmandu Valley. It is said that Guru Rinpoche attained his ultimate enlightenment in this place. We will visit the cave of the self-arisen Tara; manifesting naturally from inside the cave, and other Guru Rinpoche caves. We finish the day with yoga, and after dinner, evening meditation. DAY 4 - WE TRAVEL TO PHABLU IN THE LOWER EVEREST REGION Early morning we fly from Kathmandu domestic airport to Phablu. Phablu is located in the lower Everest region, in the foothills of the Himalayas. After arriving in Phablu, we will do a 2-3 hour hike up the hillside outside of Phablu and spend the night at the Chiwang monastery, overlooking the valley below. We finish the day with yoga and meditation. DAY 5 - HIKE FROM CHIWANG TO EVEREST VIEW GUESTHOUSE After breakfast, we continue our hike as pilgrims up through the next village of Ringmo where we have lunch before continuing onto the next village where we spend the night. We finish the day with yoga and meditation. DAY 6 - HIKE FROM EVEREST VIEW GUESTHOUSE TO THUBTEN CHOLING After breakfast, we hike from Everest View Guesthouse over the mountain ridge to Thubten Choling, a nunnery located up in the lower Everest region. At Thubten Choling 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. We finish the day with yoga and meditation. DAY 7 - THUBTEN CHOLING, NUNNERY IN THE EVEREST REGION We take a day off hiking and spend the full day at Thubten Choling, 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, Thubten Choling 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. We finish the day with yoga and meditation. DAY 8 - WE HIKE FROM THUBTEN CHOLING DOWN TO PHABLU At noon, we hike down from Thubten Choling through the valley below, and descend to Phablu. We finish the day with yoga and meditation. DAY 9 - WE TRAVEL BY JEEP TO NAMO BUDDHA RESORT We travel by jeep back toward Kathmandu Valley, and do stops along our way. In the afternoon, we arrive at the peaceful, organic farm resort, Namo Buddha, where we will enjoy delicious meals while unwinding from our travels, have a morning yoga practice, relax and take in the scenic mountain views, and take walks through the surrounding forest. DAY 10 - RETURN TO KATHMANDU After a quiet morning of yoga, meditation, and walks around the area, we make our way back to Kathmandu and Vajra Hotel. DAY 11 - BOUDHA Followed by morning meditation, yoga and breakfast, we will have a morning session on ‘How can we learn to become intimate with fear’? After lunch, we visit the stupa Boudhanath (Sanskrit name). Here we will learn about the sacredness of the stupa; circumambulate the stupa, and walk up to the first Tibetan Buddhist monastery in Kathmandu, Shechen Monastery, built by the great Buddhist master Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche. DAY 12 - SANKHU Followed by morning meditation, yoga and breakfast, we have the first session on ‘The practice of Tonglen, and How to Extend our Compassion toward Others’. After lunch, we will visit the sacred place of Sankhu, located in the far North-eastern corner of Kathmandu Valley, on the old road to Tibet. Above the village of Sankhu is located the sacred Vajra Yogini temple. According to legend, Guru Rinpoche came to this place, and during his meditation concealed many treasure texts, hidden for future generations of yogis to reveal and benefit from. We finish the day with yoga, and after dinner, quiet sitting practice. DAY 13 - LAST, FREE DAY On this last full day of the programme we will have morning meditation practice and yoga, breakfast and the rest of the day will be free to explore Kathmandu, go for a kora around Swayambhu stupa, or lie with a book in the sun in the hammock on the rooftop. We will meet again for a last night dinner in the evening. DAY 14 - DAY OF DEPARTURE Day of departure. We help organize transportation to the airport. http://himalayanhermitage.com/nepal/yoga-pilgrimage-2-itinerary/