In the Footsteps of Ancient Yogis- A Yoga Journey to Kathmandu Valley
For yoga lovers who want to explore the genuine roots of yoga!
Ashtanga Yoga Retreat with Ellen Johannesen
October 21-30, 2017
· 8 Ashtanga Yoga classes with Level 2 Authorized KPJAYI teacher Ellen Johanessen
· Daily meditation and philosophy classees
· Daily breakfast, plus one meal daily (lunch or dinner)
· Visits to Kathmandu’s most spectacular spiritual sites including Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath
· Treks through Newari villages in the Lower Himalayas
· Introduction into the study and practice of Buddhism
Journey with us into Kathmandu Valley, and discover the holy landscape that cradles the origins of the practice of Yoga. This retreat brings together the traditional daily practice of Ashtanga Yoga, with Buddhist and Hindu teachings, and spectacular cultural sites, in the land and culture that helped to write the biography of the Yoga we know and practice today. The Kathmandu Valley natives have practiced Yoga and Tantra for hundreds of years, integrating these practices into their daily lives, and the valley itself is a mandala of sacred sites: monasteries, meditation caves, temples and stupas. Several of these are on UNESCO's world heritage list and being present in these spaces is transformative and deeply moving.
If you feel called, then join us for what will be a deeply transformative journey. We will experience life and practice Yoga in a Tibetan monastery, and visit the medieval city of Patan. We will trek through otherworldly landscapes at the foot of the Himalaya, and visit the holiest Buddhist and Hindu sites including Bouddhanath and Pashupatinath.
You will also be able to deepen your Yoga practice with Ellen Johannesen, who has become a local in Nepal, has over 20 years of experience teaching and practicing Ashtanga Yoga, and has a Masters Degree in Buddhist studies.
Nepal has a lot to offer whether you want to go trekking, or visit its many world-heritage sites. I have therefore put together a Yoga journey that takes you to the most amazing places around the kathmandu valley and brings you into its spiritual heart: Just imagine living in a stunning Tibetan Buddhist monastery, an ancient Newari farm house set in beautiful nature. Imagine waking up in the medieval city of Patan, or the lively Tibetan area, Boudhanath. All the while, you will have daily yoga classes, meditation sessions and philosophical talks, which will provide insight into the vibrant culture of the valley. All together this gives you an excellent opportunity to deepen your your understanding of Yoga and to enhance your Ashtanga practice!
October 21 -30 2017
March 3 -12 and March 23 - April 1st 2018
Day1. Arrival from to Kathmandu, transfer to hotel; Walk of Boudha stupa. "Jet lag yoga,"
Arrival in Kathmandu. We pick you up from the airport and take you to your hotel in Boudhanath, The "Tibetan" part of Kathmandu. Here you have time to acclimatize and relax, take a stroll around the largest stupa in Nepal and soak up the lively atmosphere of neightbourhood. In the late afternoon we´ll meet up for some "jet lag Yoga." Overnight Rokpa Guesthouse, Boudha; meals inclusion none
Day 2. Exploring the spirituals hub Boudhanath and Pashupatinath
After our morning yoga class and breakfast, it is time to walk the back streets and visit some of th.e many monasteries in Boudhanath. If possible we will meet a Rinpoche and receive a blessing for our journey! In the afternoon we´ll meet up for a tour to the sacred cremation Ghats and Hindu temples of Pashupatinath. This powerful place is also home of the local sadhus and Nath-yogis.Overnight Rokpa Guesthouse, Boudha; meals inclusion: breakfast
Day 3. Yoga retreat at Neydo Monastery
Morning Yoga, Breakfast.Departure to yoga retreat at the beautiful Neydo Monastery, a Tibetan Buddhist monastery perched on a hillside near the village Pharping. We have lunch and settle into the monastery guesthouse, We meet in the temple for an introduction to Buddhist thought and a tour of the spectacular shrine room. Dinner and evening meditation.Overnight Neydo Monastery; meals inclusion: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 4. Yoga retreat at Neydo Monastery;
After yoga and breakfast we take a walk through the pleasant rice field to one of the most sacred Buddhist sites in the valley. The meditation cave of Guru rinpoche, the Asura cave. We climb further up to hang colourful prayer flag to ensure the success of our journey! Lunch, and late afternoon yoga workshop, dinner and evening meditation.Overnight Neydo Monastery; meals inclusion: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 5. Yoga retreat at Neydo Monastery,
After morning yoga and breakfast we continue with an Introduction to Buddhist philosophy and practice. Lunch and transfer to the medival city of Patan. Here time is at your own disposal: You may choose to see an astrologer, have a massage, take a singing bowl workshop, or just chill in the colourful Patan Square. Patan has lots of great restaurants and the evening is at your own disposal! Overnight The Inn,: meals inclusion: Breakfast/Lunch
Day 6. Patan museum and Golden Temple.
This morning we visit some of the great sites of traditional Newari culture. The Newars are the original inhabitants of Nepal, famous for their skills in arts,handicraft and architecture. Patan was one of three royal cities, which is today Kathmandu, each one with their city square, temples and palaces. We visit the Golden Temple and Patan museum, which stores some of the finest sculptures of the valley. After lunch we depart for The Famous Farm, Nuwakot. We arrive at dinner time to enjoy the fresh and locally grown food.
Overnight at The Famous Farm, Nuwakot. Meals inclusion: Breakfast/Dinner
Day 7.Yoga retreat at The Famous Farm, Nuwakot.
Morning yoga and breakfast, free time to explore the farm and the village of Nuwakot, a gem among travellers. Afternoon Yoga workshop.Dinner and evening meditation.Overnight The Famous Farm, Nuwakot. Meals inclusion: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 8. Yoga retreat at The Famous Farm, Nuwakot.
Morning yoga and breakfast. After breakfast it is time to go for a walk: the farm staff will take us on a guided trek exploring the nearby landscape and villages . Lunch and rest at the farm, dinner and evening meditation. Overnight The Famous Farm, Nuwakot. Meals inclusion: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Day 9. Kathmandu
After Yoga and breakfast we transfer to Kathmandu stopping for lunch on the way. Settle-in at Tibet Hotel, Lazimpat, a quiet spot in the more touristic part of Kathmandu. Free time to relax or visit the buzy hub of travellers shops and restaurants nearby..
Overnight Tibet Hotel, Meals inclusion: Breakfast
Day 10. Last day shopping and sightseeing -home
Morning Yoga/meditation, free time for sightseeing, shopping etc. You may take a bicycle rickshaw around the center of Thamel or go visit the "Monkey Temple" at Swayambunath. drop to the airport for evening departure. Meals inclusion: Breakfast.
*Early Bird Rate (Until July 30th)
Twin room: *EB 1400EUR / 1500EUR
Single room: EB1655EUR / 1755EUR
Payment details will be sent to you upon registration.
The fee includes:
Kathmandu airport transfer to central Kathmandu and back
Transfers to the monastery and other sites and hotels.
Accommodation, all vegetarian meals, daily yoga programme, and all trips during the retreat.
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