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14-Day Yoga & Meditation Pilgrimage Journey to Nepal

This journey is a unique introduction to the spiritual heritage of the Himalayan region. The idea of 'pilgrimage' here is of an introspective and non-religious inclination where our aim is to provide everyone of all faiths and cultures access to the rich wisdom traditions of the Himalayas.

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’. 
Yoga, meditation and Tibetan Buddhist philosophy will be weaved into our days, 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. We explore the outer element of sacredness and the culture of awakening by visiting, and paying homage to the many sacred sites in the Kathmandu Valley. 
Joining the nuns in their daily practice, exploring caves, monasteries, shrines, and the vast landscapes of the Himalayas while investigating our minds with the ‘tried, tested and true’ contemplative process called meditation, we can make a sincere connection to these places which may deeply inspire our lives and our practice. You will keep this journey with you forever.

Please see full 14-day itinerary with pictures here: https://himalayanhermitage.com/pilgrimage/yoga-meditation-journey-in-nepal-2020-manuela/

Manuela Peverelli and Alex d’Artois will jointly facilitate this Yoga & Meditation Pilgrimage from Wednesday, March 4,  through Tuesday, March 17, 2020 in the Kathmandu valley and the Himalayan foothills in Nepal.

The teachers/facilitators
Manuela Peverelli teaches yoga since 2008. Her attitude and approach towards life is influenced by Tantric, Vedic and Buddhist studies and practices. An education in Ayurvedic psychology at the European Ayurveda Academy in 2013 has enriched her background in Western psychiatric nursery. Currently, Manuela started a 3-year education in Buddhist Psychotherapy in Germany. 
Manuela’s teaching is dynamic and powerful, but at the same time a journey to the inner stillness as a refuge in this hectic and demanding world. For her, the techniques of Yoga are simply the tools to create a more harmonized home within the body and mind for recognizing the essence of the real self. 
Manuela teaches in Zurich and Winterthur, Switzerland and lives in the more rural countryside, but for her own studies and practice periods she spends the Winter months mostly in Asia. 
For more information about her approach, please visit Manuela’s website www.karmacircus.com

Originally from Canada, Alex d’Artois has been based in Nepal for the last number of years and has in-depth knowlege on the many sacred sites of Nepal and the Himalayas.
He has studied Buddhist philosophy at a University based out of a Tibetan monastery in Kathmandu and is therefore familiar with a classical Tibetan learning environment. At the same time, Alex’s studies in Tibetan Buddhism have stemmed from a psychological/’mind-training’ interest, which comes out in his approach to meditation, philosophy, and various cultivation practices from the rich Tibetan Buddhist wisdom tradition.
Alex is the Co-Director of Himalayan Hermitage. 
To find out more please visit www.himalayanhermitage.com


Accommodation and Food
We will be staying in nice accommodation with good amenities during our first week and last days of the journey while we are in the Kathmandu Valley. Here, we will be enjoying fresh and delicious vegetarian food with a big diversity.
During our days in Phablu, starting point to the Himalayan foothills we will stay in a charming mountain lodge, we will have less of a variety yet fresh and healthy meals.
During our three days up at the beautifully located Tibetan Buddhist nunnery in the Everest region accommodation will be more simple, yet comfortable with access to hot water and comfortable rooms. Our meals will resemble more to Himalayan mountain food, with lots of potatoes and nuddle soup. Stirdy and solid meals. It is advisable to bring extra musli/power bars and other supplements if something in addition to these more simple meals is needed. 
During the days in the Himalayan foothills there will be no internet access. 



Daily schedule (changes may apply)
7:45 am to 9:00 am: Yoga
9:00 am to 10:00 am: Breakfast
10:30 am to 12:00 pm: Session on Tibetan Buddhism & Meditation Practice
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm: Lunch
afterwards free time
3:30 pm to 5:30 pm: Visiting sacred places / walks
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Dinner
8:15 pm to 8:45 pm: Evening meditation


Price per person
USD 2’900.- (Early Bird Special for bookings until September 4, 2019)
USD 3’160.- (regular price for bookings as from September 5, 2019) 
Single room supplement is USD 350.-

Included in the price
•  13 nights’ accommodation in double or single rooms 
•  3 healthy, vegetarian meals per day
•  daily yoga sessions, Dharma talks and introduction to meditation (taught in English)
•  flight from Phablu to Kathmandu (if weather permitting), otherwise jeep ride from Kathmandu to Phablu
•  airport transfer from and to the International airport Kathmandu, Nepal 
•  experienced guides and instructors
•  notebook for journaling during the pilgrimage

Not included
•  international flight ticket to Nepal
•  personal visa to Nepal (25 USD for 15 days / 30 USD for 30 days, to be purchased upon arrival)
•  any alcoholic beverage during the pilgrimage
•  voluntary tip to local guide and porters (a total of 30-40 USD per participant is recommended)


Transfer / Visa
The transfer from and to the Kathmandu airport will be arranged through Himalayan Hermitage. Depending on the time difference/jet-lag adjustment period participants may consider arriving in Kathmandu 1-2 days before the pilgrimage starts. Hotel recommendations for Kathmanndu can be given if desired.
Nepal requires a visa. It can be obtained upon arrival at the airport in Kathmandu (or other border points) or in advance at the Nepalese Embassy (for Switzerland: http://www.nepalmissiongeneva.org/)
Required documents:
•  valid passport (must be valid until 6 months after your travel date) 
•  2 passport photos
•  visa application form 


Prerequisite for joining this pilgrimage
•  you should be physically fit and mentally prepared for 2-4 hours of activity hiking almost daily, at an altitude between 1400 and approx. 2800m above sea level
•  basic yoga knowledge
•  curiosity and the wish to go deeper with one’s mind. However, knowledge or experience with the practice of meditation are not required.


Booking / Further Terms 
For all questions please email hello@himalayanhermitage.com
For registration/booking/payment please go to: https://himalayanhermitage.com/book-a-journey/


We need a minimum of 8 registered participants until September 4, 2019 to make this journey happen.
The group will hold a maximum of 15 people.
All teachings and lectures will be guided in English.

Insurance is your own responsibility. We strongly recommend a travel insurance, health- and accident insurance with sufficient coverage.
The company/the teacher shall not be held liable for any damage to, or loss of, property or injury to persons. The participant waives any claim against the company/the teacher for any such loss, damage, injury, or death.

This retreat is organized by Himalayan Hermitage. It is subject to the company’s General Terms and Conditions.

We support the voluntary compensation of CO2emissions caused by airplane flights. With your payment to e.g. the Swiss NPO Myclimate you can compensate the carbon footprint of your flights. Your offset payment will support national and international, high-quality climate protection projects. To find out more please see www.myclimate.org