I’m happy to inform you that YOGA NEPAL 2018 is a GO! Join me and my good friends James Hopkins and Bidur Ghimire for 10 days of Buddhism and yoga in the Kathmandu Valley from October 13th to the 23rd. This will be my 5th time co-leading this incredible, mystical, sacred, uplifting, and fun experience. I can honestly say that each time leaves me excited to gather up another group and share it with you!
We’ll spend the first five days in what has become my favorite place on the planet – the village of Boudha that surrounds one of the most holy of Buddhist sites, the Boudhanath Stupa. From this, our homebase, we’ll practice yoga in the mornings overlooking the stupa and frequent one of the fifty monasteries where we’ll receive teachings from my teacher, Tokpa Tulku. We’ll travel to nearby places of pilgrimage, including the hilltop stupa at Swayambhunath and Nagi Gompa, a hermitage for nuns in the mountains outside the city. From Nagi Gompa, we’ll hike to nearby Pullahari monastery for Tibetan Buddhist puja and a spectacular sunset. We’ll also attend a Hundu puja at one of the holiest pilgrimage sites for Shaivites, Pashupatinath. Local families come to the Shiva temple here to honor and cremate their dead. These are days filled with adventure, spirituality, great vegetarian food, friendly local people and the development of new and lasting friendships.
On day six we’ll load up and travel out of the city into the foothills of the Himalayas for some fresh mountain air and the peace and quiet of an area fondly known as Namo Buddha. We’ll be staying at the Namo Buddha Resort, which for me conjures up the Shire from Tolkien’s Hobbit books. It’s composed of small (sleeping 2 – 6 people) guesthouses scattered about amongst the beautiful foliage of the hillside. There’s a central building for our evening dinners (the food is spectacular and unique!) and a cozy shala for practice – with morning and evening views of the famous Himalayan mountain snow peaks! The pace here is relaxed with a couple of easy hikes, including a visit to the majestic Namo Buddha monastery. A couple years ago one of the young monks came the next day to join us for yoga – what a hoot!
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