Yoga-Pilgrimage to Nepal
27th August – 9th September 2019
With visiting yoga teacher Tara Folton
This yoga pilgrimage to Nepal will begin at a beautifully located Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the area called Pharping, in the South Western corner of the Kathmandu Valley of Nepal. In this beautiful monastery, surrounded by rice fields and pine tree forest and with big views overlooking the Kathmandu Valley, is where our sessions of mediation and yoga will take place. After having settled in for the first few days, we continue our journey to Namo Buddha, another sacred site in the Kathmandu Valley. We stay at a lovely resort in the area of Namo Buddha where we can enjoy fresh vegetables from their organic farm. After spending a few days here, the pilgrimage journey continues to Phablu in the foothills of the Himalayas. We spend the first few days in Phablu, doing a one day hike up to a stunning Tibetan Buddhist onastery, tugged into the cliffside outside of Phablu.
After this, we begin our hike through the upper valleys of Solo until we reach the Buddhist nunnery on a hill nestled into pine tree forests and prayer flags. Here we spend three days, taking part in the lives of the nuns, before making a loop back to Phablu during our 6-day hike. If weather permits, we will get a glimpse of the majestic Himalayas from Phablu. The following day, we travel back toward Kathmandu Valley by flight if the weather permits. We spend the last days of the yoga pilgrimage in Boudha where we have a free day to do the last shopping and simply observe the people around the Boudha Stupa.
The yoga and meditation theme will be weaved into our days, both in Kathmandu and in the mountains, as we embark on an inner and outer journey through Nepal.
Introducing the Facilitators
This yoga pilgrimage will be jointly facilitated by yoga instructor Tara Folton, and an experienced Himalayan Hermitage facilitator. The groups will hold the maximum amount of 15 people.
Tara received her 200-hour certification from the Nosara Yoga Institute in Costa Rica (2006) and she has completed her 500-hour Kunga Yoga certification from the Wilmington Yoga Center in the US (2011). She is the founder of Yatra Yoga and facilitates 200hr Yoga Alliance yoga teacher training’s worldwide; living and teaching in Byron Bay, Australia. She has facilitated global service retreats and assisted teacher training’s and workshops for many years under her teacher Kristin Cooper-Gulak. She is trained in Ayurveda, Advanced Pranayam, Thai Yoga Massage, and Acro Yoga.
Tara is deeply honored and humbled by every opportunity to share her practice and love for yoga throughout her playful and dynamic vinyasa classes. She encourages her students to find their own authentic voice with the intention of empowering them to be conscious and compassionate activists of social change. Her greatest gift has been the birth of her son, who is truly her greatest teacher.
– We are very excited to be facilitating this yoga pilgrimage together for the first time!
We start the day by exploring the inner experience of awakening in ourselves, as well as grounding our awareness into the body through yoga, and in the afternoon sessions we enhance the experience by becoming pilgrims and yogis. We explore the outer element of sacredness and the culture of awakening by visiting, and paying homage to the many sacred temples and shrines in the Kathmandu Valley. Evening meditation after dinner.
- 8:00 – 9:00 Yoga
- 9:15 – 10:00 Breakfast
- 10:00 – 12:00 Morning philosophy session
- 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch
- 1:00 – 4:30 Visiting sacred sites & hiking in nature
- 7:00 – 8:00 Dinner
- 8:00 – 8:30 Evening meditation
Info on Meditation
There is no prerequisite for joining the yoga pilgrimage, or to have in-depth knowledge or experience with the practice of meditation. Simply, to have the wish to go deeper with one’s mind, and to have curiosity regarding its functions is enough. There is nothing religious about the practice of meditation, or to visit sacred places and shrines. In fact, there is nothing even Buddhist about it. The practice of meditation is simply a tool to bring your mind back to a place of naked awareness, to a place of basic space with yourself. In fact, it is simply put a technique with which to uncover all the layers of hope and fear, grasping and expectations that are all such strong habits of the mind. With the practice of meditation we can learn to come back to ourselves, and to become familiar with the groundless and raw quality of reality.
Info on Yoga
The yoga sessions will combine carefully sequenced including a different theme each day. Classes will range from a vigorous morning practice including pranayama and meditation and a more gentle restorative practice in the afternoon. Detailed alignment, exploration of anatomy, sensory awareness and mindfulness is emphasized to encourage deep listening and a compassionate understanding of one’s own mind-body with the overall intent of cultivating prajna (insight and wisdom) within the yoga experience and beyond. The sessions are suitable for all levels including those those new to yoga, and modifications of poses and props will be used as needed.