The EmPOWERment Training Series &
A Pilgrimage to Nepal, Fall 2014
A spiritual pursuit that highlights your authenticity!
Dates: October 5th – October 21st
In Nepal, the majestic beauty combined with Hindu and Tibetan tradition make it the ideal environment for yoga where we can immerse ourselves into a land where people see the Divine in everyone. A journey that fosters true inspiration and purpose. The Himalayan mist of Nepal further aids in grasping the knowledge of pranayama (breath work) and meditation.
At this time in your life, you may be seeking an incredible once in a lifetime journey abroad or you may be searching for the perfect Teacher’s Training. This journey will be all of that wrapped in one (Soul Searchers Track- For those who are in it just for the adventure, or, The Teacher’s Training Track- includes continuing education upon return..See below for prices) You may just want to experience this unbelievable opportunity for your own practice, or you may want to absorb it all in order to teach to others. Regardless of your intention, this trip has it all!! This experience to the homeland of Gautama Buddha will be enriched with so much pertinent information that aligns with any Yoga Teacher Training, that it’s the perfect scenario for someone at this crossroads. This will truly be a life-changing Training so far beyond any four-walled studio. While we travel the country and practice yoga in the most incredible places, you will be exposed to the following subjects:
- Pranayama (breath work)
- Chanting and Bhakti Yoga
- Subtle Body Energies (chakras- koshas-kleshas)
- Hindu Deities
- Yoga Philosophy
- + so much more!!
I have never been farther than the Middle East and truthfully was a little intimidated until about a year ago. Sarita, the beautiful Nepalese woman (who owns the very popular, Tibet Imports on 6th Avenue in Denver) and I started to think out louD about the possibility of traveling to her homeland. What an incredible opportunity to go with a teacher that you trust and a local who’s family will provide guides, drivers, restaurants, hotels etc.. So with her guidance, language, knowledge and familiarity of the land, I felt confident to say, YES! Something inside of me immediately shifted and I am so excited to travel to the birthplace of Gautama, Buddha – The practice of meditation and the movement that changed my life – is my life and has shaped me for nearly 20 years.
I’m passionate about my yoga, yes.. but also landscapes, rich, traditional cultures, world foods and profound architecture. In Nepal, the unique tiered temples are mostly made of fired brick with mud mortar and timber structures. The roofs are covered with small overlapping terracotta tiles, with gilded brass ornamentation. The windows, doorways and roof struts have rich decorative carvings. I’m so excited to see in person the stupas that have simple but powerful forms with massive paintings of the protective, all-seeing eyes of Buddha. As Buddhism and Hinduism developed and changed over the centuries throughout Asia, both religions prospered in Nepal and produced a powerful artistic and architectural fusion. When I read that, I was like “Ok, I’m in!!”
We’ll arrive in Kathmandu just in time for Diwali (pronounced du-wah-lee), the biggest Hindu celebration of lights in the world. This celebration is about conquering good over evil. Have you conquered an unhealthy battle? sickness? relationship? habit? You deserve to celebrate! The Hindu celebration of Diwali is an opportunity to shine a light on your Inner teacher; your highest strength- (Om Namah Shivayah) by honoring your Inner light (hence the festival of lights) and to honor Lakshmi, the Hindu Goddess of wealth and prosperity (both material and spiritual)..What a perfect way to start this spiritual pilgrimage!
We will explore the following places:
- The Valley of Kathmandu- At the foot of the Himalayas, (Hanuman Dhoka) Scratch the surface and discover the traditions of a unique Hindu-Buddhist population, streets filled with exotic idols, fabulous market places, and palatial squares.
- Swayambhunath/Monkey Temple -(The most sacred among Buddhist sites) An ancient religious complex atop a hill west of Kathmandu city. Also known as the Monkey Temple as there are holy monkeys living in the north-west parts of the temple.“We were breathless as we climbed up the last steps and at the top I saw the most beautiful, vast, round white dome of a stupa and at the top were two giant Buddha eyes wisely looking out over the peaceful valley. It was the most spectacular thing I have ever seen in my life!” – Alex, 44 years old
- Nagarkot- A popular mountain resort town famous for its spectacular views of Mount Everest, Ganesh Himal and 8 other Himalayan ranges. Locals love to come here to enjoy the beauty of nature with fresh mountain air and time to rejuvenate their body, mind and spirit. Known for the spectacular sunrise and sunsets, Nagarkot is surrounded by terraced hillsides and picturesque farms.
- Pokhara- Pokhara’s bewitching beauty has been the subject of many travel writers. Its pristine air, spectacular backdrop of snowy peaks, serene lakes and surrounding greenery make it ‘the jewel in the Himalaya’, a place of remarkable natural beauty. With the magnificent Annapurna range forming the backdrop and the serenity of three major lakes: Phewa, Rupa and Begnas. Pokhara is the ultimate destination for relaxation. Pokhara Valley, gateway to the Annapurna region where many a trekker finds his Shangri-la, sits high on the list of ‘must visit’ places in Nepal
- Sarangkot- Designed for those hiking enthusiast who have a short & limited time in Nepal. Located in the western part of Nepal, a popular and one of the most geographically and culturally diverse regions hiking Nepal. The area boasts of a variety of diverse cultures, sub tropical lowlands, bamboo, oak and rhododendron forests, alpine meadows. During the easy hike, you will walk through sparse villages, farm terraces and a short stretch of woods that offers spectacular mountain scenery.
- Lumbini -Siddhartha Gautama, the Lord Buddha, was born in 623 B.C. in the famous gardens of Lumbini, which soon became a place of pilgrimage. Among the pilgrims was the Indian emperor Ashoka, who erected one of his commemorative pillars there and the site is now being developed as a Buddhist pilgrimage centre, where the archaeological remains associated with the birth of the Lord Buddha form a central feature.
- Chitwan National Park -Nestled at the foot of the Himalayas, Chitwan has a particularly rich flora and fauna and is home to one of the last populations of single-horned Asiatic rhinoceros and is also one of the last refuges of the Bengal Tiger. Chitwan National Park (CNP), established in 1973, was Nepal’s first National Park. The park is famous for having one of the highest concentrations of birds in the world (over 350 species) and is recognized as one of the worlds’ biodiversity hotspots as designated by Conservation International and falls amongst WWFs’ 200 Global Eco-regions. Here, we’ll get up close & personal with massive, intelligent and beautiful elephants while they roam in their natural habitat.
Limited Space is available
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This payment is a non-refundable deposit and is the first step toward a trip worth months of preparation & excitement! Congratulations!!
Payment plans are available + discounts for teachers.
If you have any questions, please Contact Me
Included in price:
Group Airport Ground Transfers
3 Meals a day + waters and snacks
All Tours of every national park, ancient temple, village etc..
Experienced & Knowledgable Guides
Entrance Fees for all scheduled excursions, Temples & Pilgrimage sites
Land Transportation & Drivers within Nepal
Daily Yoga classes with Tina
Guided Meditations with Sarita & Tina
- A variety of intimate & extended quality workshops
Ayurvedic Cooking Class
Vedic Astrology readings
Chai/Bottled Waters/Coffee/Soft Drinks
Not included in price:
Roundtrip Airfare/Flight insurance to and from Kathmandu (Sarita will advise the group when to buy airline ticket and we will arrange to fly together)
Additional hotel nights before or after scheduled program dates
Unscheduled activities and excursions
Alcohol , massage services, shopping, laundry, phone calls or other personal expenses
What will the food be like?
Dishes in Nepalese cuisine are generally healthier than most other South Asian areas, as they rely less on the extensive use of fats and more on chunky vegetables, lean meats, pickled dishes and salads. Whilst Nepal does take heavy influences from its closest geographical companions such as India, China and Tibet, this mountainous paradise only opened up its borders to outsiders in the 1950s. It is for this reason, that there is a particular focus on using locally grown produce. Common ingredients found across Nepalese cuisine include lentils, potatoes, tomatoes, cumin, coriander, chilies, peppers, garlic and mustard oil. Yoghurt, or dahi is popular across Nepal, and is eaten for its healthy attributes and adaptable nature, as it can be used as a side dish or as an ingredient in drinks (Lassi) and desserts (Sikarni).
How many participants are you accepting?
12- we’d like to keep the group small and intimate
How much yoga do I need to know?
Classes will be open to all levels with options and suggestions for all. Brand-new beginners, long-time practitioners and teachers are all welcome as every class is geared toward energy and offers a progression in levels
Is Nepal safe?
A recurring question, perhaps fuelled by poor journalism or by out-of-date advice from Governments, is ‘Is it safe to travel in Nepal ? The short answer is yes, it is very safe in fact. Nepal feels more safe than most other countries around the globe, possibly due to the the religious nature of the people and their natural kindness. Over the past 10 years Nepal has enjoyed a growing fascination to visit from travellers from all over the world. The People are very hospitable. The Nepalese accept that tourism is a mainstay of the economy, and are very welcoming. This applies to all sections and political groups: even during the Maoist hostilities of the early 21st century there were very few cases of any hostility towards visitors and the Maoist-led government declared 2011 to be ‘Visit Nepal Year’.
Can I choose my roommate?
We can either assign you a room mate or you can come to our meet & greet in August (for those who live in Denver) and choose then. If you sign up with someone, yes- of course you can room together.
Can I get a single room?
You will have your own room in Kathmandu
Do I need a visa to travel in Nepal?
We will purchase a visa in the airport for $25 (suitable for our length of stay) and must have 2 passport pictures available
Are there any immunizations required for entry into Nepal?
Immunizations are not required for entry into Nepal; however, there are some vaccines that we will recommend for your own health and safety. Malaria is NOT present in the regions of Nepal we will be visiting on this journey. You will receive more information on health and immunizations in your pre-departure pack, and it is recommended that you get medical advice from a doctor or travel clinic at least 6 weeks prior to departure.
Can I opt-out of any activities or excursions?
Absolutely. This trip is about having the best experience possible, and if you decide you’d like to take a rest or see something else on any given day, you are more than welcome to do just that.
Is the food and water safe?
Scheduled meals will take place at restaurants and hotels, where the standards for health and hygiene are the highest. If dining separately from the group, you’ll want to avoid buying food from street vendors or stalls. To be safe, you’ll want to choose food that is hot and freshly prepared and avoid drinking water from the tap. In general, it’s best to stick with bottled drinks or boiled water. Having said all that, Kathmandu is full of yummy food options, and dining here can be a such a treat…Really!
Will we be traveling at high altitudes?- Not for Coloradans..
The highest elevation we’ll reach on our journey is a moderate 5,740 ft. (1,750m). So you’ll need to hydrate for sure, but you won’t need to be concerned too much with the effects of altitude. At the same time, when we reach Namo Buddha, on a clear morning you’ll witness an unbelievable panorama of Himalayan peaks! Although we do go for some lovely day hikes, we do not offer high altitude or extended treks. If this is something that you’re interested in, and you’d like to plan an extended trip, let us know and we can recommend a local trekking agent who can make those arrangements for you at an additional cost.
What about emergency services?
Kathmandu has several excellent travelers’ clinics, including the CIWEC Travel Medicine Center. I have heard that the care and attention tourists have received from them over the years for the occassional tummy ache and routine check up is even better than the service in the States! That being said, the level of medical services and facilities that you might be accustomed to, including the presence of a specialist and/or the availability of prescriptions drugs, or certain kinds of equipment, may not be available. We recommend that you have adequate medical and travel insurance in the unlikely event that you require medical evacuation.
What’s the climate like?
Expect sunny days and cool, pleasant nights. Daytime temperatures can vary from pleasantly warm to hot, so arm yourself with a good hat or sunscreen. You’ll want a warm jacket or fleece for the evenings.
What should I bring?
For those who attend the Meet & Greet in August, you will get an earful of pre-departure information to know before your trip. Those who can’t attend our event will be sent the info with your welcome email. It contains a list of useful items to pack, health advice, travel insurance options, information on cultural norms in Nepal, and many more helpful travel tips! We’ve got you covered.
How do I know this trip is for me?
Spend a little time and check in with yourself. If you know it’s time to step away from the daily grind and make space for yourself again, if you’re ready to dive in and expand your practice in new ways, then don’t miss this opportunity. This program is for anyone interested in expanding their liVes on a spectacular level. If you’re eager to learn about ancient spiritual traditions and immerse yourself in new cultures, join us in Nepal. Your journey with Tina and Sarita is more than a retreat. This is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to explore the living traditions of Nepal, to learn from them, and to deepen your practice in the company of like-minded folks. You won’t find an experience like this anywhere else in the world. See for yourself !!