14-Day Yoga-Meditation Retreat & Pilgrimage to Nepal
1st – 14th April 2019
With visiting yoga teacher Nathalie Royer
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’.
The yoga and meditation theme will be weaved into our days, both in the Kathmandu Valley and in the Himalayan foothills, as we embark on an inner and outer journey through Nepal.
This yoga pilgrimage will be jointly facilitated by yoga instructor Nathalie Royer, and an experienced Himalayan Hermitage facilitator. The groups will hold the maximum amount of 15 people.
A practitioner for over 15 years, Nathalie Royer has studied Ashtanga yoga, Vinyasa yoga and now specializes in Anusara style. She began her yoga journey in Colorado, before living and practicing in Frankfurt Germany and Amsterdam Netherlands. She completed her certification in Boston before returning to her hometown in Quebec Canada. A runner and a mother, she is familiar with the balance and the benefits that yoga offers. Nathalie brings a relaxed, warm and open energy to her instruction of yoga, infused with the emphasis on alignment. She strives to offer a practice that is nourishing to the spirit to help enhance self-awareness and being in the present moment.
– 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 – 8:30 Meditation
- 9:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
- 10:30 – 12:00 Morning session on Tibetan Buddhism & Meditation Practice
- 1:00 – 2:00 Lunch
- 2:00 – 3:30 Free time
- 3:30 – 5:30 Visiting sacred places
- 7:00 – 8:00 Dinner
- 8:15 – 8:45 Evening meditation
The yoga will be suitable for all levels of practitioners, both experienced and beginners. I do suggest you do a little yoga, once a week in a month before traveling, if yoga is not a part of everyday life. We will practice hatha yoga. In the morning a gentle warm up followed by flow where we move with the breath. Standing warrior postures will be a part of the daily morning practice to build up strength and every session will end with relaxing
sitting and savasana.
There is no prerequisite for joining a pilgrimage, nor is it required to have any 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 in visiting sacred places. In fact, there is nothing even Buddhist about it! The idea of pilgrimage here means that while we are exploring sacred sites, we are also investigating ourselves with a ‘tried & true’ internal/contemplative process called meditation. 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 and environment. It is simply a technique with which to uncover all the layers of hope, fear, grasping, and judgement that are all such strong habits which cloud the mind. With the practice of meditation we can learn to come back to ourselves, to become familiar with the groundless, unfabricated, and raw quality of reality.