Nathalie Royer, yoga teacher & pilgrim from Québec, Canada
Yoga teacher Nathalie co-facilitated with us on our ’14-Day Yoga & Meditation Journey in Nepal’ in April, 2019. This is what she shares from her experiences as a teacher and participant during the journey, and she offers some good advice on how to best prepare for this kind of journey!
Danie, pilgrim from Québec, Canada
Danie joined our ’14-Day Yoga & Meditation Journey in Nepal’ in April, 2019. This is what she shares from her experiences.
Michel Bonin, pilgrim from Québec, Canada
Michel joined our ’14-Day Yoga & Meditation Journey in Nepal’ in April, 2019. This is what he shares from his experiences.
Alain Blanchard, pilgrim from Québec, Canada
Alain joined our ’14-Day Yoga & Meditation Journey in Nepal’ in April, 2019. This is what he shares from his experiences.
Sylvie Vallières, pilgrim from Québec, Canada
Sylvie joined our ’14-Day Yoga & Meditation Journey in Nepal’ in April, 2019. This is what she shares from her experiences.
Francine Rochon, pilgrim from Québec, Canada
Francine joined our ’14-Day Yoga & Meditation Journey in Nepal’ in April, 2019. This is what she shares from her experiences.
Jackie Brandabur, pilgrim from Washington, USA
“Sisse, Alex and Alix (yoga teacher) are superb guides in yoga, meditation and in the Buddhist practice and tradition. The treks were amazing, and practicing with the monks and nuns was priceless. I have many tools to bring back with me and apply to my life at home. I thoroughly enjoyed the Nepal experience with Himalayan Hermitage!”
Sarah Helt, pilgrim from Los Angeles, USA
“My experience with Himalayan Hermitage has been life-changing. The friendly, knowledgeable and charming guides lead you through some of the most challenging situations with grace and compassion. Whenever I thought I hit my limit physically or mentally I was able to fall back into the practices they taught me; or simply open my eyes to the beautiful of Nepal to be reinvigorated on the journey. I am so grateful”
Sybil Foster, pilgrim from Geneve, Switzerland
“I have learnt so much. I have learnt to trust. Trust in people, in situations, and in myself. And to have courage. To dig deep and to trust that everything will be ok. I have also learned about the true nature of peoples, their kindness, generosity and their unconditional love. Additionally, the introduction to Buddhist philosophy has been so complimentary and interesting. Nepal is an amazing and interestingly diverse country with very peaceful and loving people. Finally, I have learned how complimentary the yoga and meditation practices are in daily life and how this consistency is so important for progress”
Anna Cecilie Skovgaard, pilgrim from Copenhagen, Denmark
“What seems to be very complicated back home is kind of presented in a simple framework to build upon. I feel even more curious now after being presented to the Tibetan Buddhist philosophy. I feel happy that it is so accessible for me as a Western person. I really feel welcomed here, in Nepal. And being with the monks up early in the morning, meditating. And just to be part of this culture in a very natural way. I had my doubts whether this was possible. But now I see it, I feel it. That it is authentic and that it is a living thing that you can come and experience. And that is something very precious. What stands out for me during this pilgrimage is the moving part, that we move from place to place. We hike through beautiful paths and see the local culture and we come by sacred places. We lit butterlamps and we had this really intense feeling of being in important places. Without this really being part of our culture (back home) but still visiting a living culture. That made a big impression. It is also such a strong feeling to experience something valuable like this in a group. You go and you wander through the mountains and you come to a new place and you settle. You do your practices led by the instructors in beautiful places, you go through the meditation practices, and I was a bit surprised. It helps you settle, and open up. This is a new experience for me, and a very valuable one ( ..) If you stay or visit in Kathmandu definitely combine it with a pilgrimage. That is really eye opening”
Peter Keller, pilgrim from Portland, USA
“Overall, I really enjoyed the pilgrimage! I went into this with an open mind and I was very pleased with the breadth of the experience. Alex, Sisse & Alix (yoga teacher) were very kind, professional and calm under pressure. Their network of guides, porters and their knowledge of the area is top notch! Thank you for this once in a lifetime experience. I will never forget this and the wonderful people I have met”
Suzanne Kennedy, pilgrim from San Francisco, USA
“I have always known I would come to Nepal, and then this perfect opportunity presented itself exactly at the moment I was ready. I came in without an agenda and just open to the experience; It was truly life changing, each moment unforgettable. I will enjoy processing it for the months or perhaps years to come. Namaste”
Johanne Schovsbo, pilgrim from Copenhagen, Denmark.
“I have had an amazing time. It has been one of the biggest experiences of my life. I loved being in Nepal and during this pilgrimage it has been an amazing opportunity to get closer to the culture and religion in an amazing way that is understandable for Western people like me. I have learned how Tibetan Buddhism can become a part of my life and I will carry home many tools in my backpack. The sessions we had were so mind opening and I was exposed to so much new information. The places we stayed at were beautiful – they had amazing views and amazing food. I would highly recommend this for everyone to do, it is so important!”