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12 Days Meditation and Yoga Retreat in Nepal

  • Boudhanath - Kathmandu - Phokara, Nepal

Overview

Adventurous Nepal Yoga Retreat

This will truly be the trip of a lifetime. Set between Boudhanath, a Tibetan village tucked into the outskirts of Kathmandu and Pokhara, which will be the jumping off point for a much awaited trek, this trip to Nepal is certain to provide perspectives beyond one’s imagination.

Highlights

  • Daily yoga practice
  • 5 day trek in the Annapurna region
  • Excursions to temples and famous neighborhoods within Kathmandu
  • All internal transportation for organized activities
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals

Skill level

  • Advanced

  • 10 days with instruction
  • English
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In Boudhanath, you will be staying at a beautiful and newly renovated guest house with beautiful views of the Stupa. The rooms are clean, modern, and each has its own bathroom. During the trek, you will have accommodations each night in mountain village guest houses, where you will have a bed and bedding. Some rooms have private bathrooms and others have shared bathrooms. Accommodations during the trek are simple, clean, and comfortable.

The trip will begin in the village of Boudhanath, about 11 kilometers from the center of Kathmandu. Boudhanath is truly an enchanting place and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1979. It boasts one of the largest stupas in Asia, and because of the enormous influx of Tibetan refugees, is now home to over 50 Tibetan gompas, or monasteries.

You will spend five days and four nights in Boudhanath, welcomed by a traditional Buddhist Puja (ceremony of honor and devotion). For two of the days spent in Kathmandu, you will participate in part of the rebuilding project in the aftermath of the 2015 earthquake. Other days will be spent exploring the historic Patan and Thamel neighborhoods.

After Kathmandu, you will travel to the beautiful lakeside town of Pokhara. After a night of rest in a lovely guest house in Pokhara, you will embark on the five day Ghorepani Poon Hill trek. This is one of the most famous trekking routes in Nepal and is accessible for all levels. The Ghorepani trek offers a wonderful opportunity to witness the beauty of the Annapurna region is rich in hidden treasures of Nepalese culture.

The trail passes through the world’s famous ‘Gorkha warrior’ clan, the charming villages of Gurung and Magar, dense rhododendron (Nepalese national flower), oak forest full of birds, green hills, and patchwork valleys. Just about every angle offers a tantalizing glimpse of Mount Fishtail (6,993 meters), Annapurna (8,091 meters), and Dhaulagiri (8,167 meters). This is not a camping trek! You will be staying in guest or tea houses each night with beds and bathrooms. You will beresponsible for carrying your own pack, but do not need any special gear. Porters are available at an additional charge.

Overall itinerary

Arrival to Kathmandu and Boudhanath is on November 3. For the following days, you will have a one day Buddhism immersion (discourse on Buddhism from a Buddhist scholar, traditional Buddhist puja, tour of monasteries, and short presentation at Tanka school), one day of volunteer option helping to rebuild a children's home and short yoga program for the children, one day excursion to Patan neighbourhood, and one day excursion to visit Swayambunath Temple and Pashupatinath Temple.

On November 8, you will travel by private bus to Pokhara. On November 9, you begin a five day trek to Goorepani and Poon Hill. During the trek, you will wake early for pranayama and gentle stretching practice and each evening before dinner, you will have a restorative practice. Timing will depend on timing of the walking each day. On November 13, you will return to Kathmandu. November 14 is the departure day.

Sample daily schedule

  • 06:30 - 07:00 Optional meditation
  • 07:00 - 08:30 Asana practice (pranayama, mantra)
  • 08:45 Breakfast
  • 10:00 Depart for daily activity
  • 13:00 Lunch
  • 17:30 - 19:00 Evening practice
  • 19:15 Dinner

You will have a one day Buddhism immersion (discourse on Buddhism from a Buddhist scholar, traditional Buddhist puja, tour of monasteries, and short presentation at Tanka school), one day of volunteer option helping to rebuild a children's home and short yoga program for the children, one day excursion to Patan neighbourhood, and one day excursion to visit Swayambunath Temple and Pashupatinath Temple.

  • Molly Cofman

    Molly was introduced to yoga in 1993 in Tucson, Arizona while on a journey to keep herself healthy as a dancer. Although coming from a dance background, she connected immediately with the asana practice. Molly found herself intensely inspired to learn more about yogic philosophy. Molly’s interests in Taoism and Buddhist philosophy have shaped many of her endeavors, including her pursuit of studying traditional Chinese medicine. Molly now facilitates yoga and meditation retreats in Europe and throughout the world.

This retreat will take place in Boudhanath, Kathmandu, and Pokhara, Nepal.

Your retreat package includes most meals, based on a vegetarian menu.

  • 5 day trek in the Annapurna region
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • All internal transportation for organized activities
  • Breakfast, dinner, and most lunches
  • Welcome Puja in Boudhanath and excursions within Kathmandu
  • Yoga and meditation sessions
  • Airfare
  • Transfer from and to Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)
  • Travel insurance

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM).

For information about the booking conditions, please send Inspiration Heals an inquiry.
  • Review by J.S from Chicago
    10 out of 10

    "I've had the great opportunity to attend two of Molly's retreats. Both retreats offered authentic experiences and great adventures in beautiful and unique settings. I made wonderful new friends and created lifetime bonds. The excursions we took were well thought out, organized, rewarding and fun, and the food was simply delicious! I also experienced personal growth on these adventures. Molly was instrumental in supporting this growth by bringing together the poses and flow of yoga, meditation and self-reflection in a safe and supportive environment, geared towards each individual's comfort level. She is a gifted teacher and a special and caring soul! Molly's retreats have not only been enriching, they've been life changing. I'm forever grateful to have shared these experiences with Molly and our wonderful groups! She has left an indelible and beautiful mark on my life!"

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  • Review by K.B from St. Louis
    10 out of 10

    "Doing yoga with Molly Cofman is pure freedom. I used to think yoga wasn't for me because I didn't think I could "do" it well enough to feel successful. Within moments of beginning class with Molly, all of that changed. I found myself free of the limiting stories, and embracing each movement as a welcome challenge to my body and mind. There was no judgment, just a beautifully honest experience. Molly has a unique way of taking people exactly where they are, and gently guiding them to exist only in the present moment. Molly is a brilliant teacher and doing yoga with her opened my heart not only to the practice of yoga, but to my own gifts. Don't miss a chance to learn from her."

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  • Review by P.B. from Chicago
    10 out of 10

    "Molly has created a unique vision in her yoga retreats ,they are a wonderful blend of yoga, colorful vegetarian food and immersion into the culture. I have experienced Italy, Cuba and a Zumba -Yoga experience in Mexico. All were life changing, reflective and a total blast . The intensity of the yoga varies and is intermixed with great excursions that are not the typical touristy choices ,but amazing secret finds from locals. A remarkable fun experience to share solo or with a friend/partner."

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    10 out of 10

    "The experiences and lessons learned during my time with Molly greatly impacted my life. She is intuitively a healer, teacher, and mover who cannot help but open your heart to new inspiration. Her grace, wisdom and playful spirit nurture you to find what it is inside you are looking for. Treat yourself to a retreat with Molly; you will forever remember the journey. "

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Availability

Arrival: Tuesday November 7, 2017
Departure: Saturday November 18, 2017

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