2021 is a brand new year and a brand new era!
The quarantine has been lifted in Nepal and we’re finally ready to visit this profoundly beautiful welcoming country. Mind Oasis is heading to Nepal in May and we want you to join us. Adventure travel doesn’t happen without a little adventure.
If you’re healthy, have missed traveling, and are ready to transform the difficulties of 2020 into the light of possibility; join us to both trek and renew your spirit. We will spend many nights under the stars in tents and days walking in the countryside. Social distancing is built into this trip once you arrive!
Typically, we call this annual pilgrimage to Nepal, a meditation retreat and trek. In our experience there is a natural spiritual unfolding that just seems to happen once your feet hit the ground in Nepal.
But this year, we’re making the trip a little different and special. We all deserve it.
You are most welcome to simply enjoy the trek aspect of the trip and if you’d like, the daily meditation practices and intention setting under Karuna’s guidance. But if your spirit has been left depleted by many months of the pandemic, restricted travel, and political and social unrest, then we encourage you, regardless your inclination, to join us also in an exploration of the iconography of the Buddhist stupa and how to use these majestic and holy structures to inform both your inner and outer spirit!
The month prior to our touch down in the expansive and interesting city of Kathmandu, we will meet under Karuna’s guidance once/week via Zoom, to learn about the iconography of the Buddhist stupa. We’ll start by studying the intricate symbolism that can be found in the architecture of stupas. Then we’ll explore archetypes of the five Buddha families in relation to the stupa. Finally, we’ll engage a bit of a divination to see which of the Buddha families we most personally connect to in order to better understand ourselves and our life. If you find this month-long exploration informative, you can then interweave these teachings on your trek, all with a lot of support from Karuna!
If you’re inclined, you can spend the afternoon of our first full day in Kathmandu at the most profound of all stupas — the Boudhanath Stupa. The Boudhanath Stupa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the largest in the world. Legend says it may contain a relic of Siddharta Gautma, the Buddha himself. We’ll engage in the traditional exercise of circumambulating this most precious holy place, we’ll have a short Dharma talk and meet up for treats afterwards (socially distanced and masked up), before heading to a private intimate puja ceremony to bless our trek.
Karuna will be offering a vow ceremony that evening if you’d like to create a sacred container for your trekking experience. You are welcome to take any or all of the five precepts for as short or as long of a duration as you prefer. She’ll guide you through what it means to take a vow, why on earth you might take a vow, and how vows can bring you ultimate freedom. She’ll be available to answer questions all along the way!
The five precepts are commitments to abstain from things that hurt others, like killing living beings and such. It is perfectly legit to pick and choose only one to work with. We’ll explore all five and you can decide which resonate with you. You do not have to be a Buddhist to engage these vows for any period of time you decide.
Every morning, we’ll have an opportunity to meditate and to reconnect with our inner teacher and the five Buddha families, as well as any vows you wish to engage. At the end of our trek, we will engage together in a beautiful fire puja to seal in the blessings of our journey and to celebrate!
Under the expertise of our guide, Brad Clement of Pangje Foundation, we’ll experience parts of Nepal that most of us in the west, will never see. We will walk where the snow leopards play and engage the local communities along the way. Every aspect of this trip has been carefully planned and curated under Brad’s many years guiding and trekking in Nepal, to bring you an epic transformative experience.
2021 may very well prove to be an amazing moment in time to travel and experience Nepal.
Ready for extraordinary bliss? Space is extremely limited and filling up. Email Karuna to learn more and place your deposit.