Experiential Learning and Immersion
With Nepali Dhami-Jhankri Shamans
October 11-October 25, 2023
Nepal, the Heart of World Shamanism and Centre of Learning:
Since time immemorial, the Nepali people have preferred their habitations to be in the higher hills and mountains, far from the flat plains and close to heaven, to allow their souls to merge with clouds and otherworldly realms.
Nepal is a special place where Nature, humans and the divine have a tripartite presence and role in maintaining a serene balance and harmony. From the massif Himalayas to the mid-Himalayan green mountains to the unending flat plains of the South, Nepal is a living museum of many human groups and sub-groups, vibrant cultures, spiritual practices, art and architecture. Nepal’s identity and power centres are the old squares, temples, monasteries and sacred places. The holy temples and shrines to house the male and female deities in the banks of Bagmati, Vishnumati, Rudramati and Hanumente Rivers, collectively called the Sacred Kathmandu Valley Mandal, had hosted yogis, pilgrims, monks and ascetics for thousands of years.
During this pilgrimage, the local Shamans and Elders introduce us to these powers who have empowered and initiated them and helped us to establish our own connection with them.
The organizers are well-versed in the local religious and spiritual practices, both written and oral and will not only accompany you to these power places but will also share some of the methods that the tradition allows. From the Kathmandu Valley, your introduction to Nepal starts and follows the higher hills.
This program is proposed to participate and get a first-hand experience from the local Nepali shamans (male and female) learning their millennia-old lineage healing secrets and getting acquainted with the art of setting ritual spaces, rhythms and sacred chants. The participants will be accompanied to the temples, shrines and some of the power places of Kathmandu, cultural and historical heritage centres, to offer prayers and join local pilgrims.
We will pilgrimage to the Sacred Mountain and Caves of Sayalung mountain.
It is a rare opportunity to be with the elders and long-lineage carriers of different lineages, listen to them, converse, and receive healing and teachings.
Nepal is one of only a few countries globally, still the 'home of longest-living shamanic traditions and masters'.
After the retreat in Nagarkot, the participants will be accompanied on the Sayalung mountain pilgrimage.
The participants will spend the first two days and nights in Kathmandu to prepare and rest after a long journey with time differences and jet lag at the Apsara Boutique Hotel: www.
During these retreat days, three work sessions with the Shamans will be held daily. These days, the local Shamans will perform purificatory rituals and healing sessions and share their evolutionary experiential path describing how they became Shamans and what they do.
ITINERARY IN A NUTSHELL(THERE CAN BE MINOR VARIATIONS)
OCTOBER 11- ARRIVAL, CHECK-IN IN HOTEL, GROUP WELCOME DINNER, WELCOME RITUAL
OCTOBER 12- VISIT TO PASHUPATINATH AND BOUDHANATH. DINNER IN HOTEL’S RESTAURANT AND OVERNIGHT
OCTOBER 13- AFTER BREAKFAST, TRANSFER TO NAGARKOT HOMESTAY
OCTOBER 14-15-16: ENCOUNTER WITH THE SHAMANS AND ELDERS, TRANSMISSIONS, RITUALS AND GROUP WORKS (4 DAYS)
OCTOBER 17-18-19-20: MOUNTAIN PILGRIMAGE
OCTOBER 21-22-23-24: VISIT BUDHANILAKANTHA, SWAYAMBHUNATH, PHARPING-CHOBAR, KATHMANDU’S DURBAR SQUARE AND FINAL EMPOWERMENTS
OCTOBER 25: END OF THE SERVICES WITH THE BREAKFAST AND DEPARTURE
(A daily itinerary will be sent after your participation confirmation)
Don’t hesitate to contact us for your prior arrivals, post-program sojourns, and any other activities like the Himalayan mountain flights, trekking, rafting, etc.
Please write to the organizer for detailed information:
Registrations close on July 15, 2023
Services Included In The Package:
- Your international flight tickets to and from Kathmandu
- Nepal tourist visa: You can obtain an entry visa on arrival at the airport by paying a fee of US$ 40 for two weeks (please check updates before you embark on this trip)
- Tips to the service providers like guides, homestays, drivers and assistants
- Perks and gratitude to the Shamans and elders
- Insurance of all types (health insurance, baggage loss or damage, trip cancellation, rescue due to sickness or unforeseen circumstances, natural calamities and any transport charges not mentioned in the itinerary)
- Personal expenses like phone calls, laundry, drinks, or all are not explicitly included under the clause ‘what is included