North India

Sacred Landscapes

Small Group Experiential Travel For Adults

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Duration
14 Days
Description

Step into an ancient Himalayan kingdom: Explore North India through experiential travel. Visit sacred sites, live with Ladakhi families, and converse with Buddhist monks, oracles, and seasoned pilgrims amidst exhilarating mountainscapes.

Dates

Jun 9 - Jun 23, 2019


Suggested Ages

Adult Participants

Number of Participants

8-12


Availability

open

Begins In

47 Weeks

Tuition

$6,295


Estimated Flight Cost

$2,071

Leh

Manali

Dharamsala

delhi

agra

Program Overview

SITUATED ON THE CROSSROADS OF ANCIENT HIMALAYAN TRADE ROUTES, IN THE REMOTE, WINDSWEPT EXPANSES OF NORTH INDIA,


the land of Ladakh is home to Tibetan cultures that have been preserved for centuries by geographic isolation.  The landscape, stark and awe-inspiring, reflects the profundity of Ladakhi spiritual systems, as well as the timeless wisdom found within the local communities.  From the towering peak of Stok Kangri to the fertile upper reaches of the Indus River, we discover spiritual views that honor both outer and inner worlds.

Our sojourn takes us to monasteries, cave hermitages, remote villages, and storied geographical sites. Through experiential travel we engage with Buddhist teachers, village elders, and shamanic oracles, we investigate ancient spiritual traditions and the influence they have had on contemporary Western ideology.  A day-hike brings us to a community only accessible by foot, where we stay with local families. Connecting with the people of Ladakh, deep in this “Land of High Passes,” we have the opportunity to witness and reflect upon rich Himalayan traditions and traverse the confluence of landscape and human experience.

 

Sample Itinerary

Program Components

5/5
Home Stay

In the village of Taar, we have the opportunity to spend three days living with Ladakhi families, learning from village elders and participating in the flow of daily rural life.

5/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Lectures with local experts, group discussions and readings will focus on geographically relevant Buddhist concepts, shamanic practices, pilgrimage, and ecopsychology.

4/5
Development Studies

Learn about the development and environmental issues facing remote mountain communities and meet some of the people taking action to help.

4/5
Comparative Religion

An introduction to Tibetan Buddhist philosophy and visits to monasteries across Ladakh.

3/5
Rugged Travel

Acclimatize to an altitude of 12,000+ feet and enjoy local transportation when possible

2/5
Trekking

Take short day hikes in the hills surrounding the villages of Saboo and Taar

2/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

Work with instructors and group members to develop and explore a particular subject that interests you, supported by guest speakers and frequent discussions.

1/5
Language Study

Introduction to Ladakhi language with focus on salutations.

1/5
Learning Service

Explore the concept of karma yoga by helping with group roles and assisting your host family.