Many see Buddhism as a complete separate practice from Tantra, yet there are styles of Buddhism that are Tantric in their practice and beliefs. While different in approach and practice, underneath both philosophies, dwell essential truths: Our mind has the capacity to make us unhappy until we learn to see past the thoughts to an unchanging beauty that is always present.
Join Jeanne in this exploration of Luang Prabang, the Buddhist land of Laos with an extension to Cambodia’s sacred temples. This timeless town situated on the banks of the Mekong river has roots of royal history, saffron-robed monks, world-class cuisine and hidden caves. During our days here we will explore the UNESCO protected city center to appreciate its unspoiled Laotian-colonial fusion architecture and take in notable Buddhist temples. Rise to meet the early morning and hundreds of monks processing through the streets accepting offerings of food from the local residents and businesses. Take a dip in the beautiful waterfalls of Tat Khouangsi, known for their unbelievable turquoise waters. Spend an afternoon cruising up the mighty Mekong gazing upon the stunning scenery and taking a tour of the Pak Ou caves, filled with thousands of tiny Buddha statues. Downtime and yoga will be enjoyed at our charming hotel in the heart of the city, perfectly situated near the magnificent markets and Luang Prabang's revered restaurants.
The week will honor Buddhist ceremonies and meditation practices as Jeanne teaches the Tantric similarities and contrasts. When we see differences from a perspective of understanding, we always leave wiser with an appreciation for others. This journey will leave you with an open heart and increased tools for your personal practice at home.
YCEP: Yoga students who attend all practice and visiting sessions, including the Cambodia extension, are eligible for 35 hours of Continuing Education through Yoga Alliance.
A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to hold your space. Final Balance Policy: Final payment must be received by ... Feb 1, 2019 in order to be eligible for the early bird pricing and all payments are non-refundable. Cancellation Policy: In the event of cancellation your entire payment will be refunded less the $500 deposit if the cancellation is made before Feb 1, 2019. Payments are non-refundable after this date. Travel Insurance: We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance for your trip. There are many travel insurance companies to choose from but Travelex and World Nomads are two reputable organizations for worldwide travel coverage.expand
Vinyasa Flow, Pranayama, meditation, Ayurveda, and philosophy
The passionate inquiry for Truth at the deepest level
*Note you will have an additional international flight to book between Laos and Cambodia if participating in both trips.
If you wish to arrive a day early to settle in and get acclimated we can request additional nights at our group hotel. Please contact us directly for rates.
Travel to Laos will require you will obtain your visa upon arrival at the Luang Prabang airport. The visa upon arrival will require two passport photos, along with the visa fee, which varies depending on nationality (USA USD $40, Australia USD $30, Germany USD $30, Singapore USD $30, Great Britain USD $35, France USD $45, for example). The fee must be paid in cash in US Dollars.
IMPORTANT: If your passport expires within six months of your arrival date to Laos AND/or Cambodia if you are participating in the extension, please be sure to renew your passport before you go to avoid any issues at immigration. There are no exceptions.
There are no required vaccinations for travel to Laos. However, there are some recommended (suggested) vaccinations given by the CDC. To see the complete list of what is recommended, please visit the CDC website for more information on Laos and consult with your primary care physician to make a decision on what is best for you.
Yes, private airport transfers are included in the price of your trip. Whenever you arrive, day or night you will be met by a private driver and transported to the group hotel. Note, if you arrive early and decide to stay at an alternate location other than our group hotel, you will be responsible for coordinating and paying for your own transportation directly with the hotel where you will be staying.
No, gratuities are not included. We suggest tipping our guides with USD $5 - 15 per person per day, while drivers usually receive USD $3 - 5 per person per day. We suggest approximately USD $5 - $8 per person per day for hotel housekeeping, bellman, wait staff etc.
Attendance varies from trip to trip, but 15-25 attendees is a general average.
We get hundreds of travelers each year who go on retreat alone. If you are traveling without a friend or partner, but prefer to share your room, we will do our best to match you with another traveler of the same gender. If for some reason, we are not able to match you with a roommate, a single supplement will apply.
If you prefer to have your own private room, a single supplement will apply.
Breakfast and a special cooking class/dinner are included in the price of your program. Lunches and dinners will be at your leisure.
All payments to International Yoga are non-refundable & non-transferable. The purchase of travel insurance is strongly recommended to ensure you are covered should any unexpected event arise. A personal, political, environmental or weather-related incident or pre-existing medical condition may prevent or interrupt your travels. These events are rare but do occur and underscore the importance of being covered by travel insurance. Should you elect to not purchase travel insurance, you will be assuming 100% of any costs incurred for trip cancellation or trip interruption. TravelEx and World Nomads are two reputable organizations. There is a broad spectrum of policies and options so make sure you are clear on what exactly is covered.
All retreats include a $500 non-refundable / non-transferable deposit, which is required to hold your spot on the trip. If you cancel prior to Feb 1, 2019 we will refund your payment minus the non-refundable deposit. All payments are non-refundable & non-transferable after Feb 1, 2019. International Yoga must strictly adhere to its cancellation policy to offset costs incurred prior to the commencement of retreat. Click here to view the Terms and Conditions to which you agree upon registration.