THE KINGDOM OF CAMBODIA
LUANG PRABANG, LAOS
Having lived in Cambodia I found it to be one of the most unique,
enchanting and impressive places I've ever been. The people are
wonderful, resilient and welcoming, the landscape is magical, Angkor
Wat – majestic beyond compare, the food absolutely delicious
and the experience of being there powerfully heart-opening and
expansive. Add the exquisite beauty and peacefulness of Luang Prabang,
Laos and this becomes a journey of a lifetime.
Motivation is what separates a pilgrimage from ordinary travel.
….A pilgrimage is not a required act.
It comes from the heart.
WHEN: The middle two weeks of January, 2012
This journey is for those of you who are adventurous at heart
and are willing to partake in a pilgimage that will allow for serendipitous
occurrences and stretching …both literally and figuratively….
yoga, breathwork and well-being practices are integral to the journey…and
also stretching to understand some different and difficult life
paradigms of both ancient and contemporary cultures.
In order to maintain intimacy and ease of travel we will limit
ourselves to a small group of venturesome women.
You will begin and end with free time in Bangkok, a city that
has been called the gateway between the West and the East. As some
participants may want to spend extra time in Thailand in order
to recover from jetlag before the rest of the journey, the time
there is completely open. There will be help with where to stay
and what to do. Everyone will then fly as a group from Bangkok
to Phnom Penh.
- Daily Wellness Practices, Self Inquiry and Laughter Yoga
days exploring the temples of Angkor Wat in all of their magnificence
during the times of the fewest crowds
- Sunrise sun salutations
and morning picnics on temple grounds
- Jungle hike to Sacred Sites
- Explorations of traditional
culture and life
- Classical and folkloric dance and music at the
Apsara Arts Association
- An array of charming accommodations
of Phnom Penh, its allures and also places that “stretch”
Promenade, Grand Palace and stunning Art Museum
- The NGO world
and the global service community
- Meetings with Cambodians and
expats from many walks of life
- Shopping in the fabulous Russian
- Yoga and Practices at The Cambodia Center For
Yoga and The Healing Arts (voted one of the ten best international
yoga centers in the world)
- Relaxation and Renewal time in charming
spas with traditional massage
- Boating on the Mekong and the Tonle
- The exquisite art of Silk Weaving
- Meditation with Buddhist monks
and nuns at Wat Lanka
- Sunset “Happy Hour” from the
top of the FCC (Foreign Correspondents Club)
- The enchantment of
Luang Prabang, Laos and environs
- Exploration of Laotian temples
of unparalleled beauty and detail
- Interactions with elephants
at nearby elephant sanctuary
- Dawn Procession of Monks and Night
PRICE: $2900 includes:
- All transportation: ground, boat and airfare within Asia
- Departure taxes between Cambodia and
- Two vegetarian meals a day (some fish)
- All tips, gratuities
- All admissions to museums and World Heritage Sites
services & Serendipitous Surprises
- Roundtrip airfare to/from Bangkok and any visa fees
- Free time activities & alcoholic beverages
- Excess Baggage
$600 non-refundable deposit due at registration
Please feel free to call me if you have any questions call: (208)
or email at: Laurie@BreatheTheChange.com
For more information please see below:
A pilgrimage is not an ordinary trip.
It is done with the intention of enlivening the spirit,
nourishing the soul and nurturing our true self.
The goal is not a destination but to journey with an open heart
in order to experience the celebrations and struggles of living
In a journey to any place in Asia there will be moments that are
sublime and also those moments of feeling both love for the world
and pain for the world, together at the same time.
After years of war and turmoil Cambodia is at peace now and is
one of the most enthralling destinations on the planet. The alluring
Temples of Angkor Wat, magnificent in the grandeur of their setting
and individual splendor are considered one of the Seven Wonders
of the World with which few sites on Earth can compare. Built by
the Khmer civilization between 802 and 1220 AD they represent one
of humankind's most astonishing and enduring architectural achievements.
The structures one sees today, more than 100 stone temples in all,
are surviving remains of a grand religious, social and administrative
Alternative scholars believe the geographical location of the
Angkor complex and the temple arrangements, precisely aligned with
the stars, like other ancient Egyptian, Aztec, Incan and Mayan
temples, was based on sacred geometry. Disagreeing with orthodox
archaeologists who sometimes interpret the temples as being tombs
of megalomaniacal kings, they believe the Angkor temples were instruments
for assisting humans in their realization of the divine, with the
purpose of mirroring the heavens in order to assist in the harmonization
of the Earth and the stars.
During the 500 years of Khmer occupation, the city of Angkor became
a pilgrimage destination of great importance throughout Southeast
Asia. Abandoned in 1432, Angkor was forgotten except by pilgrims
from distant reaches of Asia who remembered legends of a mystic
city of the gods. In 1860 French explorer Henri Mouhot brought
Angkor to the world's attention. The French, enchanted with the
ancient city, funded and superbly managed an extensive restoration
Jayavaram VII , spoke of his intentions in erecting the temples
as being: "full of deep sympathy for the good of the world,
so as to bestow on men the ambrosia of remedies to win them immortality....By
virtue of these good works would that I might rescue all those
who are struggling in the ocean of existence."