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Journeys of the Spirit from Australia

Here’s another spiritual tour group: Journeys of the Spirit. Recently they hosted a unique experience to swim with the dolphins. There are actually only a few places in this world where the dolphins come close to shore and allow people to swim with them. One is in Hawaii and the other in Western Australia. The mover and shaker behind this group is Julie Baker who has been in the travel and tourism business for over 35 years. The international tours are well attended. You can see for yourself on their website: http://journeysofthespirit.com.au. Or you can contact them several other ways by email, Skype, or phone.

To view other spiritual tour groups, click on this: https://www.mysticfare.com/mysticalspiritual-tours-and-retreats/

 

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What We Know About the Pleiadians 2017

With more people becoming interested in spiritual matters and psychic phenomena, it makes sense that there will be more people reporting what I call “right brain activities” that have to do with ESP (Extra Sensory Perception), intuition, telekinesis, as well as sightings of space craft from other planets. As the narrator of the following video will point out, beings from other planets and solar systems have been visiting Earth for a very long time. This video will introduce you to one of those places, the Pleiades. They are also known by another name, the Seven Sisters. You can see them easily in the summer sky clustered together. You will also hear about one person here on Earth who has had numerous contacts with them.

Please leave a comment after you watch this short video. Do the sketches of the Pleiadians seem accurate? Would you like to meet them? Why did they leave? Do you think many of them will return? This is certainly one account of what we know about the Pleiadians. Please enjoy.

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Hiking the Camino With a Difference

You might have heard of the hike across northern Spain called the Camio de Santiago, a 500 mile journey that people have been taking since medieval days. It is life-changing for many but not as much as these two long-term friends, one in a wheel chair with a degenerative neural disease. Their names are Justin Skeesuck and Patrick Gray. I won’t say more now as the videos below will explain all. Enjoy, fellow travellers.

Here is the next episode. Please go to You Tube to find the most recent episodes. They are still on their journey.

Thanks, Journeys of the Spirit for sharing this and bringing it to my attention. It’s good to see updated shots of the Camino trail and to hear about this incredible journey of two friends with a camera crew.

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Yoga With a Master: An Invitation

Journeys of the Spirit is an Australian spiritual travel company. I’ve featured posts before about director, Julie Baker and her staff: Chiara Muzzin, Sarah Gamble, Peter Bliss, Marj Argenta, Cathy Brown, Amanda Hobley, Phoebe Maroulis, and Sue Tredget. If you enjoy traveling to spiritual destinations in order to advance your own spiritual progress or just to relax in a safe, peaceful place, please check out this company: http://www.journeysofthespirit.co.au

Right now they have organized a yoga retreat for March 4 – 18. 2017 at Somertheeram Ayurvedic Health Resort. There are a few cottages left, they write. Here is a video that will introduce you to the master, called by his English name,  James.

The Journeys of the Spirit excursions are well planned, reasonable in price and journeys of a lifetime. Why not find out for yourself and take a leap into a wonderful world?

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5 Best Buddhist Monasteries in India

If you are given another chance to live your life again, how many of you think that you will do better than what you have done so far? Everyone will say yes, right? What if you are given a life to live in such a way that there is no dissatisfaction and disappointment? What if you live a life with no regrets? What if you know your full potential?

The answer to all these ‘what if’s?’ is Nirvana- the Endless happiness or the Eternal bliss.

One such man who answered all these ‘what if’s?’ and who walked on this holy land in the flesh and blood was the great ‘Gautama Buddha’. He preached a great religion called ‘Buddhism’ and has spread happiness all across the world. If you are on a quest to find the essence of Buddha’s teaching, if you want to see the unique Buddhist way of life, then you should search for the Buddhist monasteries.

Buddhist monasteries are the places where all the monks and nuns live in colonies. They cut themselves off from the external world, and they are in constant search of god. They live a simple life as preached by Buddha.

Every year, the Buddhist monasteries. If once you come to these monasteries, then you might be a different person when you leave.

1. Buddhist Monastery of Ki in Ki Village, India

photo by 4ocima

Surrounded by mountains, accompanied by river waters, the Buddhist monastery of Ki, located in Ki village is one of the most visited Buddhist monasteries in India. This monastery stands as a lone warrior at an altitude of 4,166 m above the sea level in the Spiti Valley. The moment you see this monastery, your heart will be filled with a sense of peace, pleasure, harmony and above all divine happiness.

This monastery has a great reputation for bringing out the hidden feelings of spirituality in you. You will be mesmerized to see the beauty it presents to your eye. The architecture of this monastery is so outstanding that you can’t even blink to miss its beauty.

This monastery holds an important ground in Buddhist mythology. Dromton, who is regarded as a famous Buddhist teacher, is the founder of this magnificent monastery.  The monastery survived a massive earthquake in 1975 and till this day it stands strong.

2.   Tawang Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh

Photo by Giridhar Appaji Nag Y

by Giridhar Appaji Nag Y

Tawang monastery in Arunachal Pradesh has been regarded as the largest Buddhist monastery in India. It has succeeded in attracting a large number of tourists with its unique architecture and religious importance. It was placed perfectly at 3300 meters high.

The founder, of this marvelous Buddhist’s wonder is, Merak Lama Lodre Gyatso and was founded in 1680 – 1681. This monastery maintained a close religious relationship with the Drepung monastery, Lhasa.

The Tawang River flows at the foot of the mountain on which the monastery is built, which makes the scenery of this monastery even more outstanding. It is three stories tall and is surrounded with a huge 925 feet long compound wall. Tawang Monastery hosts 65 residential buildings and contains a large library embedded with valuable old scriptures.

Generally, Buddhist monks live a simple life and they stay far from the extravagant life but they also celebrate a few festivals.  Torgya Festival celebrated in this monastery is the most colorful festival and worth watching.

3. Bodh Gaya, Bihar

Photo by Lyle Vincent

by Lyle Vincent

Bodh Gaya is holy to Buddhists as Mecca is holy to Muslims. This is the birthplace of Buddhism. It is believed that this is the place where Buddha, founder of the Buddhism, obtained enlightenment. Undoubtedly, this pilgrimage place attracts more tourists than any other Buddhist place in India.

The monastery in this holy place has a lot of religious as well as historic importance. The pilgrims who come here are in . So they practice prayer, study and meditate, as these practices, according to Buddha, are the ideal ways of living a purposeful life.

The Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya has been identified as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The monasteries present at this place are outstanding examples for the richness and yet simplicity of the Buddhist civilization back in the olden days. Every Buddhist aspires to travel to this sacred monastery in search of the true Buddhism.

4. Phugtal Gompa, Kargil, Jammu and Kashmir

Photo CC BY-SA 3.0

CC BY-SA 3.0

This monastery is so surprisingly isolated that you can’t even find anything within the area except this monastery. The monks living in this monastery generally don’t get to see persons from the outer world. It can be reached on foot but it tests your courage and patience to reach this beloved destination, Phugtal Gompa Monastery.

This monastery has given place to many scholars and teachers. In the whole region, it alone holds the system of caves and even it is built around these caves. This has been the prime location of retreat, meditation, and study for many legendary scholars. Many pilgrims experience spiritual transformation at this place.

A large traditional Tibetan medical clinic appears here in this monastery. It is believed that the 16 Arhats (legendary followers of Buddha) settled first in this great monastery. Their images are painted beautifully on the walls.

5. Komik Lundup Tsemo Gompa, Spiti, Himachal Pradesh

Photo by John Hill

This is yet another isolated monastery from the northern part of India. This monastery has a specialty that no other monasteries have in our country; it has a large Buddha statue in it. The statue appears as if a buddha is looking at all of us.

It is a major monastery of the Sakya sect of Buddhism. The walls of this place are painted red and many flags are planted in belief of Lord Buddha. Travelers and pilgrims who pass by this area never miss visiting this monastery. Local people believe that this monastery has divine nature and it keeps you away from all  dangers ahead on the journey. They believe that it safeguards you by the blessings of Lord Buddha.

Author Bio:

Rohit Agarwal is a blogger at . He is also a blogger for several travel and tourism related websites on the internet. He possesses a great passion to explore the hidden feeling of nature and indeed he is chasing his dream and enriching us with his experiences. All photos in this presentation are . Please contact Mr. Agarwal for more information and locations of these 5 Buddhist monasteries.

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Calling 12 Angels to Awakening Spirit Retreat Center

p1050426Have you heard of the retreat center in Arizona call Awakening Spirit? If you need peace and quiet to rest or practice meditation or yoga this is a great spot. According to their newsletter and website, there will be some changes this coming year.

Awakening Spirit has suspended all retreats until spring equinox, March 20th, to make space for 12 angels who answer this call for help and come to play a part in bringing love and light to countless broken hearts and wounded souls. “Calling 12 Angels” is seeking angel hearts to nurture emergent spiritual awakening.

What will you find there?  A tall ponderosa pine forest, herd of several dozen elk, half dozen white tail deer, and countless smaller creatures that include soaring hawks and migrating birds, small cabins complete with kitchens and stoves for heating and the good heart of Bodhi Heart himself. As it says on the website, ” Bodhi Heart lives on-site. He is happy to hold space and to also provide support whenever requested.”

Awakening Spirit is located 1 1/2 hours from Sedona and 2 1/2 hours from the Grand Canyon.

While the Winter Solstice is now passed, Bodhi is just starting to find his 12 angels, so e-mail to find out more details. Sorry I have no phone number for this group.

bodhiheart@gmail.com

http://www.awakeningspiritretreat.com/

 

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Visit the Northern Lights with Journeys of the Spirit

Hopefully you will be in time to join the Australian group, Journeys of the Spirit on their trip to Sweden and Finland to view the Northern Lights. According to their promotion, this October of 2016 will be a very strong time to see the lights. Want to know more about their trip? http://www.journeysofthespirit.com.au

Of course there are lights in Alaska as well and occasionally they extend down into Canada and the Yukon. According to the following video, there are also Southern Lights though for some reason not as bright or varied as the Northern Lights. If you have never seen them in the sky (TV or a video doesn’t count), by all means put it on your “to do” list.

Do you enjoy hearing about spiritual places? Be sure to check out the other posts and the article tab, Mystical/Spiritual Tours and Retreats on the MysticFare.com home page. Know of great places to visit? Please contact us at: contact@mysticfare.com and we will be glad to check them out.

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Top 7 Vipassana Retreat Centers in India

The Vipassana Meditation

Vipassana, “to see things as they really are”, is an age-old way of meditation that deeply involves purification from physical and mental ills by learning through self-observation and thus, engage concentrated restraint on the form and working of one’s physical aspect and how it links with one’s mental health. Over a course of 10 days, one learns to embrace and live in a transformation of self, which brings about a healthy balance in the mind and body.

Vipassana was actually re-discovered by Gautama Buddha nearly 2500 years ago. It is derived from Theravada Buddhism, which is one of the three primary schools in Buddhism, the other two being Mahayana and Vijayana. Taught as a universal remedy for all aches and tribulations, Vipassanna meditation has been passed down an unbroken link of teachers who do not engage in commercial profit but, rather, teach this way of living for free. The present teacher is Mr. S.N. Goenka. This art of meditation is supported by the many people who take part in it and later, leave donations with the good will of passing on the benefits of this ancient code of life.

 

Various Locations

In India alone, there are 73 locations that offer Vipassana mediation as taught by S.N. Goenka. Scattered liberally all over the nation and world, a handful of these various Dhamma meditation centers are revealed below.

  1. Dhamma Bodhi, Bodh Gaya, Bihar

The Bodh Gaya International Vipassana Meditation Center is located in Bodh Gaya, in the state of Bihar towards eastern India. This “Enlightenment of Dhamma” center couldn’t hold a better name signifying its importance. Bodh Gaya holds immense significance for Buddhists as this is the place believed to be the actual site where Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism, attained enlightenment, or Bodhimandala, under the widely renowned Bodhi tree which was Gautama Buddha’s site for intense meditation. This is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Being the site of Buddhism’s birth, Bodh Gaya holds a colossal meaning for Buddhists. Holding up to 80 students in every 10-day course, the months from November to February receive the biggest influx of learners.

  1. Dhamma Giri, Igatpuri, Maharashtra

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    Photo by Piyushshelare, CC BY-SA 3.0

The largest western state of India, Maharashtra has 25 centers for Vipassana meditation, the largest and most famous of which is the Dhamma Giri in Igatpuri. The meditation courses are held twice a month as this site attracts huge influx of learners. Dhamma Giri, “Hill of Dhamma”, gave out its first course to the public in 1976.

 

 

  1. Dhamma Pattana, Gorai Village, Mumbai, Maharashtra

Dhamma Pattana Vipassana meditation center is one of India’s newest centers, located in Mumbai. What makes it different from other Dhamma retreat centers is that it focuses on people involved in business and other high end vocations. Infusing the classic 10-day retreat along with teachings for applying the same principles to the strains and stresses of the business world, Dhamma Pattana (“Port of Dhamma”) has a relatively modern set up too, which includes Western amenities.

  1. Dhamma Sikhara, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh

This “Peak of Dhamma” is cozily situated in the Dhauladar range in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Serene, quiet and nestled in a beautiful forest of deodar and cedar trees, the Dhamma Sikhara holds its 10-day Dhamma meditation course from the months of April to November. The course is conducted at intervals of fourteen days.

  1. Dhamma Paphulla, Bangalore, Karnataka

    Photo by Miran Rijavec, CC BY 2.0

    Photo by Miran Rijavec, CC BY 2.0

Set in a humble location, the Dhamma Paphulla, “Cheerfulness of Truth” is located 30 kms away from Bangalore, the capital of the southern state Karnataka in India. Placed on a sprawling expanse of rustic beauty, the Dhamma Paphulla conducts courses once or twice in a month. The accommodations meet basic needs and provide for a comfortable stay with attached bathrooms and hot water facilities. In addition, the location enjoys a comfortable climate all year round and is easily accessible by city buses.

  1. Dhamma Puri, Machmara, Tripura

The first Dhamma center to be established in north-eastern India, the Dhamma Puri or, “Town of Dhamma” is a quaint location in the state of Tripura. Easily accessible by most means of transport, this Vipassana meditation center is 150 kms away from Agartala, the state capital and is very peaceful and idyllic.

  1. Dhamma Garh, Chhattisgarh

This “Fort of Dhamma” is found 120 kms away from Raipur, the state capital of Chhattisgarh. It was started in 2011 and can accommodate 18 male and 10 female students.

Vipassanna meditation reconstructs one’s outlook on life and how one interacts within internal and external surroundings. With dedicated practice, one can find the positive alternations to turn life around. Tranquility and confidence flow through one’s being and the wave of goodness passes on and on.

 

Author Bio

Himanshu is an enthusiast of living life to the fullest. He enjoys good food, positive experiences and goes for things that fuel his lively outlook on the world. He is an aficionado of Vipassana meditation and has taken multiple 10-day retreats. He writes on his website PearlsIndiaTour.com and keeps the various facets of his life in gentle balance with its teachings.

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Hey. How About High Tea Online with Aussies Amanda and Julie?

Feel like pampering yourself for an hour or so?
Join Amanda and Julie for High Tea !
Saturday 25th June
at 11am
Join Amanda & Julie for a delicious High Tea & experience some of the gifts of Kerala.
We will be sharing yummy morsels that are unique to Amanda’s upcoming Kerala retreat at the end of September.
Contact them now, as this free event is going to book out very fast!
Phone or SMS Julie 0427 716 766  Amanda 0405 344 149
or email spirit@iinet.net.au

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Phone / SMS / Viber / WhatsApp:
In Australia: 0427 766 716   International +61 427 766 716
Email: spirit@iinet.net.au  Skype: julie.baker.journeys
You don’t have to be in Australia to join them. Pass it on and see you there.
Vicki Starfire
MysticFare.com
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A Truly Mystical Place: Bhutan

Most of us have heard about the small kingdom of Bhutan located near Nepal and India. A few people know that it is expensive to go there and a bit difficult to obtain a visa. But did you know that there is a great Australian tour company, Journeys of the Spirit, that takes care of all that for you? Here is the best part: you can go there this fall because there are a few spaces left. Check this out soon before they are gone. The dates are October 24 – November 6, 2015.

More about Bhutan – here’s what one past participant had to say.

From the most warm and generous people, to the endless mountain tops peaked in the clear and crisp air, to the sound of the bells chiming with every round of a spinning prayer wheel, to the gorgeous echoes of nuns singing peacefully in the monasteries and to the young children’s playful smiles and innocent giggles… my desires were to take in every blissful moment ~ and I did so gently and effortlessly.

 

Bhutan is a bit like the proverbial Shangri-la, that fictional place in the novel, Lost Horizon, that captured everything we want to see in paradise – happy, friendly people, little poverty, beautiful scenery and an isolated place that somehow keeps it from being destroyed by commercialism, invasions and exploitation. Is Bhutan truly like this? Why not explore it yourself and then let us know.

Here’s what this trip will involve. Guide, Peter Bliss (yes, his real name!) will weave  “Qi Gong, Tai Chi and Mindfulness to your daily happenings”. Then there are the hikes, the talks and the markets. Want to know more? 

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