SPIRIT OF NEPAL pilgrimage

In this trip-of-a-lifetime experience five of the greatest energy centres in Nepal and transformative therapeutic yoga and meditation in the most stunning Himalayan spiritual locations.

KATHMANDU - BANDIPUR - POKHARA - MUKTINATH

Pushupatinath - Swayambhunath - Boudhanath - Peace Pagoda - Muktinath temples

 
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  • discover the ancient city of kathmandu 2 days

  • VISIT Pashupatinath, Swayambhunath & Boudhanath sacred sites

  • HIMALAYAN VIEW HISTORIC VILLAGE retreat 3 DAYS

  • VISIT LOWER MUSTANG & MUKTINATH HOLY TEMPLE 4 DAYS

  • LUXURY POKHARA retreat 3 days

  • himalayan hike to muktinath, peace pagoda & buddhas cave

  • TRANSFORMATIONAL YOGA & MEDITATION

  • COMPLIMENTARY MASSAGE OR HEALING SESSION

  • raise money for those in need in nepal

As a transformational process therapist and social worker, Marissa creates once-in-a-lifetime therapeutic retreats that also help local people in need.

Marissa at Gone Far Beyond will also donate USD$50 for every retreat member to a local women’s program to help provide opportunities for women. Extra contributions with friends and family are welcome but there is no obligation. 

28th March 2020

AUD$2,990 (approx. USD$2,170) per person - 7 nights/8 days

early bird discount for booking before 1st JAN 2020

Bring a friend or partner and save $600AUD

See below for details or email to receive a full itinerary

 

Discover 4 profound spiritual yoga locations:

The Buddhist temple that watches over Kathmandu

The Buddhist temple that watches over Kathmandu

Ancient city of Kathmandu

Discover the magic, ritual and history of Kathmandu. Walk the 365 steps up to the monkey temple and see the sunset at the most spectacular Buddhist temple overlooking Kathmandu city.

Experience the profound power of Pushipatinath the holy place of transcendence. This is the most important Shiva temple in the world as 1 of 12 Jyotirlingas (radiant signs of Shiva the destroyer of evil). Mystics say columns of fire can be seen piercing the earth from the linga statues.

Feel the energy of the sacred Tibetan Buddhist site of Boudhanath that is alive with monks, prays, incense, sound and local Buddhists.

Learn about the roots of yoga, foundation practices, special mediations to activate these energies and experience Nepal’s chakra centres.

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Rustic Newri restored rooms with ensuite are unforgettable

Rustic Newri restored rooms with ensuite are unforgettable

Mountain top village retreat

Enjoy two sublime days of therapeutic yoga and meditation in one of the most stunning ancient mountain top villages with snow-capped Himalayan views.

Stay in an unforgettable restored ‘Newari’ historic boutique hotel. Taste traditional and distinct local food and enjoy a hike to the Buddha cave.

Comfortable luxury jeeps will take you the 4 hour trip to the village, and then onward to Pokhara two days later. This will give you the opportunity to take in more of the beautiful landscape,

Marissa calls this a giving and receiving experience, where you will be indulge in all the simplicity, luxury, cultural and therapeutic delights of Nepal and participate in initiating and supporting projects that empower the lives of local people.

Daily yoga and meditation with majestic views

Daily yoga and meditation with majestic views

First class local organic cuisine

First class local organic cuisine

Quaint Himalayan mountain top village

Quaint Himalayan mountain top village

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Majestic lakeside Pokhara

Indulge in three days of bliss in one of the best hotels in Pohkara. This is time for you to go more deeply into the teachings of yoga and meditation.

Here you will also enjoy a complimentary massage or spiritual healing session and a boat ride across Phewa lake to visit the water temple.

Marissa from Gone Far Beyond utilises her skills, expertise and local knowledge to offer inspirational, bespoke, tailor-made, experiences to raise funds and awareness for communities and people in need or crisis.

While in Pokhara you will have the opportunity to meet the dedicated team who dedicate their lives to helping children from disadvantaged, at risk and traumatic situations.

Deluxe suite with private balcony and ensuite

Deluxe suite with private balcony and ensuite

Enjoy the Himalayas from your private balcony

Enjoy the Himalayas from your private balcony

Fresh opulent breakfast every morning

Fresh opulent breakfast every morning

One of many yoga, reading and relaxing areas

One of many yoga, reading and relaxing areas

Hindu and Buddhist Muktinath temple 3,710 meters altitude

Hindu and Buddhist Muktinath temple 3,710 meters altitude

Muktinath sacred Himalayan yatra

The Mustang region was once an isolated and independent Tibetan Kingdom, now part of Nepal, it retains a rugged and mystical reputation. 

Spend two very special nights in the most picturesque Tibetan village, staying in a restored monastery with the 2nd largest Buddha in Mustang.

Experience morning chanting with the monks in one of Nepals oldest and most remote Tibetan monasteries built in 1429 and enjoy local food.

Our final destination is a 3-4 hour walk to Muktinath temple. One of the most revered holy places in India and Nepal. It is common to see sadhus making their way on foot from all over the continent to Muktinath temple. With its eternal fire constantly burning, sacred water and wish-fulfilling properties, it is seen as the greatest blessing and good fortune to visit once in your lifetime. (A jeep can be arranged for those who choose not to take the hike).

A complimentary return 30min flight from Pokhara is included in your fees.

Morning puja in one of oldest Nepal monasteries

Morning puja in one of oldest Nepal monasteries

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Your opulent tented villa at Pavilions Lakeview

Your opulent tented villa at Pavilions Lakeview

One day hike to visit the World Peace Pagoda

One day hike to visit the World Peace Pagoda

What You Can Anticipate

  • Traditional Nepalese welcoming ceremony

  • Your own deluxe suite with ensuite in all locations

  • AUD$600 discount for second person twin or double share

  • Hotel transfers to/from Pokhara Bus Station or Airport included

  • Retreat fee includes all vegetarian meals

  • Enjoy one of Pokhara's best restaurants included in the retreat

  • All meals are vegetarian, although meat is available at extra cost

  • All dietary requirements are available upon request

  • One complimentary Nepalese massage or healing session

  • Four days: incredible retreat at The Pavilions

  • Four days: Himalayan view retreat at Pavilions Lakeview

  • One day: Enjoyable hike between resort with remarkable views

  • No hiking, meditation or yoga experience is required

  • USD$50 donation to the women of Nepal on your behalf

  • Professional meditation and yoga teaching by Marissa Nolan

  • Therapeutic processes for greater self understanding and resolve

  • Meet guest Nepalese yoga and meditation teachers

  • Experience unique Himalayan yoga and meditation

  • Visit the famous World Peace Pagoda

  • Orientation is at 4pm on 21st September 2019 in Kathmandu

  • You are welcome to arrive earlier or stay after the retreat

  • Please allow and extra night in Pokhara after the retreat incase of delays returning from Muktinath by plane. Contact Marissa for accomodation suggestions or you are welcome to stay on at the retreat hotel. Pokhara is also a beautiful place to relax for anyone wanting to stay longer.

  • You will have free time to explore Pokhara

  • One internal Nepal flight included to bring you to the hotel

  • Return flight or bus to Kathmandu is additional cost

  • The hotel will be happy to make any onward or return arrangements

  • Email Marissa for a full itinerary: marissa@marissanolan.com.

WHAT TO BRING:

  • Contact Marissa to receive the full itinerary and packing check list.

  • You can also see an article written by Marissa for women travelling solo by clicking HERE.

Marissa from Gone Far Beyond utilises her skills, expertise and local knowledge to offer inspirational, bespoke, tailor-made, experiences to raise funds and awareness for communities and people in need or crisis.

Teacher, Social Worker and Therapist

As a transformational process therapist, therapeutic yoga and meditation teacher, mindfulness and compassion teacher and social worker, Marissa creates inspirational therapeutic retreats that also support those in need. Marissa has spent 7 years as a academic research, teacher and therapist in Nepal. She adores showing you a place she knows and loves.

You will experience transformational and insightful therapeutic yoga practices and therapeutic processes, designed to help you release, relax and regain a sense of wholeness, purpose and personal meaning.

Being a process specialist means Marissa helps people heal, recover and most importantly find the beauty and appreciation for life. She has been facilitating international events for 15 years.

Everything is Included. Every detail taken care of.

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This will be a breathtaking journey in Nepal! 

The retreat includes: all food, accommodation at the resort and Kathmandu, professional yoga and meditation teaching, as well as one internal flight.

During the retreat: In Nepal food is so much part of life. You will be treated to traditional Nepalese home cooked food, as well as a few fine dining experiences carefully hand picked by Marissa. In your free time, you will have the opportunity to explore the mountains and Pokhara, and you can also take advantage of the complimentary massage or healing session that is included in the retreat fee. 

Previous guests have said:

"Marissa Nolan is a dynamo! She is lively, energetic, strong and forthright. She has a way of giving you confidence when you need it.

The recent yoga trek and retreat that I attended in Nepal facilitated by Marissa was an amazingly enriching experience. As a newcomer to yoga, Marissa was able to share lots of yoga routines and meditations that I have been able to weave into my daily routine, in a busy lifestyle. The immersion into Nepali village life as we hiked in the beautiful Himalaya, outdoor yoga and meditation in the mountains was divine! Marissa’s very personal way of facilitating her ethical retreats adds a special resonance to the experience.

The retreat also raised funds for a local medical camp social project that we visited, as part of Marissa’s ‘ethical tours’ sponsorship.”  This was very humbling". Heather, Australia 2019

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Once-in-a-lifetime transformational journey!

Yoga and Meditation

·      Mindfulness and compassion meditation

·      Traditional Indian yoga and meditation

·      Present and heart-centred yoga

·      Viniyoga and Hatha yoga therapy

·      Yoga and spiritual psychology

·      Transformational meditation therapy processes

How We Help

In Nepal, many women live with oppression and discrimination. Disadvantaged or traumatised children are also vulnerable to abuse, trafficking, labor exploitation, illness, prostitution, addiction and crime.

As a local social worker, Marissa works closely with grassroots organisations, community leaders and local people to identify where our help can be of the greatest benefit, with the most positive and long-term social change.

You will have the opportunity to learn about the complex social issues of Nepal, its history, its crises and understand the intricacies of social development and knowing how to help effectively. You will also meet the grassroots team that work toward greater opportunities for those in need in Nepal.

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Yoga and Social Work

Yoga and social work are united by the principles of service, humanity, equality, compassion, liberation, openness, understanding and transcending boundaries.

Marissa as a local therapeutic yoga teacher will introduce you to local Nepalese natural therapists and teachers who will share their unique practices and beautiful way of life. 

As a therapist and social worker, every retreat and experience Marissa creates is motivated to help others. For this trip, AUD$50 per person will be donated to providing resources and opportunities for women of Nepal to become independent . Extra contributions are welcome and members are free to raise additional funds, although there is no obligation. 

AUD$5,390 for 2 people ‘share’ ($2,695 each)  Twin or double share for two people  Includes $600 discount for bringing a friend

AUD$5,390 for 2 people ‘share’ ($2,695 each)

Twin or double share for two people

Includes $600 discount for bringing a friend

AUD$2,795 per person x1  Includes $200 saving for booking before 1st July  Save an extra $600AUD when you bring a friend

AUD$2,795 per person x1

Includes $200 saving for booking before 1st July

Save an extra $600AUD when you bring a friend

AUD$2,995 per person x1

AUD$2,995 per person x1


Your perfectly restored rustic Bandipur boutique hotel

Your perfectly restored rustic Bandipur boutique hotel

FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS

21st-28th September 2019.

AUD$2,990pp (approx. USD$2,170) including all taxes. (See currency converter for your country's rate on the booking system.)

A non-refundable deposit of AUD$500pp is required to reserve your place.

If you book and pay your deposit before 1st JAN 2020 and save $200 off a private room with ensuite or save $600 off a twin or double share room with ensuite.

Full payment is required before 1st March 2020. Cancellation fee is 100%. Group numbers are limited to 8 rooms.

Contact Marissa for a full itinerary at marissa@marissanolan.com.

To see reviews of our last trip, please go to: www.facebook.com/gonefarbeyond.

Marissa has been organising international events for over 15 years. Working together with her team you are in very safe hands!

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Nepalese Food As Medicine eCookbook

Just released! Cook the Himalayas at home

Nepalese cuisine is important for vegetarians around the world as it shows you how to have a high protein and iron diet that is also fresh and packed full of vitamins, nutrients, minerals and antioxidants. It is also fast to prepare and incredibly delicious.

  • Learn the medicinal value of ingredients in Nepalese cuisine

  • Learn dishes that you will love to create and share with friends and family

  • Learn how to prepare and store spices, herbs, beans and lentils

  • Learn the secrets of Nepalese cooking for yourself

You can purchase your own copy of the eCookbook here:

Prepare for your next Nepal retreat or discover the tastes sensations of the Himalayas by cooking these Nepalese vegetarian favourites at home. Simply purchase the ebook online below, the fee will be converted to your country’s currency and the ebook will be emailed automatically to you.