Sri LankaPilgrimage 

With Dr. Miles Neale
Nov. 30 - Dec. 13, 2018 (14 days)

By Invitation/Application Only
Space is Limited to 30

From November 30 – December 13, 2019 this enchanting, by invitation only, spiritual pilgrimage takes you to the ancient Buddhist heritage sites of Sri Lanka.

Led by Dr. Miles Neale, contemplative psychotherapist & author of “Gradual Awakening”, this program offers a profound immersion into Sri Lanka’s Buddhist culture, psychology and meditation practices. The island nation of unparalleled beauty welcomes us to explore new frontiers within and without.

Our 14-day adventure features two days in the mountains of Kandy, ten days of excursions in and around the ancient spiritual capital of Anuradhapura located within the “Golden Triangle’, and ends with a relaxing stay on the coast overlooking the Indian Ocean.

Sri Lanaka is a magical Buddhist island filled with ancient history and beauty

Sri Lanaka is a magical Buddhist island filled with ancient history and beauty

Leg One: Kandy (Days 1 & 2)

We begin our journey in the mountains and valleys of Sri Lanka’s interior with the Kandy Samadhi Center as our base. Our charming mountainside retreat is decorated with antique objects and surrounded by lush, tropical spectacular views. Kandy, the last standing kingdom during the colonial era, owes much of its glory to the magnificent Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. After our morning group practice we will take a day excursion to the charming city of Kandy and participate in the local rituals around the temple.

The Colonial City of Kandy and the Temple of the Tooth

The Colonial City of Kandy and the Temple of the Tooth

Leg Two: The Golden Triangle (Days 3-13)

From Kandy we move onwards to Anuradhapura where we settle at the Forest Rock Garden Resort for the next 10 days, a beautiful retreat styled after the city’s ancient heritage architecture. From here, we will conduct the main portion of our program, following a centuries old tradition of venerating eight power places called the “atamasthana” pilgrimage circuit. A comprehensive list of the various sites we will visit is below, ensuring we are kept well engaged and enthralled.

the ancient city of ANARADHAPURA awaits

the ancient city of ANARADHAPURA awaits

Cultural Site Visits Within the ‘Golden Triangle’:

The Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy
Anuradhapura ancient city & lesser known ancient sites
Ruwanweli Seya Stupa
Special Poya Day observance & ceremony at Sri Maha Bodhi Tree
Polonnaruwa ancient citadel
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Pidurangala Rock Monastery
Dambulla cave monastery
Avukana Buddha statue
Ritigala Ancient Forest Monastery
Mihintale monastic site
Medirigiriya Watadage
Kaludiya Pokuna

Mezmorizing rock carvings of polonnowruwa

Mezmorizing rock carvings of polonnowruwa

Service Project and Exotic Coast (Final Day)

Each pilgrimage we endeavor to support a local organization as part of our ethical values as visitors to the beautiful countries that so graciously receive us. This year we will have a service/donation opportunity to support Project Orange Elephant a local NGO ending human-elephant conflict.

At the conclusion, our pilgrimage to Sri Lanka would be incomplete without at least one final day soaking up the sun, sea breeze and surf on the unforgettable India ocean. A perfect way to reflect upon and integrate the karmic virtue of our journey.

Support animal welfare with project orange elephant

Support animal welfare with project orange elephant

Breath taking beaches of Negambo on the Indian Ocean

Breath taking beaches of Negambo on the Indian Ocean

Costs & More Info

Double Occupancy:   $3,575
Single Occupancy:    $4,275

Inclusions

  • 13 nights of accommodations

  • Breakfast & dinners throughout

  • Special welcome & farewell dinners

  • Round trip group airport transfers

  • Tour leader Dr. Neale’s expenses

  • Designated Ayurva wellness coordinator

  • Expert guides & entrance fees to sacred sites

  • Buddhism alms giving donation at two sites

  • Special Ayurva wellness gift per person

  • Eligible for 30 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education

Exclusions

  • Round trip airfare

  • Passport and visa fees

  • Personal expenses and incidentals

  • Wellness and spa treatments available throughout

  • Required medical clearance & travel insurance

  • Tips for guides, hotel staff and other personal services

  • Personal donation to Project Orange Elephant

Cancelation Policy

  • $500 per person nonrefundable deposit at time of reservation/acceptance

  • Balance due no later than Aug 30, 2019 (3 months prior to departure)

  • 50% of trip cost is refunded if you cancel 46 or more days prior to departure

  • No refund 45 days or less to departure

  • No refund during the pilgrimage even if for medical reason, so we require Travel Insurance.

  • On request: extensions for before or after the journey through Ayurva Travel

More information

Please review our pilgrimage brochure and all the links on our accommodations provided below for further details before contacting us with an inquiry. 

After registering and being accepted you may reserve your spot with a non refundable deposit. Afterwards, you will receive a packet of information that includes our detailed itinerary, notes on health and safety, packing recommendations, and suggested reading.

 

1. Registration & Application

 

2. Nonrefundable Deposits & Payments
 

Questions

If you have any questions about payment please contact us at:
awaken@contemplativepsych.org

For all other inquires including details about the pilgrimage, accommodations, pre and post trip extensions, hotel upgrades and spa/wellness packages please contact our Ayurva coordinator Irina Vascun at:
sales@ayurvatraveller.com

Heritage Accommodations During the Pilgrimage

Karunakarala Ayurveda Spa & Resort (Night 1)
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The Tranquil pool and lagoon of Karunakarala Spa 30 min from the airport

The Tranquil pool and lagoon of Karunakarala Spa 30 min from the airport

Kandy Samadhi Center (Nights 2&3)
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BOHEMIAN ATMOSPHERE of the kandy Samadhi center in the Mountains

BOHEMIAN ATMOSPHERE of the kandy Samadhi center in the Mountains

Forest Rock Garden Resort (Nights 4-12)
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The Forest Rock Garden Mirrors the Ancient atmosphere of Anaradhapura

The Forest Rock Garden Mirrors the Ancient atmosphere of Anaradhapura

JetWing Beach Hotel - Negambo (Night 13)
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A day to INDULGE, reflect and integrate at five star Jetwing Beach Hotel, Negambo

A day to INDULGE, reflect and integrate at five star Jetwing Beach Hotel, Negambo

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