Sri LankaPilgrimage 

With Dr. Miles Neale with Special Guests
Nov. 30 - Dec. 13, 2019 (13 days)

By Application Only
Space is Limited

A Welcome message from Miles about pilgrimage and what makes this journey to Sri Lanka so unique.

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

Led by Dr. Miles Neale, contemplative psychotherapist & author of “Gradual Awakening”, along with special guests, 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 13-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 “Cultural 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)

TO VIEW OUR DETAILED DAILY ITINERARY HERE.

After a welcome night stay at Karunakarala Resort, 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 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 two days to explore various temples, the charming city of Kandy and participate in the local rituals around the iconic Temple of the Tooth, which houses a relic of the Buddha.

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 these eight and several other 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 ‘Cultural Triangle’:

Atamasthana (8 Sacred Sites Circuit)
Special Poya Day observance & ceremony at Sri Maha Bodhi Tree
Ruwanweli Seya Stupa
Thupayamara
Lovamahapaya
Abhayagiriya
Jetavanaramaya
Mirisavetiya
Lankaramaya
The Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic in Kandy
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 or community as part of our ethical values as visitors to the beautiful countries we visit and the people that so graciously receive us. Our service/donation opportunity remains TBD but we hope to support the Bhikkhunis (Buddhist nuns) of Sri Lanka, who have only recently revived the lineage of women’s monastic ordination after a thousand year period.

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 Indian Ocean. A perfect way to reflect upon and integrate the karmic virtue of our journey.

Our partner Ayurva Traveller, an award winning local wellness operation, will be on the ground every step of our pilgrimage to ensure we are comfortable. They are available to assist with pre- and post pilgrimage travel arrangements as well as any additional needs you may have.

Bhikkhuni Kusuma, Responsible for reviving the lineage of womens ordination in Sri Lanka

Bhikkhuni Kusuma, Responsible for reviving the lineage of womens ordination in Sri Lanka

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 20 hours of Yoga Alliance Continuing Education

Exclusions

  • Round trip international 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

Payment Schedule

  • Enrollment opens April 15, 2019

  • Applications reviewed April until program fills

  • $500 nonrefundable deposits requested by June 1, 2019

  • For deposits after June 1, 2019 contact us.

  • 50% balance due August 15, 2019

  • Final payment due September 15, 2019

Cancelation Policy

  • $500 per person nonrefundable deposit due June 1, 2019.

  • Second payment due by August 15, and final payment due by September 15, 2019 (approximately three months prior to departure).

  • 50% of trip cost (minus deposit) is refunded if you cancel via email 46 days or more prior to departure (so before October 15, 2019).

  • No refund 45 days or less prior to departure (so October 16, 2019 onwards).

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

  • On request: extensions for pre- and post pilgrimage accommodations and activities in Sri Lanka available through Ayurva Traveller.

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. 

If you are eager to know more about the sacred sites, Buddhist history, and terrain of Sri Lanka, we highly recommend this website and book Sacred Island by Ven. Dhammika. The website is extensive and each sacred site listed is hyperlinked to detailed commentary.

Priority on this pilgrimage is given to participants of the Contemplative Studies Program led by Miles, a two year online exploration of the gradual path (lam rim) of Tibetan Buddhism integrated with perspectives from neuropsychology.

After registering, being accepted, and paying your deposit you will receive a packet of information that includes our detailed itinerary, notes on health and safety, packing recommendations, and suggested reading. There will be one pre-departure orientation session via video conference call to help the group prepare for the journey.

 

Detailed Daily Itinerary

 

Browse our Brochure

 

Step 1. Registration & Application

 

Step 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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