A journey of initiation into the heart of Himalaya

A Journey of Initiation into the Heart of the Himalaya with Leonie Blackwell

Your Trip


This journey of self-discovery, will introduce you to the very heart of Tibetan traditions. Your stay will include a shamanic session, astrological consultation and a meeting with a Tibetan doctor of the ancient Himalayan culture.

During this trip you will encounter the Tibetan community and learn the customs of the local population through organized activities.

Breathtaking landscapes and authentic encounters will be waiting for you in this journey into the heart of the Himalaya.

Highlights :

  • Meet a shaman and participate in a Tibetan shamanic ritual.
  • Make your own tsa-tsa to purify all negative energies.
  • Participate in a breathtaking festival organized by Dhak Thok monastery.
  • Discover Tibetan traditional medicine and astrology.
  • Visit Tibetan Children’s Village School.
  • Be supported by the experience of Omalaya Travel’s friendly and caring guidance.

Inner Secrets Sessions
Beginning on Day 3 and concluding on Day 11 I will run a one hour session each morning. It explores my Box of Inner Secrets – how and why it works – and concludes with a group tapping. The purpose of these sessions is to inform and empower you to peel away the layers of unproductive emotional responses to enable you to unlock your most powerful self and become clear about how you want to live your life. Being in a supportive environment and away from the busyness of your daily life, it is a wonderful time to focus on you and release old patterns and hurts that are no longer serving you. The Resolution and Empowering Tapping Scripts are gentle yet powerful in enabling your brain to disconnect from the hamster wheel of repeating thoughts and themes that limit and restrict your interpretations, motivations and choices each day. I will help you gain the most out of your use of the Box of Inner Secrets and highly recommend you bring your copy with you. There will be time for you to reflect and dive deeper into your inner world to fully release aspects of your life you no longer wish to support.

Create Your Greatness
I will run three one and a half hour sessions on Days 4, 7 and 10. These are filled with activities and opportunities for self-reflection to assist you in identifying who you really are, what matters most to you and how you can express more of all of that in your daily life. Each session will have at least one group tapping, if not two.

The transformation possible from all sessions includes:

  • Resolving fears related to worth, respect, support, safety, security, belonging, approval and being loved, accepted and important
  • Freeing yourself from your limitations
  • Identifying your true self and asking you to commit to honoring it
  • An invitation to allow yourself to shine

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Day 1

Tuesday 16th of July 2019

Home. Delhi.

Arrival at India’s capital, Delhi, and transfer to the hotel for your first night.

Day 2

Wednesday 17th of July 2019

Delhi. Leh.

The early flight from Delhi to Ladakh, “Little Tibet”, will be a spectacular experience overlooking the Himalaya. Ladakh, located on the northern tip of India, is nestled between two of the highest mountain ranges in the world- the Karakoram and the Himalaya.

This will be a day to acclimatize to the altitude and rest; enjoying the sun and the breathtaking beauty of the Himalayan landscapes.

Day 3

Thursday 18th of July 2019

Leh. Tsemo.

To start the day, you will attend your first session  called “Leonie’s Inner Secrets” conducted by Leonie Blackwell. In the morning, you will explore the heritage of old Leh, with its maze of alleyways and hidden temples.

Leh-Tsemo-monastery

At Tsemo Temple, which overlooks Leh and houses powerful deities, you will undergo the first initiatory experience of your trip – participating in a monastic protection ritual, in an environment of trust that will allow you to overcome your fears and suffering.

In the afternoon, your guide will take you to meet an amchi, doctor of Tibetan medicine, for a holistic consultation. There you will discover the benefits of this 2,500-year-old science, which restores mental and physical balance via natural remedies.

The group will be able to choose between an amchi consultation and an astrological consultation.

Day 4

Friday 19th of July 2019

Leh. Choglamsar.

After your morning inner secrets work with Leonie, you will visit the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) school. Opened in 1960 and placed under the guidance of the elder sister of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, its aim was to house and educate 51 children of Tibetan refugees in India. Today there are several establishments ranging from North to South India with over 17,000 students from all backgrounds.

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A school dedicated to the preservation of Tibetan identity, TCV transmits Tibetan values, beliefs, and culture. During this joyful experience you will be surrounded by children. You can join them in their activities and admire their innocent curiosity. Omalaya Travel is proud to support the children at TCV by creating a difference in their quality of life through various charitable activities.

In the afternoon, you will have another amchi or astrological consultation.

In the evening, you will have another session with Leonie, called “Create your Greatness”.

Day 5

Saturday 20th of July 2019

Leh. Choglamsar.

After your morning session with Leonie, you will attend a shamanic session with a Lhamo, which is a very intense experience! Lhamos are powerful healers, widely consulted across the Himalaya. After a series of purification rituals, the Lhamo will enter into a trance and connect with the deities, thus creating a sacred space for healing and divination, during which you will be invited to ask simple and direct questions.

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You will then visit the family home of Tashi; Omalaya Travel’s co founder, where you will stay for lunch.
This lunch will be enjoyed with the family and will provide an opportunity for sharing and discussion.

Then, you will learn how to print Tibetan prayer flags. Tashi’s father, a veteran artist, uses a unique printing block that has been passed down through the generations. Later, you will be invited to hang the flags in the wind as offerings for the happiness of all beings.

Day 6

Sunday 21th of July 2019

Thiksey. Choglamsar.

You will start your day with a ‘Leonie’s Inner Secrets’ session.

Thereafter, you will visit Thiksey Monastery which is perched on a rock-strewn hill and resembles the Potala in the Tibetan capital Lhasa. The monastery houses a huge statue of the Maitreya Buddha, the purity of whose gaze invites reflection and silent meditation. This majestically perched monastic complex dominates the Indus River and houses an impressive statue of the future Buddha.

Thiksey monastery

In the afternoon, a tsa-tsa making workshop will be arranged for you. Tsa-tsa is a sacred form of Tibetan Buddhist art, using various materials such as hydrostone, plaster or clay, into which a holy image is imprinted. Performed for hundreds of years as part of a meditation practice, tsa-tsa serves as a blessed object to which the devotees make offerings and pay homage. You will have an opportunity to make your own tsa-tsa with an image that generates a good karma for your personality, be it an image of Tara, Buddha, or other deity.

Once brought home and placed in a protected place, this special souvenir will purify all negative energies and will nostalgically remind you of your Indo-Tibetan adventure.

Day 7

Monday 22nd of July 2019

Leh.

You will start your day with a session with Leonie.

Then you will attend the Dak Thok festival. Sometimes called Takthog, this event takes place in a pair of cave-shrines where, in the 8th century, Guru Padmasambhava used to meditate. During the festival, the place is filled by Lamas and monks dancing, acting and singing to give life to spiritual scenes from religious texts. All these demonstrations are highlighted by the music and sounds of traditional instruments.

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In the evening, you will have another Create Your Greatness session with Leonie.

Day 8

Tuesday 23rd of July 2019

Alchi. Timosgam.

After your Leonie’s Inner Secret session, you will visit the site of Alchi, a gem along the Indus River. One of the most revered rivers of India, the Indus has its source in Mount Kailash, Tibet. The oasis of Alchi, one of the oldest sites of Ladakh, is the paramount location for Indo-Tibetan art. Its splendid temples erected in the plain are home to frescoes and sculptures created by artists from Kashmir. Dating from the 12th century, Alchi is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Alchi village

In the afternoon you will explore this lush oasis starting with a walk through the maze of pedestrian streets in the village of Alchi, visiting its hidden temples and the

ancient stupas worshipped by locals. You may be lucky enough to see the orchards of fruit trees lining the riverbanks under the blue sky and sunshine of Ladakh.

Later, travel onward to the charming village of Tingmosgang where you will spend the night.

Day 9

Wednesday 24th of July 2019

Lamayuru.

Start your day with an outdoor Leonie’s Inner Secret session surrounded by nature.

Later, visit to the moonscapes of Lamayuru and its tenth-century monastery that will enchant you. This magnificent structure overlooks an ancient dry lake and dominates the village in the valley below. You will be welcomed by a yogi who will demonstrate the spiritual practice of chod – a ritual to reduce attachment to the ego and its negative influences, and reveal a glimpse of one’s true nature.

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You will have a late afternoon drive to Tingmosgang for an overnight stay. You will visit a local traditional Ladakhi home where music, dance and Chang (local beer) will take place.

Day 10

Thursday 25th of July 2019

Timosgam. Leh.

After your Inner Secrets morning session, you will start today’s adventure by meeting Tingmosgang nuns. They will provide a tour of their nunnery and you will witness scenes of their daily life, including prayers. This moment is a highlight of your trip thanks to the exceptional hospitality of the nuns.

Omalaya Travel feels a special connection with the residents of the Tingmosgang nunnery and has for the last several years endeavored to support them through various contributions and projects. The Omalaya Travel team has assisted the nuns with the construction of a new kitchen and provided them with

beds, blankets and warm clothes for the very difficult and long winter seasons.

Afterwards, you will travel back to Leh where you will be free to pursue your own activities. Leonie’s program will follow in the evening.

Day 11

Friday 26th of July 2019

Timosgam. Leh.

In the morning, you will learn how to make incense with the locals. Incense plays a major role in Tibetan Buddhism. It is said that the Buddha himself developed recipes that were passed down from generation to generation and used as a tool for meditation and healing. Tibetans use incense to re-balance the wind energy, one of the three energies that governs our body and mind. This experience will be an opportunity for you to discover the role and benefits of this tool in improving your health.

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Upon your arrival back to Leh, you will have an opportunity to explore the Himalayan capital, and make any remaining shopping before your return to Delhi.

Tonight the Omalaya Travel team will put together a farewell dinner. This will be a fun and relaxing time spent over Indian delicacies.

Day 12

Saturday 27th of July 2019

Leh. Delhi. Agra.

Today you will leave Ladakh by plane and catch a taxi from New Delhi to Agra city.

You will visit the back side of Taj Mahal before reaching your hotel.

Day 13

Sunday 28th of July 2019

Agra. Delhi.

Today you will visit the Taj Mahal. This bright white marble mausoleum stands in a huge garden on the right bank of the Yamuna River. It was built at the request of the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to immortalize his love for his wife Mumtaz.

Renowned for its perfection, harmony, symmetry and aesthetics, you will discover one of the seven wonders of the world and one of the greatest architectural jewels of Indo-Muslim art.

Day 14

Monday 29th of July 2019

Delhi. Home.

You will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.


Your Guide


Leonie Blackwell is a passionate Naturopath specialising in emotional wellbeing. A diagnosis of Human Seminal Plasma Hypersensitivity at the age of 24 sparked an extraordinary journey of self-discovery and self-healing both on the physical and spiritual level.

As the author of Making Sense of the Insensible, Leonie now provides personal development coaching to over two thousand clients and is an advocate of natural remedies as a healing modality.

As a woman of remarkable courage and determination, Leonie displays compassionate wisdom that can only come from personal experience and triumph.

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Details


Date


From 16th to 29th, July 2019


Price


2 432 AUD


The Price Includes


  • Accommodation in a double room throughout the itinerary.
  • Full board throughout your stay in Ladakh.
  • Breakfasts in Delhi.
  • Round-trip flights between Delhi and Leh.
  • The assistance of an English-speaking guide throughout the trip.
  • All transfers to/from airport and accommodation.
  • All transportation throughout the itinerary.
  • Entry fees to all sites mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Visitor permits to certain regions of Ladakh with restricted entry.

The Price Excludes


  • International flights to/from Delhi.
  • Visa fees (it is your responsibility to obtain your own visa prior to arrival).
  • Cancellation/travel insurance.
  • Beverages.
  • Meals in Delhi (except breakfasts).
  • Tips for guides and drivers.
  • Donations.

Accommodation


  • 2 nights in a 5* hotel in Delhi.
  • 8 nights in a guest house in Leh.
  • 2 nights in a 2* hotel in Tingmosgang.
  • 1 night in a 5* hotel in Agra.

Transport


  • By plane between Delhi and Leh.
  • In a comfortable SUV taxi in Ladakh.

Further Information


  • This itinerary may be subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen events.
  • Because the shaman and the Tibetan doctor are also active community figures, there may be times when the itinerary will be altered to accommodate their community obligations.

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