Om in the Himalayas: Finding Peace in the Present at an Ashram-style Retreat in Nepal
Preparing for a chanting circle at the Sadhana Yoga Retreat (Photo: Erica Bray)
My style of travel typically involves adrenaline-inducing adventures. Safaris, scuba diving, spelunking. That sort of thing. So when I signed up for a few weeks at an ashram-like complex in Nepal, I knew that it would be a different sort of adventure. It would be an “inner” adventure.
Instead of relying on diversions in the world around me, I would be penetrating the world within myself.
Silently. Mindfully. Humbly. And holy sh—, that sort of journey can be scary. Scarier than swimming with sharks or flying a plane for the first time — both things I’ve done.
But, what better place to chart an inner adventure than the birthplace of Buddha? Surely, his legacy is so much a part of Nepal’s landscape that it would cradle such an intimate odyssey.
Overlooking Lake Fewa (Photo: Erica Bray)
The Sadhana Yoga Retreat’s swing (Photo: Erica Bray)
My sanctuary was the Sadhana Yoga Retreat. Tucked into the foothills of the Himalayas, the ashram-style compound is perched on a hill overlooking the lakeside community of Pokhara. Getting there required a flight to Kathmandu, a seven-hour bus ride, a very bumpy taxi ride, and then a steep climb on foot to the top of a hill. It’s a sweaty, arduous trek with immense reward.