Journeys of the Spirit® Newsletter October 31st, 2012

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Dear Friends,

WHAT’S NEW? A Very Brave Young Woman


Malala

Malala is a 14 year old force of nature, shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls’ education and blogging for the BBC. But she’s alive, and so is her dream of education for all girls in Pakistan.

Let’s help her realize it – a UN envoy will deliver the Avaaz.org petition to Pakistani President Zardari in a few days for an expert-backed plan to get girls into school. If her story and bravery resonates with you: Sign the petition now!

I encourage you to read about her and watch the video (you can click on the picture) about how people in Pakistan are reacting to what happened to her. Another good article was written on the BBC website about the same situation.


**FILLING FAST -REGISTER NOW FOR THESE TWO UPCOMING TRIPS!

Bhutan spiritual journey

Reawakening to our Deeper Purpose: Bhutan – Dec 5-20th, 2012. Join author and aikido master Wendy Palmer for this sacred pilgrimage of meditation, chanting, prayer and ceremony – where we expand our consciousness and cultivate the compassion of Buddha within us. This trip is designed in the context of spiritual practice and our intent will be to strengthen our connection to wisdom, energy and compassion. Anyone with a committed and regular practice is welcome to participate.

swim with the wild dolphins

Awakening Your Divine Joy: Wild Dolphin Trip: Bimini, Caribbean – Dec 10-14 & Dec 19-23, 2012. Join Dolphin Whisperer Joe Noonan for an amazing, retreat to beautiful Bimini, Bahamas, in the Caribbean Sea. On this Nature-based retreat, we will be swimming in the vitally alive and healthy waters that surround Bimini, and we will visit pods of wild dolphins in their home, on their terms. Wild dolphins have an almost magical ability to activate us into heightened levels of joy and awakening; most everybody describes the experience as profoundly inspiring and life-changing!


Blessings and love, Sheri Rosenthal

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EVENTS, FREE VIDEO-CLASSES & NEW PROGRAMS!



Awakening Solstice at Willka T’ika: Peru – December 13-24th, 2012

Spiritual Journey Peru Willka T'ika

Join us at Willka T’ika Guesthouse in Peru’s Sacred Valley to celebrate the high energies of 2012 at the winter solstice. This program includes Solstice ceremonies and Andean Christmas celebrations, Cusco, Machu Picchu and many more surprises.

During this transformational journey for conscious sojourners, nurture your spirit and immerse yourself in heartfelt, spiritual offerings on an authentic spiritual Magical Journey along the pathways of Peru’s ancient civilizations.

Experience this celebration of the solstice from your home base at the luxury Willka T’ika Guesthouse in the Sacred Valley. Designed as a modern spiritual and yoga retreat center, Willka T’ika is a true sanctuary, featuring breathtaking gardens and guest cottages built out of earth materials. In addition to your personal exploration and meditation inside each sacred site (Ollantaytampu, Saksaywaman, Moray, Pisac & Machu Picchu), time is set aside for optional hiking through temples and valleys.

Trip cost: $3330.00 USD per person double occupancy. Details for Peru here!

Early registration is CRITICAL for this retreat!
You need to get a flight during holiday season.


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OUR GUEST ARTICLE


Are you living YOUR passion?

I wanted to share with you something that Rev. David Ault wrote regarding something he is very passionate about in life. I find that when people are truly and fully engaged in life they are happier, healthier, and they tend to feel more fulfilled. So I ask you the question – are you living your passion?

International Volunteer Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Behold my passion. My life purpose gained greater clarity when I arrived in Siem Reap, Cambodia in the latter part of January 2004. What started out as a routine sacred site journey turned into a significant part of my life’s calling.

The people who were a part of my tour that year experienced the unforgettable privilege of feeding some of the most destitute souls along the banks of the Tonle Sap Lake in this part of SE Asia.

After careful instruction on what to expect when feeding hundreds of impoverished children, we went to local merchants to purchase appropriate, nourishing food. After clearing out three local street markets of everything they had, the total cost came to a whopping $86 US dollars.

It was there alongside an empty vendor stand that one of life’s defining moments occurred. I realized that even I could do something to create ongoing support for these children who had nothing – a vow that would transform my life.

Volunteer vacation Angkor Wat, Cambodia

It has taken many years, many mistakes and set-backs including Communist interrogation, but the ultimate dream came true when I was approved in 2009 to open up a non-government regulated school within the Siem Reap area.

Since then, donor participation has allowed me the privilege to build two outdoor pavilions, a bathroom, and fresh water well facilities. Serving well over 200 students annually, we teach English, mathematics, native Cambodian music and dance.

We also emphasize life skills and agriculture training along with providing hygiene and medical assistance to the orphaned and disenfranchised children throughout the Siem Reap region. To date we have constructed 23 fresh water wells throughout the neighboring villages with a goal to provide at least a dozen more every year.

I started Khmer Child Foundation, a 501c3 non-profit organization stateside, that aligns with Future Khmer Child – a non-government regulated organization (NGO) in Cambodia, to facilitate the funding of these ongoing programs.

Volunteer travel Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Every year, we outline a goal that will benefit the growing demands of our school. The project for early 2012 is aimed at constructing a sewing center to provide vocational training for young girls as a preventative to the ongoing threats of a growing slave trade market.

Future projects include housing for those who are orphaned as well as meeting our yearly budget which covers school administration, teacher salaries, medical support, food and utilities. Our success is because of your ongoing support in providing these resilient kids a chance for a better now and a brighter future.

Blessings & Love, David Ault
Director, Khmer Child Foundation

If you want to experience something deeply heartfelt and visit the stunning sacred ruins of Angkor Wat – I highly recommend signing up for David’s upcoming Voluntour Journey Jan 23-Feb 2nd, 2013. Details here!


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OUR MENU OF UPCOMING FABULOUS ADVENTURES!

~DELIGHTFUL DECEMBER ADVENTURES~

Guatemala spiritual journey

Skanda Yoga, The Art of Transcendence
Lake Atitlan, Guatemala
Trip Leaders: Ken von Roenn III & Lina Vallejo
December 9-15th, 2012

Peru spiritual journey

Awakening Solstice at Willka T’ika
Peru
Trip Leader: Carol Cumes
December 13-24th, 2012

Bhutan spiritual journey

Reawakening to our Deeper Purpose
Bhutan – FILLING FAST!!
Trip Leader: Wendy Palmer
December 15-21st, 2012

Swim with the dolphins

Awakening Your Divine Joy – Wild Dolphin Trip
Bimini, Caribbean – ONLY A COUPLE OF SPOTS LEFT!
Trip Leader: Joe Noonan
Dec 10-14 & Dec 19-23, 2012

~JANUARY SOJOURNS~

Cambodia Volunteer Journey

Unconditional Love in Action
Siem Reap (Angkor Wat), Cambodia
Trip Leader: Rev David Ault
Jan 23-Feb 2nd, 2013

~REFRESHING FEBRUARY RETREATS~

Peru spiritual journey

A Journey of Light to the Heart of Peru: Machu Picchu & Lake Titicaca
Peru
Trip Leaders: Pat Crosby, Reverend Mel Morishige, Karen Yue
Feb 18th-Mar 2nd, 2013

~SUCCULENT MARCH VOYAGES~

Peru spiritual journey

The South Island & Soul of the Maori: New Zealand
New Zealand
Trip Leader: Sheri Rosenthal
March 2-10th, 2013

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Want to see our whole line-up for the upcoming year?
Visit our Trips at a Glance page.

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