Journeys of the Spirit® Newsletter September 10th, 2014
WHAT’S NEW? The Path to Love – A Spiritual Retreat to Kerala India!
We invite you to journey with us on a spiritual retreat
to sacred territory of the Divine Feminine.
On the Southern tip of India is a place where
the Hindu goddess Kanya Devi once meditated.
Kerala India October 9-18th, 2014
This is our place of pilgrimage where we look to deepen our connection with the divine feminine within & meditate in her presence without. Drawing upon her loving energy as she helps us release the rigidity of our minds and hearts.
During this spiritual retreat, deep healing and nourishment is our intention for you – mind, body and spirit. For the full 10 days five star Ayurvedic resorts is the home in India that we offer you. There will be opportunities for you to take part in yoga, meditation, massage, spiritual teachings and Ayurvedic meals. We intend for you to come back completely rejuvenated.
Throughout this retreat an spiritual teacher Hema Vyas and Lisa Tully will be present. Encouraging you to gently open the petals of your heart, so real lasting change can begin.
Lisa also has a FREE GIFT for all of you – a lovely guided meditation that you can listen to or download! And if you are interested in the journey please email me and I’ll have Lisa get in touch with you. 🙂
Blessings and love, Sheri Rosenthal
Mastering the Buddha Nature Within, Bhutan
Dec 7-18th, 2014 – REGISTRATION IS NOW!
Not many people have actually heard about Bhutan – Land of the Thunder Dragon, or even know where it is located. For many years this little country about the size of Switzerland has been off limits of foreigners. You must realize that Bhutan is not like any place you are likely to travel to. The people are Tantric Buddhists who have a Shamanistic background called Bon – and a fantastic history filled with legends and mythology.
Everyone who visits is touched in the most astonishing ways, by the landscape, the heart of the people, and their philosophies. By the time we leave, the experience will have opened your heart in a manner that that is totally unexpected. Author Sheri Rosenthal and Lisa Tully invite you to join them on this magical and sacred pilgrimage – through meditation, chanting, prayer and ceremony we will expand our consciousness and cultivate the compassion and loving-kindness of Buddha within.
This trip is designed to strengthen your connection to your inner wisdom, love, and compassion. In this challenging world of ours learning to put the Buddha’s teachings into practice (in the most practical of ways!) is the focus of our group time together.
You’ll have the opportunity to spend a day at the Druk Wangyal Festival. Held at the Dochula Pass which is an incredibly scenic location – you’ll have a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range – simply stunning! You’ll also spend time visiting the very rare and endangered Black Necked Cranes in Phobjikha. And as a special gift, a Lama will be preparing a prayer and blessing ceremony just for us. We also suggest honoring your body after our pilgrimage to Tiger’s Nest with a visit to the spa at the 5 star Zhiwa Ling hotel (the last 2 days of our journey).
Trip tuition: $5599 USD per person double occupancy, all meals, and your flight from Bangkok to Paro is included (~$850 USD)!
7 Natural Remedies You Shouldn’t Travel Without!
As a naturopath, travel-junkie and a leader of wellness retreats in the Himalayas, I am frequently asked by friends and clients alike, how to stay healthy when traveling in far-flung destinations. Here are some of my all-time favorite natural travel medicines that have earned their place in my first-aid kit many times over…
1) Tea Tree Oil
This natural essential oil from Australia is absolutely indispensable. Antiseptic, anti-fungal, and anti-viral, this is a go-to remedy for any kind of cut or wound where infection is possible. It can also be used for fungal skin conditions like Athlete’s foot, thrush and fungal nail infections. A couple of drops in warm water can be gargled for sore throats and mouth ulcers too. A drop or two rubbed into the hands can work as a natural hand sanitizer. (People with sensitive skin may want to add it to a moisturizer or base cream rather than applying it neat).
2) Homoeopathic Melatonin
Melatonin is a hormone produced in our brains to help regulate our sleeping patterns. The natural homeopathic form of melatonin is a great remedy for jet lag, often drastically reducing the number of days needed to return to a normal sleeping pattern after crossing time zones. Some people swear by it for general insomnia too.
Travel can potentially be quite taxing to the immune system. New climates, different time zones, interrupted sleep and all those folks coughing away on planes can challenge your immune system and lead to colds or flu. Echinacea is an herb that can boost the body’s own infection fighters: the white blood cells. Taking Echinacea a few weeks before, during and after your trip will keep your body fighting strong.
4) Saccharomyces Boulardii
This almost un-pronounceable natural yeast is an excellent anti-dote to every vacationer’s worst nightmare: traveler’s diarrhea. It works by preventing food-borne pathogens from being able to adhere to the digestive tract, and encouraging defensive “pro-biotic” bacteria to proliferate. It can be taken a few days before and during a trip to help prevent out-breaks, or at an increased dosage during acute attacks.
5) Papaya Ointment
A natural ointment made from the tropical papaya fruit, this is not only a great lip balm, but can be used effectively for insect bites, sunburn, chafing, rashes, callouses, minor burns and dry skin.
6) Ginger Tablets
If you are one of those unfortunate people who suffer from motion sickness, then ginger tablets could be your new best friend. Ginger has a natural anti-nausea effect and can be taken half-an-hour before long boat, bus or plane journeys to settle your stomach.
7) Nux Vomica
Last but not least, this little remedy lives in my purse during a night on the town. Nux Vomica is a homeopathic remedy indicated for “over-indulgence in rich food or drink”. When you’ve hit the pina coladas or the all-you-can-eat buffet too hard, Nux Vomica can help reduce hangover headaches, indigestion, bloating, nausea and irritability.
Of course, the above information is to be used as a guide only. Speak to your naturopath or nutritionist about specific dosages and remedies, and it is important to always seek travel health advice from a travel medical clinic before any overseas adventure.
Bon Voyage, blessings & love, Sharee James
Sharee is an incredible wealth of information and I highly recommend her upcoming trip to Nepal: Kindfulness – a Healing Retreat in the Himalayas: Oct 22-31st, 2014.
Sharee James, has been leading tours in the Himalayas of Nepal for the past 4 years. Trained as a naturopath, yoga teacher, pranic healer and massage therapist, Sharee caught the travel bug in her early twenties and spent 6 years traveling the world on her own.
Out of the 20 countries that she visited on her travels, the spirituality, fascinating culture and ancient healing traditions of Nepal captured her heart and drew her back again and again.
OUR UPCOMING JOURNEYS
~SOUL-STIRRING SEPTEMBER SOJOURNS~
Transcend-Transform-Thrive Women’s Retreat
Trip Leader: Lauretta Zucchetti
September 20-27, 2014
The Heart Wisdom of Whales & Wild Dolphins
Trip Leader: Anne Gordon de Barrigón
Sept 28-Oct 3, 2014
The Spirit of the Ancient Etruscans
Trip Leaders: Cameron + Glenn Broughton
Sept 25-Oct 2, 2014 – Pre & Post trip extensions to Venice + Florence
~BOLD OCTOBER EXPEDITIONS~
Awaken your Creative Spirit Through Art, Ceremony & Meditation
Trip Leader: Carol Cumes + Jill Segal
October 15-25th, 2014
Unleashing Your Power, Purpose & Audacious Success!
Trip Leader: Sheri Rosenthal
Oct 22-26th, 2014 (DATE CHANGE!)
Kindfulness – a Healing Retreat in the Himalayas
Trip Leader: Sharee James
October 22-31st, 2014
~NOURISHING NOVEMBER RETREATS~
Take Your Power Back Now! Women’s Retreat
Trip Leaders: Vanessa Simpkins + Melissa Macky
Nov 9-16th, 2014
Want to see our whole line-up for the upcoming year?
Visit our Trips at a Glance page.