My passion for Nepal, particularly Kathmandu Valley, began twenty years ago when I traveled to Nepal and India for graduate studies fieldwork on tantric Buddhism and Hinduism. The sights, sounds, flavors, customs and people left an indelible imprint on my psyche. The breadth of the cultural differences of the East and West was riveting! Since then, I have led pilgrimage tours for small groups and individuals offering unique itineraries, introducing many to their first-time journeys to Asia.
My pilgrimage tours are designed for those curious about the spiritual and ritualistic practices, art, architecture and folklore of Nepal. They are also designed for participants seeking to embark on a spiritual path and for those with intentions to deepen their practices. My contacts include: Rinpoches of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, village shamans, living manifestations of the goddess (including indigenous Devis/healers and the kumaris
or virgin goddesses), a world-renowned master dancer and teacher of traditional Newari Charya dance, a master sound healer, Ayurvedic body workers, art gallery curators of the art and crafts of Kathmandu Valley, university professors and tour operators who offer exciting excursions for those who want to extend their stay. It gives me the greatest pleasure to share with participants this amazing, exotic culture and beautiful Himalayan mountainous atmosphere. One cannot help but feel transported into a magical realm. Many comment they feel like they are walking in a numinous, mythic dream-like landscape. I hope you will consider joining me on a tour that some consider 'a journey of a lifetime'!
—Yana Castle, PhD, Tour Leader