Cambodia 

Yoga Retreat and Cultural Expedition with:

Margit McNaughton and Rick Castiglione

March 28 – April 7, 2019

 

March 28 – Arrival Phnom Penh, Cambodia

  • Welcome to Cambodia. Airport Pickup and greeting from Rick Castiglione who will get you to your hotel. Depending on your arrival time, we will endeavour to do a session of post-flight yoga beside the rooftop pool.

    • Accommodation: Okay Boutique Hotel or similar (Breakfast)

 

March 29 – Phnom Penh 

  • We begin our self-care journey with a morning yoga class, followed by an exploration of the city of Phnom Penh and surrounding area - seeing the Napoleon III Pavilion made from iron, a gift from the French emperor in the 19th century and continue to the Silver Pagoda.

  • Touring and shopping at the Central Market (Phsa Thmey), located in a unique art deco building, constructed in 1935. It’s a Phnom Penh landmark.

  • End the day with a bit of yoga beside the rooftop pool!

    • Accommodation:  Okay (Awesome) Boutique Hotel or similar (Breakfast)

 

March 30 – Mekong River - Kampong Cham

  • Today we will travel on a private boat up the Mekong River (or by private bus, depending on river and weather conditions) from Phnom Penh to the city of Kampong Cham. We will arrive at Hanchey Bamboo Retreat, a community run lodge and yoga/meditation retreat centre in a rural area beside the river.

    • Accommodation: Hanchey Bamboo Retreat – Private Bungalows - (Breakfast)

 

 March 31, April 1, 2 – Kampong Cham – Yoga and Meditation Retreat

  • 3 days of Yoga and Meditation Retreat beside the famous Mekong River.​

  • Accommodation: Hanchey Bamboo Resort – Private Bungalows  - (Breakfast).

 

April 3 – Kampong Cham to Siem Reap

  • Today we travel north, by private bus, through the Cambodia countryside, to Siem Reap, stopping at villages along the way and experiencing a relaxing yoga practice upon our arrival at the ancient centre of Khmer society. We will be staying at the beautiful Sakmut Boutique Hotel and spa and experiencing yoga, outdoors on the pool deck.

    • Accommodation: Sakmut Boutique Hotel or similar (Breakfast)

 

 April 4, 5– The Temples of Angkor

  • For the next 2 days we will explore and practice yoga around the ancient temples and civilization of Angkor.

 

We will start at the south gate of Angkor Thom with English Speaking Guide, visit Bayon Templelocated at the centre of Angkor Thom City. It is known for the 216 giant mysterious faces carve on the 54 towers, each posing a differing mysterious smile, keeping watch of each compass point. On the walls of the galleries are many bas-reliefs depicting scenes of everyday life, great battles and military processions during Angkor period and Phimean Akas, Baphuon,Elephant and Leper King Terraces.

 

In the afternoon we will visit one of the most popular temples of the Angkor Complex - Ta Prohm Temple. Like the Preah Khan, this Temple was built in the memory of the King Jayavarman VII’s mother. When found by the French conservators at the end of the 19th century, they deliberately left this temple in the same condition as it was discovered. 

 

Finally , we explore the intricately carved Khmer ruins at Angkor Wat Temple, and surrounding sites. This is the largest temple complex in the world, a marvel of art and architecture, both Hindu and Buddhist. 

 

Angkor Wat is considered to be one of the 7 Wonders of The World. It is one of the largest religious monuments in the world. It was originally constructed as a Hindu temple dedicated to the god Vishnu for the Khmer Empire, gradually transforming into a Buddhist temple towards the end of the 12th century.  Angkor Wat, the largest monument of the Angkor group and the best preserved, is an architectural masterpiece. Its perfection in composition, balance, proportions, relief's and sculpture make it one of the finest monuments in the world.

Wat is the Khmer name for temple, which was probably added to "Angkor "when it became a Theravada Buddhist monument. After 1432 when the capital moved to Phnom Penh, Angkor Wat was cared for by Buddhist monks. 

Imagine practicing Yoga around these temples!

 

      

April 6– The people and culture of rural Cambodia.

 

After our morning yoga we will explore more of todays culture of rural Cambodia. 

 

  • We will take a tripwith an English Speaking Guideon a cart drawn by oxen, allowing you to conveniently explore the countryside and the country’s ancient civilization.Then we will visit the on by private wooden boat. Cambodia’s Great Lake is one of the geographical wonders of the world. After lunch we’ll tour the where they grow silk worms and make silk and we’ll visit , where you’ll see demonstrations of traditional Cambodian craft making.

 

April 7 –  Yoga Sunrise Over Angkor! A final and spectacular morning with ‘Sunrise Yoga’!  

 Angkor Wat, never fails to amaze anyone who visits her. Her strong sense of spiritual and mystical            captivation, a mixture of fear and endless imagination, leaves most who visit her – in awe. 

 Angkor Wat at her best- in spiritual peace. This session aims to reconnect your mind body and breath, and    allows you to find a space for self discovery.

 

The journey starts with a 40min of basic Pranayama (breathing technique) and gentle yoga asanas. This part helps you create breath awareness, build mental focus and stretch your tired muscles and tight joints. The body will then feels more open and enable you to sit at ease for the meditation.

The last 20min will be a meditation session guided by a monk. A unique spiritual experience aiming at self discovery by giving you a chance to create more peace, love and compassion to yourself and everyone around you. Your journey will end with a simple monk blessing ceremony to. wish you Bliss and wellness.

 

Depart – Siem Reap International Airport

 

Included:

  • Yoga class tuition with Margit

  • All accommodation and breakfasts.

  • All transportation within Cambodia

  • Entrance permits to Angkor Temples

 

Not included: 

  • Flights

  • Items of a personal nature (laundry, souvenirs, etc.).

  • Meals, while in Cambodia, other than breakfast which is included with the accommodation.

  • Tips for drivers/hotel service people etc.

  • Travel/Health insurance

 

Contact us for more information and to reserve a spot!

Rick Castiglione

Expedition Leader

Email: cielopictures@gmail.com        

Cell: 403 540 3545

 

Margit McNaughton

Yoga Team Leader

Email: margit.yogini@gmail.com

Phone: 403 931 3649

Cell: 403 829 0961