Journey to God’s Country: Discover the Magic of Kerala
Immerse Yourself in Traditional Ayurveda
October 18-31, 2019
Considered the “home of Ayurveda,” Kerala is also called God’s country for its lush and extraordinary beauty. A place where for centuries international traders have sought its prized spices, Kerala is a culture of rich diversity, sophistication and color and its people are warm, wise and welcoming.
Our trip begins at a traditional Ayurvedic center right on the beach where you will be oiled, nourished, pampered and rejuvenated. You will be offered Yoga classes, ocean swims, classes with Ayurvedic doctors, nature walks and temple visits.
From there we head to the famed ghats, where we wander through herbal forests where true medicine grows on trees and vines, visit spice plantations and the local women who prepare the spices and herbs for Ayurvedic formulations. There you will have nightly cooking classes from Ayurvedic chefs, hike through a tropical jungle wildlife preserve, and enjoy cultural performances.
We will spend two nights on houseboats on the serene Backwaters, by day floating on these beautiful waters and canals where people have lived and farmed since what seems like time immemorial.
Our final days will be in Fort Cochin, on the Malabar coast. Thanks to the spice trade, Cochin has received traders and merchants from China, Europe and the Middle East over its history and it shows in its architecture, art, and cuisine. In Cochin we will tour the historic quarters, allowing time for shopping, art galleries and museums. We will have lunch on the water, and a celebratory cultural dinner on our final night.
All the while, you will be accompanied by Ayurvedic practitioner Laura Plumb, author of Ayurveda Cooking For Beginners, who will be holding classes and sharing inspiration as we travel. We will meet wise guides, Ayurvedic experts and cultural historians.
This promises to be a rich and vibrant experience with a small group of bright and inspiring individuals exploring the magic of Kerala.
October 18-23: Manaltheeram Ayurvedic Resort Hospital & Research Center: Ayurvedic Treatments, Clinic Activities, Ayurveda Classes, Quiet Time for Nature or Cultural Visits, Daily Group Engagement.
October 23-27: Spice Village, Periyar Highlands: Morning Yoga, Daily Ayurveda Classes, Ayurveda Cooking Classes with Spice Village Chefs, Spice Plantation Tour, Excursions Offered by Ecolodge.
October 27-29: Kerala Backwaters: Morning Yoga, Backwater Tours, Afternoon Rest/Ayurveda Treatments/Meditation.
October 29-31: Malabar House, Fort Cochin: Visit Historic Fort Cochin, Shopping, Kerala Celebration Dinner.
October 31: Depart for Home or Extend Your Tour
Trip Price: $3200 | AIN Students: $2900
14 days all inclusive: lodging, meals, transport, Ayurvedic treatments + practices and teachings on Ayurveda
Laura, we all miss you so much. The yatra with you was surely magical and I can’t find the words to express the pure joy we experienced and are still experiencing. Our hearts are filled with new wisdom, and of course a beautiful new yoga practice.
We are overwhelmed with gratitude, a big heartfelt thank you. From start to finish it was the most wonderful life changing experience, just everything was perfect. We feel so blessed.Janice
The trip to India with Laura changed my life. I learned so much, met great people who are now life long friends, and felt my heart expand beyond what I ever imagined. Thanks to this trip my life now is a daily expression of love. I wish everyone could have this high, holy extraordinary experience.Mary
Travelling with Laura is incredible! We were loved and supported the entire time. We felt so lucky and blessed!Rob
I learned so much on my trip to India with Laura. She is so intelligent, knows so much about the culture and has a love for the history and traditions which makes every experience a “peak.” I would do it all again!Linda