Journey to God’s Country: Discover the Magic of Kerala
Immerse Yourself in Traditional Ayurveda
October 18-31, 2019
THIS TRIP IS FULL. PLEASE EMAIL ME FOR THE 2020 TRIP
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 shared with bright and curious individuals exploring together the magic of Kerala, including tastings, cooking, Ayurvedic spa treatments, nature walks, lively interactions with local people, serenity and beauty everywhere.
Our group is kept small, 10 or under, in order to encourage meaningful experiences and interaction with local communities. We stay at boutique hotels committed to sustainbale practices, and experience traditional culture traditionaly. Food is healthy, vegetarian, mostly organic, seasonal and locally sourced. Vegan meals can be arranged. Yoga and mediation can be offered daily.
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: Backwaters on the famed Kerala Houseboats: Morning Yoga, Backwater Tours, Afternoon Rest/Meditation, Delicious Fresh Meals, floating in style in the “Venice of the East.”
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: $3600
14 days all inclusive: all lodging shared accommodation, all transport including airport arrival pick up, Ayurvedic treatments + practices, Ayurvedic teachings for your daily life, cooking classes, dance and cultural performances, excursions, and except lunches in Periyar and in Cochin all meals – delicious, sumptuous, locally sourced Kerala cuisine!
If you are registered my Ayurveda Integrative Nutrition Coach Training at any level, you get $300 savings!
*** Single accommodation can be arranged for extra. Please email me for details.
Pakoras in Kerala: Did you know pakoras are made of mung bean flour? Making them arguably a healthy snack? Watch my video of the Executive Chef at Serenity Hotel teaching guests to make the most delicious pakoras.
Cardamom Queen: Why is cardamom called the Queen of Spice? Watch my 1 minute video shot at Spice Village and learn about this popular Ayurvedic “sweet spice.”
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.
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.
Travelling with Laura is incredible! We were loved and supported the entire time. We felt so lucky and blessed!
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!