Innersearch Sri Lanka 2019: March 14 - 29
Over the years the Academy has conducted some really special travel-study programs called Innersearch. The 1967 Actinic’s World Tour was our first Innersearch, when Satguru Sivaya Subramuniyaswami led a group of monks and spiritual aspirants to ten countries in Europe and North Africa, writing his “Yoga Letters” along the way and holding a yoga conference in Holland. Since then, over twenty Innersearch programs have been held.
Our next program will be a two-week journey to northern Sri Lanka with fifty participants, scheduled to begin in Colombo March 14 and end March 29 of 2019. There will be days of classes and visits to the temples and holy places associated with the Gurus of our Parampara. It’s definitely not too early to begin planning such an adventure. Will you join us?
ItineraryWe will leave the hotel for our welcome program at 4:00 pm on March 14, 2019. The last activity will end at 10:00 am on March 29. The program in between will be revealed in complete detail as we go along, and will include classes with Bodhinatha and the swamis and worship and sadhana at sacred temples and holy sites connected to our guru parampara.
Arrival and settling period: Please arrange for an inbound flight that arrives no later than 2:00 pm, March 14 to allow enough time for immigration, baggage collection and customs, followed by transportation to the hotel, so that you will arrive in time to attend the first event of the program. We are all staying at the Jetwing Blue Negombo for the first two nights of our program. We will return to this beach-side hotel again on our return from Trincomalee.
Today we travel to Jaffna, following the footsteps of our grand gurus and experiencing the many spaces that they made ever more holy by their fiery presence. In the spiritually exhausting, yet soul-fulfilling, days to follow we will visit temples, shrines and aadheenams, returning each night to The Thinnai for dinner and cultural events together.
From Jaffna's many days of worship we next head to a relaxing stay in Trincomalee. Our hotel is not fully confirmed for this stay, though our current prospect will allow us to have the entire resort for our group only. These days are dedicated to classes with Satguru Bodhinatha Veylanswami and the swamis, and getting to know each other over meals and evening events. There will be some outings too, in this historically rich part of the island. This will be our retreat, a time for spiritual study, reflection and a respite from the active days before. Our time here will conclude with a final dinner event and with the next morning's Aloha Breakfast. After that we will pack our bags and return to Negombo.
We return to the Jetwing Blue in Negombo for a final informal dinner and one night's stay before everyone departs for their flights the next morning.
- Adult: USD $3,900
- Youth (8-17 years): USD $2,900
- Child (2-7 years): USD $2,100
Fees cover, for the duration of the program, accommodations, breakfast, lunch and dinner meals (all vegetarian) that are ordered by the trip coordinator, Himalayan Academy tuition and group excursions; boat, bus and other transportation during the program.
Fees do not include airfare to or from Sri Lanka. They also do not include personal incidentals, food and beverages not ordered by the trip coordinator, laundry and optional private excursions.
If you are not a citizen or legal resident of Sri Lanka who will be currently in status for the duration of the program (Mar 14 - March 29, 2019), you need to be in possession of a passport issued by your country of citizenship that is valid for the duration of the program in order to travel to Sri Lanka.
Please thoroughly read the Sri Lanka Visa Requirements page at eta.gov.lk/slvisa/ to determine whether:
- (a) you will need a visa prior to travel
- (b) you will be issued a visa upon arrival
- (c) no visa is required, according to your country of citizenship You must also ensure that you have the necessary visas for any traveling you plan to do immediately before or after your Innersearch arrangements.
It is our understanding that Sri Lanka issues visas on the same day of application, in most cases. For the 2019 program we have been advised for all applicants to apply for visas no earlier then January, 2019.
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