Debbi Murphy

Vietnam & Cambodia | November 18- 28, 2017

Peace Lies Within: Vietnam & Cambodia Yoga Adventure
November 18-28, 2017

Cambodia Travel The Travel Yogi

 

 

Accommodation Options
Double Occupancy: $4495 per person
Single Occupancy: $5195 per person

Please note that travel insurance is required for this retreat.

 

 

Double Occupancy:

Peace Lies Within - Double Occupancy (nonrefundable deposit) per person

$750.00

Single Occupancy:

Peace Lies Within - Single Occupancy (nonrefundable deposit)

$750.00

Have questions? Please contact The Travel Yogi: more@thetravelyogi.com or 562-304-3032

Deposits are non-refundable.

Debbi Murphy

debbi murphy peace sign the travel yogi teacherExploring the mind-body connection is Debbi’s life work. After years in academia researching and teaching subjects that elevated one or the other half of that equation (doctorate in exercise science, master’s degree in counseling psychology), she turned her attention to the study of yoga – a perfect nexus of both.

Debbi studied with yoga masters to deepen her knowledge and hone her practice. Her alignment based, slow flow style evolved from early work with Rodney Yee, Richard Freeman and Shiva Rea. But the heart of her teaching comes from Erich Schiffmann, whose message of self-trust and the transformative power of yoga really resonated with her background.

Through more than 40 years of study and experience, including a decade as director of Shanti Yoga Teacher Training, Debbi found that the best approach to mind-body vitality is informed by both western science and the spirit of eastern yogic philosophy. Whether you’re attending her popular local classes (which won her the title of Boise’s Best), national conferences, or international retreats you can expect an artful blend of sound science, ancient wisdom, and mind-body-spirit integration woven together in the beautiful, juicy flow of the vinyasa tradition.

Debbi shares her message online as a regular contributor to Share Yoga. In addition you can find her videos at Ananda Yoga, Udaya and YouTube. You can also see more on her website for videos, blogs and to see her schedule of retreats and workshops.

Peace Lies Within: Vietnam & Cambodia Yoga Adventure

557904_411608852293191_134589281_nVietnamese monk, Thich Nhat Hanh says, ““From time to time, to remind ourselves to relax and be peaceful, we may wish to set aside some time for a retreat, a time of mindfulness, when we can walk slowly, smile, drink tea with a friend, enjoy being together as if we are the happiest people on Earth.”

In addition to breathtaking, once-in-a-lifetime excursions, we will allow ourselves to sense complete immersion into relaxation, mindfulness and peace as we savor the vibes of living like some of the happiest people on Earth.

Free from everyday attachments, the captivating vistas and a culture that values peace, this is the perfect outer landscape to tune into our inner landscape. Tuning inward and honing our ability to be mindful, we will refine the grace of our breath for a richer asana experience.

As we explore stillness through daily meditation and pranayama, moving into sweet savasana unfolds with greater ease.

Above all, after a week of practicing mindfulness in this pure nature, we’ll see that our reserves of peace have deepened. We return home refreshed and fortified with the wisdom that peace does lie within & along with the tools to reclaim it.

What’s Included:

  • Eleven days location specific English speaking expert guides
  • Flight from Hanoi to Hue
  • Flight from Da Nang to Siem Reap
  • Breakfast each morning at our hotels
  • All lunches including local eateries and restaurants
  • All dinners in a local restaurant or at our hotels
  • Vietnam visa approval letter (traveler passport required)
  • Morning and evening yoga on most days (please see the full itinerary for yoga schedule)
  • Three nights luxury boutique hotel in Hanoi
  • One night onboard our Ha Long Bay cruise
  • Two nights luxury boutique hotel in Hue
  • One night luxury boutique hotel in Hoi An
  • Three nights luxury boutique hotel in Siem Reap
  • Full day tours of cultural, historical and religious significance in Hanoi, Hue, Hoi An & Siem Reap
  • Private sailing, swimming, cave exploring and floating village visit in Ha Long Bay
  • Half day bike tour through Hue along the Perfume River
  • Cultural visits with locals in Ha Long Bay, Hue & Hanoi
  • Sunrise chanting with Buddhist monks and individual blessing (if desired) in Cambodia
  • Vespa tour through Hoi An countryside
  • Exploration, with guide, of Angkor Thom, Bayon, Ta Prohm & Banteay Srei
  • Up close and personal with the world’s largest religious monument – Angkor Wat
  • All entry fees for the above sights and additional activities as listed on the itinerary

What’s Not Included:

  • International flights into Hanoi, Vietnam (HAN) and out of Siem Reap, Cambodia (REP)
  • Any video or still camera fees assessed by the monuments or places of interest
  • Cost of Vietnam & Cambodia visa-on-arrival
  • Alcohol and drinks at meals
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, spa services, etc)
  • Travel Insurance (required)

Each of our amazing Vietnam and Cambodia yoga adventure features will be unique with slight changes based on local holidays and/or events. Below is a sample of what can be expected as you these two amazing countries with The Travel Yogi:

Day 1

  • Fly into Hanoi and get ready for adventure…
    • Our guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to our first hotel
  • Opening airplane-twist-move-it-out yoga class
  • Welcome dinner and a taste of the ‘local’ at a neighborhood restaurant
    • Hoan nghênh to Vietnam!

Day 2

  • Wake up like a local and head out to Hoan Kiem lake
    • Join a local group in a tai chi session as they wake up mind and body before a busy day
  • Journey to the middle of a lake to Ngoc Son Temple
  • Head into Hanoi’s Old Quarter
    • Tour the crazy mix of Vietnamese and French influence and sample cà phê su’a dá
    • Sample some street food báhn mì
  • Truck to the Hanoi railway tracks and walk the rails for some of the most beautiful pictures in the city
  • Back at the hotel unwind with the evening yoga class before dinner at a local restaurant

Day 3

  • Morning yoga centered on balance so that you can get your sea legs on!
  • After breakfast we head out to the beautiful, amazing, UNESCO World Heritage Site Ha Long Bay
    • Cruise through the limestone karsts landscape
    • Visit Vung Vieng floating village by bamboo rowboat or kayak
    • Chill with the kids at their floating school and experience a-day-in-the-floating-life
  • Sail to Drum Cave to ooh and ahh at the stalagtites and folklore of this ancient site
  • Spend the mid-afternoon swimming in the bay or chilling on deck
  • As the sun goes down head to the top deck for a sunset-360-ocean-view yoga extravaganza
  • Enjoy dinner on deck under the stars

Day 4

  • Rise and shine with the sun for either yoga or Tai Chi on top deck
  • After a light breakfast we set sail for Sung Sot Cave
    • A once-in-a-lifetime 100ft high cave experience
    • Water filled grottos, stalagtites and stalagmites in a wonderland setting
  • Disembark and transfer back to our hotel
  • Last afternoon in Hanoi is yours to explore and wander
  • Early evening yoga
  • Head out for a farewell Hanoi dinner on the town

Day 5

  • No yoga this morning as we’re up early for our flight from Hanoi to Hue
  • Check in and drop off at our new hotel and head out for lunch
  • Get your bearings in Hue with a walking tour
    • Head to the royal tomb of Tu Duk King
    • Take in the fusion architecture and the “is he/isn’t he” buried here mystery…
  • Head back for early evening yoga at our riverside hotel
  • Enjoy the tastes of Hue with a local flavorful dinner in town

Day 6

  • Morning yoga will focus on hamstring and hip stretches as we get ready to bike through our day
  • Mount up and cycle through green orchards and shady lanes as we peddle along the Perfume River
    • Our bike breaks will be at local villages for some hands-on helping and engagement
    • Dig in and make a local sesame cake delicacy or wander with the locals and collect the evening’s veggies
  • Stop in the ancient village of Thuy Bieu – long know as a symbol of transition and harmony
    • Wander through the communal houses and the nostalgic beauty of the garden-houses
    • The architectural mix of wooden structures and Fengshui-based gardens highlight a rustic life and the mingling of the countryside’s royal legacy
    • Get historical as we explore some of the Nguyen Dynasty’s ruins such as the Roman Colosseum-styled Tiger Arena
    • Learn about the ancient tiger and elephant duels that the arena used to host and discover the temple-cemetery dedicated to the King’s loyal elephants
  • We trade our bikes for a boat as we cruise down the Perfume River to the Thien Mu Pagoda and the Forbidden Purple City
    • Although badly damaged during the Tet Offensive of 1968, the Forbidden Purple City, the cultural, political and religious center, of a unified Vietnam in 1802
  • Evening outdoor yoga (weather dependent) at the hotel
  • Group dinner at a local restaurant

Day 7

  • Early morning yoga and packing before breakfast
  • Today we drive to Hoi An via Da Nang
    • Take a ride on Vietnam Highway 1 over the soaring Hai Van Pass (Sea and Cloud Pass)
  • Stop in Da Nang for lunch and exploring
    • Head to the stone carving villages in the Marble Mountains that peak just south of Da Nang
    • Explore the caves and Buddhist sanctuaries dotting the mountains
  • Arrive in Hoi An and spend the afternoon strolling the centuries-old lanes
    • Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Hoi An reflects the centuries of cultures that have sailed through its port
    • Walk the streets enjoying the mix of Chinese, Dutch, French and Japanese influence
    • Stroll the 400 year old Japanese Bridge that used to divide the Japanese settlement from the locals
  • Walk or taxi back to the hotel for the evening yoga class
  • Dinner at a local Hoi An restaurant

Day 8

  • Rise and shine yoga and breakfast
  • Time to get your Vespa on!
    • Hop a local bike ferry to the island fishing port of Cam Kim
    • Zigzag on your Vespa through gorgeous farmland and scenic rice paddies with stops at the local villages for a crash course in: mat weaving, laughing, making (and eating) the perfect banh dap/rice cracker
    • Another Vespa ride to a village for some drip coffee in preparation for our 300 meter dash across the local bamboo bridge to the seaside
    • Cruise our way over to the Duy Hai market and local harbor
  • From the harbor we’ll ferry to the coconut palm fringed Cam Thanh and beyond to beautiful Ha My beach
  • Zooming back to our hotel we’ll pack up and prepare for our flight to Cambodia
  • Our early evening flight takes the place of yoga today but your adrenaline will still be pumping as you catch your first glimpse of Siem Reap
  • Head to our final hotel and relax
  • Group dinner at a local restaurant

Day 9

  • Early morning yoga and breakfast
  • Head out on a remork (tuk tuk) for a temple journey day
    • Begin your journey to ancient Cambodia at the South Gate of Angkor Thom
    • We will leave the tourist path as we take a 1km walk into the jungle to the hidden temple
    • Walk on to Khmer King Jayavarman VII’s official state temple of Bayon in the heart of Angkor Thom
  • Take a break to absorb this astounding morning with lunch at a local restaurant
  • Dive back in to ancient times at the jungle temple of Ta Prohm
    • Originally build in the 12th or 13th century as a Mahayana Buddhist monastery and university, little has been touched at Ta Prohm since it’s discovery; prepare your cameras for jungle/temple amazement
  • The afternoon is for the splendor that is Angkor Wat
    • As the largest religious monument in the world, you will have hours to explore the complex and absorb the artistry, emotion and history of this ancient site
  • We will head back for a calm, restorative, absorb-it-all evening yoga class
  • Head to a local restaurant for dinner followed by a traditional Cambodian dance performance

Day 10

  • This morning we’ll get up with the sun and head to a local pagoda
    • Our morning will be a blessing of sounds as we sit and listen to the chanting of the pagoda’s monks
    • After the chants we will each by blessed by a monk with holy water flicked from a jasmine flower for wishes of happiness and good health
  • We’ll return to the hotel for breakfast and a quick relax before more ancient exploration
  • Heading out we’ll journey to Banteay Srei temple, or, “Citadel of the Women”
    • Off limits for many years due to it’s remote location and Khmer Rouge activity, we’ll spend the morning investigating this Hindu temple dedicated to Shiva
    • Diminutive in its size, especially when compared to other Angkorian wonders, this temple is also known as the “precious gem” or the “jewel of Khmer art”
  • Coming out of the deeper jungle we’ll take a break for lunch at a local restaurant
  • Heading to the Old Market in town, this final afternoon is yours to wander and bargain the stalls and town-life
  • Closing yoga class in the early evening back at the hotel
  • Final group dinner at a local restaurant – email, phone number, photo exchanges and goodbyes!

Day 11

  • Morning packing and breakfast prior to your flight home or onward
  • A final “Choum reap lear” as you say goodbye to Cambodia and your amazing travels