Greetings from India. We’ve been away from our laptop and hence have not posted anything as of late. Here’s a link to photos from days 9, 10 & 11. They include the drive from Madurai to Periyar where we stayed for 2 nights. Highly recommend a visit to this place. Up in the hill stations, its green, lush and quiet. Quite chilly in the morning – a nice break from the Indian sun. In the 2 days in Periyar we enjoyed a boat ride in the National Park, a visit to a spice plantation (including buying heaps of exotic spices), an elephant ride plus scrubbing down the elephant (that was loads of fun), classes on meditation as we delved deeply into how to work with the forces of the mind, more wonderful Indian food and a visit to a tea plantation on the day we left Periyar.
Click here to see photos from days 9, 10 & 11.Read More
Click here for photos from Day 6 (The drive from Swamimalai to Thanjavur, visit to the 1,000 year old Brihadeeswarar temple and lunch at the Ideal River View Resort) Click here for photos from Day 7 (Our first day in Madurai, the group goes sari shopping, view the temple towers, meet with the hea...Read More
We arrived in Swamimalai last night and were greeted with flowers, music and a baby deer upon arrival at the hotel. We’re staying at the Anandham Swamimalai Hotel that is a lovely eco-resort that cares for local deer and one of the deer just had a baby the day before we arrived. The baby deer&h...Read More
The Anandham Swamimalai is a gorgeous resort built like a south Indian village and its our home for 2 nights. With deer wandering the property, village like thatched roofs above our rooms, coconut trees, paddy fields, cows and more we almost don’t want to leave here for our next destination. The ...Read More
Our morning started in a wonderful way. A few of us were up at a little after 5am and got ready to be at the temple by 6am when it opens to spend some quiet time by ourselves meditating. We stayed for over an hour and watched a procession as well which was led by…Read More
Our trip has gotten off to an amazing start. After a couple of days in the seaside town of Mamallapuram, where we started our classes on meditation and a course on the beliefs of Hinduism and temple worship, we headed for Chidambaram. Chidambaram boasts one of India’s oldest working temples and...Read More