Discover India’s astonishing cultural and spiritual richness on this wonder-filled 15-day journey through South India. Traveling in India can be a magical and transformational life event. Combine that magic with yoga and the creative arts and you have the ingredients for a mind-blowing experience.
On this ‘Heart of Presence’ journey commencing 1st February 2020, you will learn yoga practices to open up the energy channels in the body as well as specific poses to support your vitality as you travel.
The days will be filled with exploring India through her temples and ancient monuments, lively markets and rural landscapes as well as walking through her crazy, chaotic streets. In the late afternoons or evenings, Diane, your facilitator, will lead you through a creative process to help integrate and express the day’s experiences. You’ll learn new journaling, writing and visual arts exercises designed to bring you into greater presence.
No experience in these modalities is necessary
Arrive in Chennai and transfer to a lovely beach resort in Mamallapuram, a vibrant fishing town. Overnight Mamallapuram.
Take it easy today with a group meeting & introductory class. We then check out the little town and enjoy lunch in one of the lovely cafes. There is some free time to browse the fabulous shops, relax by the resort’s beachside pool, enjoy a massage or perhaps go for a stroll on the beach. In the late afternoon, we take part in a guided tour of seventh century world heritage monuments. Overnight Mamallapuram.
This morning we have a scenic drive to Tiruvanannamalai, the spiritual heart of South India. Overnight Tiruvannamalai
Over the next few days you will visit Sri Ramana’s ashram for vedic chanting and meditation, the ancient temple, the caves where Ramana lived for many years and the holy mountain Arunachula. We will take an early morning meditative walk around the holy mountain, Arunachula and see ‘India waking’ and also enjoy satsang with an insightful local resident. Overnight Tiruvannamalai
Transfer to Pondicherry for a relaxing stay at one of Auroville’s lovely guest houses. Enjoy one or more of the amazing healing therapies available as well as the delicious organic food. Visit the Matri Mandir Visitor’s Centre and meditation centre and enjoy a short tour of the charming town of Pondicherry. Overnight Auroville
Transfer to Chennai for a short flight to the captivating, historic town of Cochin. The afternoon is free and in the early evening, you will witness an exotic Kathakali dance performance. Overnight Cochin.
Go on a guided tour of the town where you will see India’s oldest church and synagogue and other great sites. In the afternoon, there is free time to enjoy Cochin’s wonderful shops, art galleries, stroll along the waterways or enjoy a massage. Overnight Cochin
Today we have a short drive to Alleppey to board our lovely houseboat for a relaxing cruise around Kerala’s backwaters.
Enjoy a fascinating view of life as it is lived along the southern waterways. We will have a mandala class and lots of relaxation as we gently drift along. Overnight Houseboat
After breakfast we return to Cochin for some last minute shopping or sightseeing, a final class with sharing and a farewell group dinner. Overnight Cochin
Depart any time today, concluding our magical journey.
This wonderful 15-day experience includes air-conditioned travel, all accommodation, all excursions and entrance fees, internal flight, many meals, guides, guide tips, yoga and creative process classes.
(Single supplement $1090US)
Dates – 1st to 15th February 2020
About Diane Sherman, MA
Diane, a teacher of Arts & Consciousness, will be your facilitator during the Heart of Presence tour. Diane has been guiding people into deeper presence as a yoga & creative process teacher for nearly 20 years. She is a passionate teacher, committed to exploring new ways to bring us into the moment we are experiencing right now.
Diane believes traveling is one of the quickest and most fun ways to wake up out of the trance of habitual living.
You can read more about Diane at www.ibelove.com
The itinerary may be subject to change depending on altered circumstances.
Thank you so much for introducing me to India. It has been a wonderful experience in so many ways – the countryside, the temples, the food, the company of like-minded travellers. Your care and spirituality allowed me to open up to it all.
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Our tour of Southern India far exceeded our expectations. The informative journey took us to so many places which really highlighted the life and culture of Southern India. We would recommend this tour to anyone who wants an in-depth and behind the scenes view of Indian life.
Geoff & Wendy
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Indian Tour: Heart of the South
Thank you for making my trip to India such an enjoyable one. The tours that you run are wonderful and it is comforting to have such a caring person run them. I had an experience of a lifetime and will never forget my time in the South of India with you and your group. Everything about the trip educated me, helped me grow and taught me what really matters in life. Thank you again.
Primary School Teacher
Indian Tour: Heart of the South
I really want to thank Touch of Spirit Tours for making my trip to India so memorable and such a wonderful experience. I had my apprehensions about coping and really being out of my ‘comfort zone.’ I had visions of getting seriously ill or being mugged. Instead I found the Indian people were truly lovely, always smiling and willing to help. We had so many adventures in such a short time and you went out of your way to make sure that we were happy and enjoying ourselves. Nothing was any trouble and I personally appreciate the attention which was given to every detail.
Melbourne Yoga Teacher
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