Japan
Destination
7 Days
Duration
De-Stress, Yoga
Activity
Incense Ceremony

Are you looking for conscious quiet during your travels as you savour new experiences and immerse yourself in new places? Imagine a whole week in the smaller towns & villages of Japan with Japanese mindful activities each day. 

Experience YOU within the stillness and quiet, even within one of the world’s most densely populated countries. As you savour your own space within the world moving around you, you can appreciate clearer thinking, re-establish your connection with yourself, the world around you, and what you really need.

Hone your senses as you immerse yourself in a variety of mindful experiences including mindful eating
Let your creativity flow as you bring your own unique flair into traditional arts such as calligraphy
Re-ground each day with mindful activity
Steep yourself in the craftsmanship and pride in tradition that supports these mindful gifts
Appreciate silence each evening to process and assimilate your day.

 

11th – 17th November 2019
18th – 24th November 2019

LOCATION  

Tour 1 (11th-17th Nov):
Meet in Tokyo – Visit Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Koya-san temple stay, Asuka. Finish in Kyoto.

Tour 2 (18th-24th Nov): Meet in Kyoto – Visit Kurashiki, 3 night temple retreat in Miyazaki, Yamaguchi. Finish in Osaka (option for Hiroshima)

INCLUDED
Accommodation – twin in traditional accomodation, including hot spring hotel. Possible triple in farmhouse. Single in western style hotels
Land transport in Japan when moving as a group
Daily mindful activities (including entry fees if required)
1st day lunch
Daily breakfast
3 Dinners
Japanese speaking guide for mindful activities
Small group with maximum 8 participants
EXCLUDED Airfares (and other transport from your home to meet up, drop off points)
Visa applications or fees – please check visa requirements online for your passport
Free time activities
Transport (to/from meet up point, drop-off point & during free-time)
SIM card/ communication costs within Japan
Souvenirs and other spendings
Meals that are not mentioned above
Travel insurance (Compulsory)

Locations and activities may change due to availability or events beyond our control. All attempts will be made to visit similar locations and undertake different mindful activities if this happens.

Free when you sign up! 

  • A Welcome to Japan goodie bag – essentials for your time in Japan
  • A Mindful Japan Bundle – techniques and recordings to use during noble silence each day, and at home after the tour

PRICES

Super Early Bird $4980 – until January 31st, 2019

Early Bird $5370 – until March 31st, 2019

$5970 – From April 1st, 2019

ABOUT

Ryo is originally from Nagaski in western Japan. He moved to England to study when 19, where he ended up working with youth.

He provides great insight into the difference between the stereotypical Japan and cultural perceptions and the reality. Taught to meditate when in primary school, and brought up in what the Japanese consider a country town, he provides a local perspective, highlighting regional differences too.

Sam lived in Japan for 12 years, working and travelling over much of the country on foot, by bicycle and motorbike. Hiking the mountains, heading out to smaller towns and talking with the locals, she has a good grasp of Japanese language, an adoration of the food production, preparation and mindful eating processes, and an interest in the way mindfulness is such a part of Japanese modern life. She loves the way folklore is interwoven with spiritual narrative and daily practices of local people.

TOUR 1 – 11th-17th November 2019

Meet in Tokyo. Visit Kanazawa, Shirakawago, Koya-san temple stay, Asuka. Finish in Kyoto.

Calligraphy class, Incense ceremony Shamisen, Gold leaf art, Shakyo, Buddhist meditation, hot springs, Yuzen Dyeing, Yoga & Meditation

Travel to very different parts of Japan. From Tokyo, to a gold town, a mountain valley farming village, a mountain-top monastery village, to an ancient capital, then finishing in Kyoto. Practice mindfulness in so many different ways, including moving around the country.

Tour 2 – 18th – 24th November 2019

Meet in Kyoto. Visit Kurashiki, 3 night temple retreat in Miyazaki, Yamaguchi. Finish in Osaka (option for Hiroshima)

Buddhist meditation, Incense ceremony, Tea ceremony, Kendo, Yuzen dyeing, mindful tracing of sutras, hot springs, yoga & meditation

This second tour has more of a retreat-like feel with us staying in a temple lodge for 3 nights, taking part in morning service as well as other mindful activities in the area. Stops made on the way to and from the temple to try different activities, see different scenery and apply mindful techniques as we travel into western Japan.


Dou – the way of, the road

Feel more connected to yourself, other people and your surroundings by bringing your focus to:

  • 茶道 – Sadou – the way of tea = tea ceremony
  • 香道 – Koudou – the way of fragrance = incense ceremony
  • 書道 – Shodou – the way of the brush = calligraphy
  • Japanese activités ending in 道 – dou, have a process of steps taught to complete the task
  • Completing those steps mindfully is more important than completing the task to perfection
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Dou & Mindful activities – minimum 7 experiences (different each tour):

– Koudou – incense ceremony
– Sadou – tea ceremony
– Shodou – Japanese calligraphy
– Kendou – Japanese swordsmanship
– Traditional Buddhist meditations
– Shakyo/Shabutsu – Heart Sutra/Buddhist art tracing
– Gold leaf art
– Shamisen – Japanese 3-stringed mandolin
– Traditional dyeing techniques
– Yoga (no yoga mat needed, classes are perfect for beginner to intermediate yogis. Advanced practitioners welcome to adapt poses)