Tuesday, January 24, 2012

socialtours at ITB Berlin | 07 - 11 Mar 2012


For the fifth time, socialtours will be at ITB Berlin. As exhibitors, we have once shared the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs CBI programme stand with other participants from Nepal and Thailand, but as of last year we now come in with our own stand.

Who is socialtours?

Socialtours is a five-time award-nominated responsible soft adventure specialist with mentions in Lonely Planet and National Geographic Adventure. We run our operations from Kathmandu, Nepal, offering trips to Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India.

What do we bring with us?

This time we have a whole new range of products classified as the GO LOCAL series, amongst other products. These hidden secrets of Nepal include cooking courses, pottery classes, organic farm stays, coffee farm visits, watching a city waking up, learning the process of converting elephant dung into paper, and even cross-border tours - an amazing collection of unique experiences in Nepal.

We will be available for meetings between 7 and 11 March at our booth no. 221 in Hall 4.1B, ITB Eco & Adventure Hall, the perfect location to find us.

Location of socialtours booth in Hall 4.1b

Raj Gyawali, Founder and Managing Director of socialtours, will give a presentation on the new products on Friday, 9 March at 13.00h in Hall 4.1, ITB Eco & Adventure Stage, right behind our stall.

You are cordially invited to come, learn and develop your new products around our suggestions. Please let us know if you are coming, so we can prepare for it.

You are also warmly welcome to the annual Responsible Tourism Networking Event taking place on Friday evening, 9 March in hall 4.1b. This happens right behind our stall.

Looking forward to see you at ITB Berlin!

Best regards,
Raj Gyawali and socialtours team

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Yoga in the Mountains | 15 days | 25 Mar - 08 Apr' 012 | Nepal

Yoga outside the lodge at end of day | Sing Gompa | Day two

The Himalayas have long been known to be the abode of yogis and seekers, of mystics and adventurers alike. Join us on the journey of a lifetime, with Yoga in the Himalayas.

Yoga is a science of harmonizing one’s nature, of finding the balance between the many dimensions of our being-- physical, emotional, mental, energetic and spiritual-- and between our inner and outer worlds. Although ancient, Yoga and its sister science of Ayurveda are still very alive in Nepal, woven into the culture, food, daily rituals and traditions. As lived in Nepal, Yoga encompasses all facets of one’s daily life--from how to eat to best serve one’s unique nature, to what it means to be part of a community. In other words, yoga is responsibility-for one’s self and for others. 
Embarking on this journey you will have the unique opportunity to take a dip into a land and people that- even in the throws of modernization- resonate with ancient yogic and vedic wisdom. 

According to legend, Gosaikunda, in the Langtang range, is the dwelling place of Lord Shiva, the Greatest Yogi of them all. In this breathtaking setting we will indulge in the space and inspiration of Nature and explore yogic practices to restore balance and support overall wellbeing. 

Make your health and wellbeing a priority this year, discover new landscapes, both outer and inner. Join us in Nepal.

About the instructor: Yogatara (Lisa Gaustchi) is director of Isha, a center of yogic learning and conscious living in Patan. Born in the U.S., raised in France, Yogatara began her journey in Yoga in 1996 when she first arrived in Nepal. With a B.A. in biochemistry, she turned from hard sciences to the life sciences of Yoga and Ayurveda in her search for healing and spiritual growth. Yogatara holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Applied Yogic Sciences from Bihar Yoga University, the first accredited Yoga University, in Bihar, India and a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology. Yogatara now works as yoga therapist, instructor, and counselor. In addition, she is a freelance writer and leads yoga retreats and spiritual journeys to Nepal, India and Tibet. Yogatara strives to embody the teachings of yoga and to follow the example of her teachers, Swami Satyananda and Swami Niranjanananda-- to serve, love and give (www.yogavision.net).

She credits her five beautiful children with continually teaching her this real meaning of Yoga....the opening of the Heart and the art of Living.


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