A recently announced tour of South India will be led by the acclaimed spiritual author and teacher Andrew Harvey, who was actually born in the region. Named one of the 100 Most Spiritually Influential Living People, Andrew is the author of more than 30 books on Mysticism, Rumi and Yoga. He founded the Sacred Activism movement, devoted to peace and sustainability through active compassion. His teachings will be a highlight of the program.
The 14-day tour is titled “Shiva Dancing: In Search of Original Wisdom,” reflecting the Hindu god Shiva as “Lord of the Dance,” symbolizing the mysteries of life and the cosmos. The group will explore many of the stunning sites and ancient temples that inspired Andrew’s work, as well as the great mystics who inspired him. There will also be a stay in an ashram.
The tour begins in Mahabalipuram, famous for its monumental stone carvings dating back to the 7th century and illustrating legendary events and fantastic creatures. The evening dinner begins with a hands-on cooking demonstration, with participants helping create a variety of traditional South Indian dishes.
The itinerary includes French colonial Puducherry, home of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, and the nearby experimental utopian community of Auroville. In Chidambaram the group will visit the Thillai Nataraja Temple, dedicated to the dancing Lord Shiva, and a spiritual centre for more than 2,000 years.
In Tanjore, the Brihadeshwara Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Monument, is noted for the tallest sanctuary in India, topped by a dome carved from a single 80-ton block of granite.
A two-night stay at the Shantivanam Ashram will be an opportunity for reflection and spiritual connection, with teachings about Hinduism and Christianity, and quiet time for meditation and prayer. Accommodations are humble and basic, with guests encouraged to sit on the floor, eat vegetarian meals with their hands, and wash their own dishes.
The February 16 – March 1, 2018 tour is offered by Sacred Earth Journeys in Vancouver, Canada. “This pilgrimage is an introduction to truly deep spiritual practice,” said company President Helen Tomei. “The powerful sensory experiences of South India and Andrew Harvey’s teachings will form a perfect environment for personal development, learning and transformation.”
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