Celebrating Women’s Photography. December 2019
We are excited to offer this women’s only adventure in collaboration with Camera Story.
Join us in December 2019 on unforgettable trip to Varanasi India with photographers Jacquie Warwick and Sarah Lombardo. Perfect for beggoner ##@#@#@
Jaq and Sara have practiced their art in community settings from Bangladesh to the Pinikura indigenous communities of Australia’s North West and out to the subuds and regions of Perth Jaq and Sarah will take you on a journey with your camera into the hearts and homes of the people we meet along the way. Both women have been engaging women of all ages in positive photography and education for over a decade.
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Step out of the door of our quiet accommodation and into a cacophony of color, a riot of textiles and sounds. The senses heighten in this incredible atmosphere, and most people in India just love to have their photo taken in exchange for yours ! Perfect for exploring your deeper understanding of taking photos with heart. Morning workshop time will teach you new skills, a deeper understanding of your camera and set assignments. The rest of the day is yours to explore with us the streets lane ways and river of Varansi completing your asigments. In the evennng we will share our photos for group reflection.
Pilgrims come from all over India to Varanasi to worship and bath in the Ganga. For many this is the trip of a life time. India has a long tradition of pilgrimage, the atmosphere is festive and the ghats remain vehicle and shop free allowing peaceful walks as well as larger public prayers and ritual ceremonies.
Your week includes organised trips on the river to evening and morning prayers as well as private or small group use of the boats, and boatman, at any time throughout the week. The wide bodied sturdy wooden boats are a part of life on the ghats, the river runs slowly and the pace is never more than a meander.
Ayurveda, Sanskrit, classical music and dance are all taught and practiced here. Sounds of chanting, temple bells and the hum of everyday life are never far away. Varanasi is home to the Benares Hindu University and has a long association with the study of Indic thought and Buddhist studies. The Ganges River, most sacred of Indian rivers, and a goddess in her own right, has been a place of worship, and pilgrimage for millennia.
Varanasi holds the hopes dreams, tears and prayers of the countless who have made pilgrimages here over the the ages. It’s palpable .
You will be met at Varanasi Airport and transferred to the Ashram and returned.
We will stay together in a peaceful, humble Ashram on the banks of the Ganges. The Ashram is light and spacious with common sitting and dining areas. A small library, for your use, explores many schools of thought on Yoga. The rooms, each with a bathroom, are basic, fresh and comfortable. The Ashram is beautifully maintained throughout.
Daily brunch, includes delicious home made yogurt, all the usual favourites and a few new ones too. Fresh fruit and herbal teas available across the day. Some other meals and light refreshments will also be included. There is a cook in the ashram and there are several restaurant options close by.
There will be a welcome dinner with special guests from a local music academy. Also from the academy, an evening performance in our ashram of classical music and dance, later in the week.
The week will formally commence with blessings and chants led by Brahmin priests. We will also participate in a traditional fire ceremony at our ashram temple.
Small group tours of the busy main ghat area and temples, at a very small additional cost paid to our guides and friends, Sandip and Vishnu, are available daily. By moving in a small group, and with our local friends, you will be taken into twisting laneways deeper and deeper within the city, places of legends (that will be told ), temples high above the Ganges and tiny cave like shrines below.
Ayurveda consultations, remedies and massages are also available on request at an extra cost to the practitioner.
$1500 Sun – Sun Twin Share
$1700 Private room, limited please ask
Six nights accommodation with daily brunch.
Group has exclusive use of a boat and boat crew for small group and private use
Daily cultural activities, including boat trips to see evening ceremonies, sunrise on the Ganges, classical music and dance concerts.
Transfers in private taxi to and from Varanasi Airport
English speaking guides
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