Embody the Dakini . . .

A Sacred Pilgrimage to Empower the Divine Feminine

A 12 Day Journey with the Divine Feminine Dakini in Kathmandu, Nepal and surrounding areas

Cancelled for this year . . . do be in touch if you have interest in future pilgrimages.

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Are you feeling disconnected from your full empowerment?  Are you looking for the way to feel the sacred nature of your wholeness, your sensuality, your agency, your aliveness in each cell? Do you want to feel more connected to the Earth and your sense of purpose in all you do? 

The Dakini or female ‘Skydancer’ deity comes to those who need to make a big change or while they are already in transition as a guide. She may also show up to help clear the way at anytime you need some extra support.  She’s a fierce, protective force for loving transformation. Vajra Yogini herself is recognized as the embodiment of the masculine and feminine qualities (or yin and yang) in a female deity who doesn’t ever need a male to feel her wholeness. She is complete, wildly alive and free in herself as a healer, dancer, creatress who uses her sexual energy to empower herself and others. We need the gifts of the Dakini and Vajra Yogini to ignite our lives, our communities and the world to burn out what we no longer need and to call in the powerfully healing, nourishing, joyful, celebratory, wild, wise and fully expressed feminine into all areas of our lives for the awakening of all beings!

Imagine getting a taste of an ancient temple dance where it was passed down from Vajra Yogini to her disciples to help them transform from the ordinary into extraordinary. We invite you to come with us into the heart of the mysterious and ancient land of Nepal to learn aspects of the Charya Nritya (translates as dance as spiritual discipline) tantric dance in its birthplace and unite this Eastern practice with deep somatic exploration within ourselves, with this sacred land and in a group of sincere seekers.  We will dive deep into the transformational path of deity practice by learning this sacred dance which in essence promotes clarity, healing and self-realization. During this 12-day epic journey we will simultaneously be doing practice and visiting pilgrimage places of Vajra Yogini herself, the deity we are invoking. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience. It is for anybody interested in Tantra, Nepal, Buddhism, awakening and/or adventure.  All genders, all religious backgrounds, all experience levels welcome! No need to be a Buddhist, a dancer or experienced traveler.






During this journey Hilary will be sharing the gifts that Vajra Yogini has brought to her through Charya Nritya tantric dance, somatic healing practices with meditation, movement and touch as well as connecting to this sacred land through these practices everywhere that we go. She will also share from her studies of Buddhism having studied Buddhism for twenty years and currently being a Tibetan Buddhist practitioner, which is one of the main religious traditions in Nepal. We will also be traveling with Julie Upon, our seasoned spiritual travel guide, a long time Tibetan Buddhist practitioner and deeply experienced yogini. She will help us to connect to the locals and the local Newari culture as well as the teachings of Tibetan Buddhism with her many years of experience bringing people on spiritual pilgrimages in India and Nepal.

Throughout the journey we will also be having conversations about all the many issues that will arise from gender to sex, spirit to race and being conscious in our cultural exchange and integration of what we are learning. After we return home we will continue to be in connection with each other in person for those who live locally and via the internet for those who are further away as a way to support each other in the integration of all we experienced together. Hilary will be also available for discounted sliding scale one-on-one InBody spiritual guidance sessions in person and/or online to continue working with her. 

General Itinerary (subject to change):
Arrival Day in Kathmandu (stay in Bouddha)
Day 1: Bouddha – Kopan monastery – walk around go to cafes and temples within Bouddha as well as Kopan on the hill to get the view of Bouddha (also volunteer for Earth Day, TBA)
Day 2: Pashupatinath Gnat – cremation grounds, holiest Hindu temples in Nepal and Naropa and Tilopa caves
Day 3: Sankhu – oldest existing monastery and Vajrayogini temple in the hills 40 min drive from Kathmandu to the Northeast
Day 4: Patan (Lalitpur) – Vajrayogini temple and ancient temple village South of Kathmandu
Days 5, 6 and 7: Pharphing – village in the Southwest of Kathmandu with Nyingma temple, Vajrayogini temple, emanating Tara and Ganesha, Padmasambhava caves and other temples.  Possibility of connecting with these Vajrayogini dancing nuns.
Day 8: Swayambunath and Bisweswari temple – The Monkey temple and Flying Vajrayogini temple
Day 9: Bhaktapur – ancient Newari village to the Southeast of Kathmandu with Red Tara temple
Day 10: Thamel – Triple Tara temple hidden amidst the shopping craze
Day 11: Flexible Day that can include another site or staying overnight in another area
Day 12: Integration Day in Bouddha to visit surrounding temples, final shopping and closing time together


2019 Costs:

Early Bird Rate ($500 deposit paid before September 25th 2018):  $1850

Normal Rate ($500 deposit paid before November 25th 2018):  $1950

Final Rate (non-refundable $500 deposit paid before December 31st, 2019):  $2050

*$500 deposit is fully refundable until November 25th, 2018

The base price includes:

Airport Pick-Ups and Drop-Offs for each person
Double Occupancy Accommodation in Boudha and Parphing ($400 more for single occupancy)
Daily Breakfast
Daily Transportation
Local Guide
Entry Fees to all Heritage sites

Daily meditation, embodiment & movement practices and Buddhist teachings by Hilary and Julie


The Guides:

Hilary Lake









Find out more about Hilary

Julie Upton









Julie has been a teacher of Buddhism, Yoga and Meditation for over 10-years and a practitioner for over 25.  She lives most of the year in Nepal and India where she guides pilgrims on transformational journey’s to sacred sites and power places.  Her passion and service work is helping others connect with truth and to live their divine purpose in this life.

If you are interested in talking to Hilary about the journey and finding out more email her at hilaryjlake@gmail.com and look out for posts and live feeds about it on facebook. 

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