Embrace the serene spirit of the Ayeyarwady on this unforgettable wellness journey. Cruise from breathtaking Bagan to Mingun and Mandalay and enjoy relaxing meditation and yoga sessions along the way.
In a country renowned for its golden-topped temples, monasteries and hidden pagodas, where meditation and yoga are a way of life; there is no better voyage to digitally detox and pursue inner fulfillment.
Bringing the experience to life through one-to-one coaching and group yoga and meditation sessions is Brian Hilliard and Shannon van Staden. Between them they have over 40 years of experience studying, practicing and teaching mindfulness to all ages and levels of ability. A true pioneer and early-adopter, Brian is a long-serving advocate of mindfulness and began teaching well before it became a fashionable phenomenon.
Mindfulness Journeys and Belmond Road to Mandalay provide the ideal environment for participation in mindfulness. The peaceful indoor Observation Lounge provides a scenic space for evening meditation and the open air deck makes for an inspiring outdoor classroom, where sunrise morning sessions take place against a backdrop of changing light and landscapes. Adding to the journey’s intrigue and adventure, some meditation sessions take place on land in nearby rural pagodas. The personal service and intimate size of the ship, which carries just 82 passengers, encourages a comradery between guests and evenings can be a time for further social interaction or quieter private reflection.
The early morning juice bar and freshly prepared healthy spa cuisine, including a mix of pan-Asian and western dishes, allows guests the option to make healthy food and drink choices that are conducive with practicing mindfulness.
Offered complimentary and in addition to the existing itinerary, guests can join sessions at their leisure or complete the whole week under Brian and Shannon's guidance.
Cultural highlights of the cruise include, a visit to one of the most significant pagodas of Bagan, Ananda Temple, which contains four 30ft gilded Buddha statues, a horse-drawn cart tour of Old Bagan’s archaeological zone, a monastery visit to participate in a traditional almsgiving donation to the monks, and arts and crafts tour of Mandalay to watch local artisans and craftsmen at work.
What’s not included
Domestic flights and transfers from Yangon to the ship (these can be booked through Belmond at a supplement)
Guests also have the option to stay at Belmond Governor’s Residence, Yangon pre and post cruise.
"Brian Hilliard and Shannon van Staden are leaders in their field when it comes to mindfulness and meditation. Brian is an expert guide - soft spirited, practical, full of empathy, tips and appreciation for the challenges of modern life. Shannon stylishly holds the space and ensures everything runs smoothly. Together they are a dream team on the wellness scene."
DAISY FINER, Spa and Health Writer
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