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11 Days Unforgettable Karate Holiday in a Tibetan Monastery in Dharamsala, India

Camel Track Road, McLeod Ganj, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India

India Karate Adventure in the Himalayas

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Experience an unforgettable karate holiday in a Tibetan monastery in Dharamsala, the home of the Dalai Lama. Practice Qi Gong every morning on the monastery's terrace, followed by an intense karate morning. The classes are suitable for black belt holders as well as newcomers. The afternoons can be spent in the beautiful center to experience Tibetan culture, take courses or start a hike into the mountains. This trip would not be possible without personal contact with the monastery. The monastery has only limited rooms so secure your place now and live the dream!

Meet the instructors

Sascha, Cornelia, & Camilla
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Highlights

  • Training in a Tibetan monastery
  • 9 days Karate training for all levels
  • Internationally experienced Karate teachers
  • Evening lecture by Sascha on his worldwide martial arts research trips
  • Join a group hike to the 3,300-meter base camp Triund with stunning views
  • Unique atmosphere in the Tibetan monastery
  • Daily breakfast prepared by the monks
  • 10 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


9 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: German
The maximum participants in the group is 20
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
14:00
Check-out Time:
10:00

The Tsechokling Monastery, where you will live, was built under the direct auspices of the Dalai Lama. Located just outside the village in a forest, it is very quiet but still, the daily walk to the village is only five minutes up the stairs. The accommodation is directly in the monastery, allowing a unique experience of the daily lives in a Tibetan monastery.

The rooms are wonderful compared to what you can experience in India. But they are simple monastic lodgings, you have one or two beds a table and chairs and a few shelves. Each house has its own toilet and shower, which is shared with about six rooms. They are Spartan and Indian but clean.

There are generally very few toilet paper or western toilets in India, but you can buy the paper anywhere in the village and then equip the toilet with it. You should know that you are embarking on a simple accommodation in a monastery, but it can live there well for such a short time - and living so close to the monks and experience the unique atmosphere and daily living of the monks is a unique experience, seldom to find.

Program

Karate in the monastery

Conny and Sascha have a special way to build the training process that is influenced by the training in Chinese monasteries. The goal is to really immerse in a topic, and to gain in-depth skills and new perspectives in contrast to traditional weekend courses.

Over the course of the 10 days, you will intensively deal with a topic and train all its aspects in classical martial arts. From intense practice to drill training, energetic and psychological aspects, tactics, fighting multiple opponents, etc. As in previous seminars in Dharamsala and China, the training offers a customized training process for black belts as well as beginners who have never before trained a martial art.

Daily schedule

  • 07:30 - 8:30 Morning Qi Gong
  • 08:30 Breakfast in the monastery
  • 09:30 - 12:30 Karate training
  • Rest of the day is time for yourself to relax, explore or join a class in Dharamsala

Included excursions

  • Hiking to the 3,300 meter base camp Triund

Instructors

Sascha Wagener

Cornelia Heinz

Camilla Moehle von Hoffmannswaldau

Location

Dharamsala is a melting pot of Tibetan, Indian and global culture and the monastery is at the heart of the Tibetan exile culture. The place attracts countless restaurants and shops but is still very small and picturesque. The Dalai Lama can be seen at ceremonies or festivities when not traveling. Countless temples and monasteries are located in the village or in the surrounding area. Hiking in the mountains can be started from the village.

Food

You will be served vegetarian monk breakfast in the monastery. For lunch and dinner, you can get from Dharamsala's many restaurants at an additional cost. The prices are extremely low for western standards.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

In Dharamsala (McLeod Ganj), many different courses can be booked for the afternoon, from Tibetan cooking classes, yoga classes, Indian language courses, to massage workshops.

What's included

  • Morning Qi Gong on the roof terrace overlooking North India at about 2,000 meters
  • 9 days of Karate training with the internationally experienced Shôtôkan and Missing Link karate teachers Cornelia Heinz and Sascha Wagener
  • 10 nights accommodation
  • Breakfast prepared by the monks
  • An evening lecture by Sascha on his worldwide martial arts research trips
  • A joint hike to the 3,300-meter base camp Triund

What's not included

  • Arrival and departure to/from Dharamsala
  • Lunch and dinner
  • Travel insurance and accident insurance

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). The arrival from New Delhi can be booked individually by domestic flight to Gaggal Airport (DHM), bus or train with Life Atlas' local and trusted tour operator Tsering.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 100% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.

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Availability

Arrival: Saturday February 22, 2020
Departure: Tuesday March 3, 2020

Early bird discount

The prices below include an early bird discount of 70 EUR per person. To benefit, book or reserve before December 1, 2019. 

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