The trip was another Phil Cousineau life-changing, and life-affirming experience that surpassed my expectations. Our local guide, Sandor Rodriguez, was a constant and consistent joy to be with – he epitomizes “chisba”, a Cuban term for quick-witted mental acuity. Phil's passion for baseball opened a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for us. At his suggestion, we brought along baseball paraphernalia, and at the perfect, pre-ordained moment, we passed a little league baseball game at its climax. Imagine the deep, rich pleasure of making a connection with Cubans in a shared, culturally significant moment of joy, and being able to hand over equipment Cubans can't easily acquire. Outflanking the embargo took our gesture out of the context of charity, and made it a rule-thwarting expression of connection and joyful sharing. This is what pilgrimage with Phil Cousineau is all about.
Richard Talbot, Mill Valley, CAThe Heart of Cuba with Phil Cousineau Cuba, Apr 2017
I’ve been home for a few days now, but still the music of Cuba resounds in my head. I am absolutely suffused with the soulful, colorful expressions of the triumphs and the tragedies of a passionate, resilient people. Traveling anywhere with Phil Cousineau is a guaranteed magic carpet ride, but going to Cuba was a mythic trip back in time to a place sparked and spiced with forgotten dreams, pulsating music and art as well as an enduring spirit. Complicated, confusing at times, and immeasurably compelling.
Karle Dickerson, Pasadena, CAThe Heart of Cuba with Phil Cousineau Cuba, Apr 2017
The experiences with Miguel Angel were priceless. His ceremonies quickly placed me in the "other world", that numinous space where invitation and open heart are needed to explore the gifts to be found there. It was just beautiful and exactly the type of experience I was hoping for!
Laura Dillard, Houston, TXMaya Temples of Transformation with Freddy Silva & Miguel Angel Vergara Mexico & Guatemala, Jan 2017
Having done four tours with Sacred Earth Journeys, I highly recommend travel with them. The itinereries are always well planned, the guides well trained and with the assistants everyone is very well looked after and completely safe. For the Mayan tours with Miguel Angel nothing could compare for his knowledge, ceremonies, and just the beautiful soul that he is. To be with people of like mind adds another dimension to the whole thing. Their willingness to put singles together is also much appreciated.
Donalie Caldwell, Maple Ridge, B.C.Maya Temples of Transformation with Freddy Silva & Miguel Angel Vergara Mexico & Guatemala, Jan 2017
My six week stay at Vaidyagrama was transformative. I arrived feeling heavy in my body, spirit and mind and now I feel so much clearer. It was just the reset I needed! I learned so much about how to create the conditions for health in my life when I return home. Having Jaisri here as our guide was invaluable - I don't think I would have felt comfortable making this trip if it wasn't for her. Also, the support of the others in our group really enhanced the whole experience. Vaidyagrama is a very special place. I'm very impressed with its vision for health, the environment and the community. I will be back!
Laurel Murphy, Vancouver, B.C.Ayurveda Health & Healing Retreat in India India, Dec 2016
The Mayan Temples of Transformation delivered what it promised in a delightful package. All travel details were wonderfully executed, the only surprises being good ones in terms of accommodations and genuinely friendly staff.
Julia Shochat, Ogden, UTMaya Temples of Transformation with Freddy Silva & Miguel Angel Vergara Mexico & Guatemala, Jan 2017
I am so grateful for this amazing experience. I can feel the stamina and energy! I met Jaisri the previous winter when we studied together with Dr. Lad and was awed by her experience and knowledge. When she told me about Vaidyagrama, I knew I wanted to come. I was way overdue for panchakarma and had decided to do it in India the next time. Our group became a little family and it was a much richer experience sharing it so closely with others. Jaisri was the glue that formed our group: every person's treatment plan was different and I learned so much in the sharing of this journey in such a deep way, from the periphery to the core.
Mary Bradford, Tallahassee, FLAyurveda Health & Healing Retreat in India India, Dec 2016
I feel I was in the best of hands with Jaisri. The Ayurvedic cleanse at Vaidyagrama was an incredible introduction not only to the soul of India but also to a new way of being in my life in Canada. I know it will be months, maybe even years, for this experience to fully blossom in my life but already I feel it profoundly.
Toshi Hyodo, Harriston, OntarioAyurveda Health & Healing Retreat in India India, Dec 2016
As a travel writer, I've journeyed to many places around the world, but my trip to Mayan sites with Sacred Earth Journeys is one of my favorite journeys of all - not just because of the incredible sacred sites that we visited, but also because of the camaraderie and wisdom of my fellow travelers and our marvelous guides. Pilgrimage at its best is an amalgam of place, people, and spirit, and I feel fortunate to have been part of this amazing trip.
Lori Erickson, Iowa City, IAMaya Temples of Transformation with Freddy Silva & Miguel Angel Vergara Mexico & Guatemala, Jan 2017
This was a most wonderful spiritual journey through the beautiful and magical land of the Maya. Freddy and Miguel Angel so seamlessly wove a beautiful vision of the ancient Maya people and our connection to them, which contributed to deep spiritual expansion. Ceremony and meditations experienced on this trip always connected me to the heart of the Maya lands and to the Ancestors, with highlights for me personally including feeling and seeing the heartbeat of the Earth, connecting to and channeling Mother Ixchel, and sharing the experience with the beautiful souls who were also on this journey. Thank you so much for this experience.
Leslie Dillard, Plano, TXMaya Temples of Transformation with Freddy Silva & Miguel Angel Vergara Mexico & Guatemala, Jan 2017