Wednesday 21 February 2018
Irkutsk city tour, transfer to the Cape Uyuga of the Lake Baikal
We will all meet up for a traditional Russian-style breakfast and enjoy a short bus city tour in Irkutsk – the capital of Eastern Siberia. We will visit Irkutsk's most famous sightseeing places, among which are impressive Orthodox churches, the Polish Catholic Cathedral built by the Polish exiled to Siberia and many others.
There will also be a chance for some shopping in Irkutsk to equip ourselves with anything we might need for our Journey, as our retreat centre in Baikal will be far away from civilization.
After all the preparations we will depart Irkutsk for Lake Baikal (280km away), travelling in a comfortable minibus. During the 5-hours bus trip, we will pass breath-taking landscapes, so make sure to have your camera handy! On the way, we will have lunch in a nomadic yurt café.
We will arrive at our retreat centre on the Cape Uyuga to catch the sunset and enjoy the most stunning winter views of the Baikal. Here we will relax a little, have a welcome dinner and our opening ceremony, so that we can dive into our magical journey.
Thursday 22 February 2018
Healing sessions, exploring Cape Uyuga, banya (Russian steamed sauna)
In the morning we will enjoy sunrise and a morning walk along Cape Uyuga, renown for it spectacular views and have breakfast in the retreat centre.
We will continue our day with healing sessions with Aga.
After the lunch we will explore local world-famous ice cliffs and breath-taking grottos. There will also be an option to go skating on the Baikal ice. The hotel rents ice skates and other fittings to make the trip safe and comfortable.
After dinner, those of you who are brave enough can experience a traditional Russian steam sauna (Banya) and dive into the ice-cold Baikal if you dare – an Unforgettable experience and instant transformation guaranteed
Friday 23 February 2018
Visit to sacred places of Tazheranskaya steppe and local shaman After an early breakfast we will take minibuses and move to the steppe region to explore the sacred shamanist places Tazheranskay steppe, a unique natural composition of hills, steppes, lonely rocks, caves and lakes. The distinctive geological formations of Tazheransky Steppe make it one of the most scenic and exotic places in the Baikal area.
Since ancient times, Buryat Buddhists and Mongolian tribes have spiritualized this area. We will visit the sacred Erd Mountain which is the place of annual shamans' convene meeting and also the area where local tribes worship Heaven, Earth and Water.
Here we will meet Valentin Hagdaev, the most respectful local shaman and researcher of Shamanism. He will tell us about shamanic traditions and take us around his museum. We will also experience a powerful purification ritual performed by Valentin.
Purified and refreshed, we will then enjoy the traditional Buryat lunch in a yurt and travel back to the hotel.
In the evening and after dinner we will carry on with our healing work and attend healing sessions with Aga.