Join New Thought Minister Rev. David Ault for a profoundly heart-opening spiritual journey of service to Siem Reap, Cambodia – home of the incredible ancient temples of Angkor Wat. To open oneself deeply, to risk feeling the suffering of others, and to wish to relieve that suffering – is the definition of compassion and the cultivation of the Buddha within us. As Gandhi once said: The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.
Mysterious and Ancient Temples
We’ll have the opportunity to explore the amazing temple complex at Angkor Wat – or at least a part of it! Built in the 12th century, Angkor Wat lies north of the modern town of Siem Reap and was originally Hindu dedicated to the God Vishnu. Around a century later the official religion was changed to Buddhism. Since Buddha was a Hindu, the change of religion was adopted seamlessly and people converted from Hindu to Theravada Buddhist, which continues to the present day.
Unconditional Love in Action
Service is often called unconditional love in action – to give totally of yourself is to be free of ego, 100% present, doing what is needed without judgment. In these moments our heart opens and the truth of who we are comes through – our divine presence. Volunteer travel is a powerful experience – you risk coming home with a clearer vision of what you want in life, a deeper sense of self-realization, and clarity about who you are and your purpose in life!
There is Good Here
Take a moment to enjoy the beautiful video (on the right –>) that David created from pictures of his previous journeys to Cambodia. He is singing a special song he created to raise funds for his special projects: building fresh water wells, providing anti-malaria nets, chicken husbandry program, and a school for the children. Truly David is an extraordinary man passionate about a wonderful cause.
We look forward to sharing this amazing adventure with you! The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. (Mohandas Gandhi)
PLEASE NOTE: Actual dates in Jan/Feb 2012 subject to change.
Day 0, Jan 21-22: Traveling to Cambodia.
Depending on where you are departing from it will probably take you two days to get to Cambodia because you are going to loose a travel day crossing the international date line! That means you must plan on leaving January 21st to be able to arrive on the 23rd.
Day 1, Jan 23: Arrival in Siem Reap!
After a long flight we are finally in Siem Reap, Cambodia! For those of you that are flying from Atlanta, we will do our best to have you all flying together. If you are joining us from another city, we will work with you to make sure you arrive at a similar time so everyone can be together. Today we will check into our lovely hotel and rest, eat and meet together to discuss our time together and group intent.
Days 2-10, Jan 23: Unconditional Love, Children, and Angkor Wat.
For the next 10 days we are going to have an amazing variety of experiences – from awe-inspiring to heart-breaking. On the days that we are involved with our volunteer work we will be totally in service to the local children and people. Working with the children in school will be one of our focuses. We may be needed to prepare meals, help in the teaching of English, or even giving instruction in proper hygiene. Whatever we do will be done with absolute love and lack of judgment. These people have had a harrowing and devastating history and have found a way to keep their dignity, joy and grace – we can certainly learn as much from them as they can from us.
Some of our time will be spent scouting locations for wells, talking to villagers to see what they feel they need, and finding a location for the new school David is planning to build for the children. Certainly a well is cause for great celebration – clean water saves hundreds of lives and lowers the death rate! You will be part of this wonderful work, making special connections and sharing yourself. We will be in remote villages and you will be seeing life in a way that most tourist do not.
You have the opportunity to assist in as great or as little a way as you wish. It is up to you, no one is going to make you do anything you do not want to do. It is about being present and open and allowing your heart to lead the way.
On the days we are not in service we will be touring Angkor Wat – the most remarkable temple complex in all of Southeast Asia. The Hindu-Buddhist mythology is gorgeous and incredibly complex, truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience. There is no way you can fit these ruins in your camera. Try as you may, you will hardly come close.
We plan on exploring the temples on three and a half separate days. On day one of our touring we will visit the Bayon (at Angkor Thom), Ta Prohm and Angkor Wat (the world’s largest temple), with a special sunrise at Angkor Wat – wow.
On the second day of our touring we will visit Prash Khan, Prash Neak Pean and Ta Som with a special sunset at Phnom Pakheng. The third day of touring will take us to Prerup Temple and the Floating Village. Last of all we will have a morning visit to Baneay Srey Temple. Includes: (B/-/-).
Day 11, Feb 2nd: Leaving for home!
Our hearts filled to the brim, we say good-by to our new family and friends knowing that we will return! Includes: (B/-/-).
Important Information for Angkor Wat, Cambodia: Our home away from home in Cambodia is the Siddharta Boutique Hotel. It has a large saltwater pool in a tropical garden, sitting area on the huge terrace and a restaurant with views over the Cambodian countryside to watch unforgettable sunsets. Each room has also its private terrace overlooking the garden and the swimming pool and an iPod station. Located off the beaten path in a quiet neighborhood, the hotel has tuk-tuk service available for your use to explore town or the market.
- All breakfasts are included in this itinerary. But if you eat lunch and dinner at any of the local restaurants, you may need to pay in cash so plan accordingly!
- 10 nights at the hotel double occupancy
- Daily Sangha (gathering) with David Ault
- $500.00 of your trip cost will go to helping to build a school or dig wells.
- Sunrise at Angkok Wat
- Tours of Bayon and Ta Prom Temples
- Tours of Prash Khan, Beak and Ta Som Temples
- Sunset at Phnom Pakheng Temples
- Tours of Prerup Temple and Floating Village
- Morning tour of Banteay Srey
- All admissions to the above ruins
- Helping in the schools with the children
- Helping in creating new wells
- Connecting with the local villages and learning about them
- All tips for our bus drivers and guide are included. (An $80.00 value)
- All ground transportation; unless you do not arrive with the group and separate transport is needed.
- Your round trip air flight to and from Siem Reap is not-included
- Extra donations and tips you personally would like to give
- Other non-included items would be: phone calls, laundering services and souvenir shopping!
- Tips for the maids (we recommend $1.00 USD per person per day for the maids)
Regarding Flights: Feel free to make your own flights, but please confirm them with us before booking.
CDC Recommendations: Interesting, but Malaria which is present throughout the country, is not found at the temple complex at Angkor Wat, Phnom Penh, or around Lake Tonle Sap. Always recommended are: being up to date on your measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, and poliovirus vaccine. Great to have your Hepatitis A & B series. Typhoid is highly recommended. Japanese encephalitis and rabies are optional but I suggest you ask your travel physician.
Prices are based on the 2011 trip - 2012 trip pricing COMING SOON!
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