Susan Weis-Bohlen 
Ayurveda, Vegetarian Cooking,  Meditation, Sacred Site Travel.
breathe notes: breathe deep journeys to Peru and Israel & Jordan February 15, 2018


I'm excited to announce two wonderful tours for 2018 - one to Peru, visiting sites including Machu Picchu and the Amazon, and one to Israel and Jordan.  As some of you may know, I lived in Israel for nearly a decade (and speak fluent Hebrew! I visited Peru in 2009 - my Spanish - not so fluent!)

Both Peru and Israel resonate so deeply with me, I want to share them with you.  Both countries are cradles of civilization in their own way. 

Come explore with me and Larry, sacred sites, hidden valleys, wild jungles, peaceful deserts, and ancient cities. Meet locals who will share their personal stories and cultural ceremonies, eat ethnic food based on traditional cooking going back centuries, and find your deeper self as you meditate in sacred sites, hike in magical valleys and participate in plant medicine ceremonies. 

Our trip to Peru departs on June 26 for 12 days, and our trip to Israel and Jordan departs on November 13, for 15 days. Just a  brief description of each trip here - p lease see the complete itinerary on my website, by clicking on the links here: PERU, ISRAEL. Below are brief descriptions for each trip. 

If you know you want to go please contact me as soon as possible. Early-bird pricing is available! Register and pay in full for Peru by March 1 and save $150. For Israel, early-bird deadline is April 1, save $150. 

Any questions? Email me at or call me at 410-979-2096. Both tours are carefully curated to offer the best accommodations, the most interesting sites, knowledgeable and experienced guides, time for rest and relaxation, and, or course, time to shop! 

Ready to sign up? You can find registration forms for Peru here.  And Israel here

Thank you! Please feel free to share this newsletter with anyone you may think would be interested!

Much love to you and to the world!


Upcoming Sacred Site Journeys: Peru, June 2018; Israel, November 2018 

Shamanic Journey to Peru, June 2018
Your guides, Shaman Amaru Li and Susan Weis-Bohlen, will lead you on an unforgettable journey. 
This spectacular tour includes  some of the most sacred sites on earth: Cusco, Machu Picchu, Pisaq, The Sacred Valley and  Puerto Maldonado in the Amazon. Here is a brief description of the tour. 

Please see full itinerary 

Tour Dates: June 26, 2018 - July 7, 2018

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 Day 1 -  Arrive Lima, acclimate and rest at hotel. Group Dinner. 

Wednesday, June 27, Day 2 - Fly to Cusco.
Morning flight to Cusco. Relax and sip Coca tea to adjust to the altitude. Visit the ancient resting place of the Inca Solar Disk in Koricancha. 

Thursday, June 28, Day 3 - Cusco
Tour to Saqsayhuaman (Temple of the Earth).  Qenqo, and Tambomachay.  Blessing ceremony by Qeros  (Andean Shamans). 

Friday, June 29, Day 4 -  Pisaq
Sacred Valley hike. Traditional Indian Market at Pisac. Coca leaf offering for personal and planetary integration. 

Saturday, June 30, Day 5 -  Ollantatambo   
Temple of the Sun and a shamanic meditation at the sacred waters. Optional: Amaru will lead working with "huachuma" sacred plant medicine ($120).

Sunday, July 1, Day 6 -  Ollantatambo and Machu Picchu
Train through Sacred Valley to Aguas Calientes, bus to the Lost City of Machu Picchu. Explore  power spots and temples of the Sacred Crystal City.

Monday, July 2, Day 7 - 
Second entrance optional to Machu Picchu. Time for shopping, relaxing in Aguas Calientes. Late afternoon train to Cusco.

Tuesday, July 3, Day 8 -  Cusco
Explore Cusco, time for shopping and enjoying its good food and music. Overnight in Cusco. 

Wednesday, July 4, Day 9 - Cusco to  Puerto Maldonado
45 minute flight to Puerto Maldonado. Evening exploration.

Thursday, July 5, Day 10 - Sandoval Lake
Motorboat trip up the Madre de Dios River. Hike to the banks of the lake. Observe the flora and monkeys.  Canoe around the lake. Evening Ayahuasca ceremony (optional $120).

Friday, July 6, Day 11 - Monkey Island, Taricaya, Jungle Canopy
Visit the Rescue Center of Animals Taricaya, and the tour Canopy at the top level of the trees.

Saturday, July 7, Day 12 - Depart to Lima and the US.
$3995 per person double occupancy
Single Supplement add $650

Israel and Jordan, November 2018

Tour Dates November 13 - November 28, 2018

Joining me to lead this tour is Jared Goldfarb, a multi-cultural educator and licensed tour guide based in Jerusalem with nearly 20 years experience in the field.  We will see the country through the eyes of all its inhabitants,  and come away richer in every sense. 

Brief Itinerary: 

Leave the US (from Newark, NJ) on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. 
Wednesday, November 14 - Day 1. Arrive in Israel, transfer to Jerusalem for orientation, and opening dinner. Rest and acclimate to our new surroundings before venturing out to begin our explorations. 

Thursday, November 15 - Day 2. After breakfast,  explore the nooks and crannies of the Old City of Jerusalem. Shop and eat and learn all the while meandering through the serpentine ancient alleys. In the evening we attend a special cultural event. 

Friday, November 16 - Day 3. Visit modern Jerusalem, a marvel of creativity, architecture and activity.  Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Museum),  Machane Yehuda - a vibrant Jerusalem marketplace. In the evening,  a Kabbalat Shabbat dinner with local families.  

Saturday, November 17 - Day 4. Keep the Sabbath (we can arrange to visit a Synagogue) or you can
join a day trip to Bethlehem, just six miles from Jerusalem, an a ncient  Palestinian city. Lunch with local Palestinians. 

Sunday, November 18 - Day 5. Drive south, to explore the Judean Desert, visiting the ancient fortress of  Masada in Judea, Kibbutz Ein Gedi & the Dead Sea. We will overnight at the Kibbutz. 

Monday, November 19 -  Day 6. Drive north via the beautiful Jordan Valley. Visit a desert monastery, and have an eco-kibbutz experience. Look out over the Kinneret (the Sea of Galilee) and in the evening, arrive at the heart of mystical Israel, the  home of Kabalah - Tzfat. 

Tuesday, November 20 - Day 7. After breakfast and yoga we will explore Tzfat, including historical walking tour, a kabbala  lesson, meet local artists. Visit Mt. of the Beatitudes. Guided meditation at sunset overlooking the Golan Heights. In the evening, private cooking class. 
Wednesday, November 21 - Day 8. To the Golan Heights, with lunch at a local winery. Visit the Syrian border, and the home of a local Druze family for dinner. 
Thursday, November 22 - Day 9. Drive to the beautiful Arab town of Um el-Fahm. Visit bi-cultural school, the Freedom Farm, an animal sanctuary,  and  Caesarea,   an ancient Herodian port city. In the evening, drive to the Tel Aviv seaport of  Jaffa.  

Friday, November 23 - Day 10. Today we will walk around the Old city of Jaffa and Neve Tzedek, and the  eclectic  Nachalat Binayamni Arts and Crafts  market place.

Saturday, November 24 -  Day 11. Tour Tel Aviv, including a tour of  the fabulous  Bauhaus Buildings. Cooking class with author and celebrity chef   Phyllis Glazer.

Sunday, November 25 - Day 12. Depart Tel Aviv in the morning and travel south towards the desert - the Negev. Visit  various desert sites and  arrive at our tent hotel,  Sukkah Bamidbar.

Monday, November 26 - Day 13. Continue exploring the Negev, learning biblical history, visiting a Bedouin community and more. Drive  to the resort town of Eilat, on the Red Sea, surrounded by the Sinai Desert. Overnight in Eilat. 

Tuesday, Nov. 27 - Day 14. From Eilat you can either fly back to Tel Aviv to depart for the US, or join our excursion into the ancient Nabatian  City  of Petra, in Jordan, just over the border. (If you chose not to travel to Jordan, we will deduct that portion of the trip from your final cost).  

We will leave for Petra crossing over to  the Red Sea to the Jordanian town of Aqaba and enter the Kingdom of Jordan. Here we will be met by a Jordanian tour guide. After a full day tour we will retire to  our Tent Hotel in Petra , a unique desert experience. 

Wednesday, November 28 - Day 15. After breakfast in the desert, we'll take a jeep tour of  Wadi Ruma protected desert wilderness in southern Jordan. In late afternoon we will return to Eilat, and catch an evening flight to Ben Gurion Airport, and depart Israel for home. 

Tour Cost: $5994 for shared room; $7495 single room

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