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Ladakh is a place that is dripping in culture. Up until 1974 it was closed off from the outside world which means its traditions are still a living breathing part of everyday life. Before the arrival of Buddhism they practiced a more shamanic type of religion called Bon. Both belief systems fused together which resulted in the tradition of oracles and shamans.

Oracles give assistance by becoming vehicles for particular spirits, during which they speak with the very voice of t...he spirit. The most famous ones in Ladakh are those of Matho Gompa, one of the festivals we attend during our tour. We also attend the Stok Oracle festival as well as attending a more local shamanic session with a female lay oracle where the opportunity for personal healing should you want it is there.

We will also spend time in the homes of the local people praying, eating and simply enjoying their unique way of life as we relax and let our woes melt away. No doubt coming back from it all deeply changed.

The souvenir of the Ladakh trip is a Green Tara mantra. We will meet with a Rinpoche or high level monk who will give us a Green Tara blessing so that every time we say the mantra it has more power to heal. We will also pay a visit to a Tara temple in the Tibetan Quarter of Delhi where repeating the mantra there or making even a small nominal donation to her statue will reap greater results for our Ladakhprayers if they are for the highest good.

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