Visit to Elephant Sanctuary in Laos

Yesterday I had the privilege of visiting Mandalao, an elephant sanctuary, Luang Prabang, Laos. The Sanctuary Visit The guided tour consisted of a lady from Portugal, the guide and me. After being driven along a very pot holed road, we sat in the café overlooking the sanctuary with a cup of tea and listening to an elephant expert. He has worked with elephants for 27 years, worldwide, and is an international consultant who works with sanctuaries, zoos, and works towards eliminating cruelty to elephants. What a smiling, gentle knowledgeable man! Spending half an hour with him was a real experience. We were given socks and Ninja boots and set off...

Visit to Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine Dispensary in Sri Lanka

The story of Ayurveda goes back 5000 years. The statue that depicts Ayurveda has four hands and each is symbolic of what Ayurveda stands for. One hand holds a shell (longevity); another holds a plant (where all medicine comes from) and the other holds a pot of medicine (symbolising healing)-and another holds a book – the scriptures were originally written on palm tree bark which is virtually indestructible whether it be stored under water or in the air. The scriptures have also been written on silver and the very important ones on gold. There are different branches of Ayurveda, like our medical doctors ie surgery, paediatricians etc. On the shelf...

Sri Lankan Ayurvedic Resort Visit

Arriving in Sri Lanka From the time we arrived at Colombo, Sri Lanka at 2am this morning I feel a sense of excitement being in the home of Ayurveda. For the next 7 nights my dream of experiencing a week’s panchakarma in an Ayurvedic Resort in Sri Lanka is coming true. (A panchakarma is a time to chill out, focus on restoring good health and detoxing. It is usually done at a change of season. Spring is the optimal time and autumn also a good time.) However, it should be for 10 days to 3 weeks and I am here for 7 days. Barberyn Ayurvedic Resort Barberyn Ayurvedic Resort is...