Mongolia’s mystical Tsaatan: Spirit of the Reindeer Herders
August 13-24, 2023: Together with Indigenous Shaman Bulgan Windhorse you will travel through the Northern Mongolian Siberian Forest ‘Taiga’. During this trip, you will visit the reindeer family, meet with a Tsaatan shaman, ride horses, reindeers, do long distance hiking and experience shamanic meditations. You will experience the Mongolian traditional dwelling by sleeping in tents and “Ger” (Yurt).
Tsaatan (reindeer herders) are one of the last indigenous tribes, who survived for thousands of years inhabiting, Northern Mongolia, the remotest subarctic south Siberian taiga, moving between 5-10 times a year. Presently, only 44 families remain, their existence is threatened by the dwindling number of their domesticated reindeer and are considered a dying culture.
The Tsaatan people have evolved an extraordinary and unique way of life, dependent both on their reindeer and the forests where they hunt. They aspire not to disturb the ecological balance and live a sacred life, cultivating their spirituality, valour and intellectual powers. Unlike most Mongolians they don’t live in ‘Ger’ but in teepees, made primarily of birch bark.
Shamanism, one of the oldest religious beliefs, still exists among Mongolians today. This belief has an ideology that all existence is connected and has the same awareness as human beings. Tengrism is the belief to worship the Source energy, Earth, NAture, Spirits of their ancestors.
The Shamanistic practices among Tsaatans are unlike those of other Shamanistic beliefs in the world. Shaman worship among the Tsaatan people is thought to represent the oldest variant of Shamanism practiced by Mongolian nomads. Not only do they worship their Shaman, but they have many sacred ceremonies and rituals that they use in their daily lives, including those for hunting and for invoking or stopping the rain.
One of a kind
Mongolian shaman Bulgan will lead the whole trip. Bulgan is known worldwide for her shamanic teachings. As she comes from the Khalh family in Mongolia – a well known and direct family line of Shamans – she is a traditional and gifted wisdom keeper and healer.
She is part of the World Master Teachers.
“Despite facing hardships and prejudice, a tiny, marginalized community of indigenous tribe is attracting the most honored photographers, scientists, journalists and people from all around the world with their unique style of living.”
Participants: min 8 – max 12
Booking: mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Price: €2800 (Included: transfers in Mongolia, food and camp, invitation for visa to Mongolia. Excluded: international flights, hotel, visa to Mongolia (€ 50 – € 80)
Dates: 13 – 24 august 2023
Important: Max. luggage 20kg.
Language: The trip will be guided in English.
Food: Only vegetarian food will be offered, but for those who would like to have gluten-free or meat can be arranged.
Duration: It’s a 11 nights and 12 days trip.
Program: We will travel through the Northern Mongolian Siberian Forest ‘Taiga’. During this trip, we will visit the reindeer family, an event with a Tsaatan shaman, ride horses, reindeers, long distance hiking and do shamanic meditations. We will sleep in tents and “Ger”, Mongolian traditional dwelling (Yurt).
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