The Ayeyarwady River Cruise You’ve Been Waiting For

River cruises don’t get any more relaxed than this. In October, the luxurious Belmond Road to Mandalay is teaming up with Brian Hilliard and Shannon van Staden of Mindfulness Journeys for a unique sailing on Myanmar’s Ayeyarwady River. The trip—a seven-night round-trip cruise departing Bagan on October 7—will include Tibetan yoga and guided meditation sessions as well as healthy cuisine, alongside one-on-one mindfulness coaching with Hilliard and van Staden, who between them have more than 40 years of experience studying, practicing, and teaching mindfulness. There will also be ample opportunities to disembark and absorb local culture; shore excursions include visits to pagodas, the temple-strewn plains of Bagan, and craft workshops in Mandalay. “Myanmar is the perfect place to try mindfulness and Tibetan yoga,” explains Hilliard. “Meditation is a way of life in this Buddhist country so it is a very honest and natural way of immersing in local culture. We hope that bringing all these elements together on a cruise of this nature is going to be life-changing for those who join us.” For more information, call 65/6395-0678 or visit

Belmond Road to Mandalay River Cruise. Both photos courtesy of Belmond.

Yoga aboard the cruise


This article originally appeared in the August/September 2017 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Connections: Mindfulness in Myanmar”).

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