CreatedFriday, 11 April 2014
Last modifiedThursday, 18 December 2014
Revised byJean du Plessis
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Spiritourism or travel with a spiritual focus increased in popularity over the past decade. Today, the favourite destination by far is Cambodia's Siem Reap, home of Angkor Wat. Literally thousands of tourists arrive here every day.
The Wayist Center in Siem Reap plays host spiritual travelers in that they organize spirituality-specific tours, seminars, active meditation classes, Wayist teacher training and general Wayist training.
Another aspect of spiritourism is the charitable and community welfare face of it. Many groups in Cambidia, Thailand and Laos provide not only yoga classes, reiki, meditation and chanting opportunities but also involve devotees in their charitable actions. Siem Reap Wayist center, for example, partners with charities such as Eyes of Leah to provide community sanitation, install latrines and water wells, and sponsor education for underpriviliged children.
Spirituality and community involvement is inseperable. The one gives rise to the other.
While Cambodia is officially, by Government decree, a Theravada Buddhist nation, the natural spirituality of Cambodians is far from it. Spiritual travelers learn much about the cultures and the people of their destinations but inevitably they learn more about themselves.
Readers can contact me for more information about Wayist seminars and tours in Cambodia. We would like to hear from other readers about their views and experiences on their spiritual tourism ventures.