Spice Village

Health & Wellness Journey to India led by Dr. Janet Bruno

Taj Mahal, Agra Fort 

8.0-10.0 Continuing Medical Education Credits will be sought for this journey. ​ 

** This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Wilderness Medical Society and Nanda Journeys. The Wilderness Medical Society is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians. **

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Exclusively developed professional program in collaboration with Journey leader

International airfare (from designated US gateway city)

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All in-country transportation for the group (including airport transfers)

Accommodations in four to five star hotels

24/7 professional English speaking guide

Individual departure taxes (where applicable)

Fees for all services, most tips and taxes

Professionally led daily program – see itinerary for full details

Travel insurance

Daily breakfast and most lunches & dinner, as specified in the itinerary

10-20 Hours of professional exchanges with counterparts in host  country

Formal and informal meetings with your peers to increase your global knowledge of your profession

Unique insight and knowledge about current issues and challenges related to your profession

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Upon Registration$3,199.00 USD
Every 4 weeks (x 1)$3,199.00 USD
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India: Delhi, Agra| 3 nights|  October 11-14, 2018 | $899

Day 01: Depart for India
Depart from New York City/surrounding area and make your way to India. The stunning beauty and friendly people alone are worth a visit!

The bustling metropolis of Delhi has been invaded, destroyed, and rebuilt countless times in its 5,000-year history. Today, it is a sprawling urban center unofficially divided into two parts: Old Delhi, the classic Indian experience of colorful, crowded streets and historical monuments and New Delhi, India’s capital, a city of wide avenues and government buildings that the British began erecting in the early 1900s.

Day 02: Arrival and Welcome
Arrive in Delhi, India today. Upon arrival, the group will be met and transferred to your local hotel. Relax this evening and settle into your hotel.

The lovely 5-star Grand Hotel boasts modern facilities and a resort like feel with luscious greens & magnificent waterscapes in a fabulous New Delhi location. The hotel has a spa, fitness center, swimming pool and all the amenities for a comfortable stay including an in-room safe and hairdryer.

Depending on flight arrival time this evening, dinner is on your own tonight (if not provided in flight).
Overnight:  Grand Hotel (or similar)

Day 03: Cultural & Community Exploration - Delhi, India

All travelers will gather this morning with your national guide and receive further information on the program and today’s activities.

This morning the group will spend time volunteering at Deepalaya. This is a wonderful opportunity to contribute to a local school in a very tangible way. We will have the opportunity to understand the educational system in India and to interact with teachers and students. The school is the largest operating non-governmental organization (NGO) in Delhi, focusing on issues affecting the development of the urban and rural poor in India, with a special focus on children. The organization was founded in 1979 and since then it has seen a continuous growth in staff, beneficiaries and fields of activities. Their main areas of influence are the urban slums of Delhi, but inroads into rural development in the states of Haryana and Uttarakhand have been made as well.

Later this morning, explore the unique and defining characteristics of Old Delhi on a walking tour. Learn about the impressive design of the city’s ‘Havelis’ (private mansions), discover the significance of historical sites like the Red Fort, Jama Masjid and admire handmade crafts sold at the market in Chandni Chowk by walking the same paths that the locals do. You’ll be genuinely immersed in the Old Delhi lifestyle.

After lunch, visit New Delhi, designed and built by the British in the 1920's. It's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings as well as green parks and gardens. You will also visit one of the monuments from Delhi's past - Humayun's Tomb. Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate and Parliament House.

This evening, enjoy a welcome dinner with fellow travelers.

Overnight: Grand Hotel (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 04: Professional Program - Delhi, India
Today the professional members of the group will meet with wellness/medical counterparts in the morning and afternoon. Visit a state-of-the-art hospital, such as Apollo Hospital, that treats medical tourists from around the world. As a bonus, you will get an insider’s view of the rapidly growing sector of "medical tourism" that likely some of your patients may be asking about soon, if not already.

Learn about yoga, meditation and art at Zorba the Buddha, one of the largest open faith spiritual centers in the world fostering creative and spiritual growth; an ever-evolving eco-village. They are home to a living piece of art in which seekers from the realms of spirituality, creativity and social welfare flourish in synchronicity.

Lunch will be provided today at a local restaurant today.

Finish up the day with a visit to an Ayurvda center to meet with the physicians. The primary objective of this journey is to renew and get back in touch with the real reasons why you entered medicine, while simultaneously discovering fascinating health principles and techniques from the oldest healing science in the world, Ayurvedic Medicine. This wisdom, and inspiration, will empower you to come home refreshed, renewed, and better skilled to serve your patients.

Guest program: Accompanying guests will explore the National Gandhi Museum which has a very rich collection of original relics, books, journals and documents, photographs, audio-visual materials, exhibitions, art pieces and other memorabilia closely connected with Mahatma Gandhi, Kastur Ba and Indian Freedom Struggle. Stop for a photo opportunity to also see the Lotus and Laxmi Narayana Temples today.

Dinner is by individual arrangement (own expense) this evening.​
Overnight: Grand Hotel (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 05: Fly to Kochi (Cochin)
Kochi has the best natural harbor in the country and is set amidst lagoons and backwaters, with a romantic backdrop of swaying coconut palms. Traders from the West came around the 3rd century and took back spices, ivory and teak. Much later, in the 15th century, the Portuguese, Dutch, French and British came to the region in the guise of merchants, some stayed on as colonial rulers.

After arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel for check-in. Lunch is by individual arrangement today.

This evening witness one of the most spectacular dances of India called Kathakali. It has a unique combination of literature, music, painting, acting and dance. The dancers wear large headdresses, and the contours of the face are extended with molded lime. It is believed that the extraordinary costumes and makeup serve to raise the dancers above the level of mere mortals, so that they may transport the audience to a world of wonders.​ Dinner will be providied this evening.
Overnight: Eighth Bastion (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 06: Professional Program - Kochi, India

This morning, start your day by visiting Kerala Ayurveda Academy. KAL has started its own Ayurvedic training center in view of propagating authentic Ayurveda. Ayurveda, yoga's sister science, is the oldest continually practiced healthcare system in the world. Kripalu makes this time-honored system accessible and relevant to contemporary life. The school offers comprehensive study and professional certifications in several specialties including yoga and health counseling. Empowering, effective, and natural healing—inspired by the wisdom of nature.

This afternoon is scheduled for a meeting with a yoga and naturopathy expert.

Guest program: Accompanying guests will explore Kumbalangi, a lush green village of Cochin. It is undoubtedly an ideal place to experience village life in Kerala. Your tour will take you for countryside to experience variety of village activities like coir yarn processing - made from coconut fiber - Kerala’s oldest industry. Learn the art of fishing net making and weaving coconut leaves, visit crab farming. The roads that lead to Kumbalangi are lined with farms and mangroves that is rich with crabs. These are natural feeding grounds for Mud crabs and red crabs. The fishermen engage in various methods of catching these.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon with dinner on your own arrangements.
Overnight: Eighth Bastion (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 07: Cultural Explorations
This morning you will take a quick tour of Kochi, beginning with St. Francis Church. Located at Fort Kochi, this Protestant church was originally built by the Portuguese in 1510 AD and is believed to be the oldest church built by the Europeans in India.

A trip through the Dutch Palace provides a view of 17th century frescoes, court attire and other artifacts. It is also known as Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese and presented to the Raja of Kochi in 1555 A.D. It acquired the present name after 1663 when the Dutch carried out extensions and repairs in the palace. It is interesting to note that at no time did the Portuguese or Dutch stay here. Lunch will be by individual arrangement today.

Explore the amazing Chinese fishing nets operating on principles of physics, far advanced for their times. These unique fishing nets are the only ones of its kind in India. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler, Kublai Khan, introduced these nets to the area. We’ll have some free time for shopping at the bazaar.

Lunch will be provided today with dinner on your own arrangement.

This afternoon drive to Kumarakom, a cluster of little islands on Vembanad Lake. Kumarakom captures the essence of Kerala in a unique and lovely setting. Conde Nast Traveller rated Kumarakom among the 25 best getaways in the world. In route we will visit a tea factory that will give you insight into the cultivation and processing of tea.

Check-in at the Coconut Lagoon, a unique and exquisite resort constructed from fragments of Keralan palaces, with beautiful carvings and brass work. The resort is set on an abandoned coconut plantation that can be reached only by boat.

The remainder of the day is free, perhaps to experience Ayurveda Rejuvenation Therapy (at your own expense), which includes a private consultation with an Ayurvedic Doctor and personally planned program of diet and therapies that may include a massage, steam bath and yoga.

Overnight:  Coconut Lagoon (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 08: Cultural Immersion

​This morning is yours to enjoy and relax on property. It's suggested to schedule an appointment with an Ayurvedic doctor. The Coconut Lagoon is a sustainable property, so you can tour the facilities to learn their efforts, learn how to husk a coconut, visit the butterfly garden, walk around the property, take a yoga class, enjoy tea/biscuits with a local, or visit the nearby village where many of the resort’s staff live.

This afternoon cruise through the Kerala backwaters on one the region’s trademark houseboats. These traditional houseboats are built without a single nail. The planks of these shallow barges are tied together with strong ropes. On this peaceful journey observe the rituals of village life: farmers tilling fields with buffaloes, villagers washing laundry and children playing in the water.

You will also see shallow, palm-fringed lakes, Chinese fishing nets and shady canals where coir (coconut fiber), copra (dried coconut meat), and cashews are loaded into dugouts. A delicious Keralan lunch will be prepared and served on board.

Dinner will be provided this evening.
Overnight:  Coconut Lagoon (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Drive to Periyar

After breakfast check-out from your hotel and drive to Periyar, known as the spice coast, a region that boasts some of the country’s finest spice plantations. On arrival check-in at your hotel. Your hotel recreates the mood of a tribal community, thatched in elephant grass and set in a lush spice garden. The resort features a fine Ayurvedic facility, with free time to indulge in massage and treatments.

Spice Village is a work of nature as much as it is a lofty expression of the imagination. The resort was conceived as a village and building it was approached in the same way you would a village: local materials, native artisans, mountain spirit, and traditional wisdom in its creation. The Ayurveda center offers a range of herbal massage and therapies. In addition to treks and safaris, enjoy basketball, badminton, tennis and other brisk activities. Included is an onsite pool, giftshop, Wi-Fi and an exhibition center highlighting the local flora and fauna of the Periyar region. The cottages have modern bathrooms and interiors with a spartan elegance based on simple, natural materials and local woodcraft. No artificial, air-conditioned spaces here - just cool, naturally lit rooms and airy private porches.

Lunch will be provided this afternoon with dinner on your own arrangement at the resort.

In the evening enjoy Kalaripayattu, the traditional martial art of Kerala, which is specifically used for defense and resistance. This martial form of art helps to maintain body physique and releases emotional stress. It provides full relaxation, gives new energy, and improves mental awareness.
Overnight:  Spice Village (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11: Reflective time & Cultural Exploration

This morning you’ll visit nearby spice plantations, accompanied by an experienced naturalist: pepper, cardamom, cloves and cinnamon are all cultivated here; you’ll learn all about the traditional, organic techniques used to prepare the spices for the kitchen. Later explore the local Spice Markets.

Lunch is by individual arrangement today.

This afternoon enjoy an amazing elephant safari. In Kerala one can find elephants in most of the temple festivals and other functions that are attended by dignitaries. Elephants are treated as gods and absolute care is being given to elephants. With this elephant safari you can watch closely and mingle with the elephants also offers a rare opportunity to experience the safari on an elephant through a Spice Plantation where the gentle breeze refreshes one with the spice scented air.

This evening, join the chef for a hands-on cooking session that will introduce you to the flavors of Kerala. Learn a few traditional recipes that have a natural and wholesome goodness.

Overnight:  Spice Village (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: Time to say goodbye
Drive to Kochi airport to fly back to Delhi early this evening. Check in for your international flight home late this evening with departure schedule after midnight.​ Note you will arrive back in the U.S. on the 24th. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 12: Arrival October 24, 2018

Arrival will be this morning back in the U.S.

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.

Join us on an experiential journey that will empower you as a healthcare professional to lead your patients, community, and colleagues to greater levels of whole-body health and wellness. Cities to visit include Delhi, Kochi, Periyar, and Kumarakom – step outside of the typical Golden Triangle to truly see and experience India behind the scenes.  Enjoy an elephant safari in Kerala; join a chef for a hands-on cooking lesson to learn some traditional dishes; and explore Old Delhi including a visit to the Red Fort and India Gate. Interact with health and wellness professionals from a variety of facilities such as Apollo Hospital, Zorba the Buddha (an eco-village that combines spirituality, creativity, and social welfare) and the Kerala Ayurveda Academy. Visit a meditation center to participate in a meditation session and talk to people who have been embodying a multi-decade’s meditation practice. Discuss and brainstorm innovative strategies to bring these ideas back home for successful adoption and engagement. Above all, immerse yourself in the true experience of Ayurvedic and ancient Indian healing principles to enhance your practice of medicine and bring a wholeness to your interactions with patients. Join us for this unique chance to experience India’s health, wellness, and holistic principles in person!

8.0-10.0 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits will be sought for this journey


Coconut Lagoon

Delhi, Kochi, Periyar & Kumarakom| 11 days | October 13-24, 2018 |$6,399

Day 01: October 11, 2018
Depart today from the U.S. and make your way to Delhi, India.

Day 02: October 12, 2018 - Delhi, India

Upon arrival at the airport, you will be met by a local guide and transferred to your hotel. Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of Old and New India; the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries.

Overnight:  The Grand (or similar)
Meals: Dinner

Day 03: October 13, 2018 - Drive to Agra
After breakfast depart this morning for your drive to Agra. Agra is home of the majestic Taj Mahal. The drive itself is a fascinating way to see the country as you travel from the foothills to the plains and onward to this memorable city. Upon arrival check-in at your hotel with lunch on your own arrangement.

This afternoon visit to the Agra Fort – a great monument of red sandstone that dominates a bend in the Yamuna River and was constructed by the Mughals during 1565-1571. It was Emperor Akbar who laid the foundation of this majestic citadel in 1565. The fort was ready by 1571 during the period of Shah Jehan, Akbar’s grandson. The fort is crescent shaped, flattened on the east with a long, nearly straight wall facing the river. The Fort’s colossal double walls rise 69 ft in height and measure 2.5 km in circumference encircled by a moat and contain a maze of buildings which form a small city within a city. The fort contains splendid mosques and palaces in red sandstone and white marble built by two generations of creative builders during the time of Akbar and later Jehangir and Shah Jehan.

In the evening enjoy the grand live performance “Mohabbat-e-Taj”, based on the love story of Taj Mahal.

Dinner will be provided this evening.
Overnight: Trident Hotel (or similar)​
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 4: October 14 - Explore the Majestic Taj Mahal
Rise early and enjoy sunrise at the Taj Mahal, one of the new Seven Wonders of the World! Explore the majestic complex of gardens and buildings culminating in Shah Jahan’s iconic monument to love, the Taj Mahal. This protected UNESCO World Heritage site blends perfect symmetry with stunning inlay work and marble detailing.

Build appreciation for the historic process of marble inlay work used to decorate the Taj Mahal during a demonstration by local artisans. This ancient craft is considered a dying art and only practiced by a small number of families in Agra.

Return to your hotel for a late breakfast. Later drive back to Delhi with lunch provided in route. Check back into your Delhi hotel and meet up with the remainder of the group who are arriving today from the U.S. 

Overnight: The Grand (or similar)
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Please note: All itineraries are subject to change based on availability of hotels, flights and hosting organizations at the time of finalization of booking. Comparable meetings and activities will be arranged should an itinerary change be necessary. 30 days before departure, a finalized itinerary will be available and reflect final details.​​



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Dr. Janet Bruno

Dr. Janet Bruno has dedicated her entire life to empowering individuals to get healthy, stay healthy, and live meaningful lives. Above all, she strives to be a role model to those she serves. 

Dr. Bruno provides a variety of consulting services to businesses and physicians who desire to improve their wellness programs. Prior to that, she served as Regional Medical Director for OptumHealth, a division of UnitedHealth Group. In this role, she oversaw operational delivery of disease and wellness solutions to over 5.5 million Americans. She actively participated in sales of the company's services, often contributing heavily to the successful closing of million dollar contracts. She regularly delivered presentations across the country, as well as providing frequent instructional webinars and podcasts. 

She is a dedicated life-long student, ambitiously pursuing professional and personal excellence. Her formal education involves a bachelor’s degree in premed and business, a masters in international affairs and economics, a medical degree, and post graduate training in surgery, family medicine and aerospace medicine. She became board certified in family medicine. She participates in ongoing business and marketing training programs and masterminds, with an emphasis on technology. She has a keen interest in the international arena, as illustrated by her involvement in several medical missions and research projects in regions around the world. Over the years, she has achieved varying levels of fluency in six languages.

Her clinical medical career involved working as an Air Force flight surgeon, serving in several locum tenens positions, working in a concierge practice, medical mission trips globally, and leading as medical director over a 3-facility county

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Located about four hours outside of Delhi, Agra is the iconic home to the world-famous Taj Mahal.
This iconic structure provides a glimpse into Mughal architecture and history.  A mausoleum built by Shah Jehan for his queen Mumtaz Mahal, the Taj Mahal is said to have taken 22 years and 20,000 craftsmen to construct. Its perfect proportions and minutely detailed marble inlays will astound you. It is renowned for its perfect proportions with rich, exquisite marble inlay with minute details and executed with great skill.

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