Buddhist Symposium and Cultural Immersion Tour
15-day Cultural Immersion Tour
Including C.E.U.’s and 2-day Bangkok Interlude
Friday, May 31- Friday, June 14, 2013
- Welcome dinner in Bangkok.
- Tour of Ayutthaya, ancient capital of Siam (Thailand), from the 12th Century, home to 33 Kings.
- Bhutan visa and daily Bhutan Tariff of $200.00 per day, includes 20% taxes; All ground transport in Bhutan, and all transfers.
- All meals and lodging in Bhutan. English speaking Bhutanese guides.
- One way flight in-country (from Paro, Bhutan-to-Bumthang, Bhutan).
- All Buddha Dharma Symposium workshops, panels. (C.E.U.’s Certificate: add $50.00).
- Bhutanese and American presenters. Stipends for presenters.
- Donations to Monasteries and Traditional Medicine Institute.
- Entry into all Monasteries, temples, sacred sites, ritual dances and archery events.
- Opportunities to interact with Buddhist monks and lamas. Walking meditations in ancient broad-leaf forests.
- Events at the Institute for Traditional Medicine and visits to indigenous villages.
- Opportunities for bird-spotting (600 species of birds), in Bhutan’s broad-leaf mature forests. Also, wild monkeys, baboons, and yaks, can be seen up close, in the Cloud Forests.
Does not Include:
- Airfare from the U.S. to Bhutan; travel insurance; alcoholic beverages; tips. Nor Traditional hot stone bath.
- Airfare from Bangkok-Paro, Bhutan-Bangkok. Group discounted fares are being negotiated with the exclusive Bhutanese airline that flies into Bhutan: Druk Air. We plan to have all group participants fly Bangkok-Paro-Bangkok, together. Currently, the published roundtrip fare is: $859.00
- 15-Day Pilgrimage Tour & Buddhist Symposium: $3,695.00 Double occupancy, per person. Single occupancy: $495.00 add-on.
Post Trip Add-ons:
Chiang Mai: The Cradle of Thailand’s Buddhism
- Visits to a few of the 300 celebrated and venerated Buddhist temples: chat opportunities with monks.
- Safari Trekking Adventure: elephant walk, bamboo rafting, waterfall swimming.
- Visits to orchid and butterfly farm; Thai Farm Organic Cooking School session.
- Hill Tribe visits to four different tribes: the Akha, Meo, Lisu, and Palong.
- Night Bazaar with great folk art finds, antiques, Buddhist artwork, Thai hand-woven fabrics and silks.
- Zip line in the tropical forest canopy (optional). Includes airfare to Chiang Mai. 5-Day 5-Night June 14-19, 2013. $725.00
The Symposium in Bhutan
Several workshop areas of exploration with the Bhutanese Buddhist presenters, monks and lamas, the American presenters, and the workshop participants, will be:
- Buddhist contemplative wisdom; Looking deeply into Resilience.
- Bringing compassion and resolution into your professional and personal practice.
- Optimism, Gratitude, and the Immune System.
- The Contemplative Brain and Mindfulness.
- Healing traumas: Doors to Awakening;
- Cognitive Neuroscience and Mindfulness.
- Feeding Intuition: Being in the World.
- The Nine Domains of Gross national Happiness (GNH) in Bhutan: What we can Learn.
- Complexity, Spirituality, and Compassion.
Being in Bhutan is a wonderful opportunity to explore and deepen your study of the contemplative mind, and to develop and cultivate your inner wisdom”. It is a pristine place for retreat and renewal. Bhutan is well connected by cell phone services. Similarly, internet service is widely available in Bhutan”. We look forward to talking with you about the pilgrimage Symposium-Tour to Bhutan, the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’.
Charles Simmons and Marla Perry-Simmons • Telephone: 520-331-8338 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org