Our 2017 Bhutan Tour and Retreat:
- 14 days, 13 nights Pilgrimage Tour.
- Wednesday, Oct. 4 – Tuesday, October 17, 2017
- Includes 5-day practice retreat, October 9–13, 2017, participating in a “conversation” dialogue with Western teachers and Bhutanese lamas, monks and scholars.
- Cost of Tour is $3,995.00, per person double occupancy, plus $650.00 retreat registration.
- Participants outside the USA can make international bank wire payments. Contact us for details.
- Welcome Dinner in Paro, Bhutan.
- All in-country ground transport.
- Bhutan daily Govt. Tariff of $250.00 per day, which includes $65.00 per day contribution toward Bhutan’s universal free health care and free education.
- All meals & lodging in traditional lodges and hotels in Bhutan. English speaking Bhutanese guides and naturalist.
- Donations to: the Retreat host, Lhodrak Kharchu Monastery Foundation; Shechen Ogyen Chodzong Nunnery; Tharpaling Monastery; and various spiritual teachers’ benefitting charities.
- The Retreat week will include meditations, mindfulness movement experiences, teachings, dialogue, and transmissions.
- Participate in 2-day sacred masked dance festival Tshechu, in honor of 8th Century Guru Rinpoche in Bumthang, central Bhutan.
- Entry into all Monasteries, Temples, sacred sites, ritual dances and archery events.
- Opportunities to interact with Buddhist monks, nuns, lamas, scholars, and village artisans.
- Walking meditations in ancient, broad-leaf forests.
- Opportunities for bird spotting (600 species of birds) in Bhutan’s broad-leaf mature forests.
- Also, up close encounters with wild monkeys, baboons, and yaks, can be seen in the Cloud Forests.
- Cherished sites we will visit include: Iconic Tiger’s Nest; Burning Lake, site of sacred relics; and the Kurjey (the Queen Mother’s) Monastery.
- Full Itinerary – view here.
Does Not Include:
- Airfare from the U.S. to Bhutan; Bhutanese Visa ($40.00), travel insurance (highly recommended), alcoholic beverages, tips, and traditional Bhutanese hot stone baths.
- Lodging in Bangkok, the gateway city. Pre-tour lodging at two Bangkok boutique hotels near the Bangkok International Airport, can be recommended.
- Roundtrip airfare from Bangkok – Paro, Bhutan – Bangkok. Royal Bhutan Airlines flies into Bhutan. Currently, the published roundtrip fare is $725.00. We will facilitate participants obtaining their Bhutanese Visa and also facilitating your purchase of air tickets from Bangkok into Bhutan, round trip.
- Roundtrip airfare from Paro to Bumthang, on Druk Air. Previous years, we have driven at least one way, on the National Highway of Bhutan. This one and only west-east road is undergoing major reconstruction. Last October it took us 3 days to traverse. The road is subject to temporary closures, delaying the itinerary. We have decided – since the road construction is a 3-year project – that this year (2017), it is prudent to fly both ways, Paro-Bumthang, which is a 35 minute flight. The cost is approximately $360.00
- Single Occupancy Option add $630.00
Retreat Week Theme: “Nurturing Bodhichitta in Times of Challenge”
Imagine participating in a 5-Day Retreat while being immersed in a culture of complete spiritual intelligence, profound compassion, and respect for nature:
- Buddhist contemplative wisdom: Looking deeply into Resilience, Interdependence, and Compassion.
- Awakening to courage, wisdom, generosity, and right action in your professional and personal practice.
- A conversation on the pathways to Optimism, Gratitude, Altruism, and Mindfulness.
- The Nine Domains of Gross National Happiness (GNH) in Bhutan: What we can Learn.
- A deepening understanding of the 37 Versus on the Practice of the Bodhisattva.
Being in the Kingdom of Bhutan, a deep reservoir of wisdom and sacred traditions, is a wonderful opportunity to explore and deepen your study of the contemplative mind, and to cultivate your inner wisdom.
Bhutan is a pristine place for retreat and renewal. Situated in the Himalayas between Tibet and India, it is well connected by cell phone and internet transmission. An English-speaking Kingdom with so many delights to discover, we look forward to talking with you about the Pilgrimage-Tour to Bhutan, the ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’.
We encourage you to read the November 2, 2014) New York Times Style Magazine-Travel Section on Bhutan, a marvelous 9-page article by by Jody Rosen, “The Higher State of Being.”
Kind regards, and looking forward to hearing from you with Gratitude,
Charles Simmons and Marla Perry-Simmons.