Take a journey through mystical mountains, sacred temples, and this richly preserved culture. Reconnect to your higher selves, to your soul purpose, which was intended for greater pursuits beyond material achievements, whether that means you re-kindle the fire of your inner child, painter, dancer, or storyteller. Explore Bhutan alongside the local people, discover their unique perspectives and enjoy the light of their inspiring spirits!
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During this retreat, you will be accommodated in the four-star luxury hotels carefully selected by Exodus Healing and Retreats in Bhutan. You may choose to stay at either shared or private rooms. There will be single and twin deluxe rooms available for the participants.
As you will be visiting many sacred heritage sites of Bhutan, Exodus Healing and Retreats wants to make sure that you have the most comfortable rest to prepare you for each days yoga, meditation, and retreat excursions.
You will be staying at Namgya Heritage in Thimpu on the first two nights. Then, as the journey progress, you will stay over at RKPO Green Resort in Punakha on the next two nights. At last, on night five and six, you will be accommodated at Raven Nest Resort in Paro.
Arrive in the magical kingdom of Bhutan at 11:00 a.m. at the Paro Airport (PBH), where the Bhutanese guides will welcome you at the airport and drive you to Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan for an hour of scenic drive. Thimphu is sprawled across the wooded western hillside of the Wang Chu and it hosts the center of government, religion, and commerce. Thimphu is the town where the traditional ways mingle with modern introductions.
Today, you will practice yoga and meditation at 5:00 p.m. for an hour and 15 minutes. Some places you will visit in Thimphu are:
In the morning, you will start your day with a one-hour yoga session at 7:00 a.m., followed by breakfast. After yoga and breakfast, you will visit some of Thimphu's sacred sites. To close the day, at 5:00 p.m., you will practice yoga and meditation for an hour and 15 minutes. Sacred sites you will visit today:
In the morning, you will start your day with a one-hour yoga session at 7:00 a.m., followed by breakfast. After breakfast, you will drive to Punakha via the Dochula Pass. You will stop along the way at Metshina to visit the Fertility Temple.
From the Metshina Village, you will take a 20-minute stroll through the rice fields to the Divine Madman’s Monastery - Chimi Lhakhang, famously known for its fertility shrine, where couples unable to conceive come here to be blessed with his wooden phallus. Soon after the visit to the temple of fertility, you will pay homage to the magnificent Punakha Dzong "the Temple of Happiness". To close the day, at 5:00 p.m., you will practice yoga and meditation for an hour and 15 minutes.
You will enjoy your breakfast at 8:00 a.m. After breakfast, you will head into Punakha, the old capital of Bhutan and presently the winter residence of the central monk body. You will ascend upper Punakha via Punakha Dzong for a short hike to Khamsum Yuelley Temple located at the upper Punakha Valley. You will practice your morning yoga and meditation session at the courtyard of the temple.
You will enjoy your afternoon with a picturesque picnic along the riverside before venturing down Mo-Chhu River on the rafts. It will be two hours of breathtaking views as you allow the current to bring you toward the beautiful Punakha Dzong.
Life jackets, splash jackets and pants, helmets, and dry bags are provided. Sandals or flip-flops are recommended. Please bring athletic shoes with you since you will be enjoying a riverside walk afterward. Do not forget to bring your camera, sunscreen, hat, and sunglasses. To close the day, at 5:00 p.m., you will practice yoga and meditation for an hour and 15 minutes.
In the morning, you will start your day with a one-hour yoga session at 7:00 a.m., followed by breakfast. After breakfast, drive to Punakha via the Dochula pass. An hour's drive from Thimphu will take you to this pass (3140 meters), where you will have a superb view of the Eastern Himalayas on a clear day with a powerful binocular telescope. The Dochula Festival will be held here at the mountain pass.
You will also visit the beautiful 108 chortens (shrintes) built on the hill by Her Majesty Ashi Dorji Wangmo for the security and well-being of His Majesty the King of Bhutan. The last stop of the day will be paying a visit to the Druk Wangyel Temple which was built to honor His Majesty, the fourth king Jigme Singye Wangchuck. On the temple's facade, you can visually follow a story of a supreme warrior figure whose vision pierces the distant future. To close the day, at 6:00 p.m., you will practice yoga and meditation for an hour and 15 minutes.
In the morning, you will start your day with a one hour and 15 minutes of pranayama (breathing practice) session at 6:30 a.m., followed by breakfast. One of the main highlights of the Paro Valley is the Taktsang Monastery (Tiger's Nest). Taktsang is one of the most important pieces of architecture building in Bhutan. The monastery defies logic, gravity, and reason.
As the legend has it, in the eighth century, Guru Rinpoche (Pamasambhava) arrived off the back of the flying tigress to subdue the local deities and meditated there for three months. Afterwards, the cliffside was considered blessed. It is the most famous of Bhutan’s monasteries, miraculously perched on the side of a sheer cliff 900 meters above the floor of the Paro Valley.
It will be a challenging climb, but well worth the arduous journey. You will have an early start, to avoid the hot sun for a two-hour climb. Those who have bad knees or injuries have the option to pay extra ride up on horseback for the first leg of the hike. To close the day, at 6:00 p.m., you will practice yoga and meditation for an hour and 15 minutes.
Today, you will be able to depart to catch your flight home or to your next destination.
Annually, Exodus Healing and Retreats donates five percent of their retreat costs to an Exodus Retreats Charity. For this retreat, they are happily donating to Child's Dream organization located in Chiang Mai, Thailand. By doing something important for yourself, you are also helping to empower others.
Johnson is a yoga teacher, Pilates teacher, bodyworker, healer, and light worker. He has had a blessed journey in meeting teachers and guides along his path who have illuminated his fullest potential in the ways of self-realization and self-mastery through the various traditions of movement and the healing arts. Johnson first discovered yoga and the art of movement exploration in Acting Conservatory. Since then, he has studied with yoga masters like Sri Dharma Mittra, David Life, Sharon Gannon, and Duncan Wong.
This retreat will take place in Bhutan. During this retreat, you will visit Thimphu, Punakha, Haa Valley, and Paro in Bhutan. The kingdom of Bhutan is a tranquil country where you can explore the ancient cultures, beautiful landscapes, and magnificent architecture. Bhutan, called Druk Yul by its people, is known as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon”. It is one of the world’s most beautiful, yet mysterious places. It is located on the eastern edge of the Himalayan Mountain region.
A large part of the area is forested welcoming a diverse ecosystem of flora and fauna. The country stretches from subtropical valleys and plains to snowcapped mountain ranges. This landscape makes it the perfect place to trek through the majestic valleys or steep mountains to visit ancient architecture and Buddhist temples. Bhutan has a rich culture where most of its 700,000 inhabitants practice the Buddhist religion.
This secluded land has a rich history embedded into the society and shows through the festival reenactments. Bhutan’s ancient cultural traditions have continued to grow despite the current technological restructuring. Only since the mid 1970s that technology has come to Bhutan. It has become the ultimate tourist destination for adventurers, spiritual awakenings, and serene visages.
You will be served breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. Unlimited mineral water, tea, and snacks are also available. Exodus Healing and Retreats is able to cater for vegetarians and non-vegetarians on this trip.
Please book your flight to arrive at Paro International Airport (PBH). Note that the only airline flying in and out of Bhutan is Drukair. Flights from Bangkok, Thailand, and Kathmandu, Nepal have daily arrivals.
You may fly into Singapore, Kathmandu, Nepal, Calcutta, India or Bangkok, Thailand, and Exodus Healing and Retreats will be able to help you arrange the international transfer from there to Paro, Bhutan with the authorized Drukair agent. Singapore and Bangkok are by far the most convenient transit points of entry into Bhutan.
No matter where you choose to enter, it is recommended that you spend a couple days adjusting to the time difference if you arriving from Europe or North America. Please message Exodus Healing and Retreats, and they can give you some pointers and tips on what to do and see. Bhutan is extremely difficult to get into, as there are limited flights, and the high foreigner visa rates. Bookings need to be made in advance to secure plane tickets and your spot on this retreat.
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