BHUTAN

LEGACY BUILDING RETREAT

2017

 

Join Luis Gallardo in a unique Legacy building Retreat in The Land of the Thunder Dragon.
Bhutan is the ideal location for a retreat of this kind, for one, it was the first to conceive of the idea of Gross National Happiness (GNH). Its Fourth King, famously asserted that “Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product.” This declaration has been a guiding principle for the way in which the government governs, businesses do business and locals live their lives.
In this setting, travelers will deepen their journey towards learning to embrace happiness as a life practice and start designing a legacy in three ways:

GO INTO the senses, the roots of our emotions and energy
ACKNOWLEDGE the why and the how, the science and the magic
START building your legacy inspired by finding your purpose

We’ve put together an exclusive offer that will allow travelers to feel happiness through interactions with locals and the environment; to understand the implications of happiness programs through discussions with people on the forefront of this movement; and to act with happiness through hikes, meditations, and meetings with philanthropic groups.

ITINERARY

We are excited to welcome you to Bhutan, very soon.

 

June 2017 and July 2017

Groups of 5-10

Highlights:

  • Attend a prayer led by monks at Kyichu Lhakhang
  • Hike to one of the most iconic sites in Bhutan – a cliff-clinging religious monastery, Tiger’s Nest.
  • Learn about Bhutanese culture from the capital city’s various museums, academies, dzongs
  • Visit the Gross National Happiness Center and the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature to meet and discuss with organizational heads.
  • Talks with officials in Bhutan, organizational heads, and internationals who are experts, entrepreneurs, and change-makers in the push for world happiness.

DAY 1 – 3

Our first days in Bhutan will be spent in Paro – home to Bhutan’s oldest fortresses, the precious artifacts of the National Museum and cliff-clinging religious centers.

Upon landing, we will be greeted by monks at Kyichu Lhakhang, where a welcome prayer will be performed. We will then visit the government offices at the 17th century Rinpung Dzong. The Dzong is visible across the entirety of the Paro Valley.

The next day, we will be given a private tour by the Director of the National Museum of Bhutan . He will share with us the varied displays of ritual masks, traditional weapons and thangkas. To continue learning about the layered history of Bhutan, we will visit the ruins of the 16th century Drukgyel Dzong. The dzong’s name, which translates to “Bhutan’s Victory”, commemorates a defeat of Tibetan forces in 1644.

Our last day in Paro will culminate with a hike to Tiger’s Nest. Seemingly floating halfway up a sheer cliff-face, 3,000 feet above the floor of the Paro Valley, Tiger’s Nest is Bhutan’s most

iconic site. The hike will take anywhere between 3-6 hours. Horses are available for those who are unable to make the walk. We will eat lunch at the halfway point where a buffet is available and where we will be required to drop off the horses and walk the rest of the way.

After the hike and some freshening up, we will make our way to our next destination: Thimphu.

DAY 4 – 6

The first day in the capital city, Thimphu, will consist of trips to two iconic sites – the Buddha Dordenma Statue and the Memorial Chorten – and a visit to the School for Traditional Arts to meet with the Principal and students. They will share with us the many facets of arts and crafts in Bhutan, provide a tour of the school and a presentation of their work. The day will culminate in a dinner with Members of Parliament to discuss the government’s role in ensuring happiness for all its citizens.

The following morning, we will visit Cheri Monastery to meditate as generations of monks have done before. On forested slopes and rocky hillsides, monks spend three years, three months and three days deep in contemplation – we will not be meditating for quite as long. After visiting the monastery, we will meet astrologers at the Parizampa School of Astrology to learn more about the practice in Bhutan and how it relates to happiness. We will then have dinner with members of the Centre for Bhutan Studies and GNH Research. The staff will discuss their research and
findings on GNH’s impact on the local community.
The last day in Thimphu will be at the Gross National Happiness Centre Bhutan and at the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature. We will meet with the Executive Director of GNH Centre Bhutan, Dr. Saamdu Chetri, to discuss the various programs in place and his personal journey in finding happiness; and then, later, with staff at the Royal Society for the Protection of Nature to discuss conservation and how it translates to happiness.

DAY 7 – 8


After breakfast at the hotel we will drive to the beautiful and fertile Punakha Valley. On the way to Punakha, we will cross one of Bhutan’s highest passes, Dochula, and pause to take in a panoramic view of Bhutan’s snow covered peaks, including the highest unclimbed mountain in the world – Gangkhar Puensum.

After we arrive in Punakha, we will visit Chimi Lhakhang. The hilltop lhakhang is visited by expectant mothers and families with newborns to pray for their children’s health. For those attempting to conceive, a blessing from the lhakhang’s wooden phallus should do the trick.

The following day we will see one of Bhutan’s most beautiful buildings, Punakha Dzong, and “the temple on the hilltop” Gangtey Goemba to meet with students from the monastic school.

DAY 9

The next morning we will make our way to Phobjikha, situated on the western side of the Black Mountains, the valley is considered (by many Bhutanese) one of the most beautiful in Bhutan. With its wide, flat glacial carving, the valley is also home to the winter grounds of the endangered Black Necked Cranes – their arrival is celebrated with an annual festival. To enjoy the natural wonder of the valley, we will embark on a hike through the Gangety Nature Trail and stop at a homestay for a traditional Bhutanese lunch.

We will then visit the Black Necked Crane Centre to learn about the cranes and observe the valley through the center’s high-powered spotting scopes.

DAY 10 – 11

After breakfast at the hotel, we will pack up the cars and make the drive to Paro, arriving just in time for one last traditional Bhutanese dinner. Our guests will meet representatives from the Tarayana Foundation, a Civil Society Organization that works to uplift and enhance disadvantaged communities in Bhutan.

The following day we will take an early flight to our respective homes from the Paro International Airport.

 

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