Experience the Magic of Bhutan
Meditation & Yin Yoga Retreat

Retreat Dates: 5-11 December 2019 ( Fully Booked)
Registration Closed

2020 Retreat: 3rd - 9th December

Come experience the pure and healing energies of Bhutan.

Expect clear skies, crisp mountain air, less tourists and space to truly enjoy and experience the pristine energies of this magnificent land. We will soak up the culture and lifestyle, explore the Bhutanese countryside and experience meditation in temples and learn more about Buddhism and its practices from our knowledgeable guide.

This retreat takes us to the most spiritual districts and temples of Bhutan and allows us to experience the unique energetic vortices of Bhutan. We will utilise the healing power of the land to work on healing our 4 bodies: physical, mental, emotional and energetic bodies through our exploration of Buddhism with Dr Karma, and daily Meditation and Meridian Yin Yoga with Tarra.

Each day, we will work on a different Meridian pair, working with the energies of our surroundings and holding Yin poses, allowing the deep stretching to knead out our connective tissues. Daily meditation is guided, whether you have just started out or have a regular meditation practice, all are welcome.

It will be my honour and joy to have you join me on this retreat.

Itinerary

7 Days 6 Nights • All Inclusive Package


Day 1: Singapore - Paro - Punakha

Experience some of the world’s most amazing scenery of the high sacred peaks of the Himalayas just before we descend into Paro.

Once we arrive, we will head to Punakha, the ancient capital of Bhutan. We will stop in Thimphu for lunch, and again at Dochula Pass, to savour the panoramic view of the snow covered Himalayan ranges.

Back at the hotel, we will gather for a Meridian Yin Yoga & Opening Meditation before dinner to embody the spirit of our retreat.


Day 2: Punakha - Bumthang

We will wake up with Meridian Yin Yoga before breakfast, and continue our journey to Bumthang. We will visit Phobjika Valley popularly known as Gangtey, which is home to the Black Necked crane. These cranes are considered auspicious and a sign of blessing.  

We then visit Gangte Gonpa, the most important monastery of the Pedling tradition of Buddhism in Western Bhutan. When the Black Neck Cranes migrate into the valley to escape the harsh winters of Tibet, they will circle this monastery 3 times before descending into the valley as if practicing circumambulation. This valley is possibly one of the most scenic spots in Bhutan.

Next, we drive eastward through the 3300m Pelela Pass to Trongsa Dzong one of the largest and the most impressive dzong in Bhutan, signifying the magnificent work of Buddhist architecture. It has been described as being perched so high on a mountain that the clouds float below it. It is also the ancestral home of Bhutan’s royal family.

Afterwards, we continue our journey across the Yotongla Pass, which then opens out, into the Chhume Valley dotted with numerous villages and temples. Bumthang is the most historical valley, known to have been visited by the great Buddhist saint from India, Guru Rinpoche in the 8th century A.D. Bumthang also served as the home of famous saints of Nyingma School, such as Longchen Rabjampa (1308-1521) of Tibet who was exiled to Bhutan for more than 10 years and Terton Pema Lingpa, the reincarnation of Longchen Rabjampa, to whose descendants the present dynasty traces its ancestry.

Before dinner, we will gather together for Meditation.


Day 3: Bumthang

We start our day with Meridian Yin Yoga before breakfast- balancing and energizing another pair of meridians or energy pathways within the body.

After breakfast ,we will visit Jampa Lhakhang, one of the 108 Lhakahng (Temples) built by Songtsen Gampo, King of Tibet in 7th century A.D. According to legend, this temple was built to pin down the demon’s left knee. Kurjey Lhakhang, the actual Kurjey complex, consists of the three temples against the hillside facing south. The first temple on the right was built on the rock with the imprint of the body of Guru Padmasambhava.

King Ugyen Wangchuk built the second temple to house a monumental statue of Guru Rinpoche. The third temple is a 3-storied Lhakhang which houses statues of wrathful deities and a life size statue of Zhabdrung and the four temporal rulers. It was built by the Royal Queen Mother Ashi Kesang Chhoden Wangchuk.  

After lunch, we will visit Tamshing Lhakhang, the most important Nyingma temple that was built Pema Lingpa in 1501 with the help of dakinis (female celestial beings). The inner walls contain the original unrestored images that were painted by Pema Lingpa himself. We will also visit the Nunnery and The Burning Lake (this is a narrow gorge river which contains one of the great pilgrimage sites in Bhutan. This is where Pema Lingpa, a saint from Bumthang found the treasure hidden by Guru Rinpoche and thus became a “terton”, (discoverer of religious treasure).

We will end the day’s activities with a guided Meditation.


Day 4: Bumthang to Wangdue

We start today early with a Meditation then embark on our journey to Wangdue. As we travel through Western Bhutan's scenic countryside, we will break for photo opportunities and lunch. When we arrive in Wangdue, we will visit a handmade incense factory.

The traditional art of incense making has been an important Bhutanese craft for many hundreds of years. All ingredients are blended together, dried and then trimmed to lengths and packaged. Incense is used daily by every household in Bhutanese, for ritual offerings in Tibetan Buddhist practice, mediation, healing, and cleansing.

We end today’s activities with Meridian Yin Yoga and Meditation before dinner.


Day 5: Wangdue to Paro

We start our day with Meridian Yin Yoga before breakfast.

This morning we will visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong (fortress) the winter residence of chief abbot and central monastic body of Bhutan. It is an important place as it also serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region. After lunch we will drive towards Thimphu and visit Buddha Point en-route, the famous Buddha statue, with a magnificent 360 view.

Once we arrive back in Paro valley, we will visit Kichu Lhakhang – the first of 108 monasteries built to subdue a demon in a day by Tibetan King Songtsen Gempo with this miracle. It is also the oldest monastery in Bhutan.

We prepare for the next day’s hike to Tigers Nest with a Meditation in the evening before bedtime.


Day 6: Taktshang Hike + Meditation

After breakfast, we will hike up to Tiger’s Nest, the sacred hanging cliff monastery in Bhutan. This place is especially venerated because of its association with Guru Rinpoche, who is said to have flown to Paro Takshang in the form of Guru Dorji Drolo, mounted on a flaming dakini-tigress in the 747 A.D. We will also pay homage to the temple of Macig Labdron and Phadampa Sangay temple in the nearby Taktshang Monastery. This is a perfect opportunity for those who wish to connect with Guru Rinpoche. It is every Bhutanese wish to visit Taktshang at least once in this lifetime.

We will end the day with a Meditation and a Closing Circle and prepare for our early flight back home.


Day 7: Paro to Singapore

Breakfast and transfer to airport for our flight home.


Experience the Magic of Bhutan
Meditation & Yin Yoga Retreat


Deposit or Full Payment by credit card additional 4.5%

For interbank transfer, please use the contact form, and we will send you details.
Alternatively, call or WhatsApp 9777-3774.


Retreat Price Includes:

  • All transfers and city transportation for your own use
  • 3 Meals Daily
  • Entrance fees
  • Private mini Bus with English speaking guide
  • Accomodation at 3 star Hotels
  • Application and Permission to visit temples and dzongs
  • Government royalty 35%
  • Government Tax 2%
  • Tea and Snacks
  • Visa fee
  • Round trip air ticket SG-Paro-SG

Retreat Price Excludes:

  • All Personal expenses eg: souvenir shopping, gratuities, bar bills, telephone bills, and laundry
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Tips for guide and driver
  • Alcohol, other beverages, additional meals, other than what is specified in the itinerary
  • Spa services or Hot Stone Baths
  • Air ticket surcharge may apply (*Approx $150/pax)
  • Travel Insurance

Participants to note:

Itinerary and activities may change or vary due to weather conditions or daily group needs.


About Your Guides

Tarra Tae

Tarra is a spiritual practitioner and teacher and is the founder of the Akashic Light Academy. She regularly conducts esoteric courses, meditation classes and Yin Yoga classes at Full Circle SG.

Since she first visited Bhutan in 2016, she has felt a deep connection to the land of the Thunder Dragons and makes it a point to retreat there annually. She is grateful to be able to organize sacred retreats to Bhutan to guide each participant to experience the vortex energies of the land that promotes inner balance and physical healing.


Dr. Karma Wangchuk

Dr. Karma Wangchuk, is currently the lead trainer in the Department of Tourism Guide Training Programs of Bhutan teaching Buddhism, iconography, to cultural guides.

Dr. Karma Wangchuk was also a monk for eight years and earned a PhD from University of Delhi in Buddhist Studies. He was a Gold Medalist in the M.A Buddhist Studies Program there. He is a practitioner of the Nyingmapa and Kagyupa traditions of Vajrayana Buddhism for many years.

We are grateful and delighted to have Dr Karma as our spiritual guide on this retreat.


Experience the Magic of Bhutan
Meditation & Yin Yoga Retreat


Deposit or Full Payment by credit card additional 4.5%

For interbank transfer, please use the contact form, and we will send you details.
Alternatively, call or WhatsApp 9777-3774.

What to Expect

Brief History of Bhutan

The name 'Bhutan' appears to derive from the Sanskrit 'Bhotant' meaning 'the end of Tibet' or from 'Bhu-uttan' meaning 'high land'. Though known as Bhutan to the outside world, the Bhutanese themselves refer to their country as Druk Yul or the Land of the Thunder Dragon. 'Druk' meaning 'Dragon' and extending from the predominant Drukpa school of Tibetan Buddhism.

Bhutan is one of the few countries that have been independent, never been occupied, conquered by an external power. Religion and politics

Climate, temperature & Altitude

Where most of our journey's activities are concentrated, the air is refreshing and cool. During the day, it is usually dry with temperatures between 16 – 18 degree centigrade while evening and early morning is between 8 -12 degree centigrade.

The altitude for places on our journey will be between 2200m - 3450m above sea level, we do advise you to bring medicine along incase you suffer from altitude sickness.

Travel + Insurance

Travel to Bhutan will be via Druk Air, departing from Singapore on 5th December 2019, at 6:30am. The best ways to join us is to join us out of Singapore, alternatively via Bangkok if you are coming from another city for this retreat. Flights to Bhutan from Bangkok, can be arranged by us and will incur additional fees. Please send us an email should you need assistance.

We also recommend you have an updated travel insurance policy that includes 'Trekking' as an activity.

Religion & Spirituality

The official religion in Bhutan is Vajrayana Buddhism. Bhutan is a Buddhist country by constitution and Buddhism plays a vital role in the country. Buddhism is the cultural heritage of Bhutan and its people's identity as well. Approximately 75% percent of Bhutanese are Buddhist and the remaining 25% are Hindu.