Meditation, Nature & Culture

THE HAPPINESS RETREAT BHUTAN

April 11th - 16th, 2023

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What does it mean to be happy? Have you had tastes of happiness and then found it unsustainable? Or maybe it’s felt just out of reach for some reason? Have you been feeling stuck or overwhelmed? Maybe you’ve heard yourself saying, “I just wish I could quiet the incessant thinking of my mind?” The ideas we have about what happiness should be may be the trap.

Step into the land of happiness with us, break the cycle and freshen up your zest for life. We’ll tap into our hearts, find our inner stillness and awaken our connections to what is infinite within: happiness, fulfillment and creativity. We’re pairing the beauty of this carbon-negative land of national parks and mountains with transformative tools for creating routines of happiness including meditations, breathing practices, yoga and practical wisdom.

SOME HIGHLIGHTS

A retreat for the spiritually curious and more experienced practitioners alike, every day will include practices for well-being and happiness. We will have a morning ritual with purifying breathwork, meditation and reflection. Our days will be filled with cultural and historical sites including visits across the country to more than ten monuments, temples and monasteries, some dating as far back as the 7th Century.

Another joy of the Kingdom is the picturesque Tiger’s Nest, we will have a short hike to this monastery that hangs precariously and magically at the edge of a cliff.

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WHY BHUTAN?

Bhutan is a country where natives live by traditions and values. A primarily Buddhist country, kindness to guests is palpable in a passing smile or a warm welcome for ginger tea. As such, care for the environment and people are priorities in the Kingdom. Bhutan protects its natural environment, over 70% of the country is sprawling national parks where we experience biodiversity of unique flora, fauna, birds and animals. Unlike any other country, Bhutan measures prosperity by the index of Gross National Happiness – every decision is carefully weighted for the benefit of its people, including their “high value, low tourism” policy, which ensures that tours are pre-certified with the government. Among much else, you’ll love breathing the air here, Bhutan is the only country in the world to be carbon-negative! There’s no better place to learn, practice and cultivate the tenants of inner-happiness than in this beautiful country.

Sample Itinerary

We will visit Paro, Thimphu and Punakha and travel by private luxury vehicle as a group.

What's Included...

  • Airport arrival and departure pick up and drop off by private car
  • Round trip flight from Nepal to Bhutan
  • Category A (3-4 star) hotel accommodations in Bhutan 
  • All meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner, coffee/tea, and safe drinking water
  • Daily Royalty payment to the Government of Bhutan (“High-Value-Low-Volume” Tourist Tax)
  • Bhutan Visa coordination & all fees
  • Experienced English-speaking tour guide licensed by the Tourism Council of Bhutan and support staff in Nepal for transfers and coordination
  • All museum, monuments, and entrance fees
  • We will organize your Bhutan Visa
  • Private daily meditation 
  • Reflection, writing, and personal growth practices
  • One-on-one guidance from Jordana & David throughout the retreat

What's NOT Included...

  • Alcohol
  • Travel and Medical/Evacuation Insurance
  • Tips for local guides
  • Accommodation in Nepal

General Information

  • Document required for Bhutan visa/permit is a valid passport with a minimum 6 months for the date of travel in Bhutan.
  • All individuals should have double dose certified Covid-19 Vaccine

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Pricing Options

Shared Room

$4,095

$1,000 Non-Refundable Deposit Due at Booking

$1,547.50 due on November 1st, 2022

$1,547.50 due on February 1st, 2023

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Single Room

$4,695

$1,000 Non-Refundable Deposit Due at Booking

$1,847.50 due on November 1st, 2022

$1,847.50 due on February 1st, 2023

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Your Guides


 

David Gandelman

David Gandelman is a spiritual teacher, author, and guide, whose mission is to awaken souls on their path of growing into being human, and living an enlightened, purpose-driven life.

He is the founder of the Meditation School app, and host of the Meditation School, Energy Matters, and Grounded Sleep podcasts. And his meditations have been streamed millions of times. He has taught at Cornell University, NBC Universal, SAP, and numerous other organizations.

David holds a B.A. in Western Philosophy from Rutgers University, which combined with his studies in Eastern spiritual traditions living in the Himalayas, as well as his experience as the director of a school for intuitive development and mysticism in Hawaii, informs a teaching style that connects energetic experience, ancient wisdom traditions, and humor in order to create a safe atmosphere for people interested in learning to meditate and develop into their potential.

Jordana Reim

Jordana Reim, a meditation guide, author and entrepreneur, spent the last decade refining her personal practice through travels and residencies at some of the most sacred and beautiful places on Earth including the islands of Thailand, ashrams of India and the Himalayas.

On a continual search for higher ground, the New Jersey-native shares her considerable learnings through guided meditations, courses in mindfulness, sessions in sound healing and breathwork. In her previous career, Reim was an award-winning digital producer in New York City and Los Angeles. Her approach to teaching seamlessly bridges the gap between ancient practice and modern day mindsets. 

Reim is the founder of Peace Inside Live, a platform for meditation and mindfulness serving corporations such as Spotify and HBO, non-profit organizations such as The Boys & Girls Clubs of America as well as web3 and NFT communities. 

Today Jordana's focus is on nervous system regulation, self-care and supporting personal transformation through mindfulness. This will be Reim's 5th retreat in Nepal.

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