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8. Discover Your Inner Silence - Bhutan
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights


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Introduction to Discovering Your Inner Silence

Using a simple Buddhist technique called “Mindfulness” this kora (journey) through four of Bhutan’s valleys aims at guiding travelers to an awareness of their breath, body and mind. The participants will gradually and progressively be taken to spaces inside themselves and through a series of easy spiritual practices calm their minds so the inner peace of their true nature can begin to surface.

Mindfulness is the beginning stage of understanding the practice of meditation, which in its true form goes far beyond mere relaxation. This kora is based on the teachings of Tantric Buddhism, which is prevalent throughout Bhutan and also incorporates an insight into Vedantic principles to further augment and deepen the various stages of your inner journey. 

Guided by our professional expert each day is structured to focus on a specific spiritual practice as well as an internal practice to facilitate and escalate individual self-awareness.


Introduction of Our Accompanying Professional Expert

Yoga & Meditation Expert:  Our Yoga & Meditation Expert is a teacher of Inner Silence Meditation. She also teaches Dhyan (Mindful Yoga) and Tai Chi which she learnt during her years in Singapore and Hong Kong.

Dedicated to bringing the rich spiritual heritage of her beloved country to the modern world she combines luxury travel with wellness and holistic teachings to enhance the travellers outer journey with inner wisdom.

Her own journey is under the guidance of Swami Anubhavananda, a teacher of Vedanta. She is also a freelance travel writer for Vogue India, Travel+Leisure, Asiaspa and Condenast Traveller.

 

Day 1

Arrival in the Land of the Thunder Dragon


Arrive in Bhutan, the Land of the Thunder Dragon. Guests arriving on morning flights will have a chance to do a small hike in the afternoon or explore Thimphu town.

07:00 pm This evening, meet your group members at the orientation & introduction session.  Your accompanying professional expert will describe the program structure, objectives and commitments.

After dinner, retire to your rooms for a relaxing deep sleep. Overnight at Thimphu.

Day 2

Day of nothing to do and nowhere to go


08:00 – 09:00 am Start your day with an introduction to Zen Walking, understanding the clear distinctions of your mind, body and breath.

09:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast.

After breakfast, enjoy your day and do what makes you feel best. The choice ranges from hiking to monasteries, shopping in town, exploring the local museums, mingling with locals and appreciating the local lifestyle or taking a leisurely stroll around town absorbing the serenity of Bhutan.

07:00 – 08:00 pm This evening, participate in a guided session of breath awareness (pranayama)

08:30 pm Dinner

After dinner, retire to your rooms for a relaxing sleep. Overnight at Thimphu.

Day 3

Day of he Boar and Snake race


08:00 – 09:00 am Start your day with Zen Walking, understanding the consciousness of the body.

09:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast

After breakfast, drive to Gangtey valley, enjoying picnic lunch along with nature walks and collecting wild plants. Learn yogic awareness practices along the way.

07:00 – 08:00 pm This evening, participate in a guided session of body awareness

08:30 pm Dinner

After dinner, retire to your rooms for a relaxing sleep in the gorgeous Gangtey valley.

Day 4

Day of Reincarnation and the circle of life


08:00 – 09:00 am Start your day with Zen Walking, understanding the functions of the mind such as perspectives, projections, emotions and the state of the mind in terms of past resentments / future worries and the waking, dreaming and deep sleep states.

09:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast

During the day, hike or drive to Gangtey Gompa and explore of the beauty of Gangtey Valley.

07:00 – 08:00 pm This evening, participate in a guided session of pranayama and meditation based on THOUGHT awareness

08:30 pm Dinner

After dinner, retire to your rooms for a relaxing sleep in the gorgeous Gangtey valley.

Day 5

Day of the four Harmonious friends


08:00 – 09:00 am Start your day with Zen Walking, understanding the process of THOUGHT transformation.

09:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy the picturesque drive to Punakha, the erstwhile capital city of Bhutan. Today, visit Punakaha Dzong, the second dzong to be built in Bhutan.

07:00 – 08:00 pm This evening, participate in a guided session of pranayama and meditation based on the chidakash dharana.

08:30 pm Dinner

After dinner, retire to your rooms for a relaxing sleep in the serenity of Punakha.

Day 6

Day of Divine Madness


08:00 – 09:00 am Start your day with Zen Walking, understanding the essence of SILENCE.

09:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast

After breakfast, trek up to the temple of the Divine Madman and experience inner silence in tranquil surrounds.

07:00 – 08:00 pm This evening, participate in a guided session of laughter yoga, followed by creative divine madness exercise.

08:30 pm Dinner

After dinner, retire to your rooms for a relaxing sleep in the serenity of Punakha.

Day 7

Day of the four noble truths


08:00 – 09:00 am Start your day with Zen Walking, understanding the Four Noble Truths.

09:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast

After breakfast, drive to Paro. This afternoon, discover the people, sights and monasteries of Paro.

07:00 – 08:00 pm This evening, participate in a discussion on Mindfulness.

08:30 pm Dinner

After dinner, retire to your rooms for a relaxing sleep in the beautiful town of Paro.

Day 8

Flying to tigers nest on he wings of the mind


09:00 – 10:00 am Breakfast

After breakfast, enjoy a mindful walk to Taktshang monastery, popularly called the Tiger’s Nest, one of the most popular spiritual heritage sites, perched precariously on the rock face of a sheer cliff 2950m above the ground.

During the day you may opt to explore Paro Town, enjoy nature walks or a visit to other spiritual sites.

07:00 – 08:00 pm This evening share your thoughts and conclude on learnings of the tour with other group members.

08:30 pm Dinner

After dinner, retire to your rooms for a relaxing sleep in the beautiful town of Paro.

Day 9

Departure from Bhutan


After breakfast, start packing up and bid adieu to your group members. Transfer to the airport to catch your flight for onward destination.

The Venue: Amankora, Bhutan

Aman Resorts, one of the finest chains of hotels in the world was listed as No. 1 Hotel Chain by World's Top Hotels, Resorts & Spas - Zagat Survey, USA 2009. The ethos of Aman is founded in simple luxury that is afforded by an exceptional location harmoniously blended with a unique environment resulting in contemporary and finely tuned resorts that offer an enriching, enlightening and rewarding 'lifestyle' experience. During your journey, you will experience a variety of Aman lifestyle experiences at Thimphu, Gangtey, Punakha and Paro.

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