BHUTAN YOGA RETREAT
PARO, THIMPHU, PUNAKHA
October 1 - 11, 2019
A CULTURAL IMMERSION
Prepare yourself for something entirely different. High in the Himalayan mountains between India and Tibet, Bhutan is the only country in the world that measures its progress by Gross National Happiness! On this 11-day luxury Bhutan Yoga Retreat, we journey through mystical mountains, sacred temples and a richly preserved culture, exploring Bhutan alongside the local people, discovering their unique perspectives and thriving in the light of their inspiring spirits!
FOUR BOUTIQUE HOTELS
We stay at four handpicked unique boutique hotels that blend Bhutanese craftsmanship, local culture, and modern amenities. We begin our stay in a century-old royal palace in Paro, then move on to a luxurious 5-star spa resort in Thimphu, with a stunning yoga pavilion overlooking a mighty river, gushing with Himalyan mountain water. We then travel to lower altitudes and a small family-run and women-owned hotel in a village, amid gardens and rice paddies. We conclude our incredible journey with a few nights at the unparalleled Zhiwa Ling in Paro, voted by National Geographic as one of the most extreme luxury lodges in the world!
TEMPLES, FESTIVALS & TREKS
Set in sweeping valleys and perched on cliffs, Bhutan’s wondrous temples, monasteries and fortresses are marvels of architecture and sacred culture. Wherever possible, we approach on foot, as locals do, and we are always in the caring company of our informed Bhutanese guide and driver. Our guide delights in answering all our questions about traditional culture, and life in the Himalayas. This year, we are going to experience the famous Thimphu festival. We have the opportunity to immerse ourselves a stunning show of colour, dance, dress and vibrancy. The retreat ends with a trek to Tiger’s Nest - a sight beyond imagination!
FLOW OF THE DAY
We begin each day with deep breathing in the pristine Himalaya atmosphere and a beautifully blended Hatha-Vinyasa yoga class with Nina. After some time to freshen up, we meet for a healthy and varied breakfast, filled with local produce and organic Bhutanese offerings. Most days we depart with our guide and driver after breakfast to begin the day’s excursions, which are all an immersive blend of culture, nature, trekking, and delightful sight-seeing.
Sit down to a lunch of mouthwatering salads, soups and other healthy Bhutanese cultural dishes. Each lunch spot has been carefully picked by our guide for its authenticity and quality. After lunch we continue on our day’s journey, sometimes ending back at our unique boutique lodges for time to unwind and relax. On other days, we might travel on to a new location and sitting back in the comfort of a private van as we wind through stunning natural scenery.
At sunset we reconvene for a relaxing Yin yoga, pranayama and meditation session with Nina. Our soothing session will prepare us for a splendid evening ahead. After yoga, take time to freshen up and then we meet at our lodge dining room to savour our dinner together and recollect the tapestry of sights, colours, sounds and impression we gained over the day. After dinner, the time is yours. Retreat to your room with a book, or engage in some Himalayan star-gazing.
YOGA ON THIS RETREAT
Well-traveled nomad, Nina Butler, weaves breath, strength, flexibility and awareness into a moving meditation that accommodates beginners and advanced practitioners. While her practice is strong, her teaching is sensitive and heart-oriented, supporting students to move within their personal pace and rhythm. Nina also shares mindfulness practices, meditations, and soul-soothing yin sessions to cultivate the perfect balance on your retreat between uplifting flow, and introspective restoration.
RESERVE WITH A DEPOSIT
A $1,000 deposit will reserve your spot.
$6,495 SHARED ROOM (per person)
A shared room for two people. Perfect for a couple, two friends or solo travellers looking to share. You may request a room with (2) twin beds or (1) king bed. All rooms are en-suite with full amenities.
$7,495 SINGLE ROOM (per person)
Single rooms have (1) king bed and an en-suite bath, with full amenities.
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
10 Nights luxury accommodation
Bhutan guide and driver
All internal transfers and transport
Meals three times daily, coffee, tea and non-alcoholic beverages
Daily yoga classes with Nina Butler
All entrance fees and excursions
Gratuities for guide and driver
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
International flights, to/from Paro, Bhutan
Spa services in hotels
Shopping for crafts and gifts
Travel and Dates
The retreat begins at 12:00 pm at the Druk Air counter in the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport, where we meet to catch our flight to Paro, Bhutan. We will travel on the same flight as a group, which can be booked though our Bhutanese guide.
October 1 - 11
All internal travel and transfers will be organised by our trusted guide, who will meet the group upon arrival at Paro Airport. Sit back, de-stress, and soak up the gorgeous scenery and cultural journey.
We will be transported back to Paro Airport to catch our flight which departs at 8:00 am and arrives at the Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport at 12:10 pm. Arrange your onward travel from Bangkok.
DEPOSIT – $1,000
Reserve your spot with a $1,000 deposit. The deposit is non-refundable, however should you cancel your reservation 90 days or more in advance of the start of the retreat, you may apply your deposit toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat occurring within 12 months from the date of the initial retreat that you registered for.
FULL PAYMENT DUE 90 DAYS IN ADVANCE
Full payment is due 90 days prior to the start date of the yoga retreat.
Please note that there will be no refunds or discounts for arriving late, leaving early, flight cancellations, travel delays or illness. If you cancel your participation in a retreat for any reason, the cancellation policy below will apply, with no exceptions. We wish we could compensate people for unforeseen circumstances (injury, family emergency, etc), but we have costs already incurred when reserving retreat centers and hotels. We have designed our cancellation policy to be as compassionate as possible in the case that your plans change. But to protect yourself further, we strongly encourage you to purchase travel insurance.
IF YOU CANCEL YOUR RETREAT
90 days or more prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: 100% credit of the cost of the full retreat toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat within 12 months.
31-90 days prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: 50% credit of the cost of the full retreat toward another Exotic Yoga Retreat within 12 months, and will forfeit the remainder.
0-30 days prior to the start of the yoga retreat, you receive: no refunds or credits will be given.
To officially cancel, you must send an email to EYR stating that you wish to cancel to.
IF WE CANCEL THE RETREAT
We have never had to cancel a retreat, however, if we do cancel a trip due too few participants, we will refund to you all deposits and payments you have paid. We cannot however compensate you for airfare or travel costs incurred. In the unlikely event that Exotic Yoga Retreats must cancel a yoga retreat due to weather, natural disaster or political upheaval, we cannot guarantee a refund – it will be depending on receiving a refund from the venue / tour operator we work with. To cover these risks, we highly recommend you purchase travel insurance.
The best way to protect yourself from any unforeseen circumstance is to purchase trip insurance. Depending on the type of Travel Insurance, it can protect you in case of:
you cancel your participation in the yoga retreat
the retreat is cancelled due to weather, natural disaster, or not enough participants to run the trip
medical expenses and the cost of repatriation should you become ill or injured