BHUTAN: Reawakening to our Deeper Purpose – Dec 5-17th, 2014
Not many people have actually heard about Bhutan – Land of the Thunder Dragon, or even know where it is located. For many years this little country about the size of Switzerland has been off limits of foreigners. If you look at a map you will find Bhutan to be east of Nepal at the same latitude, with a tiny piece of India separating the two countries – and the northern edge touching the Himalayas. You must realize that Bhutan is not like any place you are likely to travel to.
Finding the Buddha Within
The people are Tantric Buddhists who also have a Shamanistic background called Bon – and a fantastic history filled with legends and mythology. In fact, one of the highlights of our spiritual journey is hiking to Tiger’s Nest where Guru Rinpoche flew to on the back of a flaming tigress! Indeed, the monasteries are magical and beautiful in ways that I cannot begin to describe.
Everyone who visits is touched in the most astonishing ways, by the landscape, the heart of the people, and their philosophies. By the time we leave, the experience will have opened your heart in a manner that that is totally unexpected. Author Sheri Rosenthal and Lisa Tully invite you to join them on this magical and sacred pilgrimage. Through meditation, chanting, prayer and ceremony we will expand our consciousness and cultivate the compassion of Buddha within.
Compassion & Blessings
Thankfully we’ll have the opportunity to spend a day at the Druk Wangyal Festival. Held at the Dochula Pass which is an incredibly scenic location – you’ll have a panoramic view of the Himalayan mountain range which is simply stunning! The festival showcases many unique folk and mask dances including the story of Milarepa, one of the most inspiring Buddhist Saints who achieved enlightenment within a lifetime. We’ll also spend time visiting the very rare and endangered Black Necked Cranes in Phobjikha. And as a special gift, a Lama will be preparing a prayer and blessing ceremony for us. As service is an important part of our spiritual experience, you are welcome to bring children’s books, blankets or anything you would like to donate to the Bhutanese people during our visit.
Deepening our Expression of Compassion, Kindness + Love
This trip is designed in the context of spiritual practice and our intent will be to strengthen our connection to wisdom, energy and compassion. Anyone with a committed and regular practice is welcome to participate. We will practice a Conscious Embodiment approach to meditation that works with a balance between concentration and awareness. Like most embodiment practices this approach to mindfulness seeks to recognize thoughts as habit and choose the openness of wisdom and compassion.
The Conscious Embodiment centering and partner exercises will be part of our daily ritual. These exercises will be designed to enhance our experience of the environment to allow for a strong somatic imprint so that inspiration can be accessible and transferable long after our trip is over. Each person will be asked to have a skill and a quality to work with in order to discover a deeper place of commitment and inspiration during our journey. You will receive more information about this process when you sign up.
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.”
~ Martin Buber
Want to Join Us?
Questions? Give us a ring at 727-421-0849 or email us – we can’t wait to hear from you! This is one of those once-in-a-lifetime journeys, and you will not come back the same person you were when you arrived. If there is any way that you can get way for this mystical journey, I encourage you to come! And don’t leave without watching the video on the right –>