TRANSCENDENTAL RETREATS IN THE KINGDOM OF HAPPINESS

7-day Transformational Journey, Self Discovery, and Tibetan Tantra

March 14-20, 2019

 

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Explore. Connect. Transcend.

Explore the cultural and festival wonders of Bhutan.

Connect to your Higher Self and Full Potential.

Transcend your everyday life into a Life-Changing Experience.

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Bhutan is one of the most mystical countries in the world. Its beauty and magic go beyond words. Everything and everyone are interconnected there and widely practiced harmonious way of living life will inspire you to be your best self every day of this journey.

These retreats attract highly international and well-travelled people from all over the world. Deep conversations, unforgettable experiences, and life changing lessons are all part of this journey.

This is a specially curated journey and it will be Yana’s 6th time leading retreats in Bhutan. You will see everything that you are meant to see, experience everything that you are meant to experience and learn everything that you are meant to learn. Enjoy the incredible beauty of Bhutan, experience local culture, attend Buddhist monasteries, ceremonies & festivals, and connect with your Higher Self on this Soul Awakening Retreat.

This time we are FILLING maximum 16 SPOTS – to keep the group very intimate. groups are very international and by invitation only. do not miss YOUR chance to join! IT FILLS UP FAST!

What People Are Saying

Participants from previous retreats say that this trip is by far one of the most meaningful and life changing retreats they have ever experienced. People comment on how much they have discovered about themselves, how they found deep peace within their minds, how they reconnected to happiness, love and joy within their hearts. They talk about a great impact on their soul and profound shift in their understanding of life and themselves.

Bhutan teaches you what you are ready to learn at this exact moment of your life journey and gives you answers to existential questions that translate into a more fulfilled living, clearer purpose, healthier body, happier relationships, more peaceful mind and a stronger connection to your soul.

What To Look Forward To

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Pure Being-ness. A rare opportunity for YOU to spend seven days with YOURSELF. Looking deep inside of your soul, connecting with your ESSENCE.
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Unforgettable trips to sites, festivals, monasteries along this sacred valleys and mountains – including a climb to one of the most special sites in the world – Tiger’s Nest Monastery
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Special blessings, Buddhist chanting, and a uniquely tailored journey always sensitive to the needs of the group and the pulse of the land
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Unparalleled post-trip manifestation, healing and awakening. Participants are talking for weeks, months and sometimes years about all the powerful changes in their lives.
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Comfortable stay in carefully selected boutique hotels. Hospitality is one of the landmarks of Bhutan. You will be treated like royalty wherever you go.

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Unique guidance by a very special monk-guide – who will answer your questions about land, life and life purpose as deep as you are willing to ask, and show you the most sacred places all around the country.
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A distinct bond between the diverse international group and unforgettable camaraderie. People are flying from all over the world to participate in this retreat. Bonds that are made are often kept for many more years.
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A once-in-a-lifetime fully immersed intentional experience, where you get a chance to discover the true YOU and create more happiness, love and fulfillment in your life.
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Deeply transformational group experiences and individual guidance. All activities and practices and tailored to the group’s needs and no group is the same!

RETREAT SCHEDULE

To ensure a deeply transformational experience for all participants, there will be morning and evening group practices each day, as well as daily individual guidance available upon request during the retreat. The program is tailored to each group specifically and depends on who are the participants, what are their goals/wishes and level of experience. We do not believe in “one size fits all” approach and therefore you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire upon your registration with information about yourself and why you would like to join us for this journey.

Our groups are very diverse, international and democratic. We have had multimillionaires and students, stay at home moms and business owners, deeply spiritual and highly skeptical people often joining all at once. Group chemistry is always one of the greatest highlights of this trip and each group says that they are “the best group ever”!

The retreat program is flexible and is subject to change based on weather conditions, festival schedule, ceremonies timing, group wishes, etc.

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Day 1. ARRIVAL AT PARO AIRPORT AND TRANSFER TO THIMPHU

You will be flying in and arriving in Paro, Bhutan amidst magnificent views. (Tip: Make sure you book a window seat, as the landing is one of the most spectacular in the world!) You’ll be greeted by the world’s highest Himalayan snowcapped peaks and the lush green Paro valley.

Dr. Karma and Yana will greet you at the airport upon arrival and you’ll be chauffeured straight to Thimphu. In the evening visit Tashichodzong (capital fortress) that serves as the royal office of His Majesty King, Prime Minister, Cabinet Ministers, national government offices, the summer residence for Je Khenpo (chief abbot) and central monastic body of Bhutan. Later visit centenary Sunday market and walk in the archery field to watch the archery match.

7:00 – 8:00 pm Dinner
8:00 – 10:00 pm Welcome Circle (introductions, clarification of intentions and goals)

Duration of drive: 1hr Overnight: Thimphu
Elevation 2,320 m | Weather in Thimpu: Hi 22 Lo 13

Day 2. THIMPHU – THE NEW CAPITAL

7:00 – 8:00 am Pranayama and Energy Expansion
8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast

After breakfast, we’ll explore the capital valley of Bhutan and drive north of Thimphu valley to Dechenchoeling passing Dechenchoeling Palace to visit the Pangri Zampa monastery. We’ll visit 17th century buildings that were once the home of the Shabdrung Rinpoche – temporal leader of Bhutan during 17th century and now the houses of monastic astrologer training institute and a temple dedicated to 21 Tara’s.

After lunch we’ll visit the National Memorial Stupa – which was erected in the memory of beloved late His Majesty the 3rd Dragon King of Bhutan, Tashichodzong.

By late afternoon, we’ll drive to Kuenselphodrang to visit the world largest Buddha statue erected for world peace and happiness.

You will have some “me time” to rest, reflect, read… or visit a spa.

7:00 – 8:00 pm Dinner
8:00 – 10:00 pm Inner Guidance Group Experience (Session 1). This a powerful alchemizing experience that works on accessing inner wisdom & empathy on all levels – Physically, Emotionally, Mentally and Energetically.

Overnight: Thimphu
Elevation 2,320 m | Weather in Thimpu: Hi 22 Lo 13

Day 3. PUNAKHA – THE ANCIENT CAPITAL

7:00 – 8:00 am Pranayama and Energy Expansion

8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast

Straight after breakfast we’ll checkout from the hotel and go to the ancient capital valley of Bhutan, Punakha. Morning journey will be a dramatic drive following the course of the Thimphu Chu (river) onto the high mountain pass of Dochu La (3,050m).

It’s a beautiful pilgrimage that includes one of Bhutan first fortress monastery, the 17th century Simtokha Dzong. On the clear days, towering Himalayan snowcapped peaks are visible and the pass graced with 108 stupas, erected by the Royal Queens of Bhutan.

Upon reaching Punakha, we visit the magnificent Punakha Dzong (fortress), the winter residence of chief abbot and central monastic body of Bhutan. It also serves as the administrative headquarters for the Punakha region.

After lunch, hike up to Khamsum Yuelley Namgyal Chorten, which is located on the ridge above the Punakha Valley.   This chorten depicts the story of subduing our inner demons.  We will practice meditation outside there in the afternoon.

3:00 pm – 4:15 pm Tantric Meditation (lead by a monk)

In the evening we’ll visit a nunnery, witnessing devotional chanting by nuns.

Overnight: Punakha

Elevation 1,300 m | Weather in Punakha: Hi 27 Lo 14

Day 4. PUNAKHA – PLACES OF POWER

7:00 – 8:00 am Pranayama and Energy Expansion

8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast

After breakfast, we’ll explode Punakha and drive to Kabesa village to hike the sacred stupa – Khamsum Yuelley Namgyalrecently erected by the Royal Queens of Bhutan.

After lunch we’ll visit the town temple and the Chimi Lhakhang, the famous fertility monastery built in 1456. It’s a pleasant walk through the paddy fields and farm houses ends at Chimi Lhakahng, a temple dedicated to yogi saint Drukpa Kuenley (popularly known as ‘the divine madman’ 1455-1529). Late afternoon will be for you to rest, rejuvenate and reflect.

7:00 – 8:00 pm Dinner
8:00 – 10:00 pm Inner Guidance Group Experience (Session 2). This a powerful alchemizing experience that works on accessing inner wisdom & empathy on all levels – Physically, Emotionally, Mentally and Energetically.

Overnight: Punakha
Elevation 1,300 m | Weather in Punakha: Hi 27 Lo 14

Day 5. RETURN TO THE PARO VALLEY

7:00 – 8:00 am Pranayama and Energy Expansion

8:00 – 9:00 am Breakfast

As usual, after breakfast we’ll hit the road and drive back to Paro. Upon arrival at Paro valley, we will go for a short walk downhill lays the dominating Paro Dzong (fortress) – a fine example of Bhutanese historic architecture. There we’ll cross the Nyamai Zampa – a traditional cantilever bridge and head to the town temple (built in 1525) to view ancient wall paintings and have a discourses on Mantra, rituals and visualization meditation.

You will also have an option to visit National Museum which is housed in the Ta Dzong (watchtower) to explore an intriguing collection of artifacts provide a wonderful introduction to the rich culture and heritage of the Kingdom or visit textile museum and experience Bhutanese handicrafts, including exquisitely woven textiles and Bhutanese handmade paper.

In the late afternoon we will visit renovation of ruin Dzong of Drukgyel Dzong followed up by the trip to the oldest Kyichu temple that goes back to 7 centuries.

7:00 – 8:00 pm Dinner
8:00 – 10:00 pm Fire Ceremony and Purification Meditation

Duration of drive: 3 hrs 30 min Overnight: Paro
Elevation 2,280 m | Weather in Paro: Hi 23 Lo 10

Day 6. TAKTSANG HIKE – THE TIGER’S NEST

7:00 – 8:00 am Breakfast

After breakfast, will start our main hike to the mystical Taktsang monastery (Tigers nest). Taktsang is one of the most important pieces of architecture building in Bhutan, Taktsang monastery defies logic, gravity, and reason.

Taktsang Monastery is the most famous and sacred monastery in Bhutan, perched on the side of a cliff 900m above the floor of the Paro valley. The Taktshang means ‘tiger nest’ and named because Guru Rinpoche is said to have flown to the site of the monastery on the back of a flaming tigress. He then meditated in a cave here for three months. People all over world walk here for pilgrimage and blessings.

There will also be free time to explore yourself down Town of Paro.

7:00 – 8:00 pm Dinner
8:00 – 10:00 pm Integration Circle (clarifying Vision, Purpose and Commitments for Reintegration into the year ahead)

Duration of hike: 5 hrs up and down | Difficulty: moderate to hard | Overnight: Paro
Elevation 2,280 m | Weather in Paro: Hi 23 Lo 10

Day 7. DEPARTURE

7:00 – 8:30 am Pranayama & Meditation (encoring all the mental and physical shifts into the physical body through breathing, mental focus and writing exercise)

8:30 – 9:30 am Breakfast

You have the opportunity to wander the streets and peruse the markets and purchase wares for souvenirs, or find yourself in a spa to prepare yourself for your flight home.  If you are leaving for Bangkok, you will be transferred around 14:00 to the airport.  And that will be your farewell of your Bhutanese pilgrimage, until the next one.

Flight Paro – Singapore 16:00 – 21:35

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Investment for this unique transformational experience in Bhutan

EARLY BIRD PACKAGES

(Full payment by February 6th)

Shared accommodation or couples

USD 4000 per person

Individual accommodation

USD 4800 per person

Registration Open Until Feb 6, 2019

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REGULAR PRICE PACKAGES

(Full payment by February 27th)

Shared accommodation or couples

USD 4800 per person

Individual accommodation

USD 5600 per person

Registration Open Until Feb 27, 2019

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PAYMENT OPTIONS

International bank transfer or via paypal/credit card which incurs an additional 4.5% fee

Bank Transfers: Non-refundable deposit of $1000 USD is required to confirm your booking and to confirm your spot on the flight.

Paypal/Credit Card: Entire payment needs to be processed at once.

CHARITY

A percentage of all packages goes to support local monks who are embarking on a 3-year meditation retreat. An initiative organized by Dr. Karma and supported by Yana, as a way to empower people of Bhutan in their pursuit of Full Liberation called Enlightenment.

    PACKAGE INCLUDES: 

    International round-trip airfare on Royal Druk Airlines from SG, BKK or Calcutta to Paro.
    The 3-4 star Accommodations in Twin and Deluxe Rooms.
    All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
     Unlimited Mineral Water
    Tea and Snacks
    All Transport within Bhutan (Coaster Bus)
    Services of expert Bhutanese guides
    Cultural Programs
    Special entry fees
    High Peak Travel Visa of $250 per day and surcharges

    35% Government surcharge that goes towards free healthcare, education and social development

      PACKAGE PRICE EXCLUDES:

      Travel and Cancellation Insurance (all attendees MUST purchase insurance prior to arrival)
      Laundry, Telephone, mobile, fax and internet bills
      Tips for guide and driver ($100-$150 suggested)
       Beverages in Resorts
      Shopping and personal expenses

        Please email CONNECT@YANAFRY.COM to reserve your space on this retreat. Upon doing so, you will receive an email confirming a hold period for three days. To confirm your reservation, a NON-refundable deposit of $1000 USD is required to be paid immediately to secure your booking. Payment can be made via bank transfer or paypal.

        The FULL balance of the payment is due 30 days prior to the retreat start date (14 February, 2019). If your booking falls within 30 days, full payment will be due immediately. Payment details will be provided to you upon reservation (via bank transfer or Paypal.) Please note that Paypal and credit card payments incur a 4.5% charge.

        About YOUR Facilitator Yana Fry

        Yana Fry is a spiritual life coach, experienced group facilitator, motivational speaker, adventurist and alchemist. At the age of 1.5, she was reciting poems by heart, at the age of 6, drawing mandalas, and at the age of 8, performing intuitive guidance sessions.

        At the age of 27 Yana had what is called Awakening and she has been integrating that experience since then. A desire to understand this world made Yana an adventurist and a passionate alchemist and so for the past 15 years she has travelled extensively and resided in countries all over the world, from St. Petersburg to Zurich, New York to Singapore. Yana believes that traveling to sacred places is the best form of self-empowerment and the best tool for individual and collective transcendence. After climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, driving a motorbike across Himalayan mountains in India, and visiting Machu Picchu in Peru, Yana realized that collectively experienced adventures truly expand human consciousness, bringing people closer to their Higher Self, unleashing their individual powers and gifts, and as a result helping them to find their unique place in the world.

        Nine years ago Yana moved to Singapore with her family, where she guides individuals, groups and organizations towards unleashing their full potential. In 2015 she has launched YanaTV, a highly popular online talkshow, where Yana interviews thoughts leaders, visionaries and change makers, and asks them to share their success stories, life lessons and happiness tips. In 2018 Yana started “Lakshmi House”, a spiritual private club in Singapore that brings best conscious teachers from all over the world to the community of truth seekers in Singapore and beyond. Yana teaches that Love, Truth and Illumination is a birth right for each Human Being.

        About YOUR Co-Facilitator Willo Sana

        Willo Sana has been called an Oracle, an Alchemist, a Liberator, and a Doula for Hatching Big Ideas. Her experienced guidance and masterful facilitation of individuals and groups is rooted in compassionate commitment, conscious mindset/behavior rewiring, and channeled energy transmissions, all of which playfully inspire, cultivate, and strengthen our relationship with self/divine spirit.

        As a seasoned creative entrepreneur, Willo has continually faced her fears, followed her heart, and founded over half-a-dozen businesses over the last 16+ years. Through speaking, coaching, and writing, she serves as a dynamic catalyst for high-profile leaders and rapidly evolving spiritual visionaries – including best-selling authors, TEDx speakers, psychologists, naturopaths, healers, coaches, lightworkers, and more.

        Born & raised in the mountains of Colorado, Willo then spent 18 years living in San Francisco before moving to Asia in 2014 where she has been living, loving life, and leading transformational events throughout Hong Kong, Bali, and Thailand ever since.

        Willo’s grand vision for creating heaven on earth is that we all wake up and recognize we’ve been uniquely placed here, at this moment in time, to share our unique gifts with each other; thereby cultivating more peace, compassion, and meaningful connection. Whether your genius is to love, heal, inspire, transform, teach, or ignite a revolution… now is the time!

        Willo’s upcoming book, Double Down on Your Genius: Own Your Gifts, Align Your Actions, and Flourish in Your Calling, will be released in 2019. To learn more about Willo, please visit WilloLovesYou.com

        About YOUR Guide Dr. Karma

        Dr. Karma Wangchuk is the owner of Vajra Guru Spiritual Travels, a registered travel agency in the Kingdom of Bhutan. He is known to satisfy visitors’ specific curiosities about his country, especially those related to the long standing traditions of Mahayana Vajrayana Buddhism found there.

        At present, Karma also works as the lead trainer in the Tourism Council of Bhutan Guide Training Programs, teaching Buddhism, iconography and other disciplines to cultural guides. Dr. Karma Wangchuk is called “Doctor” because he has earned a PhD from University of Delhi in Buddhist Studies. He was a Gold Medalist in the M.A Buddhist Studies Program there; while studying there he was a monk for eight years.

        He is a practitioner of the Nyingmapa and Kagyupa traditions of Mahayana & vajrayana Buddhism for many years. Vajra Guru Spiritual Travels has been established with the aim to serve and guide especially spiritual and Dharma seekers through theoretical and practical experiences while in the Kingdom of Bhutan.

        Dr. Karma has truly a golden heart and an incredibly deep and diverse knowledge about Buddhism and his country. We have travelled together, laughed, hiked, received blessings, witnessed sacred rituals and unforgettable spiritual experiences. I trust him fully and believe in his ability to provide a loving and supportive environment for each participant. Do not trust my words, EXPERIENCE IT YOURSELF. 

        ~ Yana Fry 

        This journey is all about YOU… and transcendence, self-love, adventures, mysticism, awakening, culture, friendships, conversations, people, places, possibilities and of course TRIBE.

        While morning and evening activities are scheduled, nothing is set in stone and flow is our main intention. Together we are so much MORE.  If you feel the calling to facilitate an activity or share your gift with all of us, step forward and we will offer you space and love.

        The group is cozy and kept at a small, intimate number. Express your interest as soon as you feel the calling to ensure your place in this journey of a lifetime.

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