THE TRAVEL YOGI
Bhutan Yoga Retreat Adventure
Trip in One Word: Bliss
What You’ll Experience in Bhutan
This Bhutan yoga retreat adventure is full of only-here immersion and wonder. Through our unique connections you will experience a blessing with the High Lama, stay at an active monastery, explore ancient fortresses and temples, raft the rapids, mingle with monks and discover yourself in the Land of the Thunder Dragon. In this world apart, you’ll discover a moving feast of culture, nature and infectious local smiles. It’s an ideal destination for personal enrichment and deepening your yoga practice. Bhutan culture is preserved by issuing only a limited number of tourist visas each year, so they are able to welcome visitors sustainably while preserving their endemic and natural beauty.
How You’ll Experience Bhutan
Your Bhutan yoga retreat adventure will weave together the best of the country’s culture and nature—all while grounding your experience with deep breaths and yoga. Exclusive, hyper-local experiences, hiking and culture are at your fingertips. You’ll stay in beautiful local hotels in Thimphu, Punakha, and Paro, as well as a unique overnight in a monastery, hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest (i.e., Paro Taktsang), play a friendly soccer game with monks, visit the world’s largest Buddha statue, the Buddha Dodernma and plenty more. Soak your body in a traditional hot stone bath and your spirit in the mysteries and enchantment of Bhutan.
How You’ll Feel When You Return Home
Bhutanese humor will invoke your inner (laughing) sage and your friends and family may start wondering, what happened on that Bhutan yoga retreat?! You’ll emit a deep vibration of bliss as you walk through your normal life, just knowing that a place that measures success by an index of happiness exists.
Bhutan Yoga Retreat Adventure Details
My name is Kilty Kaimana Inafuku.
My belief is that what we do on the mat is simply practice for what we do off the mat. How you talk to yourself, how you approach a challenging situation, how you receive, and how you do you anything in your mat practice is usually a direct reflection of what’s happening in your everyday practice of life (the real yoga).
I also believe that what you put is what you get out. Put positive thoughts into your mind, and it will respond to see the positive in other people and situations. Put good food into your body, and it will respond to fuel you how you want; after all, the gut is the second brain, right?
I grew up in Kaneohe, Hawaii but didn’t find yoga until I moved to Los Angeles, California, where I was studying for my B.S. in Civil & Environmental Engineering at UCLA. I found that yoga was a great physical outlet and offered a mental release from the stress of school and the chaos of city life. Since then, I’ve kept it a staple in my daily routine and completed my Yoga Alliance compliant 200HR teacher training under Jay Co and am currently training with Jason Crandell for my 500HR. When I returned home to O’ahu after graduation in 2011, I took on a staff engineering position with a local geotechnical company. And after a year in that role, I had the BIG realization that my PASSION IS YOGA. So… I quit.
And, now, here I am as a yoga educator, sharing what I’ve learned from others and from myself along this journey called life. With a steady practice, I’ve learned that yoga has so much more to offer than just a workout and a study break. My goal as a yoga educator is to help others discover these different facets of yoga for themselves. In my classes, you can expect a physical challenge. Sometimes we’ll work through that challenge with a playful attitude and sometimes we’ll step into a more introspective and meditative space of observation. As a teacher, I encourage, and focus, on making mindful choices based on what you need that day. I look forward to seeing you on the mat. Aloha!
Hugs and high fives,
Creator of Ritual MAGIK yoga and an experienced journey guide, Kendell, E-RYT 500, infuses her teachings with the foundations of classical Hatha yoga and nature based wisdom. Known for her sense of adventure and passion for playful discovery, she has traveled the world leading yogis to experience far off lands and explore their own inner mystical layers of being.
Kendell has over a thousand hours of training, studying with some of the world’s most renowned yoga and spiritual teachers. She is a certified meditation teacher, Thai Bodyworker, breath-work facilitator, sound healer and Reiki practitioner. Her love of the natural world led her to study Mountain Shamanism and traditional witchery, which has given her the perspective to offer a unique blend of these teachings as personalized healing experiences for body, mind and spirit.
Kendell’s teaching style is warm and welcoming, seamlessly providing the space and wisdom for students of all capabilities to dream big, find deep joy in embodiment and peace in flowing with the natural world.
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- Ten days in-country with an expert local English speaking guide
- Bhutan visa and permit management
- Round trip flight from Bangkok to Bhutan
- Breakfast each morning at our hotels
- All lunches including local eateries and picnic(s)
- All dinners in a local restaurant or at our hotels
- Morning and evening yoga on most days (please see the full itinerary for yoga schedule)
- Three nights luxury boutique hotel in Thimphu
- Three nights deluxe boutique hotel in Punakha
- Three nights unique forested boutique hotel in Paro
- Full day excursion and hike to the iconic Tiger’s Nest Monastery
- Blessing by the High Lama of Bhutan
- White water rafting adventure
- Overnight in an active monastery
- Evening prayer sessions with local nuns
- Friendly soccer match with monastery monks
- Explore Punakha Dzong
- Up close and personal with one of the worlds largest Buddha statue – the Buddha Dodernma
- Cooking class with organic and local food pioneer Aum Karma
- Drive through and time to explore the Chelala Pass’s vibrant flora and views of Mt. Jomolhari
- Stroll the paddy fields to Chimi Lhakang
- All entry fees for the above sights and additional activities as listed on the itinerary
What's Not Included
- Flights to Bangkok, Thailand (BKK)
- Any video or still camera fees assessed by the monuments or places of interest
- Gratuities (for your Bhutanese guide – all other gratuities are covered)
- Items of a personal nature (phone calls, souvenirs, spa services, etc)
- Travel Insurance (required)
Bhutan Yoga Retreat Accommodations
Welcome to Bhutan and the gorgeous views of Thimphu at our first boutique hotel set within the foothills of the Himalayans. Enjoy modern amenities and charm of the Norkhil Hotel and the seclusion it offers, just outside of the heart of Thimphu.
Enjoy understated luxury and the simplicity of culturally informed design in your deluxe rooms in the Punakha Valley. Surrounded by thick pine forests from its mountain perch and overlooking the Punakha Valley, Zhingkham Hotel is simple and luxurious comfort. Train your camera on the stunning view and villages dotting the valley floor.
Floor to ceiling windows warm and brighten each cottage while highlighting the all-encompassing forest and Himalayan mountain range views. The Himalayan Keys Forest Resort is a wholly Bhutanese-owned, boutique hotel designed to capture a luxurious treehouse experience. Tucked away and off the beaten path, the cottages are also close to it all and only a few minutes walk to Drukgyel Dzong. Wandering through the beauty out-of-doors to local ruins is a stunning way to end your Bhutan yoga retreat adventure.
Board your included flight from Bangkok to Paro and begin your unique Bhutan yoga retreat and ten days of amazing cultural exploration.
- Fly into Bhutan through the Paro Valley and spy the Pa Chu (Paro river) and Ta Dzong (watchtower)
- Exit the arrivals at the airport to meet up with our guide and head out for the 1 hr drive to Thimphu
- Enjoy a welcome blessing and spiritual cleansing from the High Lama of Bhutan
- Head to Thimpu to check-in and enjoy lunch at a local restaurant
- Join local nuns for an evening prayer ceremony
- Opening yoga class
- Group dinner and welcome to Bhutan!
- Sunrise yoga at the base of the Buddha Dordenma statue
- Breakfast picnic at the statue and entrance
- Cooking lesson with foodie pioneer Aum Karma at her home
- Transfer back to town for a lunch sampling the local cuisine
- Return to the hotel for the evening yoga class
- Group dinner at the hotel
- Optional – if you’ve got the energy, head out to one of Thimpu’s dance clubs (electronic beats anyone?)
- Early morning yoga and breakfast
- Hike to Dodeydra Monastery
- Learn the rituals and participate in a butter lamp offering
- Enjoy lunch at the monastery with the monks
- Head outside this afternoon with the monks for a friendly soccer match
- Practice your passing skills and bring a sense of humor to the pitch!
- Early evening meditation with the monastery’s lama
- Evening prayer session with monastery’s monks
- Evening dinner and overnight at the monastery
- Enjoy morning yoga with your new friends from the monastery
- Say goodbye and hike back to Thimphu and catch a ride to Punakha
- Mid-drive stop in the Dochu La pass and lunch, and stunning views, at Druk Wangyel
- Walk the paddy fields to the Chimi Lhankhang – a temple dedicated to a great yogi known as the “Divine Madman”
- Check-in and enjoy an evening yoga session
- Dinner at the local hotel
- Early morning yoga and breakfast at the hotel
- Hike to the Khamsum Yuelley Monastery
- Head out for a big day on the river rafting either the Mo Chu or Po Chu rivers
- Raft through the stunning Bhutanese backdrop and by the 17th century Punakha Dzong – no experience necessary, just a willingness to paddle and get wet!
- Enjoy a post-rafting riverside picnic
- Head to explore the Punakha Dzong on an ancient walking path
- Traverse Bhutan’s longest suspension bridge
- Dinner and bonfire evening at Aum Karma’s farm home (no evening yoga)
- Early morning yoga and group breakfast
- Drive to Wangdue Phodrang – one of the largest dzongkhags in the country
- Explore the stunning Wangdue Dzong with a Bhutanese architect and walking-Wangdue-encyclopedia
- Explore the stunning and ancient village of Rinchengang
- Evening outdoor yoga
- Group dinner at the hotel
- Early morning yoga and breakfast at the hotel
- Transfer to the historic town of Paro
- Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant
- Head into the woods with local experts to learn the technique of textile dyeing and weaving
- Traditional textiles in Bhutan are highly regarded and have an important cultural and historical language all their own
- Evening yoga session and dinner at the hotel
- Early morning yoga at the chorten-style Buddhist temple Dungtse Lhakhang
- Enjoy breakfast a local cafe
- Drive to the stunning Chelela Pass
- Luxuriate in a picnic at 13,000ft with stunning views of the sacred mountains of Jomothari and Jichu Drake
- Evening yoga to unwind
- Group dinner at the hotel
- Early morning hike to the Taktsang Monastery Tiger’s Nest
- Morning yoga along the hike
- Enjoy a picnic breakfast
- This most famous of Bhutan landmarks requires a hike of approximately 5 hours to reach the monastery
- Learn the history and significance of the monastery as one of the most sacred and venerated sites in Buddhism
- Explore the Sacred Caves below Tiger’s Nest
- Meditation with the lama at the monastery
- Head back into town post-hike and explore Paro
- Luxuriate hike weary muscles in a traditional hot stone bath
- Final Bhutan yoga
- Group farewell dinner
- Group breakfast and final Bhutan goodbyes
- Transfer to the Paro airport for your flight to Bangkok and onward back home
Frequently Asked Questions
You’ll want to schedule your flight into Bangkok (BKK) at least one day before the trip begins. We have your flight from Bangkok to Paro, Bhutan taken care of on day one of your trip, but flight times are determined closer to the trip so everyone needs to be in the night before. We’ll also fly you back to Bangkok on the last day of your adventure and we require that you not book any outbound flight from Thailand any earlier than 9pm on the last day.
Electricity in Bhutan runs on 220V. Most U.S. based devices that need to be charged (including camera batteries, mp3 players, etc.) work with outlets ranging from 110–240 volts, so they typically do not require a power converter. However, it will be up to you to check your individual electronics. This information is located on the plug itself and is usually very easy to find. Outlet configurations in Bhutan are normally European-style: round, two- or three-pronged. As outlets can change from place to place, we recommend you bring an outlet adapter to ensure you do not have problems plugging your devices in. Hotel Zhiwa Ling in Paro uses U.S. outlets.
Yes! Please note that travel insurance in required for all travelers and proof on insurance will be required on day one. All plans must include medical evacuation coverage. Please contact The Travel Yogi with any questions.
Yes, all of our lux hotels will have wifi available.
On this adventure, yes, it is necessary that you bring your own mat with you. Our guides will carry them for you, along with your luggage. A mat and a strap are good options but unless you absolutely need a block, we recommend you leave that at home. The Travel Yogi teachers that head out to Bhutan devise classes without props.
There are no inoculation requirements at this time but it is suggested that you be up to date on your tetanus, typhoid and hepatitis A. Any questions about your specific inoculation needs to should directed to your personal physician in advance of this adventure.
Yes! Of course. Once you’re booked you’ll receive an email with important logistical information and a link to your invoice. You can pay any amount at any time on the invoice; you can use it as a payment plan or leave it alone until the final due date. Remember that deposits are non-refundable so, on all trips, we recommend purchasing travel insurance.