Legacy building retreat in Bhutan

25/09/2018 - 04/10/2018 • Tigers Nest, Bhutan



  • 25 September
  • 26 September
  • 27 September
  • 28 September
  • 29 September
  • 30 September
  • 01 October
  • 02 October
  • 03 October
  • 04 October

His Holiness Kyabgon Khedrupchen Rinpoche

Sangchen Ogyen Tsuklag Monastery
The fifth Khedrup Ugyen Tenzin Thinley Lhundrup alias Yonten Thinley or Jigme Kunzang Rangdrol was born in 9th May 1990 or full moon day of the third month of iron horse year to the father Tenzin Dorji and mother Tshewang Peldon in the village of Taktsang, Shingkhar Rong under Samdrup Jongkhar district in Bhutan where the great maha sidha Nima Dawa and Khedrup Phajo Sangye Dhondup had blessed.

When he was three years old and able to start talking, spoke about the previous life of 4th Khedrup's activities. According to his granny's, when he was born, the rainbow displayed around the house and rained signifying the precious one continuingly for three days, and there were many miracles happened after*. As per his mother, she was prophesied by the previous Khedrup to be re-born as her son.

When he was five years old, he started his education from his grandfather Lama Duba Wangyal. As the habitual tendency of the previous life, no effort were needed to learn such as reading mantras, tunes of CHOD, visualization of Phowa or the Consciousness Transference and etc. from the very early age, he was admitted to government school at six years old.
When he was eight, the disciples and the families gathered to recognise the instruments of 4th Khedrup Rinpoche. In the mid of hundreds of disciples, the things such as original bell, cymbal and etc. of previous life and the new items of same looks were mixed together. He was asked to identify the items of the 4th Khedrup Rinpoche. With no difficulty, items were identified and recognised as the reincarnation of Khedrup Rinpoche.

More information: Khedrup

26 September

Dr. Julia C Kim

Program Director
Dr. Julia Kim joined the GNH Centre in 2013, after serving as a member of the International Expert Working Group for a New Development Paradigm (convened by the Royal Government of Bhutan).

Julia brings a background in programs, policy, and research in the fields of global health and sustainable development. Prior to coming to Bhutan, she lived in New York and worked extensively in Africa, and Asia with NGOs, academia and UN agencies.

26 September

Luis Gallardo

Luis Gallardo is a social innovator and entrepreneur with the higher purpose of elevating the vibration of the planet by developing ideas, connecting thought leaders, activists and communities and increasing awareness on the science of happiness, holistic education and smart innovation.

Over the years Luis has been advisor to CEOs, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, Nobel Laureates, political and institutional game changers on strategic personal positioning and brand building. That access to the brightest and most conscious individuals has inspired him to understand that the world needs new lenses to understand growth and how humans and societies can thrive.

Luis has worked too in the corporate world as a global executive and has been protagonist of the transformation of industries such as professional services and the internet. Luis has been international observer with the UN and OSCE in post-armed conflicts establishing democracy and the right to vote. For Luis Happiness is a human right and a life choice, an enabler of human development and social innovation.

That’s why he is committed to create, with initiatives such as bē and the World Happiness Summit, spaces for academics, activists, social innovators, scientists, gubernamental leaders, institutions and leaders in general to share and learn, to feel, understand and act towards a happier world and thriving societies.

Luis has been appointed by the UNIDOH (International Day of Happiness – March 20th) to serve on the Executive Team and to create the global strategy for the day.

25 September

Dasho Pema Thinley

Deputy Chair
Policy and Planning Division
Pema Thinley was a researcher for The Centre for Bhutan Studies & Gross National Happiness Research (GNH), who are tasked with identifying where people sit on the happiness threshold, whether they are happy, or the converse: ‘not happy yet’ – the notion of unhappiness is disregarded in Bhutan, I am told.

While the term has its roots in the 1970s, it was not until the dawn of the millennium that steps were made to begin quantifying the emotion; no mean feat, I assure you. But beyond formulaic calculations lies a simple premise – that contentedness is at the heart of being Bhutanese. With many a word for happiness in the Dzongkha dialect – gawa, kiva, dewa, to name just a few – it’s understandable why tourists and travelers pay top dollar to land within the visitation quota and gain a glimpse of the happiest place in the world.

25 September

Dasho Lhatu Wangchuk

Former Ambassador to the UN
Bhutan Government
Dasho Lhatu Wangchuk is the former UN Ambassador from Bhutan. He was also the Ambassador to Bangladesh and the Tourism Director General.

Dasho Lhatu Wangchuk authored a UN Resolution establishing GNH as a Human Development Indicator (HDI) in 2011. The motion was eventually backed by 66 co-sponsors and brought into the UN Resolution

Dr. Kinley Tenzin

Executive Director
Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN)
The Executive Director of the Royal Society for Protection of Nature, Dr. Kinley Tenzin was honoured as one of the world’s 50 Most Impactful Green Leaders during the sixth edition of the World Corporate Social Responsibility day.

27 September

Chechay Nidup

Operations Director
My Bhutan

Khenpo Norbu


27 September

Ugyen Pelgen

Executive Director
Institute for Management Studies
Ugyen Pelgen is a historian and a consultant. During his course of career, he has many historical publications to his credit. He has carried out researches in various historical filed all over the country. He has also been traveling extensively across the country in quest of unearthing many historical facts that was unknown to many.

Currently he works at the Institute for Management Studies as the Executive Specialist. Pelgen has a Masters degree from Aligarh Muslim University, India. He has also taught at the Wheaton college USA and Sherubtse College, University of Delhi.

26 September

Flight landing from Delhi

01:00 PM 02:00 PM Paro

Welcome to Paro for those traveling from Delhi

Flight landing from Kathmandu

03:00 PM 04:00 PM Paro

Welcome to Paro for those coming from Kathmandu

Visit to Taa Dzong, National Museum of Bhutan

04:00 PM 06:00 PM Paro

Welcome Dinner at Hotel Bhutan

07:30 PM 09:00 PM Thimphu

Dasho Tshering Dorji, Deputy Chairperson, National Council of Bhutan.


Breakfast with His Holiness Kyabgon Khedrupchen Rinpoche

08:00 AM 09:30 AM Thimphu Hotel


Visit to Buddha Dordenma Statue

10:00 AM 12:00 PM Kuenselphodrang

Debsi Trail Walk

12:00 PM 02:00 PM Thimphu

Gross National Happiness Center

03:00 PM 06:00 PM Thimphu


Kings of Bhutan, A Nomad's Life - Followed by Dinner

05:00 PM 08:00 PM Thimphu

Kings of Bhutan, A Nomad's Life. 


Overnight at Hotel Bhutan

07:00 PM 11:59 PM Thimphu

Hike to Cheri Monastery

10:00 AM 12:00 PM Thimphu

  • Spend time meditating in the monastery. Khenpo Norbu, Astrologer will accompany the group.


Parizampa School of Astrology

12:00 PM 02:00 PM Thimphu

Zorig Chusum (School for Traditional Arts)

02:00 PM 04:00 PM Thimphu

  • We'll meet the Principal of the school who will talk on the arts and crafts of Bhutan, we'll also spend time interacting with students.

Centre for Bhutan Studies

05:00 PM 07:00 PM Thimphu

Dinner and talk with Dr. Kinley Tenzin

07:30 PM 09:00 PM

Dinner and talk with Dr. Kinley Tenzin, ED, Royal Society for the Protection of Nature (RSPN)


Overnight at Hotel Bhutan

09:00 PM 11:59 PM Thimphu

Transfer to Punakha

08:00 AM 09:00 AM Punakha

Dochula Pass

10:00 AM 01:00 PM Punakha

Druk Wangyel Lhakhang

03:00 PM 04:00 PM Punakha

Overnight at Dhumra, Punakha

09:00 PM 11:59 PM Punakha

Punakha Dzong

09:00 AM 11:00 AM Punakha

Khamsum Yulley Monastery (Hike)

12:00 PM 02:00 PM Punakha

White Water Rafting

04:00 PM 05:00 PM Punakha

Overnight at Dhumra, Punakha

08:00 PM 11:59 PM Punakha

Transfer to Phobjikha

09:00 AM 10:00 AM Phobjikha

Chimi Lhakhang

11:00 AM 02:00 PM Phobjikha

Gangtey Goemba

03:00 PM 04:00 PM Phobjikha

Overnight at Teckchenphodrang, Gangtay

07:00 PM 11:59 PM Gangtay

Hike Gangtey Nature Trail

09:00 AM 12:00 PM Gangtey

Local farm stay for lunch

01:00 PM 03:00 PM Gangtay

Crane Centre, RSPN (Royal Society for the protection of Nature)

03:00 PM 05:00 PM Gangtay

Enjoy a traditional hot stone water bath

06:00 PM 07:00 PM Gangtay

Overnight at Teckchenphodrang, Gangtay

08:00 PM 11:59 PM Gangtay

Hike to Kila Goenpa (Nunnery) from Chelela Pass

09:00 AM 06:00 PM Paro

Overnight at Naksel Boutique and Spa

07:30 PM 08:00 PM Paro

Day Hike to Paro Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest)

08:00 AM 06:00 PM Paro

spend time meditating at the meditation area.

Overnight at Naksel Boutique and Spa

09:00 PM 11:59 PM Paro

Depart from Paro Airport

10:00 AM 12:30 PM Paro