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

Saamdu Chetri

Dr. Saamdu Chetri was born in rural Bhutan. He holds a PhD and a Masters Degree in Commerce and was in 2008 he was appointed to government office by the first democratically elected Prime Minister of Bhutan.

He was responsible for developing the Gross National Happiness (GNH) Centre in Dewaling, Bumthang, Bhutan in 2011, and now serves as its Executive Director.

Saamdu’s work involves him travelling to many countries around the world where he delivers keynote speeches and talks about the subject of Gross National Happiness.

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 Tshering Dorji

Deputy Chairperson
National Council of Bhutan
Dasho Tshering Dorji, Hon’ble Secretary for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs successfully completed his tenure as a Government Secretary as of February 7, 2017 after more than 32 years and 10 months of dedicated service to the Tsa-Wa-Sum.

Dasho started his career in the then Ministry of Trade and Industry as a Trainee Officer in 1984 and as an Attache until 1988. He was transferred as the General Manager to Bhutan Agro Industries Limited and to Bhutan Polythene Company in later years. Dasho was appointed as the Dzongdag of Pemagatshel Dzongkhag in 1997 and was appointed as the Dzongdag of Samtse Dzongkhag in 2002.He became the Managing Director of National Housing Development Corporation in 2003. In the following year, Dasho was transferred as the Chief of Protocol. Prior to his appointment as the Secretary for the Ministry of Home and Cultural Affairs in 2012, Dasho served as the Ambassador in Dhaka and Bangkok. His service was transferred to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2015. Dasho served the Royal Government of Bhutan at various capacities (including his services at the highest level) for more than 32 years and varieties of positions he held during his entire career is the biggest testimony of success in his contributions.

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