Bhutan, A Truly Exotic Yoga Retreat
The small, isolated nation of Bhutan was closed to tourism until 1974. Considered by some to be the world’s last Shangri-La, this Himalayan kingdom has intrigued and charmed its visitors for over 40 years now. Our Bhutan yoga retreat is truly exotic, taking place in a natural wonderland that few people will ever visit.
In honor of our upcoming Bhutan yoga retreat, here are three things you might not have known about this gem of a country!
The Bhutanese know that money can’t buy happiness.
Considered more important than the Gross National Product, Bhutan instead measures its Gross National Happiness. It is based on the four foundations of good governance, the natural environment, sustainable development and the preservation of cultural values.
As one of the only countries in the world where citizens have a constitutional obligation to preserve and protect the environment, you will have ample time to feel nurtured by nature on our Bhutan yoga retreat.
Bhutan had a ban on television and internet until 1999.
While Bhutan was cautious before venturing into this vast and high speed world of telecommunications, the entire project to bring the country online was completed in only three months once the ban was lifted. It was timed to be released with anniversary celebrations of the king – though it came with a warning from His Majesty, ‘There are lots of good and bad information on the Internet and people should use it judiciously.’
You should not have any trouble finding screen-free time on our Bhutan yoga retreat!
Bhutan’s national flower was once considered mythical, like the yeti.
The Himalayan blue poppy (Meconopsis grandis) may have been identified as early as the 1850s, but it was not until 1934 that British botanist George Sherriff found a specimen in Bhutan, confirming its presence within the country’s borders. Because it grows in remote locations above treeline and for only a short window (late May-July) each year, this delicate purplish-blue blossom continues to be a rare, albeit extraordinary, sight.
Tucked into the steep folds of the Himalayas, Bhutan is one of the most remote and pristine countries in the world. Its friendly and welcoming culture, combined with an incomparable commitment and connection to nature, will remind you how sweet and simple life can be. We hope our Bhutan yoga retreat inspires you to carry some of that quiet and calm back into your daily life.