Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Dharamshala 2022

Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

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Vibrant Women Travel
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Mar 24 - 31, 2022
Group size: 6 - 16
Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Dharamshala 2022
Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, India

Vibrant Women Travel
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A$2250
Deposit: A$750
Mar 24 - 31, 2022
Group size: 6 - 16

About this trip

 This retreat is for women with an interest in Buddhist Philosophy, 


Tibetan Culture and in living a Meaningful Life 


Imagine a week in the foothills of the Himalayas, in the home of His Holiness The 14th Dalai Lama, surrounded by beautiful nature, eating delicious vegetarian Indian food, engaging in workshops and classes about Buddhism, practicing yoga and meditation, swimming, hiking, shopping, relaxing, dreaming, being, just imagine ……..There’s something so liberating about stepping outside of your life for a moment.


 waking up in a new land, excited for the adventure


 learning a new philosophy, being intellectually and spiritually stimulated


 building new connections with yourself and others


being fully present to a new culture


 breathing deeply into your heart centre and allowing space and light to enter


 moving your body in gentle, restorative and healing ways


 taking quiet time to reflect


 capturing memories and life lessons that last a lifetime


 Being new but still being you

RETREAT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Explore the foothills Himalayas (optional ½ day hiking) people who don’t want to do that can explore the local village where we are staying, enjoy the coffee shops and beautiful gardens and surrounding.
  • Explore Tibetan Culture and in particular Thangka Art, Spirituality, Politics and Architecture
  • Visit colourful local markets (this is the place to buy your singing bowl!)
  • Meet Jetsumna Tenzin Palmo and visit her nunnery which is in a truly stunning location (Author of “Cave in the Snow”)
  • Visit the Dalai Lamas Temple, a local nunnery where we can have ghee lamp lit on our behalf and our charity for this trip Jagori which focuses on gender equality and Womens rights
  • Visit the artisan village of Andretta known for pottery, purchase a lovely ceramic souvenir to take home
  • Tea Tasting at Wah Tea Estate in Palampur
  • Three workshops providing an Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism with an English speaking university educated Nun Emma Billsberry (Lozang Drolma)
  • Three workshops with Tammie Day (Founder of Vibrant Women) on how to incorporate Buddhism into western daily life
  • Spend time with our local guide who will share his passion for everything Dharamshala, from his home town Naddi and hiking, to the best coffee shop in McLeod Ganj
  • Optional daily yoga and or meditation classes
  • Experience the peace and serenity and beauty of the Dhauladhar range (lit. The White Range) which are part of a lesser Himalayan chain of mountains.
  • Stay in rustic and authentic Tibetan and Indian accommodations, clean and comfortable with artistic touches
  • Find peace and happiness 😊  

This retreat is for you if you want to ……

Immerse yourself – in one week of meditation and Buddhist philosophy, yoga, discussions, workshops, deep thinking all of which can bring new and exciting elements to your spiritual practice. 


Get a new perspective – Going to a new place creates an opportunity to experience a new landscape externally but also internally.  


*Actually* meditate – When you have extended free time, it’s a lot easier to meditate. No cell phone buzzing or boss reminding you about deadlines. On retreats, it feels a lot more natural to breathe deeply and be present in the moment. There is perhaps no better place in the world than to practice meditation than Dharamshala, the collective energy is very powerful, you actually want to participate and meditate. 


Detox digitally – One of my favourite things about a retreat is shutting off my technology. While we do have wifi, you don’t feel the need to constantly text, update Facebook or call friends. It feels good to unplug. Trust me the wifi is crap, you’ll have no choice anyway!


Relax and de-stress – Sometimes we have to be far from home to give ourselves the permission to truly relax. Being on a retreat allows you to listen to your body, rest when you need it, and be free from stress. Even though we have a full schedule, its not taxing and there are lots of nurturing activities like yoga and walking, watching movies, sightseeing, having all meals loving prepared for you etc. 


Replace old habits – The best way to break a bad habit is to replace it with a new healthy one. When you feel motivated you can replace unhealthy habits with conscious new behaviours that support you in being your best self.


Make new friends – Undeniably, you will meet individuals with similar interests. Even if you go alone, you have a chance to make friends with people who you might know for the rest of your life. 


Appreciate home and your life more – While a week away is always nice, we often come home with a refreshed appreciation for life, feeling happier, healthier, and re-energised to jump back into your routine with new vigour. Heck, it might even feel fun. 


You deserve it! – Thoreau said: “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you’ve imagined.” While this quote might be on your refrigerator, chances are you make excuses about why you can’t YET. Often times the excuses are about money, time or circumstances but guess what, you deserve a break. You work hard for a reason and you can always find reasons why you should or should not do something. The key to happiness is deciding what you really want and making it happen. No excuses. The time is NOW!! 


This retreat is not for you if … 


You have recently gone through a major crisis and are still very emotionally fragile – the whole experience may be too overwhelming so it may be best to wait until you have regained some inner strength (feel free to contact us if you want to discuss this)


You are seeking a therapeutic program, this is a skills development retreat with a focus on understanding Buddhism. This does not mean that you will not experience therapeutic or life enhancing benefits we just want you to make sure your expectations match our program outline.


You are expecting to have individual sessions/counselling with the retreat leader, unfortunately time does not allow for this. 


Your health and/or mobility prevents you from travelling to a country such as India.  The footpaths are very uneven and there are stairs at the accommodation.


You expect India, a developing nation, to have all of the comforts and conveniences of a Western country. (The places we stay in are beautiful, comfortable and perfectly suited for a retreat experience but India is not a western country so things run differently – I guess this needs to be met with a level acceptance and understanding). For example beds are very firm and hot water and good water pressure are not guaranteed. 


This retreat is designed to support busy women to slow down and connect with themselves, in a beautiful location, in a fun and supportive way, whilst in the company of other like-minded women.   

INCLUDES

  • Meet and greet by Vibrant Women Representative at Dharamshala airport
  • 7 nights’ accommodation with breakfast 
  • 1 dinner and local dance performance at the Norbulingka Institute
  • Guided Tour of the Norbulingka Institute
  • 3 Lunch and Dinners at The Mirage, Andretta
  • Pickup and drop off at Dharamshala airport
  • Sightseeing in and around Dharamshala as per itinerary
  • Entrance fees
  • Tea Tasting at Wah Tea Estate
  • 3 Workshops on Tibetan Buddhism with a Lozang Drolma at Norbulingka Institute
  • 3 Workshops on incorporating Buddhism into busy western lives
  • Lamp light ceremony and visit to Dolma Ling nunnery
  • Donation to DGL Nunnery, Dolma Ling Nunnery and Jogori Charitable Foundation (on a group basis)
  • Local English speaking guide throughout tour 

EXCLUDES

  • International and Domestic Air fare
  • Indian visas
  • Lunches & dinners (where not included)
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Occasional optional items not identified in itinerary description
  • Tipping and personal expenses (we suggest $15 a day per person to cover our drivers, accommodation and guide tips. You can pay this in AUD $105 or 5,000Rp. We will collect this at breakfast on the first day of the retreat).
  • Bottled water and other beverages not included with meals

View full details about workshops and itinerary HERE

Available Packages

Twinshare Room
Available until Feb 24, 20227 left

This tour has a $750 non-refundable non-transferable deposit and the remainder is due three month before the start of the tour.   *Please note that any monies paid including the non refundable deposit are fully refundable until the 31st of March 2021. At this time we will be able to see how travel has commenced and confirm all bookings. 

A$2250
Deposit: A$750
Twinshare Room Payment Plan
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 *Please note that any monies paid are fully refundable until the 31st of March 2021 including the non refundable deposit.  At this time we will be able to see how travel has commenced and confirm all bookings.  

By using the payment plan option you will pay a non refundable non transferable deposit of $750 and then 6 instalments of $260 (this includes a 2.5% credit card fee). The credit card fee has been built into the full price. Payment plans are scheduled to conclude 3 months before the start of your tour.  

A$2305
Deposit: A$750
Single Room
Available until Dec 24, 20214 left

 This tour has a $750 non-refundable non-transferable deposit and the remainder is due three month before the start of the tour.   *Please note that any monies paid including the non refundable deposit are fully refundable until the 31st of March 2021. At this time we will be able to see how travel has commenced and confirm all bookings.  

A$2750
Deposit: A$750
Single Room Payment Plan
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  *Please note that any monies paid are fully refundable until the 31st of March 2021 including the non refundable deposit.  At this time we will be able to see how travel has commenced and confirm all bookings.  

By using the payment plan option you will pay a non refundable non transferable deposit on $750 and then 6 instalments of $345 (this includes a 2.5% credit card fee). The credit card fee has been built into the full price. Payment plans are scheduled to conclude 3 months before the start of your tour.  

A$2815
Deposit: A$750

Available options

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A$250
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A$125
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Vibrant Women is designed to support busy women to slow down and connect with themselves, in beautiful locations in a fun and supportive way whilst in the company of like-minded women. Vibrant Women services includes workshops, retreats, sightseeing tours, facilitator training, nia and yogalates, all activities that enhance your wellbeing. Vibrant Women has a focus on personal development that combines travel, self care and cultural/spiritual activities. “Life is either a daring adventure of nothing at all” ~ Helen Keller