Vipashyana in Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon

                              with Jakob Leschly


Yes, this was so wonderful we have decided to have another one in May 2017!


30th april - 6th May 2017


We invite you to experience Vipashyana, the wider perspective of awakening,

that pervades the Mahayana Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan. 

An opportunity to gain understanding of how this sacred heritage is part of who we are.


The Buddhist culture of Bhutan celebrates the countless qualities of enlightenment in every nook and cranny of its magnificent landscape.  While modern tourism generally objectifies Bhutan's vivid temples, arts, and practices as an exotic and foreign culture, we could humbly approach this sacred realm as pilgrims and yogis.

Starting our days with Vipashyana meditation, and personally experiencing the unconditional dimension of awakening within ourselves, we enhance our experience through visiting and paying homage at sacred shrines that reflect the warmth of a living heritage of enlightenment.

In the evening Jakob, our resident instructor will provide instruction in meditation.  Clarifying the method of meditation and revealing its relevance to our personal experience, as well the universal relevance of the spiritual wealth we encounter in the Land of the Thunder Dragon.


Daily Schedule

  • 06:00 - 08:00      Meditation
  • 08:00 - 08:30      Lhasang ritual (smoke offering ceremony)
  • 08:30 - 09:30      Breakfast
  • 10:00 - 12:00      Meditation
  • 12:00 - 01:00      Lunch
  • 01:00 - 05:00      Visiting sacred places/Meditation (alternate days)
  • 06:00 - 07:00      Dinner
  • 07:00 - 08:00      Dharma Talk
  • 08:00 - 09:00      Meditation


The 2 hour meditation sessions are made up of two 50 min sessions with a 20 min tea ceremony in the middle. The two 50 min sessions each consist of 20 min sitting, 10 min mindful walking, and 20 min sitting. The tea ceremony is an opportunity to be nourished and refreshed while practicing, and hence is meditation as well.

The meditation practice, the pilgrimage to shrines, and the concept of sacred realm is not religious in any way, or even Buddhist in the way many people see it; rather,  it is simply a joyful and profound celebration of, and invitation to, an innate pure dimension of our experienced reality.      We are offering a wonderful entrance into a hidden, yet very real, part of our common world.

There is no need for apprehension about this retreat, it is for ordinary people.  Of course it requires a commitment to sitting meditation.  When it comes to meditation, Vipashyana and Vajrayana, Zen & Dzogchen all share the same practice of familiarizing oneself with the freedom from the grip of conceptual construction and integrating this freedom in the post-meditation practice of compassion.

Jakob will ensure that everyone is alright with the practice and be available for advice related to the practice. 

Jakob Leschly

Jakob Leschly

Resident Instructor

Jakob began his studies of Buddhism in 1974 and has studied with numerous great teachers, particularly the renowned Kyabje Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Dudjom Rinpoche and Dzongsar Khyentse Rinpoche.

Jakob completed a three-year retreat in 1984, has since worked as a translator, interpreter and teacher.  Since 2008 he has been based in Australia where he has been Resident Teacher for Siddhartha’s Intent Australia.

WHERE  - BHUTAN -  Paro -      see Bhutan Map

WHEN   -  April 30th - May 6th 2017

PRICE    -  Twin Share     $2890 USD
                -  Single             $3130 USD



  • All accommodation, meals and transport in Bhutan
  • Highly skilled Resident Instructor
  • Experienced Tour Director - Pantha Blazely
  • Knowledgeable & kind Bhutanese guides 
  • Entrance Fees and Permits
  • Govt of Bhutan Royalty/Development Taxes
  • Bhutan Visa & Tourism Development Fees  


  • Flights to and from Paro 
  • Alcohol or bottled drinks
  • Expenses of a personal nature eg laundry, telephone, tips

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Taktsang (Tigers Nest) - One of our afternoon excursions