Happiness in the Land of Happiness

19 October - 1 November 2014
Led by Stephanie Dowrick & William Suganda

$8,950 per person (based on twin-share)

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Overview of retreat

As the world becomes smaller and more intensely travelled, few countries can offer an experience magical enough to take you far beyond the familiar or everyday. The Kingdom of Bhutan is such a place. In fact, many call it, with awe and accuracy, "the last Shangri-la". At the eastern end of the Himalayas, bordered by China, Sikkim and India, it is also famed as the land of happiness - where the quality of life is measured in wellbeing, peace between people, and kindness.

In 2014 Inspired Travellers' highly experienced workshop leaders, Dr Stephanie Dowrick and William Suganda, will take a small group of travellers to Bhutan, via Bangkok, to experience first-hand: "Happiness in the Land of Happiness".

Dr Stephanie Dowrick is the author of Choosing Happiness, as well as other life-changing, best-selling books. On this tour - as we outwardly explore this ancient culture, its land, temples and people - Stephanie will facilitate a highly accessible series of short workshops on achieving greater inner peace, along with a new awareness of choice, greater contentment, self-confidence and joy. She will combines this with inspiring teachings on happiness drawn from Bhutan's Vajrayana Buddhist philosophies. These insights will personally support you long after you return home, and will also brilliantly deepen each traveller's enjoyment of the physical, social and spiritual landscapes of this beautiful kingdom as each treasured day unfolds.

William Suganda is the founder of Inspired Traveller and is widely known for his punctilious attention to every detail that will make each traveller's personal experience safe, inspiring and even enchanting. He and Stephanie have been co-leading immensely successful tours for nearly a decade, including four tours to Japan. In preparation for this tour William visited Bhutan in 2013 to detail and highlight what this magnificent "once in a lifetime" tour will offer. He will be assisted on the ground in Bhutan also by a highly experienced local guide.

Participants can join the tour in Bangkok from anywhere in the world. From Bangkok we will take a non-stop flight direct to Paro.

To fully enjoy and experience this tour, participants will need to be fit and able to walk on uneven surfaces for up to five hours with rests.

Some Highlights Include:

  • Extended and unhurried stays in Paro, Thimphu and Punakha.
  • A series of lively, short, practical workshops with Dr Stephanie Dowrick on happiness (contentment, peace of mind, joy).
  • Exploring Punakha Dzong, a historic 17th century fortress situated where two rivers meet and regarded as Bhutan's most beautiful.
  • Trekking to 'Tiger's Nest' monastery perched on a cliff 900 metres above a pine forest and overlooking Paro valley.
  • Seeing well-preserved and beautiful Buddhist murals and frescoes.
  • Staying in carefully selected accommodation, a grade above the usual 'tourist' hotels.


To book

To book on this tour, please complete an application form and return to our travel agent (details on the form).

Email: william@inspiredtraveller.com.au

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