RIGPA ARTS

AMDO REGION, TIBETAN PLATEAU

RIGPA REVITALIZE YOGA RETREAT

YOGA  . MUSIC . HEALING

 

4 DAYS, 2018 DATES:

 

JUNE 1-4

YOGA CHAKRA HEALING RETREAT

10,500 feet up (3,200 meters) on the grasslands of the Tibetan Plateau...

 Nomads, Buddhist monks and thousands of years of culture...

Empowering our minds, bodies and the local community…

EACH RETREAT IS LIMITED TO 12 GUESTS.

PLEASE BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

A LIFE CHANGING EXPERIENCE

Find balance and healing at Norden, surrounded by the breathtaking nature and immersed in the rich spiritual culture of the Tibetan Plateau. Join our Rigpa Revitalize Retreat to revive your mind, body and soul. Join us for a restorative long weekend break from the city grind or combine our retreat with other excursions and adventures on the Tibetan Plateau. Our instructors Bone Lhamo Kyap and Laura Shirreff will guide you through activities such as touring Labrang Monastery and exploring the plateau on horseback, as well as their transformative yoga, music, meditation and healing practices to assist you on your personal journey. In addition, on-site amenities including sauna, hot tub and nightly bonfires will help to restore and revitalize your senses…

 

An experience of a lifetime awaits you!

NORDEN CAMP

Surrendering yourself to nature

  
 

Norden Camp offers urbanites from around the world the unique opportunity to experience authentic Tibetan culture, community and traditions in complete comfort. Managed by and for the benefit of grassland nomads, Norden Camp operates sustainably, without compromising the existing Tibetan Buddhist culture or its spectacular natural environment. Located at 3,200 meters (10,500 feet) above sea level, Norden Camp is situated 20 minutes away from Labrang, the famous Tibetan monastic town in the Tibetan Autonomous Kenlho Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. The 11-hectare site borders a meandering river and is home to gazelles, hares, marmots and foxes, and visited by a vibrant array of migratory birds. 

 

CUISINE

Organic, seasonal and from rich Tibetan soil

Norden Cuisine is based on the local pastoral lifestyle and the food derived from it, developing an innovative, culturally conscious cuisine rooted in tradition suitable for both meat lovers and vegetarians. The menu is based on local seasonal products. The area is untouched by development and the food that is cultivated from the pasture is organic by default. The milk from dris, (female yaks), grazing in areas teeming with medicinal plants is known for its high nutritional value and reduced lactose content and is the source of healthy and delicious butter, yogurt and cream. The pasture in summer abounds in local herbs, and mushrooms that will be collected daily and added to the menu. Bread is baked in traditional mud brick ovens and noodles are hand pulled and fresh at every meal, cut in different shapes according to each recipe.

NORLHA TEXTILES

New York, Paris and Zorge Ritoma

  
 

Norlha, Norden's sister organization, is a groundbreaking social enterprise and one of the few luxury brands in the world merging cultural and environmental sustainability with a highly enduring and sophisticated style. Norlha is internationally known for its innovation with yak textiles and its inclusion of local nomads in the whole process of transforming the yak. Norlha Textiles supplies Paris fashion houses including Lavin, Balmain and Louis Vuitton as well as having their own brand. Feel and experience first hand the exquisite craftsmanship that utilizes the “khullu” yak fleece to create some of the most luxuriously soft fabrics that are distinctively “Norlha,” the Tibetan phrase meaning “the Wealth of the Gods.”

ACCOMMODATION

 
Yak Khullu Tent  - 18 square meters, Two Twin Beds, Adjacent Detached Eco-Friendly Toilets, Stove Heating
Log Cabin - 24 square meters, Two Double Beds or King Bed, En-suite Eco-Friendly Bathrooms, Stove Heating

ITINERARY

 

 

Day 1: Travel, Orientation, Welcome Dinner


Staggered airport pickups from Xiahe Airport (XHE), Lanzhou Airport (LHW), and Lanzhou hotels. Settle in at camp, relax, and acclimatize to the altitude. 

Camp tour, orientation, evening yoga flow with live music meditation and welcome dinner. 


Day 2: Labrang Monastary Tour

Morning tour of Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery, and guided walking meditation. 

Afternoon time to explore the town and shop in the popular markets. 

Evening yoga flow with live music meditation.

 

Day 3: Horseback Riding Excursion and Spa


Invigorating morning horseback riding excursion in the vast Tibetan grassland.

Afternoon time to enjoy the hot tub, sauna and Siam Reiki session.

Evening yoga flow with live music meditation.

 

Day 4: Sunrise Yoga and Departures


Sunrise yoga flow with live music meditation. Parting blessings and transfers to airport.

OUR RIGPA REVITALIZE EXPERIENCE

 

Rigpa རིག་པ་, meaning intelligence and awareness, is the knowing of our innermost nature. Our Rigpa Revitalize Retreat offers an opportunity to take a break from routine life and return to a feeling of peace and stillness; to reawaken our souls and restore our senses.On day one, we welcome you to Norden and after the camp tour and orientation, we will alleviate any aches and weariness with a relaxing and restorative yin yoga flow accompanied by a live music meditation. Laura specializes in a holistic approach to yoga, offering a sophisticated and refined practice with spirituality at the core of her teaching. Bone Lhamo Kyap leads us in a profound music meditation with his soothing and soulful voice and incorporating Native American flutes as well as Tibetan singing bowls. On day two we will lead you on an inspiring and meditative tour of Labrang Monastery, the largest and most influential monastery in Amdo. You will be moved by the rich spiritual culture that has been proudly preserved and pervades this bustling monastery town. In the afternoon, after the guided tour, there will be time to explore the town and wander the colorful shops and markets, looking for that unique and treasured souvenir. In the evening we will join together for a powerful and energizing yoga flow sequence with live music meditation. On day three we accompany you on an invigorating horseback riding excursion in the vast Tibetan grassland surrounding Norden. In the afternoon you have time to relax, unwind and rejuvenate. You can enjoy the sauna, hot tub or schedule a Siam Reiki healing session with Laura. In the evening we gather together for a vibrant, heart-opening yoga flow sequence with live music meditation. On day four we meet early to share a sunrise, uplifting and revitalizing yoga flow sequence with live music meditation. We offer our parting blessings to you before departing for the airport. You will take with you the white katha ཁ་བཏགས་ scarf, as memory of your Rigpa experience and a symbol of the purity and compassion of Tibetan hospitality.

 

MEET YOUR INSTRUCTORS

Bone Lhamo Kyap

 

Bone grew up in the Gannan highland of Gansu not far from Norden. His music expresses the natural and pure life of this diverse region. It recalls the soul of his ancestors, the Sangemao tribe of his heritage (an ancient tribe of Tibetan nation in the south of Gansu). Bone began his professional music career in Shanghai in 2010. Since then he has performed in many popular live music venues as well as music festivals, the Shanghai Mercedes Benz Arena and the Jumeriah Himalaya hotel. He has also performed abroad in London, Spain as well as Brooklyn, San Francisco and Los Angeles. He has recorded and released 2 singles with Grammy award winning producer Michael Starita at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California. His film and soundtrack “When Mother Earth Cries” is due to be released in 2018.

Laura Shirreff

 

Laura was born in the US and was raised in the UK. Studying at an international School, her passion for weaving, yoga and Asian studies began at sixteen years of age. Since then, more than sixteen years later, her passions have remained intertwined. Laura continues to deepen her knowledge and expertise through her professional as well as her personal practice.*

 

Laura spent six and a half years as a textile designer in Shanghai, China, where she and Bone met in 2013.  Sharing their passion for art, music, spirituality and the vast beauty of Bone’s homeland, they were inspired to found RIGPA ARTS. Since then, they have hosted yoga with live music events in New York, Shanghai and California. They are excited to be offering their art, yoga, music and healing retreats in Gansu with Norden.

 

* Laura is certified by the Yoga Alliance in yoga instruction (RYT-200), from the Kathmandu Center of Healing in Singing Bowl Therapy and Sound Healing and from the Institute of Holistic Health Sciences in Siam Reiki Healing, Pendulum Diagnosis and Crystal Therapy.

BOOKING DETAILS

 

4-DAY IMMERSION (per person)


Shared Tent: $1,200USD  |  Shared Cabin: $1,500USD |  Single Cabin: $1,900USD

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

 

3 Nights at Norden Camp
All Meals (Lunch/Dinner Day 1, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Days 2-3, Breakfast Day 4)
All Ground Transportation
All Activities & Guides
All Yoga, Music Meditation and Healing Sessions

TO BE ARRANGED BY GUESTS:

 

Airfare
We recommend flights into:
Xiahe Airpoirt (GXH), a 30-minute drive to Camp, accessible worldwide via Lhasa, Chengdu, and Xi'an (recommended site for Xiahe flight: www.ctrip.com).
Lanzhou Airport (LHW), a 4.5-hour drive to Camp, accessible worldwide via major Chinese cities. 


Visa
A Chinese visa is generally required to enter China (please consult your country's embassy and China visa policy). No Tibet Autonomous Region (T.A.R.) special permit is needed to enter this region of the Tibetan Plateau. 

Travel Insurance
Kindly consult your local travel insurance agency.

Incidentals
We recommend bringing extra spending money for additional food and alcohol, Norlha purchases, souvenirs, etc.

 

 

EACH RETREAT IS LIMITED TO 12 GUESTS.

PLEASE BOOK EARLY TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT.

 

For further information please contact: yoga@nordentravel.com

YOUR IMPACT

Supporting Local Communities

Norden Travel and Norlha Textiles' mission is to generate sustainable employment for former nomads while offering exceptional, uniquely Tibetan experiences and products. With nomadism on the decline and in a fragile state, Tibetans are often left with no choice but to move into the large cities to search for work. Norlha and Norden's employment and skills training allows these Tibetans and their families to stay in their home villages, keep their traditions, and give to the world a product and experience they are proud of. Your participation in the retreat directly supports these initiatives. Rooted also in environmental sustainability, Norden chooses eco-friendly practices. During the winter months, when the camp is closed, the yak hair tents are dismantled and the land returns to grazing pasture. In a world where fast fashion dominates, Norlha offers a product that will last a lifetime, to be shared with generations to come.    

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