WEAVING TWO WORLDS

JOURNEY WITH US..

AMDO REGION, TIBETAN PLATEAU

 

JUNE 6-13, 2020

TIBETAN PLATEAU - JUNE 6-13, 2020

TEXTILE TOUR + YOGA RETREAT + RICH CULTURAL IMMERSION

THE NORDEN X RIGPA 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 Weaving Two Worlds Immersion to experience the seemingly opposing worlds of tradition and modernity, of luxury and sustainability. Both Norlha and Norden effortlessly bring together these worlds to offer unique hand-crafted, luxurious products and awe-inspiring experiences on the Tibetan Plateau. Our eight day retreat allows a rich and memorable sampling of their offerings. We will explore the famous Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery, visit a local nomad cooperative and tour the vast Tibetan plateau on horseback. Textile professional and Yoga instructor Laura Shirreff of Rigpa Arts, will guide us on this journey of a lifetime. We will witness the meticulous artisanal production during our visit to Norlha's atelier in Zorge Ritoma. We will learn about the intricacies of Norlha from the fiber to the finished product. Equipped with our own personal tapestry loom, we will experience the exclusive Norhla yarn and fiber first hand through Laura's weaving instruction. During our tour we will also have the opportunity to relax and recharge in the awe-inspiring natural environment and enjoy the luxuries and amenities of Norden Camp. We will indulge in the fine seasonal and organic Tibetan cuisine and revitalize with Laura's profound and uplifting daily yoga classes.  

 

An experience of a lifetime awaits you..

8-DAY IMMERSION

(per person)

Shared Tent: $3,500 USD  |  Single Tent: $4,000 USD  |  Shared Cabin: $4,500 USD |  Single Cabin: $5,000 USD

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

  
 

On Day 6 we make the scenic 2.5 hour journey to the remote village of Zorge Ritoma and the atelier of Norlha Textiles. 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: ARRIVE


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

Evening camp tour, orientation, and welcome dinner.  

Day 2: GROUND


Sunrise grounding yoga and meditation practice. Breakfast followed by morning tour of Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery. Lunch at Norden Cafe.

Afternoon time for shopping and browsing the local markets.

Return back to camp for evening dinner. 

 

Day 3: TASTE


Sunrise visit to meet local nomads at the Lungta cooperative to watch the milking of the dris (female yaks). Breakfast of homemade yak milk delicacies. Morning hike and yak riding.

Back to camp for lunch and time to relax and restore. 

Evening yin yoga flow and meditation practice before dinner. 

 

Day 4: REVEAL


Leisurely breakfast and late morning empowering yoga and meditation practice before lunch. Afternoon weaving instruction using Norlha's exclusive rug yarn and own personal loom.

Time to rest and prepare for dinner. 

 

Day 5: CONNECT

Leisurely breakfast and late morning horseback riding excursion.

Picnic lunch on the plateau and drive back to camp to rest.

Evening heart-opening yoga and meditation practice before dinner. 

 

Day 6: EXPAND


Sunrise soul-awakening yoga and meditation practice.

Breakfast and morning drive to Zorge Ritoma to visit Norlha’s atelier.

Tour of the atelier and the onsite shop before lunch at Norlha's Guest House.

Afternoon tour of Ritoma village and monastery. Return back to camp for dinner. 

 

Day 7: INTEGRATE


Free Day. Take the day at your own pace. 

Book a massage, sauna, hot tub, or Reiki session.

Evening restorative yoga and meditation practice before our final farewell dinner. 

 

Day 8: RETURN


Breakfast. Parting blessings. Transfers to Airport.

THE RIGPA EXPERIENCE

 

Rigpa, རིག་པ་ means intelligence and awareness; this word evokes the power of knowing our inner most nature. 
 

The mission of RIGPA ARTS is to guide and support as you journey to discover your authentic self and live your life with purpose and authenticity. We carefully select retreat centers that nourish your soul by connecting you back to the natural environment and your natural self. As well as daily yoga and meditation sessions, we plan activities that help cultivate profound awareness and foster personal growth. As we ourselves are a marriage of East and West, of aged and modern approaches, our purpose is also to engage in meaningful cross-cultural communication to inspire positive impact. We welcome collaborations with retreat centers and retreat leaders that share the same mission and values and the clients that choose to journey with us on our immersions, are unique individuals with remarkable stories. We love our ever-growing community that continue on inspire others with their true heart and authenticity. 

Join us..

 

TESTIMONIALS

"Rigpa Arts retreat is life changing experience. Bone and Laura’s professionalism and pureness bring us to another dimension. They are not only great artists, Yogi/Yogini, healers but also have deep knowledge in Asian culture and philosophy. So pleased to recommend their retreat and looking forward to join again near future!!"

Yuri Okutsu, Tokyo, Japan. 

"The balance of passion and professionalism that Laura and Bone (Rigpa Arts founders and leaders) put into their practice and programs is truly one of a kind. Laura is an outstanding yoga teacher who weaves so much information about the philosophy and technique of yoga into a beautiful practice. She also is a Reiki energy healer and is sensitive to the dynamics of any group she works with. Of course Bone is an incredibly talented musician and artist. Their connection spreads so much light and a feeling of peace. I have loved all of my classes with them and hope to attend a retreat very soon!"

Elizabeth Schieffelin, Founder of Lizzy's All Natural and Zenergy, Shanghai, China. 

 

MEET YOUR GUIDE

LAURA SHIRREFF

 

Laura Shirreff is a Textile Professional and Yoga Instructor. Her passion for Sustainable Textiles, Asian Art and Spirituality has been interwoven in her career for as long as she can remember. She began her yoga practice and her print and woven fabric studies at a young age and continued on to study professionally at Rhode Island School of Design, graduating with a major in Textiles and a minor in Asian Studies. Laura gained further experience working for a Fair Trade organization in Bali, Indonesia as well as assisting a leading Contemporary Textile Art curator in Surrey, UK and Kyoto, Japan. In 2011, She moved to Shanghai, China and has since been working in the Chinese Fashion Industry with a continued focus on Sustainability. She is a contributor of Selvedge Textile magazine. Her most recent article "Made in China - The Fashion Brands Redefining China's Manufacturing Industry" was published in October 2018.  After more than 6 years of working full-time for ICICLE, one of China's leading Sustainable Fashion Brands, she continues to work in the industry as a freelance textile professional. She balances her design career with her spiritual calling to teach Yoga. She is a student and assistant to Janet Stone and teaches private and public classes in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as in Shanghai, China.  Married to musician and Gansu native Bone Lhamo Kyap, Laura has been traveling and returning to the Gannan Tibetan Plateau since 2014. She is grateful and honored to be offering "Weaving Two Worlds - A Textile, Yoga and Cultural Immersion" in collaboration with Norden Camp and Norlha Textiles. 

"To the seasoned traveller, Norden offers a both sophisticated and authentic experience of the Tibetan Plateau. Not only do guests enjoy the warmth and luxurious texture of Norlha's fine yak wool fabrics in their rooms and throughout Norden's venues, they experience first hand the warmth, sincerity and kindness of the local staff and the treasure of their timeless culture.  From the rich and rustic flavors of the carefully crafted meals to the unique architecture that honors both tradition and innovation, Norden's founders' strike a fine balance to allow our clients to connect intimately with the natural landscape while relaxing and letting go over urban pressures in comfort and style. 

I am delighted to be returning to offer our Weaving Two Worlds immersion in collaboration with Norden and Norlha. I return to Gansu and the Tibetan Plateau again and again, moved and impassioned by the deeply rooted culture and the profound spiritual tradition.  I have yet to encounter a retreat centre so dedicated to preserving these traditions, supporting their staff not solely for the sake of tourism but for the vital need to sustain a precious way of life that is threatened by rapid urban development."

Laura Shirreff, Textile Professional and Yoga Instructor, Rigpa Arts, California, USA.

BOOKING DETAILS

 

8-DAY IMMERSION

(per person)


Shared Tent: $3,500 USD  |  Single Tent: $4,000 USD  |  Shared Cabin: $4,500 USD |  Single Cabin: $5,000 USD

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

 

 7 Nights at Norden Camp
All Meals (Lunch/Dinner Day 1, Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner Days 2-7, Breakfast Day 8)
All Ground Transportation and Airport Pick-up
All Activities & Guides
6 Yoga Classes (Days 2 - 7) & 1 Weaving Class (Day 4)

Personal Loom & Access to Norlha's Exclusive Yarn During the Tour

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, spa services, Norlha purchases, souvenirs, etc.

 

For further information please email us at: contact@rigpaarts.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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