Following our Northeast India tour, join us in
“Nothing is bigger than necessary. Every sign of human settlement repeats the mantra of contentment: ‘This is just enough.’” – Jamie Zeppa
Tucked in a crevice between Northeast India and Tibet lies a magical destination
Bhutan, the happiest place on earth
February 18–28, 2018
– Economic progress via Gross Happiness Index instead of GDP
– World’s only net carbon emitter
– No traffic lights, only white-gloved traffic cops
– 108,000 trees commemorated birth of prince in 2016
– Progressive, yet rooted in tradition
– stunningly beautiful. Glorious textiles too.
Such a place does exist.
Why this tour?
Led by guest leader Ann Shaftel, world-renowned expert in Buddhist sacred art
Co-led by E.Y.H.O. owner and travel expert, Shila
Hands-on immersion in the unique textiles, arts and crafts of this region
Insider visits with directors of national musuems, head monks and nuns of monasteries
Soft landings in boutique accommodations
About Ann Shaftel
Ann Shaftel is a Dalhousie University Adjunct Scholar, and has spent her career studying Buddhist sacred art, visiting Bhutan six times over the course of her work. She’s the Director and lead instructor of Treasure Caretaker Training, an award-winning project that combines scientific and traditional techniques to conserve and protect Buddhist sacred art. Ann conducts workshops and lectures at universities and monasteries across the world, including Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, Art Institute of Chicago, Royal Ontario Museum, Yale Beinecke Library and Rubin Museum of Art.
“Bhutan is truly a Shangri La. The little jewel of Asia, nestled between its large neighbours, Bhutan is a relatively new travel destination with many undiscovered secrets in its natural scenery and quiet townships. Add priceless textiles and thangka paintings in monasteries, chorten, and dzongs that decode this region’s deep spirituality and stand testimony to the artistry of its peoples. The amazing Punakha Festival has a unique historical procession and traditional costumed and masked dancers with live music.” –Ann
Set your calendar for February 2018!