The Shangri-la Dragon Artistic Retreat is a 15 day package that includes a cultural tour and a 5 day Thankga painting retreat with a master artist in a beautiful setting in the capital city of Thimphu. We will introduce you to the history, cultural and spiritual view of Thangka Painting in Bhutan, and you will leave with a completed Thankga.
Some highlights of the trip are: Travel to 3 major cities in Bhutan, Thimphu, Punaka and Paro. Tour museums, visit the Institute of Zorig Chusum, the Traditional Arts School, The Traditional Medicine Institute and the Astrological School of Thimphu, visit sacred temples, witness the annual lama dancing at Bhutan’s largest annual Festival. Visit to the world’s second largest Buddha Statue, Visit the National Takin Preserve, which has Bhutan’s national animal as it’s main focus. Visit Dzongs in Thimphu, Paro, and Punaka, the 17th century fortresses which are n0w monastic and administrative centers .We will also hike the famous Tiger’s Nest, a landmark for the 8th century 2nd Buddha Guru Rinpoche, a 3-4 hour hike up to the monastery Tak Tsang, On one of the last afternoons we will display our work to the community in a wonderful Art Walk and also enjoy a wonderful banquet with live music from local musicians and have a cultural performance.
This is an exceptional opportunity to mix a cultural tour of sacred Bhutanwith an artistic retreat.