AMDO REGION, TIBETAN PLATEAU
YOGA, MUSIC & HEALING


2018 DATES:
JUNE 1-4
OCTOBER 12-15


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...

 

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 rare opportunity to experience authentic Tibetan culture in complete comfort. Managed by and for the benefit of grassland nomads, Norden Camp operates sustainably, without compromising the existing Tibetan Buddhist culture or our spectacular natural environment. Located at 3,200 meters (10,500 feet) above sea level, Norden Camp is situated 20 minutes outside of Labrang, the famous Tibetan monastic town in the Tibetan Autonomous Kanlho Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. The 11 hectare (27 acre) 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. Ours is an innovative, culturally conscious menu rooted in tradition, based on local seasonal products, and suitable for meat lovers and vegetarians alike. The area is untouched by development and the food that emanates 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; it is the source of our healthy and delicious butter, yogurt and cream. The pasture in summer abounds in local herbs and mushrooms that can 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. 
 

NORLHA TEXTILES
New York, Beijing, and Zorge Ritoma


On Day 7 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". 
 

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. 


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 but 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 profession 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 Brooklyn, Shanghai, San Francisco and Los Angeles. They are excited to be offering their art, yoga, music and healing retreats here with us at 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. 


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
Ensuite 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 acclimate to the altitude.
Camp tour, orientation, evening yoga flow with live music meditation and welcome dinner.  

Day 2: 
Labrang Monastery 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 or 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, meaning intelligence and awareness, is the knowing of the innermost nature of the mind. 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, as memory of your Rigpa experience and a symbol of the purity and compassion of Tibetan hospitality.


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4-DAY IMMERSION (per person)
Shared Tent: $1,200USD  |  Shared Cabin: $1,500USD

WHAT IS INCLUDED:

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

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TO BE ARRANGED BY GUEST:
Airfare

We recommend flights into:
Xiahe Airport (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 all 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
Please consult your local travel insurance agency.

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


LOCATION

Amdo Region, Tibetan Plateau (northeastern edge of the plateau)
Xiahe County, Gannan Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Gansu Province, China. 

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