A Tribe Called Tibet
Yoga + Yin on the Tibetan Plateau
May 26 - June 2, 2018
Founders of Alma Retreats, Stacey Clark and Souljourn Yoga founder, Jordan Ashley, will be joining forces for this very special and unique retreat: a week of yin and yang, movement and meditation, luxury and social change, and life altering adventure on the Tibetan Plateau.
Our retreat will start in Lanzhou China and will continue as we journey through the province of Ganzu, arriving at our home for the week, Norden Camp.
Surrounded by the majestic natural beauty of the Tibetan Plateau and immersed in profound culture, Norden will takes us deep into the nomad experience with luxurious comfort and authentic Tibetan hospitality. A unique opportunity to fully enjoy the richness of the Tibetan Plateau, our week will consist of morning vinyasa practices, evening yin and meditation, a guided hike to Labrang Monastery, a visit to a local Tibetan village and Norlha Textiles. Expect moments in between the journey for soaking up the sauna, spa, cocktails and cuisines and will end with a transformative day with the girls of Educating Girls of Rural China, a nonprofit dedicated to providing high school and university educations to impoverished young women from rural regions of Western China educated to providing high school and university educations to impoverished young women from rural regions of Western China.
National Geographic named Norden Camp one of the best eco-lodges in the world. Travel + Leisure called it one the best new hotels on the planet. We are excited to call it home for 8 days/7 nights.
DAY 1: Welcome to Lanzhou!
After traveling across the world to Lanzhou, you will get picked up from the airport and taken to the hotel to rest and restore. We will have a group dinner to welcome and meet our fellow tribe members for the next week before having an early night and beginning our adventure.
DAY 2: Norden Camp
Rise and shine with an early breakfast before we head off to the plateau and Norden Camp which will be our home for the next 5 nights. Enjoy a traditional Tibetan welcome lunch, settle into camp, and begin to drop in to our adventure. We will reconvene for an opening circle and evening practice before our first feast underneath the clear and starry night.
DAY 3: Explore + Restore
Wake up with a morning tea/coffee, followed by heating vinyasa practice. Today is your day to explore the camp and take advantage of spa services. We will meet up for lunch, a restorative and yin yoga class, before sipping delicious cocktails in the lounge and feasting together an amazing traditional Tibetan dinner.
DAY 4: Monastery Visit + Hike
Get your caffeine on with morning tea and coffee before our strong and stretchy yoga practice. Make sure you will up on breakfast as we have a visit at the local monastery to learn about Tibetan Buddhsism and monastic life. Pack your hiking boots as we have a picnic lunch that awaits us after a gorgeous and challenging hike. We will return to Norden Camp to unwind and will finish the evening with yin yoga and dinner.
DAY 5: Norhla Textiles
We start our day per usual with tea/coffee and a vinyasa yoga practice. Pack your mat as we are heading to see a local family cooperative and will then visit Norhla Textiles,, an ethical and hand woven yak wool textile collective. Learn all about the different tecniques and artisans that use the land around them for inspiration. Yoga class will be at Norhla and we will return to Norden Camp for a late dinner.
DAY 6: Savasana + Spa at Norden
It's our last full day at Norden Camp, so take advantage of all of the amazing activities from horse back riding to spa services. Wake up with a morning tea/coffee, followed by heating vinyasa practice. We will meet up for lunch, a restorative/yin yoga class, before sipping delicious cocktails in the lounge and feasting together a celebratory dinner and bonfire.
DAY 7: Day with Girls from EGRC
Pack your bags as we have one more yoga class on the Plateau and breakfast at Norden Camp. We will head back to Lanzhou to meet with the amazing girls of Educating Girls of Rural China Discover their personal journeys, obstacles, and daily life as we learn about the issues facing these smart, young women. Closing ceremony and dinner will be in Lanzhou.
DAY 8: Departure
Our last breakfast as a tribe before we depart to the airport on our individual journeys.
2 nights @ Crowne Plaza
5 nights @ Norden Camp
All meals starting with dinner on the 26th, ending with breakfast on the 2nd
RT airport transfer
All excursions (Monastery hike, Cooperative Family Visit, Norlha Textile, etc)
1-2 yoga classes a day
Visit to girls of EGRC
$300 donation to ERGC
- Visa for China if US Citizen
- Travel Insurance
- Shared Tent: $2490
- Single Tent: $3150
- Shared Cabin: $2900
- Single Cabin: $3860