Tibetan Plateau 

May 25-June 1, 2019

A YOGA JOURNEY ON THE TIBETAN PLATEAU

Join founder of Souljourn Yoga, Jordan Ashley and London based yoga teacher Sarah Malcom ,  for this very special and unique Alma Yoga 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 gentle flow, restorative 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. 

Includes: 
-Roundtrip airport transfers, Lanzhou Airport  (group transfers), all in country transportation

- 2 nights accommodation at Crowne Plaza Lanzhou

- 5 nights accommodation at Norden Camp 
- All meals starting with dinner on the 26th, ending with breakfast on the 2nd (vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options available)

- 1-2 yoga/ meditation classes/ day (morning vinyasa, evening yin/restorative/ yoga nidra)

- Guided Monastery Hike

- Cooperative Family Visit + Visit to Norlha Textiles 

- Day with girls of Educating Rural Girls of China (EGRC)

- $300 tax deductible donation to EGRC

- Optional Add -Ons: Massage, Finish Sauna/ Spa sessions, horseback riding, hikes on the plateau 


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Itinerary:

Day 1- Welcome to Lanzhou!

  • Airport Pickup from Lanzhou airport

  • Welcome Dinner

  • Overnight at Crowne Plaza, Lanzhou

Day 2- Off to the Plateau

  • Early breakfast before we head off to the plateau

  • Traditional Tibetan welcome lunch

  • Settle into Norden Camp, our new home for the next 5 nights 

  • Opening circle and Evening Practice

  • First Tibetan Dinner under the starry skies

Day 3-Explore + Restore

  • Morning coffee/ tea

  • Morning Vinyasa Yoga Practice

  • Large Tibetan Breakfast 

  • Time to explore the camp, plateau hikes + take advantage of the spa services 

  • Lunch

  • Evening Yin Yoga + Meditation Class

  • Traditional Tibetan Dinner + homemade cocktails on the lounge

Day 4- Movement, Meditation, Monastery Visit

  • Morning coffee/ tea

  • Morning Vinyasa Yoga Practice

  • Large Tibetan Breakfast 

  • Guided Hike to Labrang Monastery- Make sure you fill up on breakfast as we have a visit at the local monastery to learn about Tibetan Buddhsism and monastic life. Pack your hiking boots for a gorgeous and moderately challenging hike.

  • Picnic Lunch by Labrang Monastery 

  • Return to Norden Camp to unwind

  • Yin Yoga/ Yoga Nidra Session

  • Dinner, + Star Gazing 

Day 5- A Very Special Day Out on the Plateau

  • Morning coffee/ tea

  • Morning Vinyasa Yoga Practice

  • Large Tibetan Breakfast 

  • Visit with Local Nomadic Cooperative- A short journey through the surrounding nomad pastures brings you to a traditional Tibetan grassland nomad encampment and the Lungta Cooperative.  Try your hand at yak-riding or a short horse-ride, observe nomadic life, and share a traditional Tibetan meal with the families, which may include yak or lamb meat, fresh butter, fresh yogurt, local bread and tsampa, a Himalayan staple made with roasted barley flour. Even make your own tsampa!

  • Visit Norhla Textiles-  an ethical and hand woven yak wool textile collective. Learn all about the different techniques 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- Final Day at Norden

  • Morning coffee/ tea

  • Morning Vinyasa Yoga Practice

  • Large Tibetan Breakfast 

  • Full day to take advantage of Norden Camp activities from horse back riding to spa services (additional add ons)

  • Lunch

  • Yin Yoga Practice 

  • Final Tibetan Feast

  • Bonfire on the Plateau

Day 7- Day with Girls of EGRC

  • Breakfast at Norden Camp 

  • Off to Lanzhou- 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.

  • Group dinner back in Lanzhou

Day 8- Departure Day

  • Breakfast

  • Transfers to Lanzhou Airport 

Rates (all rates include a $300 tax deductible donation to ERGC):

Shared Tent: $2930

Single Tent: $3350

Shared Cabin: $3200

Single Cabin: $4150