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Bhutan Somatic Self-Compassion (2022 dates to be advised)

January 1, 2022 - July 3, 2022

Self-Compassion Journey Bhutan 2018 travelers

A study and practice exploration of Somatic Self-Compassion®, Secular Buddhism and Bhutanese Culture

Taught by Kristy Arbon

In 2018 Kristy Arbon of HeartWorks Training partnered with Tshering Lhamtshok of Saṃsāra Asia tours to offer the first Self-Compassion Journey Bhutan. Our 2018 journey was a wonderful small group adventure of connecting in community around material that helped us develop a kinder attitude toward ourselves while we simultaneously exploring the land of Gross National Happiness.

Kyichu Lakhang, Paro

In 2019 we journeyed again and in 2020 we’ll offer another self-compassion journey. This small group tour will blend Somatic Self-Compassion and secular Buddhist training with a cultural tour of beautiful Bhutan. Group members will be supported by daily self-compassion practices, as they explore some of the country’s most beautiful sites around Paro, Thimphu and Punakha.

We’ll travel together with a Bhutanese cultural guide and driver in a bus dedicated to our group. We’ll spend 3-4 days based in hotels in each of the Paro, Thimphu and Punakha areas. As this is a self-compassion journey, we’ll be encouraged every day to tune in to how we are feeling and what we need, and to support each other in tending to our needs. We have the flexibility to support individual and group needs, and can make adaptations where needed.

Sangchhen Dorji Lhuendrup nunnery, Punakha

Buddhism is an integral part of Bhutanese culture, so we’ll learn from our cultural guide about this religious aspect of daily life in Bhutan. We’ll also explore some secular ways we might introduce a little of the Buddhist philosophy and psychology into our self-compassion practice.

Our Somatic Self-Compassion® Journey

Kristy Arbon developed Somatic Self-Compassion in 2017 and since then around 150 people have attended this program online or in-person. Somatic Self-Compassion program material will become the foundation for our self-care and contemplation as we travel through Bhutan. Through studying, practicing and reflecting on the Somatic Self-Compassion material we will:

Tiger’s Nest, Paro

    1. – Learn how to motivate ourselves to practice self-compassion based on our strengths and values.
    2. – Learn how to use daily ritual to bring awareness to self-care and self-compassion.
    1. – Learn how the polyvagal theory explains our stress responses and how we can tend to those responses skillfully.
    2. – Learn how targeted sensory modulation can help soothe a body in stress.
    3. – Develop more skill in noticing body signals of stress so that they can tend to stress more responsively.

Paro Dzong

  1. – Learn the neuroscience of happiness and how our neurochemicals can be manipulated to tend to our stress.
  2. – Learn how healthy attachments in community can help heal old attachment wounds.

We’ll likely spend around 2 hours per day in study, practice and reflection. You’ll be provided with the Somatic Self-Compassion Companion Notes, a workbook and manual designed to enhance your Somatic Self-Compassion journey.

Continuing Education (US Based)

CE credits will be available for this training.

More Information…

If you are interested in learning more about this tour, please email kristy@heartworks.training and tsheringlhamtshok@gmail.com

If you’re interested in staying updated on Facebook, please join the Self-Compassion Journeys Bhutan Facebook Group.

Please see this page for logistical information about out journey in Bhutan.



January 1, 2022
July 3, 2022
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