Sought after by all, the concept of peace is the very essence of Aman and the meaning of its Sanskrit-derived name. It also forms the inspiration for the five enlightening Journey to Peace retreats that will take place at select Aman destinations this year. Dedicated to teaching individuals to rediscover this elusive state, these unique six-night spiritual retreats will be led by renowned Buddhist monk and mindfulness coach, Master Geshe YongDong (Geshe La).
The makings of mastery
Geshe La became a Buddhist monk when he was just 13 years old, taking his vows at the revered Nangzhig Bönpo monastery. In the three decades since, his spiritual journey has taken him all over the world. Today, he is one of a very few Bon Spiritual Masters living in the West and qualified to offer this teaching.
Stage I: Embracing impermanence
Understanding and acceptance of change
These six-night retreats will take place at Amantaka in the heart of the Buddhist city of Luang Prabang in Laos or at Amanoi overlooking tranquil Vinh Hy Bay in Vietnam. Introducing the concept of Bardo – a liminal state between death and rebirth – it guides participants towards an understanding and acceptance of the eternal transience of life. The programme is divided into two: The first half focuses on cultivating a sense of calm in body and mind; the second explores mortality through mindfulness, demonstrating how to live a more fulfilled life by accepting what comes after.
Taking place on the fringes of sacred Angkor at Amansara in Cambodia and on the golden shores of Amanpuri in Phuket, this six-night retreat will encourage guests to leave everything ‘as it is’, without judgement. During the programme, Geshe La will guide participants through the practice of letting go of thoughts, allowing them to arise and then leave without challenging their existence. The transformative journey will enable participants to find clarity and solace in the present moment.
In the spiritual kingdom of Bhutan at Amankora's intimate lodges, Geshe La will share the ancient lessons and guide individuals through the different stages of achieving an enlightened state of being. Each day, the focus will be on one of five key concepts that will shift mindsets to allow for a healthier, happier life. These include changing perceptions, letting go, healing anger, and achieving the union of compassion and wisdom that allows one to live mindfully in the moment.
The five Aman resorts hosting Journey to Peace each have their own appeal, with every country’s distinctive culture and cuisine assuring a unique experience in every destination. Guests can choose to take part in a six-night retreat at one resort, combine two or more resorts, or enquire below to join the whole 30-night programme across all five destinations.
Discover the series of retreats
Aman’s Wellness Concierges contact Immersion guests by phone or email before arrival to outline the options available and answer any questions, ensuring guests select the perfect pathway to their desired outcome.
To speak to the Wellness Concierge team, please contact: