Tibetan Buddhism, the state religion, can be found everywhere in Bhutan, from government policies to educational systems to everyday cultural practices. We explore Buddhism as a religion, life philosophy, and living practice.
Undergoing a drastic rural-urban shift, Bhutan is a country with a number of development topics to delve into and examine. Their "Gross National Happiness" index presents a fascinating counterpoint to the dominant development paradigm.
Focus Of Inquiry
Examining Bhutanese conceptions of happiness offers insights into unique cultural worldviews that dynamically interact with development and other topics we explore during the course.
We have multiple opportunities to experience Bhutanese family life and cultural traditions. We have a 5-7 day homestay in a village of farmers famous for their wool yarn and weaving, and a number of single-home farmstays.
Independent Study Project (ISP)
Possible ISP topics include traditional medicine, arts and architecture, Bhutanese dress, archery (the national sport), and religious rituals and festivals.
There are opportunities to learn the basics of Dzonghka and Bumthap while interacting with homestay families and villagers, and through more formal lessons.
We partner with local organizations and community members to engage in the central Bhutanese philosophy of reciprocity and service.
Traveling on Bhutanese roads is an adventure no matter what form of transport you choose! We use vans, buses, planes and our feet to carry us around the country.
We have a 3-day trek that involves camping, as well as multiple opportunities for day hikes in the surrounding hills and mountains.