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Bhutan's culture is a captivating fusion of Buddhism, cherished traditions, and a steadfast commitment to environmental conservation. Nestled in the Eastern Himalayas, Bhutan's remote location has safeguarded its cultural identity, making it a haven for preserving centuries-old traditions. Explore Bhutan's rich heritage and pristine natural landscapes while immersing yourself in its unique cultural tapestry.


Experience Bhutan's Gross National Happiness (GNH) philosophy firsthand. Prioritizing well-being over economic growth, GNH guides sustainable development and decision-making. Witness the tangible effects during your trip, from cultural preservation to environmental conservation, and discover how it fosters true happiness.


Explore Bhutan's breathtaking natural beauty and diverse wildlife, attracting nature enthusiasts worldwide. With a dedication to environmental preservation, Bhutan maintains over 60% forest coverage, safeguarding its precious ecosystems. Discover the wonders of Bhutan's wildlife and natural landscapes with our comprehensive overview.

Welcome to Founders Retreat 2024!

We’re thrilled to announce that Impact Hub Thimphu will be hosting our first ever Founders Retreat in Bhutan, taking place
from 12th December – 18th 2024.

This exclusive event is for social entrepreneurs, impact investors, ecosystem builders, and enthusiasts of Bhutan.

Aspiring Founders can apply for participation here.

Mindfulness & Beyond 

Founders Retreat

Escape the hustle and bustle of our materialistic world and embark on a journey of self-discovery.

At Founders Retreat, our primary goal is to unite the global entrepreneurial community, fostering mutual sharing and learning from each other’s wisdom and experiences. Simultaneously, our program emphasizes living a spiritually enriched life, incorporating mindfulness practices to attain inner peace. Through our curriculum, participants delve into Bhutanese culture, traditions, and the concept of Gross National Happiness, while also exploring the principles of being Bodhisattvas in Business.

Who Is This Retreat For?

This exclusive event is tailored for social entrepreneurs, impact investors, ecosystem builders, and enthusiasts of Bhutan who seek to connect, collaborate, and be inspired by the unique blend of culture and innovation in this enchanting Himalayan kingdom.

1. Those seeking to invest in social businesses and learn about opportunities in the Bhutanese ecosystem.
4. Entrepreneurs aiming to build connections, seek mentorship, explore fundraising opportunities, and expand their businesses to the region or find potential partners and clients.
2. Individuals with innovative ventures focused on creating positive social or environmental impact, looking to connect with potential investors and expand their networks.
5. Accomplished entrepreneurs who wish to give back by mentoring other founders during the retreat or in the cities visited.
3. Entities such as accelerators, incubators, and mentorship programs interested in understanding and engaging with the Bhutanese entrepreneurship ecosystem.
6. Founders who desire a life-changing journey, immersing themselves in the culture of Bhutan while connecting with like-minded peers and exploring exotic locales around the world.

Where Shall We Visit?

Embark on a serene retreat through Paro, Thimphu, and Punakha, where you’ll discover Bhutan’s iconic landmarks, vibrant culture, and breathtaking landscapes.


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Retreat itinerary

The Founder Retreat unfolds over six enriching days, each meticulously crafted to guide participants on a profound journey of self-discovery, growth, and collaboration. From the moment of arrival, attendees are immersed in a supportive environment designed to ignite passion and purpose. The retreat begins with introspective sessions and goal-setting exercises, setting the stage for a transformative experience. Throughout the days that follow, participants engage in interactive workshops, keynote speeches, and small group discussions, delving into topics ranging from passion discovery to effective communication and collaborative innovation. Networking opportunities abound, fostering meaningful connections and deepening relationships with fellow entrepreneurs. As the retreat draws to a close, attendees reflect on their journey, embracing the opportunity to make a positive impact through community service activities and farewell celebrations. With hearts full and minds inspired, participants depart the retreat empowered to shape their futures with clarity, purpose, and a renewed sense of connection to themselves and the world around them.

Welcome to Paro, one of the most picturesque valleys in Bhutan! Upon your arrival, you’ll be greeted with a warm khadar, a traditional Bhutanese scarf symbolizing goodwill and respect. Your journey begins with an introduction to your itinerary and a language booklet to help you navigate Bhutan comfortably, along with a detailed map of the region.

Your first stop is the iconic Paro Ta Dzong, a historic fortress which now houses the National Museum of Bhutan. Here, you’ll delve into Bhutanese history, culture, and art, gaining valuable insights into the country’s rich heritage.

After a day of exploration, unwind and relax in the charming town of Paro, where you’ll spend the night, perhaps indulging in some local cuisine and soaking in the serene atmosphere.

Start your day with an enriching spiritual experience as you journey from Paro to Thimphu. Upon arrival in Thimphu, participants will be treated to a serene meditation session at Buddha Point, conducted early in the morning amidst the tranquil surroundings. Engage in mindfulness practices, guided by experienced instructors, as you soak in the peaceful ambiance and embrace the stillness of the moment.

Following the meditation session, indulge in a delightful continental breakfast, providing nourishment for the body and soul. Savor the flavors of Bhutanese hospitality as you enjoy a selection of freshly prepared delicacies, setting the tone for a day of exploration and discovery.

Next, embark on a visit to the Takin Preserve, where participants will encounter Bhutan’s national animal, the Takin, in their natural habitat. Gain insights into Bhutan’s conservation efforts and learn about the significance of these unique creatures in Bhutanese culture and folklore.

Continue your cultural journey with a visit to the Traditional Medicine Institute, where ancient healing practices and traditional medicine are preserved and practiced. Engage with knowledgeable practitioners and learn about the holistic approach to healthcare that has been integral to Bhutanese culture for centuries.

Next, delve into the mystical world of Bhutanese astrology with a visit to Pangri Zampa, a historical temple complex where participants will have the opportunity to learn about Bhutanese astrology and its influence on daily life. Explore the intricacies of Bhutanese astrology, guided by knowledgeable experts, and gain a deeper understanding of the cosmic forces that shape Bhutanese society.

Afterward, continue your exploration of Thimphu, immersing yourself in the vibrant culture and bustling energy of Bhutan’s capital city. Discover hidden gems, vibrant markets, and cultural landmarks as you soak in the sights and sounds of Thimphu.

As the day draws to a close, settle in for the night in Thimphu, where you can reflect on the day’s experiences and cherish the memories created amidst the beauty and serenity of Bhutan’s capital city.

Embark on a scenic journey from Thimphu to Punakha, traversing the awe-inspiring Dochula Pass adorned with 108 memorial chortens, each symbolizing a prayer for peace and prosperity. Pause for a moment of tranquility amidst the breathtaking panorama of the Himalayan mountains, where participants will engage in a short meditation session, connecting with the serene beauty of the surroundings.

Continuing your expedition, arrive in Punakha, where the majestic Punakha Dzong awaits. Explore this architectural marvel, situated at the confluence of the Mo Chhu and Pho Chhu rivers, and immerse yourself in its rich history and cultural significance.

Afterward, indulge in a delightful picnic lunch amidst the idyllic scenery, savoring the flavors of Bhutanese cuisine while surrounded by nature’s splendor.

Next, venture to the enchanting Khamsum Yulley Namgyal Chorten, a marvel of Bhutanese architecture and spiritual devotion. Trek through lush landscapes to reach this sacred site, where panoramic views and intricate craftsmanship await.

For those seeking an adrenaline rush, opt for an exhilarating rafting excursion on the Mo Chhu river, navigating through gentle rapids and admiring the natural beauty of Punakha from a unique perspective.

As the day draws to a close, retreat to your assigned accommodation, where you can unwind and reflect on the day’s adventures amidst the tranquil ambiance of Punakha. Allow the serenity of the surroundings to envelop you as you cherish the memories created during your exploration of this picturesque valley.

Return to Thimphu from Punakha, stopping along the way to visit Chimi Lhakhang, a revered fertility temple dedicated to the Divine Madman, Lama Drukpa Kunley. Experience the unique rituals and blessings offered at this sacred site, believed to bestow fertility and blessings upon couples seeking children.

Explore the lush landscapes of the Lamperi Botanical Garden, home to a diverse array of flora and fauna, providing a serene retreat for nature enthusiasts.

En route to Thimphu, visit Semtokha Dzong, the oldest fortress in Bhutan, and Memorable Chorten, a revered stupa commemorating the third king of Bhutan.

venture into the heart of Bhutanese entrepreneurship with a networking dinner at Simply Bhutan. Here, participants will have the unique opportunity to meet with local entrepreneurs, gaining insights into Bhutan’s vibrant business landscape and fostering connections with individuals driving innovation and growth in the country.


As the evening unfolds, delve into the essence of Bhutanese culture through immersive experiences. Engage in traditional activities, from weaving and archery to mask painting and traditional music performances, gaining hands-on experience with age-old customs passed down through generations.

Savor the flavors of Bhutanese cuisine as you indulge in a sumptuous feast, featuring authentic dishes prepared with locally sourced ingredients and infused with traditional flavors. Allow your taste buds to journey through Bhutan’s culinary heritage, discovering the intricate blend of spices and textures that define Bhutanese gastronomy.

Immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of Bhutanese heritage, surrounded by the warmth of hospitality and the vibrant energy of cultural exchange. As the evening draws to a close, reflect on the profound connections made and the deepened appreciation for Bhutan’s unique identity, carried with you as cherished memories of your cultural odyssey through the Land of the Thunder Dragon.

Begin your day with a meaningful exchange of knowledge and expertise as participants are invited to share their entrepreneurial insights with students, facilitated by Impact Hub Thimphu. Engage in interactive sessions, mentorship opportunities, or workshops aimed at empowering the next generation of Bhutanese entrepreneurs, fostering collaboration and innovation within the community.

After a rewarding morning of sharing and learning, journey to Paro, where a wealth of cultural treasures awaits. Visit Tamcho Lhakhang, a hidden gem nestled amidst picturesque landscapes, offering a serene sanctuary for spiritual reflection and reverence.

Continue your cultural exploration with a visit to Kichu Lhakhang, one of the oldest and most revered temples in Bhutan, steeped in legend and mythology. Marvel at the ancient architecture and sacred relics, immersing yourself in the spiritual ambiance of this sacred site.

Next, pay homage to Dungtse Lhakhang, a charming temple adorned with intricate murals and ornate carvings, showcasing the rich artistic heritage of Bhutan. Delve into the symbolism and significance of Bhutanese religious artistry as you explore this architectural marvel.

Indulge in leisurely shopping and exploration as you peruse the vibrant markets of Paro, browsing for souvenirs, handicrafts, and local delights to commemorate your Bhutanese adventure. Engage with local artisans and vendors, experiencing the warmth of Bhutanese hospitality firsthand.

Conclude your day with a relaxing evening in Paro, reflecting on the enriching experiences and cultural encounters of the day. Allow the tranquility of the surroundings to soothe your senses as you cherish the memories created amidst the timeless beauty of Paro Valley.

Embark on a memorable trek to Paro Taktsang, also known as the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, perched precariously on a cliffside overlooking the Paro Valley. As you ascend the steep trails, marvel at the breathtaking views and immerse yourself in the spiritual aura of this sacred site.

Explore the monastery’s temples, shrines, and meditation caves, gaining insight into Bhutan’s Buddhist heritage and the legends surrounding Guru Rinpoche, who is said to have meditated here in the 8th century.

After completing your hike, take a moment to reflect on your journey and the personal insights gained along the way, before returning to Paro for a well-deserved rest.

Bid farewell to the enchanting kingdom of Bhutan as you embark on your journey to Bangkok. Take with you cherished memories, newfound friendships, and a deeper appreciation for Bhutan’s rich cultural tapestry and natural beauty.

As you depart, reflect on the transformative experiences and meaningful connections forged during your time in Bhutan, carrying the spirit of the Land of the Thunder Dragon with you as you continue your adventures beyond its borders.


Discover the perfect retreat package that suits your needs and aspirations. At Founder Retreat, we offer a range of immersive experiences designed to elevate your journey in Bhutan. Each package includes a unique blend of activities, accommodations, and amenities to ensure an unforgettable retreat experience.

Essential Package

$ 1960

Personalized Packages

For a customized package, please feel free to reach out to us to explore your specific needs and preferences in more detail. We look forward to discussing how we can create the perfect experience for you.

Flight Recommendation 

Bhutan is served by two national airlines: Drukair and Bhutan Airlines. Direct flights to and from our international airport in Paro provide connections to Bangladesh (Dhaka), India (Bagdora, Guwahati, Kolkata, and New Delhi), Nepal (Kathmandu), Singapore, and Thailand (Bangkok).

As we pay upfront for hotels, travel agents, venues, and vendors from collected trip fees, refunds are not possible.

About Bhutan

In a world constantly in motion, Bhutan offers solace. Here, you’ll uncover simple joys: traditional pastimes like archery and age-old crafts, savor dishes of homemade cheese paired with fiercely hot chilies, embark on awe-inspiring treks, and rejuvenate in soothing hot-stone baths.

Yet, there’s a deeper layer to Bhutan – hinted at by prayer flags adorning gorges and hillsides. It’s a realm where irreverent humor coexists with profound beliefs, and vast landscapes and leisurely journeys invite moments of profound tranquility. Here, you can nurture your well-being, revel in wonder, and embark on thrilling escapades.

With over 70% forest cover and the distinction of being the world’s first carbon-negative nation, we’re also fostering the seeds of scientific and technological innovation.

Bhutan isn’t a singular discovery; it’s manifold. From historic cities to towering peaks, the gates to this kingdom are once again open to both old acquaintances and new companions.

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