Journey to Peace

Sought after by all, the concept of peace is the very essence of Aman and is the meaning of the brand’s Sanskrit-derived name. It now also forms the inspiration a brand new and enlightening six-night retreat, Journey to Peace, which will launch on 24 October and run until 28 November, helping guests on their own path to peace. Dedicated to teaching individuals to rediscover this elusive state, Journey to Peace is a unique spiritual retreat intuitively and lovingly led by renowned Buddhist monk and mindfulness coach, Tibetan Lama (monk) Master Geshe YongDong.

Having inner peace is said to enable one to better cope with anxieties, fears and worries, and can help slow down and focus the mind, show patience and tolerance. The retreat will take place this October and November at four of Aman’s most serene retreats in Indochina: First at Amanoi (22-28 October) on the coast of Vietnam, next at Amanpuri (2-8 November) in Phuket, then at Amansara (12-18 November) in Siem Reap near Angkor Wat’s magnificent ruins, and finally at Amantaka (22-28 November) in the Unesco-protected Buddhist centre of Luang Prabang. In each of these places of contemplation and connection, Geshe YongDong will share the ancient lessons of the Bon Tibetan Tradition, enabling participants to find the serenity of mind and spirit they seek.

Participants can choose a six-night retreat at one resort, combine two or more resorts, or join the whole 24-night programme across all four destinations.

One of the basic tenets of the Bon Tibetan Tradition is the belief that peace is an internal state of consciousness that promotes true happiness. The Journey to Peace retreat has been curated as an emotional journey, with Geshe YongDong guiding individuals through the different stages to achieving this enlightened state of being.

These include changing perceptions, letting go of and healing anger and achieving the union of compassion and wisdom that allows one to live mindfully. Each day, the retreat will focus on one of five key concepts that will ultimately change mindsets to allow a healthier, happier life.

Each day will include Tsa Lung breathwork, and meditation, as well as two individual 90-minute sessions with Geshe YongDong, a therapeutic spa treatment and a 60-minute evening session of chanting, mantra recitation and meditation. Accommodation and full board are included, with optional daily group movement classes and complimentary airport transfers. After each retreat, Geshe YongDong will stay on as a specialist in residence for two days, offering guests further opportunity to draw on his wisdom in private one-on-on sessions.

The four Aman resorts hosting Journey to Peace each have their own appeal, and add something new to the retreat, whether Luang Prabang’s aura of living spirituality, the deeply affecting temples of Angkor or the healing power of nature and the ocean in Vietnam and Thailand. Each country’s distinctive culture and cuisine will also play its part in assuring a unique experience of the retreat in every destination.

Geshe YongDong will lead his sessions in spaces that resonate with him and his subject matter. Whether meditating amid Ta Prohm’s giant fig trees or reworking thought patterns at sunrise on the beach, Geshe YongDong will ensure that this retreat provides the tools to achieve peace in every individual’s journey forward.

Amanpuri
Pansea Beach
Phuket – Thailand
Phone. +66 76 324 333
www.aman.com/amanpuri-wellness

Amanoi
Vinh Hy Village,
Vinh Hai Commune,
Ninh Hai District
Ninh Thuan Province – Vietnam
Phone. +84 259 377 0777
www.aman.com/resorts/amanoi

Amansara
Road to Angkor, Siem Reap
Kingdom of Cambodia
Phone. +855 63 760 333
www.aman.com/resorts/amansara

Amantaka
55/3 Kingkitsarath Road
Ban Thongchaleun Luang Prabang
Lao PDR
Phone. +856 71 860 333
www.aman.com/resorts/amantaka