Teachings in the Art of Tranquility with Aman
Sought after by all, the notion of peace sits at the very heart of Aman, and it is the meaning of the brand’s Sanskrit-derived name. It also forms the inspiration for an enlightening three-night retreat, Journey to Peace, taking place at Aman New York, Amantaka and Amanoi in the latter part of this year, helping guests on their own path to tranquility.
Dedicated to teaching individuals to rediscover this elusive state, the spiritual retreat is intuitively and lovingly led by long- term Aman collaborator and renowned Buddhist monk and mindfulness coach, Master Geshe YongDong (Geshe La).
Achieving 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. Geshe La will guide along this path, first at Aman New York (27-30 October), an urban sanctuary in the heart of Manhattan, followed by Amantaka (25-28 November) in the Unesco-protected Buddhist centre of Luang Prabang, and finally at Amanoi (2-5 December) on Vietnam’s dramatic southern coastline.
During each experience, Geshe YongDong will share the ancient lessons of the Bon Tibetan Tradition, enabling participants to find the serenity of mind and spirit they seek.
The first retreat at Aman New York, Living Mindfully, centres around finding peace in everyday life and includes bespoke training sessions on living in the present, workshops on healing anger and chanting mantra mediation classes.
As part of the Journey to Peace programme at Aman New York, daily breakfast at Arva is included in addition to a closing lunch with Geshe La and one 90-minute Aman Signature Spa Treatment.
The second experience held at Amantaka, Transforming Oneself, focuses on cultivating a sense of calm in body and mind. A fitting setting for an immersion into the Buddhist traditions, the Luang Prabang based retreat introduces meditation practice and its theory, guiding participants to let thoughts arise and depart without judgement through breathing workshops and group mindfulness lessons.
Inspired by the concept of being present, the third journey at Amanoi, Living in the Moment, explores mortality through mindfulness. In the serene coastal location, Geshe La will host a programme of meditation, chanting and group workshops, with each day devoted to different steps of the Fivefold Teaching, aiming to still unquiet minds and help find solace in the present moment.
At both Amantaka and Amanoi, the itinerary includes full-board, a 90-minute Grounding massage per property, daily use of hydrotherapy facilities and return airport transfers.
Born in Tibet in 1969, Geshe La became a monk at just 13 years of age when he entered the Nangzhig Bonpo Monastery. A gifted scholar, he was awarded the Rajampa Geshe Degree (Doctorate of Divinity) – the highest possible monastic degree – in 1992. He also studied and practised under many masters including His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, as well as His Holiness Menri Trizin.