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About Pilgrimage
On pilgrimage we open heartedly visit holy sites where great masters have meditated. As we do this we leave behind our usual comforts and luxuries and joyfully surrender to the journey so that we can allow ourselves to feel the ever-present blessings that awaken deep spiritual insight.

In Tibet, people went on pilgrimage by foot and often prostrated all the way. They knew that the more obstacles they faced the better it was for purification. Purification means that more spacious attitudes are created in everyday life rather than automatically following narrow negative habits. In purifying one can then lead life in fearless dignity, with respect to oneself and others. It is therefore very important to see obstacles as an opportunity to deepen the practice of the pilgrimage.

Since childhood, Khandro-la's family vacations were pilgrimages to holy sites. Together they would make puja offerings, hoist prayer flags, offer butter lamps and meditate deeply at these sites, sending powerful energies to all beings. So she has enjoyed the wisdom and adventure of this spiritual practice for many years. Khandro-la has many stories and experiences with her masters and parents on these journeys of fun and devotion.

Khandro-la now focuses on leading pilgrimages as a spiritual practice. She enjoys sharing her expertise of the Himalayan regions, her family connections to the great places and practitioners of this area, and acting as a cultural bridge between east and west.

In 2009 Khandro-la, for the first time, led a pilgrimage to the centre of Australia - called “Return to the Heart”. Journeying with other pilgrims and an aboriginal guide, she visited many special places starting from Uluru through the backcountry towards Alice Springs. This journey brought significant benefit to all, and Khandro-la now plans to continue leading pilgrimages to holy sites outside of the Himalayas.

It is a very special experience to go on pilgrimage with Khandro-la. Lives have been transformed and deep spiritual insights awakened. At the very least it is a fun and adventurous journey!

      Upcoming Pilgrimages  
Fraser Island Pilgrimage

Fraser Island (ex Hervey Bay, Queensland, Australia)
29th - 31st October, 2016 – 3 days.

Explore the largest sand island in the world. This world heritage listed site is pure and untamed - a perfect place to settle into yourself. We visit the main sites of Lake Mackenzie, Eli creek and central station and explore also the meaning and depth of this island to the traditional owners, the Butchulla people.

Join Khandro Rinpoche and feel the depth of this special environment and in doing
so come back to yourself.

Places limited so please book immediately! or call Bec at the Sanctuary on +61 7 4325 4438

Ayurvedic Retreat

Ayurvedic Treatment & Rejuvenation Retreat – Kerala, Sth India
3rd - 20th January 2017 18 days
or 4th - 11th January 2017 8 days

Join Khandro Rinpoche in the south of India for a special ayurvedic treatment in Kerala, the home of this ancient tradition. We have the most authentic doctors who will provide a 5 or full 14 day treatment plan including special diet at a famous resort accommodation on the backwaters of Kerala, just north of the city of Cochin (Kochi). The retreat includes full diagnosis, treatment two times a day, special diet as prescribed, meditation and yoga as well as interview time with Khandro Rinpoche.

This is a great start to the year and will be coupled with plenty of stillness, relaxation and practice time. At the conclusion of each pilgrimage you will sightsee the famous port city of Fort Cochin and on the longer journey you will further see the backwaters by staying overnight on a houseboat.

Download pilgrimage and itinerary fact sheet here (425kb pdf)

Contact: For further information and registration (by end October 2016) please email

Bhutan 2017

Bhutan – Journey Into the Heart of the Dragon:
West and Central Bhutan, including Haa Valley

11th – 25th February 2017 - 15 days
or 17th- 25th February 2017 - 9 days
ex Paro, Bhutan

Both pilgrimage journeys to Bhutan with Khandro Rinpoche take in the main highlights of this unique country- Paro, Tigers Nest, Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjika and Bhumthang. Those fortunate enough to be able to attend the full pilgrimage will also experience a very unique taste of local Bhutan and the Haa Valley. Rinpoche has a special relationship to Bhutan and with her you will gain unique access to places and exposure to local people, culture and heritage.

The full journey begins exploring Thimphu and then to the special spiritual sites and local experiences of the unique Haa Valley. By day 7, the 17th February, you will join together with the recently arrived shorter stay group and together you will continue on to explore Paro, including the famous Tigers Nest and continue to visit all the best sites of Bhutan, historically, spiritually and culturally. We travel onward to Thimphu, Punakha, Phobjikha (black cranes), Gangtey, Trongsa, and the central mountain valley of Bhumthang. For each itinerary download it below. Khandro Thrinlay Chodon has a very special connection to Bhutan, so together with her experienced Bhutanese guides, she will assist you gain a heart insight into this land, its culture and people.

Download pilgrimage itinerary and fact sheet here (1.4MB pdf)

Contact: For further information and registration (by end November 2016) please email

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      Previous Pilgrimages  
  Khandro Rinpoche  

Himalayan Valley of Dakinis, Lahoul
19th July - 9th August 2016 22 days

Khandro Rinpoche, authentic Master and Practitioner of the yogic meditation lineage of Togden Shakya Shri, will teach and practice with students in her birthplace, Kardang Gompa, Lahoul. This most holy of valleys is blessed with the energy of previous great meditators. Kardang gompa sits at the base of the most holy mountain Drilburu. For circumambulation fame it is second only to Mt Kailash. How fortunate to be introduced to this land and spiritual practice in 10 days of retreat and pilgrimage through its very own Khandro Thrinlay Chodon – avail yourself of immense blessings!

Download retreat itinerary here (1MB pdf)

  Dochula Pass, Bhutan  

Bhutan Pilgrimages in February 2016
In 2016 Khandro Rinpoche will again host two special interconnected pilgrimages to Bhutan.

This year we will start our journey together in Paro (including the famous Tigers Nest) which is in the west. We visit all the more popular tourist sites as we travel from the west into the centre of the country and its spiritual heart of Bhumthang. After a full 4 days in Bhumthang and 13 days of the best sites of Bhutan both historically, spiritually and culturally, the group parts ways - some head home and the eastern group continues to explore the less visited but spiritually and culturally rich East.

Into the Heart of the Dragon - West to Central
Pilgrimage with Khandro Thrinlay Chodon
Paro (Tigers Nest), Thimphu, Punakha (including the tsechu festival with lama dancing), Phobjikha (black cranes), Gangtey, Trongsa, Bhumthang (including the birthday celebration for the fifth King).

13 nights/ 14 days days

ex Paro 13th - 26th February 2016

Download itinerary here (205kb MSWord.doc)

Into the Heart of the Dragon - West to Central to East
Pilgrimage with Khandro Thrinlay Chodon
Paro (Tigers Nest), Thimphu, Punakha (including the tsechu celebration), Phobjikha (black cranes), Gangtey, Trongsa, Bhumthang (including the birthday celebration of the fifth King).

After Bhumthang the shorter pilgrimage group returns to Paro then homeward bound while the east group continues to explore this very special land (including a visit to one retreat centre never before visited by westerners). Mongar, Lhuentse (tradtional weaving and pottery), Largyap Retreat Centre and Kurizampa (Yogic training centre). Then you will visit the beautiful town of Trashiyangtse and hear the story of the dakini of Chorton Kora, see Trashigang and then do a day trip to the ancient and beautiful rural town of Dametse.

Following this you will visit and stay overnight at Kangpar Lama Gompa renowned for its relics and holy sites. On then to Pema Gatsel for a visit to Shakya Shri’s nunnery hermitage. This concludes our visit to the East of Bhutan with its focus on the traditional arts and spiritual heritage in particular the Shakya Shri yogic training centres. Final place of stay in Bhutan is the border town of Samdrup Jongkhar, where in the morning you will travel to the Indian town of Guwahati airport for your flight on to Delhi or Calcutta and then home.

13th February - 4th March November 2016

ex Paro (incoming) and Guwahati, India (outgoing) 21 nights/ 22 days

Download itinerary here (330kb MSWord.docx)

For those whom wish to come along more details and registration can be made by emailing

Please note that flights into Bhutan itself must be via Druk Air and the connecting locations are generally Bangkok, Singapore or New Delhi.


Indian Himalaya Pilgrimages 2015
This year we are offering two special journeys into the Buddhist lands of the Indian Himalayas, both with the title "Open Heart Open Road". One is a pilgrimage with Khandro Rinpoche travelling by car and the other is a special motor bike journey which will essentially run in parallel with Khandro Rinpoche’s group and whom will meet with her briefly in Manali, Lahoul and later in Leh to conclude the last week of their tour together in Ladakh.

Open Heart Open Road Himalayan Pilgrimage with Khandro Thrinlay Chodon
Amritsar to Dharmasala, Manali and overland to Ladakh!

23 days ex Delhi
26th July 2015 - 18th August 2015

This years Himalayan journey will begin with the Sikh Golden Temple in Amritsar, then, after a sojourn in Dharmasala, home of His Holiness Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in exile, we will continue to Manali via of Bir, and Tso Pema (Guru Rinpoche's lotus lake and caves of great practitioners). In Manali we will visit Khandro Rinpoche's family and marriage gompas and also meet with 85 year old Imi Drupten, the attendant of her father Apho Rinpoche. Then we begin the spectacular overland journey to Leh, first of course stopping in the "Land of the Dakinis" for its many blessings. We will explore Leh and its surrounds, including this time Pangong Lake and Lamayuru and Alchi as well as the ancient Hemis Gompa , Gotsang retreat cave. The highlights of this tour are the meeting of great yogis and masters within the Vajrayana tradition, the experiencing of local culture at a very personal level by interacting with locals, and in depth visits and practice at very special holy sites. To be accompanied by Khandro Rinpoche on this journey makes our pilgrimage very deep, intimate and joyous!

Open Heart Open Road Himalayan Pilgrimage with Khandro Thrinlay Chodon
Amritsar to Dharmasala, Bir, Tso Pema, Manali and return to Delhi

15 days ex Delhi
26th July 2015 - 9th August 2015

This is a shorter pilgrimage to the lower Himalayas that is offered for those whom have only a few weeks. You will travel to all the special Buddhist places in the lower Himalayas and then return from Manali back to Delhi.

Open Heart Open Road Motor Bike journey through the Indian Himalayas!
19 days ex Delhi
31st July 2015 - 18th August 2015

The renowned Royal Enfield motor bike will be your "modern day horse" on this tour. Your guides will be experienced in the Himalayas and you will have a journey you will never forget. You will travel to Manali where you will practice first on your bike as you explore this special town, then you will meet Khandro Rinpoche's Himalayan pilgrimage group in Lahoul and later travel on the spectacular road that takes you over 4 high mountain passes to Leh, in the Himalayan range.


Himalaya Pilgrimage


2013 is a special year when Khandro Rinpoche and her Khachodling is sponsoring a medicine making ceremony in Kardang Gompa, Lahoul, the place of Khandro-la's birth.

To coincide with this special event we will be offering a pilgrimage which will begin from Dharamsala (home of His Holiness XIVth Dalai Lama), through Tso Pema (Guru Rinpoche holy site) and Bir (visit gompas and Tibetan communities) and on to Manali (Khandro Rinpoche's hometown to visit her family and marriage gompas) then to Lahoul for the last week of the special ceremonies where we will also have teachings from special Masters of the lineage.

Main tour for the Drubchen 2nd-15th July 2013
Dharamsala area 27 June - 3 July 2013
continue to Leh, Ladakh 13-20 July 2013
continue to Zanskar till 8 August (includes self retreat and voluntary work).

"Dechog Pema Vajra" Drubchen - Ceremony and Practice in the Indian Himalayas 2013
Kardang Gompa, above Keylong town, Lahoul, Indian Himalayas
Dates: Sunday 28th June - Friday 12th July 2013 (these are the dates of the drubchen - the pilgrimage reaches it in its last week)

Zanskar teachings and nunnery visit
Following the Dechog Pema Vajra drubchen in Lahoul, Khandro Rinpoche will proceed to Sani, Zanskar (Khachodling Nunnery) where she will offer some teachings and practices for the local community. On the way she will stay a few days in Leh, Ladakh and some days in Khachodling Gompa at Mulbeck, Ladakh where her amchi medical projects are located.

  Bhutan Pilgrimage  

20th April - 10th May 2013 for between 11 and 21 days
After a personal retreat Khandro-la will again lead a special pilgrimage to Bhutan.

East of Bhutan, Shakya Shri nunnery in Pema Gatsel, Bhumthang, the beautiful mountain centre of Bhutan, Punakha, Gangtey, Thimphu and Paro (including hiking to the famous Tigers Nest monastery).


Amanjiwo's Inner Journey

20th - 26th September 2012
Ds. Majaksingi, Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java, Indonesia

Amanjiwo welcomes Khandro Rinpoche back for its third annual meditative retreat. A
comprehensive programme offering guided meditation and in depth tours of Borobudur and other prominent local Buddhist holy sites. For both novice and experienced practitioners, this retreat is an opportunity to delve into one’s personal spiritual journey at the foothills of Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist monument.

  Dochula Pass, Bhutan  

Bhutan - Home of the Dragon
November 2011

Home of Bhutan (west to east) - 2nd-19th November
Eye of Dragon (western and central) - 2nd-13th November
East Bhutan - 11th-19th November


Borobudur, Indonesia
Amanjiwo's Inner Journey
23rd - 29th September 2011
Ds. Majaksingi, Borobudur, Magelang, Central Java,

Amanjiwo’s second annual meditative retreat returns this September with a
comprehensive programme offering guided meditation classes, private yoga
instruction and in-depth archaeological tours of Borobudur and other prominent
Buddhist monuments. For both novice and experienced practitioners, this 3- or
6-night retreat is an opportunity to delve into one’s personal spiritual journey at the
foothills of Borobudur, the world’s largest Buddhist monument.

Amanjiwo welcomes back meditation teacher Khandro Thrinlay Chodon

Download Flyer (500kb.pdf)




Discover the Heart of Ladakh
13th August - 2nd September 2011

  Bhutan   Bhutan 2010
"Into the Heart of the Dragon"
20th October - 3rd November, 2010


  tsomorriri woman   Ladakh and its Nomads
HH Dalai Lama's teachings in Nubra and Lake Tsomoriri (incl. eye camp)
24th July - 9th August 2010

Indonesia 2010
"Inward Journey to Borobudur"
PIlgrimage and retreat - Amanjiwo
14th - 20th May 2010

  Return to the Heart   "Return to the Heart"
Pilgrimage to the Heart of Australia - Uluru to Alice Springs
1st - 14th June 2009

Nepal Pilgrimage - Maratika Cave
December 2008 - January 2009

  South India  

South India Pilgrimage and Healing Tour
December 2007 -
January 2008

1) New Year Renewal & Rejuvenation Retreat for Mind and Body
(Ayurvedic Treatment and meditation) with Khandro Thrinlay Chodon
29th December 2007 - 12th January 2008.

  Ajanta   2) Pilgrimage to Ajanta and Ellora Buddhist Caves
15th - 20th January 2008
  Amchi   Pilgrimage and Herb Collecting in Ladakh
July 4th - 25th 2007


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  Bhutan   Bhutan
8th - 18th October, 2006



Zanskar (Ladakh)
Pilgrimage and visiting nuns
15th July - 4th August, 2006



Kalimpong, Darjeeling and Western Sikkim
28th March - 11th April, 2006



Zanskar Pilgrimage
An Intimate spiritual Journey to far North India and Zanskar

August 6th - 29th 2005


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