Avalon Life Club presents

'Wellbeing - Learning from Bhutan: A Land of Gross National Happiness'

A Special Event hosted by Broughton Sanctuary
with Karen Darke MBE (Paralympic Gold-medallist and Explorer) and His Eminence Khedrupchen Rinpoche of Bhutan

Sunday 19th November 2023
Arrival 2pm - End 4pm

Bhutan is a unique Himalayan kingdom, where happiness is measured over materialism, and where compassion is woven into the fabric of life.
Bhutan’s landscapes, cultures and traditions inspire transformational change. It is a Kingdom where progress is measured with Gross National Happiness rather than Gross National Product.
Bhutan is the only carbon negative country in the world, and has leading practices in sustainable tourism and compassionate conservation.
This event gives insight into this special Kingdom and its culture, exploring harmony and happiness.

His Eminence Khedrupchen Rinpoche founder of the Khedrup Foundation in Bhutan travels widely teaching the values of connecting inner wellbeing with environmental preservation.

Karen Darke MBE (PhD), Paralympic gold-medallist and explorer met Rinpoche when she and a small group who were 'exploring inner gold' shared time at Rinpoche’s monastery high in the Black Mountains of Bhutan.

‘Inner Gold’ is a concept developed by Karen through her surprising life journey and discovery of the alchemy of transforming challenge into opportunity, ‘mud’ into ‘gold’.

More at: karendarke.com


At this event, Karen and Rinpoche will take the audience on a journey into Bhutan happiness and offer insight into how we can all help ourselves and the world around us to flourish.

Visit khedrupfoundation.org for more information

Approximate programme


Guests Arrive


Introduction to event


Karen Darke 'Finding Inner Gold' In Bhutan


'In conversation' with His Eminence Khedrupchen Rinpoche


Open Q&A with audience


Gratitude / mediation ritual led by His Holiness


Close event (5-10 minutes) + 10 minutes cushion time

4pm: End of Event

Practical Considerations

Cushions and back jacks will be provided, and you are welcome to bring your own.  Chairs will be available for those who need them.

Drinking water and light refreshments will be provided by Broughton Sanctuary



Tickets for this Special Event are priced at £15 per person.

Please book your ticket below.


For any queries regarding booking please contact Joanne Barrett on:
01756 799 608 or joannebarrett@broughtonsanctuary.co.uk


Avalon Wellbeing Centre

Avalon Wellbeing was conceived by Paris Ackrill and Roger Tempest to serve the inner voyage of mind, body, spirit, a return to source and, ultimately, a reason for being. With its dramatic expression of curves, colours and encoded crystals, Avalon’s biophilic design was the work of Yiangou Architects and interior designer Patrick Kinmonth.

Declared by Ruby Wax as “the coolest place I’ve ever been to’, it brings one-of-a-kind modern inspiration to an ancient setting.

As well as a swimming pool, sauna, steam room (hydromassage pool), state-of-the art studio spaces, personal training studios, crystal light bed and Somadome meditation pod, the Centre acts as the beating heart of residential retreats. Daily yoga and meditation sessions are available as well as events, workshops and an outstanding team of experienced therapists and healers. Experience everything from Acupuncture, Shamanic healing and psychotherapy to herbal medicine, trauma release, varying forms of bodywork and sound baths.


Broughton Sanctuary

Broughton Sanctuary offers over 140 beds for guests, ranging from the luxurious 16th Century Hall itself (available for Exclusive Hire and the location for numerous acclaimed films and TV serials) to an off-grid ‘Hermit Hut’ and cosy ‘Sanctuary Homes’.

Home to one of the UK’s leading nature recovery projects with over 350,000 trees planted in the last three years, outdoor immersive activities include wild swimming, a woodland sauna, forest bathing, ice bathing, sweat lodges, fire temple ceremonies, meditation labyrinths, moon baths and woodland dining in the Cosmic Garden. Expect food which is as good for you as it is for the planet. A walled garden bistro, ‘Utopia’ serves plant-based delights, and in-house chefs in the Historic House can create to any requirement.


Broughton Sanctuary is located right in the heart of the UK and at the gateway to the stunning Yorkshire Dales. Guests experience a feeling of blissful seclusion however we are very well connected in terms of transport.

By Air

Leeds Bradford Airport: 40 minutes (24 miles): 40 minutes
Manchester Airport: 1 hour (55 miles)
Liverpool: 1 hour 15 minutes (69 miles)

By Train

The nearest train station is Skipton, (a 5-minute drive).
Trains from London Kings Cross are approximately 3 hours (direct and with a single quick change at Leeds).

By Car

Driving from London takes between 4-5 hours (traffic dependent).


Broughton Sanctuary, Skipton, Yorkshire, UK, BD23 3AE