Bhutan & the Indigenous Monpas

Please join us on our journey to
the Land of the Thunder Dragon!

December 6-18, 2019

14 Days | 13 Nights

$7,495* per person

Central Bhutan is home to the Monpas, believed to be the first inhabitants of Bhutan. Also at the heart of Bhutanese culture are Buddhism, majestic dzongs, colorful festivals and tightly knitted community and family life.

Come on an Adventure of a Lifetime!

View photos from our 2018 trip to Bhutan.

Ringed by the staggering peaks of the Himalaya, Bhutan is a remote Buddhist kingdom where age-old traditions hold strong. Amid verdant valleys dotted with historic fortresses and shrines, delve into Bhutan’s rich culture with a private guide, discovering how everyday life is intertwined with Mahayana Buddhism. Meet with monks, nuns, farmers, and artisans; take part in ancient rituals; and witness firsthand the cautious evolution of this tiny kingdom.

Visit the Living Edens of Bhutan, the Monpas and participate in the inaugural of their festival. Immerse yourselves and understand the way of living of the Monpas whilst living with them.

This trip is possible because of a collaboration between Antioch University Santa Barbara and the Tribal Trust Foundation. The trip is being led by Dawn A. Murray, PhD, Professor at Antioch University Santa Barbara. Dawn spent a year abroad teaching environmental science and biodiversity in Bhutan and made many connections there in her role as professor and as Director of International Education and Research for The Tribal Trust Foundation (TTF). TTF has partnered with the Tarayana Foundation, started by The Queen Mother, to preserve the Monpa culture and support their way of life. They are excited to share their knowledge with us.


Trip Details


The trip is limited to 10 participants and open to current students, alumni, and Friends of Antioch or the Tribal Trust Foundation.Students can take 3-15 units associated with this trip and receive financial aid for the trip ($7,495) and the units ($495/unit).

Community members/Friends may join the trip without paying for the units and may even offer a sponsorship to help a student attend.

A non-refundable $2,000 deposit is due by Aug. 1, 2019 to hold your spot. The remaining balance of $5,495 is due by September 1, 2019.

We will have meetings in Oct. 2019 so you can plan what to bring and have all your questions answered. Anyone interested should contact Dr. Dawn A. Murray with questions. [email protected] or (805) 962-8179 Ext. 5170.

Bio Trip Leader

An amazing travel experience with Professor Dawn A. Murray, PhD, who lived in Bhutan and taught at the Royal Thimphu College. Dawn received her masters and doctorate in Ocean Sciences from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She created and oversees the environmental studies program at AUSB. She has led many credit-bearing and noncredit trips to Bhutan and the Galapagos, which were extremely successful and well organized. Dawn is also board member for the Tribal Trust Foundation, preserving global indigenous cultures and habitats, and has many connections to indigenous communities. She is passionate about conservation initiatives for a sustainable future.

* Price includes roundtrip airfare from Bankok to Paro, domestic flight, food, lodging, bottled water, transport, daily tourist fees, Geo Blue Insurance, and local guides/drivers.