A Bonnevaux Seminar – The Message of Bhutan for the world today

Unlike most of the world Bhutan has prioritised well being and happiness in order to achieve social and material development that enriches the human community. Dr. Julia Kim is at the heart of this groundbreaking initiative.

This event is online only, in English

Prioritising wellbeing and real happiness as a focus for integrated social, material and communal development (rather than just mindless economic growth) : how meditation opens the way to personal and social transformation.

We are living at a time of unprecedented social, economic, and environmental crisis. With rising levels of stress, anxiety and depression, many are turning to meditation as a source of emotional support.  At the same time, mindfulness has become a fashionable “performance enhancer” from executive boardrooms to elite basketball teams. But is this all there is to it? Or can one combine the wisdom of contemplative practice with compassionate action, to bring about positive social change in our world? How do we balance the inner and outer dimensions of being fully human?

Come join us for this day seminar, where we will:

·       Explore the underlying causes of our current social crisis of loneliness and despair – as well as the latest scientific research on happiness and wellbeing (including neuroscience, positive psychology, social epidemiology and economics)

·       Experience how inner practices such as meditation can be a foundation for creating a deeper connection to self, others and nature

·       Learn about Bhutan and Gross National Happiness (GNH) – and how this Himalayan country’s innovative approach to measuring happiness is being applied to promote human flourishing and a sustainable and balanced approach to development

·       Explore how the principles and practices of GNH can be applied at personal, community, and organizational levels

This program is geared towards anyone interested in combining inner leadership and social change towards a happier and more sustainable future. There will be periods of guided meditation and self-reflection, as well as interactive discussions. No prior meditation experience is required.

Daily Schedule (French Time)

  • 15:30 – 16:30  Julia’s opening talk (live) 
  • 16:30 – 17:00  Break for questions to be sent in
  • 17:00 – 17:45  Q&A with Julia
  • 18:00  Evening prayer & meditation
  • 20:00 – 20:30  Julia’s talk (pre-recorded) 
  • 20:30 – 21:00 Q&A with Julia and dialogue between Julia and Laurence
  • 21:00  Thanks and conclusion

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To reap the full benefits the retreat offers, we recommend that you meditate 2-3 times per day. 

On demand access

All the videos of the talks (either pre-recorded or live streamed) will be available on-demand for one month for registered participants.

This seminar requires registration – please click the button below.

The registration contribution is €30 – 70. However, finances should not be a reason for not participating — please email events@bonnevauxwccm.org if you have a need to agree a lower contribution.

Dr. Julia Kim

Dr Julia is a leading expert in global health, wellbeing, and sustainable development, and the Program Director of the Gross National Happiness Centre in Bhutan. Prior to living in Bhutan, Julia worked as a medical doctor and HIV researcher in Africa and Asia, before serving with the United Nations (UNDP and UNICEF) in New York. Together with the Centre, she currently leads retreats & international programs that combine meditation & inner leadership, deep nature immersion, and action learning – to spark individual and social transformation towards an economy of wellbeing. Julia has been an invited speaker at the “Wisdom Together” Conferences (Stockholm and Oslo), Schumacher College (UK), the School of Life (Australia), the Mind and Life Institute (USA), “ICLIF Leadership Summit Asia” (Malaysia), Leadership Matters: Business and Politics as Drivers for Inclusive and Sustainable Development” (German World Bank Group Forum). She is also an Associate of the Presencing Institute – a global network that views the integration of compassion and mindfulness-based practices as a core capacity of 21st-century innovation and leadership. She holds degrees from the University of Manitoba, Cornell University, Tufts University, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.


Aug 29 2020


The contribution is €30 - 70 for this seminar
Dr Julia Kim


Dr Julia Kim

Other Leaders

Laurence Freeman
Laurence Freeman