Sorig Khang Bhutan: Gelephu Project

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The inauguration of Sorig Khang Bhutan, with the establishment of facilities for Sowa Rigpa teaching, meditation practice, and a medicinal plant cultivation center.


  • Sowa Rigpa education
  • Herbal cultivation and botanical research center
  • Sowa Rigpa health care for the local community
  • Facilitating group teachings and retreats for Yuthok Nyingthig and yogic practices
  • Space for personal retreats



The Gelephu area of Southern Bhutan is a treasure trove of botanical diversity, near healing hot springs and protected wildlife sanctuaries with rich subtropical and Himalayan foothill forests, wild elephants and other rare species

PHASE I: Medicinal plant cultivationThe first step in the project will be to begin cultivation of medicinal plants. This can begin immediately.Southern Bhutan is a lush, subtropical paradise, and many Sowa Rigpa herbs grow very well in the area. The primary species will be ‘black agar,’ the Aquillaria tree so highly prized for its aroma and medicinal properties. This will be complimented by other trees and unserstory plants, following principles of permaculture and sustainable herbal cultivation.Primary Cultivation Species- Aquilaria sp., black agarwood (ཨར་ནག) Additional Plants- Green and black cardamom (sukmel, kakola སུག་སྨེལ། ཀ་ཀོ་ལ།)- The three fruits (a ru, ba ru, kyu ru ཨ་རུ་བ་རུ་སྐྱུ་རུ།)- Champaka flower (ཙམ་པ་ཀ་མེ་ཏོག།)- Ginger varieties (སྒ།)- Assam Tea and dozens of other subtropical medicinal plants.

PHASE II: Construction of the Center. The next stage will be to begin construction on the bulding and facilities of the center.  We will build a three-story main building, following traditional Bhutanese principles of construction.


Traditional Three-Story Bhutanese Building- Course/Conference Hall- Sowa Rigpa Clinic- Accommodations & Kitchen- Upper floor: Yuthok Temple



~5 hectare facility for herbal cultivationCultivation of dozens of endemic medicinal trees and smaller plants used in Sowa Rigpa.

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Pictures from and Douglas J. McLaughlin

The currently shown pictures do not represent the actual locations of the future center.