On the 26th of October 2016, the students and teachers of the Royal Academy embarked on a six-day nature retreat programme. The intention behind this outdoors adventure was to facilitate better bonding between the teachers and their mentees. It would also serve as an opportunity for the learners to develop harmony with nature and understand the myriad ways in which humans and nature interact. Additionally, it would reinforce a core belief of the Academy- learning cannot be restricted to the classroom and mother nature is a great teacher.
The destinations chosen for the nature retreat were varied and is listed below:
- Bongo Trek, Chukha
- Bumri Trek
- Dalaga Trek
- Excursion to Punakha and Gasa
- Mount Jomolahari Trek
- Juniper Trek
- Nub Tshonapata Trek
- Sagala Trek
- Samtengang Trek
All groups left for their respective places from Pangbisa on the morning of Wednesday, 26th of October and reached back on Monday, October 31st. Prior to the trek, the students and teachers underwent a first aid training and medical examination to ensure that they were fit for the high altitude areas.
The curriculum at the Royal Academy is based on five main areas of development, namely- Cerebral, Social, Physical, Emotional and Spiritual. The nature retreat endeavored to incorporate these five areas of development.