Wisdom at Work


Wisdom Adventures

With Michelle & Joel Levey

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((( Exploring New Frontiers of Personal and Global Discovery )))

 “Traveler, there is no path. The path is made by walking.” – Antonio Machado

Kindred souls… on the Journey of a Lifetime…Waking-Up Together…

To the beauty of our world and its myriad life-forms and Wisdom Cultures…

and to the profound depths of relationship we share with each other and with all creation.

Dharmsala… Northern India…Bhutan….Costa Rica….Bali…Thailand…Hawaii…The Alps…New Zealand… Haida Gwaii… Pacific Northwest/Salish Sea (San Juan & Gulf Islands, Olympic Peninsula & Mount Rainier,)

& Beyond…

Do you yearn to live and learn with a deeper sense of wonder, gratitude, and curiosity?

Can you imagine the delights of traveling with kindred spirits intent on deepening on their Journey?

If so, our Wisdom Adventures and Learning Expeditions are for you!

Our creative collaboration with Ponte Travels allows us to offer these wonder-full and enlightening adventures with ease in having all the arrangements worked out with hosts and venues in the countries that we visit.  Ponte’s dedication to “socially responsive and responsible travel” provides benefits for the cultures and communities that we visit.

Mark Your Calendars: 

Return to Bhutan:

Journey to Bumbtang Valley, Paro, Thinpu

October 27 – November 7, 2020

(Postponed for now pending the pandemic.  Please contact us if you are interested and we will keep you informed.)

Have you ever dreamed of hiking in the Himalayas and meditating in temples, caves, and sacred sites imbued with the blessing energy of men and women who had dedicated themselves to awakening for the benefit of all beings?

Join Joel and Michelle Levey as they return for a very special meditative adventure to Bhutan, the Kingdom of the Thunder Dragon—home to a uniquely inspiring, thriving culture based on respect for nature, wisdom, compassion, and “gross national happiness.”

Bhutan Wisdom Adventure

Co-founders of Wisdom at Work—Michelle and Joel are pioneers in the contemplative sciences and mindfulness movement, and long-time students, practitioners, and teachers in the Tibetan contemplative traditions. Together with a small group of travelers, you will experience Bhutan in a profoundly meaningful and “enlightening” way through Buddhist practice, meditating in awe-inspiring monasteries, uncovering the ancient stories and wisdom teachings in sacred art, hiking in the magnificent Himalayas, and participating in spectacular spiritual and cultural festivals in the verdant Bumthang valley—birthplace of Buddhism in Bhutan. This is the third group trip that Joel and Michelle will have led to Bhutan – each of the past two groups yielded unique and powerful experiences for those who traveled with them.

Save the dates! The group will arrive in Bangkok October 27, 2020 and depart Paro for home November 7, 2020. Detailed itinerary and pricing will follow shortly. This adventure is likely to fill up quickly! To add your name to the list of people who will be notified as soon as we have final details, please send your name and contact details to heather@pontetravels.com. More Info:  https://www.pontetravels.com/departures/wisdom-adventures-bhutan-3/ 

Guiding Wisdom Dharma Adventure in Bhutan








Recent trip……

September 1-12, 2019  – Northern India

Wisdom Adventure to Northern India 

including Teachings with the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala,

Himalyan trek, visit to the Golden Temple of Amritsar

Over the years many friends and students have expressed a wish or prayer to have the good fortune to receive teachings directly from the Dalai Lama. If this aspiration is on your bucket list too, here’s your chance! This special Wisdom Adventure will provide a rare and precious opportunity to attend 3-4 days of teachings with His Holiness at his main temple in Dharamsala, India. The Dalai Lama has been an advisor to the Leveys on a number of projects and a beloved teacher of theirs for over three decades

Our journey starts with a short stay in Delhi then on to Dharamsala. In addition to attending the inspiring teachings with His Holiness, we will explore other sacred sites in Dharamsala and McLeod Ganj in Himachal Pradesh. From Dharamsala, we head to Amritsar, home of the Golden Temple, regarded as the most sacred and important pilgrimage site for Sikhs from around the world

The journey will include daily meditation guidance and teachings from Joel and Michelle Levey, drawing insight and inspiration from over 50 years of their personal study and practice of the Dharma and wisdom traditions of India.

View the itinerary here:


“The heart is the hub of all sacred places, go there and roam.”  ~ Bhagwan Nityananda

Guiding Wisdom Dharma Adventure in Bhutan
Guiding Wisdom Dharma Adventure in Bhutan


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A glimpse of recent Wisdom Adventures:

Bhutan 2017_Itinerary.

Video of Bhutan 2017 Dharma Adventure

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Costa Rica – EcoDharma Wisdom Adventure (February 17-25, 2018) – Inf

Your Guides:  Dr. Joel and Michelle Levey have devoted the past 50 years of their lives to exploring the frontiers of human potential through contemplative science and perennial wisdom teachings. They have refined their insight through scientific inquiry and work with hundreds of leading organizations and interested communities across the world, and have also published numerous books on their work, including: Living in Balance: A Mindful Guide for Thriving in a Complex World;  Mindfulness, Meditation and Mind Fitness; and Wisdom at Work.

Bhutan Wisdom Adventure
Bhutan Wisdom Adventure
French Alps Wisdom Adventure
French Alps Wisdom Adventure

Michelle and Joel have been fortunate to travel and teach widely around the globe, working closely with people from many different cultures.  They have studied closely with many of the most respected contemplative teachers, scientists, and indigenous elders of our times, and have been encouraged to teach and widely share this wisdom. Nobel Laureate, the Dalai Lama, an advisor on a number of the Leveys’ projects once wrote in a letter to the Leveys: “You are presently engaged in work that has great prospects for bringing the Dharma (the inner sciences of human transformation) to a very wide section of people who may not under ordinary circumstances come into contact with these teachings. I am very pleased about the work that you are doing and send you blessings and prayers for your success.”

Joanna Macy, author of Active Hope: How to Face the Mess We’re in without Going Crazy, said,  “The work of Joel and Michelle Levey has long been a luminous thread in the fabric of the Great Turning. They embody in many ways this epochal transition to a life-sustaining society….(their work and writing) brings refreshment to mind and heart. It open us to our inner wisdom, and brings us tools, visions and whispered counsel that restore the blessed balance we deserve.”

In guiding these Wisdom-Adventures, Joel and Michelle draw insight from their broad experience as world travelers, their deep experience exploring the farther reaches of the contemplative sciences, and their wisdom of eco-psychology and eco-Dharma to offer a wealth of guidance, inspiration, meditations, and cultural insight to inspire us connect more deeply with the many dimensions and treasures of our own deep cultural and wisdom roots, and our True Nature, as we immerse ourselves in what some mystics describe as “The Holy Book of Nature.”

Explore more information about the Leveys at https://www.wisdomatwork.com/mindfulnesspioneers/

Art Monks Retreat – Walking Meditation at Joshua Tree, CA


For the Traveler
–by John O’Donohue

Every time you leave home,

Another road takes you
Into a world you were never in.

New strangers on other paths await.
New places that have never seen you
Will startle a little at your entry.
Old places that know you well
Will pretend nothing
Changed since your last visit.

When you travel, you find yourself
Alone in a different way,
More attentive now
To the self you bring along,

Your more subtle eye watching
You abroad; and how what meets you
Touches that part of the heart
That lies low at home:

How you unexpectedly attune
To the timbre in some voice,
Opening in conversation
You want to take in
To where your longing
Has pressed hard enough
Inward, on some unsaid dark,
To create a crystal of insight
You could not have known
You needed
To illuminate your way.

When you travel,
A new silence
Goes with you,
And if you listen,
You will hear
What your heart would

Love to say.

A journey can become a sacred thing:
Make sure, before you go,
To take the time
To bless your going forth,
To free your heart of ballast
So that the compass of your soul
Might direct you toward

The territories of spirit
Where you will discover
More of your hidden life,
And the urgencies
That deserve to claim you.

May you travel in an awakened way,
Gathered wisely into your inner ground;
That you may not waste the invitations
Which wait along the way to transform you.

May you travel safely, arrive refreshed,
And live your time away to its fullest;
Return home more enriched, and free
To balance the gift of days which call you.

~ John O’Donohue ~