Nestled in the verdant vestiges of the Himalayas, the ancient kingdom of Dali enchantingly hugs the shores of one of Asia’s largest alpine lakes - Er Hai. It is in this basin that the spiritual traditions from South Asia and the Middle East collided with the greater Sino-Tibetan religious beliefs. The result is one of the most vibrant and diverse spiritual environments in the world.
Travel with The Linden Centre on a journey into Asia’s spiritual past, where daily lectures and engaging, thought-provoking workshops are followed by visits to ancient temples, mosques, cathedrals, and sacred mountains. The Ben Zhu beliefs of the Bai ethnic group who inhabit Dali exist alongside the timeless traditions of Buddhism, Taoism, Christianity and Islam.
The Art of Travel takes place in a nationally-protected villa in the small historic village of Xizhou. The Centre is housed in the former home to one of the Southwest Silk Road's leading merchants and has been restored to its dynastic elegance by Americans Brian and Jeanee Linden. They are the first and only foreign couple to take over a Chinese Nationally Protected Relic, and their quest to preserve China’s past has garnered domestic and international media attention and unprecedented government support. They lead only a few retreats a year to select group of visitors who participate in the Centre's programming.