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Expedition Phase

Dear friends and family,

After a long hiatus from reliable internet connections, we have returned to the Kathmandu Valley, and are busy this morning with washing some very dirty clothes, taking much-needed showers, drinking always-needed cups of tea, and posting lots and lots of Yaks!

Having successfully completed our rural homestay in the village of Chokati, we have moved into Expedition Phase, a five-day period during which students have more responsibility, independence, and direction of their experience. The group has elected to spend Expedition Phase at Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir, a Hindu ashram on the outskirts of Kathmandu. The ashram provides education, loving community, spiritual practice, and homegrown, organic food to its many young residents. Following the ashram’s emphasis on the importance of service, students are participating in daily work projects, such as milking cows, working in the fields, and construction of a new meditation space. The group has also arranged various other activities, such as a Nepali dance class, a philosophy lecture with the founder of the ashram, and daily yoga and meditation sessions.

The ashram is an ideal setting for the reflection toward which we are beginning to shift our focus, upon all that we have experienced and how we can take these experiences with us when we return home. We are doing our best to stay present here for our few, precious remaining days in Nepal, while also beginning this crucial phase of looking back and looking forward.

We are excited to share many more Yaks with you in the coming days, and to see all of you back home very soon!

– I-team

Photo credit: Benjamin Felser, Dragons alum currently living at the ashram