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The Tiger's Nest in Bhutan. Photo by Chelsea Ferrel.

Instructor Introduction – Nick Gredin

Kuzu zangpo la, tashi delek, namaste, hello!

My name is Nick, and I couldn’t be more excited to introduce myself and begin this incredible journey that we will be embarking on together. I came from Maine, but I have been living in Asia for several years now and, like many other travelers before me, I have been deeply touched and transformed by the myriad people and places of the Himalayas, my home-away-from-home.

My travels began right here with Where There Be Dragons, when I joined a semester course in Nepal. This experience altered my life for the better, setting me off on a path of wonder and exploration of the outer world and within myself. Since then, I have completed graduate studies of Buddhism and Hinduism, become certified as a Wilderness EMT, and found a place for myself in the field of experiential education. During my returns to the Himalayas, I have lived and worked for several years in Nepal, in Kathmandu and in the Eastern Region (not so far from Bhutan!), in development, academic education, and as a Dragons instructor. I have also lived at length and worked in several other nearby countries, including Bhutan’s two neighbors, China and India. I just left the region last week, and I am very happy to return so soon with all of you!

Bhutan is a small country, but it contains such a vast wealth of history and culture – its diverse peoples, geography, religious traditions, and cuisine are all so colorful and full of spice! Traveling in places like this is difficult, surreal, heavenly, overwhelming, and everything in between all at once, and we will have so much to discuss and digest together as we go! I can’t wait for the journey to start, though the time before then will fly by.

Considering my interest in Buddhism, passion for experiential education, and general love for all-things-Himalayan, this opportunity to explore Bhutan with you is truly a gift. The Dragons experience shaped the person that I have become in many ways, and I am honored to share that experience with all of you this summer.

I’m looking forward to reading your introductions in the coming days; please do post one soon so we can all start getting to know one another.

See you soon!

-Nick G.