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Namaste!

Tashi Delek and Namaste to all!

Having just come off from leading a month long summer course in Bhutan, it was interesting to watch the students mesmerized and in sheer awe of what to me are everyday things like the deep winding roads through the valleys, driving through the mist up in the hills, a heavy downpour of monsoon rain, eating with hands, and using squatty potties! However, what stood out the most for me on this trip was the student’s willingness to learn, to grow, their resilience to push through physical and mental challenges, to try new things and most importantly to get out of their comfort zone and soak in every little new experience.

And as we head into spending the fall together in Nepal, I can most certainly say that you too will have similar experience. It’s not easy to decide to leave the comforts of home to experience something new and different. So, I would like to first acknowledge your courage in deciding to go on this journey. And second, I would like to ask you to come with an open mind, a desire to learn and grow, and a willingness to push yourself out of your comfort zones, an openness to experience new cultures, and an open heart to accept lifelong friendships and memories.

As you make your way to Nepal, you will see a unique way of life, a world that is quite different than the west. Nepal is indeed a unique country, deeply rooted in tradition and culture.  Age old traditions, the peaceful coexistence of spiritual practices and the omnipresent Himalayas are what makes it one of the most mystical and magical countries and a fertile ground for learning. During this trip, you will be challenged to step out of your comfort zone and have an open mind about new experiences. And we will do it together as a team. I am pleased that we will be able to observe and experience this unique country together. I am thrilled to be a part of your learning experience and personal journeys.

As your trip draws closer, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email me ([email protected]) or post on the Yak board. I look forward to meeting you all in person!

Dhanyabad!

Your instructor,

Tsering

[ A bit about me! I was born in Nepal. My father is Tibetan and mother was Bhutanese. My family moved to Canada during my early teens and that is where I spend much of my adulthood and completed my Bachelors and Masters degree. I am currently based in Nepal dipping in and out to visit my family and my dog in Canada. I live for Nepalese/Indian style milk tea and spicy hot food. I am all about Bollywood and Hindi/Nepali songs and might also be known to randomly burst out into Nepali/Bollywood dance moves here and there!! ]