Yesterday was a huge day for our students: they completed their Nepali language final exams, gave presentations on the research they have been conducting on various topics in Nepal, and after 5 weeks, spent their final night with homestay families in Patan.
This morning they said goodbye to our fantastic homestay families and departed for a 1 week Buddhist meditation retreat at Kopan Monastery overlooking Boudha neighborhood in the eastern part of the city of Kathmandu. They will be offline for the next 7 or 8 days.
For our Nepal Regional Seminar class final research paper topics, the students gave excellent presentations on the following topics:
Mallory: The Wisdom of Constipation: Digestive Health in Ayurveda
Sage: Breaking the Urban Reflection: The Built Environment of Cities, and Constructed Consciousness
Kenna: Theory of Non-dual Shaiva Tantra, Neo-Tantra, and Relationships
Sarah: Brain Drain or Brain Gain? The Mismatch of Educational Emigration and Development
All of the students gave fascinating and insightful presentations. It is impressive how much they have been uncovering.
In the evening, we threw a party for our homestay families, where the students showed off a well choreographed Nepali dance they have been practicing the past few weeks. Many thanks to our Nepali dance teacher Tara Magar.
This transition marks the midpoint of our Dragons Nepal College Study Abroad program. We have already covered so much ground, learned a great deal about Nepal, and discovered even more about ourselves.
The next half of our program will be held mostly outside of the Kathmandu Valley, and includes a rural homestay, trekking in the foothills of the Himalaya, and independent research. It promises to be full of even more radical self-discovery and adventure.
Please enjoy these photos, as much as we have been enjoying making these experiences!