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De la magie…

Charlotte, Participant

We walked around many stupas, drank liters of milk tea and lassi, had one of the best mojitos in Katmandu, reflected on Hinduism and Buddhism, woke up early…even really early for morning pûjâ, Leif learnt stone carving, I learnt the very......Read More

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I took the road less traveled by….

Dan Conner, Participant

For most of my life, my favorite poem has been Robert Frost’s The Road Less Traveled.  In the poem, a person comes to a fork in the road ad has to decide which path to take.  The more worn path or the path less traveled.  In coming to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Ashrams & Artisans

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Last day

Heather Tower, Participant

We are in Boudha, where I started 14 days ago.  It feels like a lifetime!  Last night was our final dinner together filled with laughter, tears and singing, and then the wonderful food.  We had our final circle this morning after Kora around the......Read More

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An Appreciation

Dan Conner, Participant

My journey to Nepal is quickly coming to an end . I am certain one of my most memorable experiences will be the time spent with my homestay family.  Instead of “homestay family”, it would be more appropriate to just say......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Ashrams & Artisans

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Tapaailai bheTera khusi laagyo

Leif, Participant

IMG_1016 (1) Tapaailai bheTera khusi laagyo ! Nice to meet you ! Just a short yak to share a few words of Nepali and Newari with you. Our dear teacher Mina-ji taught us so much in only 3 or 4 lessons. This helped us a lot to interact with our......Read More

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A Yogi, the Monks and Me

Dan Conner, Participant

Last Friday in Thankot, we listened to a spirited lecture by a venerable Hindu Yogi.  The Yogi spoke about the four stages of our lives (student, householder, retired/service and renunciate).  I am currently in the thrid stage (ages 51-75) of my......Read More

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Namo Buddha

Shannon, Instructor

After the faster pace of the city, we are all delighted to settle into the slower rhythm of Namo Buddha monastery.  We arrived last night to join the monks for dinner and woke early this morning to watch the mist snake its way through the lush......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Ashrams & Artisans

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Stars! Mountains!

Heather, Participant

We left our homestay families 3 days ago amidst sadness and a great party.  Watching all the families with us and each other was truly amazing: we had only been together 4 days and the bonds were so evident.  Before I left, I was given a Newari......Read More

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Out of my comfort zone but into my element

Dan Conner, Participant

Nepal has both surprised me and exceeded my expectations.  Nepal has a simple, unassuming elegance.  But, don’t get me wrong.  Nepal can quickly humble you and “put you in your place.”  The heat can be unforgiving.  The......Read More

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Goodbye & Thank you Patan

Shannon & Suren, Instructor

We came together last night in celebration of our time in Patan and the families who have so graciously hosted us.  It was truly beautiful to witness the connection that participants felt with their Nepali brothers and sisters after just 4 days.......Read More

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Krishna’s Birthday

Krista, Participant

Today is the day to honor the god, Krishna.  As I started introducing myself to the Nepali people (mero name Krista ho) many thought my name is Krishna, so this has become my Nepali name.  My bhaai, Upendra, shared with me that Krishna protected......Read More

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Scratching Below the Surface

Shannon, Instructor

We were led through the bustling streets of Patan today, ducking into quiet medieval courtyards to learn more about the iconography or Newari Buddhism.  Our guide, Jason Shah, helped our participant put meaning to the images, the statues, and the......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Ashrams & Artisans

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Patan

Heather, Participant

This is our 2nd day in Patan with our families.  My young sisters are wonderful and so willing to share and make sure their parents understand.  We laugh over fun family stuff, teasing each other about what’s happening or what we are doing.......Read More

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The Journey Begins

Dan Conner, Participant

I did it.  I am here.  But, it all still seems so surreal.  The beginning of any journey is taking the first step.  And like any good journey, there are often side adventures and mishaps along the way. An awesome side adventure (en route to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Ashrams & Artisans

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Home stays and Nepali Names

Shonna Sheck, Participant

I believe I can speak for my new friends that this journey gets more magical everyday. Last night we were introduced to our host families. We shared our experiences with each other this morning and there was a lot of laughter because although we all......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Ashrams & Artisans

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Namaste!

Heather, Participant

Namaste from Bhaktapur!  We are 8 strong from CO, NY, PA, MA, TN, ID and France, with many different interests.  We arrived here Sat. night and have been busy getting to know each other, learn Nepali and share so much about each other.  I spent 2......Read More