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Thank You Nepal (a gratitude poem)

Julie Badillo, Participant

Thank you Nepal for bringing together a group of amazing people, unified by our desires to learn more about ourselves through exploring a foreign land. Thank you for our awesome group leaders, Claire and Rishi, who selflessly shared their love of......Read More

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Speaking in Doodles – 1 of a few

Lina Kaisey, Participant

I love to doodle some of the things going on around us (when not too busy just enjoying the view). This includes our lovely speakers. Yak posts only accept a few attachments at a time, so here’s the first set of Speaker Doodles for y’all to......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Ashrams and Artisans - January

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My Patan Landmarks

Mika Chin, Participant

Ok.  It’s time to leave my host family and go to Program House for breakfast and our PEN-X  morning meeting.  First, I’ll go out the door of the 8 Paths  to Wisdom.  It’s in a small courtyard with a stupa. Go through the tiny outdoor......Read More

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You won’t see this in the USA!

Julie Badillo, Participant

Look what I saw just outside the gate of my Nepali family’s home!  So amazing- there was a mom and dad and two youngsters. I was able to get quite close without them running away and was beyond excited to have this experience. Sadly, I have not......Read More

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Morning Mindfulness

Katie Rogers, Participant

What’s the first thing you see when you look at this picture? The giant gold Buddha? This enormous sculpture is what I stepped out onto my homestay balcony to greet this morning. But something else caught my eye. A woman (on the left side of the......Read More

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On to Patan, Nepal

Julie Badillo, Participant

We arrived in Patan on Wednesday, January 17th and began our journey here with an amazing tour of the city and an overview of the collaborative efforts to rebuild after the 2015 earthquake. This first photo is of the beautiful Chandeshwari Temple.......Read More

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Milan Rai with Team Ashram and Artisans

Claire and Rishi, Participant

The entire crew of Ashram and Artisans program had the opportunity to visit Milan Rai a.k.a Butterfly Man, a renowned Artist/Activist from Nepal known for his white butterfly cutouts used internationally as a symbol of peace and humanity. He also......Read More

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The First Forty-Eight

Katie Rogers, Participant

The breathtaking beauty of the Himalayas as seen from the plane were quickly and starkly contrasted by the cab ride from the airport, a Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride-esque navigation through the most crowded, dusty, chaotic city I’ve ever seen. Relief......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Ashrams and Artisans - January

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Mika Chin, Participant

Namaste from Nepal!  Our first full day was jam packed, yet we had a moment of reflection on the rooftop of Shechen Monastery Guesthouse where we are staying.  I was finally warming up in the sunshine, and gazing out at the rooftops nearby;  I......Read More

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Ashram and Artisans starts!!!!

Claire and Rishi, Instructor

Greetings from the Ashram and Artisan team !!! The whole crew of the WTBD Ashram and Artisans arrived safely to Nepal, united with the instructors and successfully completed the first day of the orientation here in the vicinity of the Bouddhnath......Read More