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Sketches of Senegal: A Tentative Itinerary

Jenny & Samba, Instructor

Salaam aleykum! Without further ado, we would like to share our “Tentative Itinerary” with you. The “Tentative” label is a cornerstone of our philosophy and reflects how flexible, adaptable, and alive an adventure with......Read More

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Bismillah! A Letter of Introduction

Jenny Wagner, Instructor, Instructor

Bismillah! Warmest greetings to you and your families and hoping that this note finds you all well. It’s hard to believe that in less than a month, we will be sitting around a shared bowl of mouth-watering rice, vegetables, and fish and beginning......Read More

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Welcome to the Yak Board

Shannon Harriman, Dragons Admin

Dear Peru 2019 Participants, Welcome to the Dragons community and your course’s Yak Board! You can think of your Yak Board as an online group journal and virtual bulletin board. Pre-course, your instructors will use the board to introduce......Read More

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Welcome to the Yak Board

Megan Fettig, Dragons Admin

Dear Senegal 2019 Participants, Welcome to the Dragons community and your course’s Yak Board! You can think of your Yak Board as an online group journal and virtual bulletin board. Pre-course, your instructors will use the board to introduce......Read More

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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