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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

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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

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Hi from Boulder, CO!

Katie Rogers, Participant

Hi, everyone! I’ve so enjoyed catching up on your introductions and can’t wait to meet you all “in real life.” I just graduated from the Masters of the Environment program at University of Colorado in Boulder with a degree in......Read More

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Nepal: Ashrams and Artisans - January

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Shoes!

Claire and Rishi, Instructor

Hi Christina and all of you wondering about this very important question of footware. So ideally the shoes you bring on this program will be comfortable, sturdy enough to walk up mountains, warm, waterproof and able to get mucky. I know it can be......Read More

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Jan 27-28th and Shoes

Christina, Participant

Hello, Friends! Julie, I also will be staying in Kathmandu overnight on the 27th and I fly out of KTM at 1:00 on the 28th. Perhaps we’re on the same flight to SFO?  In any case, you’ve got a buddy! What is everyone packing for shoes?......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Ashrams and Artisans - January

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Recent Questions

Claire and Rishi, Instructor

Hi again friends Thanks for all the recent questions you have posted on the yak board. Keep them coming and we will keep answering them here! Early Arrivals There are several options open to those of you coming early. One is for you to stay in the......Read More

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Arrival Instructions

Claire and Rishi, Instructor

Dear fellow adventurers, It is just one week until we will all be meeting together on the evening of 14th January! In this post I have included all the details concerning our meeting spot and how to get there, and in the days following we will have......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Ashrams and Artisans - January

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Mika Chin, Participant

Hello all!  So excited to meet you in a few days, especially since I’ve read your posts.  I, too, am interested in possibly being a CASA volunteer or otherwise helping out young people in our area.  And, when my girls used to ask what 2......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Ashrams and Artisans - January

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Where to stay Sat., Jan 13?

Mika Chin, Participant

I had so much fun reading everyone’s posts–so excited to meet you! Is the hotel we’re meeting at on Sunday, 1/14 in the Thamel district?  If so, perhaps I’ll try to get a room at the same hotel for the day before, Sat.,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Ashrams and Artisans - January

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Greetings & Salutations

Kevin, Participant

My name is Kevin Murphy, and it seems I may be the lone Midwesterner on our journey. This is not the first time for me, I have rarely met other Ohioans in any of my overseas travels. I am daily growing more and more excited to leave my frozen......Read More

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Hello All!

Ilana, Participant

Hello! Wow – It gives me such pleasure and excitement to read all of the Yak posts on here already! One of my favorite parts about traveling is all of the wonderful people that I get to meet and incorporate into my life and I am REALLY looking......Read More