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Life Faces

Mark, Participant

I love Nepal as much for the incredible ice melting grins and faces lined with life spirit as for it’s top of the world mountains. Cameras don’t do justice. A joke, a toothy ear to ear grin or just deep lines of life like rings on an......Read More

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Intangible Dragon Elixir

Mark, Participant

Yak of the Week

I’m so appreciative of my fellow Dragons on this trip! As years pass, I’m generally more aware of the fascinating & unique fruit of which each human being seems to consist once they are peeled to whats deeper and beneath. It’s......Read More

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Yoga and Karma Yoga

Claire and Amrit, Instructor

We can barely believe that our time at the ashram has already nearly come to an end. We have meditated, chanted and practiced yoga. We have learned about subjects as diverse as philosophy, organic farming and Nepali dancing. We have avidly discussed......Read More

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Ashram Organic Farm

Mark, Participant

Just inside the western rim of Kathmandu Valley we’ve joined a Ashram perhaps confirming my parents worst fears short or me joining the circus. We learned to spool pashmina, were schooled in chipati-making by young experts, ate in silence,......Read More

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Living History Newari Artisan Style

Caroline, Participant

A highlight of our homestay time is the opportunity to live and study with a Newari master artisan. Punya-ji comes from a long line of metalworkers and jewelry makers his workshop and business provide a rhythm of family life, with his wife Reena......Read More

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One Generation

Mark, Participant

Yak of the Week

My host “older brother” was born in this house (pictured) like his father was. He played marbles on the ground, joined his father to make offerings to the Buddha statue behind him, and ran around with his friends to temples everywhere in......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Ashrams and Artisans

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Daily life in Patan

Claire and Amrit, Participant

The whole group has settled into their homestays and dived straight in to their independent study projects with master artisans. Some students are learning the meditative art of paubha painting, others are crafting jewelry from silver and precious......Read More

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Patan Synchronicity

Mark, Participant

Sometimes the universe aligns and we don’t know why. Divine intervention? Karma? Dharma? Unbelievable accident? Whatever the cosmology, whether plausible or not, it really does happen occasionally. In this picture I am standing next to my......Read More

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What an introduction…

Claire and Amrit, Instructor

Our first few days in Nepal have been packed full of amazing learning experiences. We learned about Buddhism from a Tibetan khenpo in Boudha and about Hinduism from Gorakhnath Babas in Pashupati. We have explored the markets in Ason and the back......Read More

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Like A Master Painting

Mark, Participant

Sometimes the word brush is inadequate to the task of recreating a master scene so rich, so unusual, and so detailed that witnesses require all senses to comprehend let alone to convey to others. Today was such a day. We began with life maps, Nepali......Read More

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Hat In Hand

Mark, Participant

Whoa here I am in Nepal 31 years after my last visit!  For reals. At first I was excited about rediscovering a country and people I loved that first time.  How would I see it differently so many years later?  Then as we drove at night from......Read More

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We have arrived!

Claire and Amrit, Participant

The inaugural Dragons adult program has gotten off to a flying start! We are beginning our journey in Boudha, in the shadow of the enormous monument and under the unblinking gaze of Buddha’s eyes of compassion. Our day has been spent getting......Read More

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Arrival Instructions

Claire Bennett, Participant

Dear fellow adventurers, We thank you for your patience in waiting for details of where and how to meet on Tuesday! In this yak I have included all the details our meeting spot and how to get there, and in the days following we will have a full......Read More