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Snowball fights in Beding

Program Director, Instructor

Dear friends and family I am just writing to let you know that I got word from the group, and they are all safe and healthy on the trail. They have reached the small village of Beding, which sits above 12000ft. As they wound up the valley, snow......Read More

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To the mountains!

Lauren Cain, Instructor

Hello families and friends! Today our group heads out to begin our trek along the Rolwaling valley! We had an excellent and restful mid course, and everyone is feeling excited for the journey ahead. As we will be in a remote area without service, we......Read More

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on life-changing experiences

Nora Hyman, Participant

After you’ve had a life-changing experience, can you tell your life has been changed? Do you wake up each day after your awakening and the colors suddenly brighten, every sense heightened, your relationships tightened? Do you walk down the......Read More

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The Path Home

Sydney Finkelstein, Participant

Together my sister and I walk back home after the closing family party on the same path we walked after I first discovered she was my sister.  After first becoming sisters, we walked in an unwanted, uncomfortable silence. Neither of us knew what to......Read More

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Reminders to Myself

Reilly, Participant

Yak of the Week

Dear Self, 1. When you wake up in the morning take a deep breath. Wherever you are, take a moment, the day is young and full of potential. 2. Feel your feet on the ground. Walk. Walk far, walk slow. Stretch your legs and clear your head. 3. Think......Read More

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Best So Far… Patan Pt I (Weeks 3-4)

Benjamin, Participant

In every courtyard, no matter how small or modest, there lies a stone chaitya (5-10 foot stone, pyramidal buddhist monument), each of the Buddhas pointing in four of the five directions (N, E, S, W, up) blessed with vibrant tika. After a playful......Read More

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The Glamorous Life of Daal Bhat

Whitney and Austin, Participant

*sing to lyrics of “Glamorous” by Fergie* Are you hungry? Yeah If you aint got no daal bhat I’ll take my plate back home I said If you aint got no daal bhat I’ll take my plate back home D-A-A-L B-H-A-T-food yeah D-A-A-L......Read More

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Ode to a friend

Brent Gangwish, Participant

Through a lot of reflection, I have realized there are people that will change you, People who will change your perception, who will point you in a new direction, People who will remain a part of you, who will help bring a new start for you. But as......Read More

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My Temple

Benjamin, Participant

Written at Namo Buddha beneath fluttering prayer flags and swaying pines: Where green life tickles my feet and leave red marks after long periods of repose Where small beings chirp and buzz on and around my foreign form Where my good friend, the......Read More

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Baby steps to understanding Nepal

Lucas Lepinard, Participant

Yak of the Week

Ayurveda: ayu –>  life (saanskrit),  veda –> science (saanskrit) Western definition : an alternative form of medicine, heavily reliant on local culture, belief, and spirituality. Very little is based on rational/scientific......Read More

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Listen, the Lights are Calling

Reilly, Participant

On the third morning of Tihar I awoke to lights twinkling outside my window. “Ritu” they called, “are you awake? Come, there is a view of the Himalayas.” I rubbed sleep out of my eyes and looked up to see my Nepali sister......Read More

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Post Holiday Blues (?)

Nora Hyman, Participant

Something that can only be expressed as bittersweet sadness overtook me this morning as I walked through Patan Durbar Square. Where were the people? I thought to myself. The colors? The commotion? The sound? It look abandoned, left destitute by......Read More

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Shots of Patan (Part II)

Benjamin, Participant

7. Clothes – A layered composition of some little bits of Patan life 8. Survival – A building in central Old Town bears scars from the the 2015 earthquake as it stands beside its fallen comrade 9. The Smirk – A little girl smirks......Read More

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Shots of Patan (Part I)

Benjamin, Participant

Photography helps me process the details, the little beauties, the little peculiarities, the little strange things that make me smile. Although it’s a few days late, I wanted to post a few of my favorite shots from the first half of my time in......Read More