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Nothing Can Be Taught

Macy Ryan, Participant

As a child, you’re taught to walk and talk. You’re taught to kick a soccer ball around and how to tie your shoes. I was taught by my parents to say, “Please” and “Thank you.” My entire life I’ve been slowly acquiring new skills and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

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Community

Francesca Verdugo, Participant

When talking about a community, what might first come to mind? Children riding bicycles around a quiet suburb; a school bus stopping along the next road waiting to pick children who nervous  dread their next math test. Or is a community as simple a......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

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Communities That are Cooler than My Own!

Kathryn McLane, Participant

I’ve very much enjoyed my time at the Ashram so far. The kids here love to run free and remind me of the children in Chokati quite a bit. They grow up in this closed community of about 150 people, with structured schedules if they aren’t in the......Read More

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Expedition Phase

Instructors, Instructor

Dear friends and family, After a long hiatus from reliable internet connections, we have returned to the Kathmandu Valley, and are busy this morning with washing some very dirty clothes, taking much-needed showers, drinking always-needed cups of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

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Perception

Miranda Milunsky, Participant

When I see red, maybe you see blue. If I feel happy, maybe you do too. But how can we know? How can we tell? Am I me? And are you, you? My reality is my own, But is it real? Who can tell me what is right? Who can tell me how to feel? Good and bad......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

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My Two Bahinis

Isabella Solimene, Participant

Chokati is a small, remote, rural village that surrounds itself inside the mountains and coiling plains of its region. A village characterized with farmers, fields and livestock, giving off vibrant sights and smells; this is where we settled in for......Read More

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By a Monastery on a Mountain

Izzy Friedland, Participant

What do you say when death talks to you? When her voice is the sound a river makes when it’s a looooooong way down, or a wind that just needs to make you stumble? Do you talk about your family, or how you need to cut your toenails? Do you scream,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

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Two and a Half Yaks

Izzy Friedland, Participant

I’m not very good at writing yaks. I don’t mean that the yaks themselves are that bad, just that I’ve never been the kind of person who goes, “wow, what an amazing experience I had today, let’s find a way to translate it such that......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

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Four Haikus

Izzy Friedland, Participant

This is a haiku. Haikus are not Nepali. But, they asked for yaks. From the toilet stall, You hear all of Chokati. It sounds like alone. My homestay brother Can speak no English, except For one word: “Mommy.” This is a haiku. Haikus are not......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

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Trek Yak of the Week

Kathryn McLane, Participant

I believe that I’m currently experiencing a monsoon, or something close to it. My homestay room has a tin roof, and I thought it was close to blowing off, but then I realized how they go through a monsoon season every year, so I’m sure they have......Read More

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A Tale of Two Slightly Small Cities

Garland Joseph, Participant

As I step off of the jeep and onto the fertile soil of Chokati I was met with the smell of manure and sight of houses dotted in between Nepali fields. The rush of familiar senses into a state of reminiscence on that of my childhood home. Located in......Read More

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Just Some Journal Entries, I Guess (part the...

Julian Masciocchi, Participant

4/4 – I was sluggish getting up again. The trek was a bit rough, but overall good. Lots of great views. I talked with Izzy for a good portion of it as well. There was a little girl sitting at the side of the road, and as we walked by she would......Read More

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What is the Divine?

Garland Joseph, Participant

On my 20th birthday I sat on a god. To be fair I had no earthly idea that I had sat on a god. How was I to know that many years ago a stranger brought a large rock into the home of Ram Badadur ji and stated, “In this rock lies a god.” Unaware of......Read More

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What is the Divine?

Lyza Berg, Participant

I am not a Jew. Although I was raised “culturally Jewish,” for the past several years, I have gone from feeling impartial to feeling angry to simply rejecting Judaism from my personal spirituality altogether. And this is not to say that I have a......Read More

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Just Some Journal Entries, I Guess (1.0)

Julian Masciocchi, Participant

Before anyone reads this, I must insist that you read Izzy’s “Two and a Half Yaks” Yak. It is an absolute necessity to read it before, or at the very least after, reading this Yak. Similar to Izzy, I don’t really have any deep topics to go......Read More