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Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Knowledge

Eleanora Gomes, Participant

There are so many things that I have learned here, but I think that at home I will now try to help my parents more with things that need to be done around the house. I will also try to spend my free time doing something that will help me continue......Read More

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Departing Sittong for our Trek

Hilary, Instructor

Today (Sunday) we say goodbye to our rural homestay families in Sittong and begin our 2 day trek towards Darjeeling. We will climb up into the hilltops that have been surrounding us for the past week and spend two nights in lodges along our trekking......Read More

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River Day!

Hilary LeBlanc, Instructor

The weather this week has been unusual for monsoon season,  despite a few rain showers here and then it has been quite hot. Today was the perfect day for a picnic lunch and swimming in the river!...Read More

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Life in the village

Instructor Team, Participant

Cooking day today. A few photos of the process. Last night we went frog hunting in the paddies to catch frogs for frog soup. Today we pounded rice, slaughtered and cleaned a chicken among other things 🙂...Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Amazing Peace

Eleanora, Participant

Hi How are you? Because I am very fine here in India, everyday something new happens and we are always learning more about the culture and all the things here…. It’s amazing. Being in the monastery is wonderful, we have done a lot of meditating......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Rumtek Monastery

Sophie Reeves, Participant

I never before have even imagined that I could learn so much about both myself and lessons on life in just over two days, but that’s what happened on our two-day retreat to Rumtek Monastery in Sikkim. During our time there, we had four lessons......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Lessons from the Khempo

Sam Felder, Participant

The monastery has been my favorite part of this trip because the relaxed vibe is such a nice contrast after Kalimpong and the homestays. I’m so grateful that we had the opportunity the eat lunch with the monks, watch the puja, and actually go into......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Monastery Summarization

Olivia Francois, Participant

 -By learning how to meditate, I have learned a lot by attending the monastery for a couple of days. At first I was really nervous about going into such a sacred place, but the teachings were very wise, and it introduced me into a way of......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Knowledge

Gustavo, Participant

Rumtek monastery. I think it was one of the best experiences in my life. In only two days we got to meet two amazing monks who taught us a bit about Buddhism, and its theories. We got to visit places that almost no one goes. It was two days, only......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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3 Kids, 40 Oreos

Eleanora, Annabelle, and Abe, Participant

We had a scavenger hunt in Gangtok that required us to explore the city and seek help from local shopkeepers and citizens. The first shopkeeper we met took us to neighboring stores helping us collect items. This was very kind but resulted in a......Read More

WTBD Yaks from India

Eastern Himalayas: West Bengal to Sikkim

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Searching For Glory: A quest to find laundry...

Olivia, Aiden, and Sophie, Participant

Today, we were given the challenge to do a scavenger hunt in Gangtok, Sikkim. Our team was Sophie, Olivia, and Aiden. It was fun, in that we had to find items that aren’t widely accessible in other parts of the world, and we got to explore the......Read More