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Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group A

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Trek Updates

Kripa, Uttara, & Tsheten, Instructor

We are now at our second camp site, Forest Camp. We walked for about 6 hours today and had a packed lunch that everyone loved. We arrived at camp at around 3 and were greeted with steaming cups of chiya and biscuits. We’ve had a check-in and are......Read More

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Heading off on Trek!

Kripa, Tsheten, & Uttara, Instructor

After three days of rain in Lakeside Pokhara, the clouds cleared up for us to start our Mardi Himal Trek. We started with a gentle 3 hour day, easing ourselves into our 12 day trek. The Annapurna range hides behind the clouds for now, but with some......Read More

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Buddha’s poem

Diego d'Anselme, Participant

What is the difference between I like you & I love you Beautifully answered by Buddha: When you like a flower you just pluck it But When you love a flower you water it daily One who understands this, understands life – Gautama Buddha...Read More

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Update from Ale Gaun

Instructors, Instructor

Hello dear family and friends, Our group has made its way to Ale Gaun, the location of our rural homestay. Early Wednesday morning we got on a bus and travelled 12 hours and about 300 kilometres to Waling, the closest town to Ale Gaun. We unloaded......Read More

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Diners, Drive-ins and Monastaries

Clare Brady, Participant

During our one week at Namo Buddha, I sadly did not reach enlightenment – but I DID fall in love with Tingmo, a steamed Tibetan bread.  It was slow at first; I remember hesitantly taking the smallest piece and eating it plain, so I was unsure......Read More

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Update from our meditation retreat

Instructors, Instructor

Hello all! Our group of fifteen is well settled into our Meditation Retreat in Namobuddha. We’ve been learning breathing techniques, getting an excellent introduction to meditation and attending teachings with our amazing and wise teacher, Tashi.......Read More

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Nepal has been…

Instructors, Instructor

Yak of the Week

At the mid-point of every course we set aside an intentional time to reflect on all that we have learned and experienced so far and all that is to come. As part of a reflection activity, we had students write down their thoughts on what Nepal has......Read More

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Perfumes

Diego d'Anselme, Participant

Smells reminiscent of moments Memories of which I feel the scent Stunning aromas A sweet scent can become bitter, remembrance Flashback, smell of greenery First feeling of freedom, a little clean air From Chisopani to Nagarko I walk along two paths......Read More

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while my sarangi gently weeps

Inga, Participant

Picture of the Week

I come up the the roof most days, playing sarangi until the sun goes down. Watching the peaks of the Himalayas turn pink as the sun sets over Patan is the most serene experience. I’m leaving Patan and this is something I will miss the most.

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

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ॐ मणि पद्मे हूँ

Melanie Leider, Participant

Golden hour fades away as the sun melts into dusk. A vibrant orange glow permeates through the sky as I sit in awe, admiring Boudha Stupa.   Om mani padme hum. Om mani padme hum. The prayer wheels spin.   Akasha, vayu, agni, jal, prithvi.......Read More

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ISP Presentations!

Instructors, Participant

Today we had the pleasure of learning more about what the students have been upto making and learning every afternoon of our time in Patan at their Independent Study Project sites. Spoiler alert: We were totally blown away! During our time in Patan,......Read More

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Goodbye Patan

Maria Rendon, Participant

We’re leaving Patan in two days. This chapter of our Nepal trip is closing and a new one is opening. This moment for me is characterized by a mixture of emotions. I’m sad to be leaving my family and the comfortable routine I’ve......Read More

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She was wearing my dress, and I was wearing...

Guinevere Pandolfi, Participant

Dark blue and gold, beautiful in its form and more meaningful to my family as their eyes lit up in joy. I was wearing their traditional attire for a wedding, but the clothes that I had on, the clothes that I had just purchased, were not mine at all.......Read More

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Cooking

Louise, Participant

On Friday we finished our ISPs, and I am going to miss cooking class.  In Patan I fell into a comforting routine of heading home everyday after lunch to where my homestay mom, who was also my ISP mentor, was waiting.  The next two hours would be......Read More

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My Reflections on a Nepali Wedding

Frances McMillan, Participant

In an article titled, “Why We Travel” by Pico Iyer, he refers to travel as, “a heightened sense of awareness in which we are mindful, receptive, undimmed by familiarity, and ready to be transformed”. I’m fond of this......Read More