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Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Change of Trek Destination

Program Director, Dragons Admin

Hi family and friends, Over the past few days, we’ve been in touch with the instructors and they informed us that there has been a lot of recent precipitation on the trail the group intended to trek on. After a team comprised of one of our......Read More

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The Movement Chronicles, Part II

Anna, Instructor

Recently we took a much needed and well deserved layover day in Sing Gompa, a small village that rests just off the Gosaikunda Trek in the hills of Langtang National Park. Comprised of large guest houses and terraced hills, thick-haired horses and......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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This I believe

Stuart , Participant

I believe in long days spent looking out the window, as the world changes and passes. There are bumps in the road beneath but the glass rattles next to your head, the chillness and impact soothes you inexplicably. The air is hot moving north, the......Read More

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This I believe

Anna Lucía Gutierrez , Participant

I believe in the warmth your hands feel while holding your morning coffee and slowly sipping from your favorite cup, in the warmth of my mom’s chicken soup when I’m feeling sick. In my dad singing in the morning while he gets ready, announcing......Read More

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Movement Chronicles Part 1

Anna Stevens, Instructor

Picture of the Week

We are writing to you from the village of Nagathali, which is surrounded by snow-capped Himalayas to the east, north, and west. Langtang Peak, sharing a name with the National Park we are in, stands at 7,227 meters, a perfect view from our kitchen. A few days into trekking and we have found our legs, backs, and minds. We have already covered around 40 kilometers of hiking, and lost and gained thousands of meters of elevation. We have been on snow, hiked through rebuilt villages that lost buildings in the 2015 earthquakes, and seen the Big Dipper and the Milky… Read More

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On The Roof

Joey, Participant

My mind fascinates me. It is crazy how whenever I am up here, I immediately whip out my journal or my book and bury my face in it for the entirety of my time on this roof. Yeah, I haven’t been reaching for my cell phone, but isn’t what I am......Read More

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Off to Trek!

I-Team, Instructor

Our group arrived to Boudha this morning after a last quiet morning at our monastery stay. We had a full, thought provoking week at Namo Buddha learning about Buddhism, practicing the fundamentals of meditation, and engaging in thoughtful......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Busking in Dharan

Hope Murphy, Participant

February 24th After Jaime, Rachel, Emma and I finished the scavenger hunt with time to spare, we decided to sit on a bench and write a song about our brief time in Dharan. Emma, our talented songwriter, spit out lyrics pretty fast. We were singing......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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A Morning in Koshi

Cate Hazel, Participant

Outside my room I heard the sounds of the house slowly waking up. Dishes clattered as Ama cleaned the remaining plates from the party last night. Pawan’s TV hummed through the wall behind my head. I rubbed my eyes and rolled over on my side.......Read More

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Identifying the Future

Anna G., Instructor

Picture of the Week

Neem, totle, tulsi, nettle, kalturda, bojho, sage, chili peppers, canabis, rudilo, titepate, tobacco, bhogote, gandepate, sarifa, barbari, ginger — each of these plants can be found within a twenty minute walk from the community center in Koshi. On their own they serve different purposes: smoke from bojho is inhaled to cure tooth and throat pains; rudilo is used to deter fungus from growing on plants and can be ingested when someone is experiencing hemorrhaging; in the case of dysentery or gastric issues, one can harvest the seeds from bhogote and cook them down into a tea. Separately each of these plants can help to heal. Together,… Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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A quiet village

Stuart, Participant

A tranquil peace nests over the town. The wind gently waves mustard down. A small road splits the village. Sounds echo in spillage. Now a truck, blaring, motorbikes whiz dogs barking kids cry SHOUTS!...Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Dharan

Stuart, Participant

Motorbikes bleeping, dogs lie sleeping, directions are useless here and all around, men leer. Beggars, Helpers, women’s flashy jewelry, Yet, filling the streets about, our foolery. There in the chaos I’m not okay. so, from now on,......Read More

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Departure from Koshi

Instructor Team, Instructor

Today we departed from our home-stay in Koshi with full, heavy hearts. The past two weeks have been filled with the beauty and challenges that come when fully immersed in families: morning work in the mustard fields, hand-washing laundry with aamas,......Read More

WTBD Yaks from Nepal

Nepal: Himalayan Studies – Group B

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Finding Treasure in Prakashpur- A Poem

Elli, Participant

As I dig my hands into the dirt Soil spreading beneath my fingers I’m reminded of a time when I was younger Somewhere in my homeland The same motion and excitement Finding the starchy morsels that have survived with us for centuries To be......Read More