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Departure

Instructor, Participant

Hello all, After our last teachings this morning and some final snacks, we departed for the airport. The students have their passports, tickets and phones and are checking in for their flight. Safe travels, Alena, Tsheten, Nick...Read More

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One Last Plate of Daal Bhat

Instructors, Participant

The group has just enjoyed their final meal together in Nepal, and is now getting everything ready to head to the airport shortly. Although everyone is bummed to be so close to the end, spirits are high and we have been able to mostly focus on......Read More

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Gratitude

Instructor, Participant

Hello all, Today we had a day full of teachings and said our goodbyes to LamAn. Our lama came and spoke to us about self awareness, suffering, and devoting compassion to others. During this time in the world with, so many things going on-it is easy......Read More

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Wind

Instructor, Participant

Hello all, The past few days have been a whirlwind. Schedule changes, life being rearranged, goodbyes to our homestay and preparing for what will come next. We have mixed emotions but are embracing the last few days we have together. After Patan we......Read More

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It’s a Contagion Situation Part 2; It’s a...

Delaney, Participant

Hi everyone! In light of the recent pandemic, I thought I’d write a part 2 to “It’s a Contagion Situation.” This piece is called “It’s a Coronin’ Situonin’ “ It’s a Coronin’ Situonin’ Everybody’s parents be phonin’ But......Read More

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Heading to Mid-course from Patan

Instructors, Participant

Namaste everyone, Our time in Patan has been an amazing learning experience for students. Over the past four weeks, students were able to learn different ISPs and delve into lifestyle of people in Patan. Our students were able to learn diverse arts......Read More

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Prayer Flag Forest

Lam An, Participant

Finally out of the city! Patan has been fun, but it was nice to take some time away from the noise and dust and constant rushing. I won’t talk too much about the rest of the day, other than to say we drove about an hour and hiked for another......Read More

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Living in the Big Bowl (Watercolor Painting)

Sully, Participant

Hello yakkers, Some long-forgotten watercolors were unearthed in the Dragon’s program house closet last week. I took some time post Yoga-isp in the palace garden behind the Patan museum painting and drawing with fellow dragons Delaney and......Read More

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Holi!

Instructors, Participant

This past Monday was the Hindu festival of Holi, the festival of colors. This exciting day celebrates both the victory of good over evil and also the arrival of warmer weather at the end of the winter season. While many people celebrate Holi by......Read More

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Biiig Chillin’ Nepalmaa

James, Participant

Three weeks into the urban homestay, I find myself growing more and more attached to Patan and my lifestyle out here. The dogs no longer sniff me and bark at me as an outsider, and the cultural customs are slowly taking their place as second nature......Read More

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My Patan Commute

Nicky, Participant

Yak of the Week

Every night, I set my alarm for 7:10 AM, but it never wakes me up. Instead, I am woken up around 6:30 AM by the various sounds of Patan: dogs barking, birds chirping, bells ringing, motorcycles honking, or my homestay brother blowing his nose. Then......Read More

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The Time is Flying By!

Instructors, Participant

Dear friends and family, It’s been another exciting week here in Patan! Everyone is continuing with their homestays and Independent Study Projects, along with our weekday group meetings. Some highlights from the past week include a student-led......Read More

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A Week’s Reflection

Delaney, Participant

Hi All! We are finishing up or second week in Patan, and since that is halfway through our urban home stay, I thought I’d give a quick update on our time here. We’ve started to fall into the routine of living in Patan and our days are......Read More

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My homestay life

Max, Participant

My homestay life is interesting. My 16 year old brother Luza is an epic beat boxer (and so am I) so we’ve been composing some masterpieces together. My dad Gyani Raj is a stone carver and he’s really talented. He let me try carving......Read More

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Going into our second week in Patan

Instructors, Participant

Namaste The past week has been full of exciting happenings and events! After our short trek we spent the night in an area called Boudhanath. It is near the Boudha Stupa, a religious heritage site surrounded by mostly Sherpa and Tibetan communities.......Read More

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Unfamiliarity and The Comfort Zone

Sully, Participant

I have always described myself as very independent. I moved out of my house when I was 14 and have spent a majority of my adolescence with a large amount of freedom, encouraged and supported by my parents. I have spent a summer wandering around New......Read More