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Friday 2.15.19 & Saturday 2.16.19 The sky is beautiful here. The clouds drift lazily and loose their waters wherever they go. The pink and dreamy pale blue of dusk is sweeter here than anywhere else. The city has a vibrancy in its color so......Read More
In the streets of Bhaktapur, all time exists at once. I sat on the top step of a temple, watching this world bustle below. My tongue itched for the taste of “suntalas”, these oranges I am confused by. I have never peeled oranges before. The......Read More
A couple of nights ago, Sharon and Parker performed a poignant ceremony welcoming us to Nepal and to this program. It was freezing cold, but that wasn’t too important as we sat on the roof in a circle, aware of the surrounding, formidable......Read More
In February, my homestay family is going to be one person larger. My sister-in-law, Mbak Rachma is having a baby! Last weekend, my whole family drove up to Rachmas hometown, Temanggung, in Central Java. Aside from it being a nice vacation, our......Read More
Namaste students, Warm greetings from the Himalayas. Congratulations on taking the opportunity to be a part of this wonderful, motivating and empowering experience with Dragons. My name is Sharon Sitling and I am one of your instructors for your......Read More
Namaste Fellow Traveler, Very soon we will be journeying together in a country and culture probably very different from that which you have known. We don’t know each other yet, but by the end of our program, we will have shared so much– the......Read More
In celebration of our 100th day in Senegal, we gathered to reflect on the wonderful time we’ve had here thus far, each day being its own unique gift. And in that vein, what better way to reminisce on our time here than to come up with 100......Read More
I began my Dragons journey with all of my future plans in limbo. This was no accident; it was an intentional creation of space for something wildly new to grow. Because I am a person who has craved control over much of her life, who feels most......Read More
Hoy el Iván habló sobre el aguayo como una especie de tejido que nos deja conocer a nuestros alrededores y personas nuevas con intención y en un sistema más amplio que nos rodea. The aguayo, or weaving, is probably the most common piece of cloth......Read More
Dear friends and family, As we wrap up this three-month journey, we reflect on the successes of each student, celebrating their experiences and considering ways they can continue to grow. Today, we are proud instructors. We are proud of the students......Read More
In Nepal I learned…. That humor doesn’t have to be the only way to interact with someone, that being kind is really appreciated, and how to do a card trade How to slow down and notice the little things. That lives on this half of the......Read More
Apologies for the belated post, I just found these on my camera and realized they might be worth seeing. Our students got their best and most fiercest game faces on for the morning we left for the trek, courtesy of red tikka and some glitter. Perhaps this is why they set such a fast pace for the whole trek, often leaving the porters and guides struggling to keep up. A big change from when they left you, eh? Transference has been a beautiful and affirming experience for all of us, and we are proud of the young men and women… Read More
This trip truly meant the world to me… Throughout my life my teachers and friends have always refered to themselves and myself as “American citizens” (I do not disagree, the quotes are to provide a point). A few years back I began......Read More
The art of pottery itself can be meditative, maybe it is the effect of the fluid spin of the wheel, or the grounding effect of touching the clay/ earth with our bare hands. We went to the ancient pottery square in Bhaktapur on our last day of xphase to meet the artisans and try our hands on the pottery wheel.
Our fourth day of X-Phase brought us closer to India and deeper into the plains of Nepal as we went to visit Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. We arrived later in the afternoon and only had a few hours to walk around, but we were able to visit the Maya Devi Temple and sit in the large lawn under flocks of birds and learn about Buddha’s lifestory and listen to some visitors from China sing prayers towards the setting sun. The true highlight of the day was stopping to get chiya and samosas at a shop on the way. Although… Read More
As we spend our final days together doing transference near Kampot, we have one last collaborative post to share with you. Each of the 10 mini-posts have been written in general response to three questions proposed to us by our instructors: What is......Read More