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My name is Andrea. My name was bestowed upon me in honor of my father’s mother, who died before I was born, who’s legacy I carry with me everyday. My name has meant a great many things to me, but it has always served to remind me of the......Read More
We sat in the back of Tar Village’s small gompa, watching our amalay, Tashi, bend to the floor in prayer. She came and sat down, laughing and taking selfies with the two of us and Tsewang, who was the amalay of Isabel and Caroline. Tashi and......Read More
What’s a monks favorite drink? Lamanade! What did the instructor say to the student during the homestay briefing? You Buddha Thangka your host! What did the student say when they found out they would be trekking in the mountains for over 9......Read More
The earth becomes pews as carpets are laid out; slowly, deliberately, in rows upon rows. The minutes sing slowly onward as men in white skullcaps cluster tightly together, shoes discarded behind the rugs in neat pairs; there is an air of great......Read More
We didn’t step into the jungle. We were devoured by it. Gunung Leuser National Park in Northern Sumatra is a primary rainforest, so the trees stretch higher than most necks can even crane. Giant Jungle ants creep along graceful Lilliana vines......Read More
At the foot of the walnut tree my ShuShu hugged the trunk, his chest glued to the familiar bark, with each limb wrapped around, like a cub clinging to his mother’s back while she wards off predators. In this position he shimmied slowly upward.......Read More
¡Hola a todos! It is incredible to think that in the past ten days, I met the people I with whom will be spending the next three months, explored the town of Urubamba to the point where I almost know my way around (I can at least find my new......Read More
Our first week of course has been an art in holding space and sharing light. We have provided one another license to think about intention and self. We have riffed off of one another’s thoughts and that has taken us down roads and up valleys of conversation relating to travel, development, adulthood, family structures, and our spirit animals. Light has been an important thread we have followed. We began our time together settled around candlelight, where we expressed our fears: of not being as present as we could be, of not expressing adequate gratitude to those we care about, of… Read More
There’s a saying that there is no winded road. We are only walking zigzagged on a straight road. When it rains, it’s not the clouds that are crying, but rather the sun, and the clouds cannot keep the sun’s tears from falling. As we......Read More
When hiking through the town of Yubeng, one cannot help but marvel at the vast and powerful nature of the world. The sun peeks out each morning from behind snow-capped peaks and tree-covered mountains encircled by puffy white clouds which have never......Read More
On September 19th, the fearless Alpha Dragons group ambled over to a nearby Tibetan monastery. After a brief meditative walk through the outskirts of Pharping, we entered an immense monastic complex, surrounded by beautiful landscaping and......Read More
Sumatra’s landscape shocks one into the present moment. Here hobbling, knobby dogs share the road with mud-slicked water buffalo and discarded juice cups and little schoolboys with clip-on ties. In the day the clouds swell warm and heavy over the......Read More
To begin to write this Yak is slightly difficult, porque so much has happened in our last 5 days in Bolivia that is new, deeply transformative and certainly worth writing about. I suppose I will begin with some small details. Our bus ride to......Read More
It´s difficult to do a scavenger hunt in Urubamba, Peru when there is no word for a Scavenger Hunt in this part of South America. It is also difficult to explain why we need to know how long it takes to get to Ocongate when we don´t need to......Read More
Intrepid friends, In a few short days you will join the three of us here in Nepal. We are greatly anticipating your arrival. We have spent the past week considering all the possibilities of our time together. We have had discussions about places we......Read More
What can we do to bring more people to our village? Sipping at cups of saccharine tea, we four students contemplated the village head’s seemingly simple question. I was brought back to the past two days I had spent in Kedungmiri, the small village......Read More