Photo by Scott Diekema, Nepal Semester.

Nepal

Ashrams & Artisans

Cultural Survival in a Rapidly Developing Nepal

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Duration
12 Days
Description

Delve into the cultural traditions of Nepal: visit ancient sacred sites, study under a Nepali master artisan and expand your family while living in a Newari household.

Dates

Jan 15 - Jan 27, 2018


Suggested Ages

All ages

Number of Participants

8-12


Availability

open

Begins In

13 Weeks

Tuition

$5,400


Estimated Flight Cost

$1,200

Kathmandu

Program Overview

Encountering the Essential Kathmandu: a journey through a tumultuous fusion of modern and ancient.


Cut off from modern influences for centuries, the remote Himalayan kingdom of Nepal has long been a seed-bed of unique artistic traditions and its own iterations of Asia’s great spiritual traditions. Now, influenced by tourism and supported by development aid, the country is undergoing rapid change. In the shadow of the tallest peaks on earth, we encounter awe-inspiring beauty while engaging in the seminal question: how can Nepal’s ancient traditions survive in a time of radical globalization?

We invite you to journey with us through the diverse physical and cultural landscapes of the Kathmandu Valley. Join us as we explore ancient Buddhist monuments, stay in a Hindu retreat center, and visit with accomplished scholars, spiritual leaders and master artisans. Throughout our exploration of the Kathmandu Valley, we benefit from a vast array of contacts that we’ve developed over years of sustained educational…

Cut off from modern influences for centuries, the remote Himalayan kingdom of Nepal has long been a seed-bed of unique artistic traditions and its own iterations of Asia’s great spiritual traditions. Now, influenced by tourism and supported by development aid, the country is undergoing rapid change. In the shadow of the tallest peaks on earth, we encounter awe-inspiring beauty while engaging in the seminal question: how can Nepal’s ancient traditions survive in a time of radical globalization?

We invite you to journey with us through the diverse physical and cultural landscapes of the Kathmandu Valley. Join us as we explore ancient Buddhist monuments, stay in a Hindu retreat center, and visit with accomplished scholars, spiritual leaders and master artisans. Throughout our exploration of the Kathmandu Valley, we benefit from a vast array of contacts that we’ve developed over years of sustained educational programming. We will enjoy an intimate and revealing home-stay in the heart of a medieval city. We will study crafts that have been passed down through generations. Through walking tours, lectures, interviews and lively debate, we will explore the concept of cultural heritage, juxtapose development needs, and develop our understandings of what constitutes “quality of life” in a modern, globally connected world. 

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Program Components

5/5
Comparative Religion

Learn about Tibetan Buddhism in the shadow of one of the most important Buddhist monuments, and go on retreat in a Hindu ashram.

4/5
Development Studies

Learn about the development issues facing remote mountain communities and meet some of the people taking action to help.

5/5
Focus Of Inquiry

Explore how Nepal balances the needs of development and modernization with a rich cultural heritage.

5/5
Home Stay

We will have a four-night urban homestay with the Newari community in the ancient town of Patan.

4/5
Independent Study Project (ISP)

Take an apprenticeship with a traditional artisan or spiritual practitioner.

2/5
Language Study

Get the basics of Nepali language down to bond with your homestay family.

3/5
Learning Service

Explore the concept of karma yoga by helping on the ashram organic farm.

2/5
Rugged Travel

We will regularly enjoy local bus rides around the city of Kathmandu.

2/5
Trekking

Take a short hike through the Himalayan foothills.