Photo by Scott Diekema, Nepal Semester.

Nepal

Ashrams & Artisans

A 12-Day Adventure for Adults

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Duration
12 Days
Description

Encounter the essential Kathmandu: journey through a captivating fusion of contemporary and ancient, visit sacred historical sites, and study alongside a Nepali master artisan.

Dates

Aug 18 - Aug 30, 2019


Suggested Ages

Adult Participants

Number of Participants

8-12


Availability

open

Begins In

43 Weeks

Tuition

$5,400


Estimated Flight Cost

$1,200

Kathmandu

pokhara

Program Overview

CUT OFF FROM MODERN INFLUENCES FOR CENTURIES, THE REMOTE HIMALAYAN KINGDOM OF NEPAL HAS LONG BEEN A SEEDBED OF UNIQUE ARTISTIC AND 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?

During our journey through the Kathmandu Valley, we explore ancient Buddhist monuments, stay in a Hindu ashram, and navigate a city recovering from the effects of the 2015 earthquake.  We delve into an exploration of Newari culture while staying with families in the heart of a medieval city and study crafts that have been passed down from generation to generation.  Through expertly guided walking tours, lectures by accomplished scholars, and interviews…

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?

During our journey through the Kathmandu Valley, we explore ancient Buddhist monuments, stay in a Hindu ashram, and navigate a city recovering from the effects of the 2015 earthquake.  We delve into an exploration of Newari culture while staying with families in the heart of a medieval city and study crafts that have been passed down from generation to generation.  Through expertly guided walking tours, lectures by accomplished scholars, and interviews with spiritual leaders, we explore the concepts of cultural heritage, and development, as well as cultivate 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
Homestay

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
Ethical Travel

Dragons participants are travelers not tourists. We respect cultural norms by staying in family-owned accommodations and taking local transportation when possible. The most profound learning moments often arise in the spaces in between, and traveling alongside locals creates space for un-orchestrated moments of engagement.

2/5
Day Hiking

On any program you choose, you can expect that Dragons instructors will guide you into the wilderness, exposing you to the pristine beauty of nature, undisturbed by the advances of modern development.