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Nepal

Ashrams & Artisans

A 13-Day Adventure for Adults

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Duration
13 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

Four Spaces

Begins In

0Days

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 question:  How can Nepal’s ancient traditions survive in a time of radical globalization?

Program Highlights:

  • Examine the concepts of cultural heritage and development; explore the question of what constitutes “quality of life” in a modern world.
  • Study a craft that has been passed down for generations with a local Newari artisan.
  • Travel to ancient Buddhist monuments and do a short stay in a Buddhist…

 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 question:  How can Nepal’s ancient traditions survive in a time of radical globalization?

Program Highlights:

  • Examine the concepts of cultural heritage and development; explore the question of what constitutes “quality of life” in a modern world.
  • Study a craft that has been passed down for generations with a local Newari artisan.
  • Travel to ancient Buddhist monuments and do a short stay in a Buddhist monastery or Hindu  ashram.
  • Explore temples and sacred sites throughout the surrounding hills on optional day hikes.
  • Enjoy a three-night community stay in the medieval city of Patan, with the possibility of another two- night community stay in a rural village.
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Program Components

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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.

5/5
Homestay

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

5/5
Focus Of Inquiry

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

5/5
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.

4/5
Development Studies

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

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.

2/5
Learning Service

Explore the concept of service and engage in conversation about the impacts on local communities.

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.