Adrian Smith

India and Himalaya Instructor

B.A. Environmental studies/Human Ecology, Middlebury College.

Drawn first to the Himalayan region by an interest in Eastern mysticism, Adrian has made Nepal and India his home for the past 10 years.  He has spent time studying as an apprentice stone carver, working as an English teacher, sitting in meditation retreats and running transformational experiential education programs.

Adrian loves to explore remote Himayalan valleys and villages, visit holy temples, and spend time in sacred places.  He has spent much of his time in Asia sharing these places with students, having led 12 summer and semester programs through India, Nepal and Tibet.  For all of the intrigue of the cultures and landscapes of the Himalayas, he is most grateful for having come into contact with Buddhist teachings and the universal values which emerge from finding the common ground between vastly different world views.

Adrian studied under a master Nepali stone sculptor for several years and has adapted that training to create his own artwork which can be seen at http://stonesmith.org.