Reflection Retreat

Written By Jess Hello again! For the last 5 days, Sabai Spring 2019 took a break from all the cities we’ve been staying in attend a yoga retreat near the beach town of Kep! We yoga-ed (and much more) with Sarah and her husband, Larry, at the Yoga Barn (yes there was a barn plus two sheep and chickens) as their first ever retreat group. At first our group was… Read More

Transition From Thailand To Cambodia

Written By Jess & Jackie Hello! During the past 2 weeks, Sabai 2019 has been finishing up our travels in Thailand and beginning our adventures in Cambodia! We began our Cambodian adventure 4 days ago in Siem Reap and finally saw Angkor Wat this morning (at 6 am…). While the temples were breathtaking in the morning sun, one of my favorite experiences so far has been our visit to EGBOK,… Read More

Learning About Permaculture

Written By Eva Hey y’all! It’s Eva, coming to you from Chiang Rai, Thailand. We spent the last 10 days at a Permaculture farm, learning about sustainability and the many different uses of bamboo. Personally, I learned a lot more than that. Seeing how our lovely host, Sandot and his family, lives their life was a one of a kind experience. I learned about myself and how to do the… Read More

Scavenger Hunt: Charlie & Eva

Howdy Y’all, Charlie Yeh and Eva Goodman reporting live from an internet cafe in Chang Mai! We both are here to confirm we are indeed alive and well after being set free post-orientation. The flights were roughs, but hey we’re past it now and were having a great time with our new fam, eating good too. Its crazy to think we’ve only known each other for three days, because it… Read More

Scavenger Hunt: Peter

I don’t even know where to start for this one; of the places that i’ve visited, Thailand is one of the brighter ones. Not just in that it’s actually impossibly hot all the time, but also that it’s culture is a vibrant one! The food is absolutely amazing and from what i’ve seen the country is a rich one with complex history and politics and an even more interwoven society… Read More

Scavenger Hunt: Jess

Hello, This is Jess Han (hailing from California and Boston). We’ve just arrive in Thailand and the days are already getting hotter. However, the food is delicious and so incredibly cheap (less than $3 per dish). We’ve just finished orientation and learned some basic do’s and dont’s for traveling, interacting with locals, and taking care of our health. It’s surprising how many tourists there are in the area! But what’s… Read More

Sabai Has Arrived!

Greetings friends and family The Sabai group landed safely in Chiang Mai, Thailand on February 14th. 7 students, and their two Overseas Educators, collected their luggage and made their way the east side of the city of Chiang Mai to find their orientation hostel where they met up with their final group member…Sabai is complete! After a first night dinner of Thai food, they group retired for the evening, ready… Read More

Team Sabai is together in Los Angeles

Greetings, Family and Friends of the Carpe Diem Spring 2019 Sabai group We are happy to inform you that the Sabai group (minus Thao, who will meet the group in Chiang Mai….we can’t wait, Thao!) is united and already beginning to get to know one another at the Los Angeles airport. They have quite a journey ahead of them, with a long overnight flight and a Hong Kong layover, however,… Read More

Welcome Sabai students and families!

Sawadee khrap/ka Sabai crew! Hope these last few weeks have found you happy, healthy and spending quality time with friends and family, before we all head off on an epic adventure to SE Asia! Cari and I have been busy here in Portland prepping for the semester and are very excited to meet you! While engaging in hilarious and stimulating conversations, we have discovered a few fascinating commonalities about ourselves.… Read More

Ha Long Bay & Goodbyes: A Photo Story

A hike above Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. A vendor taking a break on the streets of Saigon, Vietnam. Captaining the ship in Ha Long Bay, Vietnam. Cave exploration. Exploring Ha Long Bay. Exploring Saigon. Ha Long Bay boat. Ha Long Bay tour. Hiking outside of Nha Trang. Kayak tour of Ha Long Bay. Kayaking in the bay. Local music and dance group in Hanoi. Looking out over Ha Long Bay.Read More

On Going Home…

“The sea that calls all things unto her calls me, and I must embark. For, to stay, though the hours burn in the night, is to freeze and crystallize and be bound in a mould. Fain would I take with me all that is here. But how a shall I? A voice can not carry the tongue and the lips that gave it wings. Alone must it seek the ether.… Read More


Our last day of Student-Directed Travel (or Somewhat Determined Travel…) has finally come to a close, resolving in time for ceremony, reflection, and a really freaking good dinner! Our group-led travel has been a bit unpredictable, but we managed to get through with wonderful strokes of luck and spur-of-the-moment planning. Picking up where we left off at last post, our trip to Marble Mountain was a success with beautiful climbs… Read More