Namaste! 13 days!  In less than two weeks we will all be standing on Indian soil.  It might seem like a world away, and in many ways it is, but it’s moving closer all the time. Welcome to the blog.  While we are overseas this blog will be our link to family and friends at home.  It’s a place for them to follow our journey…just a small window into the… Read More

Reflections from a Spring 2011 student

As of 365 days ago we were all drifting far above the Asian continent, very much separate but somehow connected by gossamer threads of what destiny had in store for us… Connected by the simple fact that we threw our unharnessed faith in the Carpe Diem boat bound for India. I remember seeing the lights of Delhi waver into sight, a pit in my stomach of rumbling excitement and question-… Read More

Vote for your favorite photos and videos!

Thanks for all your submissions and drum roll please! After going through a rigorous selection process, we narrowed the field down to 14 photos and 3 videos – there were so many good ones to choose from, so thank you again. We just posted the videos and pictures up on our Facebook page and now it’s time to vote on your favorites! It’s pretty easy, just ‘like’ your favorite and… Read More

Fall 2011 Photo, Video, and Short Story Contest

Thanks to all of you for your submissions for this semester’s contest! We are going through all of them right now and will post the finalists very soon for everyone to vote on their favorites. Stay tuned and thanks again for another amazing semester.… Read More

LAST BLOG

Our boogers are black…we’re back in Dheli. Our final night was spent at the Wongden House, where we found ourselves 3 months ago on our very first night. Erin checks off the last day in her immaculate calendar, and Brianna zips up her duffel bag stuffed exclusively with Tibetan wool goods. The countdown begins…15 hours till our flight to Hong Kong. Last night we gathered on the roof by candlelight… Read More

“There is a saying in Tibetan, “Tragedy should be utilized as a source of strength.” No matter what sort of difficulties, how painful experience is, if we lose our hope, that’s our real disaster.” The 14th Dalai Lama

Hi families and friends, significant others and random readers! Sorry for the delay with the blog. Each moment in McLeod Ganj ends up being too precious to find the time to sit in an internet café. I post from Delhi but wrote from McLeod (for the most past): Our group arrived in McLeod Ganj, home of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government over a week ago, and our days… Read More

Tiger in My Lion

Bir Nov 15-21: Buddhist Teachings, discussion, films pooja ritual at Chokling Monastery Movies: The Story of Stuff, 10 Questions with the Dalai Lama, Thich Naht Hahn film about peace Hike to Sherabling Monastery Hike to Upper Bir village, waterfall working in Craftshop with my man Trilockk Went to an incense factory Talk with Jetsunma Tenzin Palmo (The coolest cave lady) Thoughts Ole:”Self is the problem not the solution” Cobie: “Meditation… Read More
Hi everybody, Here is how our travel went from Rishikesh to Amritsar. We left Rishikesh at 10:30 from our relaxing  hotel with great yack cheese sandwiches and took a bus to a train stop. We got on a train then transferred to another train. I remember saying this is going to be an easy travel day but, there is no such thing as an easy travel day in India. When… Read More

A Spiritual Party!

Namaste friends and family! Erin here, blogging to catch you up on our many adventures since the trek! After bidding farewell to our trekking guide, Dendu, and the cooks and porters who helped us along the way, we spent a night in Yuksom, the starting point of our trek. The next morning, we ate breakfast at the hotel before boarding a jeep to Darjeeling, a city known for its tea… Read More

shanti digs deep

From the journals and minds of the young trekkers, I present to you individual “Revelations/inspirations/moments of empowerment” from our hike/bus tour. Brianna H.-wants to expand her eating horizons (unlike her Thai bus-mates who ate pre-packaged Thai ‘catfood’ instead of the freshly prepared Indian cuisine) Erin-Being alone in nature she couldn’t run from her thoughts. This inspired her to be more present with her thoughts in the future and to allow… Read More

Hi Ho, Hi Ho, It’s off to the Mountains we Go!

Dear Family, Friends, and Fellow Readers, After seeing the other eight start their hike towards the massive mountains, Mariah and I began our journey with our contact, Arthur and driver, Snoop Dog towards Ghoom. Ghoom is a city about 8K away from Darjeeling. In Ghoom, we stayed with a man, who usually leads the India Carpe Diem treks, named Raju, his sister, mother, and two nieces. On the way to… Read More

It Was Intents

“Did you hear about the circus?” … “It was in-tents” -Simone And now I present to you, devoted blog followers, a reading directly from my personal journal detailing more “intents” events, documented during the hike. disclaimer: please throw grammar to the wind, and enjoy the rugged charm of this raw, ranting journalism. 10/24/2011 4 mi hike. Who carries our belongings? A yak/cow hybrid that is nowhere to be seen. Who… Read More

Teach, Travel, Trek!

We began our volunteer work Tues at Gaucharan, Govt. Jr. High. It’s a bumpy uphill hour and a half jeep ride away, accross small waterfalls and views overlooking green hills, valleys and rice fields. We arrived to school around (:30 and were assigned a class to observe. I walked into class and asked “wheres the teacher?” they told me “you’re the teacher!” I laughed “No really, where is he?” they… Read More

thank you, love you, miss you!

Final days in Calcutta/Kolkotta: some saw the museum (charging 150 rupes for foreigners and 15 for locals), some visited Kali temple or Victoria memorial, and some stayed in bed with rumbling tummies and/or fever, regrettably missing out on some of the excitement of the city. On our “day off” from the Mother home, we scheduled a boat tour at the Sunderban tiger reserve (home to the largest mangrove forest IN… Read More

My Heart Will Go On…In Calcutta

Hello parents, family, friends, and anyone reading this! The next part of our adventure was a wonderfully cramped train ride to Bodhgaya. We had ten seats reserved for ten people…and all of our bags. We ended up getting six seats for all of us and our things, but only after a dispute with other people about who was supposed to be where. Thank goodness the train ride was only a… Read More

Flocks of Love

On a train from Bodhgaya to Calcutta, somwhere between consiousness and dream-state, one of the eight students writes: Fall asleep now And get your shit Stolen. Succumb to gravity + eyelid And the small brown man who is sitting on his flip flops next to you pretending to sleep will steal yourshit so ifiwereyou i’d stay eyewide staring, as you are at the dirty blue wall P.S. Guess who! Love,   … Read More

WE ARE SAFE

Varanasi, for a lot of us has been a pretty independent time for all of us. So no matter how hard I try I will probably not be able to capture everyone’s emotions and feelings on our time in Kashi, a city full of roaming cows and the dung they leave behind. October 1st… Was no different from any other day in the luminous city, we started the morning off… Read More

Kashi: The Luminous One

Today, this day was a brimming cup, today, this day was the immense wave, today, it was all the earth. Today the stormy sea lifted us in a kiss so high that we trembled in a lightningflash and, tied, we went down to sink without untwining. Today our bodies became vast, they grew to the edge of the world and rolled melting into a single drop of wax or meteor.… Read More

Jaipur/”The Pink City”

Cobie here reporting from the land of camels, turbans and prosthetic feet…for Shanti group land of air conditioned bus rides, home stays, and fine dining. Jaipur! Sept 19th, we took a bus from Delhi to Jaipur. Upon arrival we were whisked off by Reshi Ji (our tour guide/program director) to the home of lovely Reika (co-director/artist/retired professor). After a short orientation and some hot Chai we were sent to meet… Read More