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Tibet Cultural, Group "A", Summer 2008


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Hi Families and Friends!

I'm not exactly sure what should be written here, but I'll take a shot.

I arrived at around 3:30 to the Hacienda Hotel. A bunch of the kids on our trip were already here, and had actually already been on a team-building'adventure' in whichthey were given $50 to buy dinner for the group.

We took a walk to a near-by park, and began all sorts of team-building activities. One stood outto meparticularly --we stood in a circle around a long rope, and one by one stated what attribute we thought we brought to the group. As we said this, we all grabbed a section of the rope, creating a web. We tightened the slack and leaned back, putting all of our trust into the rest of the group.We soon realized how much we depend on each other for support.

We also went around the circle and said both what we are excited for, and what is making us nervous. Not suprisingly, there were a lot of common answers. Many of us are nervous about offending the Indian people accidentally. We are worried that we will wear culturally inappropriate clothing, or do an offense gesture (ie using the left hand). Many of us are also nervous about the language barrier. The group seemed to be split down the middleabout the trekking--some of us are excited to challenge ourselves physically, while it is the cause of anxiety for others. The entire group agreed that we are excited todive into a completely new culture, and have the ability to bond as a group and to find ourselves. Theleaders are excited to view Indiathrough the eyes of the students.And of course, we are all excited to try all the new foods.

We also spent lots of time going over important issues, such aswhen we can and cannot drink the water, eat thefoods, when we will be able to shower,etc. Our leaders made it very clear that they'll always be here for us, and that we should feel completely comfortable in reaching out to them.

We're about to head toLAXto board a14 hour flight, followed by a 6 hour flight to Delhi. I'm sure another post will be written once we reach Dehli, or sometime soon after.

I can't wait for the all of the adventures to come!

-Rachel Fiddelman

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Rachel Fiddelman,Tibet Cultural, Group "A", Summer 2008

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Hi Families and Friends! I’m not exactly sure what should be written here, but I’ll take a shot. I arrived at around 3:30 to the Hacienda Hotel. A bunch of the kids on our trip were already here, and had actually already been on a team-building’adventure’ in whichthey were given $50 to buy dinner for […]

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06/27/08

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Rachel Fiddelman

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Greetings friends and family:

All of our students have arrived in Los Angeles. We are so happy to finally be together. Our flight leaves tonight at 1:45 AM, but we will be at the airport from 9 PM on. We are moving forward! More from Delhi in a day.

Max

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Moving through Los Angeles

Max Woodfin,Tibet Cultural, Group "A", Summer 2008

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Greetings friends and family: All of our students have arrived in Los Angeles. We are so happy to finally be together. Our flight leaves tonight at 1:45 AM, but we will be at the airport from 9 PM on. We are moving forward! More from Delhi in a day. Max

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06/27/08

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Max Woodfin

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So,

This is obviously horribly last minute as we are all probably getting ready to leave, but does everyone need to bring their readers? In the book it says just half of us should bring them, but we never worked that out.....

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Molly Dutton-Kenny,Tibet Cultural, Group "A", Summer 2008

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So, This is obviously horribly last minute as we are all probably getting ready to leave, but does everyone need to bring their readers? In the book it says just half of us should bring them, but we never worked that out…..

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06/26/08

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Molly Dutton-Kenny

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Hey!

So I just have a few last minute questions. I heard our instructors are in Colorado, so I hope someone can answer these....

How much sunscreen do we need to bring??

If my camera battery is rechargeable (I know we won't always be able to do this), do I need a power adapter for the charger?

I notice there is not "campsuds" listed here....?? We will be washing our clothes, do we need to bring soap?

I usually don't carry a money belt while traveling, just a pouch that I can wear or keep in my bag. Will this be ok or do I need a moneybelt?

Should I pack my backpack in its raincover for traveling on the plane so it's straps aren't flying everywhere?

I think that's it..... I'm so excited!!!!!!!

Molly

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Molly Dutton-Kenny,Tibet Cultural, Group "A", Summer 2008

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Hey! So I just have a few last minute questions. I heard our instructors are in Colorado, so I hope someone can answer these…. How much sunscreen do we need to bring?? If my camera battery is rechargeable (I know we won’t always be able to do this), do I need a power adapter for […]

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06/21/08

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Molly Dutton-Kenny

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Dear Tibet A,

Firstly, a brief note to remind you that if you are feeling overwhelmed and super excited about our impending trip you are not alone in either! We instructors have been talking about you all almost daily and are very excited to meet you and get underway with our journey.

Most probably packing is foremost on your mind at the moment...good luck with all that. Dragons has given you great guidelines to go by in your preparation materials, but of course if you have any questions please postthem up on the yak yak board.

We just wanted to reiterate a few packing guidelines on things other than clothes and toiletries, like electronics and gear. Max wrote a while back about purchasing gear and highly recommends that you do not have to go out and buy the fanciest state of the art climbing gear, and that sometimes second hand or just lower end raingear, shoes, etc might be the best bet. Think space, think weight (you are carrying it all on your back) and think comfort - oh, I also want to stress, think DRY but cool- it's rainy season in Dsala, and although we probably will not hit much in Ladakh and Spiti, you just never know.

CLOTHING:
Ladies, modesty is the best suggestion. It's hot though, I have a favorite thin cotton knit button up sweater (more like cover up) that you will see me in practically every day. I can also recommend long skirts that allow you to move around easily but never make you feel like an object of too much unnecessary attention. We are all going to be stared at anyway so we might as well make sure we have cute clothes on but covered :-)

Guys...Indian men and especially Tibetan men don't generally wear shorts, but jeans will be pretty uncomfortable as well. Since we will be trekking and messing around in the mountains, we would recommend for boys to bring a pair or two of synthetic (non-cotton) outdoor pants (need not be expensive). Jeans and khakis do not pack as tightly as these, and are cold when wet.

A good suggestion for raingear are those cheapo disposable ponchos that they sell in drug stores HERE...you cannot get these in India (they are all terrible) so that's a great use of $5.99. But do make sure it isn't so flimsy that it will rip easily.

AND here is the great part....you can always leave things in India! If you have old clothes or these poncho thingys that you want to leave behind we have loads of places to donate them. But this is not to say bring extra things for donations. Please don't!

WATER and WIPES:
I can't stress enough how important it is that we all stay hydrated from the minute we are on the plane. I drive the airline host/hostesses crazy refilling my water bottle but that's the best way to beat jetlag. Bring your favorite water receptacle. Don't bother with the fancy purifying systems - they don't work on India water. We will make sure we always have access to clean water and lots of it, but we don't want to use a lot of plastic bottles there. And if you have to use that hand sanitizer please do not bring the wipes, think minimal trash consumption as well, they don't have a great way of dealing with our excess papers or wipes.

MOSQUITOS:
Once we are out of Dharamsala the annoyance/risk of mozzies will decrease, however they are quite prevalent and aggressive in Delhi and on buses/trains. Do bring your favorite repellent and make sure to use it. However, the most recommended suggestion to deter mosquitos is light long sleeve shirts, which you are bringing already so you're good to go!

ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT:
We talked about this and decided that you are all smart young adults and this should be left up to your better judgement! We suggest that you do NOT bring your computers or ipods. Email will be readily accessible most of the time. And here are a few things to think about while you decide about packing your ipods, computers, digital cameras etc::

a) You have to carry them.
b) We have had experience of electronics (ipods especially) breaking at high altitudes, even when switched off.
c) Many do, but for the most part most the people in India that you will be staying with and meeting do NOT have ipods, computers, MP3s etc. we are there to share their culture, not so much ours, it's a general misconception in India that all Westerners are wealthy and have loads of things to steal, borrow, flaunt. So while these might be part of our daily lives here, maybe we can suspend our comforts for 6 weeks and enjoy the beauty of the land, culture and share in the things that the locals use to entertain themselves.

DO however, bring pictures of your friends and families. People love to see a glimpse of your life back home.


DO think of little tiny gifts for your homestay family...maybe something small and cheap with your city name on it or just a little token of something that represents YOU that you can leave with them.

What else? Any questions....post them on the yak yak. There are no stupid questions!

I know I speak on behalf of my co-instructors and I want to tell you how excited we are to meet you all very soon and spend the summer with you in the beauty of India!

All the best,
Debi Goldman

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Debi Goldman,Tibet Cultural, Group "A", Summer 2008

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Dear Tibet A, Firstly, a brief note to remind you that if you are feeling overwhelmed and super excited about our impending trip you are not alone in either! We instructors have been talking about you all almost daily and are very excited to meet you and get underway with our journey. Most probably packing […]

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06/8/08

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Debi Goldman

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We cannot wait to begin our adventure together!!! Below isour tentative itinerary, which is, of course, subject to wonderful and excitingchanges in the field!


June 29th - Arrive Delhi

Rest and refresh in the Tibetan resettlement community of Majukatilla. Optional exploration of Old Delhi spice market, Hindu, Jain, Muslim and Sikh temples and mosques via rickshaw.

June 30th - Majukatilla
Explore the resettlement community and monastery in the morning. Arrive at the Old Delhi Train station to catch a 5:30 pm over night train to Pathankot. Enjoy watching the Indian landscape rush by as we sip chai and meet people on the train. Sleep in our bunks and dream of Dharamsala.

July 1st - Arrive Pathankot around 8 a.m.

Enjoy a wonderful Indian breakfast.Take jeeps up the winding road into the foot hill of the Himalayans.Marvel atsnow-capped peaks rising up out of the Indian plains.

July 2nd-July 5th - Dharamsala
Stay at Dolma Ling Nunnery. Talk with the nuns from the Tibetan Nun’s Project and with ex-political prisoners from Gu Chu Sum, visit Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy, Tibetan Youth Congress, Namgyal Monastery, Tibetan Women’s Alliance, Tibetan Children’s Village and MORE!!!!Begin one-on-one language instruction with members of Gu Chu Sum.Enjoy films at night, like "Cry of the Snow Lion" and "Wind Horse."

July 5th-6th - Dharamsala to Tso Pema

Explore a famous lake/pilgrimage spot for Tibetans w/ lots of monasteries, etc...an AMAZING place! Camp or stay in a guesthouse, depending on the group's interests.

July 7th - To Kaza in theSpiti Valley, via Manali
Rest and slowly adjust to altitude.

July 8th-16th - Home-stay in Kibber

Students live with traditional families from the Spiti Valley. Learn to cook traditional food, milk dri (female yaks), tend sheep, plant or sing traditional songs. Each family will have different thing to offer. We will speak with students before being placed to see which family works best. Language lessons in local dialect. Meetings with the group will continue during the home-stay.

July 17th - Kaza

Rest and refresh as a group before we begin our trek!!!!!

July 18th-26th -Trek Trek Trek Trek!

Kibber to Tso Moriri, a remote high-altitude lake ineastern Ladakhthathas an extremely fragile ecosystem and is home to a number ofrare species of birds. Enjoy the stunning landscape!!!!!!!!! Cross passes at 16,500ft Wow! We will take our time to adjust to altitude!

July 27th - Arrive in Leh, the capital of Ladakh

July 28th–August 5th - In and around Leh

Visit Students' Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh (SECMOL), International Society of Ecology and Culture (ISEC), and the Mahbodhi Center (service learning and silent meditation retreat). Visit Tibetan resettlement community in Choglamsar. Tibetan Nun’s Project.

August 1st - Max leaves for Delhi and Rigzin joins our group full time!!!

August 5th - Fly from Leh to Delhi 6:00 a.m.

August 6th - Delhi
Explore Delhi and get ready to take off for home!

August 7th - Delhi to Los Angeles

Hugs, laughter and so many memories!!!

Good Bye!!


See You Very Soon!!!

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Lindsay, Debi and Max,Tibet Cultural, Group "A", Summer 2008

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We cannot wait to begin our adventure together!!! Below isour tentative itinerary, which is, of course, subject to wonderful and excitingchanges in the field! June 29th – Arrive Delhi Rest and refresh in the Tibetan resettlement community of Majukatilla. Optional exploration of Old Delhi spice market, Hindu, Jain, Muslim and Sikh temples and mosques via […]

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06/4/08

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Lindsay, Debi and Max

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So, do we need to take Malaria meds? I know we will be predominantly at non-mosquito elevation, but how many days will we spend in Delhi/ Agra? Should we take Malaria meds those days? I have a prescription, but have the option of getting it filled or not.....

Also, what is "Japanese Encephalitis"? Has anyone on Draons ever gotten it? My conclusion was that I did not need that shot. Did anyone else get it?

Thanks!

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Malaria Meds?

Molly Dutton-Kenny,Tibet Cultural, Group "A", Summer 2008

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So, do we need to take Malaria meds? I know we will be predominantly at non-mosquito elevation, but how many days will we spend in Delhi/ Agra? Should we take Malaria meds those days? I have a prescription, but have the option of getting it filled or not….. Also, what is "Japanese Encephalitis"? Has anyone […]

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06/4/08

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Molly Dutton-Kenny

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Hello group,

As Bryan, Kunga, and I have been discussing our itinerary, an important issue comes to mind that I thought I would share: ALTITUDE!! We will soon be posting a tentative itinerary, which is essentially a reverse of the Tibet 'A' itinerary in that we will be flying directly to Leh, Ladakh and making our way overland back to Delhi, whereas they will be flying back from Leh at the end of the program. Because we will be dealing with a more abrupt altitude shift, I thought I would write a little something to inform each of you about what to expect, how to prepare, and how we might deal with any problems.

Altitude sickness is always a great concern for any traveler headed to mountainous regions. Especially for first timers up to altitude, the prospect of getting sick is scary - what does it feel like? what's normal? what can be done? Everyone's body responds differently to altitude problems, and just because we might have not have had a problem in the past doesn't necessarily mean that we will be let off the hook again this time, and vice versa. One's response to altitude does not in any way reflect your age, gender, or physical strength, and any symptoms of AMS (acute mountain sickness) are not an indication that you did anything wrong - no need to feel ashamed! Nonetheless, there are things that can be done to prevent AMS, both upon arrival and before. Information is the key!

Leh is perched at about 3,500 meters (~11,480 feet) which is a hefty jump from sea level where most of us will be coming from. The difference between higher altitudes and sea level is not the amount of oxygen in the air, but the difference in pressure - thus our ability to absorb oxygen. The percentage of oxygen in the atmosphere is always 21%, whether at sea level or on the top of Mount Everest. At high altitudes, we will experience the less oxygen available which is produced because the barometric pressure is less. The number of oxygen molecules per breath is reduced the higher you go, and the lack of oxygen in the blood and tissues can cause mild illnesses or life threatening conditions if not acted upon.

The best way to deal with altitude is always to acclimatize slowly: simply, to make adjustments in the body to continue to oxygenate oneself. Our bodies will naturally make up for what it lacks by breathing heavier and producing more red blood cells (hemoglobin) to carry more oxygen. When we go up gradually in altitude, our body can catch up fairly well and soon be acclimatized to our new heights. Since we will be flying into Leh, we will be at a slight disadvantage, but one that can be remedied through taking it very easy the first few days we are there, and drinking lots of water! (Bryan and Kristin have flown with groups to Lhasa - 12,000 ft. - several times and everyone has always been fine! Lots of people fly to high altitudes each day).

Symptoms we may experience:

Acute mountain sickness is the most common form of altitude sickness, and one that will plague most people to varying degrees if they increase their altitude too much. It can include: headaches, nausea/loss of appetite, lethargy, and sleepiness (general flu-like symptoms). Since we will have just traveled from Los Angeles together and be adjusting to the time change and catching up on sleep, we might feel any of these anyway. The best advice for dealing with this is to listen to your body and communicate with others how you feel. We will never be annoyed by your bodily reflections! In fact, on our program, we will be getting to know the ins and outs of each other's systems very intimately, and will be sad if you don't share!

How to deal:

As I've written above, the best way to deal with the initial discomfort of flying in at 11,000 feet is to REST! We will be leaving the first few days relatively open so that we all have proper time to rest and acclimatize and get to know each other. Another thing is to watch your speed. I have read a study that older women are least susceptible to altitude sickness, while young boys are the most. I do not think that this study reflects anything about age or gender, but more about our approach: older women generally would take it easier and walk more slowly while young boys would tend to run around. So, SLOW DOWN and don't over-exert yourself! We sometimes think we can run around just like we did at sea level, then find ourselves gasping for breath at the top of the stairs! Just take it easy and go slower than you normally would the first week or so. And finally, DRINK WATER! The air will be much drier up there, thus prompting your body to lose water and thus get dehydrated. Dehydration puts a burden on your heart, which affects the rest of the body. (Ps - if you're a smoker, please stop/cut down! You will thank yourself in Leh and for the rest of your lives!)

Preparation/Response:

**Again, nothing can really prepare the body for the drastic jump in altitude we will be taking. However, getting regular cardiovascular exercise will help your body adjust quicker and will definitely help after the initial bump and when we get out in the mountains to go trekking! Please exercise regularly!

**We will be taking PAC (portable altitude chamber) bags into the field with us to help us respond if anyone is experiencing more severe forms of altitude sickness. All of your instructors are experienced in the altitude, have first aid training, and are expert in recognizing signs of anything going off course from normal adjustment. Descending will always help people who are suffering from severe altitude sickness, so if we cannot get you down fast enough, we will pull out the PAC bag to simulate lower altitude (through pressure change).

A note on Diamox:

Diamox (Acetazolamide) is often prescribed for travelers venturing into high altitude. It is a sulfa based drug, so for any of you out there with sulfa allergies (like me!), this is not the drug for you. We welcome you to speak with your travel doctor about acquiring Diamox to bring with you if you're experiencing difficulties. Natural adjustment is preferable than starting out taking Diamox, so please consider this issue carefully, get appropriate info, and make informed decisions. I have never taken Diamox, have never had a student take Diamox, and we have adjusted just fine. Still, it is your decision to make. Here's some basic info about Diamox:

Diamox causes the blood to be slightly more acidic to stimulate breathing, and it is also a mild diuretic (you may pee a lot). By doing these things, it produces changes in a couple of hours that usually take a couple of days. It does NOT mask the illness or cause a false sense of wellness (very important to find out when you take a drug). The usual regimine is 125-250mg twice daily starting before the ascent. Common side effects include numbness, tingling, or vibrating sensations in the hands, feet, and lips. It can also alter one's taste, cause ringing in the ears, and frequent urination. These symptoms dissipate when the medicine is stopped.

We will be talking lots about altitude as a group when we meet in L.A., and before our ascent to Leh once in India. Don't worry if you can't remember all this, but take home the main points: altitude adjustment and mild discomfort is normal when one flies to an altitude like Leh's. Try to slow down and drink water and most of all, DON'T PANIC! People can experience psychosomatic symptoms just from thinking too much. Share your sensations and concerns with us. Our primary concern on this program is your safety!

That's a lot. I hope you're able to digest that. Again, we'll be talking more about this on-program. If you have any questions before hand, please feel free to contact the office or any of us!

Get out and get some exercise!

More soon,

Kristin

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Kristin Brudevold,Tibet Cultural, Group "A", Summer 2008

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Hello group, As Bryan, Kunga, and I have been discussing our itinerary, an important issue comes to mind that I thought I would share: ALTITUDE!! We will soon be posting a tentative itinerary, which is essentially a reverse of the Tibet ‘A’ itinerary in that we will be flying directly to Leh, Ladakh and making […]

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05/21/08

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Kristin Brudevold

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Hi friends,

I have been following your mini-discussions enthusiastically and wanted to throw in some thoughts about packing and clothing needs. I will keep this short and to the point so that you may have a solid understanding of what it takes to pack appropriately for a Dragons program in the Himalaya.

More than some other programs, it is very important for us to pack light. Our tentative itinerary (to be posted in a few weeks) takes us on a one-way course, with few options to return to our previous abodes.To add to this,we will most likely be making a one-way trek along the way. What this means is that we will have to pack in a way that allows us to carry everything on our backs. Assuming that you have read through the packing list carefully (in your preparation materials), please remember that even carry-ons or smaller backpacks have to be accounted for in this.

As far as gear goes, the packing list should be very helpful. We will be in a mix of cold, hot, and wet climates, depending on the day, altitude, and region. Layering systems are very important, and especially key on a program like this where we travel from sea level to 6,000 feet overnight, and all the way up to the higher passes (17,000+ feet) during the trek and jeep rides.If you want to pack smartly, donot go for the highest-end clothing at the outdoor store (REI, etc). For example, in some cases, the high-end rainshellscan bebulkier and heavier than what is necessary (because they are designed for mountaineering or backcountry skiing), taking up much needed space for other clothing and necessities. In the same vein, be sure that your rain gear and warm weather gear is adequate enough (in other words, an old poncho from boy scouts -- what I used to use when I was fifteen -- might not suffice in the Himalaya).

These are very skeletal recommendations; the preparation materials you received give good details, and we can also follow up in our individual phone conversations. On that note, expect a call from one or more of your instructors in the next few weeks. We are excited to speak with you and answer the questions you have. If you have any immediate questions, you may contact the Dragons office or ask on this forum. As you may have noticed, Lindsay has already responded to a question on this forum. It is great that we are using this forum. Keep it up!

Max

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Max Woodfin,Tibet Cultural, Group "A", Summer 2008

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Max Woodfin

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Dear Fellow Travelers,

Welcome!

I am looking so forward to exploring Tibetan culture, history, language, and landscape with you in Dharamsala and Ladakh! This is an important time for Tibetan culture. We have the very unique opportunity to intimately experience Tibetan culture during a time of intense emotion and struggle for Tibetans both inside and outside of Tibet. In Dharamsala, we will meet Tibetans who escaped over the Himalayan Mountains to India in 1959 with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, ex-political prisoners recently arrived from Tibet, and Tibetan youth born in India fighting for the chance to see their homeland. In Ladakh, we will experience Tibetan culture as it has been for hundreds of years – drinking butter tea, herding yaks, eating tsampa, and hiking over some of the highest mountain passes in the world. This summer is going to be magic! I cannot wait!

To begin, I want to briefly introduce myself. I have my Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University with a focus in Tibetan Studies and Conflict Resolution. In my other life I am a professional contemporary dancer in New York City and an Assistant Professor of Dance at Ithaca College.

I first fell in love with Tibetan culture in 1999, when I lived on farm in Ladakh. I coincidently flew into Ladakh on the same plane with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, spent two weeks attending his teachings and was extremely lucky to have the opportunity to meet him! After the teachings, I lived and worked on farm with a Ladakhi family. We rose early to work in the fields, watching the sun rise while we sipped Tibetan butter tea. Some afternoons during the heat of the day we bathed in the rivers or made tsampa cookies in an outdoor oven. In the evenings, the yaks and dri (female yaks) came down from the pasture, and I milked the dri and collected yak dung for cooking dinner. I experienced sustainable living that has worked for hundreds of years on the Tibetan plateau. Since that time on the farm, I have not been able to stop dreaming of the clear bright sunlight in the mountains, the crisp thin air, and the sweet singing of the Ladakhi greeting “Jullee!!”

In 2005, I returned to India to work with Tibetan exiles in Dharamsala. I worked with an ex-political prisoners association and Tibetan youth, and listened to them express their intense longing for Tibetan freedom. In 2006, I led the Tibet Cultural Odyssey program in Tibet with Dragons. We visited remote monasteries deep in the mountains, lived with nomads in yak hair tents, trekked to high altitude lakes – much of what we will experience this summer in Ladakh and Dharamsala. At that time in Tibet it was not safe to speak freely for political reasons; sadly, now it would be impossible. In Northern India, we can truly delve into the culture, history, language and politics of Tibetan culture experiencing places many can only dream about.

I have worked and traveled all over the world: in Peru and Guatemala with women affect by conflict, in Ecuador with workers, in Thailand with dancers, in Nepal and Kenya trekking. Each of those places has dug a little root in my heart, but no place has ever moved me as much as Ladakh and Dharamsala. For me it is magic. You will see for yourself! This summer, I ask you to keep an open mind and enjoy moments of clarity as much as the moments of confusion. There will be times when we feel exhausted, want pizza or a cozy couch and a movie. Leave these comforts behind for six weeks, and walk into another culture that can offer so much if we are willing to let go of what is familiar and are willing to live in the moment. Our trip will be what we all put into it. As one of my Tibetan friends says, “Semki so ba ray,” which means, “Your mind creates everything.” So let us all put our whole heart and mind into the trip and we will create an amazing life-changing adventure, exploring the heart of Tibetan culture and the core of ourselves, together.

Debi, Max and I look forward to talking with you soon and seeing you in June!

Enjoy,

Lindsay Gilmour

Feel free to call or write at any time with questions or if you just want to chat:
lindsaygilmour@yahoo.com
917 287 1617

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Lindsay Gilmour,Tibet Cultural, Group "A", Summer 2008

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Dear Fellow Travelers, Welcome! I am looking so forward to exploring Tibetan culture, history, language, and landscape with you in Dharamsala and Ladakh! This is an important time for Tibetan culture. We have the very unique opportunity to intimately experience Tibetan culture during a time of intense emotion and struggle for Tibetans both inside and […]

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05/15/08

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Lindsay Gilmour

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