Your Adventure

“We must let go of the life we have planned, so as to accept the one that is waiting for us. The big question is whether you are going to be able to say a hearty yes to your adventure.”  –Joseph Campbell

Click here to find out more about our upcoming Permaculture Adventure in Nepal!

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Our journey is unique. Just as unique as each tree which has ever grown, and just as unique as each individual which has ever walked the Earth. There is no mistake in our journey. In fact, perhaps the most commonly made mistake that we make so often is to believe that we are just an ordinary individual. I challenge you to take a look at where you have accepted your ordinariness, and hidden from the fullness of your being. I encourage you to take a big breath of Trust in, and take the leap into that next phase of your journey, wherever that may lead.

“Take Risks, if you win, you will be happy. If you lose, you will be wise.”

 

 

Regenerative Tourism in Nepal

What does it mean to travel with purpose? To reach beyond sustainable tourism? To form deep relationships which serve the land and people?

Click Here for information on our upcoming program in April, 2017

In may 2014, the PermaculTourism Initiative hosted the first Nepal Permaculture Adventure, a 16-day journey through the Annapurna range of the Himalayan Mountains of Nepal. Since then PermaculTourism members have formed an organization called Woven Earth, which has now taken on organizing this Nepal Permaculture Adventure for the last 2 years. This year again from April 1-20 our 20-day Permaculture Design Certification Course will occur, followed by an 8-day Traditional Himalayan Skills Course & Trek from April 22-29. More information can be found here on the Woven Earth website!

 

Here are a few highlights of our meaningful experiences and the impacts from our first Adventure in 2014:

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1. Rainbow Children’s Home

Our group taught the “Ethics of Permaculture” (Earth Care, People Care, and Fair Share) to the children at the Rainbow Children’s Home in Pokhara. We also gave a half day of service in their organic vegetable garden and learned some valuable tools of the trade from resident gardener, Amma.RCH1

2. Permaculture Homesteading in Tatopani

In the village of Tatopani, we engaging in meaningful service-learning experiences at our friend Bhupen’s farm, such as filling in layers of his food forest and learning the basics of apiculture (bee-keeping). We also had the luxury of beginning and ending our days by soaking in the hot springs of Tatopani!

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3. Observation of Village Systems.

We continued our journey, higher into the Himalayas, trekking through beautiful villages such as Dana, Ghasa, Lete, Kobang, Naurikot, and Marpha. Within these traditional Nepali villages, we had the chance to observe the structures and ways of Life that have sustained these people for countless generations. We gained more insight on old-world technologies such as stone building, heating and cooking with cob rocket stoves, water-powered grain mills, and animal husbandry.

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Cob Oven Building

4. Permaculture Education and Practice at the Shree Jana Adarsh Secondary School

We spent 5 days engaged in Permaculture education and service at the Shree Jana Adarsh Secondary School in Kobang. We designed and built gardens, composts, and planted so many seeds for the future (both literal and metaphorical seeds). The students are so engaged and interested in discovering more about Permaculture!

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Double spiral keyhole garden design, day 1 implementation

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Lesson on Ecology and the Food Web at the Shree Jana Adarsh School

5. Service-Learning at the Tibetan Settlement of Chairo

We learned and served alongside the Tibetan people of Chairo Village. We helped them with interplanting beans and corn, and shared some examples of Permaculture methods such as “no-till” soil management, and heavy mulching of fruit trees. We also sang the Tibetan songs used for seed sowing!

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6. Cultural Exchange in Kobang

Because of our presence, the citizens of Kobang and surrounding villages organized an evening program where westerners and Nepali’s alike shared songs, dances, and other types of cultural performances. This program, along with our closing fire gathering the last night in Kobang, brought out the best of all of our diverse cultures, such as American, Japanese, Swedish, Australian, Tibetan, and Nepali.

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7. The Spiritual Journey

For each one of us, this journey turned out to be as much of an inward spiritual journey as it was an outward adventure. We experienced highs inspired  by waterfalls, temples, morning yoga sessions, and the open hearted local people. We also found ourselves at the edge of our comfort zones at times, confronting human realities which we don’t usually see back at home. All of it, inner and outer, blissful and challenging, presented a profound opportunity to grow. One of the highlights of this spiritual journey was trekking to the cave where Guru Padmasambhava, the father of Tibetan Buddhism, attained enlightenment before first bringing Buddhism to Tibet in the 7th century.

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To find information about our upcoming Spring 2015 Permaculture Adventure, please click here!

Special Thanks…

to Buddhi Ratna Sherchan, the “Apple Father” of Nepal, our Buwa (father), for guiding us, and teaching us so much about Horticulture and Human Nature. Thanks to my co-facilitators, my team, my brothers and sisters, Theron Beaudreau, Thom Waymouth, Ashley Wright, Toran Gauchan, and Bhupen Pun. Thanks to all members of our traveling band of PermaGypsies, Erin Watson, Lauren Bellafiore, David Baker, Jacob Bear, Ebba Bergstrom, Mizuki Watanabe, Kate Mountford, Animo Weng, and special thanks to Ben Newman for taking photos, and to Jenna Jasso for sharing her yoga teachings. Also a great big thanks to our community at the Shree Jana Adarsh School, Renuka, Tekan, Roshan, Samir, Suman, and all other teachers and students at the school. Thanks to our Tibetan friends, Tashi, Tenzin, Tsring, Pema, and more for embracing us and teaching us so much about Tibetan culture. Dhanyebhad (thank you) to every Nepali “Bhai”, “Dhai”, “Bahini”, “Didi”, “Amma”, and “Baba” who treated us as family, hosted us, fed us, and taught us such great things about being human beings on this Earth… Phedi Betaula! (See you again!)

-Brandon Bodhi Denton (founder and group leader)

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Left to Right: Thom Waymouth, Theron Beaudreau, Ashley Wright, Tashi, Mizuki Watanabe, Brandon Bodhi Denton, Buddhi Ratna Sherchan, Toran Gauchan, Lauren Bellafiore, Erin Watson, Animo Weng, Kate Mountford, Jenna Jasso

It takes a village…

…in this case, to raise a way of Life (Permaculture), and to ensure the health and longevity of the local environment. This little village in Nepal is doing just that.

The Mustang District of Nepal is one of the few places in the world where traditional ways of life are still the norm, but these old cultural gems are being lost very rapidly as the world turns.

It’s the same story all over the world. Consumer Culture has now become a common thread wherever you go. Why? Because it seems appealing. It’s sugar and plastic. It seems easier. It seems that goods and commodities come from a never-ending, reliable source. The reality of course, is not all that it seems. Nepal is at a very critical time in it’s development, as villages begin to lose the resilience of localized economy and slowly merge into the globalized world economy.  Only eight years ago, Mustang had no road accessible by vehicles, only foot-paths. Whatever the people lived on had to be grown, harvested, or carried in by hand or mule.

Kobang is a unique community which is taking steps to set standards of sustainability for the Region. The head of the Kobang development community and president of the Shree Jana Adarsh High-School, Arjun Singh Tulachan, is committed to doing his part steering the village’s development into a harmonious balance with Nature. The Shree Jana Adarsh High-School, is the public High school which serves many of the villages surrounding. Students travel from their native villages to stay at the school Hostel for months at a time while they are attending school. These students, local villagers, and community leaders (Arjun Tulachan, Renuka Gurung, Buddhi Ratna Sherchan, and more), in partnership with the PermaculTourism Initiative and our committed team of PermaculTourists, will be creating a model educational Permaculture system at the Shree Jana Adarsh School which to demonstrate the health and vibrance that Permaculture Design can bring to a community.

Our first global community convergence, the Nepal PermaculTourism Adventure, May 16-31 will be documented through video to demonstrate the Impact that a group of willing participants, local and global, can have on an area such as the Mustang District of Nepal. Visit our Details page to find out how you can be apart of this inspiring Journey into the Heart of the Himalayas. Our service sites along this educational adventure will also include a small family-run organic farm next to the hot springs of Tatopani, and a Tibetan Refugee Settlement in Marpha.

What is the highest goal we can achieve in this Life? Perhaps to Love. Beyond that… Explore, Learn, and Serve.