DAY 1 – THURSDAY- Depart for Kathmandu
Day 2 – FRIDAY – Arrive Kathmandu (Hotel Manang)
DAY 3 – SATURDAY – Bhaktapur, Dhulikhel (Namobuddha Resort & Organic Farm)
DAY 4 – SUNDAY – Trek to Namobuddha Shrine, (TEWA Center)
DAY 5 – MONDAY – Nonviolence Training, Day 1 (TEWA Center)
DAY 6 – TUESDAY – Nonviolence Training, Day 2 (TEWA)
DAY 7 – WEDNESDAY – LRI School, Travel to Dhading Besi (Hotel Jana Jibika)
DAY 8 – THURSDAY – Visit local residents in Damgade, (River Fun Resort)
DAY 9 – FRIDAY – River Rafting, Raute Village Tibeto-Burman ethnic group, Kathmandu (Hotel Manang)
DAY 10 – SATURDAY – Swyambhunath, Early Childhood Development Center, Bouddhanath Buddhist Stupa (Hotel Manang)
DAY 11 – SUNDAY – Thamel, Pushpathinath Temple, Depart Kathmandu
DAY 12 – MONDAY- Return to URI
After arrival orientation and first night in Kathmandu, students explore the ancient city of Bhaktapur the next day. Then we travel to Dhulikhel where we have our first view of the magnificent Himalayan Mountains. We will stay overnight at the lovely Namobuddha Resort & Organic Farm and will trek over to the Namobuddha shrine the next morning to experience the inner peace of the Buddhist temple. We like to arrive in time to sit in on an amazing prayer service as a hundred monks chant in unison, mantras of compassion and peace.
We will stay at the TEWA Women’s Center where we will experience a 2–day International Kingian Nonviolence Training facilitated by URI Center faculty. This program is a collaboration between URI and several not-for-profit organizations and Tribhuvan University’s Conflict, Peace, & Development Graduate Studies Program.
We enjoy a white water rafting excurision. On the drive back to Kathmandu, we visit the Raute Village Tibeto-Burman ethnic group. We arrive back in Kathmandu for the final two days/nights where students will experience cultural and spiritual learning at several of the world’s holiest ancient temples and shrines, such as Swyambhunath – the Monkey Temple where we climb 365 steps to reach the Stupa, and Bouddhanath Buddhist Temple.
Completing this international nonviolence travel experience, students will visit with 2012 CNN Hero winner, and 2016 Superhero, Pushpa Basnet at her Early Childhood Development Center, a home for young children who without other options were forced to live in prisons with their convicted parents. After a final relaxing morning of packing and souvenir shopping, the group bids a final “Namaste” to Nepal.