A book of drawings, paintings and writings from my travels to a remote, Himalayan region as a teacher at a Tibetan Buddhist monastery.
I am publishing a travelogue of my experiences in India in an edition of 500. The book will be ~100 pages and perfect bound with full-color drawings and photos throughout.
The rewards are very simple, but note that a $20 donation will get you a copy of the book -- a $35 value.
When I was in graduate school in Hawaii, almost twenty years ago, I became friends with a wonderful Buddhist nun. From California originally, she'd spent a large amount of time in India and Nepal, living at monasteries in those mountain regions. She mentioned to me then the ever-present need for English teachers. I tucked the idea away.
The volunteer organization that my friend runs is the Jamyang Foundation, "an innovative education project for Himalayan women," and in 2010 I travelled to India and spent 6 weeks teaching at Pangmo Village, in Spiti Valley, Himachal Pradesh, India.
The trip was arduous, the altitude high, the roads terrifying... but the people of Spiti, wonderful. Jamyang is always seeking volunteers, and if you have an adventurous spirit and a desire to see a unique, vanishing culture, consider the trip.
"With the Tibetan border now sealed and access to their cultural heartland denied, the threat of cultural extinction in the Himalayan region looms large. Social and economic changes seriously endanger traditional values. It is now more urgent than ever that women be granted equal social and educational opportunities." (Jamyang Foundation)
I lived for six weeks in Spiti, a high desert river valley, making and sharing drawings throughout. At Yangchen Choling monastery in the tiny village of Pangmo, I taught English to the young nuns.
During my time in India I made many drawings and paintings. I shared these with nearly everyone I met along the way: these drawings were often a passport for me to people and places when language was unavailable.
On many occasions, a gathering crowd of enthusiastic children watching me draw completely blocked the view of what I was drawing.
I have 20+ years experience as a a graphic designer, and have produced many books from start to finish. Kickstarter will pay for the production and printing of an initial run of books.
Half of all profits realized will go to support the Jamyang Foundation's projects.
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