Talks in New York City Friday, March 10, 2017 and March 13, 2017
Join us in the community room at REI, Soho NYC on Friday, March 10, 2017 from 7p.m. to 8:30p.m. and REI East Hanover on Monday, March 13, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm. Hear Sydney Frymire talk about the trips she organizes to Nepal for both adventure and good works. Her talk here last year was popular and inspirational.
Imagine walking in the extreme foothills in Nepal along native village paths, with breathtaking views of the tallest mountains in the world, and the opportunity to experience an exotic culture, and meet native villagers and monks. Sydney will discuss what the country, culture, and people are like in this unique area, and share what these adventure volunteerism tours include.
It's not a climbing expedition; it's a moderate "trekking" adventure across some of the most spectacularly beautiful places in the world. Rated as a moderate trek for people in good shape. The tour leader has been taking small volunteer groups to Nepal since 2011 and is involved in several humanitarian projects there, some of which you may experience during the tour.
The FreeWalkers have partnered with Sydney on promoting these walks. See details on two other events scheduled for October/November 2017:
Learning Through Traditional Music: Thanks to Your Contributions
Over the last few years The Trek of Your Life has focused on volunteering at the Dadaguan Village school and orphanage located in the foothills surrounding Kathmandu. We have collaborated with others involved with the school since 2007. Our project is unique because my business partners in Nepal live near the village and monitor our programs to insure funds and contributions are handled as intended. Through this program The Trek of Your Life volunteers have:
• Equipped a computer room
• Made donations to the scholarship fund for 3 children to attend high school
• Purchased school supplies, such as origami balls, pencils, laminated posters, flash cards, English speaking teaching props
• Donated 7 Computers for use by the teachers and school children
• Provided in service training in accounting, parenting skills, and support for the teachers
• Worked closely with Steve’s wife Neeru to bridge cultural and communication gaps
When I was in Nepal last year the children in Dadagaun Village were practicing Justin Bieber songs and dancing like him. It occurred to me that they might start to devalue Nepalese culture as they are exposed to more international travelers. So this year I am taking another group to Nepal to set up a program using Nepalese music and dance to enhance the school curriculum as well as improve academic performance. With your help, these talented bright children will learn that Nepalese music, dance and art, developed through centuries, has value. We will begin this year to lay the groundwork so the Nepalese can become the stewards of the program and spread the pride in their musical traditions. Your generous contribution will help us buy:
• 10 sarnagis (fiddles) $25 each
• 10 bansuri (flutes) $10 each
• 10 madal (drums) $20 each
• 10 morchunga (harps) $5 each
• $650-salary for a Nepalese musican to visit Dadaguan Village School twice a month for one year
Every second Friday meet a person who is creating, growing and healing in today's world
Gathering at in Washington, D.C. Saturday, February 26, 2017, 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m Please join us to hear about the 3 treks planned for October-November in Nepal and hear stories from others who have already joined The Trek of YOUR Life trips while you sip "Sherpa tea."
Tea tasting at Zen Tara Tea, Saturday, April 27, 1:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. 4710 Bethesda Avenue | Bethesda, MD 20814
Taste the teas of Nepal. After years of supporting and providing blending teas for neighboring Darjeeling, tea gardens in Nepal have begun developing exceptional teas of their own. In addition to tasting 3 teas from Nepal, we will be joined by Sydney Frymire. She will add her personal experiences with the people and the culture of Nepal to the flavor of the tea drinking experience.
We are lucky to have Tara Linhart join us to talk about her experience with The Mountain Music Project, which currently works to help musicians preserve their local traditions in Nepal, Bhutan, Thailand and Burma.
Tara Linhart and Dipesh Rajak perform a traditional Nepalese song.
About Tara Lindhardt Tara is a co-host and production coordinator of the film, The Mountain Music Project. In addition to being an award-winning mandolin player from Virginia, winning first place at such festivals as the Mount Airy Fiddler's Convention and the Maury River Fiddler's Convention, she also lived with Nepali families and studied in Nepal for a year and is a fluent Nepali speaker. She received a bachelor's degree in International Relations from the University of Wisconsin with two years of that study done in Asia. She has a Master's degree in education and has been performing and teaching traditional music for years, both privately and in festivals, workshops and traditional music camps, such as the Traditions Week at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland, and the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival. She has also given presentations on Asian and Appalachian cultures and music at Shepherd University, Muskingum University, and The Asia Society.
Voluntourism - September 12, 2012 Sydney gave a talk about voluntourism and her experience in Nepal at the Wednesday Morning Group, Cedar Lane Universalist Church, 9601 Cedar Lane, Bethesda, Maryland
Festive Lunch - September 9, 2012 Lok Tiwari, owner of Ghar-E-Kabab Restaurant, (944 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland) and I hosted a delicious lunch with entertainment and information about traveling in Nepal. The event raised money to buy school supplies for children in Dadagaun Village and Basa Village. If you would like to donate directly just click Basa Village or Dadagaun Village.