An Adventure North to Dharamsala
Heading north into the foothills of the Himalayas, our team will move to McLeod Ganj, located 2100 m. (6800 ft.) up on a ridge above Dharamsala in the upper reaches of the Kangra Valley. It is home to the Tibetan government-in-exile and the residence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Our time here will be facilitated by the local chapter of the Tibetan Women’s Association, through whom we will learn about the history of Tibet and the struggles Tibetans face in exile. We’ll also have the opportunity to contribute to their, and/or other organizations’, work. This firsthand experience of the ongoing activism in McLeod Ganj will inform our wider conversation about liberation from oppressive structures.
We will also discover the legacy of Buddhism, which was the dominant religion in India for a millennium until about 800 years ago. The quiet, relaxed environment will give us the space to reflect on what we’ve learned over the last four weeks. Whether it’s hiking outside the village, checking out the many temples and spiritual spaces in the area, practicing yoga, taking cooking classes, or maybe even catching a glimpse of the Dalai Lama in his hometown, this is the perfect place for our reflections.