Table of Contents
- 2017 Oct • Reflections after the Gorkha Earthquake
- 2017 August • Flooding in Nepal
- Jamuna Shrestha and Poonam Pokwal Visit Ohio
- A Story of Yad Gurung
- Experiences with the Bhutanese in Pittsburgh, PA USA
- Mini-Workshop with the Bhutanese Community Association of Pittsburgh
- Planting Seeds of Peace
- Crisis in Darjeeling
- A Taste of Empowerment
- AVP Taste of Empowerment Mini-Workshop
- 2017 May-July • Jamuna Shrestha Visits with Resettled Bhutanese in the US
- Jamuna Shrestha to visit the US
- 2016 September • AVP trauma healing workshop
- 2015 November • Workshops help with recovery
- 2015 Oct • Beginning workshops for recovery
- 2015 Sept • Nepal is Beginning to Heal
- Seeking Discernment
- 2015 June • Vidya Sutton returns to Kathmandu after the earthquakes
- Trusting in the discernment of the local Nepalese
- Nepal Earthquake Relief Log
- Visiting communities to listen to stories of loss and repair destroyed hopes for survival
- Nepal Relief Update
- First batch of relief support is distributed in Nepal
- Update from today’s visit to a village
- April 2015 • Earthquakes hit Nepal
- 2015 March • Discernment workshop in Nepal
- Planned Nepal Friends Peace team • March – April 2015
- Bhutanese refugees struggle after relocating in the US
- 2014 Apr – May • Nepal
- 2013 December • Nepal Peace Team
- Training Facilitators for AVP Workshops in Refugee Camps in Eastern Nepal
- Struggles in the Lhotshampa Refugee Camps
- Lhotshampa Refugee History
- Supporting AVP Facilitators in Nepal
2015 Sept • Nepal is Beginning to Heal
Scroll down to read updates from Vydia Sutton on her work and experiences in Nepal.
5 September 2015
Three weeks ago we piled into a jeep and went south to hot humid Hetauda. We did a wonderful two-day workshop of AVP listening, some simple trauma healing tell-your-story activities and lots of games with teachers who now train teachers.
Judy and I are now staying in a Buddhist area, in the guest house in Shechen monastery. There is a steady stream of foreign volunteers staying here: acupuncturists, art and somatic trauma healing therapists, etc.
We made friends with several Acupuncturists without Borders. We went with them a few times to the local temporary tent-village and also to a leper village. Evan and Sekhila put needles in people’s ears. Katie and Judy alcohol-swabbed peoples’ ears. Judy and I wrote start times on post-it notes and gave them to people to hold. Prem took needles out.
Generally people in Nepal are busy. The rice was mostly planted a few weeks ago. Last weekend was Hindu, Buddhist and Sharman festivities to celebrate the end of the planting season. Lots of visiting shrines and small local parades in the streets.
Also always held at this time of the year, big community gatherings and parades to grieve the loss of a loved one, followed by street comedy to help move on. This festival was begun by a king who’s wife kept grieving the loss of their child. So he asked people who had lost a loved one to come together with his wife to tell jokes and help her move on.
In Kathmandu, the tremors are too small to feel these days, except for one that was directly below us and that was a very gentle wobble. People above the more common epicentres in Sindhupalchok and Dolakha still feel the tremors.
For the past couple of months in Kathmandu, any man or woman who is fit and willing has been able to get work as a labourer.
The monsoon will be over soon, the rain is getting less frequent and lighter. Most of the tent-refugees will soon go home to their villages to rebuild.
Today, Saturday, is Lord Krishna’s birthday, a major festival celebrated every 12 years.
So the wheel of life turns.
September 11, 2015 • Shivapuri Peak
It was a wonderful walk to Shivapuri peak.
Lower down were many small streams.
High up on the steep narrow ridges we walked in drifts of mist. The rock steps were coveted in moss, ferns and daisies. The old trees were also covered in moss, ferns and other epiphytes.
Thousands of steps up to reach 2725 metres.
Just before the top we had the very best view of the whole walk …
We were up level with the clouds. For a few seconds we saw some of the mountains to the north.
Thankfully the lookout was marked by prayer flags, at it was some 30 metres off the main track.
At the absolute top was a circle of grass! A helipad! And a statue dedicated to a man who went into samadhi in 1963.
Just past the top was a serene place with carefully piled mountain stones.
Then thousands of steps down again!
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