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The Tiger's Nest in Bhutan. Photo by Chelsea Ferrel.

Instructor Introduction

Hello dear students,

Warm greetings from the Himalayas.

Congratulations on taking this opportunity to be a part of this wonderful, motivating and empowering experience with Dragons.

My name is Sharon and I will joining you guys as your instructor during the second half of your spring semester course in Bhutan. I will be working closely with Tsering and Hemant my co-instructors, Christy and Uttara our Program Directors and other support staff who are all exceptionally capable and gifted leaders. I am so excited about the semester and much more that you will be joining us here on this journey. I believe this will be one of the best decisions that you have ever made.

My journey with Dragons has been filled with lots of exploration and discovery for students and myself alike. This will be my ninth course with Dragons and as much as I love traveling, I am excited to have this opportunity to meet you all and share about this region, the people and the rich culture with you.

I was born and raised in the foothills of the Eastern Himalayas in India. After high school I went to Kolkata, also called the “city of joy” which is one among the oldest cities in India to continue my education. After college I moved to the U.S and lived there for a little more than a decade. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to get to see and experience two different cultures and to learn to appreciate it. Whenever I can I try to take the best of both worlds and cultivate it in my daily life.

Presently, I am balancing life between being a Dragons instructor, taking time off to be with family and friends while working together towards developing a fully sustainable organic farm in my native maternal village. It is a work in progress.

The end of 2019 was heavy on my family and community as I lost two uncles and an aunt from my maternal side of the family in a span of three months. One of the uncles who passed away spent 61 years of his life in Bhutan. He left his home in India straight after high school which was equivalent to a college degree back then after he got an offer to go to work in Bhutan as a teacher. He fell in love with the country, married there and lived there all his life. He was dedicated to the field of education and family. This year with his passing all family members came together, he has a total of 46 children and grandchildren and the love that they had for him reflected in all the ceremonies that took place for his souls passing away.

These moments have taught me that all hard times we go through in life has a hidden gift in itself. The loss in our family brought all family members more closer to one another and made me realise deeply how blessed we all were to be a part of the family, the community and to be alive. Life indeed is such a gift!

Going back to Bhutan is going to be a full circle for me to feel the beauty of the place again that was my uncle’s second home. And to meet you all and explore the abundant possibilities of self expansion and growth amongst people from a country who seem to be dedicated to taking care of the earth and about intrinsic human values.

Right now as I write this introduction I am in my hometown Kalimpong in India, a small hill station that faces Mount  Kanchendzonga. It is the third highest mountain in the world which for my indigenous tribe ‘The Lepchas’ hold a lot of significance. Mount Kanchendzonga is considered our mother deity and protector. It has been a chilly winter and we have been sitting around the fire almost all morning and evenings sipping minimum five cups of tea and catching up with everyone.

Rejuvenated and with a heart full of love I would like to be present for you guys when I come to Bhutan.

Each program I have worked has been a unique experience altogether and I am so excited to see all the different ideas and thoughts that you will bring to the table.

I am so looking forward to meeting you all and to share and learn as much as I can from each one of you. The Dragon’s team has been working together relentlessly to ensure the course is safe, educational and an inspiring experience for you all.

I hope through your time spent here you will come to learn more about yourselves and about this beautiful country.

Please do take out some time to write and post your introductions, as we would love to know more about you.