Nepal Medical Service Journey 
April 27th to May 11th 2019


“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from our own actions.” H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama

With an optional add-on of ten days in Tibet May 12th to May 20th or 21st (details coming soon )

Our service is in collaboration with Dr Sherab and his wife Pema. Please visit their website Pure Visions

This Medical Services Trip offers the opportunity for BodyTalk practitioners, doctors, nurses, acupuncturists, herbalists, chiropractors, massage/manual therapists, and other holistic practitioners to experience Nepal and be of service to children, families, monks, nuns and the elderly. 

We also welcome non-medical support volunteers to assist with the clinics.

We strongly believe that natural medicine and its techniques are effective for all populations and especially for areas where native healing traditions exist. During this health services trip, we will be offering hands off and hands on healing techniques, acupuncture with and without needles, moxibustion sessions, and medicinal herbs brought from the U.S. 
We are very happy to be able to work with the local population to provide free, high quality healthcare and at the same time introduce our participants to the richness of Nepalese culture.

Organizers: Dr. Janet Galipo, Holly Steflik and Lama Glenn Mullin have all spent time in Nepal, Tibet and the Himalayas. 


Janet and Holly will be co-leading the volunteer medical efforts in different locations throughout Nepal in collaboration with Dr. Sherab and his wife Pema. Lama Glenn Mullin will serve as cultural guide, supporting the group through practices helping to deepen the connection to our inner wisdom through compassionate action. 

Program Summary: We will meet at Butsugen Hotel in Kathmandu, Nepal on Saturday April 27th at 4pm. Please note that this means leaving the US on April 25th , because one loses a day crossing the date line. Once there, we will take one or two days to recuperate from the long flight, and during this time will visit some of the Valley’s historic sites.

This trip is limited to 20 participants. If you know you want to attend please complete registration and deposit ASAP.
We expect a full trip. $1500 is required to hold your space.

Registration is not complete until deposit is received.
Paypal: servicejourneys@gmail.com

Trip Dates: April 27th to May 11th 2019 
Trip Cost: $4500 Nepal Service Trip Prices are per person, double occupancy. For single room, add $600

Tibet Add On: We will have more details soon. Tibet dates will be May 12th to May 20th or 21st 2019.

PAYPAL PAYMENTS: servicejourneys@gmail.com (3% must be added for ALL CC payments.)

DEPOSIT: $1,500 non-refundable to reserve your space. 
BALANCE: $3,000 due by January 15, 2019 . Total cost of the trip is non-refundable after January 15, 2019.

It is recommended to purchase travel insurance and have current medical insurance.
We recommend that all participants consider buying trip-cancellation insurance.

Included in Price:
All Hotels (double occupancy), all meals, in country transportation, domestic round-trip flights.

The following are not Included:
International Airfare, Nepal Visa Fees, Surcharge for single occupancy rooms, personal care items, tips for staff including drivers, support staff and translators (usually around $200), alcohol, and emergency evacuation.

PLEASE NOTE: The trip itinerary is completely dependent upon government and non-government authorization. It may be subject to change. 

While staying in Kathmandu we will be with the Butsugen Hotel. We have a close relationship with Chetan and his wife Diki who own this beautiful hotel. It is in a fantastic location very close to Boudha Stupa. Please contact them if you wish to book a room before or after your stay. Your rooms in Kathmandu will be covered during the dates of the trip, April 27th through the last night May 10th. The service trip will end Saturday May 11th. 
http://hotelbutsugen.com/
hotelbutsugen@gmail.com

Apply
Please contact me @ holly.steflik@gmail.com to request the registration form. Once the completed application & questionnaire has been received by Holly Steflik and Janet Galipo, you may be contacted for a personal or telephone interview.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Holly Steflik or Janet Galipo by email holly.steflik@gmail.com or phone (919) 619-0165. janet@janetgalipo.com (305) 538-8998

Basic Schedule:

Day 1: April 27th, Saturday, arrival in Kathmandu. We will gather in the lobby of our hotel, the Butsugen Guest House http://hotelbutsugen.comat 4 p.m. for welcome meeting and orientation. We will then head out to Boudha Stupa for an evening walk https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boudhanath . Buddhists and Hindus alike revere this temple complex and devotees can be seen circumambulating the stupa at all times. 
Dinner after walk.

Day 2: April 28th Sunday Today we will visit Patan, also known as Lalitpur https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lalitpur,_Nepal Once a separate kingdom, it is located to the south of Kathmandu. It is believed to be one of the oldest known Buddhist cities in the world. Patan Durbar Square, the “King’s Square,” is adorned with temples, statues and fantastic local culture. Nepal is famous for its Buddhist metal artists, who create some of the finest statuary in the world. We will explore King’s Square, have lunch in the elegant Museum Restaurant, and walk to the Golden Temple, that was built in the 12th century by King Bhaskar Verma. After that we will return to our hotel and rest up before dinner. You may also use this as a free day to rest up. 

Days 3, 4, 5 : April 29th-May1st Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday Offer medical services in Boudha Stupa. We expect to see several hundred each day. We will teach a full BodyTalk Access on the third day.

Day 6 May 2nd Thursday- Travel to Hyulmo.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yolmo_people

Days 7-8-9 May 3rd-5th set up Clinics for 2 days in Hyulmo and last day is a free day in Hyulmo for hiking and adventures! 

Day 10 Monday- May 6th, . Drive to Pharping

http://www.rigpawiki.org/index.php?title=Pharping. This “temple town” is approximately an 1-2 hours from Kathmandu
Here we will stay at Pure Vision retreat center, http://www.purevisionsorig.org/the-healing-center-photo-gallery.htmland offer clinics to local children, monks and nuns. The town has over a dozen Buddhist monasteries, temples and retreat hermitages. 


Day 11 May 7th rest in Pharping + Hiking + massage!
http://www.purevisionsorig.org/the-healing-center-photo-gallery.html

Day 12-13 May 8th-9th Clinics in Monasteries and Nunneries in Pharping. Drive back to Kathmandu at the end of the day on May 9th and stay at Butsugen Hotel.

Day 14 - May 10th Friday is a free day for shopping in Thamel & Boudha Stupa before either returning to the US or continuing on to Tibet for 10 days.

The trip will end on Saturday May 11th after breakfast!