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Summer Field Expedition to the Himalayas July 10-30, 2016

Join us on this medical, cultural anthropological, and adventure expedition to the Indian Himalayas in the summer of 2016 with Himalayan Health Exchange

This humanitarian medical anthropology adventure expedition will include socio-cultural and religious teachings of the Western Himalayas with daily yoga and meditations sessions. This adventure will offer participants a practical approach to the study of India, Tibet and the Himalayan culture. During this journey, team members will have the opportunity to investigate local history, practical medicine, religious beliefs and practices, modern human adaptations, regional effects of globalization, monastic life and local healthcare. In addition, through trekking and camping in remote areas, they will observe the interconnectedness of the magnificent natural environment with a daily local existence, and experience raw outdoor adventure.

This first-hand experience will be accompanied by daily yoga & meditation sessions and academic lectures

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This expedition offers a practical approach to the study of India and the Himalayan culture in a socio-cultural, medical and religious context, amidst a grand outdoor adventure.  During the journey, team members will attend a 7-day service public health camp and have the opportunity to investigate local history, religious beliefs and practices, modern human adaptations, regional effects of globalization and monastic life. In addition, through trekking and camping in remote areas, they will participate in the interconnectedness of the magnificent natural environment with a daily local existence. This first-hand experience will be accompanied by daily academic lectures and any research assistance.

Lecture topics will include:  Cultural, Medical, Economic, Biological and Visual Anthropology, Religion & Philosophy, Cross-cultural healing, Ayurveda, Public Health, Buddhism, Hinduism, Indian and Tibetan history, High Altitude Adaptation, Epidemiological transition, Dental anthropology, Anthropology of the body, Psychology, Art/Fine Arts, Geography, Social Work, Sociology, Yoga and Meditation

Note: This is a moderately high-altitude expedition in rugged Trans Himalayan regions. Field camp elevations range between 6,000-8,000 feet, with a higher pass crossing of 10,000 feet. As a participant, you must be in excellent physical shape and health and be willing to work in improvised field sites.

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Locations & destination points:  New Delhi, Kais, Kullu, Bir, Dharamsala and McLeodganj located in the Western Himalayas, India.

 Expedition fee: All-inclusive land cost fee is US $3,080. $500 required to reserve space.

International airfare and any school course credit fee not included.

Application deadline: January 15, 2016: **Please be advised that space is limited

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Subjects Areas: Medicine, Anthropology (Cultural, Medical, Economic and Visual), Asian Studies, Pre-Medical, Public Health, Psychology, Art/Fine Arts, Geography, Philosophy, Social Work and Sociology, Yoga and Meditation

Field study topics include:

Cultural and Social:

  • Indian/Tibetan history, geography, culture, and politics
  • Colonization and post-colonial reality
  • The cultural construction of race and ethnicity
  • Socio-cultural change
  • Globalization and modernization
  • Introduction to the Western Himalayan religions
  • Bon Pon: the indigenous religion of Tibet
  • Hinduism: Beliefs, Gods, and Practices
  • Buddhism: 4 Noble Truths, Eightfold Path, 5 Elements of Life
  • Cultural preservation of Tibetans in exile
  • Meditation and yoga in daily life

Medical:

  • Introduction to the healthcare needs of natives and role of Himalayan Health Exchange
  • Human Adaptation to High Altitude Living (Effects of High Altitude (hypoxia, etc.)
  • Cultural disease concepts and impact of modernization on various Diseases
  • Traditional Tibetan Medicine and Ayurved
  • Tuberculosis, Leprosy, Polio and current state of Himalayan Healthcare
  • Indigenous Medical Practices and Customs of Himalayan Healthcare
  • Rheumatologic heart disease
  • Travelers Diarrhea
  • Question and answer night

Field Expedition Objectives

  • To gain medical and cultural exposure.
  • To learn, develop and apply practical skills in non-traditional settings.
  • To develop sensitivity to different religious beliefs and rituals.
  • To adventure!
  • To introduce team members to cultures and lifestyles in remote rural areas.
  • To develop awareness of different cultures by analyzing social, economic and healthcare needs.

**In addition to the ability to work as a team member, necessary qualities for participants are: a sense of humor; flexibility and an open mind; willingness to live with what’s provided in the wilderness, at times improvised; resourcefulness: the ability to make the most of the situation at hand;  patience and understanding of unpredictable situations  

To register or for questions please email us at: info@himalayanhealth.com

Email Subject line: July 10-30th Expedition

Namaste,

Crystal & River

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