Conscious Impact Education program update by Alyson and Ellen on Jan 31, 2017.
This video is a tribute. A tribute to wild places, friends, adventures, and to Seattle, my primary homebase for the past year and a half. I am thankful for wilderness, where we are able to unplug and recharge by an entirely different yet distinctively energizing way. Through time in nature, whether alone or in the quality company of friends, I have been a witness and admirer of the beautiful land and life that surrounds the Pacific Northwest through all 4 seasons. I am grateful for flowing water, for the elements, and for the indigenous peoples as well as environmental groups that have preserved this land for generations upon generations to enjoy. I hope this time-lapse video invokes a sense of wonder of our immense natural world, and inspires the exploration, respect, and preservation of wild places.
To say that it is difficult to distill the dozens of journeys and 60,000+ images in the Cascades, Olympics, and Puget Sound into just 3 minutes and 38 seconds, is most certainly an understatement. This video is the essence and result of hundreds upon hundreds of hours of planning, travel, hiking, hauling and setting up the equipment, dialing in the perfect settings, sleeping under the stars, (trying to) stay warm, fighting off mosquitoes, and nearly the same amount of time and attention in meticulously compiling it all together.
Immense gratitude to all (tagged, but so many more) for a beautiful year and a half together in the Pacific Northwest. Enjoy, and do share this with anyone who also loves the great outdoors.
Photography, concept, and editing: Jonathan H. Lee // www.subtledream.com // @subtledream
Greetings from Central America! I write this on a bus heading to Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica, where my high school friend Steven’s wedding is happening this weekend.
After my extended stay in Nepal, I caught a sore throat and fever that unfortunately made the journey home quite uncomfortable. Thankfully, I spent 4 days in between the 2 journeys in quality company of old friends and housemates. My body has been restored completely now. A strong dose of nature, rest, good food, even better company, and wanderlust have been perfect cures. Right before departing Kathmandu, I finished a 8-minute film showcasing our work as volunteers and the community of Takure. It is intended to be shown to upcoming and prospective volunteers of Conscious Impact & YUWA, and of course serve as a tribute to all the incredible experiences and progress made collectively in Sept and Oct. I am proud to show this to all the supporters and donors to my fundraiser. Definitely worth noting that all 3 songs were sung and recorded in Takure, and 2 of the songs are original pieces inspired by our time in the village. Turn the sound up!
Upon returning to the U.S. later in Nov, I will continue to organize, edit, and publish content captured in Takure & Nepal. Orion and Juliette have been posting many of my photographs on their personal Facebook profiles as well the Conscious Impact FB page. Luke + Sebastian from Redefined Films were great to work with, and they too will be producing content in the coming weeks/months. One of their videos will showcase Dheeraj, the co-founder of YUWA Unity Nepal and a resident of Takure. It’s looking to be really good. I will keep you all posted with links. I had some sincere, heartfelt conversations with Orion and Allen while in Nepal, and the current intention is for me to return Feb 2016 to pick things up once more. By that time the brick press(es) will be set and producing compressed stabilized earth blocks daily, and thus the reconstruction of the school(s) ought to be well under way. I am so looking forward to it! Attached are some favorites from my last 2 weeks in Nepal. For folks who have selected a print or photo book as perks, we shall be in touch later in November in regards to making all the happen. 🙂 With much gratitude for your support, in whatever quantity and manner, to have made this journey and project, for myself and for so many others I have crossed paths with, not only possible but truly, deeply enriching.
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