English Teacher Jason Knebel Works to Hone His Craft in Kathmandu
English teacher Jason Knebel, Jean and Bill Cook Master of English, participated in the Himalayan Writers Workshop, a creation of VES alum James Hopkins ‘79––developing his writing craft in Nepal––one of the most inspiring and fascinating settings in the world. The “Discovering a sense of place” program pairs 10 days of writing with exploration of the city and culture of Kathmandu and the surrounding areas. The group spent time with featured writer, Eric Weiner as well as Nepali investigative journalist Rajneesh Bhandari, engaging in fascinating talks about the current political climate. Later they met with the amazing Carroll Dunham for a lovely dialogue about the sacred feminine, current politics, medical anthropology, the Kathmandu Valley and writing with a “zen eye.” In addition to personal enrichment, he looks forward to sharing all that he has learned through his classes.
Jason is also exploring a side project of the workshop called Quilts for Kids Nepal, an organization that works with economically-challenged women to finance education for underprivileged children. The women live in a beggars camp and collect scraps of fabric which are hand-sewn into beautiful quilts. Selling a quilt sends a child to school for a year. Jason is hoping to make a connection between VES and the programs and has already facilitated the sale of some of the quilts here at VES to help send the children to school in Nepal.