Month: July 2012

Princeton Alumni Association, Annapurna Circuit and Sarah Ferris

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Bio Bio
Expeditions,  Princeton Journeys
Alumni Association  & Bodhi
Tree Foundation with Sarah Ferris.

Not long
after giving birth to two beautiful children and “settling down” in Truckee,
California, Sarah Ferris realized that she is not really the stay at home
type.   In 2006, Sarah &
her husband (Mark Ferris) decided it was time to start traveling again so they
took their 2 & 4 year old daughters on a 16-day trek around the Annapurna
Circuit in Nepal.   Shortly
after returning from that trip, Sarah & Mark co-founded a small non-profit
organization, Bodhi Tree Foundation (BTF), which promotes and supports
Maternal-Child Health Projects in the hidden Himalayas of Humla, Nepal.  BTF provides safe motherhood
educational classes, clean delivery kits and pre/postnatal vitamins.  Sarah’s passion for helping the women
of Humla stems from her experience as a Labor & Delivery and Postpartum
Nurse and the seven months that she and her husband spent living and working in
Humla in 2000.  You can learn more
about Bodhi Tree Foundation at: www.bodhitreefoundation.org

When
she is in Nepal, Sarah usually spends most of her time in Humla, overseeing BTF
projects and working as a Trekking Guide but she also loves traveling to other
regions throughout the country. This spring she went to Annapurna Base Camp
with a Princeton Journeys Alumni Association group as the Head Trekking Guide
for Bio Bio Expeditions. This was an amazing group and a beautiful trek!  Bio Bio organized a unique trekking
experience that included not only breathtaking scenery, culture and camaraderie
but also impressive and highly educational daily lectures on high-altitude
medicine and geology by some of the world’s most knowledgeable professors. This
led to stimulating conversation on every step of the trail all the way up to
4130 meters! The trip was a huge success and everyone was able to complete the
entire trek, including a truly inspiring woman with Parkinson’s disease.  This was the trip of a lifetime and is
highly recommended for everyone!