The trips to Nepal offer adventurous souls the opportunity for an inner and outer journey exploring values across cultural lines. In this process, values are identified and adopted contributing to creative, constructive and cooperative actions for both the travelers and the people and communities we visit. Out of this grows a trusting cohesive sense of self, ready and open to new challenges and opportunities. Travelers experience opening to the unexpected aspects and beauty of trekking in new places; discovering a renewed sense of their own strengths while overcoming their self-limiting beliefs. Then they can use this inventory to enhance their lives and their place in the world’s community. Since 2011, she has taken 9 groups, 53 people between the ages of 21-83 years old, couples, single people, father-son and mother-daughter teams.
Her first step on this journey happened unexpectedly on a flight to see her son at the University of Colorado in 1999. By chance, she picked up a Sports Illustrated to read and opened to an article written about trekking in Nepal. She loved reading about the majestic, mysterious mountains, the people, and their culture. She especially loved the idea of a guide giving her a cup of comforting Masala (black tea with ginger, cardamon, cloves, cinnamon and sugar) in her tent in the morning. Something clicked. She remembered her spiritual teacher who urged her students to go to the parts of the world that pulled them; she said, “Something will unfold for you.” Sydney also thought of her father who died when he was 60 of Lou Gerhig’s disease. After he told her that he never dreamed he would die before he could enjoy his retirement, she promised herself to not postpone her dreams.
Despite her job, financial worries, being a mid-life single mother with a son and a daughter in college, she decided to go to Nepal. By declaring her intention, doors began to open. Her first trek in 2000 changed the trajectory of her life and she was driven to share what she experienced with others. After her training as a coach and 22.5 years working as a Clinical Social Worker for Montgomery County and in private practice, she left her job in October 2011 to develop her coaching practice and became the leader of an exciting adventure of transformation that contributes to others in highly meaningful ways. Much of her time is devoted to providing training and workshops for staff of anti-human trafficking groups in Nepal and her coaching business in Maryland and New York.
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