Brigitte Muir – Belgian/Australian
The question after climbing a mountain is always: What next? Another mountain, of course! Which does not have to be a real mountain of snow and ice.
After climbing Everest, I started to feel I needed something else in my life. I was not learning anymore by going on expeditions and pushing my limits mentally and physically. But growths, and climbing a mountain, were still very much on my agenda.
This time, the journey started within, and expanded to encompass others, in a dream that can only happen through collaboration and a common yearning for a better world and a better life, in integrity, honesty and respect of the self, others and the stunning universe-creation we live in.
In my case, the dream started as a question, linked to the mountain people of Nepal who were working with me on treks and climbing expeditions. They laughed so much! Were they like that at home too? My quest to find out, which I have been catching on film since 2007, led me to stay with a family in Lura, below the Everest region. They became my family, and their village my second home. The women, subsistence farmers, were largely forgotten in social and economic life, as they could not read or write in their own country’s language, Nepali. I started fund-raising through my website, and even the smallest donations have begun to make a difference in their lives. The details are at http://brigittemuiroam.wordpress.com/bts-action-pagew/.
I am still busy with volunteering most of my time working on the exciting reality that is “Beyond the Smile.”
Donations can be made through http://brigittemuiroam.wordpress.com/bts-action-pagew/