The Dream of the Turquoise Bee

Cultural Diplomacy in Eastern Tibet


 June 27, 2010 (Sunday)   
5:00 PM

Sebastopol Community Center 
425 Morris Street, Sebastopol

Requested Donation:

$10 for Tibetan Political Prisoners and Their Families   


 Travel with Dianne Aigaki to Tibet where she does scientific botanical paintings of wildflowers growing between 11,000-18,000 feet elevation and has an eco-tourism partnership with Tibetan villagers. The Dream of the Turquoise Bee tours generate income for poor villagers and support an ancient nunnery, political prisoners and their families, the Every Child Goes to School Fund and the Emergency Fund for Frail, Elderly Tibetans. 

This presentation will show you some of the realities of  present day Tibet—its incredible beauty, its exotic people and the dilemma of a society that has been under Chinese Occupation for more than 60 years. Yak herding, visits to sacred lakes, nuns debating, monks imprisoned for seven years for writing Free Tibet on a sign, searching for the Tibetan blue poppy at 16,000 feet altitude, delivering gifts from refugees living in exile to their families still living in the  homeland—it’s all part of this show.

 Aigaki lives between India, Tibet, and Mexico.  She is a member of the Society of Women Geographers (the premier group of women explorers in the world) and WINGS WorldQuest (an international organization of women explorers) and carried the WINGS flag into Tibet in 2006. She has exhibited at the Royal Horticultural Society in London, the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum and the International Conference of Botanical Illustrators in Thailand. She speaks internationally on The Current Situation in Tibet, Women Explorers and Botanical Illustration as a Vehicle for Cultural Diplomacy.





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