Everest Awakening was started in April 2015. In January 2015, Jesse Paris Smith spent time in Nepal, and in light of the earthquake just a few months later, was inspired with friends and collaborators to create a community with a goal of directly giving relief to those affected in the region. The name 'Everest Awakening' was chosen by Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal. The name represents a symbol of the issues faced today in the Himalaya. We think of Everest as completely solid, untouchable, and almighty, and yet it was fragile, not spared in the face of this disaster, just as it is not spared in the wake of climate change. Mother Earth no longer accepts our presence with silence, so we need to rise up to awaken our hearts.