Search our website
Birdfeed

Welcome to Dharmalaya

Dharmalaya Institute is devoted to education and empowerment for compassionate living, with a practical focus on sustainable village development, contemplative service-learning, and immersive ecotourism.

Brick ParadeTradition + Innovation = Sustainability, Health & Joy

Dharmalaya’s mission is to unite the best of traditional wisdom with creative innovation to produce compelling possibilities for compassionate living and sustainable development.   › Learn about Dharmalaya


hOMe-BuildingDevelopment & Empowerment Through Learning & Service

Dharmalaya’s programmes for the local and international communities help us empower ourselves to improve our world. Vocational education, volunteer opportunities, meditation, yoga, and more.   › Explore our programmes


Sangha Join the Dharmalaya Community & Get Involved

Join Dharmalaya on our membership page.
Donate on our support page.
Leap into the action our volunteer page.
Stay informed via the news and our blog.
Follow us on our social networks.

 

Current & Upcoming Events & Programmes

Open Volunteer Period: Informal, minimally-structured volunteer opportunities doing various kinds of physical service work related to green building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping (11 May - 30 June 2014 — participants may arrive and depart anytime during this period).  › More

Rains Retreat: A traditional three-month meditation retreat period for experienced meditation practitioners. There are no teachings or programmes; just a serene and beautiful place to do your own practice (1 July to 30 September 2014). Please contact us to let us know if you are interested. 

Monsoon Open Volunteer Period: Informal, unstructured volunteer opportunities doing various kinds of physical service work related to green building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping. Please note: It is very wet during this period. (1 July to 14 October 2014 — participants may arrive and depart anytime during this period).  More

Vernacular Eco-Architecture Workshop: A unique service-learning programme with diverse activities related to earthen building, organic gardening, natural landscaping, and an optional meditation programme (15-24 October 2014— must attend from the beginning, but leaving early is permitted).  More 

Open Volunteer Period: Informal, minimally-structured volunteer opportunities doing various kinds of physical service work related to green building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping (26 October to 14 November 2014 — participants may arrive and depart anytime during this period).  Details TBA

The World of Yoga — A Retreat on the Holistic Path of the Five Yogas: A week-long residential retreat exploring the whole of yoga as a path, including not only hatha yoga (asanas and pranayama) but also jnana yoga (philosophy), bhakti yoga and mantra yoga, as well as karma yoga in the form of work related to sustainable living, including earthen building, organic gardening, and more. (15-22 November 2014). Details TBA

Sustainable Living in the Himalayas — A Service-Learning Retreat: A ten-day inner/outer adventure in sustainable and compassionate living, providing opportunities for hands-on learning of various skills and concepts related to traditional earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping, integrated with mindfulness, meditation, and other inner explorations (26 November to 6 December 2014 — must attend from the beginning, but leaving early is permitted if your time is limited).  Details TBA

Open Volunteer Period: Informal, minimally-structured volunteer opportunities doing various kinds of physical service work related to traditional earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping (8 December 2014 through 8 March 2015 — participants may arrive and depart anytime during this period).  Details TBA

Vernacular Eco-Architecture Workshop: A unique service-learning programme with diverse activities related to earthen building, organic gardening, natural landscaping, and an optional meditation programme (10-24 March 2015 — must attend from the beginning, but leaving early is permitted). Details TBA

Silent Meditation Retreat with SanghaSeva: A one-week, (mostly) silent meditation retreat in the Insight Meditation tradition, led by Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde of SanghaSeva (28 March - 5 April 2015). Details TBA

SanghaSeva Work Retreat: A ten-day ‘meditation in action’ retreat, providing those who have completed the silent meditation retreat (see above) with opportunities to practice mindful engagement doing various forms of service work related to earthen construction, organic gardening, natural landscaping, and more, helping to build and beautify the Dharmalaya campus (6-17 April 2015). Details TBA

Open Volunteer Period: Informal, minimally-structured volunteer opportunities doing various kinds of physical work related to traditional earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping (approximately 19-30 April 2015, subject to change — participants may arrive and depart anytime during this period).  Details TBA

Sustainable Living in the Himalayas — A Service-Learning Retreat: A two-week inner/outer adventure in sustainable and compassionate living, providing opportunities for hands-on learning of various skills and concepts related to traditional earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping, integrated with mindfulness, meditation, and other inner explorations.  (1-15 May 2015 — must attend from the beginning, but leaving early is permitted if your time is limited).  Details TBA


› See the complete Dharmalaya Events Calendar for more information.