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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


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Current & Upcoming Events & Programmes 

Open Volunteer Period: Informal, unstructured volunteer opportunities doing various kinds of service work related to traditional, eco-friendly earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping. (8 December 2014 to 5 March 2015 — participants may arrive and depart anytime during this period, with a minimum stay of one week.)  More

Vernacular Eco-Architecture Workshop: Unique service-learning programme with diverse activities related to earthen building, organic gardening, natural landscaping, and with and optional group meditation programme. (10-23 March 2015 — must attend from the beginning, but leaving early is permitted.)  › More

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. (25 March to 2 April 2015)  › More

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. (3-13 April 2015)   › More

Open Volunteer Period: Informal, minimally-structured volunteer opportunities doing various kinds of service work related to traditional earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping. (Approximately 15-30 April 2015, subject to change — participants may arrive and depart anytime during this period, with a minimum stay of one week.)  › More

Sustainable Living in the Himalayas — A Service-Learning Retreat: A one-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 explorations. (1-8 May 2015 — must attend from the beginning.)  › 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. (10-31 May 2015 — participants may arrive and depart anytime during this period, with a minimum stay of one week.)  › More

Hatha Yoga Teacher Training Course (Year 1): A forty-day intensive yoga course for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of yoga with a view to becoming a yoga teacher. This is the first part in a two-part course, providing an overview of the five yogas but focusing primarily on hatha yoga. The second part of the course will be offered in 2016. Participants seeking teacher certification must complete the first course and then a undertake a year of practicing the 54 asanas taught in the first course before taking the second course. (1 June to 11 July 2015)  Details TBA

Open Volunteer Period: Informal, minimally-structured volunteer opportunities doing various kinds of service work related to traditional, eco-friendly earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping. (15-30 June 2015 — participants may arrive and depart anytime during this period, with a minimum stay of one week.)  › 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 2015) 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 traditional, eco-friendly earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping. Please note: It is very wet during this period. (1 July to 14 October 2015 — participants may arrive and depart anytime during this period, with a minimum stay of one week.)  Details TBA

Vernacular Eco-Architecture Workshop: Unique service-learning programme with diverse activities related to traditional, eco-friendly earthen building, organic gardening, natural landscaping, and an optional meditation programme. (15-28 October 2015 — must attend from the beginning, but leaving early is permitted if your time is limited.)  Details TBA

Nada Brahma: Music & Meditation Retreat: An exploration of creativity as expressed through music, and of the nature of reality as expressed through the vibrations of sound. The retreat will include workshops in individual and collaborative songwriting as well as intruction in sound meditation with daily practice. The retreat will be in two parts: The first week is required for all participants and the second week is optional, so that those on tight schedules may leave after the first week while those who wish to stay longer to deeper their explorations and continue their songwriting projects can stay for the full two weeks. (1-14 November 2015)  Details TBA

Open Volunteer Week: Informal, minimally-structured volunteer opportunities doing various kinds of service work related to traditional, eco-friendly earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping. (16-23 November 2015 — must attend for the whole week.)  › More

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, eco-friendly earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping, integrated with mindfulness, meditation, and other inner explorations. (25 November to 5 December 2015)  Details TBA

Open Volunteer Period: Informal, unstructured volunteer opportunities doing various kinds of service work related to traditional, eco-friendly earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping. (7 December 2015 to 7 March 2016 — participants may arrive and depart anytime during this period, with a minimum stay of one week.)  › More


› See the complete Dharmalaya Events Calendar for more information.