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Welcome to Dharmalaya Institute

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 Institute


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


NOW THROUGH APRIL 2017

Volunteer Work Period: Learn and practice the arts of sustainable living in the Himalayas by doing various kinds of service work related to traditional, eco-friendly earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping. Four to seven hours per day of hands-on work, with optional meditation/yoga sessions in the mornings and evenings. (7 December 2016 through 11 March 2017 — participants may apply to volunteer anytime during this period, with a minimum stay of two weeks.)  › More

Earthen Building Workshop: A week-long, hands-on workshop in building with earth. Learn traditional, eco-friendly earthen construction in the real-world context of helping to build a few new structures on the Dharmalaya campus. Activities will depend on the needs on site, but will include adobe (sun-baked mud bricks) and may also include come combination of earthen renders (mud plasters), stonework, earthbags, and possibly other methods and techniques of earthen building. Seven hours per day of hands-on work to gain experiential understanding of the materials and methods. Optional morning/evening meditation/yoga. (13-19 March 2017)  › 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. (23-31 March 2017) › 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.  (1-11 April 2017) › More

Compassionate Living Workshop: An Holistic Exploration of Earthen Architecture, Organic Gardening, Meditation & More: Unique service-learning workshop-retreat exploring a sustainable and holistic approach to living through diverse activities spanning the essentials of life: shelter, food, water, widsdom, and love. Activities will include eco-friendly earthen building, growing and cooking organic food, and meditation. Explore the theory and practice of vernacular eco-architecture of the Himalayas, with a focus on the Kangra style as expressed in the neo-traditional designs and methods of esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor. Enjoy organic gardening with views of the Himalayas. Help our kitchen team cook delicious plant-based (vegan) meals. Group meditation sessions morning and evening. This will be a two-part programme: The first week will provide initial training with hands-on workshops during the day and presentations/discussions most evenings; the second week will be a practicum for applying meditation in action with morning and afternoon work sessions, and the evenings of the second week will have either optional sessions or free time. (17-30 April 2017 — must attend from the beginning.)  More


MAY & JUNE 2017

Volunteer Work Period: Learn and practice the arts of sustainable living in the Himalayas by doing various kinds of service work related to traditional, eco-friendly earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping. Four to seven hours per day of hands-on work, with optional meditation/yoga sessions in the mornings and evenings. (1 May - 10 June 2017 — participants may apply to volunteer anytime during this period, with a minimum stay of two weeks.)  › More

Vernacular Eco-architecture Intensive Training: Service-learning workshop providing hands-on training in earthen building. Explore the theory and practice of vernacular eco-architecture of the Himalayas, with a focus on the Kangra style as expressed in the neo-traditional designs and methods of esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor. This will be a two-part programme: The first week will provide initial training with hands-on workshops during the day and presentations/discussions most evenings; the second week will be a practicum for applying meditation in action with morning and afternoon work sessions, and the evenings of the second week will have either optional sessions or free time. Optional yoga/meditation sessions mornings and evenings. (Tentatively scheduled for 19 June - 2 July 2017, but dates are subject to change. Must attend from the beginning; no late arrivals permitted.)  Details TBA


JULY THROUGH MID-OCTOBER 2017

Monsoon Volunteer Work Period: Learn and practice the arts of sustainable living in the Himalayas by doing various kinds of physical service work related to traditional, eco-friendly earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping. Four to seven hours per day of hands-on work, with optional meditation/yoga in the mornings and evenings. It is very wet during most of the monsoon period, so most of the work will be indoors, such as interior earthen renders (mud plaster), wood/bamboo work, slate tiling, and fine finishing work, though we will also do some gardening and tree planting. (1 July through 14 October 2017 — participants may apply to volunteer anytime during this period, with a minimum stay of two weeks.)  › 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. (Anytime between 1 July and 14 October 2017)  › Please contact us to let us know if you are interested.

 

LATE 2017  (Programmes and dates are tentative and subject to change)

Himalayan Wisdom Retreat: An Exploration of Meditation, Movement, & Sustainable Living — A ten-day retreat combining meditation, conscious movement (yoga/chi-kung), and holistic explorations of Himalayan wisdom for sustainable and compassionate living. (Tentatively scheduled for 23 October - 1 November 2017. Details TBA)

Compassionate Living Workshop: An Holistic Exploration of Earthen Architecture, Organic Gardening, Meditation & More: Unique service-learning workshop-retreat exploring a sustainable and holistic approach to living through diverse activities spanning the essentials of life: shelter, food, water, widsdom, and love. Activities will include eco-friendly earthen building, growing and cooking organic food, and meditation. Explore the theory and practice of vernacular eco-architecture of the Himalayas, with a focus on the Kangra style as expressed in the neo-traditional designs and methods of esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor. Enjoy organic gardening with views of the Himalayas. Help our kitchen team cook delicious plant-based (vegan) meals. Group meditation sessions morning and evening. This will be a two-part programme: The first week will provide initial training with hands-on workshops during the day and presentations/discussions most evenings; the second week will be a practicum for applying meditation in action with morning and afternoon work sessions, and the evenings of the second week will have either optional sessions or free time. (Tentatively scheduled for 6-19 November 2017 — must attend from the beginning. Details TBA.)  


See the Dharmalaya Events Page for the complete calendar of Dharmalaya events past and future.