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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

Deep Ecology: An Experiential Workshop: Exploring the larger story of our times, and finding our place within it. We will explore our calling and vision, asking, ‘What are my gifts, and to whom or what do I offer my life?’ (9-16 April 2014)  › More [NOW FULLY BOOKED]

Yoga+Sustainable Living Retreat: A unique learning and practice retreat combining an intensive hatha yoga course with a service-learning programme in sustainble living, including green building, organic gardening and more (20-29 April 2014).  › More

Vernacular Eco-architecture Workshop: A unique volunteer and service-learning programme with diverse activities related to green building, organic gardening, natural landscaping, and an optional meditation programme (1-10 May 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 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 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).  Details TBA

Vernacular Eco-architecture Workshop: A unique volunteer and service-learning programme with diverse activities related to green building, organic gardening, natural landscaping, and an optional meditation programme (15-24 October 2014).  Details TBA 

Open Volunteer Period: Informal, minimally-structured volunteer opportunities doing various kinds of physical work related to green building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping (25 October to 14 November 2014 — 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.  (15-30 November, 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 work related to traditional earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping (1 December 2014 through 13 March 2015 — participants may arrive and depart anytime during this period).  Details TBA


› See the complete Dharmalaya Events Calendar for more information.