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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

NOW THROUGH JUNE

Silent Meditation Retreat with SanghaSeva [COMPLETELY FULL]: 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 [COMPLETELY FULL]: 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. (15-29 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 week-long mindful adventure in sustainable and compassionate living, providing opportunities for exploration of both inner and outer sustainability. We will explore meditation not only stitting on the cushion but also in action, performing mindful service work doing organic gardening, eco-friendly earthen construction, and natural landscaping around the beautiful Dharmalaya campus. (1-8 May 2015 — must attend from the beginning and stay for the duration.)  › 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. (10-30 May 2015 — participants may arrive and depart anytime during this period, with a minimum stay of one week.)  › More

Vernacular Eco-Architecture Workshop [ALMOST FULL, JUST A FEW SEATS LEFT]: Unique service-learning programme providing hands-on learning through diverse activities related to earthen building and natural landscaping, with an optional group meditation programme. Explore the theory and practice of vernacular eco-architecture of the Himalayas, with a focus on the Kangra style as expressed in the neotraditional designs of esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor. (1-15 June 2015 — must attend from the beginning.)  › More

Yoga Course: A ten-day intensive course in the yogas of the Indian Mahasiddha tradition (17-27 June 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. (17-30 June 2015 — participants may arrive and depart anytime during this period, with a minimum stay of one week.)  › More

 

JULY THROUGH SEPTEMBER

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. It is very wet during this 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. (1 July to 13 October 2015 — participants may arrive and depart anytime during this period, with a minimum stay of one week.)  Details TBA

 

OCTOBER THROUGH DECEMBER

Vernacular Eco-Architecture Workshop: Unique service-learning programme providing hands-on learning through diverse activities related to earthen building and natural landscaping, with an optional group meditation programme. Explore the theory and practice of vernacular eco-architecture of the Himalayas, with a focus on the Kangra style as expressed in the neotraditional designs of esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor. (15-29 October 2015 — must attend from the beginning.)  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. (1-7 November 2015, with optional extension from 8-14 November)  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. (1-23 November 2015  — 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 ten-day mindful adventure in sustainable and compassionate living, providing opportunities for exploration of both inner and outer sustainability. We will explore meditation not only stitting on the cushion but also in action, performing mindful service work doing organic gardening, eco-friendly earthen construction, and natural landscaping around the beautiful Dharmalaya campus. (25 November to 5 December 2015 — must attend from the beginning and stay for the duration.)  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.