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The next events at the Dharmalaya Institute (listed with the latest at the top) are:

 

Friday
Jul142017

Meditation Retreat with Zohar Lavie & Nathan Glyde (15-22 Dec 2017)

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What: Sient Meditation Retreat

WhereDharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India

When: 15-22 December 2017

Language: English

Facilitators: Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde

Description: A one-week, (mostly) silent meditation retreat in the Insight Meditation tradition. Led by Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde of SanghaSeva.

Simple accommodation in tents and dormitories in a beautiful Himalayan setting.

Meditation is about calming the mind, understanding ourselves and freeing the heart. Insight Meditation (or Vipassana, literally translated as seeing deeply or clearly) is the practice of developing a calm and mindful investigation into the nature of experience, leading to wisdom, compassion and the end of suffering.

On this reteat, we emphasise exploring and developing greater mindfulness, compassion, and understanding. Silent retreats offer a precious opportunity to commit ourselves to a period of intensive practice in which we can nurture these qualities. They do not necessarily require any previous experience of meditation.

During the retreat there is a daily schedule of sitting and walking meditation. There are regular talks on a theme from the teachers, instructions and guidance about meditation and teacher-led interviews. Apart from the teaching (Dharma) sessions, the retreat is held in silence. This shared experience is often felt as profoundly peaceful and safe for participants.

Note: Space is limited, so advance registration and deposit are required. For details and registration, please visit Zohar Lavie’s website.

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Tuesday
Jul042017

Volunteer Work Period (4-13 Dec 2017)

 What: Volunteer & service-learning opportunity

Activities: Earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping

When: 4-13 December 2017 (volunteers must attend from the beginning and stay until the end).

Languages: English & Hindi

Facilitators: No formal facilitation or training, but as-needed guidance from Dharmalaya staff and artisans

Description: Volunteer opportunities at the Dharmalaya Institute open to both residential and non-residential participants. During this period, the focus is on doing physical work to support the construction of earthen buildings on the Dharmalaya Institute’s campus, and possibly work in the organic gardens. Tre is no formal educational or training programme as such, but plenty of hands-on work will be done — including earthen building (adobe, stone, bamboo, etc.), organic gardening, natural landscaping and possibly some tree planting.

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Monday
May082017

Sustainable Living Workshop (21 Nov - 2 Dec 2017)

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What: Intensive workshop-retreat (residential)

Topic: Sustainable living, including natural building, organic gardening, healthy cooking, meditation, and more

When: 21 November - 2 December 2017 (must attend from the start and remain for the duration)

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

Facilitators: Mark Moore, Naresh Sharma, et al.

Description: Twelve-day residential service-learning workshop on the whats, hows, and whys of a sustainable life. This holistic programme will combine hands-on training in earthen building and organic gardening with explorations of traditional Himalayan wisdom and modern solutions. Learn to build eco-friendly structures in the neo-traditional Kangra style of esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor. Learn to grow, cook and eat tasty and nourishing, plant-based (vegan) meals. Contemplate our relationship with nature and the values of sustainable and compassionate living. Start your day off right with meditation/yoga sessions each morning.

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Wednesday
Apr122017

Karma Yoga Retreat for Compassionate Living (7-18 Nov 2017)

Event: Retreat-workshop (residential)

Topic: Holistic exploration of compassionate living and the path of service, incorporating Himalayan culture and philosophy, meditation and conscious movement, the organic gardening, healthy cooking, natural building, personal development, and more

When: 7-18 November 2017 (must attend from the start)

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

Facilitators: Mark Moore, Naresh Sharma, et al.

Description: Residential programme in a hybrid retreat-workshop format, exploring both the inner and outer aspects of a compassionate and sustainable life oriented toward the service of others and playing our humble parts in the creation of a better world. This holistic programme will combine elements of a meditation retreat with workshop-style activities related to sustainable and compassionate living, with hands-on work undertaken as karma yoga (mindful service to others as a path to personal and community development). There will be group meditation sessions in the mornings and evenings, plus daily explorations of traditional Himalayan wisdom for developing ourselves as compassionate global citizens and being the change we wish to see in the world.

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Saturday
Apr082017

Meditation Retreat with Ellen van Iersel (30 Oct - 5 Nov 2017)

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What: Meditation Retreat with mindfulness trainer Ellen van Iersel

WhereDharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India

When: 30 October - 5 November 2017

Language: English

Facilitators: Ellen van Iersel

Description: A gentle retreat in which we will explore how silence can support us in opening up to our inner and outer experiences. The days will begin with yoga, followed by guided and silent meditations. We will meditate in the four postures: sitting (on chair or cushion), standing, walking and reclining.

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Saturday
Apr082017

Introduction to Earthen Building (2-7 Oct 2017)

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Event: Introductory training workshop (residential)

Topic: Interior work in Kangra-style earthen buildings

When: 2-7 October 2017 (must attend from the start and remain for the duration) plus optional practicum of 1-2 weeks from 9 October until as late as 21 October.

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

Facilitators: Dharmalaya Institute’s faculty, artisans, and interns

Description: Six-day residential workshop to provide introductory hands-on training in some of the foundational skills of earthen building — specifically focusing on interiors — in the neo-traditional Kangra style of esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor. Learn to create and apply earthen renders (mud plaster) in an adobe structure, as well as other interior work (e.g. flooring, fine finishing, etc.). The workshop will be followed by an optional practicum of up to four weeks during which you can improve your skills and understanding by working with our team of artisans.

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Saturday
Apr082017

Introduction to Earthen Interiors (4-9 Sep 2017)

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Event: Introductory training workshop (residential)

Topic: Interior work in Kangra-style earthen buildings

When: 4-9 September 2017 (must attend from the start and remain for the duration) plus optional practicum of 1-3 weeks from 11 September until as late as 30 September.

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

Facilitators: Dharmalaya Institute’s faculty, artisans, and interns

Description: Six-day residential workshop to provide introductory hands-on training in some of the foundational skills of earthen building — specifically focusing on interiors — in the neo-traditional Kangra style of esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor. Learn to create and apply earthen renders (mud plaster) in an adobe structure, as well as other interior work (e.g. flooring, fine finishing, etc.). The workshop will be followed by an optional practicum of up to four weeks during which you can improve your skills and understanding by working with our team of artisans.

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