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Events @ Dharmalaya

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

 

Wednesday
Apr122017

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

What: Residential Retreat-Workshop

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

Where: Dharmalaya Institute in HP, India

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.


Overview of the Retreat

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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

Volunteer Work Period (3-29 Jul 2017)

What: Volunteer work opportunities in the arts of sustainable living

Activities: Earthen building (primarily interior work), organic gardening, and natural landscaping

When: 3-29 July 2017 (You may apply to volunteer arriving on any Monday, with a minimum commitment of two weeks. See below for details.)

Languages: English & Hindi

Facilitators: No formal facilitation, but as-needed guidance from Dharmalaya Institute staff, artisans, and interns.

Description: Volunteer opportunities at the Dharmalaya Institute, open to both residential and non-residential participants (though, during the monsoon, we strongly recommend staying on the Dharmalaya campus). During this period, volunteers have the opportunity to offer service for a great cause while learning the arts and methods of sustainable living in the Himalayas by doing physical work related to earthen building, organic gardening, and more.

Dharmalaya Institute is a place to practice simple, clean, compassionate living while doing service work as karma yoga in service toward a long-term vision for rural sustainability and holistic education.

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Monday
Feb272017

Compassionate Living Workshop (20 June - 1 July 2017)

[ULL, ACCEPTING WAITLIST APPLICATIONS ONLY]

What: Residential Workshop-Retreat

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

Where: Dharmalaya Institute in HP, India

When: 20 June through 1 July 2017 (must attend from the start)

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

Facilitators: Mark Moore, Naresh Sharma, et al.

Description: Residential service-learning programme in a workshop-retreat format at the Dharmalaya Institute, exploring both the outer and inner aspects of a compassionate and sustainable life. This holistic programme will combine hands-on training in earthen building and organic gardening with a daily programme of meditation and traditional Himalayan wisdom, conscious movement and healthy food. Learn to build eco-friendly structures in the neo-traditional Kangra style of esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor, and learn to grow, cook and eat tasty and nourishing, plant-based (vegan) meals, all while contemplating our relationship with nature and the values of sustainable and compassionate living. Deepen your practice with morning and evening group meditation sessions and conscious movement (yoga/chi kung) in the inspiring Himalayan outdoors.

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Monday
Feb272017

Volunteer Work Period (2 May - 17 June 2017)

 [ALMOST FULL, ONLY ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR LIMITED DATES]

What: Volunteer & service-learning opportunity

Activities: Earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping

When: 2 May through 17 June 2017 (Volunteers may apply to start on any Monday during this period, with a two-week minimum commitment.)

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, there is no structured educational or training programme as such, but there is plenty of hands-on work to do — including earthen building (adobe, stone, bamboo, etc.), organic gardening, natural landscaping and possibly some tree planting — and Dharmalaya is a beautiful place to get your hands dirty and learn about green living and Himalayan culture in the process.

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Friday
Dec022016

Compassionate Living Workshop: Natural Building, Organic Food, Meditation & More (17-30 Apr 2017)

[NOTE: REGISTRATION COMPLETELY FULL. We will host a similar workshop starting 20 June (see here).]

What: Residential Workshop-Retreat

Topic: Compassionate living, including natural building, organic gardening, healthy cooking, meditation and conscious movement, and more

Where: Dharmalaya Institute in HP, India

When: 17-30 April 2017 (must attend from the start)

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

Facilitators: Mark Moore, Didi Contractor, Naresh Sharma, et al.

Description: Residential service-learning programme in a workshop-retreat format at the Dharmalaya Institute, exploring both the outer and inner aspects of a compassionate and sustainable life. This holistic programme will combine hands-on training in earthen building and organic gardening with a daily programme of meditation and traditional Himalayan wisdom, conscious movement and healthy food. Learn to build eco-friendly structures in the neo-traditional Kangra style of esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor, and learn to grow, cook and eat tasty and nourishing, plant-based (vegan) meals, all while contemplating our relationship with nature and the values of sustainable and compassionate living. Deepen your practice with morning and evening group meditation sessions and conscious movement (yoga/chi kung) in the inspiring Himalayan outdoors.

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Friday
Dec022016

Meditation & Service Retreat with SanghaSeva (23 Mar - 11 Apr 2017)

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What: Meditation & Service Retreat with SanghaSeva

WhereDharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India

When: 23 March - 11 April 2017

Language: English

Facilitators: Zohar Lavie, Nathan Glyde, and Mark Moore

Description: A two-part exploration of inner and outer sustainability: First, a one-week, (mostly) silent meditation retreat in the Insight Meditation tradition (23-31 March 2017), followed by an optional ten-day service retreat providing opportunities to put meditation into action through work on earthen building, organic gardening, and permaculture landscaping, while also continuing formal meditation practice in the mornings and evenings (1-11 April). Led by Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde of SanghaSeva, with Dharmalaya’s faculty and artisans facilitating the service work.

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