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

 

Tuesday
Oct162018

Meditation & Service Retreat with SanghaSeva (18 Mar - 6 Apr 2019)

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What: Meditation & Service Retreat with SanghaSeva

WhereDharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India

When: 18 March - 6 April 2019

Language: English

Facilitators: Zohar Lavie, Nathan Glyde, and Mark Moore

Description: A two-part exploration of meditation and inner and outer sustainability: First, a one-week, (mostly) silent meditation retreat in the Insight Meditation tradition (18-26 March), 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 (27 March - 6 April). Led by Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde of SanghaSeva, with Mark Moore and other members of Dharmalaya’s faculty and artisan team facilitating the service work.

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Monday
Oct012018

Sustainable Thriving Intensive Workshop (13-24 Nov 2018)

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What: Intensive workshop-retreat (residential)

Topic: Sustainable Thriving: Principles and practices of sustainable living

When: 13-24 November 2018 (must attend from the start and stay for the duration), with an optional extended practicum until 1st December 2018

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

Facilitators: Mark Moore and other members of the Dharmalaya faculty and community

Description: A twelve-day residential training workshop exploring key principles and practices of ‘sustainable thriving’, including voluntary simplicity, earthen building, and permaculture, as expressed in the Kangra vernacular. This will be a two-part programme: The first week will provide initial training with hands-on workshops during the day and presentations/discussions in the evenings; the second week will be a practicum for improving skills and deepening understanding through morning and afternoon work sessions, with the evenings of the second week organized according to the needs on site and the interests of the group. For those desiring more hands-on experience, there will be an optional extended practicum until 1st December, providing an opportunity to improve your skills and understanding further by working alongside our team of artisans. There will be group meditation sessions in the mornings and evenings, and opportunities to practice yoga.

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Sunday
Apr082018

Compassionate Living Intensive (29 Oct - 6 Nov 2018)

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What: Intensive workshop-retreat (residential)

Topic: Designing a life of compassion in action, integrating personal and professional development with a lifestyle of sustainable thriving

When: 29 October through 6 November 2018 (must attend from the start and stay for the duration)

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

Facilitators: Mark Moore and other members of the Dharmalaya faculty and community

Description: Nine-day residential service-learning programme in a workshop-retreat format, exploring both the outer and inner aspects of a compassionate and sustainable life, including organic gardening and permaculture, natural building, healthy cooking and eating, meditation, mindful movment (yoga/chi kung), and more.

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Sunday
Apr012018

Meditation Retreat with Ellen van Iersel (12-18 October 2018)

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What: Meditation Retreat with mindfulness trainer Ellen van Iersel

WhereDharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India

When: 12-18 October 2018

Language: English

Facilitator: 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. During meditation, we are aware of our experience here and now. We practice observing without judging. We notice how sensations, thoughts, feelings, mind states are passing by, changing all the time. We are invited to be kind and compassionate towards the experience and towards ourselves, softening into what is, softening into the depth of who we are. There will also be time to rest, journal or walk.

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Sunday
Apr012018

Volunteer Work Period (17 Sep - 6 Oct 2018)

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What: Volunteer Work Period

Activities: Whatever work is needed on each day, which might include work with earthen building, rainwater harvesting systems, organic gardening, natural landscaping, or anything else that might be required.

When: 17th September through 6th October 2018. Note: Volunteers must arrive at 10:30am on the morning of 17th September and commit to stay until 6th October.

Languages: English & Hindi

Facilitators: The initial three-day orientation and training will be facilitated by our senior interns and local artisans. After that, there will be no formal facilitation or training, but as-needed guidance from Dharmalaya staff and artisans.

Description: This Volunteer Work Period will begin with a three-day orientation and training (which all volunteers must attend from the beginning). This will provide an introduction to how we do things at Dharmalaya Institute, as well as basic hands-on training on site during the day, followed by evening sessions that will provide a brief introduction to some of the concepts that guide our work. After the first three days, the focus will be on doing physical work to support the needs of the Institute, whatever they may be on a given day. Note that during our Volunteer Work Periods there is no formal educational or training programme as such (other than the very basic introductions given during the first three days), but you will have opportunities to learn through service while working alongside our local team.

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Sunday
Apr012018

Volunteer Work Period (20 Aug - 8 Sep 2018)

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What: Volunteer Work Period

Activities: Whatever work is needed on each day, which might include work with earthen building, rainwater harvesting systems, organic gardening, natural landscaping, or anything else that might be required.

When: 20th August through at least 8th September (and optionally as late as 6th October) 2018. Note: Volunteers must arrive by 10:30am on the morning of 20th August and commit to stay until at least 8th September.

Languages: English & Hindi

Facilitators: The initial three-day orientation and training will be facilitated by our senior interns and local artisans. After that, there will be no formal facilitation or training, but as-needed guidance from Dharmalaya staff and artisans.

Description: This Volunteer Work Period will begin with a three-day orientation and training (which all volunteers must attend from the beginning). This will provide an introduction to how we do things at Dharmalaya Institute, as well as basic hands-on training on site during the day, followed by evening sessions that will provide a brief introduction to some of the concepts that guide our work.

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Saturday
Mar312018

Earthen Interiors 3: Features & Finishing (6-17 Aug 2018)

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Event: Introductory training workshop (residential)

Topic: Interior work in Kangra-style earthen buildings

When: 6-17 August 2018 (must attend from the start and remain for the duration), followed by optional practicum (volunteer work period) until as late as 6th October.

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

Facilitators: Architect Anujna Dnyaneshwar, supported by Dharmalaya Institute’s artisans and interns

Description: A twelve-day training workshop exploring a range of interior features and finishing processes of earthen building as practiced in the neo-traditional Kangra vernacular as pioneered by Didi Contractor. Learn to build special features such as an earthen oven or ferrocrete composting toilet, as well as other features and fine finishing work (e.g. wood finishing, slate finishing, etc.). The workshop will be followed by an optional extended practicum (volunteer period) for as many weeks as you would like to stay (up until as late as 6th October), during which you can improve your skills and understanding by working with our team of artisans.

What is ‘natural building’ and why should I care? See this page for an introduction.

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