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

 

Friday
Nov142014

Open Volunteer Period (8 Dec 2014 - 5 Mar 2015)

What: Informal, minimally-structured volunteer opportunities

Activities: Earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping

When: 8 December 2014 through 5 March 2015 (Volunteers may arrive and depart anytime during this period)

Languages: English & Hindi

Facilitators: Various, including Raj Kumar (‘Raju’), Naresh Kumar Sharma, et al.

Description: Informal 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 physical work to do — including earthen building (adobe, 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.

Since there is no formal instruction during this period and there is no organised programme, one simply jumps in and does whatever needs doing on a given day, learning by watching others and then doing it yourself. In such an unstructured or loosely guided situation, sometimes one needs to ask for help if one needs it, so a certain degree of self-motivation and initiative makes for the best experience. It also helps to bring a healthy sense of flexibility, since the work to be done might vary from one day to the next, depending on circumstances. If that appeals to you, you’re welcome to come and go anytime during this period. 

For more information see our volunteer page, read the FAQ, and then complete the volunteer application if you’re interesting in joining us.

Thursday
Oct162014

Sustainable Living in the Himalayas: A Service-Learning Retreat (26 Nov - 6 Dec 2014)

 What: Residential Retreat and Service-Learning Workshop

Topic: Sustainable Living in the Himalayas

Where: Dharmalaya Institute in HP, India

When: 26 November - 6 December 2014

Language: English (and Hindi if requested)

Facilitators: Mark Moore, Sourabh Phadke, et al.

Description: A ten-day 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.

Workshops and groups sessions may include the following:

  • Hands-on education in traditional earthen architecture of the Himalayas
  • Natural landscaping and organic gardening
  • Meditation and yoga/chi kung (morning/evening sessions)

Cost: Rs 1200 per day (Rs 12,000 total) including comfortable tent/dormitory accommodation and healthy meals. For low-income participants, a limited number of work-study scholarships are available (please contact us for details). 

Information

If you have any general questions about the Dharmalaya Institute, please read our Visitor Info page and our FAQ. If you have a specific question that is not answered there, contact us here and we’ll be happy to answer.

Registration

Space is limited, so advance registration and 50% nonrefundable deposit (Rs. 6000) are required. To request registration, use this form.

To make a deposit securely via credit card or PayPal (after registering and confirming availability with us), click the button below:

Thursday
Oct162014

The World of Yoga: A Retreat on the Holistic Path of the Five Yogas (Nov 2014)

just sitWhat: Residential retreat exploring the whole of the Five Yogas as a path.

WhereDharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India

When: 15-19 November 2014 (It is suggested to attend the whole course, but it is also possible to attend only part if your time is limited.)

Language: English (and Hindi also if requested)

Facilitators: Roshan Palat (yoga instructor who has trained in multiple traditions) et al.

Description: A four-and-a-half-day residential retreat exploring the whole of yoga as a path, including not only hatha yoga (asanas and pranayama) but also jnana yoga (philosophy), bhakti yoga and mantra yoga, as well as karma yoga in the form of work related to sustainable living, including earthen building, organic gardening, and more.

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Wednesday
Apr232014

Vernacular Eco-Architecture Workshop (15-24 Oct 2014)

 What: Intensive Service-Learning Workshop

Topic: Vernacular Eco-architecture of the Himalayas

Where: Dharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India

When: 15-24 October, 2014

Language: English & Hindi

Facilitators: Mark Moore et al.

Description: Residential service-learning programme at the Dharmalaya Institute with hands-on training in green building and more. Learn to build earthen structures in the style of esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor, while contemplating our relationship with nature and the value of sustainable and compassionate living.

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Tuesday
Apr222014

Monsoon Volunteer Period (1 Jul - 14 Oct, 2014)

What: Informal, unstructured volunteer opportunities

Activities: Tree planting and orchard maintenance, organic gardening, and earthen building (interior finishing work only)

When: 1 July - 14 October 2014 (Volunteers may arrive and depart anytime during this period)

Languages: English & Hindi

Facilitators: Raj Kumar (‘Raju’) et al.

Description: Informal volunteer opportunities at the Dharmalaya Institute. During this period, there is no educational or training programme at all, but there is plenty of physical work to do — including planting trees and helping to maintain our young orchards, organic gardening, and earthen building (interior finishing work only) — and Dharmalaya is a beautiful place to get your hands dirty and learn a bit about sustainable living and Himalayan culture in the process.

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Monday
Feb242014

Open Volunteer Period (11 May - 30 Jun, 2014)

What: Informal, minimally-structured volunteer opportunities

Activities: Green building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping

When: 11 May - 30 June 2014 (Volunteers may arrive and depart anytime during this period)

Languages: English & Hindi

Facilitators: Various, e.g. Sourabh Phadke, Raj Kumar (‘Raju’), Naresh Sharma, et al.

Description: Informal 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 physical work to do — including green building, organic gardening, natural landscaping and possibly some tree planting — and Dharmalaya is a beautiful place to get your hands dirty and learn a bit about green living and Himalayan culture in the process.

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Monday
Feb242014

Vernacular Eco-architecture Workshop (1-10 May 2014)

 What: Intensive Service-Learning Workshop

Topic: Vernacular Eco-architecture of the Himalayas

Where: Dharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India

When: 1-10 May, 2014

Language: English & Hindi

Facilitators: Mark Moore, Sourabh Phadke, Naresh Sharma, et al.

Description: Residential service-learning programme at the Dharmalaya Institute with hands-on training in green building and more. Learn to build earthen structures in the style of esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor, while contemplating our relationship with nature and the value of sustainable and compassionate living.

Workshops and groups sessions may include the following:

  • Hands-on education in traditional earthen architecture of the Himalayas
  • Natural landscaping and organic gardening
  • Meditation and connected movement (morning/evening sessions)

Cost: Rs 1500 per day (Rs 15,000 total) including comfortable tent accommodation and healthy meals. For low-income participants, a limited number of work-study scholarships are available (please contact us for details). 

Information

If you have any general questions about the Dharmlaya Institute, please read our Visitor Info page and our FAQ. If you have a specific question that is not answered there, contact us here and we’ll be happy to answer.

Registration

Space is limited, so advance registration and 50% nonrefundable deposit (Rs. 7500) are required. To request registration, use this form.

To make a deposit securely via credit card or PayPal (after registering and confirming availability with us), click the button below:

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