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Events @ Dharmalaya

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

 

Friday
Feb142014

Deep Ecology: An Experiential Workshop (9-16 April 2014)

[NOW FULLY BOOKED]


What: A week-long residential workshop in Deep Ecology, exploring the larger story of our times, and finding our placing within it.

Activities: Inquiry, reflection, contemplation, sharing, connecting

When: 9-16 April 2014 (Participants are expected to arrive by the morning of the 9th and stay for the duration of the programme.)

Language: English 

Facilitators: Rupert Marques, Gazala Singh, Roy Jacob

Cost: Rs 4200 (600 per day) plus dana (voluntary donations to support the facilitators and the Institute)

Description: Come join a small community of fellow beings in the beautiful foothills of Himachal Pradesh to take a deep look at what is happening in the world, and what our own story is, and what life is asking of us now. This exploration will entail engaging with the challenges and anguish of living in these times, as well the opportunities inherent in being alive at this critical point in the human story.

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Sunday
Oct202013

'Living in Balance' Work Retreat with SanghaSeva (25 Mar - 4 Apr 2014) [NOW FULLY BOOKED]

 What: Service-Learning Retreat with SanghaSeva

Topic: Living in Balance: Contemplation, Compassion, and Sustainability

Where: Dharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India

When: 25 March to 4 April, 2014

Language: English

Facilitators: Zohar Lavie, Nathan Glyde, Mark Moore, Mai-Linh Leminhbach

Description: Residential service-learning retreat programme at the Dharmalaya Institute. Possible workshops and groups sessions include the following:

  • Hands-on education in traditional earthen architecture of the Himalayas
  • Organic gardening and natural landscaping
  • Meditation and connected movement
  • A mixture of silent practice and group connection and activity

Please note: Space is limited, so advance registration and deposit are required. For details and registration, please visit the SanghaSeva website.  [SORRY, THIS RETREAT IS NOW FULLY BOOKED]

 

Monday
Oct142013

Silent Meditation Retreat with SanghaSeva (17-24 March 2014) [NOW FULLY BOOKED]

just sitWhat: Silent Meditation Retreat with SanghaSeva

WhereDharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India

When: 17-24 March 2014

Language: English

Facilitators: Zohar Lavie & Nathan Glyde


Description: Residential silent meditation retreat led by Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde of SanghaSeva. Simple accommodation in tents/dormitory in a beautiful Himalayan setting.

Note: Space is limited, so advance registration and deposit are required. For details and registration, please visit the SanghaSeva website. [SORRY, THIS RETREAT IS  NOW FULLY BOOKED.]

To make a deposit securely via credit card or PayPal (after reading the details at the SanghaSeva website), click the button below:

Monday
Oct142013

Open Volunteer Period (1 Dec 2013 - 15 Mar 2014)

What: Informal, minimally-structured volunteer opportunities

Activities: Green building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping

When: 1 December 2013 to 15 March 2014 (Volunteers may arrive and depart anytime during this period)

Languages: Hindi & English

Facilitators: Raj Kumar (‘Raju’), Naresh Sharma, et al. (plus Mark Moore from 1-15 March)

Description: Informal volunteer opportunities at the Dharmalaya Institute open to both residential and non-residential participants. During this period, there is no 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.

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 between 1 December 2013 and 15 March 2014. Please note that this is the winter season, so bring warm clothes.

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

Wednesday
May292013

Sustainable Living in the Himalayas (1-30 November)

What: Informal volunteer and service-learning programme

Topic: Sustainable living in the Himalayas, including green building, organic gardening, and permaculture landscaping

When: 1-30 November, 2013 (Participants may arrive and depart anytime in this period)

Languages: English & Hindi

Facilitators: Mark Moore, Raj Kumar (‘Raju’), Naresh Sharma, et al

raising the roofDescription: Informal, semi-structured programme at the Dharmalaya Institute open to both residential and non-residential participants. We will be doing fun, physical work, including green building, organic gardening, tree planting, and more. There will be plenty of opportunities for learning, application, questions, and relaxation (we can also offer an optional meditation programme for those who are interested, at least through 30 November, and possibly later). Feel free to come and go anytime in November 2013 (and you can stay even longer if you wish to participate in our Open Volunteer Programme).

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

Friday
Apr122013

Open Volunteer Period (8 May - 31 Oct)

What: Informal, minimally-structured volunteer opportunities

Topic: Green building, organic gardening, and tree planting

When: 8 May to 31 October, 2013 (Volunteers may arrive and depart anytime in this period)
Note: End date is subject to change depending on other future programmes that might be scheduled.

Languages: Hindi (fluent) & English (basic)

Facilitators: 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 educational or training programme as such, but there is plenty of physical work to do — including green building, organic gardening, and 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.

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 between 8 May and 31 October. Please note that approximately 15 June to 15 September is the monsoon season, so you’re advised to come during that time only if you don’t mind having a lot of cloudy, rainy days and sometimes getting wet and muddy.

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

Wednesday
Mar062013

Sustainable Living in the Himalayas (3 Apr - 7 May)

What: Informal volunteer and service-learning programme

Topic: Sustainable living in the Himalayas, including green building, organic gardening, and permaculture landscaping

When: 3 April to 7 May, 2013 (Participants may arrive and depart anytime in this period)

Languages: English & Hindi

Facilitators: Mark Moore, Raj Kumar (‘Raju’), Mai-Linh Leminhbach, Naresh Sharma, et al

raising the roofDescription: Informal programme at the Dharmalaya Institute open to both residential and non-residential participants. We will be doing fun, physical work, including green building, organic gardening, tree planting, and more. There will be plenty of opportunities for learning, application, questions, and relaxation (we can also offer an optional meditation programme for those who are interested, at least through 7 May, and possibly later). Feel free to come and go anytime between 3 April and 7 May 2013 (and you can stay even longer if you don’t mind getting wet and muddy once the monsoon rains begin in mid-late June).

Please note that after 7 May our native-English speaking facilitators will be gone, so there will be less English-language guidance available, but some of our local crew speak enough English to keep the work (and the fun) rolling along for those who wish to stay.

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