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

 

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.

Monday
Jan072013

Sustainable Living Work Retreat with SanghaSeva (23 Mar to 2 Apr 2013)

[THIS PROGRAMME IS 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: 23 March to 2 April, 2013

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 permaculture landscaping
  • Meditation and yoga/movement
  • A mixture of silent practice and group connection and activity

Please note: Space is limited and advance registration is required. [THIS PROGRAMME IS NOW FULLY BOOKED]

For details and registration, please visit the SanghaSeva website.

Monday
Jan072013

Silent Meditation Retreat with SanghaSeva (15-22 March 2013)

[THIS PROGRAMME IS NOW FULLY BOOKED]

just sitWhat: Silent Meditation Retreat with SanghaSeva

WhereDharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India

When: 15-22 March 2013

Language: English

Facilitators: Zohar Lavie, Nathan Glyde, Jonathan Fafard, Mark Moore


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 and advance registration is required. [THIS PROGRAMME IS NOW FULLY BOOKED]

For details and registration, please visit the SanghaSeva website.

Tuesday
Jan012013

Sustainable Living in the Himalayas (15 Feb - 10 Mar 2013)

What: Informal volunteer and service-learning programme

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

When: 15 February to 10 March, 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 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’re also doing an optional meditation programme for those who are interested). Feel free to come and go anytime between 15 February and 10 March 2013. 

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

Saturday
Apr142012

Weekly Meditation & Discussion Groups (Early 2012)

Dharmalaya Institute hosts seasonal weekly sitting meditation groups and Dharma discussions. These sessions, centred on the curriculum of the Tergar Meditation Community, are open to everyone regardless of background or meditation experience. They are free of charge, with donations welcome but not required.

From 15 April to 27 May, 2012, we meet every Sunday from 5:00pm to 6:00pm in the main hall at the Dharmalaya Institute in Bir (directions). For those who wish to stay longer for discussion, we can continue till 6:30 or so. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Tea will be served.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE WEEKLY MEDITATION GROUP IS ON HOLIDAY FOR THE MONSOON PERIOD, AND WILL RESUME IN LATE 2012.

Schedule

4:45: Arrive early, catch your breath, say hello
5:00: Opening with a selection from Mingyur Rinpoche’s writings
5:20: Group meditation (40 minutes)
6:00: Informal discussion and tea

For more information on meditation programmes at Dharmalaya, see this page.