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Events @ Dharmalaya

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

 

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:

Monday
Feb242014

Yoga+Sustainable Living Retreat (20-29 April 2014)

just sitWhat: Integrated Yoga Retreat with Hatha Yoga instruction and practice, plus Karma Yoga practice doing green building, organic gardening, and more.

WhereDharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India

When: 20-29 April 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

Facilitators: Roshan Palat (yoga instructor who has trained in multiple traditions), Mark Moore (cofounder of Dharmalaya), et al.

Description: A unique residential training retreat combining an intensive Hatha Yoga course with a service-learning programme offering karma yoga in the form of hands-on training in various aspects of sustainable living, including green building, organic farming, and more. 

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Monday
Feb242014

Open Volunteer Period (5-19 Apr 2014)

What: Informal, minimally-structured volunteer opportunities

Activities: Green building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping

When: 5-19 April 2014 (Volunteers may arrive and depart anytime during this period)

Languages: English & Hindi

Facilitators: Mark Moore, 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.

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 5 and 19 April 2014. 

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

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.