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Events @ Dharmalaya

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

 

Sunday
Nov122017

Earthen Building 2 - Explorations (12-24 Feb 2018)

 NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Event: Introductory training workshop (residential)

Topic: Explorations of natural construction methods and materials

When: 12th-24th February 2018 (must attend from the start and remain for the duration) plus optional extended volunteer period afterward until as late as 3rd March

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

Facilitators: Dharmalaya Institute’s junior faculty, artisans, and interns

Description: Twelve-day residential workshop to provide introductory hands-on training in some of the foundational skills of earthen building — specifically focusing primarily on interiors and finishing work — in the neo-traditional Kangra style of esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor, plus presentations on other styles, methods, and materials of natural building in other regions. Learn to create and apply earthen renders (mud plaster) in an adobe structure, as well as other interior work (which, depending on weather and the needs on site at the time, might include flooring, fine finishing, etc.).

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Sunday
Nov122017

Volunteer Work Period (15 Jan - 10 Feb 2018)

 What: Volunteer & service-learning programme

Activities: Earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping

When: 15 January through 10 February 2018 (volunteers must arrive on a Monday morning and stay at least two weeks).

Languages: English & Hindi

Facilitators: No formal facilitation or training, but as-needed guidance from Dharmalaya staff and artisans

Description: During this Volunteer Work Period, the focus is on doing physical work to support the construction of earthen buildings on the Dharmalaya Institute’s campus, as well as work in the organic gardens. There is no formal educational or training programme as such, but you will have opportunities to learn through service while working alongside our local team. Depending on weather and the needs of the day, work might include earthen building (adobe, stone, bamboo, etc.), organic gardening, natural landscaping and possibly some tree planting.

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Sunday
Nov052017

Introduction to Earthen Building (1-13 Jan 2018)

 NOW FULLY BOOKED, NO LONGER ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Event: Introductory training workshop (residential)

Topic: Construction of Kangra-style earthen buildings

When: 1-13 January 2018 (must attend from the start and remain for the duration), followed by an optional extended volunteer period

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

Facilitators: Dharmalaya Institute’s junior faculty, artisans, and interns

Description: Twelve-day residential workshop to provide introductory hands-on training in some of the foundational skills of earthen building — specifically focusing primarily on interiors and finishing work — in the neo-traditional Kangra style of esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor. Learn to create and apply earthen renders (mud plaster) in an adobe structure, as well as other interior work (which, depending on weather and the needs on site at the time, might include flooring, fine finishing, etc.). The workshop will be in two parts: The first week will be an intensive training workshop, combining both theory and practice. The second week will be a practicum during which you can improve your skills and understanding by working with our team of artisans. (There will also be the option to stay on for the Volunteer Work Period after the workshop if you wish to deepen your skills and understanding further through practice on site.)

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Friday
Jul142017

Meditation Retreat with Zohar Lavie & Nathan Glyde (15-22 Dec 2017)

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What: Sient Meditation Retreat

WhereDharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India

When: 15-22 December 2017

Language: English

Facilitators: Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde

Description: A one-week, (mostly) silent meditation retreat in the Insight Meditation tradition. Led by Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde of SanghaSeva.

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Tuesday
Jul042017

Volunteer Work Period (4-13 Dec 2017)

 What: Volunteer & service-learning opportunity

Activities: Earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping

When: 4-13 December 2017 (volunteers must attend from the beginning and stay until the end).

Languages: English & Hindi

Facilitators: No formal facilitation or training, but as-needed guidance from Dharmalaya staff and artisans

Description: Volunteer opportunities at the Dharmalaya Institute open to both residential and non-residential participants. During this period, the focus is on doing physical work to support the construction of earthen buildings on the Dharmalaya Institute’s campus, and possibly work in the organic gardens. Tre is no formal educational or training programme as such, but plenty of hands-on work will be done — including earthen building (adobe, stone, bamboo, etc.), organic gardening, natural landscaping and possibly some tree planting.

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Monday
May082017

Sustainable Living Workshop (21 Nov - 2 Dec 2017)

[SORRY, NOW COMPLETELY FULL]

What: Intensive workshop-retreat (residential)

Topic: Sustainable living, including natural building, organic gardening, healthy cooking, meditation, and more

When: 21 November - 2 December 2017 (must attend from the start and remain for the duration)

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

Facilitators: Mark Moore, Naresh Sharma, et al.

Description: Twelve-day residential service-learning workshop on the whats, hows, and whys of a sustainable life. This holistic programme will combine hands-on training in earthen building and organic gardening with explorations of traditional Himalayan wisdom and modern solutions. Learn to build eco-friendly structures in the neo-traditional Kangra style of esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor. Learn to grow, cook and eat tasty and nourishing, plant-based (vegan) meals. Contemplate our relationship with nature and the values of sustainable and compassionate living. Start your day off right with meditation/yoga sessions each morning.

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Wednesday
Apr122017

Karma Yoga Retreat for Compassionate Living (7-18 Nov 2017)

Event: Retreat-workshop (residential)

Topic: Holistic exploration of compassionate living and the path of service, incorporating Himalayan culture and philosophy, meditation and conscious movement, the organic gardening, healthy cooking, natural building, personal development, and more

When: 7-18 November 2017 (must attend from the start)

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

Facilitators: Mark Moore, Naresh Sharma, et al.

Description: Residential programme in a hybrid retreat-workshop format, exploring both the inner and outer aspects of a compassionate and sustainable life oriented toward the service of others and playing our humble parts in the creation of a better world. This holistic programme will combine elements of a meditation retreat with workshop-style activities related to sustainable and compassionate living, with hands-on work undertaken as karma yoga (mindful service to others as a path to personal and community development). There will be group meditation sessions in the mornings and evenings, plus daily explorations of traditional Himalayan wisdom for developing ourselves as compassionate global citizens and being the change we wish to see in the world.

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