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Events @ Dharmalaya

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

 

Saturday
Mar312018

Earthen Interiors 3: Features & Finishing (6-17 Aug 2018)

 REGISTRATION FULL

Event: Introductory training workshop (residential)

Topic: Interior work in Kangra-style earthen buildings

When: 6-17 August 2018 (must attend from the start and remain for the duration), followed by optional practicum (volunteer work period) until as late as 6th October.

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

Facilitators: Architect Anujna Dnyaneshwar, supported by Dharmalaya Institute’s artisans and interns

Description: A twelve-day training workshop exploring a range of interior features and finishing processes of earthen building as practiced in the neo-traditional Kangra vernacular as pioneered by Didi Contractor. Learn to build special features such as an earthen oven or ferrocrete composting toilet, as well as other features and fine finishing work (e.g. wood finishing, slate finishing, etc.). The workshop will be followed by an optional extended practicum (volunteer period) for as many weeks as you would like to stay (up until as late as 6th October), during which you can improve your skills and understanding by working with our team of artisans.

What is ‘natural building’ and why should I care? See this page for an introduction.

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Friday
Mar302018

Volunteer Work Period (9 Jul - 4 Aug 2018)

 What: Volunteer Work Period

Activities: Whatever work is needed on each day, which might include work with earthen building, rainwater harvesting systems, organic gardening, natural landscaping, or anything else that might be required.

When: 9th July through at least 28th July (and optionally as late as 4th August) 2018. Note: Volunteers must arrive by 10:30am on the morning of 9th July and commit to stay until at least 28th July.

Languages: English & Hindi

Facilitators: The initial three-day orientation and training will be facilitated by our senior interns and local artisans. After that, there will be no formal facilitation or training, but as-needed guidance from Dharmalaya staff and artisans.

Description: This Volunteer Work Period will begin with a three-day orientation and training (which all volunteers must attend from the beginning). This will provide an introduction to how we do things at Dharmalaya Institute, as well as basic hands-on training on site during the day, followed by evening sessions that will provide a brief introduction to some of the concepts that guide our work. After the first three days, the focus will be on doing physical work to support the needs of the Institute, whatever they may be on a given day. Note that during our Volunteer Work Periods there is no formal educational or training programme as such (other than the very basic introductions given during the first three days), but you will have opportunities to learn through service while working alongside our local team.

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Wednesday
Dec132017

Compassionate Living Intensive (12-29 Jun 2018)

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What: Intensive workshop-retreat (residential)

Topic: Designing a life of compassion in action, integrating personal and professional development with a lifestyle of sustainable thriving

When: 12-29 June 2018 (must attend from the start), followed by an optional extended practicum (volunteer work period)

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

Facilitators: Mark Moore, Naresh Sharma, and members of the Dharmalaya faculty and community

Description: Eighteen-day residential service-learning programme in a workshop-retreat format, exploring both the outer and inner aspects of a compassionate and sustainable life, including organic gardening and permaculture, natural building, healthy cooking and eating, meditation, mindful movment (yoga/chi kung), and more.

Overview: What’s this all about? 

Are you a person who aspires strongly to live your live with compassion, to live sustainably in harmony with nature, and to develop your full potential as a catalyst for bringing positive change to the world? If so, this intensive workshop-retreat is designed especially for you.

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Friday
Dec012017

Volunteer Work Period (14 May - 8 Jun 2018)

 What: Volunteer Work Period

Activities: Whatever work is needed on each day, which might include work with earthen building, rainwater harvesting systems, organic gardening, natural landscaping, or anything else that might be required.

When: 14th May through at least 2nd June (and optionally as late as 8th June) 2018. Note: Volunteers must arrive by 10:30am on the morning of 14th May and commit to stay until at least 2nd June.

Languages: English & Hindi

Facilitators: The initial three-day orientation and training will be facilitated by our senior interns and local artisans. After that, there will be no formal facilitation or training, but as-needed guidance from Dharmalaya staff and artisans.

Description: This Volunteer Work Period will begin with a three-day orientation and training (which all volunteers must attend from the beginning). This will provide an introduction to how we do things at Dharmalaya Institute, as well as basic hands-on training on site during the day, followed by evening sessions that will provide a brief introduction to some of the concepts that guide our work. After the first three days, the focus will be on doing physical work to support the needs of the Institute, whatever they may be on a given day. Note that during our Volunteer Work Periods there is no formal educational or training programme as such (other than the very basic introductions given during the first three days), but you will have opportunities to learn through service while working alongside our local team.

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Friday
Dec012017

Introduction to Earthen Interiors (30 Apr - 11 May 2018)

 NOTE: REGISTRATION ALMOST FULL

Event: Introductory training workshop (residential)

Topic: Interior work in Kangra-style earthen buildings

When: 30th April through 11th May 2018 (must attend from the start and remain for the duration), followed by optional practicum (volunteer work period) until as late as 8th June.

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

Facilitators: Architect Anujna Dnyaneshwar, supported by Dharmalaya Institute’s 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 on interiors — in the neo-traditional Kangra style as developed by esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor. Learn to create and apply earthen renders (mud plaster) in an adobe structure, as well as other interior work (e.g. flooring, fine finishing, etc.). The workshop will be followed by an optional extended practicum (volunteer period) of up to four weeks, during which you can improve your skills and understanding by working with our team of artisans.

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Monday
Nov202017

Compassionate Living Workshop (9-20 Apr 2018)

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What: Intensive workshop-retreat (residential)

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

When: 9-20 April 2018 (must attend from the start), followed by an optional extended practicum (volunteer work week) until 28th April

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

Facilitators: Mark Moore, Naresh Sharma, and members of the faculty of Dharmalaya Institute

Description: Twelve-day residential service-learning programme in a workshop-retreat format at the Dharmalaya Institute, exploring both the outer and inner aspects of a compassionate and sustainable life. This holistic programme will touch on the major spheres of compassionate living, including food, shelter, water, energy, consumption and waste, and other important areas, providing a broad conceptual overview supported by practice. Activities will include hands-on training in earthen building and organic gardening with a daily programme of meditation and traditional Himalayan wisdom, conscious movement and healthy food. Learn the basics of earthen (adobe) consctruction, and learn to grow, cook and eat tasty and nourishing, plant-based (vegan) meals, all while contemplating our relationship with nature and the values of sustainable and compassionate living. Deepen your practice with morning and evening group meditation sessions and mindful movement (yoga or chi kung) in the mornings.

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Sunday
Nov122017

Meditation & Service Retreat with SanghaSeva (12-31 Mar 2018)

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What: Meditation & Service Retreat with SanghaSeva

WhereDharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India

When: 12-31 March 2018

Language: English

Facilitators: Zohar Lavie, Nathan Glyde, and Mark Moore

Description: A two-part exploration of meditation and inner and outer sustainability: First, a one-week, (mostly) silent meditation retreat in the Insight Meditation tradition (12-20 March), followed by an optional ten-day service retreat providing opportunities to put meditation into action through work on earthen building, organic gardening, and permaculture landscaping, while also continuing formal meditation practice in the mornings and evenings (21-31 March). Led by Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde of SanghaSeva, with Dharmalaya’s faculty and artisans facilitating the service work.

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