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

 

Saturday
Apr082017

Meditation Retreat with Ellen van Iersel (30 Oct - 5 Nov 2017)

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What: Meditation Retreat with mindfulness trainer Ellen van Iersel

WhereDharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India

When: 30 October - 5 November 2017

Language: English

Facilitators: Ellen van Iersel

Description: A gentle retreat in which we will explore how silence can support us in opening up to our inner and outer experiences. The days will begin with yoga, followed by guided and silent meditations. We will meditate in the four postures: sitting (on chair or cushion), standing, walking and reclining.

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Saturday
Apr082017

Introduction to Earthen Building (2-7 Oct 2017)

 NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS

Event: Introductory training workshop (residential)

Topic: Interior work in Kangra-style earthen buildings

When: 2-7 October 2017 (must attend from the start and remain for the duration) plus optional practicum of 1-2 weeks from 9 October until as late as 21 October.

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

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

Description: Six-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 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 (e.g. flooring, fine finishing, etc.). The workshop will be followed by an optional practicum 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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Saturday
Apr082017

Introduction to Earthen Interiors (4-9 Sep 2017)

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Event: Introductory training workshop (residential)

Topic: Interior work in Kangra-style earthen buildings

When: 4-9 September 2017 (must attend from the start and remain for the duration) plus optional practicum of 1-3 weeks from 11 September until as late as 30 September.

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

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

Description: Six-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 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 (e.g. flooring, fine finishing, etc.). The workshop will be followed by an optional practicum 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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Saturday
Apr082017

Introduction to Earthen Interiors (31 Jul - 5 Aug 2017)

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Event: Introductory training workshop (residential)

Topic: Interior work in Kangra-style earthen buildings

When: 31 July through 5 August 2017 (must attend from the start and remain for the duration) plus optional practicum of 1-4 weeks from 7 August until as late as 1 September.

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

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

Description: Six-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 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 (e.g. flooring, fine finishing, etc.). The workshop will be followed by an optional practicum 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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Saturday
Apr082017

Volunteer Work Period (3-29 Jul 2017)

[NOTE: FULLY BOOKED FOR MOST DATES; ACCEPTING WAITLIST APPLICATIONS.]

What: Volunteer work opportunities in the arts of sustainable living

Activities: Earthen building (primarily interior work), organic gardening, and natural landscaping

When: 3rd-29th July 2017 — You may apply to volunteer arriving on a Monday (3, 10, or 17 July), with a minimum commitment of two weeks. See below for details.

Languages: English & Hindi

Facilitators: No formal facilitation, but as-needed guidance from Dharmalaya Institute staff, artisans, and interns.

Description: Volunteer service-learning opportunity at the Dharmalaya Institute, open to both residential and non-residential participants (though, during the rainy season, we strongly recommend staying on the Dharmalaya campus). During this period, volunteers have the opportunity to offer service for a great cause while learning the arts and methods of sustainable living in the Himalayas by doing physical work related to earthen building, organic gardening, and more.

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Monday
Feb272017

Compassionate Living Workshop (20 June - 1 July 2017)

[FULL; WAITLIST APPLICATIONS ONLY]

What: Intensive workshop-retreat (residential)

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

Where: Dharmalaya Institute in HP, India

When: 20 June through 1 July 2017 (must attend from the start)

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

Facilitators: Mark Moore, Naresh Sharma, et al.

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 combine 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 to build eco-friendly structures in the neo-traditional Kangra style of esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor, 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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Monday
Feb272017

Volunteer Work Period (2 May - 17 June 2017)

 [MOSTLY FULL, ONLY ACCEPTING WAITLIST APPLICATIONS]

What: Volunteer & service-learning opportunity

Activities: Earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping

When: 2 May through 17 June 2017 (Volunteers may apply to start on any Monday during this period, with a two-week minimum commitment.)

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, there is no structured educational or training programme as such, but there is plenty of hands-on work to do — including earthen building (adobe, stone, bamboo, etc.), organic gardening, natural landscaping and possibly some tree planting — and Dharmalaya is a beautiful place to get your hands dirty and learn about green living and Himalayan culture in the process.

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