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

 

Tuesday
Mar102015

Vernacular Eco-Architecture Workshop (1-15 Jun 2015)

 SORRY, THIS COURSE IS COMPLETELY FULL

What: Intensive service-learning workshop

Topic: Vernacular eco-architecture of the Himalayas

Where: Dharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India

When: 1-15 June 2015 (must attend from the beginning)

Language: English (with Hindi translation if needed)

Facilitators: Various, including Mark Moore, Sourabh Phadke (not yet confirmed), et al.

Description: Residential service-learning programme at the Dharmalaya Institute with hands-on training in earthen building and more. Learn to build eco-friendly structures in the neo-traditional Kangra style of esteemed eco-architect Didi Contractor, while contemplating our relationship with nature and the values of sustainable and compassionate living.

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Sunday
Mar012015

Open Volunteer Period (10-30 May 2015)

 What: Informal, minimally-structured volunteer opportunities

Activities: Earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping

When: 10-30 May 2015 (Volunteers may arrive and depart anytime during this period, with a one-week minimum stay)

Languages: English & Hindi

Facilitators: No formal facilitation, but as-needed guidance from Dharmalaya staff and artisans, e.g. Sidney Rosario, Raj Kumar (‘Raju’), 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 earthen building (adobe, 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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Sunday
Dec142014

Sustainable Living in the Himalayas: A Service-Learning Retreat (1-8 May 2015)

 SORRY, COMPLETELY FULL

What: Residential Retreat for Meditation in Action

Topic: Sustainable Living in the Himalayas

Where: Dharmalaya Institute in HP, India

When: 1-8 May 2015 (must attend from the start)

Language: English (with Hindi translation if requested)

Facilitators: Mark Moore, Sourabh Phadke, Sidney Rosario, Raj Kumar, Naresh Sharma, et al.

Description: A week-long mindful adventure in sustainable and compassionate living, providing opportunities for exploration of both inner and outer sustainability. We will practice meditation not only stitting on the cushion but also in action, performing mindful service work doing organic gardening, eco-friendly earthen construction, and natural landscaping around the beautiful Dharmalaya campus.

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Friday
Dec122014

Open Volunteer Period (15-29 Apr 2015)

What: Informal, minimally-structured volunteer opportunities

Activities: Earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping

When: 15-29 April 2015 (Volunteers may arrive and depart anytime during this period, with a one-week minimum commitment)

Languages: English & Hindi

Facilitators: No formal facilitation, but as-needed guidance from Dharmalaya faculty and artisans, e.g. Mark Moore, Raj Kumar (‘Raju’), Naresh Kumar 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 earthen building (adobe, 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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Sunday
Nov162014

Meditation & Service Retreat with SanghaSeva (25 Mar - 13 Apr 2015)

just sitNOTE: COMPLETELY FULL (WAITLIST ONLY)

What: Meditation & Service Retreat with SanghaSeva

WhereDharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India

When: 25 March - 13 April 2015

Language: English

Facilitators: Zohar Lavie, Nathan Glyde, and Mark Moore

Description: A two-part exploration of inner and outer sustainability: First, a one-week, (mostly) silent meditation retreat in the Insight Meditation tradition (25 March - 2 April 2015), followed by a 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 (3-13 April). Led by Zohar Lavie and Nathan Glyde of SanghaSeva, with the Dharmalaya faculty facilitating the service work.

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Friday
Nov142014

Vernacular Eco-Architecture Workshop (10-23 Mar 2015)

 What: Intensive Service-Learning Workshop

Topic: Vernacular Eco-architecture of the Himalayas

Where: Dharmalaya Institute in Bir, HP, India

When: 10-23 March 2015

Language: English & Hindi

Facilitators: Mark Moore, Sourabh Phadke, 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.

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Friday
Nov142014

Open Volunteer Period (8 Dec 2014 - 5 Mar 2015)

What: Informal, minimally-structured volunteer opportunities

Activities: Earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping

When: 8 December 2014 through 5 March 2015 (Volunteers may arrive and depart anytime during this period)

Languages: English & Hindi

Facilitators: Various, including Raj Kumar (‘Raju’), Naresh Kumar 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 earthen building (adobe, 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.

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 during this period. 

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

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