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Leadership for Sustainable Thriving: An Experiential Training Programme

Are you strongly committed to living a fulfilling life of compassion, in harmony with nature and with other living beings? And do you aspire to develop your full potential as a leader or catalyst for creating a more sustainable and compassionate world? If so, the Leadership for Sustainable Thriving programme at Dharmalaya Institute is designed for you.

The Leadership for Sustainable Thriving (LST) course is a long-term* residential service-learning programme for personal and professional development through real-world experiential education and on-the-job training for people with serious interest in practicing and promoting optimum sustainable living solutions for our own lives and for our planet. The course is offered jointly by Dharmalaya Institute and the Earthville Network (a nonprofit educational organization based in the USA).

*Note: The minimum time commitment for this course is six months, but the six months need not be continuous. While we recommend staying at least six months without interruption for best results, in the case of participants who have other commitments that make a continuous six-month stay impractical, the course can be completed in two shorter periods (e.g. three months each) with a break in between.

 

What is Sustainable Thriving?

‘When our lives and our livelihoods are in harmony with nature, everyone wins.’

Sustainable thriving is an ideal state in which all people, all species, and the planet we share not only survive but also flourish harmoniously, and not just for a short period but also over the long term.

From the Earthville Network’s original article defining the concept of sustainable thriving:

‘Sustainable thriving is a model for cultivating shared prosperity while preserving ecological balance and nurturing what philosophy refers to as human flourishing (or Eudaimonia in Greek) in a way that also supports all other life on earth to flourish. Put simply: happy and healthy person, happy and healthy public, and happy and healthy planet.’

Thus, sustainable thriving is a principle for organising human life (both individual and collective) in a harmonious manner, aspiring toward balance (socially, ecologically, and economically) to nurture a high quality of life for all. (You can read more about Earthville’s model for sustainable thriving here.)

At Dharmalaya Institute, we approach sustainable thriving as a creative quest for win-win relationships between people and the planet in which all life can thrive harmoniously. The field of sustainable thriving is interdisciplinary, spanning the following key areas:

  • How humans live: our dwellings, our food, our energy, our consumption, our waste, etc.
  • How humans earn and spend: our jobs and businesses, our local and global economies, etc.
  • How humans interact with one another: our relationships, our social contracts, our societal institutions, our competition/cooperation for resources, etc.
  • How humans impact other species: the effects of human activity on animal habitat, plant life, etc.
  • How humans impact planetary systems: our ecological footprints, our resource consumption, etc.
  • How humans think, feel, perceive, and behave: how we understand ourselves and our place in the world.

The practice of sustainable thriving is any work that moves us (individually or collectively) toward a world in which humans live healthy and prosperous lives with the least possible harmful impact on ourselves, on one another, and on the planet and its many forms of life. Examples of this work might include the following:

  • Charitable work (e.g. through voluntary service, NGOs, philanthropy, etc.)
  • Sustainable development (as a social and ecological imperative)
  • Ecotourism (of the authentic, culturally-immersive, and genuinely sustainable type)
  • Socially responsible business (including CSR)
  • Ecologically sustainable businesses and organizations
  • And many other ways in which we can work toward the flourishing of humans and all life


Overview of the Leadership for Sustainable Thriving Programme

Through this immersive service-learning programme, participants will have the opportunity to gain practical experience (supported by theoretical understanding) in several interrelated disciplines within the sphere of sustainable thriving. Each of these areas is an important aspect of sustainable living, and each is inseparable from the others when considering sustainability in a real-world context:

  • Shelter: Ecologically sensitive building, which we explore especially through the lens of the earthen architecture of the Kangra District of Himachal Pradesh (which shares much in common with earthen building practices around the world).
  • Food: Organic gardening and natural (permaculture-style) landscaping — growing food that is better for people and better for the planet, and designing our homes and communities so that the built environment meets the natural environment gracefully.
  • Water: Conservation, rainwater harvesting, protecting our water sources, water-related public health issues, etc.
  • Consumption and waste: Examining the myriad effects of consumption and the challenges of waste management (including creative reduction/reuse/recycling/upcycling in both rural and urban contexts), plus ecological sanitation, closed-loop systems, etc.
  • Energy: Exploring renewable energy sources, energy efficiency, with an emphasis on low-tech and no-tech solutions such as solar cooking, solar passive design, etc.
  • Economics and right livelihood: Solutions for earning a prosperous living in ways that make us a bigger part of the solution rather than a bigger part of the problem. We explore the concepts of local living economies, socially and environmentally responsible business and green/social entrepreneurship, and vocations that can support sustainable living such as nonprofit and educational work, ecotourism, organic agriculture, eco-architecture, the arts, green technology, etc.

During the programme, participants will gain both theoretical and practical knowledge in the areas above. The programme takes place primarily at the Dharmalaya Institute in Bir, though it may include excursions to other sites as well. 

On the theoretical level, the programme explores concepts and solutions applicable anywhere in the world. On the practical level, the primary focus is on solutions of relevance to India and South Asia, and particularly the Himalayan region and other rural areas, but much attention is given to the questions of how to approach solutions in other contexts.


Educational Objectives

The main purpose of the LST course is to provide education and training to empower participants to become more informed, sensitive, and effective agents of positive change, particularly within the sphere of sustainability as understood holistically. This includes the following key objectives:

  • Understanding sustainable thriving and responsible global citizenship: We explore optimum solutions for sustainability, including quality sustainable living (on the personal scale) and quality sustainable development (on the community and societal scale). Of course, to understand solutions we also need to understand the problems they’re intended to address, and that requires detailed exploration of what is unsustainable. As these understandings increase, and as we transform our own lives toward the idea of sustainable thriving, we are better positioned to understand our best possible roles as responsible global citizens working for positive change and a more sustainable world.
  • Understanding humans: To become more effective as leaders, we must deepen our understanding of humanity, starting with ourselves, which then allows us to understand others with greater insight and empathy. Understanding humans also means understanding sustainable thriving on the human level, or what we refer to as ‘inner sustainability’, which is interdependent with the ‘outer sustainability’ of the natural environment.
  • Understanding leadership for change: To become more effective as leaders of change, we need to deepen our understanding of what leadership really means and how it works in the best cases, and likewise to make an intimate study of how change actually happens — on every level from the individual to the societal. This includes not only ‘leadership skills’ but also, even more importantly, leadership qualities and sensitivities.
  • Gaining experience applying these ideas, skills, and sensitivities in a real-world context: For these explorations to move beyond the theoretical and gain practical value, we need to put them into practice in the real world. In the LST course this is done primarily in the context of the Dharmalaya Institute itself (though we also provide support for participants who have leadership roles in other projects or activities). Every participant in the LST programme will enjoy opportunities to challenge themselves and grow — both as humans and as leaders — by taking on various leadership roles within the Dharmalaya community, and learning from those experiences.
  • Reflecting and refining: One of the most essential ingredients in this recipe for personal and professional development is frequent reflection, including both evaluating our own experiences and receiving the gift of feedback from others. This is done in a safe, supportive, and nonjudgmental environment that seeks to recognize the best potential in everyone and help it manifest more effectively.

The better we understand the problems we face with holistic perspective, the better equipped we are to consider whole solutions that can address the whole person and the whole problem in ways that could be genuinely sustainable, on both the planetary level and the human level.

In short, we seek to support participants to understand the world that is and to create the world that ought to be.


Educational Philosophy

Dharmalaya Institute’s educational philosophy draws on both the contemplative wisdom traditions of India and the Himalayas and the principles of Earthville Education. Our approach is holistic and highly experiential. It is very personalized yet strongly community-oriented. It seeks to make a well-examined exploration of traditional wisdom and infuse that with our best modern creativity. 

We endeavor to awaken deeper curiosity and wonder in all our participants, nurturing the joy of learning and the drive to make the best of every opportunity for learning, personal growth, professional development, and service to the greater good — often all at once. Rather than spoon-feeding information to our participants, we focus on creating a supportive environment for discovery so that motivated learners can make connections for themselves (which helps facilitates deeper understanding and insight with more sticking power).


Faculty Supervision

The LST course is supervised by Mark Moore, founder of the Earthville Network (an international NGO working to promote sustainable thriving and responsible global citizenship) and cofounder of Dharmalaya Institute, with the support of the Dharmalaya faculty and Earthville’s extended community. Mr. Moore is an experiential educator, social entrepreneur, and artist with over 20 years of experience founding and leading social and ecological programmes in India, the US, and worldwide. Other educators, trainers, and facilitators may also contribute their knowledge and skills to the programme from time to time.


Who Should Apply?

The LST programme is especially well suited for those who wish to become more effective as agents of change toward a more sustainable and compassionate society through the exercise of altruistic leadership, e.g. as social/ecological entrepreneurs, managers, educators, trainers, NGO managers or members, activists, organisers, artists, writers, producers, or simply concerned global citizens aspiring to make a difference first by example and then through supporting or influencing others in positive ways.

Enrolment is very limited, so participants will be selected through an application process to help us identify the applicants who might benefit most from the programme while also making positive contributions to the learning environment at Dharmalaya Institute. Application for the LST course is open to lifelong learners at any stage in adult life, including professionals, students, and enthusiasts of all backgrounds who have a passion for sustainability and meet the qualification criteria outlined in the ‘Requirements and prerequisites’ section below.


Requirements & Prerequisites

The LST course is open to qualifying people of all backgrounds who wish to deepen their practical and theoretical understanding of sustainable thriving by making a serious commitment to a rigorous programme of hands-on work and experiential learning in a real-world environment.

Applicants for LST must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Language: Participants must be able to understand and speak conversational English comfortably and with reasonable fluency, due to the international nature of the programme and the importance of the theoretical and philosophical elements we will be exploring. Conversational Hindi is also helpful for practical purposes at the Institute (but not required).
  • Time: Participants must be able to commit to a minimum of six months doing full-time work and study in the programme to qualify for acceptance. Those seeking certification must successfully complete at least nine months and satisfy the LST Level 1 requirements, and likewise at least 18 months for Level 2 and 27 months for Level 3.Six months is the absolute minimum commitment for the programme (no exceptions), and longer commitments are preferred.
  • Age: Applicants must be at least 18 years of age. There is no maximum age limit.
  • Training: Applicants for the LST programme who live in India must have completed at least one of Dharmalaya Institute’s workshops related to sustainability (or an equivalent programme) before formal acceptance into the programme (see programme schedule on the bottom half of our homepage). For qualified applicants living outside India, other accommodations can be made on a case-by-case basis (see below).


How It Works: Structure & Format of the LST Programme

The LST programme at Dharmalaya Institute consists of both brief, intensive training workshops followed by extended practice periods. Both are necessary and equally important. The intensive training workshops provide both theoretical depth and focused practical training. The purpose of the extended practice periods is to provide the opportunity to deepen one’s understanding and refine one’s skills through work in a real-world environment, which is typically at Dharmalaya Institute itself.

The intensive trainings happen during workshops that are usually 12 to 21 days in duration. All LST participants must complete at least four of these training workshops in order to satisfy the requirements of the programme: one either before the start of their programme or at the start of it; and the other three at any point during the remainder of their programme. (In certain cases, with advance permission, some participants may be able to start their programme at the same time as they begin their first workshop. See below.)


Commitments & Expectations

Participants accepted to the programme will be expected to keep the following commitments:

  • Attending an orientation and training programme at the beginning of your programme (or before you start), plus at least three additional workshops or retreats at Dharmalaya Institute.
  • Participating in a focused and diligent way for eight hours per day, six days per week. (Participants will have the option to take leave from the programme if necessary, but all are expected to participate fully while residing at Dharmalaya Institute.)
  • Applying yourself sincerely, doing what is asked of you, and making best efforts to achieve excellence.
  • Maintaining professional behaviour and positive attitude at all times — even when not on campus, so as to uphold the reputation of the Institute while out in the surrounding community. This is critically important as you will be viewed by locals as a representative of Dharmalaya, so exemplary behavior at all times is required.
  • Taking on responsibility to help with various logistical and administrative tasks related to the programme and other communal responsibilities of the Institute.
  • Carrying your own weight: e.g. cleaning up after yourself, contributing your fair share to community chores, dishwashing, upkeep, etc.
  • Participating fully in the communal activities at Dharmalaya Institute, e.g. meals, discussions, etc.
  • Treating everyone around you with respect and kindness, including your fellow participants, our local artisans and labourers, volunteers, visitors, etc.
  • Respecting the principles and policies of Dharmalaya Institute and the requests of its faculty and management at all times. (For a detailed explanation of the code of conduct and expectations, see our Visitor Information page.) Note that there is a strict no-drug and no-alcohol policy, and any violation (not only on campus but also in the surrounding area) would result in being immediately expelled from the programme (without any refund or other compensation) and banned from the Institute.
  • Keeping yourself informed about the programme calendar (which you can always find on the bottom half of our homepage) and making your travel arrangements accordingly. If you have any schedule conflicts, discuss them with the Dharmalaya faculty far in advance in order to try to work out a mutually-agreeable solution.
  • Communicating clearly when you have any questions, needs, concerns, health issues, etc.
  • Providing feedback on the programmes and your experiences when requested.
  • Additionally, long-term participants be required to do an independent or group project related to the programme, such as a research paper, a hands-on building or design project, etc.
  • All participants must take part in the evaluation process, which includes detailed self-evaluations, programme evaluations, and performance reviews.

Please understand that the programme takes place in a real-world context, in which the needs and wishes of individuals must be balanced with the needs of the Institute and the collective good, and thus participants are expected to contribute to the smooth functioning of the Institute’s work and activities and not to disrupt or distract from those activities.

We want you to have the best educational experience possible in the circumstances, and to that end your communication and feedback is very important. Whenever there might be anything we could do to support your personal aspirations and experience, please do let us know.


What Participants Should Not Expect

Everyone is happier when expectations are realistic. To support all prospective participants to have clear and realistic expectations about the programme, we bring the following points your attention:

  • Do not expect a holiday in the mountains. You will be working hard — maybe harder than you’ve ever worked before. The programme is designed for people who are strongly motivated to put in the effort to get the most from the experience that they can — and also give as much as they can. During the workshops and practicum periods, you won’t have time to explore the area, go trekking, etc. (If you want to plan a trek or other such experience, you could do so either during a break or after the end of your programme.)
  • Do not expect to spend a lot of time in a chair or using a computer or other digital devices. Programme participants spend much of their time outside, doing active work on site with their own hands. You’re welcome to bring a laptop or tablet if you wish, but it isn’t required for the programme and it’s a big part of life here. In fact, Dharmalaya Institute strongly encourages digital detox and expects participants to be present with the people and activities here rather than preoccupied with digital devices.
  • Do not expect to stand back and watch others do the work, or to have someone else do it for you. All participants work full-time with their own hands, and likewise everyone participates in the cooking, cleaning, and other tasks related to keeping the community running smoothly. 
  • Do not expect to do work only related to one specific activity of interest. Though you’ll certainly have plenty of time to focus on your own specific areas of interest, you also will spend a significant amount of time learning and practicing a broad range of activities related to sustainable thriving, as well as doing tasks unrelated to architecture but essential to the functioning of the Institute (which might include, for example, orienting and training newer participants, helping with administrative tasks, etc.). This is a great opportunity for those interested in gaining diverse experiences, but if you aren’t excited about this diversity of activities then it’s probably better for you to look elsewhere because it’s a significant and important part of the holistic programme experience here.
  • Do not expect to have a lot of personal or socializing time. We tend to stay quite busy here, and most of the socialization happens at mealtimes. You will have a little bit of personal time most evenings (except during workshops), but some evenings there will be group activities (e.g. presentations, discussions, special projects, meditation sessions, etc.). In short, be mentally prepared for most days to be pretty full.
  • Most importantly, do not expect to be unchanged by the programme. If you were to leave as the same person you were when you arrived, then both you and we would have failed. The purpose of the programme is to catalyze profound change and empowerment. The ideal participant in this programme is someone who strongly wants that kind of deep and holistic transformation.


Important Notes

1. The LST programme is a serious commitment. If you think the LST programme might be too demanding for you (or if its sessions don’t fit with your schedule), then you might consider one of Dharmalaya Institute’s intensive training workshops (see programme schedule here) or simply applying for a volunteer position at Dharmalaya instead.

2. Acceptance in the LST programme is subject to approval of one’s application. After processing your application, we will notify you as to whether you have been accepted into the programme. This can take between and and four weeks, so we recommend that you apply at least a month before you need to make your travel arrangements.

3. Applicants who are not accepted into the LST programme may be invited to gain practical experience by working at Dharmalaya Institute as volunteers. If you think the LST programme might be too demanding for you, then you might consider simply applying for a volunteer position at Dharmalaya instead.

4. A participant’s enrolment in the programme is subject to termination at any time if one does not keep one’s commitments to the programme (as outlined on this page), including carrying one’s own weight, participating fully in community activities, following all rules of the Institute and upholding its values, and being dependable in performing the required work (both on site and in community life) with a positive attitude and good results.

5. The LST course is a non-commercial programme in which participants can gain valuable training, experience, and guidance in exchange for working hard and doing your best to make valuable contributions to the work conducted by Dharmalaya Institute. Work done by participants is on an unpaid, voluntary basis, and you will pay all related expenses (as described below).


Beds & Meals, Costs & Fees

LST participants will be responsible for all of their own expenses, including transportation to and from Dharmalaya, and all food, lodging, and tuition costs as described below. Note that, due to inflation in India, these rates are subject to periodic increases without advance notice.

Please note: Participants are responsible for carefully reading the information posted on this website to be clear about the costs in advance.

Intensive Workshops: Every LST session starts with a special orientation and training programme in the form of a workshop. Your programme will require at least four such intensive training workshops (each of which is usually 10-21 days in duration). For those with the most serious interest, we strongly recommend completing at least full year of these workshops if your schedule allows, as this is the best way to gain both deeper theoretical knowledge and more useful practical experience. Costs for these programmes will be posted on our website from time to time. The standard fee for these workshops generally would be in the range of Rs 750-1500 per day (including tuition, food and lodging expenses), but LST participants benefit from discounts beginning with their second workshop.

The policy regarding tuition fees for these training workshops for participants is as follows:

  • For the first training workshop, all participants will pay the full tuition fee for the workshop (generally around Rs 750-1500 per day at present).
  • For the second workshop, participants receive a 25% tuition discount in exchange for helping to guide the newer participants.
  • For the third such workshop, participants receive a 50% tuition discount in exchange for helping to guide the newer participants and providing other assistance with the workshop.
  • For the fourth workshop, participants receive a 75% tuition discount in exchange for help with whatever is required.
  • For any future building-related workshops at Dharmalaya Institute (from the fifth one onward), current or past participants in good standing may be permitted to participate tuition-free in exchange for helping to run the programmes and/or taking on other responsibilities at the Institute (subject to available space).

Aside from these workshops and other special programmes, there is no tuition fee for LST participants during post-workshop work periods, but you will need to cover your costs for food and accommodation as described below.

Costs for Food & Lodging at Dharmalaya: During the extended practicum periods (meaning any time other than the intensive training workshops or other periodic special programmes), participants must cover their costs for food and lodging at Dharmalaya Institute by making payments every Saturday, at least for the first four months of the programme (see below).

Beds in shared tents are available on a donation basis, while dorm beds and private rooms, as well as meals, are available on a sliding scale. See our Accommodations page for detailed cost information for lodging and food at Dharmalaya.

Note that Dharmalaya Institute has a work-study programme in which LST participants who have been at Dharmalaya Institute for at least four months may qualify for discounted meals during extended practicum periods, or possibly even free room and board, in exchange for taking on specific responsibilities at the Institute (subject to availability of work-study positions and other conditions).

Outside Expenses: If your programme experience involves time spent on assignment working at other sites (outside the Dharmalaya campus), the fees for food and accommodation will vary. You would be responsible for any outside expenses, including transportation, etc. As a guideline, we can advise you that currently meals at other locations can be expected to cost in the range of Rs 100-150/person. Please note that these outside costs are not under Dharmalaya Institute’s control and you would have the sole responsibility for them.


Daily Schedule

The exact daily schedule during the LST programme is subject to change according to circumstances, but you can find an example of our typical daily schedule on our Visitor Info page.

Additionally, there will be periodic special meetings, discussions, and other activities specifically for participants. For example:

  • Periodic evaluations session in which participants receive feedback from their supervisors.
  • Periodic group sharing session so we can hear about participants’ experiences.
  • Occasional special workshops, presentations, group discussions, etc.


Timing

New participants join the programme in batches, which arrive on a fixed date at the beginning of a new session. There are typically approximately four to six such sessions each year. Each of these sessions begins with an intensive orientation and training workshop usually lasting between 10 and 21 days. When you submit your application, you must select one of these workshops to attend as your initial orientation and training (no exceptions, unless you have already completed one of Dharmalaya Institute’s training workshops, in which case your start date is more flexible). All LST participants must complete at least four of these training workshops before their LST programme can be considered complete, and preference is given to participants who commit to longer terms.

The next available training workshop dates are:

  • 15-26 April 2019
  • 11-28 June 2019 (dates tentative, not yet confirmed)
  • October 2019 (exact dates to be announced by summer 2019)

NOTE: It is not possible to begin your LST course at any time other than the dates listed above unless you already have completed a qualifying initial training workshop and you already have been accepted to the LST programme. (If you have already completed your initial training workshop and have received a formal acceptance letter for the programme, then you may request a special arrangement to start at another time.)

If you are looking for an opportunity to gain hands-on experience before the start of your programme, you are welcome (and encouraged) to apply to attend other workshops or to work at Dharmlaya Institute as a regular volunteer during one of our posted Volunteer Work Periods. Please note there is no formal training programme or academic supervision for regular volunteers, but it is a great opportunity to gain practical experience with various sustainable living solutions by working with our local team. To learn more about volunteering at Dharmalaya, see this page.

You will find the schedule of Dharmalaya Institute’s workshops on the bottom half of our homepage. The schedule includes information about upcoming programmes and dates, and each programme has a link to its own page that describes the activities and also the relevant costs, etc. All participants must read and follow the schedule, and you are responsible for making your travel plans accordingly and paying the published fees. Any questions about the schedule should be addressed to the faculty so that there is clarity for all participants about what will be happening when and how everyone is expected to participate.


Note for International Applicants (Those Who Are Not Citizens of India, Nepal, or Bhutan)

Dharmalaya Institute welcomes all qualified applicants and does not discriminate on the basis of nationality. If you are not a citizen of India/Nepal/Bhutan, however, you will need to apply for a visa to visit India. Please see this note.


Certification

The LST course is certified jointly by Dharmalaya Institute and the Earthville Network. There are three certification levels:

  1. Introductory level (9 months minimum)
  2. Intermediate level (18 months minimum)
  3. Advanced level (27 months minimum) 

For students who require certain formalities in order to receive academic credit, Dharmalaya Institute can accommodate most common requirements. Before submitting your application, please check with the appropriate person at your academic institution to determine exactly what their requirements are so that you can inform us of the same when making your application. Note that no certifcation is provided for anyone with less than six months of successful participation. (Why? See our Certificate Policy for a detailed explanation.)


Applying for the LST Programme

Enrolment in the Leadership for Sustainable Thriving programme is subject to a three-part application process: written application, personal interview, and training workshop.

The standard application process for the programme is as follows:

  1. Study the following pages of our website carefully, as they contain information that every prospective participant needs to understand clearly and consider carefully before applying: the LST programme description page (the page you’re reading now), the Visitor Information page, and the FAQ. Do not proceed with your application before studying all of these pages closely.
  2. Apply online for one of Dharmalaya Institute’s training workshops related to sustainability, e.g. Sustainable Thriving Intensive, Compassionate Living Intensive, Earthen Building, Earthen Interiors, Vernacular Eco-architecture, etc. Check the schedule of upcoming programmes on the bottom half of our homepage, choose a workshop that best fits your interests and your schedule, and then submit the application form for that specific workshop. While completing the workshop application form, mention your interest in the LST programme. (Note that your application for a training workshop is separate from the LST programme application, and acceptance for a workshop does not indicate acceptance for the LST programme itself.)
  3. Submit the online application for the LST programme. You can do this either before your first workshop, during the workshop, or after the workshop. We generally recommend submitting your LST programme application at the same time as your first workshop application if you’re sure you want to apply for the LST programme, but you could also wait until your first workshop experience before deciding whether to submit the LST programme application.
  4. Participate in an interview with our faculty. After we receive your application for the LST programme, the next step is to have an interview. This can be done either by Skype/video call or in person (e.g. at your first workshop). Again, we recommend scheduling the interview earlier rather than later.
  5. Complete your first training workshop at Dharmalaya Institute. After your interview and your first training workshop, we will be able to give you a final decision about whether you are accepted into the LST programme.

Please understand that the training workshop itself is the most important part of the application process, and in most cases* we cannot make a decision about an applicant’s acceptance to the LST programme until you have completed your first workshop, so applicants who have not completed a training workshop should not assume they will be accepted to the programme (because the decision can’t be made until we see how the the applicant participates in the workshop). This is especially relevant to college students who need to do the programme on a fixed schedule in order to receive academic credit. For this reason, the standard and recommended procedure is for interested students to complete one of Dharmalaya Institute’s workshops well before the time when you want or need to begin your LST course. For example, if you are a student and you have a fixed time period in which you are available to participate in the LST course (say 1st January until 30th June, just for example), then we recommend that you do not wait until 1st January to do your first workshop; it would be much better to do your first workshop at least a month or two before your desired start date for the LST programme (1st Jan in this example) so that there would be plenty of time for you to choose another programme elsewhere in case either (a) you are not accepted to the LST programme or (b) you decide during your first training workshop that the programme at Dharmalaya Institute isn’t really what you wanted.

*Note for international applicants: There is an exception for qualifying applicants who reside outside India. If your international travel plans depend on whether you are accepted to the LST programme, then in lieu of completing a workshop prior to acceptance, we can conduct an extensive Skype interview so that you can receive confirmation of acceptance before booking your travel.

If you wish to apply for the Leadership in Sustainable Thriving programme, first make sure that you have read all of the information above carefully. Then, if you meet the prerequisities described above and you are inspired to make the commitments outlined above, you may complete the LST application form here.