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Meditation Courses, Retreats, & Group Sessions

Minding the ViewRecognising that compassionate and sustainable living begins within each individual, and that meditation is proven to be one of the most effective ways to bring out that compassion in all of us, Dharmalaya Institute offers a variety of meditation programmes, including periodic group retreats and courses, seasonal group meditation sessions, and support for personal retreats.


Periodic Meditation Courses & Group Retreats

Dharmalaya Institute hosts special courses in mediation, yoga, and related disciplines, as well as periodic meditation retreats. For details and schedule, see our Events Calendar. (Note that Deer Park Institute and Sherab Ling Monastery also hold periodic medication courses and retreats.)


Doing a Personal Retreat at Dharmalaya Institute

If you already have a meditation practice and are looking for a peaceful place to do your own short- or long-term retreat, Dharmalaya Institute might be a fit for you. Dharmalaya supports experienced, dedicated meditation practitioners by providing a supportive environment conducive to personal retreats (subject to availability and other conditions). Our campus is perched on a forested hillside in a remote area just above Bir, and provides not only a tranquil setting but also a healthy one, serving salubrious, plant-based (vegan) meals and providing accommodation in traditional-style earthen buildings. At present, availability of accommodations for personal retreats is highly seasonal (the best times are usually the July-September rainy season and the winter) and subject to very limited availability, so we suggest applying as far in advance as possible. For details and application information, see this page.


Organising Your Own Meditation Retreat Elsewhere in Himachal Pradesh

In addition to Dharmalaya Institute, Bir offers a few other retreat possibilities worth considering, and there are more options elsewhere in Himachal Pradesh. Starting with Dharmalaya Institute’s closest neighbours, there is a Sikh meditation centre in Ghornala, which caters to silent retreats only. Another nearby option, just west of Bir, is Sherab Ling Monastery, which has both a guest house (noisier) and a dedicated retreat centre (quieter, and generally reserved for strict, long-term retreats). If you’d rather stay in town, consider the Deer Park Institute or one of the guest houses on the Bir Portal’s accommodations page.

Outside of the Bir area, other good options for personal retreats in Himachal Pradesh include Tushita Meditation Centre in McLeodGanj, Thösamling Nunnery below Dharamshala (women only), and Wogmin Monastery in Rewalsar (Tso Pema).


Weekly Group Meditation & Dharma Discussions

Dharmalaya Institute hosts weekly sitting meditation groups and Dharma discussions. These sessions, centred on the curriculum of the Tergar Meditation Community, are open to everyone regardless of background or meditation experience. They are free of charge, with donations welcome but not required. The group sessions are seasonal, generally running March-May and November-December, with some variation, so you may wish to contact us to confirm the schedule before coming.

PLEASE NOTE: OUR GROUP MEDITATION PROGRAMME IS ON HIATUS FOR THE SEASON AND WILL RESUME LATER THIS YEAR (IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, CONTACT US FOR DETAILS).