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Meditation Groups, Courses, & Retreats

Minding the ViewBir is becoming an increasingly popular destination for meditation. Yogis and meditators of all stripes come from across India and around the world to participate in the various courses offered in Bir or to do personal retreats in this tranquil and beautiful setting.

Recognising that compassionate and sustainable living begins within each individual, the Dharmalaya Institute offers both ongoing meditation groups and periodic special programmes and retreats.


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 HOLIDAY FOR THE MONSOON SEASON AND WILL RESUME IN 2013 (IF YOU ARE INTERESTED, CONTACT US FOR DETAILS).


Periodic Meditation Courses & Retreats

Dharmalaya occasionally 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 period medication courses and special retreats (see their respective websites for details).


Organising Your Own Meditation Retreat in the Bir Area

If you already have a meditation practice and are simply looking for a peaceful place to do your own short- or long-term retreat, Bir offers a range of options. If you’d prefer to be in the quietest possible setting, consider the Dharmalaya Institute, which has comfortable tents surrounded by forest that are often available for retreats, or the Sikh meditation centre in Ghornala, which caters to silent retreats only. Another option, just west of Bir, is Sherab Ling Monastery, which has both a guest house (noisier) and a dedicated retreat centre (quieter, and generally intended for longer-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.