Dharmalaya Institute is devoted to education and empowerment for compassionate living, with a practical focus on sustainable village development, contemplative service-learning, and immersive ecotourism.
Tradition + Innovation = Sustainability, Health & Joy
Dharmalaya’s mission is to unite the best of traditional wisdom with creative innovation to produce compelling possibilities for compassionate living and sustainable development.
Development & Empowerment Through Learning & Service
The Institute’s programs for the local and international communities help us empower ourselves to improve our world. It offers a variety of programs to the Indian and international communities, including sustainable development programs, vocational education, literacy programs, service-learning and volunteer opportunities, cultural exchange and more. It provides green job training, volunteer opportunities, contemplative practices, service-learning retreats, and more.
The Dharmalaya Institute’s Himalayan Eco-campus
The Institute is currently developing an eco-campus for compassionate and sustainable living perched in the Himalayan foothills in Bir, Himachal Pradesh, India. This campus will serve as a showcase for sustainable living solutions, including green building, natural landscaping, organic horticulture, rainwater harvesting, and more. The development of the campus itself serves as a “classroom” in which local villagers and Indian and international volunteers learn the arts of sustainable living by working side-by-side, and learning about themselves in the process.
The Dharmalaya Institute was initiated in 2008 by an international team led by three of Earthville’s Directors (Mark Moore, Mai-Linh Leminhbach, and Dara Ackerman) in partnership with several members of the local community. It welcomes members, students, and volunteers from India and around the world to participate in its courses and retreats. Check Dharmalaya’s events calendar for program schedules.