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Explorations in Experiential Education for the Global Village

Welcome to the Earthville Education blog! Here, you’ll find ongoing explorations of education as a catalyst for the development of conscientious global citizens, healthy communities, and a more harmonious and sustainable world. The scope of the discussion is wide, with special interest in the following areas:

•   Experiential education and service-learning
•   The cultures of learning communities, and how to transform them
•   Holistic educational philosophy: wisdom about learning and learning about wisdom
•   Innovative models for schools, other learning communities, and programs
•   Synergies between centers of learning and the local and global communities
•   Education reform, both practice and policy

We warmly welcome you to join the discussion by subscribing to the blog and posting comments in the articles that interest you.

Happy Sapling

Planting a Vertical Orchard

This week, during our first service retreat program (see news article) on the Dharmalaya Institute’s new Himalayan eco-campus, we had a precious opportunity: our friends at SanghaSeva brought sixteen wonderful, hard-working volunteers from all over the globe to work with us, so we figured this was the time to take on…

Rajinder and Raju

Fueled by Kindness

So much in life can’t happen without the kindness of others, and this is especially true here in the Himalayas. In a “subsistence-plus” economy such as we have here in Himachal Pradesh, most villagers have enough land to feed their families, more or less, so they don’t necessarily need to work…

Foundations Waiting

A Passage Through India

A familiar sea of humans, cows, and three-wheeled auto-rickshaws… with some new features: People of all stripes gathering around giant outdoor projection screens to cheer every turn of the Indian athletes in the Commonwealth Games… Brand new Delhi Metro terminals, still not-quite-finished and already falling apart, teeming with hurried passengers…

Foundations filled

Rocking the Foundations: Dharmalaya Institute Reaches Ground Level

Earthville’s Dharmalaya team is happy to report the completion of the foundations for the Dharmalaya Institute, an eco-friendly service-learning campus in the Indian Himalayas. The Institute is being constructed in a style based upon the traditional vernacular architecture of the area, known as “Kangra style,” using eco-friendly materials and non-mechanized building methods…

Trenches

Groundbreaking News for Dharmalaya Institute

After a year of preparation, today Earthville’s Dharmalaya team in India broke ground for the construction of its eco-friendly service-learning campus in the foothills of the Indian Himalayas. The Dharmalaya Institute will serve as the base for our sustainable village development projects in the Himalayas and will also provide volunteer service opportunities…