Sustainable Living in the Himalayas: A Service-Learning Retreat

Date/Time: Nov 26, 2014 - Dec 6, 2014, all day
Location: Dharmalaya Institute (Bir, HP, India)

Raising the Roof

What: Ten-day action-integration retreat, alternating karma yoga (volunteer work) with meditation
Topic: Sustainable living in the Himalayas, including green building, organic gardening, and permaculture landscaping, along with explorations of mindfulness, contemplation, and meditation
When: November 26 – December 6, 2014 (Must attend the course from the first day)
Languages: English & Hindi (with translation in either direction as needed)
Facilitators: Mark Moore, Sourabh Phadke, Raj Kumar (‘Raju’), et al.


A ten-day inner/outer adventure in sustainable and compassionate living, providing opportunities for hands-on learning of various skills and concepts related to traditional earthen building, organic gardening, and natural landscaping, integrated with mindfulness, meditation and other inner explorations.

Workshops and groups sessions may include the following:

  • Hands-on education in traditional earthen architecture of the Himalayas
  • Natural landscaping and organic gardening
  • Meditation and yoga or chi kung (morning/evening sessions)

Cost: Rs 1200 per day (Rs 12,000 total, or approximately US$200) including comfortable tent/dormitory accommodation and healthy meals. For low-income participants, a limited number of work-study scholarships are available (please contact Dharmalaya for details).

For information and registration, see the event page on Dharmalaya’s website.