Ghornala Village, Bir (Tehsil Baijnath)
The Dharmalaya Institute for Compassionate Living is an innovative educational and charitable institution currently under construction near the Himalayan town of Bir in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. In the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram, which united social service with personal development, the Dharmalaya Institute offers an integrated programme of experiential learning, economic empowerment, traditional wisdom and volunteer service.
The Institute provides green job skills for rural labourers and will serve as a model showcasing sustainable living practises such as eco-friendly construction, high-yield organic agriculture, renewable energy and more. It has already begun to serve as a destination for altruistic ecotourism where international visitors will work side-by-side with villagers to develop and implement solutions for sustainable village development while learning about Himalayan culture and its wisdom traditions.
For more information, see the Dharmalaya Institute’s website: dharmalaya.in.