Earthville Education: Experiential Learning for Compassionate Global Citizens

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Overview of Earthville Education Initiatives

Earthville Education
Earthville Education is real-world learning and empowerment for compassionately and creatively engaged global citizens.

We’re building an integrated approach to experiential education and service-learning for responsible global citizenship, sustainable thriving, holistic personal development, and compassionate creativity.

The Earthville Education initiative is a long-term, multi-stage, interdisciplinary project working to develop an innovative, holistic model for education to meet the challenges of the age of globalization and promote human and planetary flourishing.

But let’s start with the basics…

Experiential Education & Service-Learning

Learn beneficial things by doing beneficial things in an engaging & inspiring community context.

Earthville sees the entire planet as a campus for lifelong learning, altruistic service, and sustainable social entrepreneurship.  Earthville education emphasizes the fields of study, service, and work that contribute to a healthy and prosperous society that is more universally compassionate and keeps a reasonably light ecological footprint — an objective we refer to as sustainable thriving.

Courses, workshops, and other educational events and programs currently offered by Earthville and its partners span the following fields:

  • Volunteer and service-learning opportunities for people of all ages (students, retirees, and everyone in between)
  • Ecological courses and workshops in various aspects of green living (e.g. organic gardening, green building/renovation, etc.)
  • Integral health and well-being programs, including yoga, meditation, connected movement, etc.
  • Personal development workshops in communication, collaboration, leadership, etc.
  • Vocational skills training in green careers, creative skills, and other occupations that make meaningful contributions to healthy society and a thriving planet
  • Creativity and the arts, including creative retreats, workshops, and more
  • Cultural programs fostering cross-cultural appreciation and collaboration, including exchange and service-learning programs
  • Other courses, presentations, and events on important personal, local, and global issues

Earthville and its partners offer these programs and events to people of all ages and backgrounds, with a view to building community and catalyzing collaboration between participants. In accord with Earthville’s commitment to make its programs as accessible as possible, some programs are free of charge while others are charged at nominal rates or offer work-study options.

Current Earthville Education Programs:
Sustainable Living, Holistic Personal Development, & Public Dialog

Dharmalaya InstituteDharmalaya Institute for Compassionate Living
(Our Himalayan Campus)

The Dharmalaya Institute is devoted to education and empowerment for compassionate living, with a practical focus on sustainable village development, contemplative service-learning, and immersive experiential education programs.

Dharmalaya ConstructionDharmalaya Institute serves as the principal Earthville campus for its service-learning and ecological programs in India. Dharmalaya offers a variety of service-learning opportunities including internships, workshops, retreats, volunteer programs, and more.

Dharmalaya Institute currently offers several educational programs of interest to Earthville citizens, including:

  • Compassion in Action — Holistic Service-Learning Immersion for Caring Contemplatives: A long-term, residential service-learning immersion opportunity conceived to provide a supportive environment for caring contemplatives to take a deeper dive into the possibilities of compassionate, sustainable, and sensible living, integrating the outer work (improving our world) with the inner work (improving ourselves) through mindful volunteer work approached as karma yoga, augmented with discussions and reflection. (Four-month minimum commitment) › More
  • Leadership for Sustainable Thriving — An Experiential Training Program: A long-term residential service-learning program for personal and professional development through real-world experiential education and on-the-job training for people with serious interest in practicing and promoting optimum sustainable living solutions for our own lives and for our planet.  (Six-month minimum commitment) › More
  • Earthen Masonry Training (Certificate Program): A formal training program in the masonry aspects of earthen building (including adobe brickmaking and bricklaying, cob, mud renders, stonework, etc.), providing hands-on, on-the-job training and supervision by master masons and a theoretical component to explore the “why” of earthen building. (Six-month minimum commitment for Level 1 certification, and longer for higher levels)  › More
  • Internship in Vernacular Eco-Architecture: A formal, academic internship program providing architects and students of architecture with both practical experience and deeper theoretical knowledge in the arts and practices of sustainable building in the neo-traditional Kangra vernacular style of venerated eco-architect Didi Contractor. (Four-month minimum commitment, with longer commitments strongly preferred) › More

More about Dharmalaya Institute


The Earthville Education Blog

Earthville EducationThe Earthville Education Blog is a venue for 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.

Go to the Earthville Education Blog

Earthville Education Events

Earthville and its partners hold a variety of courses, workshops, real-world training programs, and other educational events around the world. Check our event calendar for listings.

See the Earthville events calendar
See only events tagged “education”

Long-Term Vision:
The Earthville Institute & the Global Campus

In the big picture, Earthville is developing a model for holistic centers for learning and service. In brief, this vision comprises a hybrid institutional model combining a new approach to “schools” and an innovative approach to social and environmental charitable programs, integrating the two very closely.

For a detailed overview of the long-term vision for Earthville Education and the roadmap for realizing it, see this page.

The Earthville Institute
(Proposed US Campus)

Earthville InstituteThe Earthville Network aspires to establish an Earthville Institute in the US.  The focus of the Institute’s activities would be education, training, research, and charitable programs for sustainable living and compassionate global society, embodied in an innovative hybrid organizational model for learning, service, and social-benefit employment. We have an inspiring vision for the Institute and a great network of potential partners, and the project is now seeking funding to take it to the next stage.   › more

Got ideas or inspirations? We’re listening. Feel free to post comments or questions relevant to Earthville Education in the comments section below.

Get Involved

There are several ways you can participate in the Earthville Education initiative and make your unique contributions to this exciting project:

  • Join the Earthville Network to become an active member of the community  → sign up
  • Subscribe to the Earthville Education Blog and join the conversation by posting comments in the articles that interest you or submitting articles of your own  → go
  • Participate in Earthville’s educational programs and events  → see event calendar
  • Apply to volunteer for the Earthville Education initiative, and we’ll let you know when we’re ready to call you into action.  → apply now
  • Visit the Dharmalaya Institute in the Indian Himalayas to volunteer or participate in service-learning programs or retreats → jump to the Dharmalaya website
  • Help us establish the Earthville Institute in the US by making a tax-deductible gift or bequest  → more info

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