Tag: Himachal Pradesh

  • Himalayan Roots & Global Fruits: The Humble Birth of Earthville

    Himalayan Roots & Global Fruits: The Humble Birth of Earthville

    This story was written in response to a request from my friend Rodger Kamenetz to post to his popular Jew in the Lotus page. An unlikely path How did an artist and activist fresh out of college wind up opening a vegetarian restaurant and community center just up the street from H.H. the Dalai Lama,…

  • Planting a Vertical Orchard

    Planting a Vertical Orchard

    From the Earthville Blog: For our first service retreat program at the Dharmalaya Institute in Bir, our friends at¬†SanghaSeva brought sixteen wonderful, hard-working volunteers from all over the globe to work with us, so we took on a major project that could only be done with that kind of person power: landscaping a landslide to…

  • A Picture of Progress

    A Picture of Progress

    From the Earthville Blog: We’ll be posting a detailed update on the construction of the Dharmalaya Institute soon. For now, here’s a little picture of progress… ūüôā      

  • Our First Service Retreat in Bir

    Our First Service Retreat in Bir

    From the Earthville news page: This month, the¬†Dharmalaya Institute (a¬†project of the Earthville Network) hosted its first service retreat program for international volunteers on its new eco-campus near the remote village of Bir¬†in the Indian Himalayas. Organized in collaboration with¬†SanghaSeva, the retreat welcomed sixteen participants from eight countries for ten days of volunteer work, group…

  • The Earthville Orchards

    The Earthville Orchards

    From the Earthville News page: The Earthville Network is pleased to announce the launch of the Earthville Orchards, a win-win-win-win opportunity for conscientious global citizens and responsible businesses to sponsor tree plantings in order to offset their carbon footprints while creating green jobs for Indian villagers and more…   Read the whole story here.  

  • Fueled by Kindness

    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 for anyone but themselves in order to…

  • A Passage Through India

    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, mostly unfazed as twelve more press themselves into the…

  • A Groundbreaking Event!

    A Groundbreaking Event!

    It’s on… ūüôā From the Earthville news page: After a year of preparation, today the¬†Dharmalaya team in India broke ground for the construction of a new, eco-friendly service-learning campus in the foothills of the Himalayas. The Dharmalaya Institute will serve as the base for our sustainable village development projects in the Himalayas and will also…

  • The Rising Canal and Other Changes

    Buongiorno from Venice, which i thought i’d better see before it sinks much further. Lately, it’s flooding more frequently and more severely, and it’s chilling to drift around this jewel of history and imagine that, within as few as 20 years (if some scientists’ predictions come true) the first floor or two of every building…