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Having a mindful gaze at the horizon.

We believe in learning from practical experiences rather than relying on borrowed ideas. We think every one would agree with the notion that education should prepare children to create a better society and harmonious world. We believe that we first need to create a kind of mini world where we can practice the values we believe in. This is what led to the creation of our mindful community, where the teachers of APV live, learn, work, cook, farm and trek together in a mindful way.

 Our values

We believe that the division between personal and professional is the root cause of suffering in the modern world. 

When we talk about a harmonious world we envision a society where there is cooperation, compassion, sharing, no hierarchy, equal distribution of resources and a deep spiritual focus where money and materials are seen just as physical aids rather than having any intrinsic values.

The question is how do we know that these values are going to be practicable or possible? What people need is a community where they can learn, practice and deeply experience all these values.  Only then can we gain the confidence and strength to practice them where ever we go. We started a community for this very reason- to practice these values  and then to implement them in our school so that children can carry these values into their lives and the world.


Day in the Life of an AIF Fellow

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This entry is part 5 of 5 in the series drama etcJohn Van Rooy was an AIF Fellow volunteering at APV during the 2010-2011 season. Meri Zindagi Ka Ek Din from John Van Rooy on Vimeo. A day in my life at APV School–3:30am to 9:30pm. Series NavigationDrama: American Garhwali Dance Off

Found Sound Nation remixes APV

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This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series volun-tourismclick picture to download meditation guide FoundSound co-director Chris Marianetti spent the month of July 2009 living, working, teaching and studying at the Ashram Paryavarn Vidhyalaya School (APV) in the northern Indian Himalayan region of Uttarakhand. The project was directed by Marc Alongi and Anand Dwivedi and sponsored by the Himalayan Mindful Learning Project. Chris says “Our initial goal was to setup a small sustainable recording studio at the school

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Greetings from Ashram Paryavaran Vidyalaya!

…APV is located on the SBMA campus, tucked away in the Indian Himalayas. Mindfulness is the key to our lives and work. In the teachers’ community, we all live together harmoniously, striving for self-development….

“Sa Vidya Ya Vimuktaye” video

– “Sa Vidya Ya Vimuktaye” video by Chad Robertson –
Sa Vidya Ya Vimuktaye: Knowledge is that which Liberates provides a fascinating look inside Ashram Paryavaran Vidyalaya (APV), an ashram and school in the Indian Himalayas dedicated to providing an holistic, child-centered education to the local village children.