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Who Are We?

We are a mindful community nestled in the Indian Himalayas, in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. We live, meditate, farm, trek, make music and run a school together.
APV School is a model school and teacher training center dedicated to providing a holistic, mindful and inclusive educational experience to the children of Uttarakhand.
Watch this short video introducation to APV School and its sister organization, Simply Himalaya. Video generously made by: Christopher Witschy, 2014-15 AIF Clinton Fellow

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Interview with Anandji, Part 3

Published on January 18, 2016, by in featured.

APV is a unique school in the degree of intimacy with which the teachers live together. We meditate together, we cook together, we work together. How do you think that that closeness of the teacher community affects the school?   I would say even more than physical closeness- living and working physically close together- it is the field of energy that I think is more important, what we call mind field. Originally I was interested in this Buddhist concept called

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Interview with Anandji, Part 2

Published on December 4, 2015, by in featured.

At APV one is engaged in the rigors of daily life, as opposed to the isolation of a meditation center. How do you feel that a meditative atmosphere is maintained at APV?   When we say that the philosophy of APV is ‘knowledge is that which liberates’- in other words, knowledge is for our inner evolution. If that is so, then we can’t have two different things. We can’t have meditation sittings or mindfulness practices on the one side, and

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Interview with Anandji

Published on November 11, 2015, by in featured.

What is your process in the morning? I meditate. I wake up around two, make tea for myself, freshen up, and from then I meditate. At four other people join me, so until five I meditate. And then I meditate in a different way, in a lying down posture. Sometimes I go to sleep for half an hour. By 5:30 people start coming, they need help in their studies, and that’s it from then until school-time. There is breakfast in

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