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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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Drama: The Fish Who Grew too Big For His Lake

4th graders at APV School, learn english through musical drama, while teaching about vegetarianism. Performed for students and staff from the Sanskriti School, when they visited us on April 16th, 2011. music & lyrics: John Van Rooy camera & edit: Nicole Jaquis (relativelyLocal) 4th grade teacher: Shanti Mamgain [ release date: Aug 12, 2011 ] [ runtime: 07:51 ]

 
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Morning Assembly

Published on July 18, 2011, by in featured, school.
This entry is part 3 of 5 in the series drama etc

The day at APV begins with a mindful assembly which serves as the philosophical and practical foundation for the entire school day. It sets the tone for all of the learning initiatives that the students will undergo throughout the day. Students are exposed to meditation, music, and drama in a community environment that promotes positive emotions. Students are divided into 6 groups, one for each school day. Each group is responsible for unlocking the doors in the morning, cleaning the

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The Spreading of Seeds

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series history

APV is slowly changing the minds of those that doubted the pedagogy from the beginning. Recently, SBMA staff has accepted that the APV pedagogy is the right direction for education in Uttarakhand and has fully supported APV in working with government schools to bring about change. The community has also started to embrace the school. With money coming in by way of teacher’s trainings and consultancies, APV has started a community fund in order to support the families of the

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