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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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Gargi College Students Visit APV

Published on December 16, 2010, by in trainings.

…25 Elementary Ed. 3rd year students from Gargi College in Delhi came to APV School for a 4-day “exposure” visit and training. The Gargi students participated in morning assembly/meditation, observed APV’s alternative teaching methods in the classroom, had dialogues with APV teachers about their experiences, interacted with students, and conducted a lesson with each grade…

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Classroom Challenges: Frustration to Fruition

Published on December 15, 2010, by in school.

I was very excited when in April 2010 I decided to teach first and second grade. I had many ideas in my mind. The very first day when I entered the classroom the smiling faces of children made me very happy. I saw that I had 21 students and most of them were either new or from the government schools. Through various activities, I was able to find out about the different learning levels of kids. I realized that some

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Found Sound Nation remixes APV

This entry is part 1 of 2 in the series volun-tourism

click 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 and to introduce APV teachers to various music composition and

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