Ladakh Project

Current Programs in Ladakh


Learning from Ladakh Program

Learning from Ladakh is an experiential education program offering participants a range of opportunities to gain first-hand knowledge of the social and ecological issues facing a traditional culture as it meets the modern world. Our program for 2015 runs from mid June through early September and will include the following activities and events:

  • Global to Local Workshop Series: From August 10-13 we will offer our popular 4-day interactive workshop series on globalization, development and localization (Leh, Ladakh).*
  • Traditional Knowledge & Skills Workshops: This year we’re piloting a new series of hands-on workshops focused on traditional knowledge and skills. Workshop topics will include: traditional food and farming systems of Ladakh, traditional ecological knowledge, appropriate/traditional technologies, natural/vernacular building techniques, basket weaving, and others. The workshops will be held bi-weekly throughout July and August in the town of Leh and nearby villages.*
  • Crop Mobs: During the 2015 harvest season Local Futures/ISEC will help organize a number of informal “crop mobs” (collective harvesting events) on traditional farms near the town of Leh. Each “crop mob” will offer visitors and tourists a unique hands-on opportunity to learn about traditional Ladakhi farming while providing useful labor to local family farms.*

Learn more about our 2015 Learning from Ladakh workshops and events.

*Further details about these workshops and events will be announced in late June 2015. To receive updates and announcements, sign up for our email updates or email us for more information at:

Mindful Travel/Tourist Education Program

From mid June through early September we run a Mindful Travel/Tourist Education program that helps visitors to Ladakh minimize their impact on the local environment and adopt culturally sensitive practices. As part of this program, we screen two documentary films about Ladakh, globalization and development: Ancient Futures and The Economics of Happiness. We screen these films daily at 14:00 (except Sundays) at the Ladakh Ecological Development Group’s Ecology Centre, about a five to ten minute walk north of the main bazaar in Leh. The films are followed by wide-ranging discussions facilitated by Local Futures staff and volunteers.** Learn more.

**We also offer private workshops and film screenings for tourist groups by arrangement. To request a workshop or film screening for a tourist group, contact

The following articles provide more information about the negative impacts  of development in Ladakh, as well as our work to counter them:

Pressure to Modernise;  The March of the Monoculture;  Globalisation and Terror;  Rambo, Barbie and Wordsworth