Current Programs in Ladakh
Learning from Ladakh 2016
Local Futures/ISEC’s Learning From Ladakh program 2016 will run from mid-June through September and will include the following activities and events:
- Global to Local Workshop(s): Between August 7-9 and 16-18 Local Futures will offer our popular 3-day interactive workshop series on globalization, development and localization in Leh.
- Traditional Knowledge & Skills Workshops: Workshop topics 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 run in July and August in the town of Leh and nearby villages.
- Crop Mobs: During the 2016 harvest season (early-to-mid September) Local Futures 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.
Mindful Travel/Tourist Education Program
Every year, 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 Women’s Alliance of Ladakh, 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.**
**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 [email protected]
The following articles provide more information about the negative impacts of development in Ladakh, as well as our work to counter them: