Compassion in action for people and planet

aka The Earthville Network (TEN)   |   Durango, CO   |
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EIN: 94-3374090


The Earthville mission is to promote sustainability, compassion, and responsible global citizenship, primarily through experiential education and service-learning programs. We work to make a better world by educating and empowering compassionate change agents and connecting them in innovative collaborations for learning, service, and sustainable thriving.

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Mark Moore

Main address

P.O. Box 2330

Durango, CO 81302-2330 USA

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Subject area info

Arts and culture



Interdisciplinary studies

Agricultural education

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Population served info


Indigenous peoples


NTEE code info

Education N.E.C. (B99)

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

International Cultural Exchange (Q21)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

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The most pressing challenges of our times — such as achieving both ecological sustainability and collective prosperity simultaneously — are complex and multifaceted. To forge a sustainable and harmonious future, human society has four urgent needs: to be informed on the issues, to be empowered to work toward solutions, to be motivated from a place of caring and compassion, and to have actual opportunities to make meaningful positive impacts. Earthville's programs address all four of these needs in integrated ways, with a contemplative approach to interdisciplinary experiential education, holistic personal and professional development, and opportunities to put compassion into action through altruistic service in the US and around the world.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Earthville Education

The Earthville Education initiative is an interdisciplinary, international project working to develop innovative, holistic models for education to promote human and planetary flourishing. The four main venues for our educational programs are: the Earthville Institute in Colorado, USA; Dharmalaya Institute in the Indian Himalayas; through collaborations with partners internationally; and the Internet.

Population(s) Served
Artists and performers

Dharmalaya Institute is an educational and charitable organization devoted to empowering compassionate changemakers, with a practical focus on solutions for sustainable thriving and the adaptation of traditional wisdom for modern needs. Through hands-on service learning, we gain experience and skills for sustainable thriving. Through contemplative practice, we understand ourselves and the ways of nature. Building on these foundations, we forge compelling possibilities for compassionate living.

Frequent course topics include: Sustainable development, ecologically-sensitive architecture and natural building, organic agriculture and permaculture, responsible waste management, arts and creativity, philosophy and contemplative practices (meditation, yoga, etc.).

Population(s) Served
Indigenous peoples
Artists and performers

Our Earthville Arts project leverages the power of human creativity to make a better world through music, the arts, media, and technology. Our activities not only promote the arts, but also raise awareness about important cultural, social, and ecological issues and catalyze efforts to make a difference.

Population(s) Served

Earthville develops and supports grassroots peacemaking programs, including cross-cultural and interfaith dialogs and other bridge-building initiatives in the USA, the Middle East, and Asia. Currently, the most active programs in this category are the Sulha Peace Project ( and Dharmalaya Institute (

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Where we work

Our results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Area of land, in hectares, directly controlled by the organization and under sustainable cultivation or sustainable stewardship

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Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Sustainably managed campuses for our educational institutes, including annual tree-plantings, organic food cultivation, burn area regeneration, native species reintroduction, etc.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Earthville works to cultivate human and planetary flourishing worldwide through a global network of local-scale projects and initiatives. The principal goals shared by all of these endeavors are:
1. To educate, sensitize, and empower compassionate agents of change, working locally and globally.
2. To provide opportunities for people of diverse backgrounds to put compassion into action by engaging in win-win collaborations for human and planetary flourishing.
3. To develop effective, sustainable, and resource-efficient models for education and change-making.

The Earthville Network’s fundamental strategy is cultivating an international network of local, human-scale projects and initiatives providing interdisciplinary education, personal and professional development programs, and meaningful opportunities to make positive impacts in the areas of ecological sustainability and social welfare. This includes both in-house projects and a constellation of partnerships and incubated projects across the globe.

Our in-house projects include two flagship educational institutes (one in the USA and one in India) that serve as our core learning communities and as showcases for solutions for sustainability solutions integrated with social welfare programs. We provide our program participants with rare opportunities to study human and environmental issues while actively working to address them in the real world, in a contemplative and reflective environment that provides support for their evolution as sensitive humans and effective leaders. We also engage our participants and other stakeholders at the operational and leadership levels, so that all dimensions of our organization's work become real-world learning labs for them. This creates uplifting ripple effects throughout the communities that our participants and alumni serve through their lives and their work.

We believe — and our successes have proven — that this kind of real-world education for altruistic action, by its nature, generates a force-multiplier effect, magnifying our impact exponentially.

Our international, multicultural, interdisciplinary team has a twenty-five-year track record of building exemplary learning communities and service projects from the ground up on the slimmest of budgets. Four of the keys to our success are:

1. Our multi-disciplinary team aggregates the knowledge, skills, and sensitivities to design and build both the “hardware” (our eco-campuses and facilities) and the “software” (our organizational culture, programs, curricula, etc.) and optimize all the elements to work together harmoniously and sustainably in ways highly responsive to the unique needs of each particular context where we work. This fact in itself attracts much interest and support.

2. Creativity and resourcefulness. Decades of experience doing big things on tiny budgets has forged our knack for doing more with less into not only a specialization but also a way of life. We are very nerdy about optimizing efficiencies through stacking functions, synergies, and cross-pollination — "feeding many birds with one seed."

3. Holism: Understanding the whole person and the whole problem to create whole solutions. Strong systems thinking feeding into our design thinking, warmed by human feeling.

4. The strength of our commitment to practice integrity, generosity, and kindness, which makes the experience of working with us rewarding and inspiring rather than taxing or toxic. We love a good win-win, and that, too, makes people want to work with us and bring their best.

We have founded, incubated, or meaningfully supported over a dozen charitable and educational projects in eight countries and counting.

We have established two flagship educational institutes: one in the US and the other in the Indian Himalayas.

We have changed countless lives through educational programs for sustainable and compassionate living in the US, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.

We have trained several hundred interns and students in vocational skills such as ecologically sensitive natural architecture and earthen building, wise leadership, teaching and facilitation, permaculture and organic gardening, sensitive and compassionate activism, and more.

We have provided meaningful service-learning opportunities for many thousands of people of all backgrounds from dozens of countries in all corners of the world, and that work has, in turn, impacted thousands more.

Our current focus is developing our new 640-acre eco-campus in Colorado and building capacity to leverage the new campus for optimum impact on human and ecological flourishing, especially in the Four Corners region of the US.

How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals, To engage our participants meaningfully in the process of improving our programs

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection


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Revenue & expenses

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Balance sheet

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The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Mark Moore

Mark Moore is an eco-social entrepreneur, experiential educator, writer-editor, composer-producer, natural builder, retreat facilitator, and lifelong learner. Founder of the Earthville Network in the USA and cofounder of the Dharmalaya Institute for Compassionate Living in India (, he has been launching and nurturing altruistic and creative projects around the world since 1997. Mark’s main focus since 2010 has been developing immersive, contemplative service-learning programs integrating sustainability with inner development, catalyzing the empowerment of warm-hearted changemakers. Mark is a trustee of the Ronald E. Moore Foundation and serves on several other boards and advisory groups. He also serves as a meditation retreat facilitator and mentor for Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche’s Tergar Learning Community (, and has volunteered for myriad educational and charitable projects worldwide since 1987.


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Board of directors
as of 05/13/2023
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Board chair

Mark Moore

Earthville Institute (US), Dharmalaya Institute for Compassionate Living (India), Studio Lungta (US & Singapore), Earthville LLC

Arnold Langberg

Denver Public Schools (retired), Jefferson County Open High School (retired), other alternative schools

Daphne Charles

Bio Arc (Singapore), Dharmalaya Institute (India), Studio Lungta

Dara Ackerman

Soul Shoppe (USA), Dharamshala Earthville Institute (India)

Mai-Linh Leminhbach

SPICA and Groupe E (Switzerland), Dharmalaya Institute (India)

Mark Moore

Earthville Institute (US), Dharmalaya Institute (India), Studio Lungta (US & Singapore), Earthville LLC

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