Himalayan Institute

Last updated: April 4, 2011 (4 years ago)

Listing created on: December 31, 1999

Himalayan Institute

(Honesdale, Pennsylvania, United States)

  • Status: Established
  • Started Planning: 1971
  • Start Living Together: 1971
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Website address:
  • Phone: 800-822-4547
  • Address:
    952 Bethany Turnpike
    Honesdale, Pennsylvania, 18431-9706
    United States
  • Visitor Process

    Visitors accepted: Yes
    Contact 570-253-5551.

  • Membership Process

    Open to new Members: Yes
    Must be approved by admissions committee to be come full time resident

Mission Statement:

Yoga, meditation, wellness

Community Description:

The Himalayan Institute is located on a beautiful, 400-acre campus near the town of Honesdale in northeastern Pennsylvania. Its rural setting in the wooded, rolling hills of the Pocono Mountains provides a wonderfully peaceful and healthy setting in which to relax and discover the best of yourself.
Founded in 1971 as a nonprofit organization, our purpose is to help people grow physically, mentally, and spiritually by combining the best knowledge of both the East and the West.

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of programs in Hatha yoga, meditation, yoga philosophy, psychology, holistic health, and other subjects. From weekend meditation retreats and seminars on spirituality to our month-long Self Transformation program and even longer residential programs, we attempt to provide an environment to foster gentle, inner progress.

Hatha yoga teachers’ training is available through the Himalayan Institute Teachers Association. Holistic health services, Ayurvedic rejuvenation programs, and pancha karma are offered through our Total Health Center.

The Institute also publishes numerous books and media as well as the award-winning quarterly magazine, “Yoga International.”

The Honesdale site serves as the organization’s headquarters. Institute programs are also offered at branch and affiliated centers throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Membership in the Institute helps support its programs and offers members valuable benefits.


  • Adult Members: 95
  • Child Members: 10
  • Percent Women: 51-60%
  • Percent Men: 31-40%
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Additional Comments: The lineage/tradtions of Swami Rama of the Himalayas

    All of the styles listed may be used, according to parental preference

Social Factors

  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Eastern


  • Type: Spiritual or Religious Community or Organization
  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes

Land and Buildings

  • Area: 400 acres
  • Land owned by: The Community
  • Current Number of Residences: 7
  • Additional Comments: main building houses most members, while long-time married staff live in nearby houses and apartments

Labor and Money

  • Shared Income: Members have completely independent finances
  • Required Labor Contribution: 0



  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Current food produced: Up to 25%


  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Very important – we all share a common diet.
  • Dietary Practice: Vegetarian (no animal meat; dairy and eggs okay)


  • Alcohol Use: No~ this community does not permit alcohol use.


  • Tobacco Use: No~ this community does not permit tobacco use.


Community Affiliations

Himalayan Institute

We happily link to the following organizations, all of whom share our strong commitment to promoting community and a more cooperative world:
Cohousing The Federation of Egalitarian Communities - Communes Coop Community Cooperative Sustainable Intentional North American Students of Cooperation Global Ecovillage Network
Special thanks to the sponsors of our Art of Community Events.
Bryan Bowan Architects California Cohousing International Communes Desk ICSA NICA Wolf Creek Lodge