Staying in the Ashram

A place to retreat

In addition to offering courses, we also welcome you to stay in the Ashram as a guest, whereby you will take part in the daily karma yoga schedule. This will give you the opportunity of living the teachings of yoga in daily life, thereby bringing greater clarity, well-being and spaciousness to your life.

Guest stays are most easily arranged outside of course times but, subject to availability, it is possible to stay during a yoga course and be part of the background Ashram team without full participation in the course itself. During these times, the schedule below will adapt slightly according to the course timetable.

During the winter, the Ashram is closed to visitors. Therefore you are welcome to stay at almost any time from mid-February to the end of November. The daily routine is very simple and designed to enable us to practice the attitudes and spirit of yoga throughout the day.

What follows is the standard daily schedule when there is no yoga course taking place:

  • Each day starts early in the morning with personal Yoga practice, or a guided class.
  • At 7.30 am everybody comes together for Mantra Yoga (chanting) and Meditation. This is followed by 30 minutes of silent cleaning,
  • Breakfast is at 8.45am
  • Karma Yoga through the morning from 9.30am to 1.00pm pausing for a cup of tea and perhaps a chat at 11am
  • Lunch is at 1pm.
  • After lunch until 4.15pm. there is a period for resting, walking in the beautiful natural surroundings of the Ashram, study, interaction and stillness.
  • Karma Yoga continues from 4.15-6.15pm.
  • Supper is at 6.30pm. You may also be involved in the wash up after one of the meals during the day.

The evening will comprise either group chanting, a havan (fire ceremony), collective chanting (kirtan), question and answers (satsang) or quiet personal time. Silence (mouna) commences from 9.00pm through to breakfast the following morning.

Every Tuesday at 8.00pm there is collective chanting of the mrityunjaya mantra (an ancient healing chant). This chant is dedicated to all those who are ill and in particular need of healing. If there is someone who is suffering or ill at this time, let us know brief details and we will chant specifically for their health and well-being.

Most weeks, on Wednesdays, there is an afternoon of mouna (silence).

It is also possible to consider an extended stay in the Ashram.