Set in 27 acres of forest, the ashram is entirely off-grid with solar panels, gas bottles to provide hot water (if you don't fancy a dip in the seasonal river!) and its own bore hole for water. We try to grow most of our own food in the vegetable garden and there is also a variety of fruit and olive trees.
Downstairs is communal living space including kitchen, dining area and lounge. Upstairs there are three bedrooms and the yoga shala which looks out over the forest to the mountains of Spain. It is one of the best places to watch the sun rise and sun set.
Yoga mats, cushions and blankets are available to use however you are also welcome to bring your own.
There are two composting toilets as well as an outdoor shower. Ladies - if possible, please bring a moon cup or washable/reusable period knickers with you.
Smoking, alcohol and drugs is not permitted under any circumstance.
The ashram is in a fairly remote location and so it is worth noting that it is also home to a variety of wildlife including geckos, lizards, spiders, frogs, snakes and wild boar.
There are three choices of accommodation: wooden cabins, caravans or in the ashram itself. All accommodation is simple but clean. You can expect to find a bed, chair and chest of drawers which is typical of an indian ashram.The accommodation options are currently undergoing a refresh, so not all options may be available.
Bedding and towels are provided.
A typical day at the ashram - what to expect
Please note that the timetable is subject to change. We may amend the schedule on one day to accommodate a slightly less intensive day, as sometimes such an intense sadhana combined with the early mornings can leave some participants (and teachers!) fatigued.
5:30 - Wake up bell
6:00 - Morning Aarti followed by Hatha yoga practice (2 hours)
8:30 - Breakfast
9:30 - Karma Yoga (1 hour)
11:00 - Pranayama (1.5 hours)
13:00 - Lunch
14:00 - Free time / group project work
16:30 - Afternoon session (1 hour)
18:00 - Supper
19:00 - Bajans and Satsang
21:00 - Evening Aarti to close the day
Karma Yoga - tasks will be shared by the group but may include: meal preparation, cleaning communal areas, gardening, chopping logs and bell ringing.
Food & Drink
We follow an activated vegan diet with meals being prepared together. We try to use fresh, local ingredients where possible and as mentioned, grow a variety of vegetables in the ashram vegetable garden.
Breakfast - typically for breakfast we have porridge made from oats, nuts, seeds and fruits. This might be flavoured with cinnamon, raw cacao or turmeric.
Lunch - we eat our main meal at lunchtime to ensure adequate time for digestion. This might be a chickpea or vegetable curry, dhal, pasta or stew and is usually accompanied by salad.
Supper - this is usually a vegetable soup as it is easy to digest and not too heavy.
Tea and coffee is available in the ashram kitchen. There is usually a variety of ingredients to make herbal teas and we like to let our imaginations run wild with some of the ingredients. We are also big fans of indian chai and we will teach you how to make it (vegan style!)
Snacks - we try not to snack between meals so that our meals can be fully digested, therefore snacks are not provided. We might once a week as a treat pick up a croissant if we head into town but generally the ashram is a sugar-free zone so if you need chocolate/sugar in order to survive, then please bring some with you!