If you were a master on the lookout for a stunning location to build your new ashram, what would be some of the prerequisites you would be taking under consideration? Probably: the aesthetic geographical aspect of the site, the sacred energy vibrational quality of the location, the architectural features of the buildings, the public transport accessibility, the friendliness of the municipal authorities, and whether the site truly speaks to your own soul. Here are my 12 most beautiful locations to build an ashram.
Top of the list would have to be Ubud on the Hindu island of Bali in Indonesia. This mountain paradise has all the peace and geographic beauty to stop you in your tracks and contemplate more than your navel. The vegetation is beautiful, the views are breathtaking; and the local people are exquisite. This part of Bali has retained its spiritual flavour and religiousness.
Next, the stunning secluded monasteries in Ladakh in Kashmiri India have all the other worldly qualities to inspire the most jaded soul. Austere and difficult to reach by steep narrow roads, these ancient buildings cry out for silence.
Kerala on India’s Malabar Coast is a tropical paradise for ashrams and retreats. On the shoreline of the Arabian Sea, and containing the mountainous Western Ghats, this visually impressive land holds all the aces for a timeless spiritual ambience.
Rishikesh in Uttarakhand, again in India, has a rich tradition as the home of many ashrams. Yoga flourishes in the foothills of the Himalayas. Silent meditation in the presence of divine natural beauty is breathtaking.
Mangrove Mountain in New South Wales in Australia is a natural Mecca for ashrams and retreats. The bush setting and the sacred energy of the location is magnificent.
Of course the Blue Mountains where we’ve set up our ACM Group centre is one of the finest locations to clear one’s mind and truly transcend the hustle and bustle of Sydney just an hour’s drive or train away. Coming soon will be photos of our ACM Group students practicing yoga in all the vistas and vantage points of the Blue Mountains such as Evans Lookout, the Three Sisters and Leura Cascades.
Bangalore in India is another eminently suitable location for a beautiful and inspiring ashram location. It is home to Sai Baba’s ashram.
Koregan Park in Pune, India is another great location for an ashram, utilising the grand old homes of the British Raj in a tropical garden setting. Peacocks wander gracefully around amid the memories of the provocative Osho.
Mount Abu in central India has been home to consciousness raising gurus for centuries and more. The spiritual energy here is in the air and tangible to all who traverse here.
Woodbourne in upstate New York is home to a number of ashrams, retreats and monasteries in beautiful woodland settings.
Nepal, south-western France and Queensland’s Daintree rain forest are all locations with something special to offer the spiritual master in search of quality real estate for his, or her, ashram.