Meditation Retreat at Ananda Girisuta Master Unit, July 21 – 24, 2022



We welcome you to a meditation retreat at Ananda Girisuta (Prama Institute), close to the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, from July 21 – 24, 2022.

This retreat will include a full day schedule with lots of exciting activities, yoga, meditation, and walks in nature. We will try to keep the daily routine harmonious with a balanced combination of getting up early, resting early, enjoying good food and classes, getting plenty of fresh air, and enjoying meditation and social interactions. There will be a chance to have personal guidance and recommendations on yoga, meditation, diet, and other lifestyle habits during the retreat. You can expect the mind to undergo a profound positive mental and spiritual transformation during those four days.

Didi Ananda Acira, Dada Diiptimanananda, and Dada Kovid will be leading this retreat. Apart from the classes and activities, we will have breakfast, lunch, and dinner according to our schedule, prepared by the Dadas and Didi.


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What to Expect

  • Three sattvic vegetarian meals per day
  • Yoga classes in the morning and evening
  • Collective meditation four times a day
  • Inspirational talks on meditation, yoga, philosophy, food, nutrition, and healthy living.
  • Fun games and workshops
  • Outdoor walks and activities
  • Individual meditation lessons with our teachers (optional)
  • Relax your body and calm your mind in a tranquil, beautiful environment

Schedule Ananda Girisuta Master Unit Retreat, July 21 – 24, 2022 (PDF) ↓

Ananda Girisuta and Accommodation

Ananda Girisuta Master Unit (Prama Institute) is a beautiful retreat center close to Asheville, North Carolina, and has a beautiful dome-shaped meditation hall, comfortable accommodation, and other retreat facilities. It is the perfect place for you to go deep into your meditation, enjoy walks in the hilly forested nearby areas, and meet others interested in meditation and spirituality.

Ananda Girisuta is located on forested hilltops and grasslands surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains. It sits in Marshall, North Carolina, near the French Broad River, about 25 minutes outside Asheville, NC.

There is accommodation for up to 36 people in the dormitory and semi-private rooms. There are two bedrooms for couples and families (2 – 3 beds) and two ladies and two gents dormitory rooms with bunker beds and separate bathrooms.

We provide a bottom sheet, pillow, and pillowcase on all beds. You can pay an extra $15 and receive full linens; bottom sheet, pillow, pillowcase, top sheet, blanket, bedspread, towel, and washcloth.

You will have access to free Wifi during your stay. We ask participants to keep their phones on airplane mode during classes and meditation. Most cell phone companies provide service to the area around Ananda Girisuta, although Verizon and US Cellular users get the best service.

Meals, Tea, and Coffee

The meals will be Sattvik vegetarian, and most of the dishes will also be vegan and gluten-free. If you have any special food requests or allergies, we request you inform us at least one week before your arrival. The dining area also has coffee and tea available. We have excellent, filtered drinking water from our well. A refrigerator, microwave, and electric kettle are available in the common area for the use of all guests.


Prama Institute (Ananda Girisuta)
182 Ananda Girisuta Dr.
Marshall NC 28753
United States


If you are driving to Ananda Girisuta, please see driving directions on the website. Our retreat will be at the Prama Institute (not the Prama Wellness Center.)

How to get to Ananda Girisuta

If you are flying, the closest airport is Asheville Regional Airport (AVL.) The airport is about 45 minutes drive from Ananda Girisuta. It is possible to take Uber from the airport to Ananda Girisuta. We may also be able to pick you up or arrange a ride-share. Please get in touch with us in advance if you need a pick up from the airport or Greyhound station.

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Meditation Retreat at Ananda Girisuta Master Unit, July 21 – 24, 2022
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