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
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 three 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
If you are driving to Ananda Girisuta, please see driving directions on the prama.org website. Our retreat will be at the Prama Institute (not the Prama Wellness Center.)
If you are flying, the closest airport is Asheville Regional Airport (AVL.) The airport is about 45 minutes drive from Ananda Girisuta. Uber is available from the airport to Ananda Girisuta. Please contact us in advance if you need a pick-up or ride-share from the airport or Greyhound station. Please contribute $25 to the driver to cover gas costs (cash only.)