General Information about Ananda Girisuta and Prama Institute

1. The Prama Institute and Meditation Steps (a.k.a. Ananda Marga, Inc.) do not take responsibility for any lost or stolen property.

2. We are a sattvic vegetarian retreat center that is drug, alcohol, and smoke-free. No alcohol, smoking, illegal drugs, meat, fish, fowl, eggs, garlic, or onions are allowed on our premises.

3. Due to the respect of other participants and the upkeep of our center, we are not able to allow any pets in the building.

4. The Prama Institute and Meditation Steps (a.k.a. Ananda Marga, Inc.) do not take responsibility for any injuries or medical emergencies in or around our buildings and property.

5. The kitchen is for the use of kitchen staff only. A refrigerator, microwave, and electric kettle are available in the common area for the use of all guests.

6. Please inform the organizers ( of any special diets, allergies, and requests for linens one week before your arrival.

7. The retreats include three meals, as well as coffee, tea, and light refreshments. For example, this retreat runs from Thursday afternoon until Sunday afternoon, including Thursday dinner, Friday and Saturday breakfast, lunch, dinner, and Sunday breakfast. In total, there will be eight meals (1+3+3+1.) The Dadas and Didi will arrive early. If you need to arrive early or leave late, you can join meals with them.

8. The arrival time begins at 3 p.m. on Thursday, and departure is on Sunday at 11 a.m. Other time arrangements and meals can be made on request.

9. We have excellent, filtered drinking water from our own well.

10. You will have access to free Wifi during your stay.

11. Most cell phone companies provide service to our area. Verizon and US Cellular users get the best service.

12. Please bring your own yoga mats and props if needed. Ananda Girisuta has yoga mats for general use.

13. We provide a bottom sheet, pillow, and pillowcase on all of our beds. Guests can pay an extra $15 and receive full linens; bottom sheet, pillow, pillowcase, top sheet, blanket, bedspread, towel, and washcloth. We request that you ask your participants ahead of time if they will need full linens and inform us of the number one week prior to your retreat.

14. We can accommodate special diets, such as vegan, gluten-free, and food allergies. We request that you inform us of any special diets or allergies one week before your arrival.

15. Out of respect to our guests with scent sensitivities, we ask that no strong perfumes or lotions be used.

16. If anyone needs to arrive early or depart later, we can arrange an additional night stay, if available, at an extra cost.

17. Ananda Gisitua has several walking trails that vary in difficulty. Trail maps are available.

18. We have parking for 25-30 cars.

19. Inside our center, we use indoor shoes, socks, and slippers only.

20. There are four dorm rooms at Prama Institute. 2 of the rooms have six bunk beds, and 2 have eight bunk beds, a total of 28 beds in these four rooms. We have three private rooms with a double bed and an extra bed as well.

21. We do not have any bathrooms attached to the rooms at the Prama Institute. We have two large bathroom complexes with three showers and two toilets in one and two showers, and two toilets in the other—these bathrooms on the bottom floor with the dorm rooms. There are three other single bathrooms with showers in the building as well. Room plans are available on request.

22. We are located about 20 minutes north of Asheville and about 45 to one hour away from the Asheville Airport. We do not have a shuttle service, but we may be able to provide private pickups from the Asheville airport on occasions for a separate fee. There are several companies we work with, or we have found Uber to be effective.

23. Our center is pet-free inside the building. We have neighbor dogs that like to visit our guests.

24. We do have mats and pillows for sitting on the floor or chairs that can be used in the meditation/conference room. We still suggest people bring their own personal yoga mat or sitting pillow.

Other nearby airports:

Greensville, South Caroline- 90 mins
Charlotte, NC-2.5 hours
Johnston City, TN- 90 mins
Knoxville, TN-2.5 hours


Slippers or socks for indoor use
Good walking shoes for walking the trails
Bug spray
Water bottle
Yoga mat
Personal meditation pillow or blanket
Personal pillow (optional)
Raincoat/ Coat (seasonal)