Ganeshpuri Retreat 2021

Swami Shankarananda Ganeshpuri
Celebrate Guruji’s Golden Jubilee, 50 years of discipleship with Baba Muktananda.

Join us on this momentous occasion in the holy village of Ganeshpuri, India, where Guruji did his sadhana with Baba.
As part of the 14-day retreat there will be a 3-day long celebration. This celebration will include a yagna (fire ceremony with Brahmin priests), have talks, a special feast, darshan with Guruji and Devi Ma and lots of fun.

In his recently published memoirs, ‘Ganeshpuri Days’, Guruji writes near the end of the book about finding a Guru:

So, who is the Guru? He or she is a person like you and me. He walks and talks. You can watch basketball games in airports with him. But then, when you don’t expect it, he can show you a deeper reality behind this reality, an electric joy behind the mundane round of life.
My dear friend, if you have found your Guru, cherish him or her, obey him, think about him. He will turn you into the real you, the person you want to be. He will show you the true Self and he will show you God.
If you haven’t found him yet, I wish you luck and send my blessings. May you be as lucky as I have been … and I don’t doubt that you will. He may not be easy for you to find, but your Guru already knows where you are. He will come looking for you.

The Ashram

Ganeshpuri Retreat

To be on retreat in Ganeshpuri with Guruji and Devi Ma is truly an extraordinary experience.

Ganeshpuri is a small village about 80km north of Mumbai, and it is difficult to visit there without experiencing the Shakti, or spiritual energy, which seems to permeate everything. It is a powerful place to do sadhana, spiritual practice, and to meditate.

Ganeshpuri was the home of the powerful and mysterious sage Bhagavan Nityananda, who lived there from 1936 until he left his body in 1961. His Samadhi shrine is now the focal point of the village and draws many pilgrims each year. Amongst Bhagavan’s foremost disciples was Baba Muktananda (Guruji’s teacher). Baba also made Ganeshpuri his home and established the Gurudev Siddha Peeth Ashram where Guruji studied with Baba and did sadhana.

For such a small village, Ganeshpuri holds many spiritual riches and there is always plenty to experience.

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Trip Highlights

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Trip highlights include:

• 3-day Golden Jubilee celebration.
• Satsangs with Guruji in the magical setting of Ganeshpuri.
• Visiting Bhagavan Nityananda’s samadhi shrine and the daily aratis.
• Meditating in Kailas Nivas (Nityananda’s ashram) and Bangalore Walla.
• Darshan at Baba Muktananda’s samadhi shrine, Gurudev Siddha Peeth ashram.
• Visiting the Devi temple in neighbouring Vajeshwari
• Bathing in the natural hot springs.
• Lots of free time to explore Ganeshpuri and assimilate the Shakti.
• Doing seva (spiritual service).
• Having darshan and hanging out with Guruji and Devi Ma on the Kothavala veranda.
• Self-Inquiry groups.
• Performances from the Ganeshpuri Kirtan Group and Qawwalis.
• A yagna, or traditional Vedic fire ceremony with Brahmin priests.


Location: Ganeshpuri, India.
Retreat Dates: The retreat begins in Ganeshpuri on Thursday 7 January and finishes on Wednesday 20 January 2021.
Duration: 14 days and 13 nights.
What the cost includes:
• All daily retreat activities and special events.
• Accommodation (double or twin share).
• All meals and bottled water.
• New bedding (including mattress, sheets, pillow, blanket, mosquito net).
• Transport to and from Mumbai airport for the recommended flights.
• Use of Kothavala hotel grounds and hot spring baths.

Booking Details

If you would like to be sent a copy of our official information booklet or have further queries, please contact The Ashram directly.

Email: [email protected]

Phone: (03) 9775 2568

Swami Shankarananda's latest book 'Ganeshpuri Days: Memoirs of a Western Yogi' is now out!