About The
Mount Eliza Ashram

About The Mount Eliza Ashram

Residential School of Yoga and Meditation

The Mount Eliza Ashram is a thriving spiritual resource that attracts seekers from around the world. Established in 1996, it is set on beautiful grounds on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria, Australia. The Ashram is a unique place for those seeking spiritual wisdom and inner solutions to life problems.

A group of resident ‘ashramites’ live and work at the Ashram, devoting themselves to spirituality and helping run our activities and programs. The Ashram is open to the public and welcomes everyone with love.

The Mount Eliza Ashram is a resource for spiritual seekers.

The Mount Eliza Ashram is a resource for those seeking spiritual wisdom and inner solutions to life problems. The practices of meditation and Self-inquiry give new insight in the areas of career, relationship, health and spirituality.

The Ashram offers a weekly schedule of programs including satsang, Sanskrit chanting, meditation and Self-inquiry groups.

As well as that, we also hold several Meditation Retreats and Kundalini Awakening Intensives a year. All of our courses and programs are a doorway into the practice of meditation and mindfulness.

Group photo at the end of a meditation retreat and Intensive with Swami Shankarananda at The Ashram

The Mount Eliza Ashram is a place of spirituality and inner healing.

People visit the Mount Eliza Ashram to practice meditation and yoga and to study spiritual philosophies like Kashmir Shaivism, Vedanta, and Self-inquiry, as taught by the great masters and ancient yogis. Seekers hear spiritual discourse and experience the Divine. It is a place where one realizes the highest potential of human life.

All are welcome.

The Ashram is open to the public and welcomes everyone with love regardless of race, religion, gender or philosophical leanings. Though The Ashram belongs to a Hindu lineage you do not have to consider yourself a Hindu to attend. Everyone can take a course or come to the programs.

The Ashram serves three principal groups of people: the residents, the community of meditators and the general public. Some live locally and others travel from Melbourne and even interstate and internationally.

Welcome from MM Swami Shankarananda

Dear ones,
We live in two worlds simultaneously, not one. These two worlds are the outer world of objects and other people, and the inner world of thought and feeling. This is a basic, but often overlooked, aspect of our existence. Everyone wants their inner world to be happy and peaceful, to achieve what I call, ‘the clear space of good feeling’.
Our cultural assumption is that our inner wellbeing is contingent on the success of our outer life; we think that if we handle our career, relationship and health issues properly we’ll be happy. Although it’s good to work at getting these areas of life in order, in reality, our inner happiness is completely independent of the external world.
To pursue inner happiness directly is the role of spirituality. Practise meditation and Self-inquiry and don’t be satisfied with superficial answers and external appearances.
If you are new to meditation and spirituality, I welcome you. I invite you to come and visit The Ashram and participate in the many programs that happen here.
With love, Swamiji

MM Swami Shankarananda, Guru at The Ashram Mount Eliza

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