The Ashram Mount Eliza

Upcoming Programs and Courses

Ganeshpuri Days: Memoirs of a Western Yogi – Official book launch

January 2020

Ganeshpuri Days Memoirs of a Western Yogi by Swami Shankarananda

Join Swamiji, Devi Ma and friends in celebrating the official launch of Swamiji’s long-awaited memoir, Ganeshpuri Days. Come to satsang for your chance to purchase the book and receive it blessed by Swamiji on the night. The launch will include a reading from the book, chanting, meditation and a chance to meet both Swamiji and Devi Ma and receive their blessing. Pre-order your book online and avoid the line on the night!

… Other than Baba Muktananda’s own memoir, I haven’t found a book that depicts the Guru–disciple relationship and the process of sadhana as intimately and authentically as this one.

– Devi Ma, co-director, The Ashram

Learn to Meditate Course

4 consecutive Thursday evenings from 20th of February 2020

Devi Ma Learn To Meditate at The Ashram Mount Eliza

Take the essential first step in meditation.

This course is designed to bring the knowledge and wisdom of the ancient yogis into the modern age. You will learn techniques that are practical and accessible for your daily life.

 Four techniques:

The key to meditation is finding what works for you. Therefore, in each session you will learn a new method, providing you with a range of practices to choose from. For example:

  • Self-inquiry meditation (with accompanying audio podcast).
  • Mantra meditation (a phrase that focuses the mind).
  • Breath mantra: joining the mind with the breath.
  • Being present and mindful: witnessing thoughts and feelings as they arise.

Meditation Intensive with Shaktipat (Kundalini Awakening)

Sunday 19th April 2020 10am to 5:30pm

Over 40 years ago Baba Muktananda instructed Swamiji in the method of Shaktipat awakening, and told him to hold Intensives. Since then Swamiji has been holding Intensives with Kundalini Awakening regularly. He has awakened thousands of seekers.


Shaktipat is a transmission of God’s grace from teacher to seeker. When grace enters an open heart and mind, true understanding and love of the Self awakens. Above all, Shaktipat is fundamental for knowing and becoming established in the Self.


Whether you are taking your first or your fiftieth Intensive, the experience will deepen your understanding and your spiritual practice. The Intensive is open to beginners and advanced meditators.

Shaktipat Meditation Intensive with Swami Shankarananda (1)

Autumn Meditation Retreat

Friday April 17th – Sunday April 19th 2020

Join Swami Shankarananda and Devi Ma in April 2020 for the Autumn meditation retreat.

The Autumn retreat is the perfect time to step our of our busy lives, and connect with our deeper self with the guidance of Swamiji and Devi Ma.

The retreat daily schedule includes:

  • Evening programs with Swami Shankarananda
  • Morning talks with Devi Ma
  • Daily meditations
  • Group meals
  • Optional afternoon programs – yoga, kirtan chanting and more

There are many ways to participate in the retreat. You can book in and stay at The Ashram for the entire retreat, or you can mix and match and join us for parts of the retreat or individual days. Whatever suits you!

Meditation Retreat with Swami Shankarananda and Devi Ma in Mount Eliza
The Ashram now has several podcasts, including Swami Shankarananda's Satsang talks and Self-inquiry tracks!