The Heart of Meditation Retreat

w. Swami Shankarananda & Devi Ma

NEW START DATE: June 30 - July 4

Online only

When the mind is still, the Self shines forth

Join Swami Shankarananda (Swamiji or Guruji) and Devi Ma for 4 day 5 night meditation retreat this June 30th – July 4th. Due to covid restrictions, this retreat has been shortened from 8 to 4 days, and is now only available online.

Retreats at The Ashram are dedicated to sadhana, or spiritual practice. Swamiji says that ‘the Self’ is within everyone, and can also be described as the ‘Clear Space of Good Feeling’. Athletes describe this state of consciousness as being ‘in the zone’, or an artist might say they are ‘in the flow’. 

The yogic practices that occur at The Ashram are all ancient techniques, which are tried and time tested to bring peace, happiness, insight and understanding to the seeker. They can aid in unblocking your inner world, and also your outer world. They provide a doorway to higher Consciousness, while simultaneously honouring and working with the practical or mundane aspects of life. 

Workshops with
senior ashram teachers

Learn Self-inquiry meditation through the Shiva Process Method.

Meditate with
Swami Shankarananda & Devi Ma

Experience the divine energy, Shakti, as your own Self in the company of meditation masters.

Study Kashmir Shaivism

The non-dual tantric philosophy of Consciousness.

Swami Shankarananda giving Shaktipat, or Kundalini Awakening at the Intensive program

Shaktipat - Kundalini Awakening

In 1976, Swamiji’s Guru Baba Muktananda instructed him to ‘awaken people just as he did’. Baba was referring to Shaktipat, or Kundalini awakening. Shaktipat is the awakening of divine awareness in the seeker by a Guru who has been given that power from his own teacher. Shaktipat leads to deeper, more alive meditations, and can make reaching states of meditation much easier. 

The guidance of a master is essential when receiving Shaktipat and doing sadhana. Swamiji has awakened thousands of people and guides seekers with love, compassion, humility and grace. 


All ashram retreats culminate in the Intensive program.

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The Ashram Mount Eliza

When you meditate you go into a stillness. Many of us are able to attain stillness at least sometimes in meditation. Taking that stillness out into the world is the next step. That is understanding, or ‘meditation in action’. Both meditation and its application in life are important. They gradually develop.

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