Ashok Tree Ashram offers yoga, meditation and Ayurveda courses, retreats and teachers’ training courses. Tailor made programmes can also be developed to meet your specific needs in the areas of stress management, detox and well-being.
Ashok is a Sanskrit word meaning without grief or that which gives no grief. Of course, the tree has many other names in local languages as well. One such name means the tree of love blossoms. The Hindus regard it as sacred, being dedicated to Kama Deva, God of Love. The tree is a symbol of love. Its beautiful, delicately perfumed flowers are used in temple decoration. There are also festivals associated with this flower. Lord Buddha was born under the Ashok tree, so you will find it planted in the Buddhist monasteries.
In India, drinking the water in which the flowers have been washed is widely considered a protection against grief. In a certain sense, such water is a flower essence, its effects recognised by Indians for centuries. As for the essence, indeed it is for those who have gone through great trauma and suffering.
It is a healer for deep seated sorrow, sadness, grief, and disharmony in one’s inner being due to events such as bereavement, failure, suffering, disease, and isolation. On using this essence, a profound inner state of joy, harmony and well-being is produced. It works very gently, in that it changes one’s perception of the sorrow.
The Ashok Tree ashram is an extension of Yogiji’s vision to create a place of authenticity in his homeland of India. It is a place where people can come and experience ashram life, enjoy retreats, feel nurtured, supported and rejuvenated by the beautiful surroundings, Ayurvedic vegetarian food and treatments. Aside from the daily practise of yoga and meditation there is the opportunity to participate in traditional ritualistic and ceremonial practices. A variety of community and charity projects (including a charity school) are in motion to help local people, provide them with jobs and a better lifestyle for their families. As well as this, the ashram is the ideal environment, both in climate and lifestyle.
Our vision is for a truly self-sustaining, beautiful and natural sanctuary where rejuvenation, exploration and relaxation can be enjoyed in a harmonious environment.
We are also hoping to launch small enterprises working with local villagers. Many of the trees and plants in the gardens will be used for Ayurvedic purposes, and there will be an Ayurvedic clinic set up where local people can come for free treatments run by a qualified Ayurvedic and Allopathic doctor.
Some of our plants are still young and we are always looking for green fingers and helping hands! We are very open-minded and keen to learn new ideas to help make the place as ecologically friendly and as self-sustainable as possible.