Shankar Prasad is a small ashram and organic farm in a beautiful heritage house near the temple town of Gokarna. We have offer delicious vegetarian home cooked meals, twice daily chanting, and yoga meditation classes to suit your needs.
Welcome to Shankar Prasad Foundation, a spiritual retreat centre on the western coastline of India offering yoga and meditation classes by Swami Yogaratna Saraswati, an accomplished sannyasini trained at the Satyananda Bihar Yoga School with over 30 years of experience. This gorgeous century-old heritage house is located in the village of Bankikodla, 5km from Gokarna, an ancient temple and Shiva pilgrimage town with beautiful beaches, forested hills and coastal farming.
We are situated on 2½ acres of coconut grove and rice paddy field, where we tend our organic farm (no poisons or artificial fertilizers) and produce peanuts, rice, and seasonal vegetables. We aim to preserve the heritage of the local area as well as to ‘give back’ to the local people, for our own spiritual growth. We practice simple, sustainable, and eco-friendly living.
We welcome you to come and stay at Shankar Prasad for short or long-term retreats.
We have an extensive list of offerings of Yoga and Meditation courses and packages for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students, including asanas, pranayams, and clearing practices. Examples include Yoga Nidra (psychic sleep meditation developed by Swami Satyananda Saraswati), Shatkarmas (cleansing practices), Yoga Therapy for Ailments, Art and Sound meditations, and Fun Yoga for kids, among others. We can tailor-make a retreat or course schedule to suit your needs and interests.
Enjoy swimming in the ocean, surfing, explore the natural unspoilt beaches and nearby trekking, cycling, and boating to explore the local environment and culture. Join us for morning and evening chanting, satsangs (discussions), song circle, weekly fire ceremony, and weekly sunset meditations on the beach.
Beaches & Gokarna town (temples) are 15 m ins by rickshaw and 30-40 mins by walk.
Price is per person and includes three home-cooked traditional local-style vegetarian meals, prepared from organic, local veggies, either from our on-site farm or local farmers. We grow a wide range of produce including rice, bananas, papaya, star fruit, spinach, basil, radish and coconut. Tea/coffee access and use of meditation space.
Interaction with Guests
We have two daily mantra meditations which you are welcome to join. We also share our meals together. You can request yoga meditation sessions for only Rs 250 per group session and only Rs 500 per individual session.
Bankikodla is a small quaint village 5km from the temple town of Gokarna, an ancient pilgrimage site for Lord Shiva. There are stretches of unspoilt beaches and scores of temples to explore. Join the local festivities!
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There is a bus that goes multiple times per day from Bankikodla to Gokarna, and we have access to rickshaws and taxis. You can also rent one of our bicycles to ride into the village or town.
Other Things to Note
The room contains two single beds with attached private bathroom. There are plenty of power points, fresh bedding and pillows provided. The window looks out over the farm and coconut trees.
As this is an ashram we are happy when guests help to clean up after themselves. This is a conscious community and we do not allow non-vegetarian food or intoxicants of any kind to be consumed on the property or in the surrounding area. We try to maintain peace and quiet as much as possible after evening chanting until breakfast. We respect each others physical, mental and spiritual space.
My host made me feel at home - from the moment of arrival - a truly wonderful welcome.
The listing was accurately described.
The neighbourhood was safe, quiet, peaceful and very green. The people in the neighbourhood were very friendly and provided assistance whenever asked.
This is a lovely place, off the beaten track, to learn interesting meditation methods. The bedroom we stayed is was large, clean and comfortable with an en suite bathroom. The staff were helpful in answering all our questions before arrival and in advising us on good spots to visit once we'd arrived. We hired a scooter through one of their connections which made getting around the surrounding villages and beaches very easy and fun. Ordinarily I believe rickshaws and buses are available but having a scooter meant unlimited exploration.
To get here we took a private taxi from Magdoa (Goa), organised by the ashram. I only recommend this to those who don't mind their lives flashing before their eyes constantly as the roads were hectic and the driving fast and wild. I would not do the same next time.
There are many volunteers working at the ashram which make for an eclectic vibe and nice conversations. They were involved in the prep if delicious vege meals! Eat heartily at lunch because dinner is more of a light snack of lunchy leftovers. I had expected more physical yoga options (asanas) but it appears the yoga meditation was the main yogic activity. Luckily some of the volunteers gave morning yoga classes which were great.
Sunrise and sunset chanting occasionally took us to great lookout spots in the area, which I recommend taking part in.
Wifi was intermittent due to reasons out of their hands, but even when working, the modem seemed to be turned off occasionally, which was a bit strange.
All in all, an interesting part of the world to visit, surrounded by good beaches and explorable villages. Worth a trip!
It was wonderful having Romaney and her partner with us. They joined in all the ashram activities as well as exploring around Gokarna. They were so polite and helpful and appreciated what we had to offer in the form of yoga and meditation sessions, chanting, etc. REally nice people.
Staying at the Yogaratna was a special time and one that I will remember for a long time to come. A real eye opener for a beginner, stay here if you are an experienced in yoga and chanting.
Our first stay in an Ashram has been a great experience for both of us. Everybody was so nice and cooperative. We've learned a lot through interesting conversations and the great yoga sessions we assisted to. A big thanks to the "Ashram Crew" for making this stay unforgettable :)
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Born in Paris of Australian parents and raised and schooled in Mumbai, India, I'm lucky to have a unique background that enables me to be very comfortable with both local Indians and Westerners. This helps me to share yoga meditation, an ancient Indian science, with Westerners so that they really get the depth and essence, and appreciate and able to see the west from Indian eyes. I took sannyas (monkhood) initiation from the tradition of Bihar School of Yoga in 1984 and served and trained in the ashram in Bangalore branch and also the main ashram in Munger, Bihar, for 20 years and am experienced in teaching all forms of yoga meditation, see Airbnb site. I love to share with people who are thirsting spiritually. I love nature and the divine in nature and in ordinary daily life. I love chanting & singing. I love my cat, Prince Polux from Paris. I love the beach & swimming. I'm learning to live. My aim is Spiritual Practices for a Divine Purpose. Come and join me, let's have fun & joy!