About this listing
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.