include three vegetarian and fish meals, morning and afternoon teas, house
yoga (Tue, Thu, Sat worths IDR 50,000 for non-guests), participation
at any of ashram's program and, by donation of IDR 50,000+, acupuncture
treatment at our Nature Cure Clinic.
phone/sms +62 (0) 813 3864 4425 or 818 0538 2077 with flight details
/ changes/confirmation for the airport pick up (please be mindful that
the mobiles are often in coverage blackspots while touring but sms
will be replied as soon as possible).
But please read on the
important details such as restrictions and background..
How can I stay at the Ashram?
the more pressing question to the would-be/travellers to the island - but first a bit of background to ensure that Ashram experience is what you are after and on how we differ from the average hotels in Bali.
concept of paying guest
from the primary source of income that helps pay for the Ashram expenses
and community projects, the
guest programme is quite important as it brings personal and cultural
interactions for the Ashram members, hence making the Ashram more 'alive' than
it otherwise would be. Over the years and most notably during Ibu's lifetime we
have had a number of discerning guests that have become long term friends of
site, spiritually conducive environment
At Candidasa we have the most unique site that is straddled by the
tranquil, spring-fed lagoon on one side and the pounding waves of Lombok
Strait/Indian Ocean on the other, overlooked by the sacred temple Candidasa
nestled on the hills at the rear (the meeting of the sea, spring/fresh water and the hill is considered spiritually auspicious in Bali). Take a nice journey off-shore in one of the
fishermen's perahu or sail
boat on a clear day and you would see the imposing Mount Agung
as if rising from the sea that would make one appreciate why this mountain has
been so important to the psyche of the Balinese since ancient times.
We offer reduced rates
which, unfortunately, also still reflect the tax on accommodation that can
not be waived. Accommodation is normally with own rooms but shared
facilities. Volunteers are expected to participate in the Ashram's activities or to perform
any given task though naturally we would try to harvest the most out of each
individual volunteer's skill-set. Due to
the current shortage of accommodation for our own members unfortunately
we can only take one volunteer at a time which, combined with the very high demand on this currently, with our yoga focus, we are specifically targeting yoga teachers, and advance notice is required to ensure that we are
ready with the program prior to your arrival.
Finally on volunteering, if you can afford it we encourage you to stay as a
guest and volunteer your skills while you stay with us. This
way you can also be a little more selective on the tasks you would like to
volunteer and on the time of your choosing. Our
rates are very reasonable and it all goes to support our ashram and our
indeed an experience to be able to observe or participate in the Ashram's
varied daily activities from the dawn puja, the yoga, right to the after dinner
night time puja and discourse. Wholesome, authentic and sumptuous Balinese fish
and vegetarian meals are served for the guests that - at the risk of blowing
one's own trumpet - have been praised by many. Should you elect to venture
outside, many sites are within relatively short distance for day trips and of
course, our Ashram can organise a number of hikes through our nearby hills and
fields, such as the one to the ancient village of Tenganan.
For those preferring peace and quiet for meditation or plain solitude, our
by the sea provide such retreat, and you will find that the serenity
and the surroundings are very conducive to such pursuit.
The Rules & Restrictions
are however aware that Ashram accommodation, be it as a guest, is not everyone's cup of tea. Consequently in an
effort to prevent unnecessary disappointment as well as ensuring that our
guests program does not in any way adversely impact the functioning of the
Ashram, we have a few rules for our guests to observe for this very reason. We have
to be mindful that some of the members are very young members who all live a
very strict and austere Ashram life of chastity and any display of
contradictory behaviours will be confusing to these young minds.
It also about respect of people and communities that you visit, which is not
a bad travel (and life) philosophy, so please bear these in mind if you feel that some of the rules below are a bit draconian!
Some of the more
no sharing of bungalows for unmarried couples
no smoking or consumption of alcohol
no nude bathing and to be properly
attired/covered whilst on the ground of the ashram
to refrain from tipping and should you wish to
donate to the Ashram or assist with some of the member's continuing
education, please contact the office or one of the senior members
If the above is impacting you then please
feel free to discuss it with one of our senior members, we are here to implement the intent of the rules. You will find that there are many venues around Candidasa where you can take 'time-out' from our rules, or
you may simply find that you may be better off to stay in a normal hotel,
and we respect that. Staying as a guest at the Ashram is not for everyone.
Stay while also doing your bit..
Here at the Ashram we offer you the chance to share and experience our
ashram life in the midst of unrivalled peaceful
and serene compound surrounded by the sea and spring water lake,
all from the relative comfort of our clean
rooms with eco-friendly running cold water and mobile cooling fan to supplement the cool sea
perceptive guest, perhaps slightly exasperated with Bali's much
travelled - and spoilt - Kuta, Nusa Dua and even the once relatively
tranquil Ubud!, put it succinctly likening it to stepping into an oasis
once you enter the Ashram compound.
We feel that for what we offer, our rates are very reasonable bordering on
the budget category. Due to the combination of our unique ambience and
affordable rates it is not uncommon for guests to stay much longer than
intended with some staying for weeks and yes, months! We simply try to cover our expenses to make our Ashram more sustainable
and as it is ours is a shoe-string operation utilising the various
skills volunteered by a number of our Ashram friends. Whatever little 'profit' we make is all channelled back to the Ashram to
improve our services, be that maintaining our facilities, take more young members,
send more members to tertiary education, or launch community initiatives.
Simply by being a guest and enjoy the facilities and the unique
experience you also help our worthwhile cause going.
How do I get in touch?
more detailed information on accommodation or anything else, please contact us on the address below