Special Programs

MEETINGS / SATSANGS: We have ongoing meetings/satsangs at the ashram. The most convenient place to see our daily update activities is at the pinned post as the top of the Abhyasa Ashram Satsang group on Facebook, a public group. You can also see the calendar at Meetup.com. We also have online activities. Activities are also announced through the newsletter

Please contact us if you are interested in a personal meditation retreat at Abhyasa Ashram (See also the Visiting page). Please note that ours is not a long-term residential ashram.
  • If we have not personally met, please provide a detailed description of yourself and your history of meditation practices so that we may know if our ashram and community is a match for your interests and needs. 
  • We like to not force people into filling out forms, but ask that your description of yourself, your history, and interests be in some detail. 
  • Asking to stay in our ashram is somewhat like inviting yourself to stay in the home of people you have never met; please be respectful of that and introduce yourself with clarity.
  • If introducing yourself in this way is not something you wish to do, then it is already clear that being here is prpbably not a good match for you.
IS ABHYASA ASHRAM A FIT FOR YOU? Before you ask to visit Abhyasa Ashram in a retreat setting (rather than just stopping by to talk or meditate, which all are welcome to do) you and we will both want to know if we are a fit for one another. Visiting our ashram is like going to the home of a close friend, not like renting a hotel room at a resort. To start to determine if Abhyasa Ashram is a fit for you please do each of the following:
(Please consider these to not be rules, but simple principles of how to build a relationship with us)
  • Get to know us personally.
  • Complete 5-6 of the online courses.
  • Review the bio of Swami Jnaneshvara
  • Review the SwamiJ.com website (Pay particular attention to the center column, under the heading "Suggestion: Read articles in this column first")
  • Visit with us live at least 10 online discussions
  • Visit some of the Facebook groups and pages, particularly the Abhyasa Ashram Satsang group.
  • Actively engage with us in these groups.
  • From the Abhyasa Ashram Satsang group, please then go to the Table Talk group, and get involved. This is where we have the most personal contact, including video conversations. The Table Talk group expires after 6 months, and is then replaced with the next in the series 
  • Basically, get to know us first, before inviting yourself to stay in our home.
THEN, AFTER THE ABOVE PLEASE CONTACT US AND INTRODUCE YOURSELF. From the resources linked above you will know a great deal about us and Abhyasa Ashram, and we want to also know about you. Therefore, please give a detailed description of yourself and your history and meditation practices, including:
  • What is your name?
  • What is your nationality and where do you live?
  • Please tell us your age and family background?
  • Are you single? Married? Do you have children?
  • What is your education?
  • What kind of work do you do?
  • What is your religious, spiritual, and meditation background?
  • What is your physical, mental, emotional situation and history?
  • What traditions, spiritual groups or religions have you followed, and currently follow?
  • What else would you like us to know about you?
  • Why do you feel it is a fit for you to visit Abhyasa Ashram?
  • What do you hope to gain from your visit?
All of these questions are not meant to be invasive. Think about it: it makes perfect sense that we know one another if we are to spend a significant amount of time together in our small, intimate ashram, doesn't it? This is a matter of getting to know one another, not to filter or exclude anybody who sincerely wants to learn and practice.

LIKE A PERSONAL HOME: Please note that our little ashram is more like a personal home than a commercial place where you rent a room. We are welcoming to people, but still like to know the people who are staying in our home.

DONATION: Our ashram operates primarily on the gifts from people who like what we are doing, follow the principles and practices, and want to support all of our activities. A fair donation to the ashram is about $50-100 per day, or more from generous supporters, noting that the hotel that is two blocks from the ashram costs about $100-200 per night.

You may also make an appointment for an online video conversation if you have questions. Please go to the Appointments page.

In loving service,

Swami Jnaneshvara