Kathmandu is a microcosm of our aspirations. The space is home to our Matrimandir, the Sri Matri Aurbindo Vidyalaya, a thriving permaculture farm and the majority of our community.
Kathmandu is the heart of the Ashram.
Situated in the lap of Chandragiri hills at the southwestern edge of the Kathmandu Valley, the Kathmandu ashram is where it all began. From two children, 1 cow and one building to 200 children, two guest houses, a full school and 50 cows, the community has ballooned into a living dream of Integral Yoga. Home to nearly one hectare of organic fields providing 85% of the Ashram’s produce consumption, the Ashram continues its origins as a center for sustainable agriculture, spirituality and education.
The Sri Matri Aurobindo Vidyalaya hosts classes for 150 students born from all over Nepal from class 1-10. The children come to the Ashram if their families cannot support them, and if the families and kids like the communities, the children stay and join this community. The origins of the school have always been situated within the broader scope of Integral Yoga. Aurobindo said “All Life is Yoga,” and at the Ashram all life is also education.
The school has come a long way from its origins on the mud floor of their first building, but their core values have stayed the same. Fundamental to the school is the understanding that students and teachers learn from each other, and that work in the classroom is just as important as work on the farm, in the cowshed, kitchen and anywhere else. Walking through the Ashram, you see kids pursuing passions for engineering, fashion, biology and more through managing irrigation systems, sewing classical dance costumes and working in the Ashram’s Ayurvedic hospital.
Kathmandu in Numbers
The Kathmandu ashram rests in a valley at the base of Chandragiri Hill (2500 m) at the southwestern lip of the Kathmandu Valley. The local forest begins with Utis (Alnus nepalensis) and Chilaune (Schima wallichii) with Katus (Castanopsis indica) and Laligurans habitats above ~2100 m. This diverse sub-tropical and temperate forest is one of the largest contiguous pieces of forest in the Kathmandu Valley, stretching 50 km east to the Phulchowki Mountain protected area in Godavari.
The area is home to nearly 200 species of birds including endangered Steppe Eagles, Nepal’s endemic Spiny Babbler, and many varieties of thrushes, magpies and passerines. A recent study found over 33 mammals in the area, including the critically endangered Chinese Pangolin, Leopard Cats, and the threatened Assamese Macaque. The children regularly see monkeys, the charismatic lampuchhre (Red-Billed Blue Magpie) and even the occasional Leopard (no conflicts have ever occured with the Ashram.)
Ways to Stay
Enjoy weekly talks by our Swamiji, nightly kirtan (Hindu chanting,) morning yoga and more. Contact us for specific interests in singing bowl master classes, hatha yoga or rajayoga retreats.
Participate in karmayoga by offering a service! We welcome all to participate in the farm, cowshed and others kitchen. Those staying for more than one month are welcome to teach as well!
Land at our homebase to leap off into the mountains to explore the mystical Himalayas. Walk in the local subtropical forest, in the rhodendron hills around Pokhara or through the Himalayan tundra.
Enjoy our cozy rooms with beautiful mountain views, in-room heaters, internet, attached bathrooms and more! All meals are included and furnished by our very own organic permaculture farm.
2500 NRS/night (19 EUR/night)
3000 NRS/night (22 EUR/night)
3500 NRS/night (25 EUR/night)
4000 NRS/night (29 EUR/night)