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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 breeze. Due to the combination of our unique ambience and affordable rates it is not uncommon for guests to stay much longer than intended (subject to availability).
We are a Gandhian Ashram, Bali's first and oldest Ashram since 1976 that aspires to translate Gandhian ideals of living into action. Our young live-in members primarily come from poor families who attend schools, which otherwise not available to them. In return they work on maintaining the Ashram and the paying guests accommodation. The operation is run on a very lean admin budget (with many volunteered hours by friends of the Ashram), which ensures most income or donation, go directly to financing the Ashram, its acupuncture, and the kindergarten services, as well as incidental projects it undertakes. Simply by being a guest, enjoy the facilities, and the unique experience, you help us in delivering our community service projects.
The mainstay and the business that finances the bulk of the Ashram operations is the Accommodation business offering seven bungalows. Hence by simply staying as a guest you are already supporting the Ashrams social projects such as financing the education of the school age young members, the kindergarten, and the acupuncture community clinic, which is free for the local village communities.
The Ashram offers bungalow style fan-cooled accommodation with full amenities of running water and bathroom facilities. All bungalows have ocean outlook and four of the furthest bungalows are wedged between the spring water fed lake on one side and the ocean on the other. The remaining bungalows still have good views of the ocean and are slightly larger and perhaps better served a family or sharing for a group of friends with our attic, futon style extra bed. Most bungalows have these attic style extra bed which also provides that elevated views of the lake and the ocean or the yard with meandering cows, depending where you are.
It is 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 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 organize 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 bungalows by the sea provide such retreat, and you will find that the serenity and the surroundings are very conducive to such pursuit.
Yoga has been central to our Ashram, since its inception with our founder Ibu Gedong and her famous morning Surya Namaskara on the beach, and her sending young members to India to learn this ancient art. We have been reviving this practice after its earlier years of decline immediately following the passing of Ibu and it is now beginning to return to its central role, as it should be.
This is a communal task when all available members and volunteers (optional for guests, quite an experience and highly recommended if you happen to be at the Ashram) are mobilized to harvest off-site ashram lands normally tended by the tenant farmers. Depending on the crop it has to be done quickly and a portion of the produce is taken back to the Ashram for its own use
The clinic primarily treats the people from the surrounding villages, the poorer one at that who often use the clinic as medical treatment as a last resort due to the high costs associated with traditional western medicines. The service is totally free (or donation) to the villagers but attracts a donation for hotel or Ashram guests or expatriates. The clinic opens on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays from 10.00 a.m. onward.
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. Simply entering Gedong Gandhi Ashram in Google maps will take you to its exact geographical location.
We provide you with three sumptuous Balinese family style vegetarian and fish meals. We are extensively using ingredients simply harvested from the Ashrams garden or from the local and fresh village market. Morning and afternoon snacks are all included in our daily rates
The guests are free to join any of the activities. However, if you are on relaxation mode during your holiday you may not want to get involved in the daily chores apart from the pujas which we highly recommend to attend at least once, then make up your mind to pick and choose which ones, if any. Those inclined will enjoy reading from the extensive Gandhi library which also includes books from broader topics on Eastern religions and philosophies, or philosophy in general, or other books donated or left behind by previous guests. Of course there is the swim especially on high tides, or simply observe or do your own things i.e. reading, meditation, etc.
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