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4 Days Guest Stay Yoga Retreats in Virginia, USA

  • Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, 108 Yogaville Way,Buckingham, Virginia 23921, USA


Virginia Yoga Retreat Guest Stays

Be our guest and take part in the vibrant and varied Ashram daily schedule we have. We encourage you to take advantage of all that Yogaville offers to open yourself to inner peace, joy, love, and light.

Guest stay yoga retreats Virginia by Yogaville

People of all faiths and backgrounds enjoy the natural beauty and spiritual inspiration found at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville. They come for many different reasons: to study and practice the teachings of Integral Yoga, to experience the yogic life in a spiritual community, or to get a little rest and relaxation in this spiritual setting in the midst of the rural Virginia countryside.


  • Daily Hatha yoga sessions
  • Daily group meditation sessions
  • Beautiful Lotus tour, hiking & walking trails
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinners
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • All levels welcome
  • Vegetarian meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 3 days with instruction
  • English
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Shared dorm rooms

The most popular accommodations are the dormitory accommodations which have shared rooms and baths. Yogaville Satchidananda Ashram have two dormitories, Vivekananda Vihar and Ramalinga Nilayam, which are centrally heated and air-conditioned and convenient to meals and programs.

The rooms are able to comfortably accommodate from two to eight people in upper and lower bunk beds. A limited number of private dormitory rooms with shared bathrooms are also available for one or two people. Dormitory accommodations are not coed. Please advise us if you are not able to climb stairs.

Private and double rooms

The private and double rooms are in one of our three Lotus Guest Houses. Each room in Yogaville Satchidananda Ashram's six unit guest house is equipped with a small refrigerator, queen size bed and full bath. Each room in the nine unit guest house is equipped with a queen sized bed and full bath, and no refrigerator.

The newest Lotus Guest House has twenty-two private rooms with private baths. Twelve have a full size bed, two have a single bed and eight have two single beds. We have rooms available for the physically challenged. All of the Guest Houses have wireless internet access.

Yogaville Satchidananda Ashram is located in Buckingham, Virginia. Public transportation from your area into Charlottesville is available via Amtrak, Greyhound Bus, or the following airlines: US Air, United Express (United Airlines), American Eagle (American Airline) and Comair (Delta). There is no public transportation from Charlottesville to Yogaville. You may wish to rent a car: Avis, Budget, and Hertz rental car companies are located at the airport and in Charlottesville.


  • Charlottesville - 40 m

If your stay is over Saturday evening, enjoy our weekly spiritual gathering called Satsang, which includes kirtan (chanting), a presentation by a senior member or a special guest, and a video of Sri Swami Satchidananda sharing his warmth and wisdom with us.

This program is open to our guests and program participants, alike. Saturday morning enjoy a talk on Deepening Our Yoga Practices and Sunday morning you may choose to sit in on a talk about applying yoga in daily life. Enjoy a stroll around the property, visit the sacred shrines, see the Yogaville Farm.

We hope you will stop by our bookstores where you can find spiritual gifts and many books and videos to support your exploration of Yoga. Our Guest Services staff looks forward to meeting you and helping make your stay as rewarding as possible.

Driving directions from Boston

  • Approximately takes 12 hours.
  • When using Google Maps and other internet mapping services, try using the avoid highways feature when getting directions from Charlottesville for the simplest route.
  • Choose route to New York City or take Mass Pike West to Sturbridge.
  • Then follow I-84 West to Scranton, PA.
  • From Scranton, take I-81 South to Staunton, VA.
  • From Staunton, I-64 East to Charlottesville (about 30 mi.).
  • Leave I-64 at exit for Route 20 South, Scottsville
  • Follow directions from Charlottesville, via Route 20 South.
  • From Charlottesville (directions are below)

Driving directions from New York

  • Approximately takes 9 hours
  • Take George Washington Bridge, Holland or Lincoln Tunnels to New Jersey Turnpike South until it ends (or switch off at exit 7 or below to I-295 South to avoid toll).
  • Both Turnpike and I-295 take you to Delaware Memorial Bridge.
  • Cross Bridge and continue through Delaware on I-95 South to Baltimore, following signs.
  • Stay on I-95 and take the Harbor Tunnel-Thruway over / under
  • Baltimore and stay on I-95 South, following signs, toward Washington, DC.
  • Before you reach DC, exit onto the Capitol Beltway, I-495, West, Silver
  • Spring, toward Frederick / Bethesda.
  • Following I-495 from Maryland into Virginia, around Washington, until exit 49 (22 mi.), for I-66 West toward Manassas.
  • After about 12 mi., exit off I-66 (exit 52) to Route 29 South until Charlottesville.
  • Please see directions from Charlottesville.

Driving directions from Washington DC

  • Approximately takes about 3 hours.
  • Take Constitution Avenue toward the George Washington Monument.
  • Go onto I-66 West. Take I-66 out of Washington and continue for about 45 minutes
  • Exit 43A toward Warrenton and Gainesville.
  • Take Route 29 South into Charlottesville.
  • Please see directions from Charlottesville.

Driving directions from Charlottesville

  • Take the exit for I-64 West toward Lynchburg on 29 (South) Bypass
  • Continue for about 4 miles on the Bypass.
  • Take I-64 East toward Richmond.
  • After about 3 miles, take exit 121 A onto Route 20 South.
  • Follow 20 through Scottsville.
  • Cross the James River and continue on Route 20 for about 8 mi. into Buckingham County.
  • Look for Route 655 on right (small rectangular white sign). 655 is on the right immediately after Midway Market.
  • Go right onto 655 (Rt. 655s name changes from Glenmore Rd. to Jerusalem Church Rd. to Manteo) and continue for 5 miles to a Stop Sign (there are small stores on both sides).
  • Continue straight through Stop Sign on 655 for 7 miles (655 becomes 601 after a short time).
  • At the end of a winding hill is the intersection of 601 and 604.
  • (Rt. 604 is named Woodland Church Rd.) Turn left onto Route 604.
  • After 3 / 4 mi., turn right at the sign: Sivananda Hall, Visitors.
  • Proceed to Sivananda Hall reception area.

Driving directions from Richmond

  • Take Route 60 West about 60 miles through Buckingham Courthouse.
  • About 1.5 miles past the Courthouse on Route 60, turn right onto Route 56.
  • Continue on Route 56 about 8 miles, past Route 604 on the left, and then after 0.6 miles, turn right onto Route 604.
  • After about 4 miles, continue pass the first green sign that reads Welcome to Yogaville. (on the corner of Route 604 and Karuna Road)
  • Continue on Route 604 for another .8 miles and turn left at the second large green sign that reads Sivananda Hall - Visitors.
  • Proceed to Sivananda Hall reception area.

Driving directions from Lynchburg

  • Take Route 29 North (towards Charlottesville).
  • Go about 30 miles to Lovingston.
  • Turn right (East) on Route 56 towards Shipman.
  • Travel about 11.5 miles cross the James River.
  • In 2 miles turn left onto Route 604.
  • After about 4 miles, continue pass the first green sign that reads Welcome to Yogaville. (on the corner of Route 604 and Karuna Road)
  • Continue on Route 604 for another .8 miles and turn left at the second large green sign that reads Sivananda Hall - Visitors.
  • Proceed to Sivananda Hall reception area.

Driving directions from Raleigh / Durham / Chapel Hill, N.C

  • Take 15 North to the outskirts of Farmville, Virginia.
  • Take 15 Bypass.
  • Follow 15 North to Route 60.
  • Take a left onto Route 60 West and continue through Buckingham Courthouse.
  • About 1.5 miles past the Courthouse on Route 60, turn right onto Route 56.
  • Continue on Route 56 about 8 miles, past Route 604 on the left, and then after .06 miles, turn right onto Route 604.
  • After about 4 miles, continue pass the first green sign that reads Welcome to Yogaville. (on the corner of Route 604 and Karuna Road)
  • Continue on Route 604 for another .8 miles and turn left at the second large green sign that reads Sivananda Hall - Visitors.
  • Proceed to Sivananda Hall reception area.

Check in

From 4 p.m.

Check out

Before 2 p.m.


If you are arriving in Charlottesville, Virginia from the airport (CHO), Amtrak train station or by bus we can assist you in reaching Yogaville with our in-house transportation service. Rates will be 40 - 45 USD each way and 50 - 55 USD early / late each way.


If you require pick-up service from Charlottesville please advise us right away. Please turn in your travel information at least one week prior to your arrival. A fee of 45 USD per person is required for transportation each way between 9.00 a.m. and 8.00 p.m. For other times, the fee is 55 USD per person. Family discounts are available.

Course information

This retreat is suited to students of all levels of experience. Those new to Yoga and the practice of silence will receive full instruction and support. Experienced retreatants can move even more deeply within. You will also have the opportunity to seek additional guidance or clarification by asking questions in writing.

Mobile communication information

Cell Phones: With the exception of Verizon, most cell phone service is poor in our area. Some other service providers may work with some plans. You will have access to telephones so please either bring a calling card or purchase one from our receptionist while you are here.

Wireless Connection: Is available for a fee of 5 USD per day. Please check your wireless connection on your computer, click on Savya South and follow the instructions.

Dressing information

Bring loose, comfortable, modest clothing in which you can easily move and stretch. Bring a nicer casual outfit to wear for our Saturday evening program - a time when everyone wears their Saturday best. We do not wear shorts in the LOTUS (Light Of Truth Universal Shrine) or in our other meditation areas.

We dont wear outdoor shoes inside our buildings (there is a shoe area just inside the entrance to each building), so you might like to have some slippers that you can easily carry and put on after you remove your shoes. Remember to bring walking and / or hiking shoes if you would like to take walks on the various trails in the area.

What to bring

  • Yoga mat, please bring your own yoga mat, a large towel or a blanket for morning and afternoon Hatha Yoga classes.
  • Hat, sunscreen, insect repellant of your choice and a flashlight.
  • Dorm participants might want to bring an alarm clock.

If you know that you may have a tendency to snore, please bring nasal strips with you.

Additional information

For more information ask your questions directly to Yogaville Satchidananda Ashram who will be happy to assist you. Simply click on the Send Inquiry button to send a message.

The profound support of a yogic environment, including yogic diet of delicious, nutritious and organic vegetarian meals is included in this retreat. The Ashram kitchen prepares wonderful, balanced lacto-vegetarian meals. When a dish contains a dairy product, there is always an alternative without dairy.

Our kitchen does not serve coffee; so, if you are a coffee drinker, you may want to have some instant coffee with you, or you may find this an excellent opportunity to take a break from caffeine! Please do not bring non-vegetarian food, alcoholic beverages or recreational drugs.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville an inquiry.
  • Review by Andrew J. Siprelle
    10 out of 10

    "On my sister's recommendation (she has attended four times) I came to the Silent Retreat not really knowing what to expect. I can attest that it is an experience that is transformative and amazing. Nowhere else, I think, can you get the deep, heart-touching teachings as here at Yogaville."

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  • Review by Holly Hedstrom
    10 out of 10

    "This retreat was not only a big reset button for me, but also reminds me how connected we all are, and how much a supportive and loving environment can assist with transformation."

    Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville website, edited

  • Review by Steve Van Dam
    10 out of 10

    "At the end of the Integral Yoga Silent Retreat I am filled with peace, and so much gratitude to Yogaville and to myself for choosing this."

    Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville website, edited

  • Review by Brad Buechner
    10 out of 10

    "I thought I came to Yogaville to learn how to teach a class. What I actually learned was how to live a life full of love and peace for the benefit of all."

    Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville website, edited

  • Review by Benjamin Smith
    10 out of 10

    "Integral Hatha Yoga is an experiential science. The teacher training illuminates the 8 limbs of Yoga in a superbly structured format. The emphasis on asanas, breath work, meditation, and a healthy lifestyle, not only deepens one's personal practice, but prepares one for teaching the public in an excellent manner!"

    Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville website, edited

  • Review by Stuart Truman
    10 out of 10

    "This has been a beautiful month. The course is well structured, the staff caring and supportive, Whether you want to teach or simply deepen your personal practice I recommend it."

    Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville website, edited

  • Review by Liv Taylor
    10 out of 10

    "Yogaville was established out of love, and the community, programs, etc., truly reflect that. Swami Satchidananda brought his dream to life and shared it with the world. I'm glad to be a part of it!"

    Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville website, edited

  • Review by Ellie Conrad
    10 out of 10

    "This past month of teacher training has been incredibly transformative. My soul, mind, and body feel enriched and excited to share the Integral Yoga teachings."

    Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville website, edited

  • Review by Dalhya from Raleigh, North Carolina
    9 out of 10

    "I spent a few days at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville to decompress and reconnect with my yoga practice. Just a few days at the ashram definitely granted me that space to recenter myself, and I left feeling uplifted from being around the amazing people there and the overall atmosphere. The food was also amazing!" website, edited

  • Review by Neelima

    "I had a wonderful time at Yogaville. It was a peaceful experience and the setting was beautiful. This was my first experience doing something like this and overall I had a good experience. The best part of being there was that everyone was warm and friendly and welcoming. I attended 2 yoga classes and a couple of talks. They were all good."

    "Overall, a very good experience. ", edited

  • Review by Traveler from New York, NY

    "My husband surprised me with a long weekend stay at the Ashram and I made the mistake of reading Yelp reviews prior to our stay which to be honest, almost made me not want to go. Needless to say, I was a bit skeptical but went forward with our visit and kept an open mind."

    "I was pleased to find out that the negative reviews were not accurate in my opinion. For what it is worth, we did have a private room and bath and that may make a big difference in one's level of comfortableness. For me, I don't like sharing a bathroom with people so having a private room meant a great deal to me. "

    "Our private room was in Lotus Building 1 and was very clean and spacious. The room had an air conditioner/heating unit that we could control and also had a mini-refrigerator and coffee maker. We were very close to the little market that they have on the grounds so our wi-fi connection was outstanding while there. Cell phone reception was not and it is spotty at best so be prepared for that. "

    "Beyond logistics, you have to keep an open mind. This is an Ashram and they have rules. Nothing outrageous as some reviews would indicate, but they do try to keep a level of peacefulness and respect throughout the Ashram. You do need to remove your shoes before dining (you can wear socks though), a small prayer is said prior to getting your food, and the first 20 min or so of lunch is silent while a prayer or reading is being said. The food was delicious - fresh out of their garden. Wonderful tasting vegetables and salads. Please keep in mind that the food is all vegetarian so if you need more protein that what they offer (soups with beans, lentils, etc.), then just bring some protein bars to survive. I did and that worked wonderfully for me. I also did drink some soda in the privacy of my room as I am not a coffee drinker which helped because I didn't have caffeine withdrawals that some people experience. Small things that can make a big difference in not being miserable!"

    "The grounds itself are beautiful and peaceful! Take advantage of the van tour (1.5 hours) on Saturdays. It's a small tour that visits all the key places (shrine, temple, etc.) and provides you with a good understanding of the history and what Swami Satchidananda’s interfaith vision was all about. It also brings you to the overlook point that has really nice views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and James River. Don't miss that!"

    "My only complaint was that the yoga classes were super early (6AM) which is not for me as I'm not an early morning person. Wish they had worked in a basic class late morning for the late risers."

    "All in all, a wonderful and relaxing weekend. Hope you enjoy!"

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  • Review by Athulya from New York, NY

    "I stayed at the Yoga Ashram, and really loved the peace and tranquility. They have very healthy vegetarian food,"

    "which also tastes good. I did yoga everyday, and took long walks on the beautiful grounds. They have excellent programs for meditation, yoga, weight loss, etc. I enjoyed my visit."

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  • Review by Angie Kali Ma Erickson from U.S.

    "A blissful place to rejuvenate the soul. Definitely somewhere I shall return to frequently."

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  • Review by Jyoti Lee LaVallee

    "Closest place to heaven on earth! Filled with peace and joy, love and light. Great vegan and vegetarian food too! Om shanti!"

    Facebook page, edited

  • Review by Traveler from Richmond, Virginia

    "Leave your troubles behind and relax. We had a great time during the Welcome weekend, You must be open minded and willing to accept the different expectations of the Ashram. I was very impressed by all the people who worked there, very knowledgeable about the programs and defining them. Everyone was helpful. We stayed in the lotus building, which was two twin beds and a private bathroom, very basic, but that is what it is all about. The salads and dressings were great, the main meals were okay, the vegetarian chili, very good. Recommend if you have a life you want to evaluate and to improve your overall well-being."

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  • Review by Melissa Eggleston from North Carolina, USA
    10 out of 10

    "I give my experience a 10, great people, great place, great food. I can't wait to go back when it's warm, and I can camp in a tent. The interfaith lotus shrine is lovely." website, edited

  • Review by Sudarsan V. from Illinois, USA

    "This is a must visit serene place. The Ashram, the Lotus temple, and there's another main temple of Nataraj. My friend drove me around the place. First, I did not expect what was coming up when we were trying to go up, and then suddenly the Lotus shrine throws up."

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by Monika

    "We had an amazing time, and definitely 10 out of 10. Everyone was super nice, and the food was extraordinary. Thank you so much, and big thank you to the chef in the kitchen. We are planning another trip." website, edited

  • Review by Violeta from New York, USA

    "For both of us, my daughter and I, this was the most relaxing vacation we ever had. We loved the beauty of nature, on and around the ashram, the peace, the programs, the food, and people we met there. I have already recommended your place to all of my friends and I definitely plan to come back. Please continue your wonderful work so this place will always be there, an oasis of peace and beauty in this world. Many thanks, Violeta." website, edited

  • Review by Tania

    "I had a life changing experience of which I haven't been able to stop thinking about. I truly believe that I am reaching a much higher level of consciousness." website, edited

  • Review by Jutta from USA

    "I had an amazing stay in Yogaville. I really enjoyed the people, the food, the hikes I took, and of course the yoga. My plan is to come back soon, hopefully empowered with the basic understanding of chanting and Hatha yoga 1 (which I bought posters in the gift shop). Thanks again for the wonderful time I had." website, edited

  • Review by Michael from USA

    "I had a truly spiritual experience at Yogaville. The people were gentle and kind. I made friends easily and shared their lifestyle for a short time. It is not a spa or fancy vacation resort, this is their home. I have a deep respect for the people of Yogaville and may go back and see them in the future." website, edited

  • Review by a traveler from Birmingham, USA

    "This is the best place to get away from it all. It is affordable for any adventurer and is comforting for those who are stressed. There is a school for yogis, healthy food for all, and body workers at your request. Beware that after you leave, you'll hear the place calling you back for more. The peace is addictive."

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by a Carmen Bedoya from USA

    "I feel extremely lucky to have discovered this oasis of calmness, peace, joy and happiness. Thank you everyone who is involved in putting this together. Congratulations, you have done an amazing job. Even if you never met the Guru, you feel his lovely presence everywhere. Yogaville is a living reminder that the yogic path is a real life option.", edited

  • Review by a traveler from Williamsburg, USA

    "A friend and I just returned from the "welcome weekend" program. What a great mini escape! We had dorm accommodations, which were three bunk beds in a huge room. Dorm style and private bathrooms were available on the women only floor. There are no elevator here, so don't bring really heavy bags. Also, no shoes are allowed inside any of the buildings, so it is best if you bring slip on shoes. The food was fantastic! It was all vegetarian and organic. You should definitely visit the lotus shrine when it is illuminated. It is simply beautiful!! The energy in the mediation second floor is incredible. We enjoyed hiking through the trails and up the mountain for the views. There is a variety of yoga classes available daily. Everyone we met was so open and friendly. I would love to go back for a workshop.My wife and I purchased a "welcome weekend package and checked in on the Friday afternoon. The greeting was warm and welcoming. We then made our way to the modest accommodations. The staff, setting, yoga, and meditation were all very good. This is a place for restoration not papering. The meals are wholesome yet basic and vegetarian. The environment is peaceful and grounding. If youre looking for a place to reset the clock this is it!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Virginia Beach, USA

    "This visit to Yogaville, my third and longest stay, was a wonderful alternative to the usual New Year's revelry. Some 70 other people gathered for a four-night silent retreat. We received instruction and guidance in meditation and yoga, and had the opportunity to spend time in the lotus temples as well as visit and meditate in Swami Satchidananda's home overlooking the James River and Blue Ridge Mountains. At night, I saw more stars than I'd seen in a long time, one of the benefits of the rural setting.I stayed in the lotus guesthouse and got the restful sleep that I badly needed in a spacious, comfortable, and quiet room. Having tea, honey, and pot to heat water was a nice touch. As always, the vegetarian and vegan meals were delicious. The staff and rest of the community are kind, warm, and understanding. It was a great way to decompress."

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  • Review by Mahendri from Fayetteville, USA

    "We made a last minute decision to go to this ashram for three days over Christmas and we had no regrets. It was a great experience. The accommodation was simple and adequate especially since we didn't spend much time in our room. There was too much to do. We hiked one day. We visited the various areas of the ashram including the beautiful lotus shrine and Kailash. The food was excellent. The resident swamis, instructors, and devotees were wonderful and so eager to assist and educate. The place was filled with love. We enjoyed the meditation classes. The yoga beginners classes were good. Overall, this was a weekend with a difference that I would surely do again and again."

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  • Review by a traveler from New Jersey, USA

    "Try the welcome weekend at Yogaville and you will come back. It is a lovely place, nice ambiance, great staff, and has good yoga and meditation sessions. The food isnt the best part since you have vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options."

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  • Review by Jenny Chang from Silver Spring, MD

    "From the booking to the end of the Welcome Weekend - everything was perfect. I was handled with professionalism, efficiency, but most of all kindness throughout the entire process.When I arrived at Yogaville for the weekend, I really did not know what to expect. I came by myself and was a first time visitor, but very quickly I felt very much at home and at peace. By nature, I am a workaholic and what I was looking for at Yogaville was a sense of peace and quiet and time to get centered and calm again. By the end of the weekend, I was all that and more.The meals were excellent and even though I am not typically a vegetarian, I was amazed at how energized I felt eating your vegetarian meals. The yoga classes were great in that never once did I feel out of place or under any pressure to do anything crazy. The talks were also very welcoming, even though I only attended a few (by choice, did not want to be on a schedule).The two most magical moments were 1) the visit to Lotus, which was pretty awesome to visit. It is the most beautiful meditation center I have ever been to and 2) waking up to 7-8 lady bugs in my room. It was the first time it ever happened and many have told me it was a sign of new life and good luck. If that is the case, then I owe it all to Yogaville for blessing my weekend with such positive energy.Thank you and I will be back.", edited

  • Review by Cassandra Shofar from Lakeline Village, Ohio

    "I had a wonderful time on the 4-Day Silent Retreat this fall. At first, I didn't really quite know what to expect as this was my first silent retreat. I was a bit nervous and felt awkward at first, being in a guest house with several other people I never met before and then going quickly into silence. But after the first day, I really began my journey inward and started to truly feel the power of silence and felt I was able to fully absorb what all the various speakers had to offer as well as what my own inner reflection and my journaling gave me. I loved the variety of speakers as well as the schedule of meditation and yoga. The meals were absolutely delicious. I felt the retreat had a nice balance of information, meditation, yoga and alone-time. I would absolutely do another one and plan to. The staff was wonderful.", edited

  • Review by Katie from Arlington, VA

    "Yogaville was delightful. The food was great, the yoga classes were educational, and I came away with a new respect for the challenges of meditation and regular practice.", edited

  • Review by Charles Clark from Woodbridge, Virginia

    "We were very happy at Yogaville. We greatly enjoy the atmosphere and the diet, as well as the yoga practices and the friendly people. We love the ideal of respect for everybodys traditions, including the Secular. We believe in the freedom of religions, which also means respect for everyone's religion. I do believe we all worship the same God with different names. I believe in Jesus and therefore I claim to be a Christian. My problem is that I have always been very independent and I enjoy my freedom. I am not sure what to do with the benefits of Yogaville. I could return every year just to enjoy the atmosphere and I do practice the same philosophy every day. But, I am not sure what to commit to. I think I am like a Catholic who goes to church sometimes, but does not do anything as part of the church. Thank you for your interest.", edited

  • Review by a traveler from Colombia, USA

    "The classes were nice, some better than others but average overall. The class in library that someone talks about, happened to me too and it was alright not too bad. There were a lot of people who were there for the weekend and almost none for the rest of the week. So if you are looking for peace and quiet try week days."

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  • Review by a traveler from Florida, USA

    "My family and I had an outstanding time. This beautiful ashram is staffed by some of the most beautiful and caring people I've ever met. We tented in the campground to save a few dollars. The vegetarian food was exceptional. As far as yoga ashram go, this is the lap of luxury. It seemed there was never a moment without a yoga class, meditation or some other interesting activity. I would highly recommend this as a yoga retreat for anyone and it was very family friendly."

    Trip Advisor website, edited

  • Review by Whittey from Tennessee, USA

    "I stayed in Yogaville for one week and completed two different programs. The first program was Dao Flow yoga and the second one was about building your Sadhana meditation and yoga practice. I stayed in a tent site. Every tent site has a wooden deck platform and is 20 to 50 feet away from another tent site. The bathhouse is the nicest camping bathhouse I've ever been in since it has drywall, a real toilet, and private showers, but it's a camping bathhouse, so it's hot and there are bugs and normal camping stuff. It's maintained with care and your expectations should be that it's a camping bathhouse and not a resort.The calm, still, and, judgment-free environment is like nothing I've ever experienced. Everyone who works there is amazingly helpful and calm. I love the atmosphere. If you're looking for a place to reflect, unwind, live a simple life, and develop your own spirituality this is definitely the place for you! There is also no cell phone service unless you have Verizon, but there is free Wi-Fi even on the campsites. The wireless farther out towards the tent sites is insanely slow, but honestly that's great because in that environment, it's great to disconnect from that part of life. I wasn't bothered too much by it. It was very nice to disconnect from the world for a few days!"

    June 25 2015. TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by Carolyn from Maryland, USA

    "Know first of all that this Ashram is a spiritual community, not a yoga school. Yes, you can take yoga, and meditation classes (beginners and more advanced), and the three teachers I had during the weekend were all great. But the 200 or so people who live at Yogaville are devoted followers of the late Sri Swami Satchidananda. You will see his image and hear a lot about him. I saw that part of the weekend, including a Saturday night prayer service, as a learning experience. Everyone was as nice as could be. The vegetarian meals were tasty. My daughter and I stayed at the Lotus Guest House, a plain motel room but fine for 2 nights. I recommend the tour (if available), and visiting the shrines. You can hike to them from the main area in 20-30 min. You are out in the sticks, but that's what makes this a tranquil place."

    May 2015. TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by Stacy Winslow from USA

    "Eternally grateful for your light and love. I met a lovely couple during my visit who are not connected to a yoga studio or teacher. They simply Googled retreats and found Yogaville. They loved it and we made a wonderful friendship-connection. I believe this is a small testimony of the positive energy and acceptance that flows from every corner of this beautiful ashram."

    May 2015. Yogaville Satchidananda Ashram Facebook, edited

  • Review by Palma Vargas from USA

    "My first time and I totally fell in love with this place. In Yogaville you have a fantastic opportunity to experience the real Yoga life in all of its aspects: Raja Yoga, Hatha Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, Karma Yoga. It's just amazing ."

    May 2015. Yogaville Satchidananda Ashram Facebook, edited

  • Review by Michelle T. from Hollywood, USA

    "A friend and I went here for a couple of days. I've been doing yoga for years and she just needed a break from reality. The accommodations were simple and very clean. We stayed in a private room with two twin beds and had our own bathroom. I feel like this was worth it for privacy. The property was beautiful and easy to get to. We were there during a snowstorm so we didn't get to do much other than relax, take yoga classes, read, and eat. We didn't take part in the meditation.We both liked the yoga classes. We had a different teacher for each class so you felt like you had a little variety. One thing we found a little strange was the chanting. Its just something they do there. I wasn't used to it because I had never done it before in a yoga class and my friend was a little weirded out by it because she didn't know what they were saying. However, you weren't forced to participate. I think it was just part of the class set up.I personally loved the food. I'm vegetarian for the most part, I do eat fish and dairy products. However, the choices they offered were vegan but I thought they were delicious and nutritious. I don't eat processed foods so I was in heaven. I'm sort of a health nut so I enjoyed the clean eating. My friend thought the food was okay but she is a meat eater and is picky anyway. She said it was okay for a couple of days. It was like a detox. They had a large variety of teas but no coffee. But there is a caf on the campus that sells coffee and sweets, so you can get whatever fancy latte you are used to.I would probably go back. I'd love to see the grounds when there isn't ten inches of snow on the ground. Its a great personal retreat to get away from the daily grind. There are no TVs or phones, but I did get Verizon cell service. It was peaceful and relaxing. I felt lighter when I got back home."

    February 19, edited

  • Review by Mike Selzer DDS from USA

    "My first silent retreat at Yogaville (wait I have to smile with myself for a moment) has been echoing for one and a half years. Although there seems to be a natural energy of compassion at Yogaville the program leaders and assisting staff carried that compassion, assistance, knowledge and personal experience through themselves into contact with each of us. Although I was initially concerned that being silent would be uncomfortable I found it to be a vehicle into a depth of being and peacefulness. By my voluntary agreement to be silent I found that my reactive and responsive thoughts did not need to be expressed. I became an observer of my inner thoughts that now had a chance to be felt and not just thought. A peacefulness settled within me. Whatever I needed was provided by the staff from food, blankets and transportation to knowledge, meditative guidance and insightful dharma talks. All I needed to do was be.Within that shift of awareness a natural state of compassion arose not only for myself but for each of us in the retreat. My usual need to read or be more active was replaced by a felt sense of being connected and content. A sense of joy arose from watching the leaves on the wonderful oak trees sway in the breeze as its movement became alive bringing the energy of the earth upwards and back into the open sky. I found myself in the middle of earth and sky just as the oak tree; with the same life force flowing through.I did return for a second silent retreat about six months ago without any of the concerns of being silent. I found that opening into the space, environment, leaders and staff a thankful return to the peace and quiet of the silent retreat experience. At home, work and play I am more able to touch my own experience and be more open, compassionate and attentive to both myself and others. I look forward to many more."

    December 2013., edited

  • Review by Lori Sousa from USA

    "With so much chatter about spirituality and finding your center in mainstream culture, the true meaning of those two important concepts has, in some ways, been lost. My time at Yogaville really helped me to LIVE both of those ideals -- to have a taste of what it means to honor yourself while serving the community. I experienced so much beauty in the five days of the Yogaville Silent Retreat thatI cannot wait for my next visit!"

    November 2013., edited

  • Review by Kelly McDermott Harman from USA

    "This was my first experience attending a silent retreat and it far surpassed my expectations. The staff at Yogaville is what made the difference. They have a genuine compassion for all participants, and sincerely want each person to get the most from their experience. The setting is beautiful - very peaceful and calm - and one cannot help but be profoundly moved upon entering the Lotus Shrine for the first time. I highly recommend participating in any program offered by Yogaville, but in particular the silent retreat."

    November 2013., edited

  • Review by a traveler from Virginia, USA

    "I would say I'm an 'experienced' yogi, with some exposure to the Integral or Hatha style. The classes I took on my weekend stay were a mixed bag. One 'joint freeing' class was very low-key but very informative (a little too informative imho - too much talking - not enough doing)"


    "I am a novice at meditation - and I struggled with this. Guided meditation had its advantages - it kept me somewhat focused. However, by the end of the weekend, I was over the chanting."


    "If I ever go back (and I think I will) I will keep clear of the Pujas (too much chanting) and do more of a mix of guided and non-guided meditation."

    May 14, edited

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