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10 Days Desert Meditation Yoga Retreat in Rajasthan, India

  • Shri Jasnath Asan, Panchla Siddha via Khimsar, Nagaur District, Rajasthan, India 341025


Yoga Retreat in Rajasthan, India

Join Shri Jasnath Asan in a unique 10-day desert yoga retreat. Their mission is to deliver yogic wellness practices, education, and spiritual upliftment to all, in the pursuit of a world that is harmonized by love and peace. They teach and live the yogic lifestyle. For 9 nights, you will be staying at the ashram palace that features modern amenities. Daily vegetarian meals are provided. This retreat will offer you a sense of peacefulness and you will return with a firm yoga wellness practice. All faiths are welcome to celebrate the mystery and wonders of life.


  • Evening puja and satsang
  • Daily community yoga classes
  • Ayurveda and yoga therapy sessions
  • Asana, chanting, meditation, and pranayama
  • All delicious and vegetarian meals
  • 9 nights accommodation

Good to know

  • All ages are welcome as participants.

  • 10 days with instruction
  • English
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There are 12 rooms within the ashram itself, equipped with all the necessary facilities for the comfort of the visitor. Pure drinking water is provided by a rain water collection tank, and there is a solar heating system for consistent hot bathing water.

Rooms in the main house are equipped with contemporary, luxurious, European bathroom facilities, and cotton sheets on single or double beds. If your stay is planned for the winter months, air conditioning is not required.

Within the outer wall is a Dharamsala (pilgrims rest home) providing additional basic accommodation as well as a spacious newly constructed meditation hall for yoga practice.

Shri Jasnath Asan is a 500-year old ashram on the edge of the Thar Desert handed down through the Hatha lineage from one guru to the next. Yoga classes are from Monday to Saturday at 6:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. with another relaxing session in the evening before dinner.

Ashram daily schedule

  • 06:30 Community yoga class: asana, chanting, meditation, and pranayama
  • 08:00 Light breakfast
  • 08:30 Karma yoga
  • 11:00 Lunch
  • 12:00 Rest
  • 14:00 Local outings, lessons, healing appointments, individual counseling
  • 17:30 Yoga class
  • 19:00 Dinner
  • 19:30 Puja and satsang

This retreat includes a tour to the Thar Desert sand dunes, a guided tour to Nagaur, Jodhpur and Mehrangarh Forts, an overnight Camel Safari and a tour of the Sachiya Mata temple in Osian.

Sherry Minnard (Shree)

Sherry Minnard is the director of yoga programs at Shri Jasnath Asan. She teaches fun yoga flow classes, and has launched programs for young adults at the ashram focusing on personal leadership and outstanding communication.

She holds Master of Science in Creativity and Change Leadership and Yoga Alliance ERYT500. She relocated to Rajasthan from New York in 2013 to improve her practices, and increase her understanding of yogas interdependence with nature and social development.

Yogeshwar Surajnath Siddh

He is a Registered Yoga Teacher 500, Ashram leader and President of Shridev Trust, Surajnath is the program's host and facilitator. With a Master of Arts in yoga psychology, Bihar School of Yoga, Munger, he specializes in traditional Hatha and Tantra yoga.

Shri Jasnath Asan ashram lies in the heart of western Rajasthan in the village of Panchla Siddha (place of deep meditation) near Khimsar, approximately 100 kilometers from Jodhpur and 60 kilometers from Nagaur. It is one of the oldest ashrams in the Marwar region. The great saint, Shri Boyat ji Maharaj and the direct disciple of Shridev Jasnath ji, founded the ashram more than 500 years ago.

Rajasthan has a special place in every international travelers diary. Famed for its desert forts and safaris, brilliant palaces and mansions, spectacular temples and wildlife, Rajasthan attracts people from all corners of the globe. Whether to catch a glimpse of medieval ruins, to behold the dexterity of immaculate craftsmanship, to soak in the old world charm, or to enchant oneself with the colorful bazaar - Rajasthan beckons one and all.


  • Jodhpur - 100 kilometers
  • Jodhpur Airport - 106 kilometers
  • Nagaur - 60 kilometers
  • Camel riding/rental nearby
  • Cooking classes
  • Massage
  • Spa
  • Luggage room
  • Free drinking water
  • Local market
  • Tour assistance

Rajasthan is a desert region so the insufficiency of water has a great impact on cooking practices. Yet there is never a shortage of fantastic, vegetarian food. Local vegetables are rich sources of minerals and vitamins as are the dried lentils and beans from indigenous plants. Do not miss the delectable desserts and mouth-watering, spicy snacks - each region is renowned for its specialties. Cooking demonstrations are available and encouraged by the kitchen staff.

Breakfast: Bread, sandwiches, cake, biscuits, tea, coffee, fruits, yoghurt, boiled green vegetables, and baked potatoes constitutes a typical breakfast.

Lunch and dinner: Regional, unique, distinctive cuisine consisting of bread and vegetables. These meals are characterized by delicacies like gaate ka saag, mustard leaves, green onions, ker and saangri, gwaarfali, bajra chapati, daal-baati-churma, mawa kachori, kaaju katli, sesame seed laddoo, chilly pickle, karhi, khichr and camel milk ice-cream.

Participants of this retreat will have the chance to be escorted through tours of Meharangarh Fort in Jodhpur and Naguar Fort. Overnight camel safari tours will also be organized and you will get to experience the famous fire dance. Sand dunes excursions and much more will also be prepared just for you for an additional fee. Local outings can also be arranged.

Camel rides

Bird watching: this region is home to your lists more elusive breeds. Telescopes can be arranged.

Fairs and festivals

Osian: Sachiya Goddess temple

Jodhpur: Umaid Bhavan Palace and Mandor garden

Invest in your health and relaxation with a selection of Ayurveda services from Shri Jasnath Asan's a-la-carte menu. They have male and female technicians who can deliver specific interventions for ailments such as knees and spine, headache and digestive disorders. You can also simply float away with a whole-body oil massage. The treatments are included in the price.

  • 1 yoga therapy session
  • 2 daily yoga classes Monday to Saturday
  • 3 vegetarian meals and 2 servings of chai or coffee
  • 5 Ayurveda services
  • Blankets and yoga mats
  • Double room with bath or community bath
  • Fire Dance (November - January only)
  • Guided tour of Nagaur & Marenghar Forts, Jodhpur Fort, Satchya Mata Temple
  • Overnight Camel Safari
  • Tour of Thar desert sand dunes
  • Transportation to / from Jodhpur airport / train for groups of 4 and above
For information about the booking conditions, please send Shri Jasnath Asan an inquiry.
  • Review by Annie from Munich, Germany

    "Wonderful place in Rajasthan where you can feel at home and at the same time, experience Indian lifestyle like yoga and cooking traditional food - thanks to friendly teachers and friends! Very meditative to see and take part in puja, a kind of prayer ceremony in the evenings.Great concept: you can contribute to the community with your own work. Last but not least: beautiful, clean and comfortable rooms and helpful service (e.g. transport to bus station)."

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  • Review by Rob from Warsaw, Poland

    "One of the best places under the Indian sun! Ashram is in the heart of Rajasthan and ashram family which work with them is a "laughter yoga". I recommend this magical place and seva program. You can join in the work and know friendly people, learn yoga, eat delicious food, have charming room and have blissful equanimity!"

    TripAdvisor website, edited

  • Review by Kazbah from Sydney, Australia

    "Spent a wonderful 5 days here in the peace and quiet of the ashram. Yoga every morning and the most delightful vegetarian, home grown, home cooked meals! The staff and 'family' here make you feel so welcome and the gentle lifestyle is a blessing and should be included in any visit to Rajasthan. Loved this place."

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  • Review by Ravi from New Delhi, India

    "Gem of a place. Well-kept, well-maintained. Quiet and uplifting. Great property, 10 kilometers from Khimsar Fort. Food is authentic Rajasthani. Rooms are regal. Prices are affordable. Exciting ecology projects in progress.Water your spirit in the desert's heat. Discover the place and thank me."

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  • Review by Meghan from New York

    "My heart is filled with so much love and devotion for this experience. This is beyond what I expected to feel. I am sad to leave, but know I will see you again. Your humble generosity will live in my heart forever. Your presence and words have helped me know that I am truth and love. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Light, love and blessings."

    Shri Jasnath Asan website, edited

  • Review by Sylvia from Germany

    "Namaste. Thank you all for the wonderful hospitality and that I could enjoy my stay here together with such lovely and open-hearted people."

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  • Review by Gabriela from Germany

    "Thank you for this wonderful week in your ashram. I came the second time here and it will not be the last. I feel my mind is very awake, my attention increasing. Staying here was very important to finding my own spirituality."

    Shri Jasnath Asan website, edited

  • Review by Sarah from Germany

    "I loved my stay at this rural, authentic, spiritual place in the middle of Rajasthan, and enjoyed the company of the lovely people so much! It is the best place for the full Indian experience and great yoga teaching practice. The Asan provided me a great environment for a focused study, it is so peaceful but has so much real Energy. I learned so much, made many new friends and ate the most amazing food every day. The campus is very well maintained and is a comfortable home. My stay of three weeks was way too short so I will come back for a longer visit soon, with my family because it is one of the best things in my life. Thank you so much!"

    February 12, edited

  • Review by Piera from Italy

    "This was my first time in a Ashramin India and even if I had no expectations at all I was positively surprised. This place is a real jewel in the middle of nowhere. To be honest I had to fight with myself whether to write or not a review because I would like to keep this hint only for me and my best friends. Why? One reason is that there havent been many tourists yet here. They late and till now are more focused in programmes to support local projects as yoga for girls, detox, etc.This Ashram is just starting to open to people from abroad with yoga courses and in the near future with yoga teacher training. For this reason they have built a new house inside the fort to provide occidental standard comfort to the visitors. Each room has ceiling fans, wifi and in case of power outage there is an emergency power generator. Some rooms have a private toilet and shower. Simple laundry service is also given. Furthermore Ayurveda treatments are offered at fair prices.Mostly I was impressed that I was integrated in the life of the ashram, I could meet and get know Indian people from different backgrounds. The very kind and helping Indian staff who prepared for us the tasteful vegetarian food I ever had. They also guided us with a lot of patience in the excursions, gifted us all the time with the most friendly smiles. Indian families who are living in the Ashram to follow a program like Detox or Yoga. Children of the village that take part to the yoga classes in the ashram together with us; I was impressed how they can manage smiling the most difficult asanas with a lightness that I can only dream of. I was invited in their homes; there is a pride and dignity in their eyes that doesn't leave you indifferent.Last but not least I wont forget the impressive fire dances and the daily evening chants in the Ashrams temple. Indians sing passionately and dance amazingly! As all this people have not seen many tourists they are still pure, friendly, curious and very open to foreigners. I hope that we, foreigners, won't destroy this still arcadian place with our occidental neurosis, materialism and our technology. Thank you Yogeswhar Suranjnath Siddh and Shree to have made possible a peaceful, mystical, warm-hearted place like this. It won't be my last visit for sure!"

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  • Review by Stuart from Michigan, USA

    "I stopped running because Ive had plantar fasciitis for the good part of a year now. I considered fancy foot devices and even surgery. I tried yoga therapy with Shree first. She gave me some stretching moves, nothing weird like standing on one foot with your leg behind your ear. Everything was from the floor. She approached the problem from a medical point of view first to show me exactly why I was having the problem. I had a one hour education/demonstration session with her. Then we consulted weekly through the internet. Guess what happened? In about 3 weeks I have NO more pain when I get up in the morning. And now Im running again! Thanks, Shree!"

    February 12, edited

  • Review by Rob from Poland

    "One of the best places under the Indian sun! Ashram in the heart of Rajasthan with ashram family. Working with them is a laughter yoga. I recommend this magic place and seva program. You can join in the work and know friendly people, learn yoga, eat delicious food, have a charming room and blissful tranquility."

    February 12, edited

  • Review by Erika from Italy

    "Life can be beautiful. I didnt believe it anymore before arriving at ashram. And now"

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  • Review by Sari from Finland

    "I thank you from the bottom of my heart for welcoming me all these months to do seva with such loving people. The family is so kind, they made me feel like it was home. I have found the best in me through hard work. It wasnt always easy, but I am grateful I did it. It is a beautiful and peaceful environment with a lot of spiritual blessings."

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  • Review by Lisa Maria from Berlin, Germany

    "I did the 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training Course here at the Shri Jasnath Asan Ashram, certified by Yoga Alliance, and highly recommend it to everyone who wants to have a deep and spiritual yoga experience. The Ashram and its family provide a true spiritual space where you can intensely learn about the authentic roots and basics of Hatha yoga. This course is definitely for people, who are looking not only for the physical, but also the philosophical dimension of Yoga. You will have a good knowledge of Asana, Meditation, Pranayama, Mudra and Bandha afterwards. But you will also leave the Ashram with a lot of inspiration and a grater idea of what yoga means in general and that it includes all the aspects of leading a happy and healthy life.The Ashram is very peaceful and you will be integrated by everyone as a family member. Also the food is very good and is prepared with love and according to the principles of Ayurveda. I will never forget the time I spent here! Thanks and appreciation to the whole Ashram family!"

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  • Review by Harriet Craven from England

    "I would like to thank everyone at Shri Jasnath Asan for a perfect stay. Each day has been a pleasure for me: kindness, hospitality, laughter, delicious food - a special spirituality and energy I have not found before. The yoga week was the icing on the cake. Namaste"

    February 2011. Shri Jasnath Asan website, edited

  • Review by Sigrid Pfeffer and Micheal from Germany

    "We would like to thank everyone at Shri Jasnath Ashram for this extraordinary experience: new ideas, the very peaceful atmosphere, the attentiveness in every aspect and last but not least, the wonderful delicious food! Namaste. Best Wishes"

    December 2010. Shri Jasnath Asan website, edited

Nagaur, Rajasthan, India

Shri Jasnath Asan is a 500-year old ashram on the edge of the Thar Desert. They offer Ayurveda and full yoga programs for individuals, couples, or families.

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