Supporting the wellbeing of not only our guests, but those whose wellbeing is impaired through poverty, lack of education or extreme circumstances across the globe, is key to our vision at Ashiyana. Below are a number of projects that we currently support.
Ashiyana Nepal Fund
Om, Vikas*, Tek, Jiban, Ale (left to right in photo) and Kalpana (not pictured) cook the famously delicious food at Ashiyana Yoga Retreat Village. They live in the rural Dhading and Ghurka Districts of Nepal.
In April/May 2015, just before they were due to return to their large families, the two devastating earthquakes struck in Nepal - completely destroying all of their homes and damaging their crops.
We continue to support the rebuilding of their lives back in Nepal by contributing a portion of our profits as well as raising donations from workshops and events throughout Europe and India.
* Vikas sadly passed away at the beginning of July 2016, from an infection he caught after suffering a motorbike accident near his home in rural Nepal. We continue to support his family with this project. We miss him deeply.
Please see our blog post: In Memory of Vikas
The Double Dutch restaurant can be found just off the main road in Arambol, the next beach town north of our Centre in Goa. It’s renowned for its delicious variety of cakes and yummy food.
Lucie, the owner, cares for and donates a great part of her profits to children with disabilities. There is also a second hand Sunday market to which Ashiyana donates unwanted clothes, at the end of each season, left by guests and members of staff.
The Sisterhood Foundation aims to give women and girls in the third world a brighter future. The objective is to provide courage, care, choices and change.
The Sisterhood Foundation is a Danish charity organisation founded by Tine Arentsen Willumsen with an International Founding Committee consisting of several women from all over the world. They share their common goal to help other women realise their own potential to provide for themselves and their families, creating a brighter and more prosperous future.
Ashiyana partners with the Sisterhood Foundation and supports their large scale fundraising events.
The Satsang Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting the work of the spiritual master, Satyananda, who has dedicated his life to the service of Peace.
The Satsang Foundation is a non-profit organization supporting the work of the spiritual master, Satyananda, who has dedicated his life to the service of Peace. Ashiyana founder, Chris Nelson, has been attending silent Satsang retreats with Satyananda since 1999, and is committed to supporting the spreading of Satyananda’s message - discover your true nature and reside in peace.
The intention is to support Satyananda’s work in EU, as well as to enable him to start offering retreats and Satsang weekends in South America and beyond.
A bio-forestry project based in Alto Paraiso, Brazil, where the second associate centre, Ashiyana Brasil, is planned to open in the next couple of years. Our mission is to support the preservation of the land, whilst also providing work, education and mentoring for those addicted to substances (as well as their families).