I went to the Ashram in Trivandrum last November 2013 with a friend of mine. It was an a really special and difficult travel for us as we found out that we were pregnant just a few days before leaving Europe.
Still, we had strong reasons to carry on with our travel to India and to experience an Ashram life.
So, we arrive there, told what was our situation and checked in to stay for a week.
Sadly enough i started feeling bad and bleeding the first night there. Talked with the director, as he seems to be a doctor (really nice and reasuring talk, i have to say) and got permission to leave to the hospital next morning with my friend. That night i got help from a volunteer, Julie. She was the nicest person with me.
But the next day i´ve got the bad news in the hospital and had to go through an induced abortion there. It was the most physically painful experience of my life, leave alone how emotionally destroyed i was. For the next two days i could not even walk properly.
I didn´t get any help from them, despite the volunteers that were lovely. Nobody came to ask me how i was, if i needed a hot drink, if i could walk to the dinner place.. Nothing. What i´ve got was a guy that work there telling me that i had to pay for the sheets, as they were blood on them.
Next day, totally disappointed with the treatment received, i went to the reception with my bloody sheets and the money to pay for them and the same guy was there, prepared to insult me, saying that he knew that someone else had giving me more sheets and that i was stealing them from the Ashram. In the end he took the sheets of my hand in a violent move and a lot of shouting was there. No need to say that this was far away from my mind, i mean, you don´t have to be very clever to know that no one will travel that far away searching for peace and try to steal sheets worth one euro. It just does not make any sense. The only thing that i could think off was leaving that place. I talked with the director about it before leaving but i think you should know this before deciding where to go in search of spirituality or yoga retreat. They may be very good at "their thing" but very questionable as human beings.
I would not recommend it to anyone.
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