I will agree with many of the posts below. Facilities were clean (I stayed in the dorm), food was very good and plenty of it, folks were very nice and the location is beautiful!
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.
We did do some hiking on the trails. The trails were well marked, however not well traveled. So make sure you have sturdy shoes as there are many trees, roots and steep areas on them.
My complaints: no confirmation from the ashram that our reservations had been received; door to our dorm room didn't quite close all the way so when we opened our window the wind would open and close our door, don't go on 'kids weekend' - too many kids screaming and running around the dining halls and out in the courtyard for my liking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Since 1980, Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville has served as a year-round spiritual retreat center and residential community offering teacher trainings, programs, retreats, and guest stays. In addition, the center has facilities for teachers and groups who are interested in conducting their own private retreats. Yogaville is located in the peaceful rolling hills of Buckingham, Virginia, within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Satchidananda Ashram - Yogaville Hotel Buckingham