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About Ashok Tree

Ashok Tree offers yoga, meditation and Ayurveda courses, retreats and teachers’ training courses.  Tailor made programmes can also be developed to meet your specific needs in the areas of stress management, detox and well-being.

We rent Ashok Tree to groups and teachers to host their own yoga meditation, Ayurveda & spiritual retreats, teachers’ training and seminars for their students.  

Ashok Tree covers a 10-acre area in which we planted approximately 1000 fruit trees and flower plants amongst existing Palm, Teak and Neem Trees.

There are many places to walk, meditate, dream and get lost with your own thoughts or if you choose to enjoy in the company of other guests. You can enjoy a walking meditation in the Swastika Garden, explore the orchards and organic vegetable gardens or simply chill out in a hammock under a tree.

The facilities include a purpose built Yoga Shala, Meditation Shala, Pancha Tattva Shala for ceremonies, Yajna for fire ceremonies, Sarveshwar Temple, a community place, where we hold Kirtan, 10×5 Metre Kitchen, dedicated eating area and a Library. The Sita Devi Charity School is adjacent to the Ashok Tree property and is occasionally open to the public.

The Guest House comprises 20 rooms en-suite (shower) with magnificent views towards the holy mountain of Arunachala.

Why Ashok Tree?

Ashok is a Sanskrit word meaning without grief or that which gives no grief.  Of course, the tree has many other names in local languages as well.  One such name means the tree of love blossoms.  The Hindus regard it as sacred, being dedicated to Kama Deva, God of Love.  The tree is a symbol of love.  Its beautiful, delicately perfumed flowers are used in temple decoration.  There are also festivals associated with this flower. Lord Buddha was born under the Ashok tree, so you will find it planted in the Buddhist monasteries.

In India, drinking the water in which the flowers have been washed is widely considered a protection against grief.  In a certain sense, such water is a flower essence, its effects recognised by Indians for centuries. As for the essence, indeed it is for those who have gone through great trauma and suffering.

It is a healer for deep seated sorrow, sadness, grief, and disharmony in one’s inner being due to events such as bereavement, failure, suffering, disease, and isolation. On using this essence, a profound inner state of joy, harmony and well-being is produced. It works very gently, in that it changes one’s perception of the sorrow.

Our Vision

The Ashok Tree is an extension of Yogi’s vision to create a place of authenticity in his homeland of India.  It is a place where people can come and experience  life, enjoy retreats, feel nurtured, supported and rejuvenated by the beautiful surroundings, Ayurvedic vegetarian food and treatments.  Aside from the daily practise of yoga and meditation there is the opportunity to participate in traditional ritualistic and ceremonial practices.  A variety of community and charity projects (including a charity school) are in motion to help local people, provide them with jobs and a better lifestyle for their families.  As well as this, the Ashok Tree is the ideal environment, both in climate and lifestyle.

Our vision is for a truly self-sustaining, beautiful and natural sanctuary where rejuvenation, exploration and relaxation can be enjoyed in a harmonious environment.

We are also hoping to launch small enterprises working with local villagers.  Many of the trees and plants in the gardens will be used for Ayurvedic purposes, and there will be an Ayurvedic clinic set up where local people can come for free treatments run by a qualified Ayurvedic and Allopathic doctor.

Some of our plants are still young and we are always looking for green fingers and helping hands!  We are very open-minded and keen to learn new ideas to help make the place as ecologically friendly and as self-sustainable as possible.

Our Location

Ashok Tree, located between Bangalore and Chennai in Tiruvannamalai, the home of Swami Ramana Maharshi and many Siddhas. The Ashok Tree is located in rural surroundings and holds breath-taking views of both sunrises over the holy mountain of Arunachala and sunsets over the hills. We are away from pollution, hustle & bustle, tucked away in farmland within nature and in precious wide-open spaces. We grow our own vegetables or we collect from local farms to use seasonal and to promote natural living and enjoy healthy food.

Venue Highlights

From our on-site Ayurvedic clinic to multiple open-air yoga shalas, we have created a welcoming, natural, authentic space for yoga and wellness, hosting yoga teacher trainings, retreats, ayurvedic cleanses, foundation courses, and venue hire.

Yoga Teachers’ Training

Our 200-hour Certified Yoga Teachers’ Training Courses delivered by Yogi Ashokananda are certified by the Yoga Alliance UK. Yoga Teachers’ Training Courses offered are in Himalayan Hatha Yoga (HHY) and Prana Kriya Yoga (PKY).

The Yoga Teachers’ Training course is for anyone who desires self-knowledge and elevated understanding of the Yoga sutras and yogic lifestyle. Whether a yoga practitioner seeking to deepen your own practice, a teacher who hopes to further develop or you are entirely new to yoga, our Teachers’ Training Course provides a well-rounded Yoga experience, preparing one to be an inspiring teacher and confident yogi.

Our 100-hour Certified Meditation Teachers’ Training Courses are run and certified by Yogi Ashokananda.


20 private & shared rooms available, all en-suite and air condition fitted in some rooms. All with views of Arunachala to view the stunning sunrises and with views to the west. Ground floor rooms with veranda and 1st floor rooms with balconies.


  • Air Conditioning in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Spa
  • Pool
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Kitchen
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Restaurant
  • Yoga Studio
  • House-Keeping
  • Bicycles For Rent

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


All of our organic food is grown onsite, locally and our kitchen follows sattvic principles, i.e. all vegetarian, no eggs, no onion, no garlic & no mushrooms. We serve 3 daily healthy meals offered all prepared at time of meal in our onsite Ananda Kitchen. The most amazing seasonal fruit is available throughout the day to snack on along with chai, herbal teas (some grown onsite) & water. All drinking water and water used in our kitchen is bottled mineral water.


We are served by three airports in the region, Chennai, Bangalore and Trichy (Tiruchirappalli). Chennai Airport Transfers included in Fee, other airport transfers can be arranged at an additional cost.

Upon registration, you will be provided with a complete information package.

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