Madhuvan Ashram

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About This Center

Madhuvan Ashram is located on 150 acres of a dry jungle mountain in the Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. More specifically it’s halfway between the beach town of Sámara and the inland town Nicoya, 40 mins in both directions. 



The infrastructure of Madhuvan is rustic and the natural setting is in the world, but not of it, and so in a sense out of this world.

The sun rises around 6 am and sets around 6 pm all year and the average temperature is 86˚ F/30˚C. The wet season starts in May and goes through November, the two last months being the most intense, whereas the first five are lighter in rain. There are howler monkeys, pizotes, armadillos, iguanas, and other beautiful and exotic native wildlife co-existing with us. For people who are new to the tropics, we recommend bringing bug repellent. In addition to the wildlife, we also have our own herd of cows that live thoroughly protected lives with us.

We have a daily routine of kirtan programs in the temple twice a day, at 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. Retreat guests are welcome to join these programs and just as free not to join. Other than the temple activities, guests can also participate in seva (selfless community service) around the grounds, such as gardening, harvesting fruits and vegetables for meals, milking the cows, processing milk, etc. Most are pleasantly surprised at how meditative and calming these types of activities can be!

Depending on who is here, the ashram residents can provide additional activities such as Reiki healing, making coconut oil, art classes, and vegetarian cooking classes at a modest add-on fee.



On the property are a couple of hiking trails and in the wet season, we have our own waterfall going into a man-made pond called Dauji Kunda.



As we are an ashram we ask that no meat, alcohol, drugs or cigarettes be consumed on the property, to keep the sanctity the place.

 Please also refrain from wearing micro-shorts or bathing suit-type attire, unless you are swimming in our lake, or at one of the excursions in which case it is of course appropriate.


Venue Highlights

Madhuvan Ashram is located on 150 acres of a dry jungle mountain in the Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica. More specifically it’s halfway between the beach town of Sámara and the inland town Nicoya, 40 mins in both directions. 



The infrastructure of Madhuvan is rustic and the natural setting is in the world, but not of it, and so in a sense out of this world. The sun rises around 6 am and sets around 6 pm all year and the average temperature is 86˚ F/30˚C. The wet season starts in May and goes through November, the two last months being the most intense, whereas the first five are lighter in rain. There are howler monkeys, pizotes, armadillos, iguanas, and other beautiful and exotic native wildlife co-existing with us. For people who are new to the tropics, we recommend bringing bug repellent. In addition to the wildlife, we also have our own herd of cows that live thoroughly protected lives with us.

We have a daily routine of kirtan programs in the temple twice a day, at 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. Retreat guests are welcome to join these programs and just as free not to join. Other than the temple activities, guests can also participate in seva (selfless community service) around the grounds, such as gardening, harvesting fruits and vegetables for meals, milking the cows, processing milk, etc. Most are pleasantly surprised at how meditative and calming these types of activities can be!

Depending on who is here, the ashram residents can provide additional activities such as Reiki healing, making coconut oil, and vegetarian cooking classes at a modest add-on fee.



On the property are a couple of hiking trails and in the wet season, we have our own waterfall going into a man-made pond called Dauji Kunda.



As we are an ashram we ask that no meat, alcohol, drugs or cigarettes be consumed on the property, to keep the sanctity the place.

 Please also refrain from wearing micro-shorts or bathing suit-type attire, unless you are swimming in our lake, or at one of the excursions in which case it is of course appropriate.

The nearest international airport is Liberia (Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport). A shuttle minibus can be arranged from there and the ride is about two hours. The last stretch up to the ashram requires a 4x4 vehicle, so the staff will pick the guests up from the bottom of the road.



Things to be aware of:



*It's not a luxurious or fancy place. We are an ashram, live very simply and close to the earth, and follow the Indian traditions including that of eating sitting on the floor. We have some chairs for whoever likes to sit on a chair, but no tables are available.

*If there are unexpected problems, like a broken water-heater, it may take time to solve, as we are in the middle of the jungle, everything is off-grid, and we have many daily tasks to keep the ashram running. Please be understanding.

*We also have our own electricity and water-system, that requires us to be considerate of how much power and water we use. Kindly be aware of this.

*Keep in mind that you may wish to purchase your own travel insurance when you stay here. Madhuvan Ashram is not liable to cover costs for possible hospital visits if any injury or other accident occurs during your visit here.


Accommodations

There are five guest cabins with a ceiling fan, and two beds each.

Each cabin has free WiFi and a bathroom with shower and hot water. There is an open closet and baggage storage area in each cabin as well.

The guest cabins are a hilly 10-minute walk from the main area where the temple room, dining hall, and kitchen area.

The water from our wellspring is fresh and safe to drink!



There is a building 15 minutes further walk from the main area with room for a yoga instructor and 8 students to practice comfortably. This is in case of rain. In the dry season, there is plenty of outdoor space.



Our eco-friendly, off-grid electricity and water-systems require us to be considerate of how much power and water we use. Kindly be aware of this.

We provide metal vessels for cleaning after using the toilet, as is the traditional Indian style of hygiene. Guests are welcome to bring wipes or toilet paper if they prefer, but these MUST NOT BE FLUSHED. The garbage cans provided in each bathroom are to be used for disposing of all sanitary tissues and products.

Amenities

  • Free Wifi

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian

Menu/Cuisine

During retreats, the monastic staff will cook and serve three vegetarian* sattvic (pure, clean) meals per day.

Breakfast usually consists of freshly harvested fruits, yogurt and milk from our cows, and some baked goods.
Lunch and dinner is generally rice (or other grain), with several vegetable sabji (curry stews), and other various sides such as samosa, puri, chapati, etc.

Most of the fruits, vegetables, and spices we cook with at Madhuvan are grown organically on site! If guests wish, they may help with food harvest &/or meal prep seva.

All dairy used in our dishes comes from our own herd of protected (and pampered) cows.

All of our food is cooked according to temple standards, and offered to our deities before being served, making it prasad - blessed and auspicious!

Our food is served on stainless steel platters, or on natural banana leaf. We follow the traditional Indian style of sitting on the ground, though we do have some chairs available for those who may prefer to be seated. However, we do not have tables, so guests in chairs will need to still eat directly from their plate.

The main kitchen is for the temple staff only, but guests are welcome to use the fridge and stove in the secondary kitchen by the dining hall.

*Vegan meals can be accommodated if we are informed in advance.

Directions

The nearest international airport is Liberia (LIR - Daniel Oduber Quirós International Airport). A shuttle minibus can be arranged from there and the ride is about two hours. The last stretch up to the ashram requires a 4x4 vehicle, so the staff will pick the guests up from the bottom of the road.

 There are no signs on the road leading to the ashram, so we will need to be informed in advance of your arrival to ensure you can find us!

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