Enhance Your Wellness and Naturally Detox

About This Event

Learn to upregulate your system and improve the natural detoxification function of your body with food, nutrients, exercise, and lifestyle changes. Explore the physiology of detoxification, and those factors that enhance or weaken your body’s ability to detox.

During interactive classes with clinical nutritionist Manu Dawson, discuss the cardiovascular disease, healthy fat loss, hormone balancing, healthy vegetarian practices and how to create an overall healthy lifestyle.

Explore the importance of integrating aspects of traditional medicine, Ayurveda, modern naturopathic and Functional Medicine.


I really enjoyed the 10-day detox I did with Manu this past January in the Bahamas. I found his calm demeanor and deep knowledge and experience very comforting heading into my first 10-day detox, 5 days of which was juice only. The protocol also was well crafted and made it so that I wasn’t hungry or too exhausted. I felt supported by the supplements as well as his helpful information. I was surprised at how smoothly it all went and felt. I returned home full of energy and plan to incorporate many of the tools Manu imparted on us during those 10 days. — Andréa Tóth

With Manu’s guidance, my digestion system improved greatly. In the course, I felt safe and supported. My body became cleaner from the inside and my mind quieter. I am energized and inspired enjoying a new level of yoga practice and meditation. — Savitri-Devi

I just want to let you know what an incredibly inspiring, healthy, stimulating and informed time I had at the recent New Year’s Cleanse, detox and juice fast program at Sivananda in the Bahamas. Not only did you display a wealth of knowledge on the topic of nutrition, but you also inspired all of us with the way you have obviously adhered to the tenets of what you teach.

It's obvious that just by observing you, you have put everything you teach into practice for yourself and it clearly shows. When I first attended your program 12 years ago, I knew that I was in the presence of someone quite extraordinary. 12 years later, I left feeling the same and more. It was like time stood still for you. Thank you for being a force that has inspired positive healthy changes not only for myself but the thousand of others who have been graced by your wisdom. — John Beltzer

Venue Highlights

Yogaville is home to the Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS). The LOTUS is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths. Individual altars represent and honor the different world faiths and spiritual paths. The vision, design and inspiration of Sri Swami Satchidananda, LOTUS was dedicated in 1986. It demonstrates, “Truth is One, Paths are Many.” In the peaceful countryside of Virginia, the doors of LOTUS are open to welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs.


The all-inclusive prices of our accommodations provides you with three delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals daily, meditation, and Hatha Yoga classes in addition to other activities.

The most popular accommodations we have are Dormitory Accommodations – shared room and shared bath. We have two dormitories, Vivekananda Vihar and Ramalinga Nilayam, which are centrally heated and air-conditioned and convenient to meals and programs.

Lotus Guest House (Private Room)
Each room in our six unit guest house is equipped with a small refrigerator, queen size bed and full bath. Each room in our nine unit guest house is equipped with a queen sized bed and full bath, and no refrigerator.

Set off in a quiet, wooded area adjacent to the Lotus Guest Houses are twelve campsites. Campers have use of the bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities nearby Vivekananda Vihar dormitory. Camping is available from March 15th to December 1st.


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Organic, vegetarian/vegan food
Labeled ingredients
Gluten-free and vegan options
Salad bar
Large herbal tea selection
Coffee is available for purchase at Mandala Cafe


Yogaville offers transportation from the airport, train and bus stations in Charlottesville, VA. If you are driving Google Maps has reliable turn-by-turn directions.

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