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Kailash Ashram

Kailash Ashram is a meditation centre, community and retreat that offers both teachings on traditional meditation and yoga and a place for their practice and participation.

We are located in Gariwerd country (the Grampians) in western victoria, 3.5 hours from Melbourne.  

We are a non-profit organisation here to serve and promote the cause of individual and collective wellbeing across the physical, mental and spiritual domains. 

We are an independent organisation, though have received authorisation and permission from the lineage holders to which we belong to share the practices we do.     

Our Teachers

“A Guru isn’t just a person, it’s an element, a gateway through which true seekers can access universal consciousness and reach the state of enlightenment.”  

His Holiness Shree Shivkrupanand Swami

Inspirer and Guide of Kailash Ashram

His Holiness Shree Shivkrupanand (Swamiji) is an enlightened Yogi, meditation master and living Himalayan Saint who has been sharing the practice of meditation for free since 1994. 

Swamiji was taken on a 16 year journey in the Himalayan Mountains where he received insight, guidance and initiation from numerous Gurus, many of whom were revered mountain ascetics in extremely remote and tribal areas. 

Through the platform of Samarpan Dhyanyog and now Guru Tattva (Guru Element,) Swamiji shares meditation and spiritual insight through His teachings and divine embodiment.    

In 2021 Kailash Ashram received the blessings from Swamiji to share meditation and teachings in alignment with His vision that the practice of meditation be available to all, free of cost, without discrimination of race, religion, cast or creed. 

David Wegman

Co-Founder and Ashram Director

The path of Hatha Yoga found David at 19 years old. In 2005 he connected to a wandering Yogin on a deserted beach in Cambodia; this first connection to the practice of Yoga brought alive a curiosity and positive inner feeling which led him to begin his own practice which he has maintained since.

After travels through India, David studied Iyengar yoga which gave him a good foundation, and in 2007 he became a student of Shadow Yoga school.

David continues to study directly under the Shadow Yoga founder, one of the world’s most foremost contemporary Hatha Yogins, Sundernath (Shandor Remete) where he practices the pure dance of Lord Shiva (Nrtta Sadhana) and internal tantrik Hatha Yoga.  

The practice of Hatha Yoga carried David on a powerful life journey through his service within the Australian Special Forces as a Sniper, where it provided the antidote to the extreme physical and psychological demands of the job. 

David balanced practice, work, travel, studies and teaching of Architecture at a tertiary level and small-business. 

In 2017 David received the Himalayan Meditation practice directly from Swamiji which led to a life changing series of events, including a rapid discharge from the Army and a reorientation of His whole life towards the practice of yoga, meditation and self cultivation.

In 2018 David began sharing professional development and personal empowerment activities to corporate groups, based upon insight from his Yoga practice, life experience and service in the army. 

Shortly thereafter, destiny guided David to the land of Kailash Ashram where he felt a strong inner call to share full-time the practices that had transformed his life.

Under the direction of Swamiji, David was asked to deepen his meditation studies in India, where at a meditation workshop in 2018 he met his wife and the co-founder of the Ashram, Rajni.  

Together they founded Kailash; a retreat and spiritual community that shared meditation, yoga, retreats and experiences to a wide demographic of people.

Recognising the need to bring a more formal environment for the practices to be shared, in 2021 Kailash received the blessings of Swamiji and became an authorised Ashram committed to sharing yoga and meditation to a community of everyday people. 

David draws upon a rich and varied life experience, both positive and challenging, to share activities, experiences and practices that bring a positive outlook and deeper connection to self. 

“Inside each and every one of us is a gateway to truth. This is a felt reality of purpose, meaning and knowing transcendent of intellect or cognition. That truth is beyond form and the causal ground for being itself. I humbly live in service of life and offer myself as a medium for the higher needs of humanity. Sometimes you have to bow down, sometimes you have to stand up. Somewhere in the middle, you will be found.”  

Deojanee (Rajni) Wegman

Co-Founder and Ashram Manager

Rajni was born in Northern France to parents of Indian and Mauritian ancestry where she was exposed to traditional devotional practice at an early age by her mother, a devotee of the great Indian Saint, Shirdi Sai Baba.

In her youth Rajni studied at a Catholic school where she developed a multi-faith approach to her spirituality, finding resonance and refuge in the teachings of Christ and St Theresa of Lisieux (the regional town in which she grew up.)

In her early adulthood after moving to the UK, Rajni found connection to the devotional practices and community with the modern Saint Satya Sai Baba.

Upon feeling an inner call to learn to meditate, Swamiji and the path of Himalayan Meditation came upon her path. In 2007, shortly after learning the meditation practice, Rajni decided to offer back to the community and established a meditation centre in outside of London, sharing meditation and Swamiji’s teachings with people of a diverse background.

In 2013 Rajni led the development of an online meditation community, JCO, that has provided a free platform for meditators from around the world to connect and to meditate together in community.

As a long time devotee of Swamiji, meditation is Her passion and joy. Upon meeting David in India, she has given herself fully into supporting the practice of meditation by managing Kailash Ashram and guiding hundreds of people in an approachable and accessible way to connect to the practice of meditation.

Together She and David live with their daughter Tara at the Ashram where they continue to provide instruction, guidance and teachings on meditation in everyday life.