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Ashram Guidelines

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Ashram Guidelines

Kailash Ashram is a quiet and peaceful environment for retreat, spiritual practice, contemplation and introspection.

In order to support and honour this, we ask that you respect the space as you would a temple or church.

The Journey as a Soul

The Ashram is an ideal environment to retrain the mind to be internally oriented and the rules are here to assist in that process.  

Meditation can surface unconscious patterns obstructing you from a deeper connection to yourself (what we refer to as your Soul.)

Please be aware that the practices of meditation and yoga that are shared at the Ashram require a mature disposition.

As you learn to foster a ‘soul based’ connection, we ask that you be internally focused which will assist other guests in feeling comfortable and at ease during their stay.

We understand that having ‘rules’ may be new for some guests, please let us reassure you that they are shared in the spirit of supporting your spiritual growth whilst you stay with us.

They are not at all judgements about your personal life or choice of activities that you engage in outside of the Ashram!

Guests who break the Ashram rules will be asked to rectify their behaviour immediately. Management reserves the right to ask any guest in breach of the rules or guidelines to leave immediately and without refund.

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Retreat Guidelines

Check-in

SOUL RETREAT CHECK IN TIMES

Between 5pm & 6pm on the first day of your retreat

 

WEEKEND RETREAT CHECK IN TIMES

Flexible arrival after 2pm on the first day of your retreat. Please notify managers on 0415 703 324 if you would like to check-in in after 6pm (by prior arrangement only.)

 

Check Out

Guests are required to clean rooms and bathrooms prior to checking out. 

SOUL RETREAT CHECK OUT TIMES

Rooms clean and vacated by 12am, departure by 2pm

 

WEEKEND RETREAT CHECK OUT TIMES

Rooms clean and vacated by 12am, departure by 2pm

 

Retreat Program

 

Weekend Retreat

Attendance at programmed activities is optional and guests are free to leave the Ashram to explore the Grampians.

 

Soul Retreat

Attendance at programmed activities is compulsory unless exemption is granted by prior arrangement. The Soul Retreat is a closed camp and all guests are required to remain on the premisis until the conclusion of the retreat.

Retreat Personal Pack List
(All Students + Guests)

  • Enclosed shoes suitable for walking
  • Clean house slippers (no outside use)
  • Toiletries incl soap
  • Towel for indoors
  • Beach towel for outdoors
  • Hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water bottle
  • Day bag
  • Warm jacket
  • Rain jacket
  • Long pants
  • Shorts
  • T-Shirts
  • Swimming attire
  • Comfy attire for yoga
  • Personal Meditation cushion (optional) 
  • Musical instruments (optional)
  • Art supplies (optional)
  • Journal (optional)
  • Torch
  • Blanket / shawl
  • Outdoor cushion (optional)
  • Yoga mat (optional)
  • Full single sized linen set (bare pillow and doona provided)

Retreat Meals

The ashram provides 3 nutritious and healthy vegetarian meals per day, at set meal times. The ashram food is here to support the activity and practice of meditation and yoga and is restrained in spice / salt.

NOTE: Guests are not allowed to bring food items unless by prior arrangement (strictly vegetarian, no eggs.)

 

Dietary Allergies

Please notify us at time of booking if you have a significant allergy; eg celiac, lactose, nuts.

 

Dietary Preferences / Intolerances

The Ashram is unable to modify meals to suit individual preferences regarding taste, or for the exclusion of minor intolerances. There is ample plain rice, bread and fruit at each meal for those students and guests. 

 

Mauna (Silence) 2100 - 0730

Mauna (silence) is observed to assist in keeping one’s attention internally focused between 830pm (after meditation) and 730am each day. Please assist us in reminding guests in the event they forget. 

Silence, as a practice is beyond simply not talking; it is about avoiding outside distractions and keeping one’s chitta (attention) on the inner realm.  

 

Families

Mature children are permitted on our retreats subject to prior arrangement and discussion with the ashram managers. 

Children are to be supervised at all times and no responsibility can be taken for their safety (there are unfenced water courses on the property.) 

Please ensure that your children are well behaved and that other guests are not disturbed.

Note for other guests: Requests for children are infrequent. We do not discriminate our sharing of the practices based on age, though it is exceedingly rare for them to attend. 

 

Access for Guests with Disability

Our lodge has ground floor access and can accommodate wheelchairs. The bathrooms have grab rails in the showers but not on the toilet. 

To enter the practice space there are 3 steps without ramp.

We are happy to do a video walkthrough for guests wanting to see if the venue is suitable for their needs.

More information for NDIS participants here;

Public Transport

There is a V-Line and Bus combination departing several times per day from Southern Cross station to Horsham, the nearest regional centre. Subject to availability, and prior arrangement we may be able to organise a pick up or drop off for $100 each way (it is 50km one way.)

This is strictly by prior arrangement and agreement. 

 

Driving Instructions

Address: 31 Wartook Rise, Wartook, 3401 Vic

Lodge: Please drive up the driveway, the lodge is 300m and on your left. 

Parking: Next to (not in front of) the lodge

Wartook Rise is a signposted dirt road off of the Northern Grampians road between Halls Gap and Horsham.

The route through Ararat to Halls Gap and then Wartook is more scenic but has many bends and avoids some time on the Western Highway, though at dusk and dawn it is advised to keep it to 70km/h because of kangaroos / emus.

Guests wishing to avoid the windy mountain or in large vehicles are advised to take the rought through Stawell and Roses Gap Rd.   

Gurukarya

Gurukarya is the yoga of embodied service. 

During retreats we mindfully tend to the space and as a group assist in keeping the space tidy and the land maintained. 

It is a great opportunity to cultivate care of the environment and foster connection between guests.

Activities can include; gardening, landscaping, maintenance, cleaning, creative projects. 

Booking Terms

All Ashram and retreat bookings are subject to terms.

100% Refundable Deposit

Students wishing to secure dates for retreat are able to place a $300 deposit. This deposit is 100% refundable up to 45 days prior to the retreat. Full payment for the retreat must be made 45 days prior to the retreat.

 

Cancellation

45 Days or longer prior to the booking, transfer of dates or full refund is available without penalty minus $50 processing fee (subject to availability.)

Less than 45 Days prior to the commencement of the booking , in the event of a cancellation caused by the guest due to any reason, there will be no refund given.

In the event of a cancellation caused by Kailash, a transfer of dates or full refund will be offered.


Refunds

If eligible, refunds will be processed within 30 days of notification.


Covid-19 Lockdown

In the event of a state or federal mandated lockdown or change to state of emergency conditions that explicitly prohibits the running of the event (such as but not limited to stage 4 lockdowns etc), a voucher for the full amount paid for the retreat will be issued and valid for 12 months from the date of the original retreat.

Guests who are unable to attend because they are sick with any illness including covid will not be entitled to a refund. If this is a concern, we suggest booking insurance.


Natural Disaster and Extreme Weather

Fire Danger; In the event of a Code Red or Extreme fire day in the region, or forecasted for the region, or an impending risk to the property by a bushfire or other natural disaster, all guests will be required to evacuate if on location, or will be unable to proceed with the booking if yet to arrive.

A transfer of dates will be offered, or a voucher issued and valid for 12 months. Refunds will not be issued.

Privacy Policy - Opt out

All data and guest personal details are stored securely and will not be shared with other guests.

 During the conduct of the retreat, the Ashram reserves the right to use photography and video capture which is disseminated privately to retreat guests. If you wish to be excluded from this, our policy is to OPT OUT at the start of the retreat.

If you wish to have your images exempt from being used in the sharing of the Ashram’s activities online and on social media, please let management know at the commencement of the retreat nd we will notify other guests.

Questions

Please feel free to contact management with any questions or requests via our webform.

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Membership Guidelines
(For Ashram Members)

Guests who have attended the ashram on one of Kailash’s retreats are eligible for Ashram Membership.

The membership portal can be logged into here; 

Personal Retreat

Members are welcome to use the ashram for Personal Retreat when the Ashram is not being used for retreat. Please call the Ashram Managers to organise a time to visit. 0415703324

Check-in

PERSONAL RETREAT (Ashram Members)

Self-check in after 2pm

 

Check Out

Guests are required to clean rooms and bathrooms prior to checking out. 

PERSONAL RETREAT (ASHRAM MEMBER) CHECK OUT TIMES

Rooms clean and vacated by 10am, departure by 1pm

 

Programmed Activities / Practices

This is an approximate program for Members on private retreat. 

The emphasis of a personal retreat stay is to provide Ashram Members with time and space for their own practice, and management reserves the right to alter the schedule in accordance with demand and capacity.

Please ask prior to booking if there are specific classes you would like run. 

Personal Retreat Meals

Ashram Members are welcome to BYO vegetarian food and make use of the kitchen facilities including spices and oils etc (no eggs.)

Subject to arrangement, the Ashram may be able to cater but this is by prior arrangment

 

Families

Families are welcome to make use of the facilities. Children are to be supervised at all times and no responsibility can be taken for their safety (there are unfenced water courses on the property.) 

Please ensure that your children are well behaved and that other guests are not disturbed.

Children suggested donation rates

0-2 years – free

 2 – 12 years – 50% donation

12 years + full donation rate    

 

Mauna (Silence) 2100 - 0730

Mauna (silence) is observed to assist in keeping one’s attention internally focused between 830pm (after meditation) and 730am each day. Please assist us in reminding guests in the event they forget. 

Silence, as a practice is beyond simply not talking; it is about avoiding outside distractions and keeping one’s chitta (attention) on the inner realm.  

 

Gurukarya

Gurukarya is the yoga of embodied service. We mindfully tend to the space and it is a great opportunity to cultivate care of the environment and connection between guests. If you wish to join for daily Gurukarya, please notify the managers.  

Activities can include; gardening, landscaping, maintenance, cleaning, creative projects. 

Personal Retreat Donation

 

Daana is the ancient practice of giving generously that assists in the cultivation of inner generosity. The Ashram and its full time service givers (Sevadari) survive entirely on charitable donations; all accommodation expenses, food and utilities as well as the living costs of our full time volunteers are supported by your donation, so please feel free to give charitably knowing that without you, the Ashram doesn’t survive!

Donation can be a great way to support your own spiritual growth by connecting to the inner value of what has been shared during your stay and learning to be generous and kind hearted for the teachings you have received.

Payments are preferred anonymously by cash in person at the Ashram at the conclusion of your stay. Card or bank transfer by request.

NOTE: Please be aware that unless prior arrangement for meals has been arrange that members are to self-cater and should subtract the food donation from the suggested minimum. 

Membership Terms

GENERAL: 

Members are required to abide by the Ashram rules and guidelines.

 

PAYMENT: 

The yearly price for 2022 is $249 for a 12 month period commencing the date of payment. Payment entitles the member to 12 months of Ashram Membership.

Payments are subject to yearly review and confirmation (by email) and indexation of no greater than CPI.

 

CANCELLATIONS:

Members are free to cancel their membership within 30 days and are entitled to a 100% refund.

Cancellations after the 30 days will incur a $100 processing fee with the remaining time of the 12 month period pro-rated and offered as a refund minus the processing fee. 

 

FREE RETREAT OFFER: 

The free retreat offer is inclusive of a 2 night personal retreat stay where members are not required to donate to the Ashram. This stay enables you to introduce a friend to the Ashram. This stay must be confirmed with management prior to booking and is not valid for guests who have visited the Ashram.

 

GURUKARYA on KAILASH RETREATS:

Members are able to support Kailash retreats on Gurukarya positions. Placements are at the discretion of management and are decided up based on experience, availability and requirements for the retreat. 

 

PERSONAL RETREATS 

Members are able to book to stay at the ashram when the centre is not in use for retreat. Members are able to bring immediate family and children so as they are well behaved.

The guidelines outline a suggested donation rate which is to be paid in person at the ashram.

Management reserves the right to block dates to meet a variety of needs such as repair and maintenance.

 

UPDATES TO T&C:

Members will be updated via email with amendments to the T&C. The membership is currently in it’s infancy and we appreciate your understanding as we roll out the systems including your online members area.

Questions

Please feel free to contact management with any questions or requests via our webform.