Kathmandu Ashram School
In the Heart of the
Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir
A children’s ashram on the heights of Kathmandu
The Kathmandu Ashram is the heart of Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir.
This is where it all started, at the foot of Chandragiri, a mountain culminating at an altitude of 2,550 m. Up there, with a single glance, the view blazes across the Kathmandu valley and, in the background, the Himalayan range, from the Annapurna massif to Everest.
The Ashram is a beautiful Garden,
an example of dynamism.
Ayurveda and Naturopathy Clinic
Ramchandra has long dreamed of building an Ayurveda and Naturopathic Care Center. This project will finally come to light this year at the end of 2020!
The Guest House
Guest House in Ashram accommodates visitors and travelers from all over the world.
If it does not offer luxury rooms … a comfortable space conforming to Western standards, rest assured that everyone, young and old, will go out of their way to offer you the best that is possible for them.
Here, warmth, joy and service are essential values that make material comfort less important than in the West. The quality of the welcome is so touching!
At Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir, the food is vegetarian, cooked and produced from organic farm of Ashram. Young boys and girls will be happy to teach you their secrets and how to play with spices according to the dishes.
The Trek Agency
Several young people from the ashram are running Auronepal Travel & Trek.
Prem, Vishnu, Jeevan and Suvash, will be happy to make you discover Nepal, its traditional treks which go to meet the mythical summits of the Himalayas … but also its secret and magical corners.
If you wish… they will also make you discover Nepal… off the regular track!
On almost one hectare – a luxury in Kathmandu –
the ashram cultivates all kinds of vegetables all year round:
- for everyone’s food as well as
- to sell in the 3 organic markets of Kathmandu, every Saturday
The 50 cows also produce the milk from which the fabulous yoghurt offered at the ashram is made. Also sold to locals, it is a very important resource for the ashram.
It was the first construction, in the fall of 1998, at ashram.
On the one hand, it made it possible to husk and polish the rice and produce its own flours, without having to carry the bags on the back until Check Post round trip,
and on the other hand, it allowed everyone around to come and process their production, thereby providing an income which, from the start, paid for the electricity in the ashram. Unfortunately, cultivated land is increasingly scarce today and this resource is shrinking sharply.
Sri Matri Aurobindo Vidyalaya (Ashram School)
Based on the fundamental principle of Sri Aurobindo’s integral education, based on the idea that « nothing can be taught » because everything comes from inside, the school welcomes the children of the ashram:
from kindergarten to 4th class (CM1)
8th to 10th class (4th to 2nd)
From 5th to 7th class, children will live at the Terai ashram.
Many foreigners, during their stays, share and teach their
passions and specialties. Children are eager to learn!
The Cultural Center
Sri Aurobindo Yaga Mandir is known throughout Nepal and beyond for his classical dance presentations and it’s traditional dance choreographies. Some young people follow in the footsteps of Laxmi and study for several years in India the various classical dances and music.
The expert young girls will be happy to teach you the basic movements of classical dance, and their messages!
The Yoga Center
The ashram is highly renowned for its yoga skills (asanas – postures) in all of South Asia, notably thanks to its yogini children. They participate in various national and international yoga competitions and win numerous prizes.
Here at Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir, yoga is a permanent discipline,at all times, based on the teachings of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother:
« All life is yoga. »
This is the motto of the ashram and integral yoga, of which postures are only a very small part.
The Weaving Workshop
Pashmina is the noblest, oldest and most luxurious variety of cashmere. The ashram buys wool extracted out from high mountain goats, where it is finest and softest: at the neck and stomach. Then it is spun by hand with a spinning wheel made from a bicycle wheel, then spooled to be woven and finally dyed.
It is with this pashmina that the shawls sold at the ashram are made, during visits to Ramchandra here and there, and almost everywhere in the world by correspondence.
The Incense Workshop
The production of incense was the first income resource of the ashram.
Ramchandra himself has developed, through trial and error, a 100% natural method from the pulp of a specially sticky tree to which he adds a paste, or a mixture of fragrant powder.
Very quickly, the children learned to roll incense sticks, small bits of bamboo specially cut for the occasion by following certain knowledge developed by the father of Ramchandra.
It is the incense that you have the opportunity to buy during events in France with Ramchandra.
May you be happy,
touched in your heart
and your soul
Our greatest joy is that what is most beautiful and greatest in you is revealed to you and gives you new strength returning home and to your country.
120 children from kindergarten to Second grade
Twenty young people who go to college (1st year to Final year) or to the universities of Kathmandu
Twenty adults, most of them from the ashram
About fifty cows
One hectare of land
Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir
Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir
Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir – Auronepal Trek
© Abel Millot — © Les Enfants de Ram — © Sri Aurobindo Yoga Mandir — © Auronepal Travel & Trek — Janvier 2020