Welcome to Gedong Gandhi Ashram!

Our vision can be stated simply: to translate Gandhian ideals of living into action and to promote a life of simplicity.

This also implies sustainability and care for our environment, self-sufficiency and service to the community.

Thus, while ahimsa (nonviolence), satya (truth) and karuna (compassion and, by extension, universal brotherhood) are its guiding principles, in practice it is swadeshi (self-sufficiency) that shapes the Ashram’s economic and productive activities.


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About us

We are a Gandhian Ashram based at Candidasa, in the island of Bali, Indonesia [pronounced chun-dee-does-ah, indeed the old spelling was the more phonetic Tjandidasa]. We have been around since 1976 when the Ashram was founded by the late Ibu or Mrs. Gedong Bagoes Oka (1921 – 2002).

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For those not familiar with us, we are a community organisation that has been active since 1976 despite the passing of our revered founder Ibu (madame, mother or Mrs in ‘bahasa’ Indonesia) Gedong Bagoes Oka (1921 – 2002).

It is now being run by the trusted confidants of Ibu with the support her six sons, particularly through their generous consent for the continued use of the Candidasa land for Ashram’s purposes.

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The concept of paying guest

Apart from the primary source of income that helps pay for the Ashram expenses and community projects, the guest programme is quite important as it brings personal and cultural interactions for the Ashram members, hence making the Ashram more ‘alive’ than it otherwise would be.

Over the years and most notably during Ibu’s lifetime we have had a number of discerning guests that have become long term friends of the Ashram.

Idyllic site, spiritually conducive environment

At Candidasa we have the most unique site that is straddled by the tranquil, spring-fed lagoon on one side and the pounding waves of Lombok Strait/Indian Ocean on the other, overlooked by the sacred temple Candidasa nestled on the hills at the rear (the meeting of the sea, spring/fresh water and the hill is considered spiritually auspicious in Bali).

Take a nice journey off-shore in one of the fishermen’s perahu or sail boat on a clear day and you would see the imposing Mount Agung as if rising from the sea that would make one appreciate why this mountain has been so important to the psyche of the Balinese since ancient times.

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Yoga Retreats in 2018

15-22 march 2018 Dynamic Hatha Retreat’s Nyepi Bali Day of Silence  Yoga Retreat with Sian Pascale

29 Jun – 6 Jul 2018 Dynamic Hatha Retreat and Meditation Yoga Retreat with Yvonne Haddleton

17 – 24 Aug 2018 Dynamic Hatha Retreat and Meditation Yoga Retreat with Lesley McKaig

Nov 2018 Dynamic Hatha Retreat: dates to be advised

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Rules & Restrictions

The ‘Ashram experience’

It is indeed an experience to be able to observe or participate in the Ashram’s varied daily activities from the dawn puja, the yoga, right to the after dinner night time puja and discourse. Wholesome, authentic and sumptuous Balinese fish and vegetarian meals are served for the guests that – at the risk of blowing one’s own trumpet – have been praised by many.

Should you elect to venture outside, many sites are within relatively short distance for day trips and of course, our Ashram can organise a number of hikes through our nearby hills and fields, such as the one to the ancient village of Tenganan. For those preferring peace and quiet for meditation or plain solitude, our ‘outpost’ bungalows by the sea provide such retreat, and you will find that the serenity and the surroundings are very conducive to such pursuit.

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