Since October 2022, all volunteers are required to attend a one week course(https://new.anamayashram.org/special-opportunity-for-volunteer-applicants/) as a prerequisite for volunteering at Anamay Ashram.
We accept volunteers who can make a minimum commitment of two weeks. We expect the working guests to work for five hours a day. Three vegetarian meals and morning ayurvedic tea (no coffee or black tea) is provided. Volunteers are accommodated in gender specific shared rooms which have two to four people per room. Every room has an attached bathroom. It is mandatory for all volunteers to attend twice a day asana and meditation sessions, and the evening Ayurveda lecture.
The climate is mild all around the year. We are on about 6000 feet. Snow is rare (a few hours a year). Therefore gardening work in our organic greenhouses is always going on. Cows have to be attended. Different construction work and maintenance work can always need some help. Skills in artistic wall painting, aroma oils etc. are welcome.
Please ensure you have received a confirmation from the Ashram before your arrival as we have limited space and cannot accommodate unannounced volunteers or guests
This photo shows Brazilian, Austrian and Indian volunteers (WWOOFers) at the Ashram.
Meleah wrote a review about her experience as a volunteer at our ashram. Click here to read the article.
Typical Daily Schedule
7-7.30 am: Morning Asana Class
7.30-8.30 am: Pranayama & Meditation (First 30 minutes is mandatory)
8.30-9 am: Break for breakfast
9 am- 12pm: Assigned Volunteer Work
12- 1 pm: Break for lunch
1-3 pm: Assigned Volunteer Work
3-5 pm: Free time
5- 5.30 pm: Evening Asana Class
5.30- 6.30 pm: Pranayama & Meditation (First 30 minutes is mandatory)
7-8pm: Break for dinner
8-9pm: Ayurveda Class
General information for volunteers and guests
Anamay Vedic Ashram is a Vedic School where boys are trained to become Vedic Experts. We have 40 to 50 students and 10 to 12 Acharyas (Vedic Teachers). All the students and teachers practice Transcendental Meditation and Yoga daily. Along with the Ashram are five acres of land for organic cultivation of vegetables and a dairy farm. There are a total of 25 guest rooms and an Ayurvedic Panchakarma Clinic. The ashram as well as the Anamay Vedic Retreat guest house is completely vegetarian, no alcoholic drinks or any kind of smoking is allowed on the entire campus. All guests that are coming here, whether they are paying guests or willing helpers, love to come here because they appreciate the silence, Vedic and yogic atmosphere, and the ancient Indian values and tradition.tel
How to reach the Ashram
The nearest railway station is Haldwani or Kathgodam (another 8 km away). There are three trains daily from Delhi to Kathgodam. Two of them reach Kathgodam in the morning which will give you enough time to come from Kathgodam to to our resort in Kausani by taxi (or bus) and reach the ashram before the evening. It is a four hour ride from Kathgodam. If possible, get down at Haldwani station or take an auto there where you will also find several shared taxi’s coming towards Kausani.
The nearest airport is Pantnagar. From here, you can again get a private taxi to the ashram. You can also travel by bus or shared taxi from Haldwani(about 26km away)
Once you reach Kausani, there is two drop off points, from the below point it is a 2km walk up. The shared taxis going onwards are likely to drop you here. There is another upper road drop off point off point, which is a 500m walk down, often it is possible to negotiate with the drivers to drop you off here for some extra charge.
The first 85 seconds of the below video gives you also some information how to reach our ashram.