We all seek happiness. We all seek to be productive and to use our talents to make a difference. We seek balance and equanimity through life’s ups and downs. And we seek this contentment especially now, within the complexities of modern life.
This program brings together two thought leaders in the science, practice, and spirituality for living a happy and productive life.
Gopi Kallayil, author of The Internet to the Inner-net and The Happy Human one of Google’s best and brightest, uses stories from his high-tech work life and his personal life to explore what it means to be truly happy–and what makes us truly human. He shares his unique prescription for staying authentic and true to oneself in a modern, connected world.
Dr. Jay Kumar, an expert and respected academician in the fields of neuroscience, happiness and personal transformation, explores the latest research in brain science to expose several insights, including a long-forgotten aspect of our shared biology—our “Social Brains.” “To socialize is to survive, to tribe is to thrive.” he says. Your happiness demands a tribe, not on social media, but in the real fabric of your daily life.
Both presenters have traveled the world seeking answers to deeply personal questions about their own happiness; from corporate boardrooms and halls of academia, to holy ashrams and meditation cushions. With insight, humor and humility they share their triumphs and travails on this path; presenting to us a timeless, scientific and practical prescription for happiness.
Gopi Kallayil is a graduate of the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Course and the Chief Evangelist, Brand Marketing at Google. Earlier, he worked on marketing the company’s flagship advertising product AdWords, and led the marketing team for AdSense. Before joining Google, Gopi was on the management team of two Silicon Valley venture-funded startups. He is an avid yoga practitioner, triathlete, public speaker, and global traveler.
Dr. Jay Kumar is a renowned public speaker, thought leader, and professor of the popular Happiness course at Chapman University. His expertise spans brain science and behavioral health; economics, politics, culture, and Eastern religions. He also holds a master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University in international political economy. Dr. Jay co-founded the Applied Brain Science Research Institute (ABSRI), an international organization that explores the dynamic intersection of science, spirituality, and society in order to advance solutions for issues facing our contemporary and complex world. He is also a certified yoga and meditation instructor. Dr. Jay is the author of Science of a Happy Brain: Thriving in Our Age of Anger, Anxiety, and Addiction and of Brain, Body & Being.
This Yoga Vacation program is included in our all-inclusive accommodation rates, which include meals, yoga classes, satsangs, and daily Yoga Vacation workshops, as well as access to our beautiful beach and the ashram grounds and amenities.
Our housing options are designed for a range of budgets and personal needs and vary from self-pitched tents to luxurious beachfront suites to comfortable cabins. All of our accommodations are welcoming and simple, and the diverse spectrum allows you to relax and enjoy your time with us at the ashram.
Payments We accept Visa and MasterCard. We do not accept American Express, Discover, personal checks, or travelers checks. All deposits and payments in US dollars only.
Deposits To guarantee your reservation, a $300 deposit is required. The balance is due at least 14 days before your arrival; we will send you an email reminder a week before we process the balance.
Our rates are seasonal
Rooms are available for single or double occupancy. Prices are listed per night, per room and are in US dollars. Rates include accommodations, meals, yoga classes, satsangs, and Yoga Vacation workshops. A Bahamian VAT tax of 12% will be added.
Delight in breathtaking, wide-open views of the sparkling ocean from your own beachfront private balcony. Our Beachfront Deluxe Rooms are simple and spacious, furnished with two double beds and include a private bathroom with shower and tub. You will have a miniature refrigerator, kitchen sink, tea kettle, and tableware. These rooms are air-conditioned and available for reservations of at least two adults.
|Additional Person (max 4 persons)||$158||$140|
Relax into gorgeous views of the turquoise ocean from your balcony, and be within a stone’s throw distance from our beachfront yoga platform. Choose from either one king bed or two extra-long twin beds, and enjoy your own private bathroom with shower and tub. These spacious rooms also have a rocking chair, desk, and kitchen area with a small refrigerator, kitchen sink, tea kettle, and tableware. Fully air-conditioned, these rooms are available for reservations of at least two adults.
These rooms have two single beds and a private bathroom with shower and tub. Within a short distance of the bay, these rooms include simple furnishings, a small refrigerator, tea kettle, and air conditioning.
|Bayside Room with Bath||Winter||Summer|
|Shared (per person)||$150||$115|
The Classic Room with Double Bed allows for single or couples occupancy. They feature one double bed, simple furnishings, and air conditioning. Situated in various locations throughout the ashram, shared bathrooms are always close by.
|Double Bed Room||Winter||Summer|
Ideal for solo travelers, our Single Room offers a comfortable space with one bed, simple furnishings, and air conditioning. Single rooms are situated in various locations throughout the ashram, including within our main building. Depending on the location of your room, various shared bathrooms are available within a few seconds walking distance.
Fall asleep to the relaxing sounds of ocean waves. Our Beach Huts with with two single beds are comfortable, simple, and seconds from the beach. These rooms feature simple furnishings, and air-conditioning. Full bathrooms are located within one minute’s walk from your room.
|Shared (per person)||$140||$105|
These Garden Rooms are shared rooms, situated within various locations of the ashram. Featuring two single beds and air conditioning, these rooms are simply furnished with shared bathrooms nearby. If you choose this room as a solo traveler, you can expect to share it with a roommate of the same gender.
|Twin Bed Room||Winter||Summer|
|Shared (per person)||$128||$95|
Perfect for couples and close friends, our Tent Hut with Double Beds feature one double bed and allow you to sleep in the Bahamas breeze. Sized for two people, these Tent Huts are comfortably furnished with a simple closet, nightstand with bedside lamp and fan, and electrical outlets. Towels and bedding are provided for you, and shared bathrooms are a short walk away. Tent Huts are available from November through June.
|Tent Hut Double||Winter||Summer|
|Single Occupancy||$119||not available|
|Double Occupancy||$180||not available|
Sleep in the fresh, tropical air while still enjoying indoor comforts — including a single bed, electrical outlet, simple furnishings, and a nightstand with bedside lamp and fan. It’s the easiest camping you’ll ever do, while you’re safely surrounded by your Tent Hut neighbors. Towels and bedding are provided for you, and shared bathrooms are a short walk away. Tent Huts are available from November through June.
|Tent Hut Single||Winter||Summer|
Make friends with interesting people from around the world! Our single-gender Dormitory accommodations are simple and comfortable, furnished with 3-4 single beds. They are located in various parts of the ashram, and shared bathrooms are nearby. Bedding and towels are provided.
Many of our guests are nature lovers. Set up your tent near the beach, bay, or amongst the palm trees. Create your own sacred space within in the ashram to reconnect with nature and sleep close to the earth. And you won’t be completely alone — get ready to meet “tent neighbors” from around the world! Bring your own tent (sized up to 8’x8’), camping gear, mattress, bedding, and towels. Tent Spaces are available from November through May.
Are you new to the idea but want to give it a try? View our blog for some good tenting tips.
All Courses (including the Yoga Teacher Training Course): Plan to arrive the day before the course begins and depart the day after it ends.
Yoga Vacation Programs: You choose your arrival and departure dates and can attend all or part of a particular program or special event.
Room check-in time: 3 pm
Room check-out time: 11 am
Fly directly to Nassau International Airport. Please note: the Bahamas is an independent country and you will need a passport to travel here. Most citizens from the US, Canada, and European countries do not need a visa to visit the Bahamas (you can verify whether you require a visa to enter the Bahamas at Bahamas.com or by contacting your local Bahamian Consulate).
Please note Visitors from some countries are required to have vaccinations before they can enter the Bahamas. Please check with your travel agent or local consulate to find out if you are required to have any vaccinations before your trip.
After collecting your luggage and passing through customs, Call us from a courtesy phone or airport pay phone (they take US coins) at 363-2902 or use WhatsApp (+1-242-559-3642) — let us know you are on your way and we will send our boat to meet you at our dock in Nassau. Then take a taxi to our dock at Elizabeth on Bay Marketplace and Marina in downtown Nassau. You can pay for the taxi with American or Bahamian dollars (you can use either currency throughout the Bahamas and at the ashram).
Our boat will pick you up from the dock and bring you to the ashram (an easy five-minute boat ride).
Please visit the Planning & Pre-Arrival Information for more details about your stay at the ashram, including What to Bring, Internet, Money, etc.