Pop-Up Ashram

Posted by Suzi | July 30, 2012

I’ve got a bit of an obsession with ashrams. A bit like ten-year old blue cheese or eye lid piercing; I’m not convinced they are entirely for me but I can’t get enough of reading about them.

I used to be one of those people that raised an eye-brow at anything hippy. But as I get older and begin to question some of my beliefs, I’m trying (more and more) to hold the brow until I’ve at least tried something.

I began this year on a yoga retreat in Bali – which was at times crazy (group hugs, group singing popular Hindu chants et al) but it was also kind of magical. I left feeling so clear of what I wanted to do next and GLOWING. In fact, now, whenever I’m feeling a bit pooped, I think back on it like that time like I would do a comfy sofa or I guess my time in the womb. Peaceful and quiet and bliss!

This little pop-up ashram that landed in my inbox last week made me sit up and take note. A mere hop, skip and 75 minute car journey from Springbreak Central that is Cancun, it is one of the last unspoiled places on the Mayan Riviera. Michael Liss, concept creator and (according to the press release) spiritual explorer explains it as a kind of half way house for those that want to dip a toe in the ashram water.

“We want to create a spiritual retreat for people who are drawn to yoga or are simply asking the larger questions about life, but haven’t figured out where to turn, what to try, or found a practice that speaks to them. PopUp Ashram acts like a wading pool where you can test and experience many traditions without having to dive into the deep end.”
For those wanting to read about someone who went straight in for the extreme sport style approach – I highly recommend Isabel Losada’s book The Battersea Park Road to Paradise (click here to see more). Her account of sitting still for 10 hours a day for 10 days in India had me cackling away at the absurdity of it all. And then almost checking-in.
I can’t help but wonder if it would open me up to eating 10 year old blue cheese?
PopUp Ashram start from US$1,095 for the 5 Days / 4 Nights and US$1,935 for the 8 Days / 7 Nights packages.





  1. I LOVE that Steve Jobs quote, it’s very true.

    Comment by Gerard Geno — August 3, 2012 #

  2. Check me in- sounds heaven !!

    Comment by Rita Selid — August 3, 2012 #

  3. Yes I don’t think I could do the whole no speaking for 10 day thing but just followed the link and this place looks fun!

    Comment by Nina Jones — August 10, 2012 #

  4. See you there! I’d love to do this!

    Comment by GeorgieH — August 11, 2012 #

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