We really enjoyed our stay here. The location by the cool clear waters of the Ganges is stunning and you are never far from the sound of soothing, rushing water. Teaching here is excellent,the schedule is really packed and helps you to unwind from the pressures of everyday living. We had a big room with hot showers but some of the older rooms had elephant bath only. Oddly we really enjoyed the elephant bath and didn't bother using the showers.They are building new accommodation at the moment which should be open soon and all new rooms will have hot showers. We found the meditation and chanting hard at first but soon got used to it. and quickly learned to enjoy it. It is a quiet and secluded place and feels far from the from the hustle and bustle of nearby Rissikesh and has some stunning nature walks nearby Overall it was a truly authentic yoga experience and is definitely an ashram rather than a retreat allowing for lots of personal growth. The food was excellent, the cooks do an amazing job using spices mainly grown at the ashram. Not a criticism but a warning that the ashram is in a shaded part of the valley so it can get very cold in the evenings and early morning. Staff are very helpful and will supply extra blankets if you need them. Many of the people on our retreat had visited before or had it recommended by a friend as we had.…
Phool Chatti is in a beautiful location and the wonderful staff and simple environment make for a peaceful retreat. The food is delicious and I found the program to be a perfect balance of yoga, meditation and some time to think.
Recently I celebrated my birthday week at Phool Chatti Ashram . It was beautiful and life changing experience. Each day was full of energy, yoga, learning, lectures, discussion, chanting, satvik food, meditation, nature walk and unconditional love. I felt my inner light glow stronger and brighter. I also felt I was able to see the light in others as well. This shifted the way I interacted with people. I found that I loved more and judged less. I let go of things that didn’t serve me. This transformation gave me an enormous amount of happiness and energy.
My experience at this ashram was quite scary: the first day I found a half burned body whyle strolling along the river to the left side of the ashram. I was alone and shocked. The next day I found body remains in the river along the beach to the right side after you pass the woods...the ashram had send me there to go bathing.... Later I saw that there were all these (illegal) cremationsites and I heard from people there were tigers and leopards spotted around this area. I was all alone walking around their meal and was astonished that the ashram had not warned me or anyone I spoke to at all.
I've had a very special experience at Phool Chatti. It wasn't just about the yoga and meditations, but about the ashram life as a whole. The location is absolutely stunning, the food is extremely fresh and delicious and I finished the course with lots of insights. (It wasn't easy but in a good way). I went in December and the weather was very cold, so bear that in mind... Great value for money, I highly recommend!