Gendong Gandhi Ashram, Candidasa, Bali

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February 21st 2010
Published: February 21st 2010
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The view from just outside my room.The view from just outside my room.The view from just outside my room.

What could be better? Out of the Bale, across about a metre of sand, down some steps and into the cool clear water. I swam twice a day.
I was just playing on the net and decided to see if there was an ashram in Bali and lo and behold, I found one.

The Gendong Gandhi Ashram sounded just the place for me. Away from it all, peaceful and right on the beach. Simple food, vegetarian with sea food - perfect, shared together as per usual ashram life with a few yoga lessons thrown in.

So that is where I have been these last four days. The people and the place is wonderful, simple (like me) and good for the soul. They have a really extensive library with all sorts of yoga, philosophy, Hindu and scripture books and I managed to read three. I purposely didn’t take my laptop so that I would truly be away from it all.

They also house a few orphans or children with parents who just can’t afford to look after them, and they are delightful. And there is also a small kindergarten on the grounds. I loved it.

Just a few photos to get you in the mood. Believe me, if you really need a break, this is the place.

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My delightful little bale.My delightful little bale.
My delightful little bale.

The inside was simple but all I needed. No fly screens, but they set me up with a mossie net and no a/c but the fan and the breeze from the sea made sleeping perfect.
Early mornin mist as a fishing boat comes in.Early mornin mist as a fishing boat comes in.
Early mornin mist as a fishing boat comes in.

I did have an offer to join one of the fishermen when they went out, but they leave at 4 a.m. and that is just a tad too early for me.

22nd February 2010

You really know how to find little bits of Paradise on your travels. What a gorgeous place.
10th March 2010

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Hi, A friend of mine went back to Candidassa twice to stay in this ashram, in the 80s and I have wanted to stay there and go to Bali ever since. I emailed them about volunteering for a month, and they were very encouraging. SO, I may be there sometime in the next 3 months, April or May. Do you know when the hottest time is to avoid? Or when to go to avoid major insects? Do you need mosquito nets and is there a fan? I know it isn't air conditioned. Sounds wonderful to me too, time for a time out from the US. Nuff said. Would love to hear from you and any more tips, including costs. Thanks Wynette Albany, CA

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