Frequently Asked Questions

Prepare for your retreat

 

California

HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?
Our weeklong retreat runs from Sunday 12 noon PST to the following Saturday 11:00am PST

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The rate for our all-inclusive program is US $5,500 per person. Beginning January 1st, 2019 the charge will be 5,800 per person.

ARE GRATUITIES INCLUDED?
Yes! There is no tipping at The Ashram as gratuities are included in the rate. 

WHAT AIRPORT SHOULD I FLY INTO?
We recommend that you fly into Los Angeles International Airport (LAX).

HOW DO I GET TO THE ASHRAM CALIFORNIA?
We provide ground transportation from the Los Angeles Airport Marriott Hotel. No cars are permitted on the property.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
You will receive a detailed packing list once you make your reservation. Good hiking shoes are a must. We furnish you with sweat suits, t-shirts, robes, and hiking poles. For more information and a packing list, please click here.

CAN I BRING MY COMPUTER OR CELL PHONE?
We prefer that you disconnect from the outside world for optimal results. Our guests have come to understand over the years that the world can wait. We do have WiFi.

WHAT LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SHOULD I BE PREPARED FOR?
Our program is challenging with hikes ranging from 8-13 miles per day. We do have the ability to modify the routes based on an individual’s activity and fitness level but we recommend increasing your cardiovascular exercise in the weeks prior to your visit.

WHAT WILL I BE EATING?
Our food is organic, vegetarian and predominantly plant-based. We  seasonally harvest most of the vegetables and herbs in our very own organic garden. Caffeine, sugar, alcohol, gluten and dairy are excluded from the menu to give your body and digestive track a chance to rest as well as reactivate your metabolism.

WHAT IF I HAVE FOOD ALLERGIES?
We will do our best to accommodate any allergies or special dietary restrictions that you may have. Please contact our office to inquire about any special requests.

HOW MANY CALORIES WILL I EAT PER DAY?
We do not count calories. We are more concerned with providing you with a wholesome vegetarian diet. Out motto is “Increase your activity and decrease your food intake, and your body will do the rest” You will be amazed what your body can accomplish when fed nutrient rich foods. We don’t want want anyone to leave our table hungry so portions and additional snacks can be modified based on individual needs.

WHAT INFORMATION DO YOU NEED FROM ME?
When making a reservation, we will need your name, age and general state of health. Upon you arrival, we will further discuss your individual health profile.

We will be happy to answer any additional questions you may have. You are welcome to call us at 1.818.222.6900 anytime between 9:00am - 4:00pm, Monday-Friday PST or email us at theashram@theashram.com


Mallorca

HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM?
You arrive Sunday at 12 noon and depart the following Saturday at 11am.

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The rate for our all-inclusive program is US $5,800 per person. (Except transportation to and from The
Ashram Mallorca)

WHAT AIRPORT DO I FLY INTO?
Mallorca has a big international airport, Palma de Mallorca, (airportcode PMI) with connections from most larger cities in Europe.

HOW DO I GET TO THE ASHRAM MALLORCA FROM THE AIRPORT?
You will take a taxi from outside the airport entrance. It is a 30 min. drive and the cost is about 50 euro. We will email you directions in Spanish for the driver. There are no limo services or arranged pickups.

IF I COME IN A DAY EARLY, WHERE DO I STAY?
We will email you a list of recommended hotels and you can take a taxi from there to The Ashram Mallorca.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
With your reservation confirmation, we will email you a detailed packing list. Most important is comfortable and broken-in hiking shoes.

CAN I BRING MY COMPUTER?
Yes, there is free WiFi in each room. We do ask that you minimize your use for the sanctity of our retreat as well as consideration for other guests. For this reason, cell phones and computers are not allowed in common areas, on hikes or in our buses.

WHAT INFO DO YOU NEED FROM ME?
We would like to know your height, weight, age, physical fitness level, workout routine, and current general health status. On arrival, we will further discuss your health profile and any concerns you may have.

WHAT LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SHOULD I PREPARE FOR?
To fully enjoy our program, you need to be in good cardiovascular shape. The hikes are beautiful but challenging and range 4-6 hours in duration.

HOW MANY CALORIES DO I EAT PER DAY?
Aligning with The Ashram philosophy on food, we do not count calories. Our locally-sourced food is organic, vegetarian, and delicious, and can be tailored to meet your individual goals.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT THE PROGRAM?
Please call The Ashram at 1.818.222.6900 any time Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm PST or email us at mallorca@theashram.com


The Camino

HOW LONG IS THE PROGRAM ?
7 days walking and 8 nights accommodations all-inclusive. Pick up is at 2pm on your start date. You are welcome to make flight reservations anytime on your departure date as there is no program on that day. 

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The rate for our all-inclusive program is US $5,500 per person. 

WHAT AIRPORT DO I FLY INTO?
Santiago de Compostela which is about an hour flight from Madrid.

WHERE DO I GET PICKED UP TO START MY PILGRIMAGE?
Hotel Palacio del Carmen in Santiago de Compostela at 2:00pm on your retreat start date. (www.palaciodelcarmen.com)

HOW DO I GET TO THE HOTEL PALACIO DEL CARMEN?
From the airport take a taxi for the approximate 15 to 20 min drive. Cost is  around 25 euro.

IF I COME IN A DAY EARLY WHERE DO I STAY?
We do recommend that you come in a night in advance not to miss the pickup at 2pm. Hotel Palacio del Carmen is a nice smaller hotel located close to the centre of town. Email us for other hotel recommendations if needed. 

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
With your reservation confirmation, we will email you a detailed packing list. Most important is comfortable and broken-in hiking shoes.

IS THERE WIFI ON THE WALK?
Yes. Most of the small hotels we are staying in have free WiFi.

WHAT LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY SHOULD I PREPARE FOR?
The walk varies in terrain. There are some long uphills but also undulating sections thru meadows, fields and quaint little villages. The walk will be more enjoyable if you are in good cardiovascular shape.

WHAT ELSE SHOULD I KNOW ABOUT THE PROGRAM?
Please call The Ashram at 1.818.222.6900 any time Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm PST or email us at thecamino@theashram.com

We are looking forward to showing you THE WAY on this most exquisite part of The Camino.