Ashram 2018
All you need to know


There'll be an optional early morning activity on most days (e.g. yoga) from about 7am with breakfast from 8-9am. We'll aim for lunch at 1pm and dinner at 7pm, but depending on where we are this may vary. Where possible we'll try and eat together as a group.

People start arriving from early morning
5pm Depart hotel for welcome dinner

 – SUNDAY – 
Early morning yoga
Lean coffee/icebreakers
Visit to One World Academy with dinner

 – MONDAY – 
(90 min drive)
Tour including field visit to startups
Unltd Tamil Nadu incubator incl. Awareness Through The Body Workshop
Visit Mother's Ashram
Dinner in Pondi

Sunrise catamaran fishing
Surfing in Bengal Sea
Sunset at Sea Shore Temple

Chennai City (60 min drive)
Film studio visit
Tnagar shopping district
Happy startup talks + panel @ CII startupreneurs event at Leela Palace Hotel incl lunch & dinner (all as Kumaran's special guests)

Visit ancient city of Kanchipuram (90 min drive)
Early morning movement session with Dipna
Stunning temples
Silk factories
Bonfire dinner on beach

 – FRIDAY – 
Free day / local
Ayurveda treatments
Ideas on a bike
Closing dinner at Fishermans Cove

Transfers to Chennai

If this all sounds like a lot to cover, do bear in mind none of these trips are mandatory, so if you wanted to have a quiet day you could pick and choose whether to join us or not. This is about you having the week you want. No pressure. But we know for many of you this is your first time in India, so we wanted to give you a flavour of what this beautiful country has to offer.

If you'd like to run a session or activity throughout the week on any topic that you think might be of interest to the group then email Laurence. We'll try and make room!

Who'll be there?


Laurence McCahill
The Happy Startup School

Richard Eason
Cycle Fox

Meredith Whitely
Food at Heart

Adrian Miotto
Mi8 Media

Johanna Scott
We Are Make Do

Dipna Daryanani
 Love The World Today

Carlos Saba
The Happy Startup School

Prelatha Mani
Tenth Planet

Apurva Kothari
No Nasties

Dawn Banks
Garden Design

Anna Jagric
Crowd Forum

Boyang Yin
Beijing Xiaoju Keji Co.

Jack Hubbard
Proppelernet / Dream Valley

Kumaran Mani
Tenth Planet

Richard Alderson
Careershifters, Unltd India

Visakh Viswambharan
Appiness World


Jack Butler
Full Spectrum Living


Where is it?


Intercontinental Chennai Mahabalipuram
No. 212, East Coast Road,
Nemelli Village, Perur, Kanchipuram,
Chennai, Tamil Nadu 603104

What's included?

Airport transfers
Buffet breakfast at hotel
Lunch and dinner with group*
Soft drinks with meals
Group travel throughout the week
Morning yoga on beach
Entry to all main group activities (fishing, surfing, Auroville tour, film studio visit, CII event)
Ayurvedic Shirodhara massage

Not included:
Alcoholic drinks
Soft drinks outside meal times
Ad hoc individual or small group travel (rickshaw or taxi rides, etc)
Other spa treatments

Please bring credit cards – ATMs are widely available. We recommend that you have some local currency (rupees) to hand throughout the week for sundry items, shopping, soft drinks etc.

*If you decide to not join any of the daytime group activities or meals and would prefer instead to stay in the hotel, just keep us informed and we'll reimburse you (based on a budget of $15pp for lunch and $20pp dinner)

On arrival

If you're flying in to Goa bear in mind there can be a queue when going through customs and waiting for baggage to arrive. 

Travel time from Goa airport to the hotel is approximately 90 mins.

We encourage you to get our bus transfer leaving Goa airport at 1pm on Tues 20th. Look out for the Ashram sign. 

Hotel check-in is from 2pm although if you arrive in the hotel earlier our team will be there so just message us on whatsapp.

For those arriving in the early morning we'll do our best to allow you an early check-in. but as this depends on your rooms being vacant the day before we can't promise anything. There are sun loungers and comfortable seating areas dotted around the hotel though so either way you'll be able to relax on arrival.

Before you go

Make sure you’ve arranged your visa, jabs and travel insurance. Most countries allow you to arrange your visa online via the e-visa website.

India is hot all year-round please pack appropriately. November to March are the most pleasant months, although still expect daily temperatures of around 30 degrees.

Be sure to pack:
Light tops and trousers (incl long sleeves option)
Sun hat
Ear plugs
Sun cream
Mosquito repellant
Electrolyte sachets (just in case!)
Anti-bacterial hand wipes or spray
Plug adaptor (for any electrical items)
Small torch

More info on packing for India