Sivananda Vidya Peetham

Govardhan Ecovillage, Galtare, Maharashtra, India

Sivananda Yoga Vidya Peetham ( will be conducting a Yoga Teachers’ Training Course – Level 1 at the Govardhan Ecovillage, Galtare, Maharashtra, India.
Govardhana Eco Village (GEV) is a 70-acre sustainable farming community and retreat center on the foothills of the Sahyadhri Mountains, 108km north of Mumbai, India. The focus at GEV is learning how to live in harmony with the environment, developing a ‘spiritual ecology’ that can bring about tangible, positive changes within ourselves – and how we interact with the planet.




Jul 14 to Aug 12, 2018
(Arrival on Jul 14, Departure on Aug 12 )

Course Donation (for non-Indian nationals and non-resident Indian nationals)

Single accommodation : US $ 3200
Double sharing : US $ 2900
Dormitory of 3 or 4 beds : US $ 2700

Please email to for the information on subsidized donation scheme for resident Indian nationals.
The course donation includes all tuition, accommodation in sharing rooms, uniform (two pairs of trousers and two t-shirts), course manual, kriya materials and meals. This donation does not include transport to and from the Ashram, yoga mat, cushion, and blanket. All donations are non-refundable. A student can transfer from one course before the start of that course, to attend another, once only. After this time donations are forfeited.


Govardhan Ecovillage
Guhir Road, Galtare, Hamrapur (P.O), Wada (Taluka)
Palghar (District) – 421303
Maharashtra, India

Contact Number: +91 9167204666 from (9AM to 6PM).


The ashram has facility for single accommodation, double sharing and also dormitory with 3 or 4 beds.

Admission is on a first come first served basis.
To maintain the sanctity of the campus, we accommodate guests on the following conditions:
• No consumption of alcohol & non-vegetarian food
• No smoking either on campus or outside while undertaking the course.
• Should follow the yogic way of life while in the ashram.

Course details

Please visit the page on YTTC-1 for details
The main teachers for this course are Swami Govindananda, Swami Nivedanananda , Robert Sankara Moses, Mani Raman and Meenakshi Moses.


The main meals are provided daily twice at 9.30 am and 5.30 pm. The food is based on the South Indian tradition. Menus are vegetarian, simple, nutritious... and good tasting! Prepared with love and care according to yogic dietary principles, two buffet style, lacto-vegetarian meals are served daily. Absent from the menu are meat, fish, fowl, eggs, garlic, onions and coffee. A cup of tea is available at 7.00 am and 1.00 pm !!!

WiFi facility

Free WiFi facilitiy is available in this location.

Mobile phone usage

Mobile phone signals from Vodafone company only is available in the ashram compound. Guests may acquire a SIM card of that company, if they wish so, before they arrive in the ashram.
Use of mobile phones in all classes, dining areas and also inside the rooms are prohibited due to the respect to other’sprivacy.


Incoming and outgoing post services are available at the Ashram reception.
Provide our postal address to your correspondents.
The postal address is as shown above.


Library facilitiy is not available in this location for YTTC-1 students.

Safe Keeping

Valuables may be stored in the safe provided in the wardrobe in the guest rooms. The ashram encourages guests to use that facility and do not have any facility in reception areas. However this facility is provided at the Guest's own risk.
Do not leave valuables openly in the rooms as petty theft may occur. We recommend you not to bring high value items to the ashram as we cannot guarantee the facilities to secure them.


Batteries - a separate disposal bin is located at reception.

Money exchange & Travel arrangements

GEV is situated in a slightly remote area. In the nearest bank – 2 km away – there is ATM facility where one can en-cash credit cards. It is highly recommended that the students encash ( if needed ) before reaching GEV


All guests must provide a valid government ID proof on arrival.
Foreign guests are required to present a valid passport and visa


You are advised to contact your local medical centre regarding any necessary vaccinations or medicines for your trip to India.

Other facilities

All the facilities shown below are charged and payment is made in Indian rupees only.

1. Laundry Service

An independent and affordable laundry service is available

2. Health Hut – Canteen

Fruits, juices, health drinks and other natural food items – honey, cow ghee..etc are made available on demand ( depending on the seasons and availability )


Casual comfortable clothes, yoga mat, meditation shawl, toiletries, notebooks, pens, slip-on sandals, Warm clothing for very cool nights & cool mornings/evenings and clothes for warm days, flashlight, insect repellent, alarm clock, travel mug/tumbler, water bottle, sunscreen


Govardhana Eco Village (GEV) is situated at a distance of 108km north of Mumbai, India.
For travel directions please visit

While Visitors can hire a taxi from the Airport or any other nearby locations, directly to Govardhan Ecovillage, we recommend arranging a taxi with one of GEV preferred taxi drivers as they are trusted and aware of the route and will not get you lost, as our location is outside Mumbai city. For arranging a pick up by a taxi please email the arrival details to

General Information

Please read course details as well as the course location information carefully before making a decision to register.
Total number of participants for any course is around 50.
Admission to any course is on first come first serve basis.
All the courses are taught in English, there is currently no translation facility available into any other language.
Students should plan latest to arrive on the arrival day and depart on the day of departure.
It is recommended that participants spend at least a few days in the course location before the start of your course. This allows the body and mind to have a little time to rest, re-energise and be nourished by the ashram environment. Participants can then begin their study feeling relaxed and refreshed.
Participants may also wish to stay for some days after the end of the course to allow the learning from the study to integrate more fully into their consciousness within the supportive environment of the ashram.
If one decides to arrive early and also to stay longer, please register for the course program for those additional days. The guest need to pay the daily donations for the extra days.

Please see Calendar of events for the programs offered around the time of your visit.

Dates and donations are subject to change without notice.
For all programs, guests are subject to the suggested donation in effect at the time of final payment.
To maintain the spiritual atmosphere we ask all ashram guests to comply with the ashram rules. Kindly refer to the Ashram rules and guidelines for more information.
The ashram reserves the right of admission and students may be asked to leave if their behaviour goes against the ashram rules and teachings.

Email: if you need further information.