Kailash Akhara – Thailand
Welcome to Kailash Akhara!
Kailash Akhara is the international headquarters for DHARMA INC. As the center of our worldwide operations, Kailash Akhara serves as a thriving example of how the Dharma teachings can be expressed through conscious individuals and sustainable communities. At Kailash Akhara, Dharma practice and study, enjoyment and service are the foundations of daily life.
We are located in the beautiful hills of northern Thailand near the famed Mekong river. The center sits on over 25 acres of lush land, with inspiring mountain views, numerous ponds, gardens and forested areas. Our land is cultivated in a sustainable fashion, guided by the principles of permaculture. The stunning natural scenery provides an idyllic setting to practice, study, contemplate and relax.
The terrain includes gentle rolling hills with rich, abundant and diversified plant life. The three large ponds are teaming with aquatic life such as frogs, turtles, fish, fresh water prawns, and water vegetables. The property has large food gardens around the kitchen and dining hall, as well as a growing aquaponics system. The use of chemicals has been banned on the property since 2006. Testing has shown that all of Kailash Akhara’s soil has been free of any toxic chemicals since 2010. The land is slowly being transformed into a “food forest” and since its purchase in 2006, over 6,000 flowering, nitrogen fixing, fruit, nut, and medicinal trees have been planted.
Kailash Akhara also contains one of the largest yoga mandirs (practice halls) in the world, a stunning Bon mandir, numerous libraries, an open-air gym, children’s playground and retreat huts. We enjoy regional Thai cuisine made with local, fresh ingredients and guests sleep comfortably in our beautiful dorm house, living sustainably in a close relationship with nature.
Kailash Akhara is a unique combination of a Dharma retreat center and an intimate residential dharma community. We run a regular schedule of classes, courses, conferences, short and long retreats and Acarya training programs. You’re also invited to come for a personal practice retreat or work-study program. Personalized instruction is available in the teachings offered by DHARMA INC. The center is happy to be a family-friendly environment, therefore family members and children of all ages are welcome. Please come visit us and enjoy being immersed in the natural beauty of northern Thailand.
We hope to see you soon!