So many mixed reviews that I was not sure what it would be like, IMO it comes down to why you are going there. If you are someone who is looking for some direction then this is the place, there are so many different styles of meditation you will find a few that work very well for you. If you are already into yoga or silent meditation on a serious level then I doubt you will enjoy the place so much. How long you stay is also key, too little time or too much time. Give yourself some days, don't make your mind up so quickly. They run some fantastic courses, very intense courses but I felt worth the money. "Being a woman" was intense, I saw myself in a way I had not allowed myself previously. If you want someone to pat you on your back and say "oh it will all be ok blar blar blar"then this is not the place for you. If you want to be honest with yourself and work at it then you will benefit from the courses and the Ashram. I found the meditations for the heart suit me, a surprise as I was sure I would be in tune with the more energetic ones. I learnt a lot about myself there. I left a day earlier as I felt ready to leave. If the place starts to feel a little insular then it is time to leave. Perhaps some of the negative reviews are due to staying too long or not long enough.
The prices were expected and the system of the card for paying worked well instead of carrying cash. Though you can pay cash in the book shop and the post office. Also the courses are paid for by cash and any therapies you have, as in massages etc. The Indian staff who work there are very pleasant and it is very clean. The guest house was also a nice place to stay, especially if you are taking a course it allows you the freedom of going in and out throughout the day between meditations and courses. Less hassle than going back into the noise of Pune to get to your hotel etc.
Some people commented on it being unfriendly, I get that though will say that when you are doing a course you do leave yourself vulnerable and pretty exposed so you wear the "in silence"badge and I believe it is needed during those times. Also many people are there who are searching for something and are at different stages of looking into themselves. That can at times make the place seem unfriendly. The volunteers also are there to work and heal/learn about themselves so again don't expect much joy from them. Osho was against communes in the end and I do think 3months is perhaps too long for some of the volunteers to be there. There is a distinct sense of clash of personalities and fighting for power between some of them. My experience through sitting in the smoking area and hearing the moaning daily. For that reason I think they are there too long, or some of the volunteers are. They can appear a little too wrapped up in their own world. Perhaps if they had more local Indian staff to deal with questions on the resort or courses that may solve that issue.
I enjoyed the resort, particularly the course "Being a woman", that had a lot to who ran the course as she was hard and honest and pushed us. She was pretty amazing and at times a little scary as there was no fooling her.
Think about why you are really going, be open to the place and what it has to offer. If you don't feel it fits you then you don't need to stay longer there are plenty of other places to go to. Even if you have booked longer at the guest house they will not charge you and for me actually refunded the day I had already paid to leave early. Not many places would do that. I left my robes there, they were for there and I will not be going back, not for any negative reason. For me I got what I hoped and more, I will go somewhere else next time. Also I never heard the noise from the 6am meditation, though it could depend on where abouts your room was. That meditation did not suit me, maybe later on it will, so no Hoo Hoo Hoo's from me!
Finally to add, the coughing etc in the auditorium, seems an extreme measure but honestly people did cough and left , snored etc and it really does break the spell of the moment. I left myself due to a rumbling stomach which in that auditorium sounds like someone playing the drums!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A beautiful campus situated in the pleasant residential area of Koregaon Park, Pune, some fifteen minutes by air from Mumbai (formerly Bombay).This lush contemporary 28-acre campus is a tropical oasis where nature and the 21st Century blend seamlessly, both within and without. With its white marble pathways, elegant black buildings, abundant foliage and Olympic-sized swimming pool, it is the perfect setting to take time out for yourself.This is a place where you can simply relax and where you can also enjoy the company of visitors of all ages from over 100 countries. You can choose if you want to do something, or if you just want to rest, swim, meditate — or just to be.You can learn simple Osho Active Meditations, techniques specifically designed for the contemporary over-charged mind and stress-impacted body.You may like to nourish your body-mind-soul with a stunning selection of individual sessions, like bodywork and massage, and longer workshops and courses — all designed to help you become more aware of yourself.Or perhaps experiment by learning new life skills and acquiring tools to take home, that will help you remain relaxed even in the busiest of workaday environments.The key to relaxation is awareness, being a keen observer of all that is going on both inside and around us — this is the inner science, often also called meditation.And while we each walk this walk alone, it is more supportive and more fun to share the process with others, whether during the various daytime activities, or in the evening — trying out a new meditation technique, or enjoying an evening a party, dancing, or the plaza café, watching or participating in live theater events or just going to the movies.Above all this is a unique environment created through the awareness, humor, and celebration that each of us brings to the table. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Osho Meditation Hotel Pune