Isha Institute of Inner-Sciences

We have built all kinds of facilities in our society to take care of our physical, psychological, and social needs. What is lacking is infrastructure that addresses the inner wellbeing of human beings, the essential core of who we are. – Sadhguru
 
Overview
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Notice: Due to an advanced meditation retreat event happening at the Isha Institute from Oct 19 - Oct 22, only Adiyogi: The Abode of Yoga will be open for visiting during regular hours 8am-8pm. The rest of the campus, including hiking and guided tours will be closed to the public. No overnight stay possible during these days.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

For questions, please call 931-668-1900

The Isha Institute of Inner-sciences is a breathtaking mountain retreat for stress relief, rejuvenation, and complete well-being. The retreat offers yoga in its purest form, through experiential classical yoga and meditation classes, and powerfully energized meditation spaces such as the Adi Yogi: The Abode of Yoga. Outdoor recreation activities are another draw to the Isha Institute, located just 45 minutes outside of Chattanooga. Guests journey from around the globe to visit this unique destination to relax, reflect, and reconnect with nature in a tranquil oasis nestled in Tennessee’s spectacular Upper Cumberland.

How Can You Best Experience Isha Institute?

There Are Many Ways To Be In This Serene Space And Enhance Your Life.

The Institute is open 365 days a year and welcomes visitors from all walks of life.

To arrange your visit, contact info@ishausa.org or call 931-668-1900.


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How To Get There
How to get there
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Isha Institute of Inner-sciences (USA)

951 Isha Lane,

McMinnville, TN - 37110, USA

Telephone: 931-668-1900

Email: info@ishausa.org

 

Directions

Just a 1.5-hour drive from Nashville and only 45 minutes from Chattanooga, this 1,400-acre classical yoga and meditation center might feel a world away, but it’s close enough for a quick day trip.

Shuttles

We encourage you to make your travel arrangements as soon as possible. There are many options of transportation services to get to the Isha Institute from nearby cities, and back again.

NASHVILLE, TN (2 hours away)

1) Isha Group Shuttles: Must be booked at least 24 hours in advance. $40 each way

2) Groome Transportation: $95 Total for 1 passenger

Groome Transportation offers shuttles to/from the Nashville airport and Manchester, TN about every 2 hours for $35 each way. Register with Groome by calling 1-800-896-9928.

3) Uber App: $95 – $110 Total

Uber taxi service tends to be lower cost than a regular taxi. To book, you will need to download the Uber app on your smartphone with local service. Enter the Isha Institute address (951 Isha Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110) into the app to start your booking.

4) Kwik Cab: $180 Total

When booking with Kwik Cab, mention “Isha” to get the $180 flat rate from Nashville Airport. No additional fee for extra passengers (up to 5-6 passengers, as they have minivans). Call(615) 934-0777

5) Car Rental:

Booking through Kayak.com tends to have low daily rates.

6) UCHRA: $11 Total for 1 passenger

UCHRA is a state-funded resource which charges $11 per person each way between Nashville Airport and Isha Institute. The service is available only on weekdays and you must book your shuttle at least 48 hours in advance (excluding weekends). Note: Shuttle makes multiple stops along the route to pick up/drop off passengers, so travel time is longer. Register by calling 931-473-6652 and asking for the Transportation Department. Please properly cancel your UCHRA shuttle if you decide not to use this tax-funded resource.

UCHRA Shuttle Timings:

Departs Nashville Airport 11 am – Arrives at Isha by 2 pm

Departs Nashville Airport 4 pm – Arrives at Isha by 7:45 pm

Departs iii at 4:45 am – Arrives at Nashville Airport by 9:30 am

Departs iii at 9:45 am – Arrives at Nashville Airport by 2:30 pm

CHATTANOOGA, TN (1 hour away)

1) Nooga Taxi: $70 Total for 1 passenger

When booking with Nooga Taxi, mention “Isha” to get these rates between Chattanooga Airport and Isha: $70 for 1 passenger, $80 for 2, $114 for 3, $140 for 4, $150 for 5, and $156 for 6. Call (423) 458-2701

2) Uber App: approx. $60 Total

Uber taxi service tends to be lower cost than a regular taxi. To book, you will need to download the Uber app on your smartphone with local service. Enter the Isha Institute address (951 Isha Lane, McMinnville, TN 37110) into the app to start your booking.

3) Car Rental:

Booking through Kayak.com tends to have low daily rates.

ATLANTA, GA (3.5 hours away)

1) Groome Transportation to Chattanooga: $45 Total for 1 passenger

Groome Transportation offers regular daily shuttles from Atlanta Airport to the Groome office in Chattanooga. Book by calling (800) 896-9928 , then see above for ways to get from Chattanooga to Isha Institute.

2) Nooga Taxi non-stop from Atlanta: $300 Total for 1 passenger

When booking with Nooga Taxi, mention “Isha” to get these rates between Atlanta Airport and Isha: $300 for 1 passenger, $320 for 2, plus $10/passenger up to 6 passengers. Call (423) 458-2701

3) Car Rental:

Booking through Kayak.com tends to have low daily rates. 855-529-2501 to book.

 

Accomodation
Accomodation
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The center offers three types of accommodation: semi-private lodges, private studios, and deluxe suites. Accommodations include two vegetarian meals and a snack per day.

Welcome center is open from 8:30 AM – 9:00 PM, 7 days a week. Please give at least 24 hours’ notice before visiting in case of changes to the daily schedule.

Check-in for accommodation between 3pm-9pm.

Check out no later than 12pm.

Semi-Private Lodges

Have eight beds in a room, each one with a cubicle around it, and shared bathroom facilities. There are separate lodge buildings for men and women.

$55/night per adult
$25 for each child age 7-13
Note: Children under 7 cannot be accommodated in the semi-private lodges
Private Studios

Are like a one-room apartment with its own bathroom; a couple or a family can stay together. Studios tend to book up on weekends so advance notice is needed from visitors planning to rent a studio.

$100/night for 1 adult
$130/night for 2 adults
+$10/night for each child under age 14
+$25/night for a 3rd adult
Maximum 4 people per room
Maximum 3 adults per room
Delux Rooms & Suites

are larger private bedroom or suites perched on a forested bluff overlooking the picturesque mountain valley below. Retreat in the quiet of the surrounding forest; relax on the back terrace and take-in a breathtaking sunset, or close your eyes and enjoy the cool rush of the nearby waterfall.

With more amenities, for individuals, couples, or families with children 14 yrs or older, some Deluxe Rooms & Suites feature a fireplace and/or a balcony, and each has a private bath.

Queen Suite: $200/night for 1 – 2 adults
King Suite: $300/night for 1 – 2 adults
$50/night for each additional adult
Maximum capacity varies per room
Consecrated Spaces
Consecrated Spaces
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Adi Yogi: The Abode of Yoga
Adiyogi: The Abode of Yoga is a medium, a possibility that will move you from a compulsive state of logic to the magic of Life. – Sadhguru
Upcoming Programs
Upcoming Programs
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Activities are available at the times below, depending on availability of volunteers and space. Two meals and one snack are served per day. Meals are hearty vegetarian food prepared from scratch and inspired by cuisines from around the globe. For visitors who are not staying overnight, there is a charge for meals of $10/adult, $5/child age 7 to 13, and free for children under 7.

Daily Schedule

  • 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM — Adi Yogi: The Abode of Yoga open to visitors
  • 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM — Hike (Please enjoy the trails in groups of 2 or more)
  • 10:00 – 11:00 AM — Brunch
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM — Campus Tour
  • 12:15 – 1:00 PM — Aumkar Meditation session (45 minutes, read more)
  • 1:30 – 2:15 PM — Isha Kriya meditation session (45 minutes, read more)
  • 2:00 – 3:00 PM — Snack
  • 3:00 – 4:00 PM — Campus Tour
  • 7:00 – 8:00 PM — Dinner

Dawn – Dusk — Nature Trails open. Please enjoy the trails in groups of 2 or more. Signing in/out at the Welcome Center is required to use the trails.

Saturdays and Sundays: 2:45 – 3:45 pm — Guided hike on Nature Trails.

Upcoming Events
Upcoming Event
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As a commitment to bring well-being to the surrounding communities, Isha Institute will be offering free yoga classes and lessons on vegetarian cooking every month.

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Free Yoga Day
Nov 24th, 2018
As a commitment to bring well-being to the surrounding communities, Isha Institute will be offering free yoga classes and lessons on vegetarian cooking every month. Free Yoga Day
Virtual Tour
Virtual Tour
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Volunteering
Be A Volunteer
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“The Question Is Not About The Volume Of What You Do; The Willingness With Which You Breathe, And Walk And Live, That Makes You A Volunteer.”

-Sadhguru

There are many opportunities to contribute to iii. Anyone can visit the Institute for their own personal, spiritual growth and participate in various volunteer activities including programs and events.

Volunteering at Isha Institute of Inner-sciences includes various activities ranging from meal preparation to gardening, and center maintenance activities. Volunteers also can offer their unique skills on projects to beautify or create special features for the campus.

If you are interested in volunteering for any length of time, please fill the volunteering interest form here.

Explore all opportunities

FAQS
 
Frequently Asked Questions
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Yes. It helps us to plan, and helps make your check-in process faster!  For day visits, please call ahead 24 hours in advance so we can inform you of any changes in the daily schedule.  For overnight stays, please call ahead to check availability of accommodations.  Drop-ins are also welcome to visit, but accommodations will be subject to availability.

Isha Institute offers three types of accommodation: semi-private lodges, private studios, and Deluxe Suites.  Accommodations include two vegetarian meals and a snack per day.

  • Semi-Private Lodges have eight beds in a room, each one with a cubicle around it, and shared bathroom facilities.  There are separate lodge buildings for men and women.
    • $55/night per adult
    • $25 for each child age 7-13
    • Free for children under 7
  • Private Studios are each like a one-room apartment with its own bathroom; a couple or a family can stay together.  Studios tend to book up on weekends so advance notice is needed from visitors planning to rent a studio.
    • $100/night for 1 adult
    • $130/night for 2 adults
    • $10/night for each child under age 14
    • $25/night for a 3rd adult
    • Maximum of 4 people per room
    • Maximum of 3 adults per room
  • Deluxe Rooms & Suites are larger private bedroom or suites perched on a forested bluff overlooking the picturesque mountain valley below. Retreat in the quiet of the surrounding forest; relax on the back terrace and take-in a breathtaking sunset, or close your eyes and enjoy the cool rush of the nearby waterfall.  With more amenities, for individuals, couples, or families with children 14 yrs or older, some Deluxe Rooms & Suites feature a fireplace and/or a balcony, and each has a private bath.  Please call Isha Institute to check on availability and the specific amenities in each Suite.
  • Queen Suite: $200/night for 1 adult
  • King Suite: $300/night for 1 adult
  • $50/night for each additional adult
  • Maximum capacity varies per room

Any number of days, as a guest, with accommodation charges. If you wish to stay for more than 7 days, please contact Isha Institute for an application form.

Check in time is 3pm. If you arrive earlier than scheduled, we cannot guarantee that your room will be available until 3pm. Check out time is 12pm.

Brunch: 10 am-11 am
Dinner:  7 pm-8 pm

Support the spiritual focus of the ashram by not wearing tight-fitting or revealing clothing, including short-shorts, tank tops, etc.  Simple, loose-fitting clothes, in good condition, are appropriate. Women: Full-length pants or capris are appropriate.  Men: Pants or long shorts (knee-length) are appropriate. Shoes are removed when entering all buildings and rooms including sleeping areas.  Many paths are gravel or earth – comfortable shoes with a rugged sole are recommended.

Weather on the mountain where Isha Institute is situated can fluctuate. Please be prepared for wet weather and cool nights. Click here for local weather updates on the mountain.  Below are some suggested items to pack :

  • Flashlight
  • Towel (if staying in the semi-private lodges)
  • Toiletries
  • Hiking or Tennis Shoes
  • Comfortable Clothing
  • Rain Jacket or Umbrella
  • Bug Spray (during the warmer months)
  • Warm jacket or coat (even through the summer months, evenings may be quite cool).

Cash, checks and credit cards (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, American Express) are all accepted at the Isha Institute.

There is a 10% cancellation fee for stays, and no fee for transferring.  The cancellation policy for a program fee will vary depending on the program.

Due to limited bandwidth at the Isha Institute, Wi-Fi is only available to guests who absolutely require it for work purposes.  In such situations, the Wi-Fi fee is $5/day.  For those who simply wish to check email or stay in touch with family, there are 3 public computers available on the campus.

Cellular service is often inconsistent on the campus, except for those with Verizon as their provider.  Isha’s landline phone is available to update your family about arrival and travel, but long conversations may not be possible.

Isha shuttles are available directly to and from Nashville (and sometimes Chattanooga) airport on program weekends. If your timings don’t match up with our shuttles, there are several other options.

The Isha Institute offers a variety of programs, activities and energized spaces that provide opportunities and methods to increase and attain physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.  It is a unique space created for the purpose of allowing human beings to deepen their life experience and to reach their ultimate potential.

Programs

Activities

Energized Spaces

Two powerful meditation spaces are the main features for most visitors to the Isha Institute.

    • Mahima, which means grace, is an awe-inspiring 39,000 sq ft domed meditation hall and home to many of the programs offered at the Institute.

Daily Schedule

Visitors can also enjoy many nearby attractions:

Cumberland Caverns

Fall Creek Falls State Park

Canoeing/Kayaking on the nearby Collins River

Chattanooga Aquarium

Creative Discovery Museum for Kids – Chattanooga

There is no fee for a day visit.  Day visitors are asked to pay for meals, $10 per adult and $5 per child (age 7-13), payable at the Welcome Center desk when you check in.  Learn more about day visits here.

Isha Institute offers a variety of activities for children.  Yoga Sessions include:

Each year Isha Institute offers the Isha Summer Program for Children which offers a unique possibility for every child to experience a joyful blossoming of his or her natural potential.

Children are always welcome to sit quietly in meditation spaces like Adiyogi: The Abode of Yoga. Children may also explore the gardens and hiking trails when accompanied by an adult.

Note: Children under age 14 need to be accompanied by an adult at all times while on campus

Pets are not allowed on the premises.

Isha Institute is located on Isha Lane, which intersects with Tennessee Highway 8.  The Institute is approximately 16 miles from the center of the town of McMinnville, Tennessee.  There is a large “Isha Institute of Inner Sciences” sign at the front of the entrance to the property on route 8.

Here is a map with directions from major cities to Isha Institute.  Please look up your directions online and bring them with you, as many GPS systems give incorrect or outdated directions to our location.

Programs at Isha Institute are categorized by beginner and advanced.

Beginner Programs

Advanced Programs  Please note that advanced programs require certain prerequisites.

Other Offerings/Processes:

Visitors can participate in offerings and special processes at the Adi Yogi, Abode of Yoga.

Isha’s flagship program Inner Engineering is offered online and qualifies you to take advanced programs at Isha Institute.

You can also look specifically for a program with no prerequisites or start meditating today with Isha Kriya.

Isha Foundation USA offers yoga and meditation programs in many major cities throughout the US and Canada.  A list of scheduled programs is here, and a list of city centers where programs are offered is here.  For those who wish to take a program in any of Isha’s other city centers around the globe, please visit our global website, www.IshaYoga.org.

Smoking or oral tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and other similar devices of any kind are not allowed on the campus.

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