Prama Day - June 1, 2019

Prama is pleased to invite you to our 3rd annual Prama Day.

There will be a variety of free classes, workshops, and activities taking place throughout the day from which to choose from. These include yoga and meditation classes by some of the region’s best teachers, holistic workshops by Prama faculty, sound healing, dance, tours of its Wellness Center, and a market set up outside.  Activities for children will be held throughout the day. And of course everyone can take advantage of the hiking trails around the land.

Lunch Available For Purchase

The Prama Chefs will be on hand to prepare some of the delicious meals we are famous for

Free Yoga & Meditation Classes

Some of our fantastic yoga, meditation,and dance teachers will be on hand throughout the day giving group classes.  Our schedule will be posted soon.

Free Workshops and Playshops

There will be a variety of free workshops, playshops, and activities taking place throughout the day.

The Prama Institute and Wellness Center will hold an all-day festival on Saturday, June 1st, 2019 to celebrate health and wellness. Join us for this free celebration, taking place from 8:30am-6pm at Prama’s double-domed facility, located at 310 Panhandle Rd., just south of Marshall and 20 minutes from Asheville.

There will be a variety of free yoga, dance, music, workshops, playshops, sound healing, nature walks, and many more activities taking place throughout the day from which to choose from. We will have local vendors and information booths, as well as a children’s tent. Participants will also be able to purchase a delicious and nutritious lunch prepared by Prama’s chefs.

Since 2007, the Prama Institute has become a landmark retreat and conference center in the Southeast, hosting events that promote holistic health, spirituality, the arts, environmentalism, and social activism. In 2012, it opened the Prama Wellness Center, an innovative health center that promotes positive lifestyle changes through its retreats and individualized coaching. Both facilities are located on 130 acres of idyllic, secluded rolling hills that border the French Broad River. The land is interlaced with hiking trails that connect the many affiliated projects of the Prama community.


Large Dome

8:45:-10:00 - Yin Yoga with Radhika Banu

10:15-11:15 - Immersive Movement with Hunter and Sebastian

11:30-12:30 - Yoga: Dynamic Alignment, Freedom & Heart with Lillah Schwartz

12:45-2:00 - Lunch 

2:00-3:00 - Cooperative Games for a Cooperative World with Dada Maheshvarananda

3:15-4:15 - Gong Sound Healing with Siri Beant

4:30-5:30 - 5 Rhythms Dance with Karen Chapman

5:45-6:45 - Kiirtan and Meditation with Prama Staff

Workshop Room

8:00-9:00 - Meditation for Everyone’s Schedule with Dr. Sid Jordan

9:15:-10:15 - Super-Immunity with Yoga and Plant Foods with Ramesh Bjonnes

10:30-11:30 - Five layers of the mind - how to open our yogic consciousness with Howard Nemon

11:45-12:45 - Tools to Change the World with Dada Maheshvarananda

12:45-2:00 - Lunch

2:00-3:00 - Creating Resilience Through Connection with Light a Path

3:15-4:00 - Koashikii (Yogic Dance) with Radhika Banu

4:15-5:15 - Yoga with Mauni Tomlo

Meditation Room

Guided Meditations

9am -10am - Dada Maheshvarananda     

11am -12pm - Radhika

2am - 3pm - Vishvamitra

3pm - 4pm - Ramesh


Dada Maheshvarananda

The author of a new book with this title will lead a workshop of cooperative games that create powerful, safe learning experiences. These exercises help participants interact and share, gain self confidence, improve collaboration, and develop a genuine compassion for others.

Radhika Banu Bjonnes

Radhika is an experienced and dedicated yoga and meditation teacher, aromatherapist, and a practitioner of various creative movement arts. She has been practicing yoga and meditation daily since 2001.  Radhika holds a 60 hour certification and a 400 hour Diploma in Rajadhiraja Yoga from AMYA, and a 100 hour certification in Yin Yoga led by Victor Chng.

Ramesh Bjonnes

Ramesh is the Director of the Prama Wellness Center where lifestyle is considered our best medicine. Ramesh is also a writer, yogi and workshop leader. He studied yoga therapy in Nepal and India, Ayurveda at California College of Ayurveda and is a certified yoga detox theraphist from the AM Wellness Center in Cebu, Philippines. He has taught workshops in many countries and is the author of four books, including Sacred Body, Sacred Spirit (InnerWorld) and Tantra: The Yoga of Love and Awakening (Hay House India).

Karen Chapman

Karen Chapman lives, works and plays in Asheville, NC. She is a certified 5Rhythms teacher, artist, and nature lover. She loves to listen to all different genres of music. I love the 5Rhythms practice, because it a practice of discipline, passion, joy and gives permission to move the body freely with expression.

Mauni Tomlo

Mauni was born in the mountains of Western North Carolina and discovered her passion for yoga at the early age of 12 when she was diagnosed with scoliosis. Mauni had been practicing ballet at Pats School of Dance for 3 years and loved the physical discipline and calming effect that consistent stretching and strengthening exercises had on her mind and body. After her diagnosis her doctor suggested that she explore yoga due to her affinity for ballet. What started as a morning practice to alleviate and reduce the effects of scoliosis, soon blossomed into a journey into spiritual, emotional and physical healing which prompted her exploration of many different styles of yoga, from Kundalini, Ashtanga, Yin, Vinyasa, Bikram, ect.

Lillah Schwartz

Known as “the queen of alignment,” yoga instructor, mentor, healing guide, and author Lillah Schwartz brings the benefits of her 35 years’ training with yoga experts such as B.K.S. Iyengar, Aadil Palkhivala, Eric Small, Matthew Sanford, and others to the Southeast region and, through her workshops, to studios across the Eastern and Central U.S.

Hunter Ball

Hunter has grown up in the Carolinas. Born in South Carolina and born again in North Carolina. He has since completed the Health and Wellness Promotion Degree at UNC Asheville, where he highlighted certain aspects of Wellness. In particular mindfulness and its affect on behavior and mental health while also using physical practices as vehicles for expression and insight. Through his own practice of combining Movement via the body and Mindfulness via the brain, he has been become an advocate for incorporating awareness based practices into everyday life. He will be facilitating Immersive Movement on Prama Day.

Howard Nemon

Howard was initiated into yoga meditation in 1972. He recevied extensive training in yoga philosophy and practices in the US and in India. For over 35 years, he has shared his deep knowledge of yogic practices through lectures, workshops and retreats in Asia, South America, and the US.  Howard has assisted hundreds of people in adopting a diet that is more conducive to their physical, mental, and spiritual development.

Dr. Sid Jordan

Sid has combined a career as a licensed clinical psychologist and yoga teacher since 1971. As a clinical psychologist, he taught psychotherapy and community psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and served as director of the Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Services in a community center at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, SC over a period of 25 years. Since 1994, he has been developing a green intentional community north of Asheville on 140 acres of land.

Siri Beant

Siri Beant attended his first yoga class in early 2000 as a way to offset physical stressors of a daily long distance running routine. In 2003 he attended his first Kundalini class with Sierra Hollister. Through her guidance and inspiration, he learned of the teachings of Yogi Bhajan. As his desire to learn continued to grow, in August 2008 he completed the Level I KRI Immersion course held in Espanola, N.M. After returning from N.M he immediately began sharing the teachings with students at various locations in WNC. Over the course of the following five years he completed the five KRI level II courses. “I am compelled by these teachings to continue to grow and prosper on a personal level, and share and inspire others to do the same”.


Shanti Elixirs

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Cosmic Vision

Cosmic Vision is a non-profit clothing and accessories store in Asheville North Carolina.  All profits are used to help support schools, orphanages and other service projects located all over the world.

Madison County Coalition Housing

CHC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency that serves Madison County by facilitating home repair, rehabilitation, and the creation of new affordable housing by bridging people and resources, one home and one neighbor at a time.


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