Prama means “dynamic balance” in Sanskrit. On
an individual level, this means fostering harmony between body,
mind, and spirit. On a collective level, it means stewarding
balance between people, community, and environment.

The Prama Institute is a non-profit, holistic retreat center located on forested hilltops and grasslands surrounded by the Appalachian Mountains. It sits in Marshall, NC, near the French Broad River, about 25 minutes outside Asheville, NC. Our scenic and peaceful surroundings create the perfect place for educational workshops, yoga retreats, yoga workshops, spiritual retreats, workplace seminars, and other events. Besides the high-quality retreats and workshops that the Institute organizes all year round, the facility is also available for rent to all types of groups, organizations, businesses, and individuals for personal retreats. Our experienced staff is available to offer you assistance with event planning, marketing, and registration. Let us help you in creating your own successful workshop or seminar.

At the Prama Institute we live and work in sustainable community providing holistic education for people and planet. Plans are also underway to expand into a thriving eco-village that includes a yoga therapy clinic, organic farming, and other sustainable projects.



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SID JORDAN – Executive Director

Sid Jordan 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.


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RAMESH BJONNES – Director of the Prama Wellness Center

Ramesh Bjonnes is co-founder of the Prama Institute and its Program and Marketing Director. He is a certified yoga health educator, a popular yoga columnist for the award-winning Elephant Journal, author of a forthcoming book on Tantra Yoga (Hay House India, 2012), and a lecturer on yoga philosophy and history to yoga teachers and students in the US. To view his articles on Elephant Journal:



PAMELA NEMON – FacilityAdministrator

Pamela Nemon is a professional educator and school administrator. She worked for many years in international relief and development, supervising community projects for disadvantaged populations in Latin America. She received extensive training in early child education and emergency health care and has managed pre-schools in Latin America, Europe and the US.