The Prama Institute is a holistic retreat and conference center located on 150 acres in the beautiful Appalachian Mountains of Western North Carolina.  The center borders the scenic French Broad River and is only 25 min from dowtown Asheville and 5 min from historic Marshall NC.  The scenic and peaceful surroundings at the Prama Institute create the perfect place for educational workshops, yoga retreats, spiritual retreats, workplace seminars and more.

dome2The two geodesic dome structures are Prama’s most distinctive features.  Both domes are designed according to the original Buckminster Fuller architectural specifications.  The main 1000 sq ft. dome features bamboo floors with in-floor, passive solar heating, air conditioning, and space for up to 30 yoga mats or 100 chairs.  It’s our main meeting hall and is the ideal space for yoga, dance, music, performances or other educational events. The second 750 sq. ft. meeting area is situation above the dinning hall and is the perfect area for classes, massage or just a quiet space to relax in.

Dome 2The Prama Institute’s eco-friendly dorm rooms feature 28 beds with privacy curtains, pilows, fitted bottom sheets and personal reading lamps.  Full linen service is available on request for a small fee.  Dorms and domes are heated with infloor heating.  Bathrooms are conveniently located down the hall and feature granite countertops and warm tiles flooring.


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Prama also features 3 beautiful private rooms with semi-private showers and bathrooms.  Camping is also available with panoramic views of the Appalachian Mountains.  Because we only rent to one group at a time, you can enjoy our facilities in complete privacy.


green beans fried tofu ginger garlic chili soy sauce stir-fryPrama is renouned for its gourmet vegetarian cooking.  Our chefs can accommodate almost any diet including gluten free,  just let us know in advance.  A typical dinner consists of 2 – 3 main dishes, fresh salad and of course dessert.  All meals are served buffet style.  Complimentary tea, coffee and healthy snacks are also available throughout the day.



ashevilleAsheville is home to some of the regions best restaurants, yoga studios and arts scene.  Many outdoor activities close to Prama are available.  Some of these include hot springs, rafting, tubing, hiking and more.


massage_womanThe Prama Institute works closely with a team of great massage therapists to provide massage services during retreats.  We can help to arrange massage work during your stay with us.


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The Prama Institute is surrounded by 130 acres of forest, farmland, river, creeks and stunning cliffs.  There are also plenty of hiking trails for your enjoyment while staying with us.



Our rates are based on a minimum stay of 15 people.  Generally rental groups handle all the administration for their own programs.  This includes room assignments, payment processing and participant bookings.  Your rental fee also includes free advertising on our events web page.  For more information on date availabilities and also deposit schedules and cancelation policies please call us at 828 649 9408 or email us at