Past visitors to the cottage and recent delightful visitors take the opportunity to visit Skanda Vale whilst here. The ashram is about a 45 minute drive from here and is a most interesting place. To find out more visit their website: http://www.skandavale.org/about-us/
Skanda Vale ‘is a multi-faith ashram (or monastery) near Carmarthen in Wales. …..We believe that all religions stem from, and merge into the one Reality; God is One, though His forms are many’.
‘The ashram was established here in Wales in 1973, though our roots can be traced back to Sri Lanka, for that is where our founder, Guru Sri Subramanium was born’.
‘We have three temples; the Murugan Temple, the Maha Shakti Temple and the Sri Ranganatha Temple, and hold six pujas every single day of the year. Skanda Vale is the name of our organisation, whilst the people that live here are known collectively as the Community of the Many Names of God.
Nobody at Skanda Vale is paid. We are a registered charity; all community members live here full time, and are entirely dependent on the grace of God for all their daily needs. Skanda Vale is funded solely through voluntary, anonymous donations. We do not charge anyone for food, accommodation or services; everything is offered completely free of charge. The community is very self-sufficient, and completely independent from any religious or commercial organisations.’ copied from their website http://www.skandavale.org/about-us/
One of their main areas of work is Skanda Vale Hospice, where they offer a high standard of personal care for people with life-threatening illnesses, completely free of charge. The hospice is staffed entirely by volunteers, mostly from the Skanda Vale sisterhood.
The Skanda Vale Hospice are holding a sponsored walk on Monday May 4th – all details can be found on their website: http://www.skandavalehospice.org/pembrokeshire-coastal-footpath-walk
Copied from their website:
‘Join us for a beautiful coastal footpath walk in Pembrokeshire!
On Bank Holiday Monday, 4th May 2015, around 60 families and friends will be joining us for a sponsored coastal footpath walk, near the pretty seaside village of Newport in West Wales.
A sponsored walk suited to all ages and abilities…
It’s a magical route, taking in ancient oak woodlands, bluebell glades, volcanic cairns and miles of dramatic coastline. This year we have a fantastic new base camp – the 600 year old Tudor gatehouse of Pentre Ifan, making parking and organisation much easier. There are three routes of different lengths to suit varying levels of fitness:
- 4 mile walk – suitable for families, children and elders. This walk goes along a gentle, meandering woodland trail. There are no steep hills, no long distances and no nasty surprises; just beautiful ancient bluebell woodlands and ancient settlements.
- 7 mile walk – suitable for most adults and older children. This walk is along the Pembrokeshire coastal footpath. You may see dolphins, seals or maybe even a whale! There are a few short, steep climbs, so walkers need to have an average level of fitness. It will take about 4 hours to complete.
- 11 mile walk – challenging. This trek goes along one of the wilder sections of the Pembrokeshire coastal footpath, from Cemaes Head to Newport Golf Club. This is for serious walkers with a good level of fitness, who can walk a brisk pace for up 6 hours. There are a lot of steep climbs (steps) that rise from sea level to 400 feet.
A great cause (and some tasty food!)
All our sponsored walkers get to enjoy a delicious home-made meal at the finishing line, free of charge. Every penny you raise will help us to develop a new six bedroom inpatient hospice unit, where we will care for people with cancer and other life threatening illnesses.’