Mar
29
Fri
Easter Weekend
Mar 29 @ 6:45 pm – Apr 1 @ 5:30 pm
Easter Weekend @ Yasodhara Ashram | Kootenay Bay | British Columbia | Canada

Celebrate the coming of spring. A weekend of Karma Yoga, workshops and time to reflect on your own. Join us for the Garden Blessing, the opening of the garden for the coming season. As always, enjoy our traditional Easter egg hunt and a hike to Easter Rock.

Aug
7
Wed
Celebrating 50 Years at Yasodhara!
Aug 7 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 11 @ 5:30 pm

Join us as we honour Yasodhara Ashram’s 50th year of growing into Light!

We are having a multi-day celebration and everyone is invited. Each day expect something special – from the opening ceremony, to bhajan parties and dance offerings, to our 50th Anniversary gala and devotional puja.

We will also be showcasing the Ashram’s rich history and the exciting innovations of our current team. Learn more about how the Ashram works behind the scenes and get involved in creating a vision for the next 50 years.

Come for part of the celebration or stay for the whole event. Sing, dance and enjoy the Light of this special and enduring spiritual home. Come home!

(Watch for a more detailed celebration schedule to be released in 2013)

 

Sep
8
Sun
Gurudev Sivananada’s Birthday
Sep 8 @ 10:00 am – Sep 8 @ 5:30 pm

This is a special day to honour the lineage of spiritual teachers who inspire and support us at Yasodhara Ashram – Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, Swami Radha and Swami Radhananda.

A quiet time to reflect and recognize the preciousness of all we have been given.

Cost: by contribution; deposit $50

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Oct
11
Fri
Thanksgiving Weekend
Oct 11 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 14 @ 5:30 pm

With a focus on gratitude, this weekend is a time to look at what each of us has harvested in our lives and what we want to preserve. What are you grateful for and how do you express it? Participate in our annual Karma Yoga work-bee. Experience the joy of being in community as well as having quiet time on your own.

 

Dec
21
Sat
Festival of Light
Dec 21 @ 7:45 pm – Jan 1 @ 6:30 pm

Step out from the pressure of the holidays and honour the Light in the tranquil and beautiful setting of Yasodhara Ashram. Join us at any point from the Winter Solstice to the New Year, as we celebrate the gifts of the year and enjoy the peace of the season. Take yoga classes and workshops, join others in Karma Yoga, sing, dance and reflect. A precious time of devotion and renewal.

Cost: $100/day; deposit $50

 

Apr
18
Fri
Easter Weekend
Apr 18 @ 6:45 pm – Apr 21 @ 5:30 pm
Easter Weekend @ Yasodhara Ashram

April 18-21

Celebrate the coming of spring in this weekend of Karma Yoga, special activities and quiet reflection time. Join us for the Garden Blessing – the opening of the garden for the coming season – and enjoy our traditional Easter egg hunt and hike to Easter Rock.

Cost: $100/day; deposit $50 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Aug
8
Fri
Celebration & Puja
Aug 8 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 10 @ 5:30 pm
Celebration & Puja @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 8 – 10

In the height of summer we gather together to celebrate the Ashram, the teachings and our lineage. Join us as we express our gratitude through music, dance and art; devotion, discussion and retreat. Includes a special puja (ceremony) to honour our lineage of teachers.

Cost: $100/day; deposit $50 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Sep
7
Sun
Gurudev Sivananda’s Birthday
Sep 7 all-day
Gurudev Sivananda’s Birthday @ Yasodhara Ashram

This is a special day to honour the lineage of spiritual teachers who inspire and support us at Yasodhara Ashram – Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, Swami Radha and Swami Radhananda.
A quiet time to reflect and recognize the preciousness of all we have been given.

Cost: $100; $50 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Oct
10
Fri
Thanksgiving Weekend
Oct 10 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 13 @ 5:30 pm
Thanksgiving Weekend @ Yasodhara Ashram

October 10–13

With a focus on gratitude, this weekend is a time to look at what each of us has harvested in our lives and what we want to preserve. What are you grateful for and how do you express it? Participate in our annual Karma Yoga work-bee. Experience the joy of being in community as well as having quiet time on your own.

Cost: $100 per day; deposit $50 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Dec
30
Tue
New Year’s at the Ashram
Dec 30 @ 6:45 pm – Jan 1 @ 5:30 pm

Step out from the pressure of the holidays and honour the Light in the tranquil and beautiful setting of Yasodhara Ashram. Join us New Year’s, as we celebrate the gifts of the year and enjoy the peace of the season. Take yoga classes and workshops, join others in Karma Yoga, sing, dance and reflect. A precious time of devotion and renewal.

Cost: $100/day; deposit $50

Apr
3
Fri
Easter Weekend
Apr 3 @ 6:45 pm – Apr 6 @ 5:30 pm
Easter Weekend  @ Yasodhara Ashram

April 3-6

Celebrate the coming of spring in this weekend of Karma Yoga, special activities and quiet reflection time. Join us for the Garden Blessing – the opening of the garden for the coming season – and enjoy our traditional Easter egg hunt and hike to Easter Rock.

Cost: $100/day; deposit $50 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Register Online

Aug
7
Fri
Celebrate the Inner Temple
Aug 7 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 9 @ 5:30 pm
Celebrate the Inner Temple @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 7 – 9

In the height of summer we gather together to celebrate the Ashram, the teachings and our lineage. Join us as we express our gratitude through music, dance and art, devotion, discussion and retreat. This year’s focus is building the inner Temple or Cathedral of Consciousness.

Cost: $100/day; deposit $50 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Sep
6
Sun
Celebrating Our Lineage
Sep 6 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 8 @ 5:30 pm
Celebrating Our Lineage @ Yasodhara Ashram

2015 is the 20th anniversary of Swami Radha’s passing into Light. We invite you to come and celebrate the many ways you have been touched by Swami Radha and her work to establish the Ashram and the teachings of our lineage.

Traditionally on September 8th we celebrate our lineage by honouring Gurudev Sivananda’s Birthday. This year we will also celebrate Swami Radha’s continuing presence and influence in our lives.

September 7 & 8 will be a time of gathering together to remember the gifts we have received and to express our gratitude. September 7 will be the main celebration day because of Labour Day Weekend.

Come and sing and dance with joy. Join in with your whole heart to create this time of appreciation for what we’ve received. Consider staying for an extended weekend (Sept 4 -8). Make your stay a memorable one!

Cost: $100 per day; $50 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Oct
9
Fri
Thanksgiving Weekend
Oct 9 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 12 @ 5:30 pm
Thanksgiving Weekend @ Yasodhara Ashram

October 9-12

With a focus on gratitude, this weekend is a time to look at what each of us has harvested in our lives and what we want to preserve. What are you grateful for and how do you express it? Participate in our annual Karma Yoga work-bee. Experience the joy of being in community as well as having quiet time on your own.

Cost: $100 per day; deposit $50 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Register Online

Dec
30
Wed
New Year’s at the Ashram
Dec 30 @ 6:45 pm – Jan 1 @ 5:30 pm
New Year’s at the Ashram @ Yasodhara Ashram

Step out from the pressure of the holidays and honour the Light in the tranquil and beautiful setting of Yasodhara Ashram. Join us New Year’s, as we celebrate the gifts of the year and enjoy the peace of the season. Take yoga classes and workshops, join others in Karma Yoga, sing, dance and reflect. A precious time of devotion and renewal.

Cost: $100/day; deposit $50

Register Online

Mar
25
Fri
Easter Weekend
Mar 25 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 27 @ 5:30 pm
Easter Weekend @ Yasodhara Ashram

March 25 – 27

Celebrate the coming of spring with a weekend of Karma Yoga, workshops and time to reflect on your own. Join us for the Garden Blessing—the opening of the garden for the coming season. As always, enjoy our traditional Easter egg hunt and a hike to Easter Rock.

Cost: $100/day; deposit $50 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Register Online

Aug
5
Fri
Temple Celebration
Aug 5 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 7 @ 5:30 pm
Temple Celebration @ Yasodhara Ashram

The new Temple of Light is moving toward construction and we invite you to celebrate with us! Let’s honour this luminous space that will manifest at the Ashram. The Temple is dedicated not only to the Light in all traditions but to the Light within our own hearts. How do we bring forward a brilliant vision of peace, harmony and resilience in ourselves and our world? Join us in celebrating the unifying and life-giving force that the Temple symbolizes. Take this time for reflection, retreat and celebration!

Cost: $100/day; $50 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

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Sep
8
Thu
Gurudev Sivananda’s Birthday
Sep 8 all-day
Gurudev Sivananda’s Birthday @ Yasodhara Ashram

This is a special day to honour the lineage of spiritual teachers who inspire and support us at Yasodhara Ashram – Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, Swami Radha and Swami Radhananda.

Cost: $100; $50 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Register Online

Oct
1
Sat
Indian Classical Music Concert
Oct 1 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Indian Classical Music Concert @ Yasodhara Ashram

Immerse yourself in the soothing and melodic sounds of tabla and sitar, offered by Calgary-based Utpal and Swapan – and support the building of the new Temple of Light at Yasodhara Ashram. This is Utpal’s first return concert since 2013.

Come for Indian buffet dinner
(6 pm – $18); please call or email to book.

Oct
2
Sun
Indian Classical Music Workshops
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Indian Classical Music Workshops

Utpal and Swapan will offer two participatory workshops

10 am – 12 noon – An introduction to singing ragas
2 – 4 pm – Playing short compositions with rhythmic cycles

Bring your instruments and notebook.
Call or email to register
Last-minute drop-in is okay too!

Oct
7
Fri
Thanksgiving Weekend
Oct 7 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 10 @ 5:30 pm
Thanksgiving Weekend @ Yasodhara Ashram

October 7 – 10

With a focus on gratitude, this weekend is a time to look at what each of us has harvested in our lives and what we want to preserve. What are you grateful for and how do you express it? Participate in our annual Karma Yoga work-bee. Experience the joy of being in community as well as having quiet time on your own.

Cost: $100 per day; deposit $50 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Register Online

Oct
22
Sat
Evening Prayer Vigil at Yasodhara Ashram
Oct 22 @ 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm

Join us for an evening prayer vigil in support of the environment. You are welcome to arrive early for a community tour at 4:30, which will be focused on environmental resilience and what the Ashram has been learning over fifty years of practice and change. Learn about how the community achieved carbon neutrality, our current renewable initiatives and vision for the future.
Join us for a silent dinner for $15. Please call in advance to register for dinner or a ride from the ferry. 250.227.9224

People of all faiths are welcome.

Schedule:
2:50        Ferry leaves Balfour. Take this ferry for tour
3:25        Pick-up from ferry if you walk on – call in advance to register for a ride
4:30        Ashram tour and time to enjoy the grounds
4:30        Ferry leaves Balfour. Take this ferry for dinner
6:00         Dinner —call in advance to register
6:10         Ferry leaves Balfour. Take this ferry for vigil
7:15         Vigil
8:20        Drop-off at ferry

 

Learn more about our environmental initiatives and our daily evening gathering.

Dec
30
Fri
New Year’s at the Ashram
Dec 30 @ 6:45 pm – Jan 1 @ 5:30 pm
New Year’s at the Ashram @ Yasodhara Ashram

Step out from holiday pressures in the silence and beauty of Yasodhara Ashram. Open body and mind in classes, and enjoy peaceful time to yourself for reflection. Join us in Karma Yoga (selfless service) and in joyfully welcoming in 2017.

Cost: $100/day; deposit $50 (See our Cancellation Policy)

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Apr
14
Fri
Easter Weekend
Apr 14 @ 6:45 pm – Apr 17 @ 5:30 pm
Easter Weekend @ Yasodhara Ashram

April 14 -17

Celebrate the coming of spring with a weekend of Karma Yoga, workshops and time to reflect on your own. Join us for the Garden Blessing—the opening of the garden for the coming season. As always, enjoy our traditional Easter egg hunt and a hike to Easter Rock.

Cost: $100/day; deposit $50 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Register Online

Jul
31
Mon
Temple Celebration
Jul 31 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 7 @ 5:30 pm
Temple Celebration @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 31 – Aug 7

The celebration week includes “Embracing the Sacred” and “Celebrating the Temple of Light,” described below. 

Embracing the Sacred
July 31 – Aug 4
Take time to pause and internalize what the Temple of Light means to you. Where is this place of hope, unity and peace in yourself? What is your doorway in? Come together to reflect with others who share values of peace and inclusivity and who stand together for a better world. This program blends special events, spacious retreat with practice time and joyful preparations that will lead into the Temple Celebration. Each day follows the path of the Kundalini system—from building a firm foundation to opening to the Light of the heart. Come for one day or all four!

Registration in Embracing the Sacred includes a globally inspired dance performance – DanceFusion: Slava Doval and Olivia Castiglione with local youth dancers – Tuesday, August 1, 7 pm.

Cost: $215/day; $830 for all 4 days; $100/deposit. Sliding scale available.

 

Celebrating the Temple of Light
Aug 4 – 7
Join us for this momentous event! Experience the rich resonance of the emerging new Temple and carry its vibration with you when you leave. The celebration will include a Temple dedication as well as special guests and workshops. We will enjoy delicious food and engage in diverse perspectives through art, dance, song and ceremony. Let’s come together to honour Swami Radha’s vision of a sacred space open to all, a space where we rise above differences and find our unity in the Light.

Registration in Celebrating the Temple of Light includes Indian Classical Dance: Krishan Plays with Anusha Fernando – Saturday, August 5, 7:30 pm and Introductory Indian Classical Dance Class on Sunday, August 6, 10am-12pm (optional).

Cost: $625; $100/deposit. Sliding scale available.

Cost if attending both: $1300; $100 deposit. Sliding scale available. (See our Cancellation Policy)

Register Online

Aug
1
Tue
DanceFusion: Slava Doval and Olivia Castiglione with local youth dancers
Aug 1 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
DanceFusion: Slava Doval and Olivia Castiglione with local youth dancers

DanceFusion: Slava Doval and Olivia Castiglione with local youth dancers will lead off the Temple of Light Celebrations (in Mandala House) with contemporary choreographies that touch on friendship, freedom, love, prayer and the humanness that connects us all. Colourful costumes, athletic grace and passion blend together to create a touching performance that will appeal to an audience of all ages. Be prepared to be moved, to cry or smile with this show. Offerings by some of the Ashram’s creative residents will lead into DanceFusion’s set.

Slava Doval was born in Slovakia and grew up in Crawford Bay and Riondel. She credits dancing in the Ashram’s sacred dance tradition as a formative experience in understanding that dance can be an art that speaks to the spirit in a way that words often fail.

Cost: $15 Adults; $10 Seniors; Youth 17 and under free.

Tickets: Available in advance (info@yasodhara.org or 250-227-9224) or at the door

Children quietly seated are welcome.

This event is part of our Temple Celebrations.

Aug
5
Sat
Indian Classical Dance: Krishna Plays
Aug 5 @ 7:30 pm
Indian Classical Dance: Krishna Plays

Anusha Fernando, the Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Shakti Dance, will offer an excerpt of her inspiring and delightful solo production, Krishna Plays – our first performance in the new Temple!  Anusha’s production is choreographed to the poetry of the saint poet Surdas and expresses the colourful and playful exploits of Krishna.

Anusha’s work highlights the depth of Bharata Natyam’s traditional repertoire, as well as its interdisciplinary potential. By fusing words, music and movement, Anusha illuminates Indian dance as an expressive tool with universal application.

Cost: $20 Adults; $15 Seniors; Youth 17 and under free.
Children quietly seated are welcome.

Tickets in advance (info@yasodhara.org or 250-227-9224) or at the door.

On Sunday, August 6 from 10 am to noon, Anusha will also offer an introductory dance workshop on the Bharata Natyam style of Indian classical dance.

This event is part of our Temple Celebrations.

Aug
6
Sun
Introductory Indian Classical Dance Class
Aug 6 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Introductory Indian Classical Dance Class

Introductory Indian Classical Dance Class – with Anusha Fernando of Vancouver’s Shakti Dance

Participants will explore Bharata Natyam style of Indian Classical dance as both a meditative and expressive tool and enjoy its rhythmic and gesture language. This workshop is open to everyone, whether new or experienced with the dance.

Cost: $50; $25 deposit (included in day or weekend registration)
To Register: registration@yasodhara.org or 250-227-9224

Anusha will offer Indian Classical Dance: Krishna Plays – Saturday, August 5, 7:30 pm.

This event is part of our Temple Celebrations.

Sep
8
Fri
Gurudev Sivananda’s Birthday
Sep 8 all-day
Gurudev Sivananda’s Birthday @ Yasodhara Ashram

This is a special day to honour the lineage of spiritual teachers who inspire and support us at Yasodhara Ashram – Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, Swami Radha and Swami Radhananda.

Cost: $100/day; $50 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Register Online