Jan
8
Tue
The Yoga Development Course
Jan 8 @ 7:45 pm – Apr 8 @ 5:30 pm

The YDC is an intensive three-month program designed to give students an in-depth introduction to the major branches of yoga and a foundation in personal and spiritual development. The course is of lasting value not only to potential yoga teachers but also to all those who wish to deepen their yoga practice and make permanent changes in their approach to life.

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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.

May
3
Fri
Life Seals®
May 3 @ 6:45 pm – May 5 @ 5:30 pm
Life Seals® @ Yasodhara Ashram

In Life Seals® you create personal symbols that represent your mind, essence, senses, likes, dislikes, and positive and negative characteristics. This process allows the unconscious to come forward, revealing patterns, life lessons and the potential for change. Life Seals® can open doors of awareness and help you gain a new perspective on yourself and your direction in life.

Recommended book: The Divine Light Invocation

Power Pack: Life Seals® and Straight Walk®
May 3 @ 6:45 pm – May 8 @ 5:30 pm

This special five-day program gives you the opportunity to gain perspective on your life through two of Swami Radha’s most powerful self-development workshops – Life Seals® and Straight Walk®.

Starting with Life Seals®, you create personal symbols that represent your mind, essence, senses, likes, dislikes, and positive and negative characteristics. This process allows the unconscious to come forward, revealing patterns, life lessons and the potential for change. Life Seals® can open doors of awareness and help you understand yourself and your direction in life.

Taking your insights from Life Seals®, you enter the Straight Walk®. Swami Radha based this course upon an ancient Buddhist practice of self-awareness. The Straight Walk® includes several walking meditations practiced with observation and concentration. Steps are taken, literally and symbolically, to understand your perception and gain a new perspective of your issues and choices. You observe both your emotional response and rational thinking to help you make decisions aligned with your ideals.

Integrated in the program is personal retreat time to review and synthesize your learning so that you can apply insights into your daily life.

Recommended book: The Divine Light Invocation

May
10
Fri
Tools For Transformation Retreat
May 10 @ 6:45 pm – May 14 @ 5:30 pm

In this spacious retreat you will learn new ways to support yourself in making changes that reflect your ideals. Each day includes instruction, group work and plenty of personal time for reflection and practice. Instruction focuses on our core practices such as the Divine Light Invocation, Mantra, Relaxation, Dream Yoga and Hatha Yoga. Learn to use tools that will help you make key transformations in your life.

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power

May
16
Thu
10 Days of Yoga
May 16 @ 6:45 pm – May 26 @ 5:30 pm

One of our most popular programs for students of all levels, this course is designed to offer practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yogic practices such as Mantra, Kundalini and Karma Yoga, combined with original courses Swami Radha created for personal development, such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga. Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be.

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

May
17
Fri
Calling to the Divine: Music & Consciousness, Sacred Dance & Mantra
May 17 @ 6:45 pm – May 22 @ 5:30 pm
Calling to the Divine: Music & Consciousness, Sacred Dance & Mantra @ Yasodhara Ashram

This five-day program taps into the devotional nature of the heart through music, sound and dance. Music & Consciousness is an original workshop developed by Swami Radha to awaken inner knowledge through the power of sound. Combining Music & Consciousness with mantra and sacred dance, this series offers a pathway to the Divine through creative expression.

In Music & Consciousness, you will listen to seven musical pieces and draw your impressions of each. By looking at the drawings in relation to your life, you can open to an intuitive sense of your path and where you are. This workshop provides an effective way to sidestep the rational mind and receive insights directly from your own deeper wisdom. Dip into the secret language of your unconscious – a world of symbol, myth and metaphor that can guide you in practical and mysterious ways.

The Mantra workshop will deepen your understanding of the effects of sound as you investigate your own voice through chanting. Mantras are words of power that are devotional by nature and can calm the emotions, improve concentration and promote healing. You will observe the effect of different mantras as well as the power of silence.

In the Sacred Dance workshop you have the opportunity to express feelings that are beyond words — that only gestures, only a look can express. When the body is an instrument of devotional expression, it is at its most beautiful. The art of sacred dance combines movement, music, prayer and reflection. Set to mantras, prayers and devotional songs, sacred dance provides a way to explore the body as a spiritual tool. (No dance experience is needed.)

Together these workshops offer an experience of self-knowledge and Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of Devotion.

Recommended books:

The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power

Music & Consciousness
May 17 @ 6:45 pm – May 19 @ 5:30 pm
Music & Consciousness @ Yasodhara Ashram

Music has the power to heal, the power to awaken. In this workshop you will listen to seven musical pieces and draw your impressions of each. By looking at the drawings in relation to your life, you can open to an intuitive sense of your path and where you are. This workshop is an effective way to sidestep the rational mind and receive insights directly from your own deeper wisdom. Dip into the secret language of your unconscious – a world of symbol, myth and metaphor that can guide you in practical and mysterious ways.

Recommended book:

The Divine Light Invocation

May
24
Fri
Yoga of Healing Retreat
May 24 @ 6:45 pm – May 28 @ 5:30 pm

Yoga offers many spiritual gifts to access health and wholeness. Yogic practices provide a means of clearing the body and mind, giving you the strength to be who you really are. In the healing process you have the space to reflect on your life. The retreat is for those seeking physical, mental or spiritual healing. Spacious and nurturing, this is a time to go inward, accessing your compassion and inner Light.

Recommended book: The Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD: Relaxation

May
31
Fri
Self-Image
May 31 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 2 @ 5:30 pm

In the Self-Image workshop you will explore how you see yourself through written reflections and video recordings. The image you put out to others is the basis of responses that you get back. What is your self-image now? What do you want to change? You will be recorded in groups and individual situations. Watching yourself on video is a powerful tool for learning. Can you take a new look? Can you allow yourself to change?

 

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Who Am I? Self-Image & Identification
May 31 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 5 @ 5:30 pm

By exploring your self-image and questioning who you really are, you can peel away external layers and come closer to your essence. These two original workshops developed by Swami Radha are often a pivotal point for self-understanding when offered in the Yoga Development Course. In this five-day intensive you are given the opportunity to face yourself and to see yourself in a new way.

In the Self-Image workshop you will explore how you see yourself through written reflections and video recordings. The image you put out to others is the basis of responses that you get back. What is your self-image now? What do you want to change? You will be recorded in groups and individual situations. Watching yourself on video is a powerful tool for learning. Can you take a new look? Can you allow yourself to change?

With your learning from the Self-Image workshop, you then deepen your investigation in the Identification workshop. The question, “Who are you?” opens the doors of inquiry and breaks limiting concepts. Swami Radha emphasized that many of our problems arise from wrong identification. If you are the body, what happens when your body dies? If you are the mind, do you change with each changing personality aspect? Who are you underneath the shifting personalities? The Divine Light Invocation is offered as a practice to support your identification with your inner Light and potential.

 

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Kundalini Yoga for the West

Jun
1
Sat
A Taste of the Ashram
Jun 1 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm

To celebrate the Ashram’s 50th Anniversary, we are inviting guests to register for a short day program that gives a taste of this special community. Join us for a yoga class, lunch and guided tour of the grounds, including an overview of our environmental initiatives and gardens.

Dates: The first Saturday of each month – June through September

Schedule:

11-12:15 – Hatha Yoga class. Please come early to register at the bookstore where you will be directed to the classroom. We supply yoga mats and blankets. Children and adults are welcome. The class is open to all levels.

12:30 – Enjoy an organic and locally-harvested lunch.

1:15-2:30 – Take a guided tour of our grounds, abundant gardens, environmentally designed buildings and devotional spaces.

Fee: 
$25/ adults
$10/ ages 6 – 18
Free for children 5 and under

All are invited to our evening satsang (devotional service) held at the Temple of Light between 8-9pm.

Jun
7
Fri
Tools For Transformation Retreat
Jun 7 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 11 @ 5:30 pm

In this spacious retreat you will learn new ways to support yourself in making changes that reflect your ideals. Each day includes instruction, group work and plenty of personal time for reflection and practice. Instruction focuses on our core practices such as the Divine Light Invocation, Mantra, Relaxation, Dream Yoga and Hatha Yoga. Learn to use tools that will help you make key transformations in your life.

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power

 

Jun
9
Sun
Body as a Temple
Jun 9 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 14 @ 5:30 pm
Sacred Dance, Hidden Language & Relaxation

Give yourself the time to honour and respect your body. In this program, you will listen to your body’s messages through the Hidden Language Hatha Yoga course – a method that Swami Radha pioneered to find the mystical meanings of the asanas; you will practice devotional movement through sacred dance as an expression of the heart; and you will absorb the healing and rejuvenating benefits of deep relaxation.

Hidden Language Hatha Yoga is a gentle and meditative style of Hatha Yoga that includes writing, visualization and mantra. Hidden Language reveals the profound interconnections of body, mind, speech and spirit. As you stretch your body, you can open your mind and expand your awareness of the sacred in yourself and in the world.

Taking your insights from Hidden Language, you move into Sacred Dance, where you have the opportunity to express feelings that are beyond words, that only gestures, only a look can express. When the body is an instrument of devotional expression, it is at its most beautiful. The art of sacred dance combines movement, music, prayer and reflection. Set to mantras, prayers and devotional songs, sacred dance provides a way to explore the body as a spiritual tool. (No dance experience is needed.)

Go inward in Relaxation, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Using a guided relaxation practice, you will emerge renewed and full of Light.

Re-enter your life with these sustaining practices to nourish yourself and to respect your body as a divine messenger.

 

Recommended book: Hatha Yoga: the Hidden Language
Recommended CD: Relaxation

 

Hidden Language Hatha Yoga
Jun 9 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 11 @ 5:30 pm
Hidden Language Hatha Yoga @ Yasodhara Ashram

The Hidden Language is a gentle and meditative style of Hatha Yoga that includes writing, visualization and mantra. Hidden Language reveals the profound interconnections of body, mind, speech and spirit. As you stretch your body, you can open your mind and expand your awareness of the sacred in yourself and in the world.

 

Recommended book: Hatha Yoga: the Hidden Language

 

Jun
14
Fri
Dream Yoga
Jun 14 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 16 @ 5:30 pm

Where do dreams come from? What messages do they hold? Dream Yoga is a powerful way to get in touch with your Higher Self. Learn Swami Radha’s step-by-step method to unlock the language of your unconscious. By working with the symbols and metaphors of your dreaming life, you can begin to understand how dreams can offer guidance and support in your waking life.

 

Recommended book: Realities of the Dreaming Mind

 

Key to the Unconscious: Dream Yoga and Straight Walk®
Jun 14 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 19 @ 5:30 pm

Learn to open the doors to your unconscious through the exploration of your personal symbolism. The Dream Yoga workshop, based on Swami Radha’s book, Realities of the Dreaming Mind, helps you open to the meaning of your dreams, which are a direct message from the unconscious mind. In Straight Walk® you work with the metaphor of walking toward your goal or toward an upcoming choice. The combination of Dreams and Straight Walk® encourages a deepening trust in a source within yourself that you can count on.

Where do dreams come from? What messages do they hold? Dream Yoga is a powerful way to get in touch with your Higher Self. Learn a step-by-step method to unlock the language of your unconscious. By working with the symbols and metaphors of your dreaming life, you can begin to understand how dreams can offer guidance and support in your waking life.

Taking your understanding of symbolism from your dream work, you enter the Straight Walk®. Swami Radha based this course upon an ancient Buddhist practice of self-awareness. You will work with a number of different walking meditations, practicing observation and concentration. Steps are taken, literally and symbolically, to understand your perception and to gain perspective of your issues and choices. By observing both your emotional and your rational responses, you gain a more complete picture of your current situation and can make decisions from a balanced perspective.

Included in the program is time to gather your symbolic messages in order to apply your insights into your real life situation.

 

Recommended books:
Realities of the Dreaming Mind
The Divine Light Invocation

 

Jun
20
Thu
10 Days of Yoga
Jun 20 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 30 @ 5:30 pm

One of our most popular programs for students of all levels, this course is designed to offer practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yogic practices such as Mantra, Kundalini and Karma Yoga, combined with original courses Swami Radha created for personal development, such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga. Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be.

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

 

Jun
21
Fri
Yoga of Light Retreat
Jun 21 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 23 @ 5:30 pm

What better time to focus on the Light than on the magic of summer solstice?

The Divine Light Invocation is a standing meditation that combines the body, breath and mind in a concise practice of visualizing Divine Light, recognizing the Light within and learning how to share this Light with others. It is one of the most integral practices at Yasodhara Ashram.

Explore this powerful practice in-depth, along with relaxation techniques, visualizations and meditations on Light. Learn how the Divine Light practice can be a positive, healing force in your life.

 

Recommended book: The Divine Light Invocation
Recommended CD: Guided Meditation

 

Jun
30
Sun
Calling to the Divine
Jun 30 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 5 @ 5:30 pm
Music & Consciousness, Sacred Dance and Mantra

This five-day program taps into the devotional nature of the heart through music, sound and dance. Music & Consciousness is an original workshop developed by Swami Radha to awaken inner knowledge through the power of sound. Combining Music & Consciousness with mantra and sacred dance, this series offers a pathway to the Divine through creative expression.

In Music & Consciousness, you will listen to seven musical pieces and draw your impressions of each. By looking at the drawings in relation to your life, you can open to an intuitive sense of your path and where you are. This workshop provides an effective way to sidestep the rational mind and receive insights directly from your own deeper wisdom. Dip into the secret language of your unconscious – a world of symbol, myth and metaphor that can guide you in practical and mysterious ways.

The Mantra workshop will deepen your understanding of the effects of sound as you investigate your own voice through chanting. Mantras are words of power that are devotional by nature and can calm the emotions, improve concentration and promote healing. You will observe the effect of different mantras as well as the power of silence.

In the Sacred Dance workshop you have the opportunity to express feelings that are beyond words — that only gestures, only a look can express. When the body is an instrument of devotional expression, it is at its most beautiful. The art of sacred dance combines movement, music, prayer and reflection. Set to mantras, prayers and devotional songs, sacred dance provides a way to explore the body as a spiritual tool. (No dance experience is needed.)

Together these workshops offer an experience of self-knowledge and Bhakti Yoga, the Yoga of Devotion.

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power

Mantra Yoga
Jun 30 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 2 @ 5:30 pm

The Mantra Yoga workshop will deepen your understanding of the effects of sound as you investigate your own voice through chanting. Mantras are words of power that are devotional by nature and can calm the emotions, improve concentration and promote healing. You will observe the effect of different mantras as well as the power of silence.

 

Recommended book: Mantras: Words of Power

Jul
5
Fri
Divine Feminine Retreat
Jul 5 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 7 @ 5:30 pm

Who is Divine Mother? Who is She in me? Swami Radha describes Divine Mother as the power that manifests all and that gives birth to sound and speech. Her forms range from gentle compassion to loving ferocity. Her powers include wisdom, strength, harmony and intimate knowledge. In this retreat, you will move closer to this feminine power through movement, drawing, reflection and mantra. Take time to seek Her in the natural beauty around you and to invite Her presence into your own heart. What is Her message for you?

Recommended book: The Divine Light Invocation

 

Jul
6
Sat
A Taste of the Ashram
Jul 6 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm

To celebrate the Ashram’s 50th Anniversary, we are inviting guests to register for a short day program that gives a taste of this special community. Join us for a yoga class, lunch and guided tour of the grounds, including an overview of our environmental initiatives and gardens.

Dates: The first Saturday of each month – June through September

Schedule:

11-12:15 – Hatha Yoga class. Please come early to register at the bookstore where you will be directed to the classroom. We supply yoga mats and blankets. Children and adults are welcome. The class is open to all levels.

12:30 – Enjoy an organic and locally-harvested lunch.

1:15-2:30 – Take a guided tour of our grounds, abundant gardens, environmentally designed buildings and devotional spaces.

Fee: 
$25/ adults
$10/ ages 6 – 18
Free for children 5 and under

All are invited to our evening satsang (devotional service) held at the Temple of Light between 8-9pm.

Jul
8
Mon
Family Week
Jul 8 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 12 @ 5:30 pm

This year we extend a special invitation to families of all ages, shapes and sizes to attend our first Family Week – a program especially designed to support you. Join together with others to experience the potential of family life in a community. We’ve arranged the schedule so parents have time for reflection and practice activities. Children have opportunities to play in the garden, meet the chickens and help with harvesting. Teens can enroll in the Teen Program, which is led by inspiring young adults. Spend family time together in yoga, work, play and retreat.

 

Teen Program
Jul 8 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 12 @ 5:30 pm

Join the Yasodhara Ashram Teen Program! Come build self-confidence, make friends and learn ways to get to know yourself. Your days will be filled with yoga classes, art, music and outdoor activities.

For teens ages 13 to 18

 

Jul
13
Sat
Life Seals®
Jul 13 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 15 @ 5:30 pm
Life Seals® @ Yasodhara Ashram

In Life Seals® you create personal symbols that represent your mind, essence, senses, likes, dislikes, and positive and negative characteristics. This process allows the unconscious to come forward, revealing patterns, life lessons and the potential for change. Life Seals® can open doors of awareness and help you gain a new perspective on yourself and your direction in life.

Recommended book: The Divine Light Invocation

 

Power Pack: Life Seals® and Straight Walk®
Jul 13 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 18 @ 5:30 pm

This special five-day program gives you the opportunity to gain perspective on your life through two of Swami Radha’s most powerful self-development workshops – Life Seals® and Straight Walk®.

Starting with Life Seals®, you create personal symbols that represent your mind, essence, senses, likes, dislikes, and positive and negative characteristics. This process allows the unconscious to come forward, revealing patterns, life lessons and the potential for change. Life Seals® can open doors of awareness and help you understand yourself and your direction in life.

Taking your insights from Life Seals®, you enter the Straight Walk®. Swami Radha based this course upon an ancient Buddhist practice of self-awareness. The Straight Walk® includes several walking meditations practiced with observation and concentration. Steps are taken, literally and symbolically, to understand your perception and gain a new perspective of your issues and choices. You observe both your emotional response and rational thinking to help you make decisions aligned with your ideals.

Integrated in the program is personal retreat time to review and synthesize your learning so that you can apply insights into your daily life.

Recommended book: The Divine Light Invocation

 

Jul
14
Sun
Relaxation Retreat
Jul 14 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 18 @ 5:30 pm

Experience the quiet and tranquility of Yasodhara Ashram. In this retreat, you will focus on going inward, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Each day you will go deeper into a relaxation practice to emerge renewed and full of Light. Re-enter your life with sustaining practices to keep the relaxation, with all of its benefits, alive.

Recommended book: The Yoga of Healing
Recommended CDs: Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

Jul
18
Thu
10 Days of Yoga
Jul 18 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 28 @ 5:30 pm

One of our most popular programs for students of all levels, this course is designed to offer practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yogic practices such as Mantra, Kundalini and Karma Yoga, combined with original courses Swami Radha created for personal development, such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga. Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be.

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

Jul
19
Fri
Stilling the Mind Retreat
Jul 19 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 23 @ 5:30 pm

What is the mind? What are its tendencies? How can it be directed? Each day you will learn a practice – including visualization, breathing techniques, concentration and reflection – to help you understand different levels of mind and to approach the mind’s expansive potential. The natural beauty and silence of the Ashram support your search for this silence and beauty within.

Recommended books: Kundalini Yoga for the West and The Yoga of Healing

 

Aug
2
Fri
Tools For Transformation Retreat
Aug 2 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 6 @ 5:30 pm

In this spacious retreat you will learn new ways to support yourself in making changes that reflect your ideals. Each day includes instruction, group work and plenty of personal time for reflection and practice. Instruction focuses on our core practices such as the Divine Light Invocation, Mantra, Relaxation, Dream Yoga and Hatha Yoga. Learn to use tools that will help you make key transformations in your life.

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power

 

Aug
3
Sat
A Taste of the Ashram
Aug 3 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm

To celebrate the Ashram’s 50th Anniversary, we are inviting guests to register for a short day program that gives a taste of this special community. Join us for a yoga class, lunch and guided tour of the grounds, including an overview of our environmental initiatives and gardens.

Dates: The first Saturday of each month – June through September

Schedule:

11-12:15 – Hatha Yoga class. Please come early to register at the bookstore where you will be directed to the classroom. We supply yoga mats and blankets. Children and adults are welcome. The class is open to all levels.

12:30 – Enjoy an organic and locally-harvested lunch.

1:15-2:30 – Take a guided tour of our grounds, abundant gardens, environmentally designed buildings and devotional spaces.

Fee: 
$25/ adults
$10/ ages 6 – 18
Free for children 5 and under

All are invited to our evening satsang (devotional service) held at the Temple of Light between 8-9pm.

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)

 

Aug
12
Mon
Body as a Temple: Sacred Dance, Hidden Language & Relaxation
Aug 12 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 17 @ 5:30 pm

Give yourself the time to honour and respect your body. In this program, you will listen to your body’s messages through the Hidden Language Hatha Yoga course – a method that Swami Radha pioneered to find the mystical meanings of the asanas; you will practice devotional movement through sacred dance as an expression of the heart; and you will absorb the healing and rejuvenating benefits of deep relaxation.

Hidden Language Hatha Yoga is a gentle and meditative style of Hatha Yoga that includes writing, visualization and mantra. Hidden Language reveals the profound interconnections of body, mind, speech and spirit. As you stretch your body, you can open your mind and expand your awareness of the sacred in yourself and in the world.

Taking your insights from Hidden Language, you move into Sacred Dance, where you have the opportunity to express feelings that are beyond words, that only gestures, only a look can express. When the body is an instrument of devotional expression, it is at its most beautiful. The art of sacred dance combines movement, music, prayer and reflection. Set to mantras, prayers and devotional songs, sacred dance provides a way to explore the body as a spiritual tool. (No dance experience is needed.)

Go inward in Relaxation, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Using a guided relaxation practice, you will emerge renewed and full of Light.

Re-enter your life with these sustaining practices to nourish yourself and to respect your body as a divine messenger.

 

Recommended book: Hatha Yoga: the Hidden Language
Recommended CD: Relaxation

 

Sacred Dance
Aug 12 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 14 @ 5:30 pm

In Sacred Dance you have the opportunity to express feelings that are beyond words—that only gestures, only a look can express. When the body is an instrument of devotional expression — it is at its most beautiful. The art of sacred dance combines movement, music, prayer and reflection. Set to mantras, prayers and devotional songs, sacred dance provides a way to explore the body as a spiritual tool. (No dance experience is needed.)

 

Aug
15
Thu
10 Days of Yoga
Aug 15 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 25 @ 5:30 pm

One of our most popular programs for students of all levels, this course is designed to offer practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yogic practices such as Mantra, Kundalini and Karma Yoga, combined with original courses Swami Radha created for personal development, such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga. Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be.

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

 

Aug
23
Fri
Women & Spiritual Life
Aug 23 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 27 @ 5:30 pm

Who are you beyond your role as wife, partner, mother, sister, daughter? How are you realizing your potential as a woman? What does yoga offer you? Come together with other women, in a powerful and intimate gathering, to discuss these questions, investigate your life and support each other. This is a safe and sacred space, a time for personal nourishment.

 

Recommended books:
Carried by a Promise
Radha: Diary of a Woman’s Search 
The Divine Light Invocation

 

Sep
7
Sat
A Taste of the Ashram
Sep 7 @ 11:00 am – 2:30 pm

To celebrate the Ashram’s 50th Anniversary, we are inviting guests to register for a short day program that gives a taste of this special community. Join us for a yoga class, lunch and guided tour of the grounds, including an overview of our environmental initiatives and gardens.

Dates: The first Saturday of each month – June through September

Schedule:

11-12:15 – Hatha Yoga class. Please come early to register at the bookstore where you will be directed to the classroom. We supply yoga mats and blankets. Children and adults are welcome. The class is open to all levels.

12:30 – Enjoy an organic and locally-harvested lunch.

1:15-2:30 – Take a guided tour of our grounds, abundant gardens, environmentally designed buildings and devotional spaces.

Fee: 
$25/ adults
$10/ ages 6 – 18
Free for children 5 and under

All are invited to our evening satsang (devotional service) held at the Temple of Light between 8-9pm.

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

Register Online

Sep
13
Fri
Life Seals®
Sep 13 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 15 @ 5:30 pm
Life Seals® @ Yasodhara Ashram

In Life Seals® you create personal symbols that represent your mind, essence, senses, likes, dislikes, and positive and negative characteristics. This process allows the unconscious to come forward, revealing patterns, life lessons and the potential for change. Life Seals® can open doors of awareness and help you gain a new perspective on yourself and your direction in life.

Recommended book: The Divine Light Invocation

 

Sep
20
Fri
Relaxation Retreat
Sep 20 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 22 @ 5:30 pm

Experience the quiet and tranquility of Yasodhara Ashram. In this retreat, you will focus on going inward, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Each day you will go deeper into a relaxation practice to emerge renewed and full of Light. Re-enter your life with sustaining practices to keep the relaxation, with all of its benefits, alive.

Recommended book: The Yoga of Healing and CDs: “Relaxation” and “The Divine Light Invocation”)

 

Sep
27
Fri
Straight Walk®
Sep 27 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 29 @ 5:30 pm

Swami Radha based this course upon an ancient Buddhist practice of self-awareness. The Straight Walk® includes several walking meditations practiced with observation and concentration. Steps are taken, literally and symbolically, to understand your perception and gain a new perspective of your issues and choices. You observe both your emotional response and rational thinking to help you make decisions aligned with your ideals.

 

Recommended book: The Divine Light Invocation

 

Oct
4
Fri
Stilling the Mind Retreat
Oct 4 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 6 @ 5:30 pm

What is the mind? What are its tendencies? How can it be directed? Each day you will learn a practice – including visualization, breathing techniques, concentration and reflection – to help you understand different levels of mind and to approach the mind’s expansive potential. The natural beauty and silence of the Ashram support your search for this silence and beauty within.

 

Recommended books:
Kundalini Yoga for the West
The Yoga of Healing

Oct
6
Sun
Living the Practice with Swami Radhananda
Oct 6 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 11 @ 5:30 pm

How do you maintain the ideals of yoga in your daily life, in your family, in your work, in your community? What would it mean to accept the challenge to change, open your heart and mind, and live life fully?

This special five-day yoga workshop is led by Swami Radhananda, author and spiritual director of Yasodhara Ashram. Swami Radhananda will help you explore how a life infused with practice and self-inquiry can become a life of meaning and potential.

 

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.

 

Oct
17
Thu
10 Days of Yoga
Oct 17 @ 7:00 pm – Oct 27 @ 5:00 pm

One of our most popular programs for students of all levels, this course is designed to offer practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yogic practices such as Mantra, Kundalini and Karma Yoga, combined with original courses Swami Radha created for personal development, such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga. Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be.

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

Oct
25
Fri
Yoga of Healing Retreat
Oct 25 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 29 @ 5:30 pm

Yoga offers many spiritual gifts to access health and wholeness. Yogic practices provide a means of clearing the body and mind, giving you the strength to be who you really are. In the healing process you have the space to reflect on your life. The retreat is for those seeking physical, mental or spiritual healing. Spacious and nurturing, this is a time to go inward, accessing your compassion and inner Light.

Cost: $780; deposit $100

Recommended book: The Yoga of Healing
Recommended CD: Relaxation

Register Online

Dec
6
Fri
Relaxation Retreat
Dec 6 @ 7:45 pm – Dec 10 @ 6:30 pm

Experience the quiet and tranquility of Yasodhara Ashram. In this retreat, you will focus on going inward, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Each day you will go deeper into a relaxation practice to emerge renewed and full of Light. Re-enter your life with sustaining practices to keep the relaxation, with all of its benefits, alive.

Cost: $780; deposit $100

Recommended book: The Yoga of Healing
Recommended CDs: Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

Register Online

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

 

Jan
8
Wed
The Yoga Development Course
Jan 8 @ 7:45 pm – Apr 8 @ 5:30 pm

The YDC is an intensive three-month program designed to give students an in-depth introduction to the major branches of yoga and a foundation in personal and spiritual development. The course is of lasting value not only to potential yoga teachers but also to all those who wish to deepen their yoga practice and make permanent changes in their approach to life.

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Feb
7
Fri
Stilling the Mind Retreat
Feb 7 @ 6:45 pm – Feb 9 @ 5:30 pm
Stilling the Mind Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

February 7-9, May 30-June 1, July 16-20, October 3-5

What is the mind? What are its tendencies? How can it be directed? You will learn various practices – including visualization, breathing techniques, concentration and reflection – to help you understand different levels of mind and to approach the mind’s expansive potential. The natural beauty and silence of the Ashram support your search for this silence and beauty within.

Cost:
February 7-9: $395; deposit $100
May 30-June 1; $395, deposit $100
July 16–20: $790; deposit $100
October 3-5: $395; deposit $100
(See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Kundalini Yoga for the West
The Yoga of Healing

 

Mar
21
Fri
Relaxation Retreat (Spring Equinox)
Mar 21 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 23 @ 5:30 pm
Relaxation Retreat (Spring Equinox) @ Yasodhara Ashram

December 6-10 (2013), March 21-23, July 6-8, September 19-21

As winter turns to spring, find balance and renewal within yourself.

Experience the quiet and tranquility of Yasodhara Ashram. In this retreat, you will focus on going inward, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Each day you will go deeper into a relaxation practice to emerge renewed and full of Light. Re-enter your life with sustaining practices to keep the relaxation, with all of its benefits, alive.

CYCLE OF LIGHT SERIES:
Scheduled during the equinoxes and solstices, Cycle of Light Retreats focus on renewal and relaxation through times of change. Honour the seasonal cycles of light by nourishing your own inner Light.

Cost:
December 6-10, 2013: $780; deposit $100
March 21-23: $395; deposit $100
July 6-8: $395; deposit $100
September 19-21: $395; deposit $100
(See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

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)

May
2
Fri
Life Seals
May 2 @ 6:45 pm – May 4 @ 5:30 pm
Life Seals @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 2-4, June 11-13, July 21-23

In Life Seals you create personal symbols that represent your mind, essence, senses, likes, dislikes, and positive and negative characteristics. This process allows the unconscious to come forward, revealing patterns, life lessons and the potential for change. Life Seals can open doors of awareness and help you gain a new perspective on yourself and your direction in life.

Cost: $395; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

May
5
Mon
Discover Yasodhara: Introduction to Spiritual Community
May 5 @ 6:45 pm – May 12 @ 5:30 pm
Discover Yasodhara: Introduction to Spiritual Community @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 5-12, June 2-9, September 9-16, October 14-21

“Discover Yasodhara” is for those who are interested in experiencing daily life in a spiritual community, and a great way to get to know Yasodhara Ashram. This is a one-week work and study program, with a balanced focus on the practice of Karma Yoga (selfless service) and introductory classes in the practices of Yasodhara Yoga – including Mantra, Hatha, Dreams, Kundalini, Divine Light Invocation, Sacred Dance and reflection.

This program is a unique opportunity to experience yoga, work and community life at one of the most enduring spiritual communities in North America.

Program features include:

Service

  • Learn about Karma Yoga: the practice and philosophy
  • Experience how the Ashram functions by participating in work areas throughout the community
  • Participate in our Karma Yoga work schedule four hours/day five days of your one-week stay

Study

  • A one-day introduction and orientation
  • Morning Hatha or Hidden Language Hatha Yoga classes, six days a week
  • Satsang in the Temple every evening
  • Yasodhara Yoga workshops half-days for five days and a final day of reflection and synthesis

Cost: $525; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
May 5-12
June 2-9
September 9-15
October 14-21

May
9
Fri
Yoga & Healing Retreat
May 9 @ 6:45 pm – May 11 @ 5:30 pm
Yoga & Healing Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 9-11, December 5-7

Yoga offers many spiritual gifts to access health and wholeness. Yogic practices provide a means of clearing the body and mind, giving you the strength to be who you really are. In the healing process you have the space to reflect on your life. The retreat is for those seeking physical, mental or spiritual healing. Spacious and nurturing, this is a time to go inward, accessing your compassion and inner Light.

Cost: $395; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing


Recommended CDs:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

May
15
Thu
10 Days of Yoga
May 15 @ 6:45 pm – May 25 @ 5:30 pm
10 Days of Yoga @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 15-25, June 19-29, July 26-August 5, August 21-31, October 16-26

One of our most popular programs for students of all levels, this course is designed to offer practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yogic practices such as Mantra, Kundalini and Karma Yoga, combined with original courses Swami Radha created for personal development, such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga. Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be.

Cost: $1500; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

May
23
Fri
Unplug Retreat: A tech-free weekend
May 23 @ 6:45 pm – May 25 @ 5:30 pm
Unplug Retreat: A tech-free weekend @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 23-25, October 17-19

Leave your cellphone, smartphone, laptop and tablet at home. Quiet the digital distractions and go inward during this two-day retreat. Gain perspective on your relationship to technology. Ask, how does communication work unmediated by computers? Who am I without the constant stream of Internet information? Using meditation, mind-watch and Mantra, this retreat gives you a chance to observe yourself unplugged.

*All participants will be asked to sign a contract to ‘not plug in.’ You can drop off any digital distractors at the office.

Cost: $395; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
May 23-25
October 17-19

May
30
Fri
Stilling the Mind Retreat
May 30 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 1 @ 5:30 pm
Stilling the Mind Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

February 7-9, May 30-June 1, July 16-20, October 3-5

What is the mind? What are its tendencies? How can it be directed? You will learn various practices – including visualization, breathing techniques, concentration and reflection – to help you understand different levels of mind and to approach the mind’s expansive potential. The natural beauty and silence of the Ashram support your search for this silence and beauty within.

Cost:
February 7-9: $395; deposit $100
May 30-June 1; $395, deposit $100
July 16–20: $790; deposit $100
October 3-5: $395; deposit $100
(See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Kundalini Yoga for the West
The Yoga of Healing

Jun
2
Mon
Discover Yasodhara: Introduction to Spiritual Community
Jun 2 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 9 @ 5:30 pm
Discover Yasodhara: Introduction to Spiritual Community @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 5-12, June 2-9, September 9-16, October 14-21

“Discover Yasodhara” is for those who are interested in experiencing daily life in a spiritual community, and a great way to get to know Yasodhara Ashram. This is a one-week work and study program, with a balanced focus on the practice of Karma Yoga (selfless service) and introductory classes in the practices of Yasodhara Yoga – including Mantra, Hatha, Dreams, Kundalini, Divine Light Invocation, Sacred Dance and reflection.

This program is a unique opportunity to experience yoga, work and community life at one of the most enduring spiritual communities in North America.

Program features include:

Service

  • Learn about Karma Yoga: the practice and philosophy
  • Experience how the Ashram functions by participating in work areas throughout the community
  • Participate in our Karma Yoga work schedule four hours/day five days of your one-week stay

Study

  • A one-day introduction and orientation
  • Morning Hatha or Hidden Language Hatha Yoga classes, six days a week
  • Satsang in the Temple every evening
  • Yasodhara Yoga workshops half-days for five days and a final day of reflection and synthesis

Cost: $525; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
May 5-12
June 2-9
September 9-15
October 14-21

Jun
6
Fri
Self-Image
Jun 6 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 8 @ 5:30 pm
Self-Image @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 6-8

In the Self-Image workshop you will explore how you see yourself through written reflections and video recordings. The image you put out to others is the basis of responses that you get back. What is your self-image now? What do you want to change? You will be recorded in groups and individual situations. Watching yourself on video is a powerful tool for learning. Can you take a new look? Can you allow yourself to change?

Cost: $395; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Jun
11
Wed
Life Seals
Jun 11 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 13 @ 5:30 pm
Life Seals @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 11-13, July 21-23

In Life Seals you create personal symbols that represent your mind, essence, senses, likes, dislikes, and positive and negative characteristics. This process allows the unconscious to come forward, revealing patterns, life lessons and the potential for change. Life Seals can open doors of awareness and help you gain a new perspective on yourself and your direction in life. Couples are welcome!

Cost: $395; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Jun
19
Thu
10 Days of Yoga
Jun 19 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 29 @ 5:30 pm
10 Days of Yoga @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 15-25, June 19-29, July 26-August 5, August 21-31, October 16-26

One of our most popular programs for students of all levels, this course is designed to offer practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yogic practices such as Mantra, Kundalini and Karma Yoga, combined with original courses Swami Radha created for personal development, such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga. Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be.

Cost: $1500; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

Jun
20
Fri
Renewing in the Light Retreat (Summer Solstice)
Jun 20 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 22 @ 5:30 pm
Renewing in the Light Retreat (Summer Solstice) @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 20-22, December 19-21

What better time to saturate yourself with Light than during the magic of summer solstice?

In this retreat we explore the practice of the Divine Light Invocation, along with relaxation techniques, visualizations and meditations on Light.

The Divine Light Invocation is a standing meditation that combines the body, breath and mind in a concise practice of visualizing Divine Light, recognizing the Light within and learning how to share this Light with others. It is one of the most integral practices at Yasodhara Ashram.

CYCLE OF LIGHT SERIES:
Scheduled during the equinoxes and solstices, Cycle of Light Retreats focus on renewal and relaxation through times of change. Honour the seasonal cycles of light by nourishing your own inner Light.

Cost: $395; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Recommended CD:
Guided Meditation

Jun
27
Fri
Tools for Transformation Retreat
Jun 27 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 1 @ 5:30 pm
Tools for Transformation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 27-July 1, July 30-August 3, October 24-28

In this spacious retreat you will learn new ways to support yourself in making changes that reflect your ideals. Each day includes instruction, group work and plenty of personal time for reflection and practice. Instruction focuses on our core practices such as the Divine Light Invocation, Mantra, Relaxation, Dream Yoga and Hatha Yoga. Learn to use tools that will help you make key transformations in your life.

Cost: $790; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power

Jul
1
Tue
Music & Consciousness
Jul 1 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 3 @ 5:30 pm
Music & Consciousness @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 1-3

Music has the power to heal, the power to awaken. In this workshop you will listen to seven musical pieces and draw your impressions of each. By looking at the drawings in relation to your life, you can open to an intuitive sense of your path and where you are. This workshop is an effective way to sidestep the rational mind and receive insights directly from your own deeper wisdom. Dip into the secret language of your unconscious – a world of symbol, myth and metaphor that can guide you in practical and mysterious ways.

Thought is vibration. Sound is also vibration. Knowledge is vibration… to understand the delicate modes of vibration it is necessary to begin on a personal level.

Cost: $395; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Jul
4
Fri
Divine Feminine Retreat
Jul 4 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 6 @ 5:30 pm
Divine Feminine Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 4-6

Who is Divine Mother? Who is She in me? Swami Radha describes Divine Mother as the power that manifests all and that gives birth to sound and speech. Her forms range from gentle compassion to loving ferocity. Her powers include wisdom, strength, harmony and intimate knowledge. In this retreat, you will move closer to this feminine power through movement, drawing, reflection and mantra. Take time to seek Her in the natural beauty around you and to invite Her presence into your own heart. What is Her message for you?

Cost: $395; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Jul
6
Sun
Relaxation Retreat
Jul 6 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 8 @ 5:30 pm
Relaxation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

December 6-10 (2013), March 21-23, July 6-8, September 19-21

Experience the quiet and tranquility of Yasodhara Ashram. In this retreat, you will focus on going inward, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Each day you will go deeper into a relaxation practice to emerge renewed and full of Light. Re-enter your life with sustaining practices to keep the relaxation, with all of its benefits, alive.

Cost:
December 6-10, 2013: $780; deposit $100
March 21-23: $395; deposit $100
July 6-8: $395; deposit $100
September 19-21: $395; deposit $100
(See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

Jul
9
Wed
Family Week
Jul 9 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 13 @ 5:30 pm
Family Week @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 9 – 13

Families of all ages, shapes and sizes are invited to attend our popular Family Week! Join together with others to experience the potential of family life in a community. This program has been especially designed to support you. We’ve arranged the schedule so parents have time for personal reflection and time to connect with other parents. Children have opportunities to play in the garden, meet the chickens and help with harvesting. Spend family time together in yoga, work, play and retreat.

Cost:
Per Adult — $450
Child 0-5 no charge
Child 6-12 — $50
Teen 13-17 — $170
(See our Cancellation Policy)


We also offer a sliding scale. We want this to be an open invitation to all interested families to participate. And if you can contribute more, your generosity will benefit another family. Thank you!

Shakti Camp for Teen Girls
Jul 9 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 13 @ 5:30 pm
Shakti Camp for Teen Girls @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 9 – 13

If you are a young woman aged 13-18, Shakti Camp is designed for you. This week-long Ashram adventure includes activities such as dance, arts, hiking and swimming as well as yoga classes, journaling and group discussions. With other young women, explore the issues that matter most to you: what stresses you out at home or school? What does friendship mean to you? Grow in confidence as you look at your body image, personal power and self-expression.

You also have a chance to experience life in a spiritual community with powerful female role models. Join us for daily Hatha Yoga classes, Karma Yoga (selfless service) and nightly satsang. Make friends, have fun and learn about yourself in this supportive and nurturing community.

This program runs concurrently with Family Week.

For teen girls ages 13 -18.

Cost: $175; deposit $50 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Jul
15
Tue
Light & Vibration with Swami Lalitananda
Jul 15 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 19 @ 5:30 pm
Light & Vibration with Swami Lalitananda @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 15-19

What is Energy and how does it manifest? What are the secrets of the mind and heart? How do the mystical teachings of yoga help us to create the kind of world we want to live in?

Light & Vibration is Swami Radha’s final book, a culmination of her wisdom and teachings. In it, she attempts to explain the unexplainable, the dance between the mysteries of the universe and our place in it. In this course, using her teachings as inspiration, we explore our own very personal paths to higher consciousness.

The promise inherent in yoga is that all of us can access the hidden place of the mind, where Light is always present. Through spiritual practices, study and reflection, we will examine our understanding of mind, heart, Light and vibration, looking to unify the inner and outer worlds.

This special four-day workshop is led by Swami Lalitananda, editor of Light & Vibration.

Cost: $950; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:

Light & Vibration: Consciousness, Mysticism and the Culmination of Yoga

Jul
16
Wed
Stilling the Mind Retreat
Jul 16 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 20 @ 5:30 pm
Stilling the Mind Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

February 7-9, May 30-June 1, July 16-20, October 3-5

What is the mind? What are its tendencies? How can it be directed? You will learn various practices – including visualization, breathing techniques, concentration and reflection – to help you understand different levels of mind and to approach the mind’s expansive potential. The natural beauty and silence of the Ashram support your search for this silence and beauty within.

Cost:
February 7-9: $395; deposit $100
May 30-June 1; $395, deposit $100
July 16–20: $790; deposit $100
October 3-5: $395; deposit $100
(See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Kundalini Yoga for the West
The Yoga of Healing

Jul
21
Mon
Life Seals
Jul 21 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 23 @ 5:30 pm
Life Seals @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 2-4, June 11-13, July 21-23

In Life Seals you create personal symbols that represent your mind, essence, senses, likes, dislikes, and positive and negative characteristics. This process allows the unconscious to come forward, revealing patterns, life lessons and the potential for change. Life Seals can open doors of awareness and help you gain a new perspective on yourself and your direction in life.

Cost: $395; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Jul
26
Sat
10 Days of Yoga
Jul 26 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 5 @ 5:30 pm
10 Days of Yoga @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 26-August 5, August 21-31, October 16-26

One of our most popular programs for students of all levels, this course is designed to offer practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yogic practices such as Mantra, Kundalini and Karma Yoga, combined with original courses Swami Radha created for personal development, such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga. Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be.

Cost: $1500; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

Jul
30
Wed
Tools for Transformation Retreat
Jul 30 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 3 @ 5:30 pm
Tools for Transformation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 27-July 1, July 30-August 3, October 24-28

In this spacious retreat you will learn new ways to support yourself in making changes that reflect your ideals. Each day includes instruction, group work and plenty of personal time for reflection and practice. Instruction focuses on our core practices such as the Divine Light Invocation, Mantra, Relaxation, Dream Yoga and Hatha Yoga. Learn to use tools that will help you make key transformations in your life.

Cost: $790; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power

Aug
3
Sun
Sacred Dance
Aug 3 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 5 @ 5:30 pm
Sacred Dance @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 3-5

In Sacred Dance you have the opportunity to express feelings that are beyond words—that only gestures, only a look can express. When the body is an instrument of devotional expression — it is at its most beautiful. The art of sacred dance combines movement, music, prayer and reflection. Set to mantras, prayers and devotional songs, sacred dance provides a way to explore the body as a spiritual tool. (No dance experience is needed.)

Cost: $395; deposit $100 (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)

Aug
14
Thu
Relationships: Challenge & Choice
Aug 14 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 17 @ 5:30 pm
Relationships: Challenge & Choice @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 14-17

Whether you are single or part of a couple, here is the opportunity to look at what it means to be in a relationship.

In this workshop the focus is on personal clarification. How do you bring out the best in yourself? In your partner? What is love? What challenges are you facing and what choices can you make? How do you bring your spiritual self into a relationship?

Take stock and clarify where you stand through writing and discussion, exploring concepts such as dependence, independence and interdependence. This liberating personal investigation is supported by spiritual practices and self-development work, including elements from Straight Walk and Life Seals.

*People in all stages of relationship are welcome to attend this course, as couples or on your own.

Cost: $595; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Aug
17
Sun
Conscious Aging
Aug 17 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 19 @ 5:30 pm
Conscious Aging @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 17-19

Give yourself time in the tranquil, natural setting of the Ashram to reflect on your life and your next steps. Allow space to ask yourself questions, such as, What do I want to do with the time that is remaining? What is the purpose of my life now? What is my new perspective and how do my priorities need to change?

Cooperating with the aging process allows you new choices about how to live the rest of your life. Address the shifting needs of your body and mind using gentle Hidden Language Hatha Yoga, reflection and personal practice. Deepen your awareness of your past, present and future self.

Cost: $395; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Aug
20
Wed
Women and Spiritual Life Retreat
Aug 20 @ 5:30 pm – Aug 24 @ 6:45 pm
Women and Spiritual Life Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 20 – 24

Who are you beyond your role as daughter, partner, mother, sister? How are you realizing your potential as a woman? What does yoga offer you? Come together with other women, in a powerful and intimate gathering, to consider these questions, investigate your life and support each other. This is a safe and sacred space, a time for personal nourishment.

Cost: $790; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Carried by a Promise
Radha: Diary of a Woman’s Search
The Divine Light Invocation

Aug
21
Thu
10 Days of Yoga
Aug 21 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 31 @ 5:30 pm
10 Days of Yoga @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 15-25, June 19-29, July 26-August 5, August 21-31, October 16-26

One of our most popular programs for students of all levels, this course is designed to offer practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yogic practices such as Mantra, Kundalini and Karma Yoga, combined with original courses Swami Radha created for personal development, such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga. Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be.

Cost: $1500; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

Aug
26
Tue
Identification
Aug 26 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 28 @ 5:30 pm
Identification @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 26-28

In this course, you ask yourself the question, “Who am I?” By exploring who you really are, you can peel away external layers and come closer to your essence. With what do you want to identify? Your body? If you are the body, what happens when your body dies? If you are the mind, do you change with each changing personality aspect? Who are you underneath the shifting personalities? The Divine Light Invocation is offered as a practice to support your identification with your inner Light and potential.

Cost: $395; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Who Am I?: Self-Image & Identification
Aug 26 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 31 @ 5:30 pm
Who Am I?: Self-Image & Identification @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 6-11, August 26-31

By exploring your self-image and questioning who you really are, you can peel away external layers and come closer to your essence. These two original workshops developed by Swami Radha are often a pivotal point for self-understanding when offered in the Yoga Development Course. In this five-day intensive you are given the opportunity to face yourself and to see yourself in a new way.

In the Self-Image workshop you will explore how you see yourself through written reflections and video recordings. The image you put out to others is the basis of responses that you get back. What is your self-image now? What do you want to change? You will be recorded in groups and individual situations. Watching yourself on video is a powerful tool for learning. Can you take a new look? Can you allow yourself to change?

With your learning from the Self-Image workshop, you then deepen your investigation in the Identification workshop. The question, “Who are you?” opens the doors of inquiry and breaks limiting concepts. Swami Radha emphasized that many of our problems arise from wrong identification. If you are the body, what happens when your body dies? If you are the mind, do you change with each changing personality aspect? Who are you underneath the shifting personalities? The Divine Light Invocation is offered as a practice to support your identification with your inner Light and potential.

Cost: $890; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
June 6-11
Aug 26-31

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Kundalini Yoga for the West

Aug
29
Fri
Transitions
Aug 29 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 31 @ 5:30 pm
Transitions @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 29-31

Change happens – sometimes its something you’ve worked hard for, sometimes it comes unexpectedly. After the change there is the transition, from ending to beginning, old to new. This means letting go of the familiar, navigating the unknown and creating a new reality.

Transitions are an invigorating and challenging time. In this course you will explore your past experiences of transition and identify what choices you want to make now. By working with reflective tools, such as writing and drawing, and a selection of spiritual practices to help you prepare for change, access strength during transition and clarify options for your next steps.

Experience how yoga can support you in times of ending and beginning, change and transition.

Cost: $395; $100 deposit (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)

Sep
9
Tue
Discover Yasodhara: Introduction to Spiritual Community
Sep 9 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 16 @ 5:30 pm
Discover Yasodhara: Introduction to Spiritual Community @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 5-12, June 2-9, September 9-16, October 14-21

“Discover Yasodhara” is for those who are interested in experiencing daily life in a spiritual community, and a great way to get to know Yasodhara Ashram. This is a one-week work and study program, with a balanced focus on the practice of Karma Yoga (selfless service) and introductory classes in the practices of Yasodhara Yoga – including Mantra, Hatha, Dreams, Kundalini, Divine Light Invocation, Sacred Dance and reflection.

This program is a unique opportunity to experience yoga, work and community life at one of the most enduring spiritual communities in North America.

Program features include:

Service

  • Learn about Karma Yoga: the practice and philosophy
  • Experience how the Ashram functions by participating in work areas throughout the community
  • Participate in our Karma Yoga work schedule four hours/day five days of your one-week stay

Study

  • A one-day introduction and orientation
  • Morning Hatha or Hidden Language Hatha Yoga classes, six days a week
  • Satsang in the Temple every evening
  • Yasodhara Yoga workshops half-days for five days and a final day of reflection and synthesis

Cost: $525; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
May 5-12
June 2-9
September 9-15
October 14-21

Sep
19
Fri
Relaxation Retreat (Fall Equinox)
Sep 19 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 21 @ 5:30 pm
Relaxation Retreat (Fall Equinox) @ Yasodhara Ashram

December 6-10 (2013), March 21-23, July 6-8, September 19-21

Pause, rest and find balance as daylight shortens and we shift into fall.

Experience the quiet and tranquility of Yasodhara Ashram. In this retreat, you will focus on going inward, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Each day you will go deeper into a relaxation practice to emerge renewed and full of Light. Re-enter your life with sustaining practices to keep the relaxation, with all of its benefits, alive.

CYCLE OF LIGHT SERIES:
Scheduled during the equinoxes and solstices, Cycle of Light Retreats focus on renewal and relaxation through times of change. Honour the seasonal cycles of light by nourishing your own inner Light.

Cost:
December 6-10, 2013: $780; deposit $100
March 21-23: $395; deposit $100
July 6-8: $395; deposit $100
September 19-21: $395; deposit $100
(See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

Oct
3
Fri
Stilling the Mind Retreat
Oct 3 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 5 @ 5:30 pm
Stilling the Mind Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

February 7-9, May 30-June 1, July 16-20, October 3-5

What is the mind? What are its tendencies? How can it be directed? You will learn various practices – including visualization, breathing techniques, concentration and reflection – to help you understand different levels of mind and to approach the mind’s expansive potential. The natural beauty and silence of the Ashram support your search for this silence and beauty within.

Cost:
February 7-9: $395; deposit $100
May 30-June 1; $395, deposit $100
July 16–20: $790; deposit $100
October 3-5: $395; deposit $100
(See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Kundalini Yoga for the West
The Yoga of Healing

Oct
5
Sun
Living the Practice with Swami Radhananda
Oct 5 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 10 @ 5:30 pm
Living the Practice with Swami Radhananda @ Yasodhara Ashram

October 5 – 10

How do you maintain the ideals of yoga in your daily life, in your family, in your work, in your community? What would it mean to accept the challenge to change, open your heart and mind, and live life fully?

This special five-day yoga workshop is led by Swami Radhananda, author and spiritual director of Yasodhara Ashram. Swami Radhananda will help you explore how a life infused with practice and self-inquiry can become a life of meaning and potential.

Cost: $1250; $200 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)

Oct
14
Tue
Discover Yasodhara: Introduction to Spiritual Community
Oct 14 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 21 @ 5:30 pm
Discover Yasodhara: Introduction to Spiritual Community @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 5-12, June 2-9, September 9-16, October 14-21

“Discover Yasodhara” is for those who are interested in experiencing daily life in a spiritual community, and a great way to get to know Yasodhara Ashram. This is a one-week work and study program, with a balanced focus on the practice of Karma Yoga (selfless service) and introductory classes in the practices of Yasodhara Yoga – including Mantra, Hatha, Dreams, Kundalini, Divine Light Invocation, Sacred Dance and reflection.

This program is a unique opportunity to experience yoga, work and community life at one of the most enduring spiritual communities in North America.

Program features include:

Service

  • Learn about Karma Yoga: the practice and philosophy
  • Experience how the Ashram functions by participating in work areas throughout the community
  • Participate in our Karma Yoga work schedule four hours/day five days of your one-week stay

Study

  • A one-day introduction and orientation
  • Morning Hatha or Hidden Language Hatha Yoga classes, six days a week
  • Satsang in the Temple every evening
  • Yasodhara Yoga workshops half-days for five days and a final day of reflection and synthesis

Cost: $525; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
May 5-12
June 2-9
September 9-15
October 14-21

Oct
16
Thu
10 Days of Yoga
Oct 16 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 26 @ 5:30 pm
10 Days of Yoga @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 15-25, June 19-29, July 26-August 5, August 21-31, October 16-26

One of our most popular programs for students of all levels, this course is designed to offer practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yogic practices such as Mantra, Kundalini and Karma Yoga, combined with original courses Swami Radha created for personal development, such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga. Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be.

Cost: $1500; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

Oct
17
Fri
Unplug Retreat: A tech-free weekend
Oct 17 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 19 @ 5:30 pm
Unplug Retreat: A tech-free weekend @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 23-25, October 17-19

Leave your cellphone, smartphone, laptop and tablet at home. Quiet the digital distractions and go inward during this two-day retreat. Gain perspective on your relationship to technology. Ask, how does communication work unmediated by computers? Who am I without the constant stream of Internet information? Using meditation, mind-watch and Mantra, this retreat gives you a chance to observe yourself unplugged.

*All participants will be asked to sign a contract to ‘not plug in.’ You can drop off any digital distractors at the office.

Cost: $395; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
May 23-25
October 17-19

Oct
24
Fri
Tools for Transformation Retreat
Oct 24 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 28 @ 5:30 pm
Tools for Transformation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 27-July 1, July 30-August 3, October 24-28

In this spacious retreat you will learn new ways to support yourself in making changes that reflect your ideals. Each day includes instruction, group work and plenty of personal time for reflection and practice. Instruction focuses on our core practices such as the Divine Light Invocation, Mantra, Relaxation, Dream Yoga and Hatha Yoga. Learn to use tools that will help you make key transformations in your life.

Cost: $790; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power

Dec
19
Fri
Renewing in the Light Retreat (Winter Solstice)
Dec 19 @ 6:45 pm – Dec 21 @ 5:30 pm
Renewing in the Light Retreat (Winter Solstice) @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 20-22, December 19-21

Bring Light into deepest darkness and prepare for awareness to expand.

In this retreat we explore the practice of the Divine Light Invocation, along with relaxation techniques, visualizations and meditations on Light.

The Divine Light Invocation is a standing meditation that combines the body, breath and mind in a concise practice of visualizing Divine Light, recognizing the Light within and learning how to share this Light with others. It is one of the most integral practices at Yasodhara Ashram.

CYCLE OF LIGHT SERIES:
Scheduled during the equinoxes and solstices, Cycle of Light Retreats focus on renewal and relaxation through times of change. Honour the seasonal cycles of light by nourishing your own inner Light.

Cost: $395; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Recommended CD:
Guided Meditation

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

Jan
8
Thu
The Yoga Development Course
Jan 8 @ 7:45 pm – Apr 8 @ 5:30 pm

The YDC is an intensive three-month program designed to give students an in-depth introduction to the major branches of yoga and a foundation in personal and spiritual development. The course is of lasting value not only to potential yoga teachers but also to all those who wish to deepen their yoga practice and make permanent changes in their approach to life.

Read more…

Mar
20
Fri
Relaxation Retreat
Mar 20 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 22 @ 5:30 pm
Relaxation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

March 20-22, May 15-17, July 15-17, December 4-6

Experience the quiet and tranquility of Yasodhara Ashram. In this retreat, you will focus on going inward, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Each day you will go deeper into a relaxation practice to emerge renewed and full of Light. Re-enter your life with sustaining practices to keep the relaxation, with all of its benefits, alive.

Cost: $450; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

Register Online

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

May
1
Fri
Stilling the Mind Retreat
May 1 @ 6:45 pm – May 3 @ 5:30 pm
Stilling the Mind Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 1-3, July 2-6, September 18-20

What is the mind? What are its tendencies? How can it be directed? You will learn various practices – including visualization, breathing techniques, concentration and reflection – to help you understand different levels of mind and to approach the mind’s expansive potential. The natural beauty and silence of the Ashram support your search for this silence and beauty within.

Cost:
May 1-3: $450; deposit $100
July 2-6: $840; deposit $100

September 18-20; $450; deposit $100
(See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Kundalini Yoga for the West
The Yoga of Healing

Register Online

May
8
Fri
Life Seals
May 8 @ 6:45 pm – May 10 @ 5:30 pm
Life Seals @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 8-10, July 27-29

In Life Seals you create personal symbols that represent your mind, essence, senses, likes, dislikes, and positive and negative characteristics. This process allows the unconscious to come forward, revealing patterns, life lessons and the potential for change. Life Seals can open doors of awareness and help you gain a new perspective on yourself and your direction in life.

Cost: $450; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Register Online

Power Pack: Life Seals & Straight Walk
May 8 @ 6:45 pm – May 13 @ 5:30 pm
Power Pack: Life Seals & Straight Walk @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 8 – 13 and July 27-August 1

This special five-day program gives you the opportunity to gain perspective on your life through two of Swami Radha’s most powerful self-development workshops – Life Seals and Straight Walk.

Starting with Life Seals, you create personal symbols that represent your mind, essence, senses, likes, dislikes, and positive and negative characteristics. This process allows the unconscious to come forward, revealing patterns, life lessons and the potential for change. Life Seals can open doors of awareness and help you understand yourself and your direction in life.

Taking your insights from Life Seals, you enter the Straight Walk. Swami Radha based this course upon an ancient Buddhist practice of self-awareness. The Straight Walk includes several walking meditations practiced with observation and concentration. Steps are taken, literally and symbolically, to understand your perception and gain a new perspective of your issues and choices. You observe both your emotional response and rational thinking to help you make decisions aligned with your ideals.

Integrated in the program is personal retreat time to review and synthesize your learning so that you can apply insights to your daily life.

Cost: $950; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
May 8 – 13
July 27 – August 1

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

May
14
Thu
10 Days of Yoga
May 14 @ 6:45 pm – May 24 @ 5:30 pm
10 Days of Yoga @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 14-24, July 16-26, August 20-30, October 15-25

Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be — ten days reprieve from stress in a safe and nurturing place of reflection.

The peace and beauty of the natural surroundings and the guidance of experienced teachers can help you open your mind to new possibilities and support you in finding your own answers. You will leave with tools to create more meaning, joy and relaxation in your life and with more trust in your ability to live a balanced life.

For students of all levels, this course offers practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yoga and meditation practices such as mantra and visualization combined with in-depth self-development courses such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga.

Cost: $1500; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

Register Online

May
15
Fri
Relaxation Retreat
May 15 @ 6:45 pm – May 17 @ 5:30 pm
Relaxation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

March 20-22, May 15-17, July 15-17, December 4-6

Experience the quiet and tranquility of Yasodhara Ashram. In this retreat, you will focus on going inward, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Each day you will go deeper into a relaxation practice to emerge renewed and full of Light. Re-enter your life with sustaining practices to keep the relaxation, with all of its benefits, alive.

Cost: $450; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

Register Online

May
22
Fri
Yoga & Healing Retreat
May 22 @ 6:45 pm – May 26 @ 5:30 pm
Yoga & Healing Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 22-26, October 23-27

Yoga offers many spiritual gifts to access health and wholeness. Yogic practices provide a means of clearing the body and mind, giving you the strength to be who you really are. In the healing process you have the space to reflect on your life. The retreat is for those seeking physical, mental or spiritual healing. Spacious and nurturing, this is a time to go inward, accessing your compassion and inner Light.

Cost: $840; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing


Recommended CDs:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

Register Online

May
29
Fri
Tools for Transformation Retreat
May 29 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 2 @ 5:30 pm
Tools for Transformation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 29-June 2, September 20-24

In this spacious retreat you will learn new ways to support yourself in making changes that reflect your ideals. Each day includes instruction, group work and plenty of personal time for reflection and practice. Instruction focuses on our core practices such as the Divine Light Invocation, Mantra, Relaxation, Dream Yoga and Hatha Yoga. Learn to use tools that will help you make key transformations in your life.

Cost: $840; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power

Jun
1
Mon
Community: Work & Practice
Jun 1 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 8 @ 5:30 pm
Community: Work & Practice @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 1-8, August 14-21, September 16-23

“Community: Work & Practice” is for those who are interested in experiencing daily life in a spiritual community, and a great way to get to know Yasodhara Ashram. This is a one-week work and study program, with a balanced focus on the practice of Karma Yoga (selfless service) and introductory classes in the practices of Yasodhara Yoga – including Mantra, Hatha, Dreams, Kundalini, Divine Light Invocation, Sacred Dance and reflection.

This program is a unique opportunity to experience yoga, work and community life at one of the most enduring spiritual communities in North America.

Program features include:

Service

  • Learn about Karma Yoga: the practice and philosophy
  • Experience how the Ashram functions by participating in work areas throughout the community
  • Participate in our Karma Yoga work schedule four hours/day five days of your one-week stay

Study

  • A one-day introduction and orientation
  • Morning Hatha or Hidden Language Hatha Yoga classes, six days a week
  • Satsang in the Temple every evening
  • Yasodhara Yoga workshops half-days for five days and a final day of reflection and synthesis

Cost: $625; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
June 1-8
August 14-21
September 16-23

Register Online

Jun
5
Fri
Identification
Jun 5 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 7 @ 5:30 pm
Identification @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 5-7

In this course, you ask yourself the question, “Who am I?” By exploring who you really are, you can peel away external layers and come closer to your essence. With what do you want to identify? Your body? If you are the body, what happens when your body dies? If you are the mind, do you change with each changing personality aspect? Who are you underneath the shifting personalities? The Divine Light Invocation is offered as a practice to support your identification with your inner Light and potential.

Cost: $450; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Jun
12
Fri
Unplug Retreat: A tech-free weekend
Jun 12 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 14 @ 5:30 pm
Unplug Retreat: A tech-free weekend @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 12-14, August 11-13

Leave your cellphone, smartphone, laptop and tablet at home. Quiet the digital distractions and go inward during this two-day retreat. Gain perspective on your relationship to technology. Ask, how does communication work unmediated by computers? Who am I without the constant stream of Internet information? Using meditation, mind-watch and Mantra, this retreat gives you a chance to observe yourself unplugged.

*All participants will be asked to sign a contract to ‘not plug in.’ You can drop off any digital distractors at the office.

Cost: $450; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Jun
19
Fri
Renewing in the Light Retreat (Summer Solstice)
Jun 19 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 21 @ 5:30 pm
Renewing in the Light Retreat (Summer Solstice) @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 19-21, December 18-20

What better time to saturate yourself with Light than during the magic of summer solstice?

In this retreat, we honour the seasonal cycles of light by nourishing your own inner Light. We explore the practice of the Divine Light Invocation, along with relaxation techniques, visualizations and meditations on Light.

The Divine Light Invocation is a standing meditation that combines the body, breath and mind in a concise practice of visualizing Divine Light, recognizing the Light within and learning how to share this Light with others. It is one of the most integral practices at Yasodhara Ashram.

Cost: $450, deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Recommended CD:
Guided Meditation

Jul
2
Thu
Stilling the Mind Retreat
Jul 2 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 6 @ 5:30 pm
Stilling the Mind Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 1-3, July 2-6, September 18-20

What is the mind? What are its tendencies? How can it be directed? You will learn various practices – including visualization, breathing techniques, concentration and reflection – to help you understand different levels of mind and to approach the mind’s expansive potential. The natural beauty and silence of the Ashram support your search for this silence and beauty within.

Cost:
May 1-3: $450; deposit $100
July 2-6: $840; deposit $100
September 18-20; $450; deposit $100
(See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Kundalini Yoga for the West
The Yoga of Healing

Register Online

Jul
3
Fri
Bharata Natyam Dance Workshop with Anusha
Jul 3 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 5 @ 5:30 pm
Bharata Natyam Dance Workshop with Anusha @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 3-5

Bharata Natyam Indian Classical dance is one of the most ancient forms of sacred dance and a highly evolved mind-body practice. The practice provides tools to explore the themes such as the experience of connection to the Divine and the potential for liberation. This cherished dance form of India is characterized by humility, discipline, grace and rigorous technique.

Join guest teacher Anusha Fernando, the Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Shakti Dance, for this weekend of exploration.

Some dance experience is required.

A two-hour dance class (no dance experience required) is also being offered.

Cost: $450; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Relationships: Challenge & Choice
Jul 3 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 5 @ 5:30 pm
Relationships: Challenge & Choice @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 3-5

Whether you are single or part of a couple, here is the opportunity to look at what it means to be in a relationship.

In this workshop the focus is on personal clarification. How do you bring out the best in yourself? In your partner? What is love? What challenges are you facing and what choices can you make? How do you bring your spiritual self into a relationship?

Take stock and clarify where you stand through writing and discussion, exploring concepts such as dependence, independence and interdependence. This liberating personal investigation is supported by spiritual practices and self-development work, including elements from Straight Walk and Life Seals.

*People in all stages of relationship are welcome to attend this course, as couples or on your own.

Cost: $450; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Jul
8
Wed
Family Week
Jul 8 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 12 @ 5:30 pm
Family Week @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 8 – 12, 2015

Family Week 2015 is full. Please call 1-800-661-8711 if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Families of all ages, shapes and sizes are invited to attend our popular Family Week! Join together with others to experience the potential of family life in a community. This program has been especially designed to support you. We’ve arranged the schedule so parents have time for personal reflection and time to connect with other parents. Children have opportunities to play in the garden, meet the chickens and help with harvesting. Spend family time together in yoga, work, play and retreat.

Cost:
Per Adult — $495
Child 0-5 no charge
Child 6-12 — $50
Teen 13-17 — $170
(See our Cancellation Policy)


We also offer a sliding scale. We want this to be an open invitation to all interested families to participate. And if you can contribute more, your generosity will benefit another family. Thank you!

Jul
14
Tue
Conscious Aging
Jul 14 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 16 @ 5:30 pm
Conscious Aging @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 14-16, September 25-27

Give yourself time in the tranquil, natural setting of the Ashram to reflect on your life and your next steps. Allow space to ask yourself questions, such as, What do I want to do with the time that is remaining? What is the purpose of my life now? What is my new perspective and how do my priorities need to change?

Cooperating with the aging process allows you new choices about how to live the rest of your life. Address the shifting needs of your body and mind using gentle Hidden Language Hatha Yoga, reflection and personal practice. Deepen your awareness of your past, present and future self.

Cost: $450; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Register Online

Jul
15
Wed
Relaxation Retreat
Jul 15 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 17 @ 5:30 pm
Relaxation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

March 20-22, May 15-17, July 15-17, December 4-6

Experience the quiet and tranquility of Yasodhara Ashram. In this retreat, you will focus on going inward, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Each day you will go deeper into a relaxation practice to emerge renewed and full of Light. Re-enter your life with sustaining practices to keep the relaxation, with all of its benefits, alive.

Cost: $450; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

Register Online

Jul
16
Thu
10 Days of Yoga
Jul 16 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 26 @ 5:30 pm
10 Days of Yoga @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 14-24, July 16-26, August 20-30, October 15-25

Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be — ten days reprieve from stress in a safe and nurturing place of reflection.

The peace and beauty of the natural surroundings and the guidance of experienced teachers can help you open your mind to new possibilities and support you in finding your own answers. You will leave with tools to create more meaning, joy and relaxation in your life and with more trust in your ability to live a balanced life.

For students of all levels, this course offers practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yoga and meditation practices such as mantra and visualization combined with in-depth self-development courses such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga.

Cost: $1500; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

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Jul
17
Fri
Ethics in Yoga: Yamas & Niyamas
Jul 17 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 19 @ 5:30 pm
Ethics in Yoga: Yamas & Niyamas @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 17-19

What are your ethics as a yoga teacher? In this workshop, you will articulate your own values and participate in lively discussions about ethics with other teachers. Together we will explore the foundations of ethics in yoga through the study of Patanajali’s Yoga Sutras. Using the yamas (abstinences) and niyamas (observances), we will look at how these principles relate to practice and teaching in your own life.

Some questions for consideration: Are ethics a private matter? Is regulating yoga through an external regulatory board the right direction? What is yoga? How do you clarify and live your values as a yoga teacher?

This course is open to yoga teachers from all traditions.

Cost: $450; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Luminous Vision – Building your Personal Temple of Light
Jul 17 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 19 @ 5:30 pm
Luminous Vision - Building your Personal Temple of Light @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 17-19

Use your imagination to create a beautiful sanctuary for the Most High within you. In this workshop, Swami Jyotihananda will lead you on an exploration of Temple as metaphor. What is your foundation of character? What challenges do you face and how can you elevate and open to the Light? Take time to manifest your desire for the sacred through mantra, visualization and drawing; then absorb the wonder of your creation.

Participation in this workshop will help support the rebuilding of the new Temple of Light. In addition, donations towards the Temple Rebuild are gratefully appreciated.

 

Cost: $450; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Jul
19
Sun
Light & Vibration with Swami Lalitananda
Jul 19 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 23 @ 5:30 pm
Light & Vibration with Swami Lalitananda @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 19-23

What is Energy and how does it manifest? What are the secrets of the mind and heart? How do the mystical teachings of yoga help us to create the kind of world we want to live in?

Light & Vibration is Swami Radha’s final book, a culmination of her wisdom and teachings. In it, she attempts to explain the unexplainable, the dance between the mysteries of the universe and our place in it. In this course, using her teachings as inspiration, we explore our own very personal paths to higher consciousness.

The promise inherent in yoga is that all of us can access the hidden place of the mind, where Light is always present. Through spiritual practices, study and reflection, we will examine our understanding of mind, heart, Light and vibration, looking to unify the inner and outer worlds.

This special four-day workshop is led by Swami Lalitananda, editor of Light & Vibration.

Cost: $960; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:

Light & Vibration: Consciousness, Mysticism and the Culmination of Yoga

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Jul
24
Fri
Divine Feminine Retreat
Jul 24 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 26 @ 5:30 pm
Divine Feminine Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 24-26

Who is Divine Mother? Who is She in me? Swami Radha describes Divine Mother as the power that manifests all and that gives birth to sound and speech. Her forms range from gentle compassion to loving ferocity. Her powers include wisdom, strength, harmony and intimate knowledge. In this retreat, you will move closer to this feminine power through movement, drawing, reflection and mantra. Take time to seek Her in the natural beauty around you and to invite Her presence into your own heart. What is Her message for you?

Cost: $450; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Jul
26
Sun
Shakti Camp for Teen Girls
Jul 26 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 30 @ 5:30 pm
Shakti Camp for Teen Girls @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 26 – 30, 2015

If you are a young woman aged 13-17, Shakti Camp is designed for you. This week-long Ashram adventure includes activities such as dance, arts, hiking and swimming as well as yoga classes, journaling and group discussions. With other young women, explore the issues that matter most to you: what stresses you out at home or school? What does friendship mean to you? Grow in confidence as you look at your body image, personal power and self-expression.

You also have a chance to experience life in a spiritual community with powerful female role models. Join us for daily Hatha Yoga classes, Karma Yoga (selfless service) and nightly satsang. Make friends, have fun and learn about yourself in this supportive and nurturing community.

For teen girls ages 13 -17.

Cost: $325; deposit $50 (See our Cancellation Policy)

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Jul
27
Mon
Life Seals
Jul 27 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 29 @ 5:30 pm
Life Seals @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 8-10, July 27-29

In Life Seals you create personal symbols that represent your mind, essence, senses, likes, dislikes, and positive and negative characteristics. This process allows the unconscious to come forward, revealing patterns, life lessons and the potential for change. Life Seals can open doors of awareness and help you gain a new perspective on yourself and your direction in life.

Cost: $450; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

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Jul
31
Fri
Transitions
Jul 31 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 2 @ 5:30 pm
Transitions @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 31-August 2

Experience how yoga can support you in times of ending and beginning, change and transition. Explore your past experiences of transition and identify what choices you want to make now. What is the creative direction for your future?

By working with reflective tools, such as writing and drawing, and spiritual practices, like Mantra and the Divine Light Invocation, you can prepare for change, access strength during transition and clarify options for your next steps.

Cost: $450; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

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Aug
2
Sun
Music & Consciousness
Aug 2 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 4 @ 5:30 pm
Music & Consciousness @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 2-4

Music has the power to heal, the power to awaken. In this workshop you will listen to seven musical pieces and draw your impressions of each. By looking at the drawings in relation to your life, you can open to an intuitive sense of your path and where you are. This workshop is an effective way to sidestep the rational mind and receive insights directly from your own deeper wisdom. Dip into the secret language of your unconscious – a world of symbol, myth and metaphor that can guide you in practical and mysterious ways.

Thought is vibration. Sound is also vibration. Knowledge is vibration… to understand the delicate modes of vibration it is necessary to begin on a personal level.

Cost: $450; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

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Opening to Intuition: Music & Consciousness, Kundalini and Dreams
Aug 2 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 7 @ 5:30 pm
Opening to Intuition: Music & Consciousness, Kundalini and Dreams @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 2-7

This five-day program taps into intuition through symbolism, music and art. Music & Consciousness is an original workshop developed by Swami Radha to awaken inner knowledge through the power of sound. Combined with Kundalini and Dream Yoga, this signature series encourages a deepening trust in a source within yourself that you can count on.

In Music & Consciousness, you will listen to seven musical pieces and draw your impressions of each. By looking at the drawings in relation to your life, you can open to an intuitive sense of your path and where you are. This workshop provides an effective way to sidestep the rational mind and receive insights directly from your own deeper wisdom. Dip into the secret language of your unconscious – a world of symbol, myth and metaphor that can guide you in practical and mysterious ways.

Kundalini Yoga provides a system for expanding awareness and discovering potential. The cakras are symbols that represent different levels of consciousness and act as a mirror reflecting back your own understanding. The Kundalini system is a map to higher consciousness, prompting important questions such as, How do I make choices? What is the purpose of my life?

Dream Yoga is a powerful way to get in touch with intuition. Here is where symbolism is at its most personal. Learn the language of your own unconscious through exploring the symbols, metaphors and narratives of your dreaming life. Tap into a source of inspiration that can help guide and support you in your daily life and decisions.

Cost: $950; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Realities of the Dreaming Mind
Kundalini Yoga for the West

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)

Aug
9
Sun
Body as a Temple: Hidden Language Hatha Yoga, Sacred Dance and Relaxation
Aug 9 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 14 @ 5:30 pm
Body as a Temple: Hidden Language Hatha Yoga, Sacred Dance and Relaxation @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 26 – July 1 and August 9 – 14

Give yourself the time to honour and respect your body. In this program, you will listen to your body’s messages through the Hidden Language Hatha Yoga course – a method that Swami Radha pioneered to find the mystical meanings of the asanas; you will practice devotional movement through sacred dance as an expression of the heart; and you will absorb the healing and rejuvenating benefits of deep relaxation.

Hidden Language Hatha Yoga is a gentle and meditative style of Hatha Yoga that includes writing, visualization and mantra. Hidden Language reveals the profound interconnections of body, mind, speech and spirit. As you stretch your body, you can open your mind and expand your awareness of the sacred in yourself and in the world.

Taking your insights from Hidden Language, you move into Sacred Dance, where you have the opportunity to express feelings that are beyond words, that only gestures, only a look can express. When the body is an instrument of devotional expression, it is at its most beautiful. The art of sacred dance combines movement, music, prayer and reflection. Set to mantras, prayers and devotional songs, sacred dance provides a way to explore the body as a spiritual tool. (No dance experience is needed.)

Go inward in Relaxation, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Using a guided relaxation practice, you will emerge renewed and full of Light.
Re-enter your life with these sustaining practices to nourish yourself and to respect your body as a divine messenger.

Cost: $950; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
June 26 – July 1
August 9 – 14

Recommended book:
Hatha Yoga: The Hidden Language

Recommended CD:
Relaxation

Aug
11
Tue
Unplug Retreat: A tech-free weekend
Aug 11 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 13 @ 5:30 pm
Unplug Retreat: A tech-free weekend @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 12-14, August 11-13

Leave your cellphone, smartphone, laptop and tablet at home. Quiet the digital distractions and go inward during this two-day retreat. Gain perspective on your relationship to technology. Ask, how does communication work unmediated by computers? Who am I without the constant stream of Internet information? Using meditation, mind-watch and Mantra, this retreat gives you a chance to observe yourself unplugged.

*All participants will be asked to sign a contract to ‘not plug in.’ You can drop off any digital distractors at the office.

Cost: $450; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Aug
14
Fri
Community: Work & Practice
Aug 14 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 21 @ 5:30 pm
Community: Work & Practice @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 1-8, August 14-21, September 16-23

“Community: Work & Practice” is for those who are interested in experiencing daily life in a spiritual community, and a great way to get to know Yasodhara Ashram. This is a one-week work and study program, with a balanced focus on the practice of Karma Yoga (selfless service) and introductory classes in the practices of Yasodhara Yoga – including Mantra, Hatha, Dreams, Kundalini, Divine Light Invocation, Sacred Dance and reflection.

This program is a unique opportunity to experience yoga, work and community life at one of the most enduring spiritual communities in North America.

Program features include:

Service

  • Learn about Karma Yoga: the practice and philosophy
  • Experience how the Ashram functions by participating in work areas throughout the community
  • Participate in our Karma Yoga work schedule four hours/day five days of your one-week stay

Study

  • A one-day introduction and orientation
  • Morning Hatha or Hidden Language Hatha Yoga classes, six days a week
  • Satsang in the Temple every evening
  • Yasodhara Yoga workshops half-days for five days and a final day of reflection and synthesis

Cost: $625; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
June 1-8
August 14-21
September 16-23

Aug
15
Sat
Bhakti Pack: Dance & Movement, Mantra & Meditation
Aug 15 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 20 @ 5:30 pm
Bhakti Pack: Dance & Movement, Mantra & Meditation @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 15-20

Bhakti Yoga is the yoga of devotion. The Path of Bhakti is said to be the quickest way to the Divine. In this Signature series, you will dedicate five days to dance offerings, chanting, prayer, silence, worship and meditation. Discover what unfolds when you open your heart.

In the Sacred Dance workshop you have the opportunity to express feelings that are beyond words – that only gestures, only a look can express. When the body is an instrument of devotional expression, it is at its most beautiful. The art of sacred dance combines movement, music, prayer and reflection. Set to mantras, prayers and devotional songs, sacred dance provides a way to explore the body as a spiritual tool. (No dance experience is needed.)

Mantras are words of power that are devotional by nature and can calm the emotions, improve concentration and promote healing. Mantra will deepen your understanding of the effects of sound as you investigate your own voice through chanting. Observe the effect of different mantras and discover which ones touch you most deeply.

You will also be introduced to meditation practices, such as mind watch, concentration, breath and visualization practices. What happens when you feed your mind something nourishing, positive and uplifting? What happens when you open your heart to the Divine?

This course offers a safe space to clear obstacles, express feelings and be receptive to grace.

Cost: $950; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Mantras: Words of Power

Sacred Dance
Aug 15 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 17 @ 5:30 pm
Sacred Dance @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 15-17

In Sacred Dance you have the opportunity to express feelings that are beyond words—that only gestures, only a look can express. When the body is an instrument of devotional expression — it is at its most beautiful. The art of sacred dance combines movement, music, prayer and reflection. Set to mantras, prayers and devotional songs, sacred dance provides a way to explore the body as a spiritual tool. (No dance experience is needed.)

Cost: $450; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Aug
20
Thu
10 Days of Yoga
Aug 20 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 30 @ 5:30 pm
10 Days of Yoga @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 14-24, July 16-26, August 20-30, October 15-25

Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be — ten days reprieve from stress in a safe and nurturing place of reflection.

The peace and beauty of the natural surroundings and the guidance of experienced teachers can help you open your mind to new possibilities and support you in finding your own answers. You will leave with tools to create more meaning, joy and relaxation in your life and with more trust in your ability to live a balanced life.

For students of all levels, this course offers practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yoga and meditation practices such as mantra and visualization combined with in-depth self-development courses such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga.

As a participant in the 10 Days of Yoga, you can stay on at no cost for up to the next seven consecutive days to practice Karma Yoga.

Cost: $1500; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

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Aug
21
Fri
Women and Spiritual Life Retreat
Aug 21 @ 5:30 pm – Aug 25 @ 6:45 pm
Women and Spiritual Life Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 21 – 25

Who are you beyond your role as daughter, partner, mother, sister? How are you realizing your potential as a woman? What does yoga offer you? Come together with other women, in a powerful and intimate gathering, to consider these questions, investigate your life and support each other. This is a safe and sacred space, a time for personal nourishment.

Cost: $840; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Carried by a Promise
Radha: Diary of a Woman’s Search
The Divine Light Invocation

Aug
25
Tue
Self-Image
Aug 25 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 27 @ 5:30 pm
Self-Image @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 25-27

In the Self-Image workshop you will explore how you see yourself through written reflections and video recordings. The image you put out to others is the basis of responses that you get back. What is your self-image now? What do you want to change? You will be recorded in groups and individual situations. Watching yourself on video is a powerful tool for learning. Can you take a new look? Can you allow yourself to change?

Cost: $450; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Who Am I?: Identification & Self-Image
Aug 25 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 30 @ 5:30 pm
Who Am I?: Identification & Self-Image @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 5 – 10 and August 25 – 30

By exploring your self-image and questioning who you really are, you can peel away external layers and come closer to your essence. These two original workshops developed by Swami Radha are often a pivotal point for self-understanding when offered in the Yoga Development Course. In this five-day intensive you are given the opportunity to face yourself and to see yourself in a new way.

In the Self-Image workshop you will explore how you see yourself through written reflections and video recordings. The image you put out to others is the basis of responses that you get back. What is your self-image now? What do you want to change? You will be recorded in groups and individual situations. Watching yourself on video is a powerful tool for learning. Can you take a new look? Can you allow yourself to change?

With your learning from the Self-Image workshop, you then deepen your investigation in the Identification workshop. The question, “Who are you?” opens the doors of inquiry and breaks limiting concepts. Swami Radha emphasized that many of our problems arise from wrong identification. If you are the body, what happens when your body dies? If you are the mind, do you change with each changing personality aspect? Who are you underneath the shifting personalities? The Divine Light Invocation is offered as a practice to support your identification with your inner Light and potential.

Cost: $950; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Kundalini Yoga for the West

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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)

Sep
16
Wed
Community: Work & Practice
Sep 16 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 23 @ 5:30 pm
Community: Work & Practice @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 1-8, August 14-21, September 16-23

“Community: Work & Practice” is for those who are interested in experiencing daily life in a spiritual community, and a great way to get to know Yasodhara Ashram. This is a one-week work and study program, with a balanced focus on the practice of Karma Yoga (selfless service) and introductory classes in the practices of Yasodhara Yoga – including Mantra, Hatha, Dreams, Kundalini, Divine Light Invocation, Sacred Dance and reflection.

This program is a unique opportunity to experience yoga, work and community life at one of the most enduring spiritual communities in North America.

Program features include:

Service

  • Learn about Karma Yoga: the practice and philosophy
  • Experience how the Ashram functions by participating in work areas throughout the community
  • Participate in our Karma Yoga work schedule four hours/day five days of your one-week stay

Study

  • A one-day introduction and orientation
  • Morning Hatha or Hidden Language Hatha Yoga classes, six days a week
  • Satsang in the Temple every evening
  • Yasodhara Yoga workshops half-days for five days and a final day of reflection and synthesis

Cost: $625; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
June 1-8
August 14-21
September 16-23

Sep
18
Fri
Stilling the Mind Retreat
Sep 18 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 20 @ 5:30 pm
Stilling the Mind Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 1-3, July 2-6, September 18-20

What is the mind? What are its tendencies? How can it be directed? You will learn various practices – including visualization, breathing techniques, concentration and reflection – to help you understand different levels of mind and to approach the mind’s expansive potential. The natural beauty and silence of the Ashram support your search for this silence and beauty within.

Cost:
May 1-3: $450; deposit $100
July 2-6: $840; deposit $100
September 18-20; $450; deposit $100
(See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Kundalini Yoga for the West
The Yoga of Healing

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Sep
20
Sun
Tools for Transformation Retreat
Sep 20 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 24 @ 5:30 pm
Tools for Transformation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 29-June 2, September 20-24

In this spacious retreat you will learn new ways to support yourself in making changes that reflect your ideals. Each day includes instruction, group work and plenty of personal time for reflection and practice. Instruction focuses on our core practices such as the Divine Light Invocation, Mantra, Relaxation, Dream Yoga and Hatha Yoga. Learn to use tools that will help you make key transformations in your life.

Cost: $840; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power

Sep
25
Fri
Conscious Aging
Sep 25 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 27 @ 5:30 pm
Conscious Aging @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 14-16, September 25-27

Give yourself time in the tranquil, natural setting of the Ashram to reflect on your life and your next steps. Allow space to ask yourself questions, such as, What do I want to do with the time that is remaining? What is the purpose of my life now? What is my new perspective and how do my priorities need to change?

Cooperating with the aging process allows you new choices about how to live the rest of your life. Address the shifting needs of your body and mind using gentle Hidden Language Hatha Yoga, reflection and personal practice. Deepen your awareness of your past, present and future self.

Cost: $450; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

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Oct
4
Sun
Living the Practice with Swami Radhananda
Oct 4 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 9 @ 5:30 pm
Living the Practice with Swami Radhananda @ Yasodhara Ashram

October 4 – 9

How do you maintain the ideals of yoga in your daily life, in your family, in your work, in your community? What would it mean to accept the challenge to change, open your heart and mind, and live life fully?

This special five-day yoga workshop is led by Swami Radhananda, author and spiritual director of Yasodhara Ashram. Swami Radhananda will help you explore how a life infused with practice and self-inquiry can become a life of meaning and potential.

Cost: $1250; $200 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Living the Practice

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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)

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Oct
15
Thu
10 Days of Yoga
Oct 15 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 25 @ 5:30 pm
10 Days of Yoga @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 14-24, July 16-26, August 20-30, October 15-25

Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be — ten days reprieve from stress in a safe and nurturing place of reflection.

The peace and beauty of the natural surroundings and the guidance of experienced teachers can help you open your mind to new possibilities and support you in finding your own answers. You will leave with tools to create more meaning, joy and relaxation in your life and with more trust in your ability to live a balanced life.

For students of all levels, this course offers practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yoga and meditation practices such as mantra and visualization combined with in-depth self-development courses such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga.

As a participant in the 10 Days of Yoga, you can stay on at no cost for up to the next seven consecutive days to practice Karma Yoga.

Cost: $1500; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

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Oct
23
Fri
Yoga & Healing Retreat
Oct 23 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 27 @ 5:30 pm
Yoga & Healing Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 22-26, October 23-27

Yoga offers many spiritual gifts to access health and wholeness. Yogic practices provide a means of clearing the body and mind, giving you the strength to be who you really are. In the healing process you have the space to reflect on your life. The retreat is for those seeking physical, mental or spiritual healing. Spacious and nurturing, this is a time to go inward, accessing your compassion and inner Light.

Cost: $840; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing


Recommended CDs:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

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Dec
4
Fri
Relaxation Retreat
Dec 4 @ 6:45 pm – Dec 6 @ 5:30 pm
Relaxation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

March 20-22, May 15-17, July 15-17, December 4-6

Experience the quiet and tranquility of Yasodhara Ashram. In this retreat, you will focus on going inward, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Each day you will go deeper into a relaxation practice to emerge renewed and full of Light. Re-enter your life with sustaining practices to keep the relaxation, with all of its benefits, alive.

Cost: $450; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

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Dec
18
Fri
Renewing in the Light Retreat (Winter Solstice)
Dec 18 @ 6:45 pm – Dec 20 @ 5:30 pm
Renewing in the Light Retreat (Winter Solstice) @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 19-21, December 18-20

Bring Light into deepest darkness and prepare for awareness to expand.

In this retreat, we honour the seasonal cycles of light by nourishing your own inner Light. We explore the practice of the Divine Light Invocation, along with relaxation techniques, visualizations and meditations on Light.

The Divine Light Invocation is a standing meditation that combines the body, breath and mind in a concise practice of visualizing Divine Light, recognizing the Light within and learning how to share this Light with others. It is one of the most integral practices at Yasodhara Ashram.

Cost: $450; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Recommended CD:
Guided Meditation

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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

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Jan
8
Fri
The Yoga Development Course
Jan 8 @ 6:45 pm – Apr 7 @ 5:00 pm
The Yoga Development Course @ Yasodhara Ashram

The Yoga Development Course (YDC) is an intensive three-month program designed to expand awareness through personal and spiritual development. Built on a series of integrated workshops that weave experiential learning with various practices of yoga, the YDC offers powerful tools for transforming and enhancing life. The course is valuable not only to yoga students and teachers but to all those who wish to make lasting changes and to live a richer, more meaningful life.

The YDC is the prerequisite for our Teacher Certification programs.

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Mar
18
Fri
Spring Equinox: Finding Balance
Mar 18 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 20 @ 5:30 pm
Spring Equinox: Finding Balance @ Yasodhara Ashram

March 18 – 20, September 23 – 25

Celebrate this special time of equal day and night, by reflecting on balance. Balancing daily life demands – work, relationships, family, information input – and taking care of yourself can be challenging. How can you stay centered and calm? How can you step back to gain perspective and move forward with clarity? Learn yogic techniques such as breath, visualization, reflection and relaxation to help restore calm and a clear sense of what is most important in your life.

Cost: $465; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

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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)

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May
6
Fri
Stilling the Mind Retreat
May 6 @ 6:45 pm – May 8 @ 5:30 pm
Stilling the Mind Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 6 – 8, July 31 – August 4, October 14 – 18

What is the mind? What are its tendencies? How can it be directed? Each day you will learn various practices – including visualization, breathing techniques, concentration and reflection – to help you understand different levels of mind and to approach the mind’s expansive potential. The natural beauty and silence of the Ashram support your search for this silence and beauty within.

Cost:
May 6 – 8: $465; deposit $100
July 31 – August 4: $855; deposit $100

October 14 – 18; $855; deposit $100
(See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Kundalini Yoga for the West
The Yoga of Healing

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May
13
Fri
Life Seals: Mapping Personal Symbolism
May 13 @ 6:45 pm – May 15 @ 5:30 pm
Life Seals: Mapping Personal Symbolism @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 13 – 15, July 1 – 3

In Life Seals you create a symbolic life map that surfaces hidden patterns and clarifies direction. Through drawing and reflection, you gain access to a deeper understanding of yourself. Discover how different aspects such as mind and senses relate to each other, understand how you create obstacles, and reveal your untapped potential. The process of opening personal symbolism is rich, memorable and often deeply moving. The tangible, visual quality of Life Seals provides a reminder that you can refer back to for guidance.

Cost: $465; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

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Relax, Renew & Reflect: a 5- Day Retreat
May 13 @ 6:45 pm – May 18 @ 5:30 pm
Relax, Renew & Reflect: a 5- Day Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 13 – 18, July 15 – 20

Give yourself the gift of five days to renew, reflect and reconnect to yourself, five days in an environment dedicated to spiritual well being. Absorb the beauty of nature and remember what gives your life meaning and joy. This retreat offers a blend of gentle Hatha Yoga, relaxation and spiritual practice. A breather…. When the body and the mind relax, what can happen?

Cost: $970; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power

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May
19
Thu
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery
May 19 @ 6:45 pm – May 29 @ 5:30 pm
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 19 – 29, July 21 – 31, August 11 – 21, October 13 – 23

Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be — ten days reprieve from stress in a safe and nurturing place of reflection.

For students of all levels, this course offers practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yoga and meditation practices such as mantra and visualization combined with in-depth self-development courses such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga.

You will leave with tools to create more meaning, joy and relaxation in your life and with more trust in your ability to live a balanced life.

As a participant in the 10 Days of Yoga, you can stay on at no cost for up to the next seven consecutive days to practice Karma Yoga.

Cost: $1500; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

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May
20
Fri
Yoga & Healing Retreat
May 20 @ 6:45 pm – May 22 @ 5:30 pm
Yoga & Healing Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 20 – 22, July 29 – 31

Yoga offers many spiritual gifts to access health and wholeness. Yogic practices provide a means of clearing the body and mind, giving you the strength to be who you really are. In the healing process you have the space to reflect on your life. The retreat is for those seeking physical, mental or spiritual healing. Spacious and nurturing, this is a time to go inward, accessing your compassion and inner Light.

Cost: $465; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing


Recommended CD:
Relaxation

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May
27
Fri
Cultivating Compassion Retreat
May 27 @ 6:45 pm – May 29 @ 5:30 pm
Cultivating Compassion Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 27 – 29, July 22 – 24, September 2 – 4

Being compassionate towards ourselves, those around us and the world requires the willingness and courage to be kind-hearted. How do you live an ideal of compassion in a world that seems to express so much of the opposite? How can you deepen your understanding so kindness and concern can grow? Using practices of visualization, meditation and breath, experience the gift of an open heart.

Cost: $465; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Divine Light Invocation


Recommended CD:
The Divine Light Invocation

Register Online

Jun
10
Fri
Relaxation Retreat
Jun 10 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 12 @ 5:30 pm
Relaxation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 10 – 12, July 1 – 3, August 12 – 14, December 2 – 4

Experience the quiet and tranquility of Yasodhara Ashram. In this retreat, you will focus on going inward, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Each day you will go deeper into a relaxation practice to emerge renewed and full of Light. Re-enter your life with sustaining practices to keep the relaxation, with all of its benefits, alive.

Cost: $465; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

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Jun
17
Fri
Summer Solstice: Renewing in the Light Retreat
Jun 17 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 19 @ 5:30 pm
Summer Solstice: Renewing in the Light Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 17-19

What better time to saturate yourself with Light than during the magic of summer solstice?In this retreat we explore the practice of the Divine Light Invocation, along with relaxation techniques, visualizations and meditations on Light.

The Divine Light Invocation is a standing meditation that combines the body, breath and mind in a concise practice of visualizing Divine Light, recognizing the Light within and learning how to share this Light with others. It is one of the most integral practices at Yasodhara Ashram.

Cost: $465, deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Recommended CD:
The Divine Light Invocation CD

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Who am I?: Self Image & Identity
Jun 17 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 22 @ 5:30 pm
Who am I?: Self Image & Identity @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 17 – 22

In today’s fluidly changing world, it is helpful to stop and ask who you really are. What is the image you put out to others? What is your self-image? With what do you identify? What do you want to change? Who are you at a deeper level, underneath all of the images, projections and shifting personalities? Can you peel away external layers and come closer to your essence? In this workshop you explore yourself through written reflections and video recordings, and you are supported by spiritual practices, which affirm the inner Light of creative potential.

Cost: $970; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

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Jun
27
Mon
Discover Yasodhara: Experiencing Community
Jun 27 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 3 @ 5:30 pm
Discover Yasodhara: Experiencing Community @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 27 – July 3, July 25 – 31, August 22 – 29, September 19 – 25

Discover what it is like to live and grow in a spiritual community! This one-week work and study program offers a balanced blend of Karma Yoga (selfless service) and classes in Yasodhara Yoga – including Mantra, Dreams, Kundalini, Divine Light Invocation and sacred dance. Take this unique opportunity to deepen self-understanding, gain useful spiritual tools as well as practical skills, and become an active part of a vibrant community. Your days will be divided equally between selfless service in various areas of the Ashram and courses.

Cost: $675; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

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Jul
1
Fri
Life Seals: Mapping Personal Symbolism
Jul 1 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 3 @ 5:30 pm
Life Seals: Mapping Personal Symbolism @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 13 – 15, July 1 – 3

In Life Seals you create a symbolic life map that surfaces hidden patterns and clarifies direction. Through drawing and reflection, you gain access to a deeper understanding of yourself. Discover how different aspects such as mind and senses relate to each other, understand how you create obstacles, and reveal your untapped potential. The process of opening personal symbolism is rich, memorable and often deeply moving. The tangible, visual quality of Life Seals provides a reminder that you can refer back to for guidance.

Cost: $465; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Register Online

Relaxation Retreat
Jul 1 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 3 @ 5:30 pm
Relaxation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 10 – 12, July 1 – 3, August 12 – 14, December 2 – 4

Experience the quiet and tranquility of Yasodhara Ashram. In this retreat, you will focus on going inward, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Each day you will go deeper into a relaxation practice to emerge renewed and full of Light. Re-enter your life with sustaining practices to keep the relaxation, with all of its benefits, alive.

Cost: $465; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

Register Online

Jul
6
Wed
Family Week
Jul 6 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 10 @ 5:30 pm
Family Week @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 6 – 10

Families of all ages, shapes and sizes are invited to attend our popular Family Week! Join together with others to experience the potential of family life in a community. This program has been especially designed to support you. We’ve arranged the schedule so parents have time for personal reflection and time to connect with other parents. Children have opportunities to play in the garden, meet the chickens and help with harvesting. Spend family time together in yoga, work, play and retreat.

Family Week begins with an Introductory Evening Welcome on Wednesday, July 6, 2016 (after dinner).

Cost:
Per Adult — $550; deposit $100
Child 0-5 – no charge
Child 6-12 — $50
(See our Cancellation Policy)


We offer a sliding scale to ensure this program is open to all. If you can “pay forward” and contribute more, your generosity will benefit another family. Thank you!

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Jul
13
Wed
Finding Balance Retreat
Jul 13 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 17 @ 5:30 pm
Finding Balance Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 13 – 17

Balancing daily life demands—work, relationships, family, information input—and taking care of yourself can be challenging. How can you stay centered and calm? How can you step back to gain perspective and move forward with clarity? Learn yogic techniques such as breath, visualization, reflection and relaxation to help restore calm and a clear sense of what is most important in your life.

Cost: $855; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation
Recommended CDs:
Guided Meditation and The Divine Light Invocation CD

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Yoga & Nature Retreat
Jul 13 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 15 @ 5:30 pm
Yoga & Nature Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 13 – 15, August 19 – 21

The lake, mountains, sky and forest of Yasodhara Ashram invite you to take refuge, to awaken to your own nature, to remember your interconnection with all of life. What is it like to experience the majesty of mountains as you do Mountain pose? Or learn balance from a tree? Hike the forest trails, walk the beaches, find your special places for silence and meditation. How does nature reflect back what you need to know? Yoga & Nature can give you perspective and connect you to a sense of the sacred.

Cost: $465; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Hatha Yoga, the Hidden Language & The Inner Life of Asanas

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Jul
15
Fri
Bharata Natyam Dance Workshop with Anusha
Jul 15 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 17 @ 5:30 pm
Bharata Natyam Dance Workshop with Anusha @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 15 – 17

Dance is part of the synthesis of yoga because it helps to develop one’s body, mind, heart and spirit.” Swami Radha

 

Join guest teacher Anusha Fernando, the Artistic Director of Vancouver’s Shakti Dance, for a weekend of Bharata Natyam Indian Classical dance.

 

Bharata Natyam Indian Classical dance is one of the most ancient forms of sacred dance and a highly evolved mind-body practice. The practice provides tools to explore the themes such as the experience of connection to the Divine and the potential for liberation. This cherished dance form of India is characterized by humility, discipline, grace and rigorous technique.

 

Some dance experience is required.

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A two-hour dance class (no dance experience required) is also being offered.

Cost: $450; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Relax, Renew & Reflect: a 5- Day Retreat
Jul 15 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 20 @ 5:30 pm
Relax, Renew & Reflect: a 5- Day Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 13 – 18, July 15 – 20

Give yourself the gift of five days to renew, reflect and reconnect to yourself, five days in an environment dedicated to spiritual well being. Absorb the beauty of nature and remember what gives your life meaning and joy. This retreat offers a blend of gentle Hatha Yoga, relaxation and spiritual practice. A breather…. When the body and the mind relax, what can happen?

Cost: $970; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power

Register Online

Straight Walk: A Path of Perception
Jul 15 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 17 @ 5:30 pm
Straight Walk: A Path of Perception @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 15-17

Where are you now and where do you want to be? This workshop encourages you to gather facts by observing both your emotional responses and rational thinking. Unpacking this spectrum of responses can help you make better decisions. Based on an ancient Buddhist practice of self-awareness, the Straight Walk involves several walking meditations done with observation and concentration. You take steps, literally and symbolically, to understand your perception and to gain a new perspective.

Cost: $465; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

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Jul
17
Sun
Light & Vibration with Swami Lalitananda
Jul 17 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 21 @ 5:30 pm
Light & Vibration with Swami Lalitananda @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 17 – 21

How do the teachings of yoga help us create the kind of world we want to live in? Join Ashram president, Swami Lalitananda, to explore the powers of mind, heart, Light and vibration. Using Swami Radha’s book, Light & Vibration as inspiration, you will embark on a quest to seek the unity of yoga by deconstructing concepts and opening to awe and wonder. Delight in a more expansive understanding of yourself and open to a more subtle perception of the world. Test the promise inherent in yoga—that each of us can access a hidden place within where Light is always present.

Cost: $960; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:


Light & Vibration: Consciousness, Mysticism and the Culmination of Yoga

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Jul
21
Thu
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery
Jul 21 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 31 @ 5:30 pm
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 19 – 29, July 21 – 31, August 11 – 21, October 13 – 23

Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be — ten days reprieve from stress in a safe and nurturing place of reflection.

For students of all levels, this course offers practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yoga and meditation practices such as mantra and visualization combined with in-depth self-development courses such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga.

You will leave with tools to create more meaning, joy and relaxation in your life and with more trust in your ability to live a balanced life.

As a participant in the 10 Days of Yoga, you can stay on at no cost for up to the next seven consecutive days to practice Karma Yoga.

Cost: $1500; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

Register Online

Jul
22
Fri
Cultivating Compassion Retreat
Jul 22 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 24 @ 5:30 pm
Cultivating Compassion Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 27 – 29, July 22 – 24, September 2 – 4

Being compassionate towards ourselves, those around us and the world requires the willingness and courage to be kind-hearted. How do you live an ideal of compassion in a world that seems to express so much of the opposite? How can you deepen your understanding so kindness and concern can grow? Using practices of visualization, meditation and breath, experience the gift of an open heart.

Cost: $465; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Divine Light Invocation


Recommended CD:
The Divine Light Invocation

Register Online

Jul
25
Mon
Discover Yasodhara: Experiencing Community
Jul 25 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 31 @ 5:30 pm
Discover Yasodhara: Experiencing Community @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 27 – July 3, July 25 – 31, August 22 – 29, September 19 – 25

Discover what it is like to live and grow in a spiritual community! This one-week work and study program offers a balanced blend of Karma Yoga (selfless service) and classes in Yasodhara Yoga – including Mantra, Dreams, Kundalini, Divine Light Invocation and sacred dance. Take this unique opportunity to deepen self-understanding, gain useful spiritual tools as well as practical skills, and become an active part of a vibrant community. Your days will be divided equally between selfless service in various areas of the Ashram and courses.

Cost: $675; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Register Online

Jul
29
Fri
Yoga & Healing Retreat
Jul 29 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 31 @ 5:30 pm
Yoga & Healing Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 20 – 22, July 29 – 31

Yoga offers many spiritual gifts to access health and wholeness. Yogic practices provide a means of clearing the body and mind, giving you the strength to be who you really are. In the healing process you have the space to reflect on your life. The retreat is for those seeking physical, mental or spiritual healing. Spacious and nurturing, this is a time to go inward, accessing your compassion and inner Light.

Cost: $465; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing


Recommended CD:
Relaxation

Register Online

Jul
31
Sun
Stilling the Mind Retreat
Jul 31 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 4 @ 5:30 pm
Stilling the Mind Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 6 – 8, July 31 – August 4, October 14 – 18

What is the mind? What are its tendencies? How can it be directed? Each day you will learn various practices – including visualization, breathing techniques, concentration and reflection – to help you understand different levels of mind and to approach the mind’s expansive potential. The natural beauty and silence of the Ashram support your search for this silence and beauty within.

Cost:
May 6 – 8: $465; deposit $100
July 31 – August 4: $855; deposit $100

October 14 – 18; $855; deposit $100
(See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Kundalini Yoga for the West
The Yoga of Healing

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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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Aug
7
Sun
Shakti Camp for Teen Girls
Aug 7 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 11 @ 5:30 pm
Shakti Camp for Teen Girls @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 7 – 11

If you are a young woman aged 13-17, Shakti Camp is designed for you. This week-long Ashram adventure includes activities such as dance, arts, hiking and swimming as well as yoga classes, journaling and group discussions. With other young women, explore the issues that matter most to you: what stresses you out at home or school? What does friendship mean to you? Grow in confidence as you look at your body image, personal power and self-expression.

You also have a chance to experience life in a spiritual community with powerful female role models. Join us for daily Hatha Yoga classes, Karma Yoga (service) and nightly satsang. Make friends, have fun and learn about yourself in this supportive and nurturing community.

For teen girls ages 13 to 17.

Cost: $325 (or pay what you can); deposit $50 (See our Cancellation Policy). Local Eastshore teens free.

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Aug
11
Thu
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery
Aug 11 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 21 @ 5:30 pm
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 19 – 29, July 21 – 31, August 11 – 21, October 13 – 23

Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be — ten days reprieve from stress in a safe and nurturing place of reflection.

For students of all levels, this course offers practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yoga and meditation practices such as mantra and visualization combined with in-depth self-development courses such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga.

You will leave with tools to create more meaning, joy and relaxation in your life and with more trust in your ability to live a balanced life.

As a participant in the 10 Days of Yoga, you can stay on at no cost for up to the next seven consecutive days to practice Karma Yoga.

Cost: $1500; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

Register Online

Aug
12
Fri
Relaxation Retreat
Aug 12 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 14 @ 5:30 pm
Relaxation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 10 – 12, July 1 – 3, August 12 – 14, December 2 – 4

Experience the quiet and tranquility of Yasodhara Ashram. In this retreat, you will focus on going inward, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Each day you will go deeper into a relaxation practice to emerge renewed and full of Light. Re-enter your life with sustaining practices to keep the relaxation, with all of its benefits, alive.

Cost: $465; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

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The Chakras: Opening to Dynamic Potential
Aug 12 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 17 @ 5:30 pm
The Chakras: Opening to Dynamic Potential @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 12 – 17

The chakras of the Kundalini system are considered energy wheels. What are they turning and churning up in your life? How do you want to direct this energy? Each chakra controls a sense, is related to an element, and symbolizes a level of consciousness. Through reflection, questioning, study and practice, you can find out how to harness the latent power and create the kind of life you want to live. Wisdom arises from knowing yourself deeply, setting your course, opening to inner luminosity. What is possible?

Based on Kundalini Yoga for the West, by Swami Sivananda Radha

Cost: $970; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Kundalini Yoga for the West

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Aug
19
Fri
Yoga & Nature Retreat
Aug 19 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 21 @ 5:30 pm
Yoga & Nature Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 13 – 15, August 19 – 21

The lake, mountains, sky and forest of Yasodhara Ashram invite you to take refuge, to awaken to your own nature, to remember your interconnection with all of life. What is it like to experience the majesty of mountains as you do Mountain pose? Or learn balance from a tree? Hike the forest trails, walk the beaches, find your special places for silence and meditation. How does nature reflect back what you need to know? Yoga & Nature can give you perspective and connect you to a sense of the sacred.

Cost: $465; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Hatha Yoga, the Hidden Language & The Inner Life of Asanas

Register Online

Aug
22
Mon
Care for Caregivers
Aug 22 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 24 @ 5:30 pm
Care for Caregivers @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 22 – 24

Whether you are in a professional or personal care-giving position, give yourself time to renew and refresh. Nourish and revitalize yourself in the life-affirming beauty of nature and through yogic practices such as Hatha, relaxation, breath awareness, mantra and Light. Reconnect to that centre of knowing, your inner strength and heart’s desire, by listening within. Can you fill yourself so fully that you are replenished enough to give back freely from that greater source?

Cost: $465, deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing

Recommended CDs:
Relaxation

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Discover Yasodhara: Experiencing Community
Aug 22 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 29 @ 5:30 pm
Discover Yasodhara: Experiencing Community @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 27 – July 3, July 25 – 31, August 22 – 29, September 19 – 25

Discover what it is like to live and grow in a spiritual community! This one-week work and study program offers a balanced blend of Karma Yoga (selfless service) and classes in Yasodhara Yoga – including Mantra, Dreams, Kundalini, Divine Light Invocation and sacred dance. Take this unique opportunity to deepen self-understanding, gain useful spiritual tools as well as practical skills, and become an active part of a vibrant community. Your days will be divided equally between selfless service in various areas of the Ashram and courses.

Cost: $675; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Register Online

Aug
26
Fri
Transitions
Aug 26 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 28 @ 5:30 pm
Transitions @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 26 – 28

Experience how yoga can support you in times of ending and beginning, change and transition. Explore your past experiences of transition and identify what choices you want to make now. What is the creative direction for your future?

By working with reflective tools — such as writing and drawing — and spiritual practices— such as Mantra and the Divine Light Invocation — you can prepare for change, access strength during transition and clarify options for your next steps.

Cost: $465; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

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Women Holding the Earth
Aug 26 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 30 @ 5:30 pm
Women Holding the Earth @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 26 – 30

Through dance, yoga and time in nature connect with your body on the sacred ground of the Ashram. Become grounded in yourself through self-exploration and dialogue with other women. Where are we in the world cycle? How can you make a difference? What is happening in your personal world? Find and nurture the sacred within through devotional practice, caring for yourself and listening to the wisdom and cycles of our Mother, the Earth.

Cost: $855; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Carried by a Promise
Radha: Diary of a Woman’s Search

The Divine Light Invocation

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Sep
2
Fri
Cultivating Compassion Retreat
Sep 2 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 4 @ 5:30 pm
Cultivating Compassion Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 27 – 29, July 22 – 24, September 2 – 4

Being compassionate towards ourselves, those around us and the world requires the willingness and courage to be kind-hearted. How do you live an ideal of compassion in a world that seems to express so much of the opposite? How can you deepen your understanding so kindness and concern can grow? Using practices of visualization, meditation and breath, experience the gift of an open heart.

Cost: $465; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Divine Light Invocation


Recommended CD:
The Divine Light Invocation

Register Online

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)

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Sep
9
Fri
Music & Consciousness
Sep 9 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 11 @ 5:30 pm
Music & Consciousness @ Yasodhara Ashram

September 9 – 11

Discover an effective way to sidestep intellectual concepts and tap into your own unconscious wisdom. In this workshop, you listen to several musical pieces then draw your impressions of each. Music lights up different mental circuits that can offer illuminating insights. Relating your drawings to your life allows intuition to flow, guiding you in practical and mysterious ways.

Cost: $465; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)


Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

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Sep
16
Fri
Conscious Aging
Sep 16 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 18 @ 5:30 pm
Conscious Aging @ Yasodhara Ashram

September 16-18

Give yourself time to reflect on your life and your next steps. Allow space to ask yourself questions, such as, What do I want to do with the time that is remaining? What is the purpose of my life now? What is my new perspective and how do my priorities need to change?  Cooperating with the aging process allows you new choices about how to live the rest of your life. Address the shifting needs of your body and mind using gentle Hidden Language Hatha Yoga, reflection and personal practice. Deepen your awareness of your past, present and future self.

Cost: $465; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

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Sep
19
Mon
Discover Yasodhara: Experiencing Community
Sep 19 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 25 @ 5:30 pm
Discover Yasodhara: Experiencing Community @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 27 – July 3, July 25 – 31, August 22 – 29, September 19 – 25

Discover what it is like to live and grow in a spiritual community! This one-week work and study program offers a balanced blend of Karma Yoga (selfless service) and classes in Yasodhara Yoga – including Mantra, Dreams, Kundalini, Divine Light Invocation and sacred dance. Take this unique opportunity to deepen self-understanding, gain useful spiritual tools as well as practical skills, and become an active part of a vibrant community. Your days will be divided equally between selfless service in various areas of the Ashram and courses.

Cost: $675; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

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Sep
23
Fri
Fall Equinox: Finding Balance
Sep 23 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 25 @ 5:30 pm
Fall Equinox: Finding Balance @ Yasodhara Ashram

March 18 – 20, September 23 – 25

Celebrate this special time of equal day and night, by reflecting on balance. Balancing daily life demands – work, relationships, family, information input – and taking care of yourself can be challenging. How can you stay centered and calm? How can you step back to gain perspective and move forward with clarity? Learn yogic techniques such as breath, visualization, reflection and relaxation to help restore calm and a clear sense of what is most important in your life.

Cost: $465; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

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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!

Living the Practice with Swami Radhananda
Oct 2 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 7 @ 5:30 pm
Living the Practice with Swami Radhananda @ Yasodhara Ashram

October 2 – 7

How do you maintain the ideals of yoga in your daily life, in your family, in your work, in your community? What would it mean to accept the challenge to change, open your heart and mind, and live life fully?

This special five-day yoga workshop is led by Swami Radhananda, author and spiritual director of Yasodhara Ashram. Swami Radhananda will help you explore how a life infused with practice and self-inquiry can become a life of meaning and potential.

Cost: $1250; $200 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Living the Practice

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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)

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Oct
13
Thu
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery
Oct 13 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 23 @ 5:30 pm
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 19 – 29, July 21 – 31, August 11 – 21, October 13 – 23

Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be — ten days reprieve from stress in a safe and nurturing place of reflection.

For students of all levels, this course offers practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yoga and meditation practices such as mantra and visualization combined with in-depth self-development courses such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga.

You will leave with tools to create more meaning, joy and relaxation in your life and with more trust in your ability to live a balanced life.

As a participant in the 10 Days of Yoga, you can stay on at no cost for up to the next seven consecutive days to practice Karma Yoga.

Cost: $1500; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

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Oct
14
Fri
Stilling the Mind Retreat
Oct 14 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 18 @ 5:30 pm
Stilling the Mind Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 6 – 8, July 31 – August 4, October 14 – 18

What is the mind? What are its tendencies? How can it be directed? Each day you will learn various practices – including visualization, breathing techniques, concentration and reflection – to help you understand different levels of mind and to approach the mind’s expansive potential. The natural beauty and silence of the Ashram support your search for this silence and beauty within.

Cost:
May 6 – 8: $465; deposit $100
July 31 – August 4: $855; deposit $100

October 14 – 18; $855; deposit $100
(See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Kundalini Yoga for the West
The Yoga of Healing

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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
2
Fri
Relaxation Retreat
Dec 2 @ 6:45 pm – Dec 4 @ 5:30 pm
Relaxation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 10 – 12, July 1 – 3, August 12 – 14, December 2 – 4

Experience the quiet and tranquility of Yasodhara Ashram. In this retreat, you will focus on going inward, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Each day you will go deeper into a relaxation practice to emerge renewed and full of Light. Re-enter your life with sustaining practices to keep the relaxation, with all of its benefits, alive.

Cost: $465; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

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Dec
16
Fri
Winter Solstice: Light is Returning
Dec 16 @ 6:45 pm – Dec 18 @ 5:30 pm
Winter Solstice: Light is Returning @ Yasodhara Ashram

December 16 – 18

As we approach the turning point of Winter Solstice, honour the seasonal cycles of light by nourishing your own inner Light. Practice the Divine Light Invocation, relaxation techniques, visualizations and meditations on Light. By being receptive, invoking and channeling Light, we help to counter the forces that result in destructive actions in ourselves and in the world. Recognizing that we are all born of Light encourages us to care for each other and our planet.

Cost: $465, deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Recommended CD:
The Divine Light Invocation CD

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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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Jan
9
Mon
The Yoga Development Course
Jan 9 @ 6:45 pm – Apr 8 @ 5:00 pm
The Yoga Development Course @ Yasodhara Ashram

The Yoga Development Course (YDC) is an intensive three-month program designed to expand awareness through personal and spiritual development. Built on a series of integrated workshops that weave experiential learning with various practices of yoga, the YDC offers powerful tools for transforming and enhancing life. The course is valuable not only to yoga students and teachers but to all those who wish to make lasting changes and to live a richer, more meaningful life.

The YDC is the prerequisite for our Teacher Certification programs.

Read more…

Mar
17
Fri
Equinox Retreat: Finding Balance
Mar 17 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 19 @ 5:30 pm
Equinox Retreat: Finding Balance @ Yasodhara Ashram

March 17 – 19, September 22 – 24

Celebrate this special time of equal day and night, by reflecting on balance. Balancing daily life demands – work, relationships, family, information input – and taking care of yourself can be challenging. How can you stay centered and calm? How can you step back to gain perspective and move forward with clarity? Learn yogic techniques such as breath, visualization, reflection and relaxation to help restore calm and a clear sense of what is most important in your life.

Cost: $475; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

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Apr
4
Tue
Community: Live & Learn
Apr 4 @ 6:45 pm – Apr 11 @ 5:30 pm
Community: Live & Learn @ Yasodhara Ashram

April 4 – 11, August 22 – 29

Discover what it is like to live and grow in a spiritual community! This one-week work and study program offers a balanced blend of Karma Yoga (selfless service) and classes in Yasodhara Yoga – including Mantra, Dreams, Kundalini, Divine Light Invocation and sacred dance. Take this unique opportunity to deepen self-understanding, gain useful spiritual tools as well as practical skills, and become an active part of a vibrant community. Your days will be divided equally between selfless service in various areas of the Ashram and courses.

Cost: $725; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Register Online

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)

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May
5
Fri
Conscious Living in Times of Change
May 5 @ 6:45 pm – May 7 @ 5:30 pm
Conscious Living in Times of Change @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 5 – 7, Oct 20 – 22

We live in a world of fast-paced, continual change – processing endless input and meeting demands for flexibility and quick decisions. As life speeds up, we can lose perspective and a deep sense of meaning. Yogic practices are designed to bring us back to our ‘grounding,’ to stillness and to connection to purpose. Join us for a breath, relaxation, visualisation and reflection – a time of returning to centre.

Cost: $475; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

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May
12
Fri
Yoga & Healing Retreat
May 12 @ 6:45 pm – May 14 @ 5:30 pm
Yoga & Healing Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 12 – 14, Sept 8- 10

Yoga offers many spiritual gifts to access health and wholeness. Yogic practices provide a means of clearing the body and mind, giving you the strength to be who you really are. In the healing process you have the space to reflect on your life. The retreat is for those seeking physical, mental or spiritual healing. Spacious and nurturing, this is a time to go inward, accessing your compassion and inner Light.

Cost: $475; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing


Recommended CD:
Relaxation

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May
18
Thu
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery
May 18 @ 6:45 pm – May 28 @ 5:30 pm
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 18 – 28, July 12 – 22, August 17 – 27, October 12 – 22

Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be — ten days reprieve from stress in a safe and nurturing place of reflection.

For students of all levels, this course offers practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yoga and meditation practices such as mantra and visualization combined with in-depth self-development courses such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga.

You will leave with tools to create more meaning, joy and relaxation in your life and with more trust in your ability to live a balanced life.

As a participant in the 10 Days of Yoga, you can stay on at no cost for up to the next seven consecutive days to practice Karma Yoga.

Cost: $1600; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

Register Online

May
19
Fri
Women Holding the Earth
May 19 @ 6:45 pm – May 23 @ 5:30 pm
Women Holding the Earth @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 19 – 23, July 23 – 27

Through dance, yoga and time in nature connect with your body on the sacred ground of the Ashram. Become grounded in yourself through self-exploration and dialogue with other women. Where are we in the world cycle? How can you make a difference? What is happening in your personal world? Find and nurture the sacred within through devotional practice, caring for yourself and listening to the wisdom and cycles of our Mother, the Earth.

Cost: $860; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Carried by a Promise
Radha: Diary of a Woman’s Search

The Divine Light Invocation

Register Online

May
26
Fri
Life Seals: Mapping Personal Symbolism
May 26 @ 6:45 pm – May 28 @ 5:30 pm
Life Seals: Mapping Personal Symbolism @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 26 – 28

In Life Seals you create a symbolic life map that surfaces hidden patterns and clarifies direction. Through drawing and reflection, you gain access to a deeper understanding of yourself. Discover how different aspects such as mind and senses relate to each other, understand how you create obstacles, and reveal your untapped potential. The process of opening personal symbolism is rich, memorable and often deeply moving. The tangible, visual quality of Life Seals provides a reminder that you can refer back to for guidance.

Cost: $475; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

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Jun
5
Mon
Decelerator
Jun 5 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 10 @ 3:45 pm
Decelerator @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 5 – 10

Decelerator is a 5-day retreat that offers you the pause needed to gain a new viewpoint on your life – personally and at work. Participants will explore their personal and spiritual landscape using a blend of yogic practices and sessions inspired by design thinking, appreciative inquiry and open systems theory.

Cost: Private Room: $1390, Shared Room: $1125; $150 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

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Jun
9
Fri
Transitions: Embracing Change
Jun 9 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 11 @ 5:30 pm
Transitions: Embracing Change @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 9 – 11, Aug 11 – 13

Experience how yoga can support you in times of ending and beginning, change and transition. Explore your past experiences of transition and identify what choices you want to make now. What is the creative direction for your future?

By working with reflective tools — such as writing and drawing — and spiritual practices — such as Mantra and the Divine Light Invocation — you can prepare for change, access strength during transition and clarify options for your next steps.

Cost: $475; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

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Jun
16
Fri
Solstice Retreat: Renewing in the Light
Jun 16 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 18 @ 5:30 pm
Solstice Retreat: Renewing in the Light @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 16-18

What better time to saturate yourself with Light than during the magic of summer solstice? In this retreat we explore the practice of the Divine Light Invocation, along with relaxation techniques, visualizations and meditations on Light.

The Divine Light Invocation is a standing meditation that combines the body, breath and mind in a concise practice of visualizing Divine Light, recognizing the Light within and learning how to share this Light with others. It is one of the most integral practices at Yasodhara Ashram.

Cost: $475, deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Recommended CD:
The Divine Light Invocation CD

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Jun
27
Tue
Relaxation Retreat
Jun 27 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 29 @ 5:30 pm
Relaxation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 27 -29, Sept 1 – 3, Dec 1 – 3

Experience the quiet and tranquility of Yasodhara Ashram. In this retreat, you will focus on going inward, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Each day you will go deeper into a relaxation practice to emerge renewed and full of Light. Re-enter your life with sustaining practices to keep the relaxation, with all of its benefits, alive.

Cost: $475; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

Register Online

Jun
30
Fri
Straight Walk: A Path of Perception
Jun 30 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 2 @ 5:30 pm
Straight Walk: A Path of Perception @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 30 – Jul 2

Where are you now and where do you want to be? This workshop encourages you to gather facts by observing both your emotional responses and rational thinking. Unpacking this spectrum of responses can help you make better decisions. Based on an ancient Buddhist practice of self-awareness, the Straight Walk involves several walking meditations done with observation and concentration. You take steps, literally and symbolically, to understand your perception and to gain a new perspective.

Cost: $475; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

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Jul
4
Tue
Annual Family Retreat
Jul 4 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 8 @ 5:30 pm
Annual Family Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 4 – 8

Families of all ages, shapes and sizes are invited to attend our popular Annual Family Retreat! Join together with others to experience the potential of family life in a community. This program has been especially designed to support you. We’ve arranged the schedule so parents have time for personal reflection and time to connect with other parents. Children have opportunities to play in the garden and help with harvesting. Spend family time together in yoga, work, play and retreat.

Our Annual Family Retreat begins with an Introductory Evening Welcome on Tuesday, July 4, 2017 (after dinner).

Our 2017 Annual Family Retreat is full. Please call 1-800-661-8711 or email info@yasodhara.org to be added to our wait list.

Cost:
Per Adult — $550; deposit $100
Child 0-6— no charge
Child 6-13— $50
Teen 14-17— $ 170
(See our Cancellation Policy)


We offer a sliding scale to ensure this program is open to all. If you can “pay forward” and contribute more, your generosity will benefit another family. Thank you!

Jul
11
Tue
The Chakras: Opening to Dynamic Potential
Jul 11 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 16 @ 5:30 pm
The Chakras: Opening to Dynamic Potential @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 11 – 16

The chakras of the Kundalini system are considered energy wheels. What are they turning and churning up in your life? How do you want to direct this energy? Each chakra controls a sense, is related to an element, and symbolizes a level of consciousness. Through reflection, questioning, study and practice, you can find out how to harness the latent power and create the kind of life you want to live. Wisdom arises from knowing yourself deeply, setting your course, opening to inner luminosity. What is possible?

Based on Kundalini Yoga for the West, by Swami Sivananda Radha

Cost: $980; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Kundalini Yoga for the West

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Jul
12
Wed
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery
Jul 12 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 22 @ 5:30 pm
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 18 – 28, July 12 – 22, August 17 – 27, October 12 – 22

Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be — ten days reprieve from stress in a safe and nurturing place of reflection.

For students of all levels, this course offers practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yoga and meditation practices such as mantra and visualization combined with in-depth self-development courses such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga.

You will leave with tools to create more meaning, joy and relaxation in your life and with more trust in your ability to live a balanced life.

As a participant in the 10 Days of Yoga, you can stay on at no cost for up to the next seven consecutive days to practice Karma Yoga.

Cost: $1600; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

Register Online

Jul
14
Fri
Stilling the Mind Retreat
Jul 14 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 16 @ 5:30 pm
Stilling the Mind Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 14 – 16, Aug 18 – 20, Oct 27 – 29

What is the mind? What are its tendencies? How can it be directed? Each day you will learn various practices – including visualization, breathing techniques, concentration and reflection – to help you understand different levels of mind and to approach the mind’s expansive potential. The natural beauty and silence of the Ashram support your search for this silence and beauty within.

Cost: $475; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Kundalini Yoga for the West
The Yoga of Healing

Register Online

Jul
17
Mon
Resilience & the Power of Reflection with Swami Lalitananda
Jul 17 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 21 @ 5:30 pm
Resilience & the Power of Reflection with Swami Lalitananda @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 17 – 21

How can you tap into a source that inspires and carries you through dark times? Using the power of reflection, find ways to keep hope alive and fulfill your own internal promises. The metaphor of rebuilding the Temple of Light—maintaining the essence while embracing innovation— can be applied at an individual level. Explore your personal blend of resilience, continuity and creativity. What is meaningful in your life? Think deeply about your values and clarify your vision so you can take action on manifesting your dreams.

Cost: $960; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

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Jul
21
Fri
Breath: The Invisible Work
Jul 21 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 23 @ 5:30 pm
Breath: The Invisible Work @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 21 – 23, Sept 29 – Oct 1

Breath is the key to quiet the mind, create space and allow clarity to emerge. Between the ingoing and outgoing breath, there is a centre of stillness, a place of deep mystery and potential. Awaken your intuition and discover what emerges. Find ways to make this internal balance present in your life.

Cost: $475; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

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Jul
23
Sun
Women Holding the Earth
Jul 23 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 27 @ 5:30 pm
Women Holding the Earth @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 19 – 23, July 23 – 27

Through dance, yoga and time in nature connect with your body on the sacred ground of the Ashram. Become grounded in yourself through self-exploration and dialogue with other women. Where are we in the world cycle? How can you make a difference? What is happening in your personal world? Find and nurture the sacred within through devotional practice, caring for yourself and listening to the wisdom and cycles of our Mother, the Earth.

Cost: $860; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Carried by a Promise
Radha: Diary of a Woman’s Search

The Divine Light Invocation

Register Online

Jul
28
Fri
Seeing the Sacred
Jul 28 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 30 @ 5:30 pm
Seeing the Sacred @ Yasodhara Ashram

How do you experience the sacredness around you? How do you see yourself reflected in it? In this workshop you will experiment with video as a form of self-inquiry.  The camera becomes a mirror revealing what is usually hidden, creating new perceptions, capturing time as it passes.  Facilitators experienced in both video production and Ashram teachings will guide you in exploring the personal symbolism of your unique perspective. No professional video experience is required. All you need is your smartphone or tablet. Experiment with this innovative approach to reflection.

Cost: $475; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

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Yoga & Nature Retreat
Jul 28 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 30 @ 5:30 pm
Yoga & Nature Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 28 – 30, August 25 – 27

The lake, mountains, sky and forest of Yasodhara Ashram invite you to take refuge, to awaken to your own nature, to remember your interconnection with all of life. What is it like to experience the majesty of mountains as you do Mountain pose? Or learn balance from a tree? Hike the forest trails, walk the beaches, find your special places for silence and meditation. How does nature reflect back what you need to know? Yoga & Nature can give you perspective and connect you to a sense of the sacred.

Cost: $475; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Hatha Yoga, the Hidden Language & The Inner Life of Asanas

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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)

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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.

Aug
11
Fri
Transitions: Embracing Change
Aug 11 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 13 @ 5:30 pm
Transitions: Embracing Change @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 9 – 11, Aug 11 – 13

Experience how yoga can support you in times of ending and beginning, change and transition. Explore your past experiences of transition and identify what choices you want to make now. What is the creative direction for your future?

By working with reflective tools — such as writing and drawing — and spiritual practices — such as Mantra and the Divine Light Invocation — you can prepare for change, access strength during transition and clarify options for your next steps.

Cost: $475; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

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Aug
13
Sun
Shakti Camp for Teen Girls
Aug 13 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 17 @ 5:30 pm
Shakti Camp for Teen Girls @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 13 – 17

If you are a young woman aged 13-17, Shakti Camp is designed for you. This week-long Ashram adventure includes activities such as dance, arts, hiking and swimming as well as yoga classes, journaling and group discussions. With other young women, explore the issues that matter most to you: what stresses you out at home or school? What does friendship mean to you? Grow in confidence as you look at your body image, personal power and self-expression.

You also have a chance to experience life in a spiritual community with powerful female role models. Join us for daily Hatha Yoga classes, Karma Yoga (service) and nightly satsang. Make friends, have fun and learn about yourself in this supportive and nurturing community.

For teen girls ages 13 to 17.

Cost: $325 (or pay what you can); deposit $50 (See our Cancellation Policy). Local Eastshore teens free.

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Aug
17
Thu
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery
Aug 17 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 27 @ 5:30 pm
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 18 – 28, July 12 – 22, August 17 – 27, October 12 – 22

Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be — ten days reprieve from stress in a safe and nurturing place of reflection.

For students of all levels, this course offers practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yoga and meditation practices such as mantra and visualization combined with in-depth self-development courses such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga.

You will leave with tools to create more meaning, joy and relaxation in your life and with more trust in your ability to live a balanced life.

As a participant in the 10 Days of Yoga, you can stay on at no cost for up to the next seven consecutive days to practice Karma Yoga.

Cost: $1600; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

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Aug
18
Fri
Stilling the Mind Retreat
Aug 18 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 20 @ 5:30 pm
Stilling the Mind Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 14 – 16, Aug 18 – 20, Oct 27 – 29

What is the mind? What are its tendencies? How can it be directed? Each day you will learn various practices – including visualization, breathing techniques, concentration and reflection – to help you understand different levels of mind and to approach the mind’s expansive potential. The natural beauty and silence of the Ashram support your search for this silence and beauty within.

Cost: $475; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Kundalini Yoga for the West
The Yoga of Healing

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Aug
22
Tue
Community: Live & Learn
Aug 22 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 29 @ 5:30 pm
Community: Live & Learn @ Yasodhara Ashram

April 4 – 11, August 22 – 29

Discover what it is like to live and grow in a spiritual community! This one-week work and study program offers a balanced blend of Karma Yoga (selfless service) and classes in Yasodhara Yoga – including Mantra, Dreams, Kundalini, Divine Light Invocation and sacred dance. Take this unique opportunity to deepen self-understanding, gain useful spiritual tools as well as practical skills, and become an active part of a vibrant community. Your days will be divided equally between selfless service in various areas of the Ashram and courses.

Cost: $725; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

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Aug
25
Fri
Yoga & Nature Retreat
Aug 25 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 27 @ 5:30 pm
Yoga & Nature Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 28 – 30, August 25 – 27

The lake, mountains, sky and forest of Yasodhara Ashram invite you to take refuge, to awaken to your own nature, to remember your interconnection with all of life. What is it like to experience the majesty of mountains as you do Mountain pose? Or learn balance from a tree? Hike the forest trails, walk the beaches, find your special places for silence and meditation. How does nature reflect back what you need to know? Yoga & Nature can give you perspective and connect you to a sense of the sacred.

Cost: $475; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended books:
Hatha Yoga, the Hidden Language & The Inner Life of Asanas

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Sep
1
Fri
Relaxation Retreat
Sep 1 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 3 @ 5:30 pm
Relaxation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 27 -29, Sept 1 – 3, Dec 1 – 3

Experience the quiet and tranquility of Yasodhara Ashram. In this retreat, you will focus on going inward, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Each day you will go deeper into a relaxation practice to emerge renewed and full of Light. Re-enter your life with sustaining practices to keep the relaxation, with all of its benefits, alive.

Cost: $475; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

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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)

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Yoga & Healing Retreat
Sep 8 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 10 @ 5:30 pm
Yoga & Healing Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 12 – 14, Sept 8- 10

Yoga offers many spiritual gifts to access health and wholeness. Yogic practices provide a means of clearing the body and mind, giving you the strength to be who you really are. In the healing process you have the space to reflect on your life. The retreat is for those seeking physical, mental or spiritual healing. Spacious and nurturing, this is a time to go inward, accessing your compassion and inner Light.

Cost: $475; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing


Recommended CD:
Relaxation

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Sep
22
Fri
Equinox Retreat: Finding Balance
Sep 22 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 24 @ 5:30 pm
Equinox Retreat: Finding Balance @ Yasodhara Ashram

March 17 – 19, September 22 – 24

Celebrate this special time of equal day and night, by reflecting on balance. Balancing daily life demands – work, relationships, family, information input – and taking care of yourself can be challenging. How can you stay centered and calm? How can you step back to gain perspective and move forward with clarity? Learn yogic techniques such as breath, visualization, reflection and relaxation to help restore calm and a clear sense of what is most important in your life.

Cost: $475; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

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Sep
29
Fri
Breath: The Invisible Work
Sep 29 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 1 @ 5:30 pm
Breath: The Invisible Work @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 21 – 23, Sept 29 – Oct 1

Breath is the key to quiet the mind, create space and allow clarity to emerge. Between the ingoing and outgoing breath, there is a centre of stillness, a place of deep mystery and potential. Awaken your intuition and discover what emerges. Find ways to make this internal balance present in your life.

Cost: $475; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)

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