Jan
9
Wed
Yoga Development Course 2019: Celebrating 50 Years of Learning
Jan 9 @ 6:45 pm – Apr 9 @ 5:00 pm
Yoga Development Course 2019: Celebrating 50 Years of Learning @ Yasodhara Ashram

The Yoga Development Course (YDC) offers three months of yoga in the deepest sense of the word, as a path to Liberation. Come and expand your understanding. Heal. Give yourself the spiritual nourishment you need. Challenge yourself to evolve.

This program, set in the Ashram’s pristine forest and lake during quiet winter, offers a balance of self-inquiry with group work in a community of like-minded people, a process that leads to new discoveries and purposeful change.

During the YDC, spiritual practices such as mantra, dream yoga and Light meditations help you access hidden levels of mind. And three months of reflection supports a process of clarification. Who are you now and how do you want to live your life? Which old patterns are limiting? Where have you created a helpful foundation?

2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the YDC. Swami Radha’s original vision is vibrantly alive at the core of this program while Swami Radhananda’s experiential learning approach updates the teaching process.

The YDC is the prerequisite for our Teacher Certification programs.

We also offer an extended-stay program after the YDC for up to five months at no charge to support students in the work they have done during the YDC.   Visit the YDC page to find out more.

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Feb
5
Tue
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
Feb 5 @ 6:45 pm
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram

Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way!

The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. This program focuses on Karma Yoga —the yoga of action and selfless service while introducing participants to the main Yasodhara Yoga practices such as Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini Yoga — tools that can help expand awareness

Yasodhara Ashram is an intergenerational community where people of all ages—from youth to elders and everyone in between—work together. The Young Adult Program (18-30 years) is now an integral part of the One-Month Program.

The program helps you deepen self-knowledge, integrate as a valued working member of the community and take away a life-changing experience.

 

Investment: No Fee. Although there is no fee, you will be investing your time and energy, and your intentions, in the community. This program is funded by donations. Donations are welcome any time, to keep the opportunity available for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shared accommodation, meals and workshops included.

Dates: Click here for a list of all program intake dates.

Application required: Processing time is 1-2 weeks

Learn More & Apply for the One-Month Karma Yoga Program

Mar
5
Tue
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
Mar 5 @ 6:45 pm
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram

Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way!

The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. This program focuses on Karma Yoga —the yoga of action and selfless service while introducing participants to the main Yasodhara Yoga practices such as Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini Yoga — tools that can help expand awareness

Yasodhara Ashram is an intergenerational community where people of all ages—from youth to elders and everyone in between—work together. The Young Adult Program (18-30 years) is now an integral part of the One-Month Program.

The program helps you deepen self-knowledge, integrate as a valued working member of the community and take away a life-changing experience.

 

Investment: No Fee. Although there is no fee, you will be investing your time and energy, and your intentions, in the community. This program is funded by donations. Donations are welcome any time, to keep the opportunity available for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shared accommodation, meals and workshops included.

Dates: Click here for a list of all program intake dates.

Application required: Processing time is 1-2 weeks

Learn More & Apply for the One-Month Karma Yoga Program

Mar
22
Fri
Equinox Retreat: Finding Balance
Mar 22 @ 6:45 pm – Mar 24 @ 5:30 pm
Equinox Retreat: Finding Balance @ Yasodhara Ashram

Mar 22 – 24, Sept 20 – 22

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: $500; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

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Apr
2
Tue
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
Apr 2 @ 6:45 pm
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram

Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way!

The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. This program focuses on Karma Yoga —the yoga of action and selfless service while introducing participants to the main Yasodhara Yoga practices such as Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini Yoga — tools that can help expand awareness

Yasodhara Ashram is an intergenerational community where people of all ages—from youth to elders and everyone in between—work together. The Young Adult Program (18-30 years) is now an integral part of the One-Month Program.

The program helps you deepen self-knowledge, integrate as a valued working member of the community and take away a life-changing experience.

 

Investment: No Fee. Although there is no fee, you will be investing your time and energy, and your intentions, in the community. This program is funded by donations. Donations are welcome any time, to keep the opportunity available for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shared accommodation, meals and workshops included.

Dates: Click here for a list of all program intake dates.

Application required: Processing time is 1-2 weeks

Learn More & Apply for the One-Month Karma Yoga Program

Apr
10
Wed
Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification
Apr 10 @ 6:45 pm – Apr 20 @ 5:00 pm
Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification @ Yasodhara Ashram | Kootenay Bay | British Columbia | Canada

After completing the Yoga Development Course, the next step in teacher training is the Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification. In this course you will learn how to teach classical asanas and integrate spiritual practices into the classroom. The approach is experiential – learning through teaching in small groups. You are encouraged to teach from a sense of self-acceptance – listening to your own body and offering from your own experience. Prior to certification you are also asked to complete a practicum of leading 6 classes (either at the Ashram or elsewhere) and reporting on what you learned.

Prerequisites:
This training builds on the foundation laid through the 675 hours of practice and instruction of the Yoga Development Course.

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Apr
12
Fri
Awakening Wonder
Apr 12 @ 6:45 pm – Apr 14 @ 5:30 pm
Awakening Wonder @ Yasodhara Ashram

April 12 – 14, Sept 13 – 15

Enrich your experience of the world around you and open your heart to wonder. What would it mean to remove filters that keep you from seeing, tasting, hearing, touching, smelling what is? Explore how your sense perceptions interact with your mind’s interpretation. By building awareness of mind and senses, you can start to choose your way of being moment-by-moment, awakening to your own potential.

Cost: $500; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

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Apr
30
Tue
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
Apr 30 @ 6:45 pm
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram

Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way!

The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. This program focuses on Karma Yoga —the yoga of action and selfless service while introducing participants to the main Yasodhara Yoga practices such as Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini Yoga — tools that can help expand awareness

Yasodhara Ashram is an intergenerational community where people of all ages—from youth to elders and everyone in between—work together. The Young Adult Program (18-30 years) is now an integral part of the One-Month Program.

The program helps you deepen self-knowledge, integrate as a valued working member of the community and take away a life-changing experience.

 

Investment: No Fee. Although there is no fee, you will be investing your time and energy, and your intentions, in the community. This program is funded by donations. Donations are welcome any time, to keep the opportunity available for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shared accommodation, meals and workshops included.

Dates: Click here for a list of all program intake dates.

Application required: Processing time is 1-2 weeks

Learn More & Apply for the One-Month Karma Yoga Program

May
3
Fri
Breath: Pathway to Peace
May 3 @ 6:45 pm – May 5 @ 5:30 pm
Breath: Pathway to Peace @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 3 – 5, Oct 18 – 20

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 peace, a place of deep mystery and potential. Awaken your intuition and discover what emerges. Through learning a variety of breathing practices, you can find ways to build and strengthen a path of peace in your life.

Cost: $500; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

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May
10
Fri
Mother’s Day Renewal
May 10 @ 6:45 pm – May 12 @ 5:30 pm
Mother’s Day Renewal @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 10 – 12

Divine Mother represents the power that creates and gives birth to all life. This retreat is for anyone who is drawn to care for living beings, whether your own children, others in your community, or the Earth itself. Take time to nourish yourself with compassion and be taken care of with wholesome food, time alone and healthy interaction with others. Relax, renew. Tap into your own creative spirit and rediscover yourself beyond caregiving. Let Divine Mother take care of you!

Cost: $500; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

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May
16
Thu
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery
May 16 @ 6:45 pm – May 26 @ 5:30 pm
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 16 – 26, July 11 – 21, Aug 15 – 25, Oct 10 – 20

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.

Here’s what past participants of the 10 Days of Yoga have to say about their experience.

Cost: $1650; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

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
17
Fri
Life Seals: Mapping a Life of Meaning
May 17 @ 6:45 pm – May 19 @ 5:30 pm
Life Seals: Mapping a Life of Meaning @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 17 – 19

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: $500; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

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May
24
Fri
Yoga & Healing Retreat
May 24 @ 6:45 pm – May 26 @ 5:30 pm
Yoga & Healing Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 24 – 26

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: $500; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing


Recommended CD:
Relaxation

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May
28
Tue
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
May 28 @ 6:45 pm
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram

Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way!

The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. This program focuses on Karma Yoga —the yoga of action and selfless service while introducing participants to the main Yasodhara Yoga practices such as Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini Yoga — tools that can help expand awareness

Yasodhara Ashram is an intergenerational community where people of all ages—from youth to elders and everyone in between—work together. The Young Adult Program (18-30 years) is now an integral part of the One-Month Program.

The program helps you deepen self-knowledge, integrate as a valued working member of the community and take away a life-changing experience.

 

Investment: No Fee. Although there is no fee, you will be investing your time and energy, and your intentions, in the community. This program is funded by donations. Donations are welcome any time, to keep the opportunity available for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shared accommodation, meals and workshops included.

Dates: Click here for a list of all program intake dates.

Application required: Processing time is 1-2 weeks

Learn More & Apply for the One-Month Karma Yoga Program

May
31
Fri
Coming Home: Nourishing the Spirit
May 31 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 2 @ 5:30 pm
Coming Home: Nourishing the Spirit @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 31 – June 2, Sept 27 – 29

Who are you? In this retreat, you are encouraged to return to essence, the feeling of home within, a welcoming place of warmth and potential. Quieting the body and mind like the tortoise, you can draw inward to be restored. Using a variety of the Ashram’s core spiritual practices including the Divine Light Invocation, visualization, and effective self-inquiry techniques, you can deepen your connection – physically, mentally and spiritually. The Temple of Light, the prayer rooms and the abundance of beauty in nature will support your journey.

Cost: $500, deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

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Jun
7
Fri
Transitions: Embracing Change
Jun 7 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 9 @ 5:30 pm
Transitions: Embracing Change @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 7 – 9, Aug 23 – 25

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: $500; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

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Jun
21
Fri
Solstice Retreat: Renewing in the Light
Jun 21 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 23 @ 5:30 pm
Solstice Retreat: Renewing in the Light @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 21 – 23

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: $500, deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Recommended CD:
The Divine Light Invocation CD

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Jun
25
Tue
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
Jun 25 @ 6:45 pm
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram

Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way!

The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. This program focuses on Karma Yoga —the yoga of action and selfless service while introducing participants to the main Yasodhara Yoga practices such as Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini Yoga — tools that can help expand awareness

Yasodhara Ashram is an intergenerational community where people of all ages—from youth to elders and everyone in between—work together. The Young Adult Program (18-30 years) is now an integral part of the One-Month Program.

The program helps you deepen self-knowledge, integrate as a valued working member of the community and take away a life-changing experience.

 

Investment: No Fee. Although there is no fee, you will be investing your time and energy, and your intentions, in the community. This program is funded by donations. Donations are welcome any time, to keep the opportunity available for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shared accommodation, meals and workshops included.

Dates: Click here for a list of all program intake dates.

Application required: Processing time is 1-2 weeks

Learn More & Apply for the One-Month Karma Yoga Program

Jun
28
Fri
Relaxation Retreat
Jun 28 @ 6:45 pm – Jun 30 @ 5:30 pm
Relaxation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 28 – 30, Aug 30 – Sept 1, Nov 15 – 17

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: $500; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

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

May 16 – 26, July 11 – 21, Aug 15 – 25, Oct 10 – 20

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.

Here’s what past participants of the 10 Days of Yoga have to say about their experience.

Cost: $1650; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

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

Register Online

Jul
12
Fri
Yoga is Dance, Dance is Yoga
Jul 12 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 13 @ 5:30 pm
Yoga is Dance, Dance is Yoga @ Yasodhara Ashram

Jul 12 – 13

The Ashram is delighted to welcome back Anusha Fernando, artistic director of Vancouver’s Shakti Dance. 

More details coming soon.

Cost: $350; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

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Jul
15
Mon
Light in the Centre with Swami Lalitananda
Jul 15 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 19 @ 5:30 pm
Light in the Centre with Swami Lalitananda @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 15 – 19

Join Ashram president, Swami Lalitananda, for four days designed to help you approach the sacred within and to recognize that all life is sacred. Meet with others to expand awareness through spiritual practice, reflection, dialogue and action.

Cost: $975; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

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Jul
19
Fri
Hidden Language Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification
Jul 19 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 2 @ 5:30 pm
Hidden Language Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification @ Yasodhara Ashram

This two-week teacher certification program will deepen your understanding of the system of Hatha Yoga that Swami Radha called “the Hidden Language,” which integrates the asanas with the power of mind and symbolism. You will learn —through your own personal reflection, study and practice teaching—how to offer the gift of Hidden Language to others.

Take this next step in using metaphor, symbolism and written reflections to help students access the insightful messages that the asanas can bring. The process involves trusting your own intuition and that of your students. Learn to create a safe, light framework and fill it with an atmosphere that empowers each person’s awareness. Teach the unity of yoga, where body and mind communicate.

Prerequisites: 
The Yoga Development Course, as well as the Hatha Yoga Teacher Certification. Completion of the YDC book reflection project is also a requirement.

Renewal: Every three years.

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Jul
21
Sun
Power of Perception: Exploring the Senses
Jul 21 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 26 @ 5:30 pm
Power of Perception: Exploring the Senses @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 21 – 26

Sensory input continually influences how we create and respond to our inner and outer worlds. In this workshop you will explore smell, taste, sight, touch and hearing to gain clarity and expand your understanding. You can ask: Which sense is dominant and which ones need strengthening? And what part does mind, the interpreter, play? Find our how the senses relate to the Kundalini system of yoga and how you can gain more freedom of choice as you cultivate your senses.

Cost: $980; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

Recommended book:
Kundalini Yoga for the West

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Jul
23
Tue
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
Jul 23 @ 6:45 pm
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram

Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way!

The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. This program focuses on Karma Yoga —the yoga of action and selfless service while introducing participants to the main Yasodhara Yoga practices such as Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini Yoga — tools that can help expand awareness

Yasodhara Ashram is an intergenerational community where people of all ages—from youth to elders and everyone in between—work together. The Young Adult Program (18-30 years) is now an integral part of the One-Month Program.

The program helps you deepen self-knowledge, integrate as a valued working member of the community and take away a life-changing experience.

 

Investment: No Fee. Although there is no fee, you will be investing your time and energy, and your intentions, in the community. This program is funded by donations. Donations are welcome any time, to keep the opportunity available for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shared accommodation, meals and workshops included.

Dates: Click here for a list of all program intake dates.

Application required: Processing time is 1-2 weeks

Learn More & Apply for the One-Month Karma Yoga Program

Jul
26
Fri
Stilling the Mind Retreat
Jul 26 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 28 @ 5:30 pm
Stilling the Mind Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 26 – 28, Oct 25 – 27

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: $500; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

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

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Jul
29
Mon
Straight Walk: Steps to Awareness
Jul 29 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 31 @ 5:30 pm
Straight Walk: Steps to Awareness @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 29 – 31

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: $500; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

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Aug
5
Mon
Kundalini & Dream Yoga Teacher Certification
Aug 5 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 19 @ 5:30 pm
Kundalini & Dream Yoga Teacher Certification @ Yasodhara Ashram

This intensive two-week teacher certification program is based on a foundation of self-inquiry and experiential learning/teaching. Using the questions and practices in Kundalini Yoga for the West, you will study the potential of each level of consciousness, then teach in small groups with your colleagues. To access guidance from the unconscious mind, you will explore the symbolism of your own dreams and learn to help others in their personal interpretations, using Swami Radha’s dream yoga method (as elucidated in Realities of the Dreaming Mind).

This certification program can help you gain confidence in teaching the spiritual dimensions of yoga by focusing on Light, building on your personal experience and learning to create a framework adaptable to your students’ needs.

Prerequisites: Completion of the Yoga Development Course and the YDC book reflections.

Renewal: Every three years.

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

August 5 – 9

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)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.. Local Eastshore teens free.

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

August 9 – 11

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.

Watch this short video for a taste of the Yoga & Nature Retreat.

Cost: $500; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

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

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Aug
12
Mon
Insight Through Asanas
Aug 12 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 15 @ 5:30 pm
Insight Through Asanas @ Yasodhara Ashram

Aug 12 – 15

Many people experience the physical benefits of yoga. But beyond the physical, there are psychological and mystical aspects to be discovered. This Hidden Language approach integrates reflection with the poses to promotes harmony between body, mind and spirit. As you question, listen and use imagery to move into the asanas, you open to insights that can be instrumental in your daily life. Through dialogue between body and mind, you gently reveal yourself to yourself in transformative ways. Take this next step with yoga!

Cost: $660; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

Recommended book:
Hatha Yoga: The Hidden Language
The Inner Life of Asanas

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Aug
15
Thu
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery
Aug 15 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 25 @ 5:30 pm
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 16 – 26, July 11 – 21, Aug 15 – 25, Oct 10 – 20

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.

Here’s what past participants of the 10 Days of Yoga have to say about their experience.

Cost: $1650; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

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

Register Online

Aug
20
Tue
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
Aug 20 @ 6:45 pm
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram

Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way!

The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. This program focuses on Karma Yoga —the yoga of action and selfless service while introducing participants to the main Yasodhara Yoga practices such as Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini Yoga — tools that can help expand awareness

Yasodhara Ashram is an intergenerational community where people of all ages—from youth to elders and everyone in between—work together. The Young Adult Program (18-30 years) is now an integral part of the One-Month Program.

The program helps you deepen self-knowledge, integrate as a valued working member of the community and take away a life-changing experience.

 

Investment: No Fee. Although there is no fee, you will be investing your time and energy, and your intentions, in the community. This program is funded by donations. Donations are welcome any time, to keep the opportunity available for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shared accommodation, meals and workshops included.

Dates: Click here for a list of all program intake dates.

Application required: Processing time is 1-2 weeks

Learn More & Apply for the One-Month Karma Yoga Program

Searching for Silence in a Noisy World
Aug 20 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 22 @ 5:30 pm
Searching for Silence in a Noisy World @ Yasodhara Ashram

Aug 20 – 22

The massive bombardment of our senses from modern technology can drive us away from the true source of power and energy within. This retreat can help uncover your sense of inner knowing. Through times of silence and practices such as watching your mind, calming the breath, chanting mantras — and unplugging from electronic devices – you can become receptive to your interior landscape. Listen to your inner voices – what do they say? Which to follow and which to let go? Can you find a place of rest?

This retreat will include times of speaking as well as periods of intentional silence (mauna). Please be prepared to commit to a few days without electronic devices.

Cost: $500; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

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Aug
23
Fri
Transitions: Embracing Change
Aug 23 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 25 @ 5:30 pm
Transitions: Embracing Change @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 7 – 9, Aug 23 – 25

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: $500; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Register Online

Aug
30
Fri
Relaxation Retreat
Aug 30 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 1 @ 5:30 pm
Relaxation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 28 – 30, Aug 30 – Sept 1, Nov 15 – 17

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: $500; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

Register Online

Sep
8
Sun
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)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

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Sep
13
Fri
Awakening Wonder
Sep 13 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 15 @ 5:30 pm
Awakening Wonder @ Yasodhara Ashram

Apr 12-14, Sept 13 – 15

Enrich your experience of the world around you and open your heart to wonder. What would it mean to remove filters that keep you from seeing, tasting, hearing, touching, smelling what is? Explore how your sense perceptions interact with your mind’s interpretation. By building awareness of mind and senses, you can start to choose your way of being moment-by-moment, awakening to your own potential.

Cost: $500; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

Register Online

Sep
17
Tue
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
Sep 17 @ 6:45 pm
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram

Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way!

The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. This program focuses on Karma Yoga —the yoga of action and selfless service while introducing participants to the main Yasodhara Yoga practices such as Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini Yoga — tools that can help expand awareness

Yasodhara Ashram is an intergenerational community where people of all ages—from youth to elders and everyone in between—work together. The Young Adult Program (18-30 years) is now an integral part of the One-Month Program.

The program helps you deepen self-knowledge, integrate as a valued working member of the community and take away a life-changing experience.

 

Investment: No Fee. Although there is no fee, you will be investing your time and energy, and your intentions, in the community. This program is funded by donations. Donations are welcome any time, to keep the opportunity available for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shared accommodation, meals and workshops included.

Dates: Click here for a list of all program intake dates.

Application required: Processing time is 1-2 weeks

Learn More & Apply for the One-Month Karma Yoga Program

Sep
20
Fri
Equinox Retreat: Finding Balance
Sep 20 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 22 @ 5:30 pm
Equinox Retreat: Finding Balance @ Yasodhara Ashram

Mar 22 – 24, Sept 20 – 22

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: $500; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

Register Online

Sep
27
Fri
Coming Home: Nourishing the Spirit
Sep 27 @ 6:45 pm – Sep 29 @ 5:30 pm
Coming Home: Nourishing the Spirit @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 31 – June 2, Sept 27 – 29

Who are you? In this retreat, you are encouraged to return to essence, the feeling of home within, a welcoming place of warmth and potential. Quieting the body and mind like the tortoise, you can draw inward to be restored. Using a variety of the Ashram’s core spiritual practices including the Divine Light Invocation, visualization, and effective self-inquiry techniques, you can deepen your connection – physically, mentally and spiritually. The Temple of Light, the prayer rooms and the abundance of beauty in nature will support your journey.

Cost: $500, deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

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Oct
4
Fri
Dream Yoga: Opening to Intuition
Oct 4 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 6 @ 5:30 pm
Dream Yoga: Opening to Intuition @ Yasodhara Ashram

Oct 4 – 6

Dreams are a gateway to intuition—sometimes inspiring, always mysterious and often confusing. They carry messages waiting to be opened and understood. What is my next step? What can I learn from a difficult situation? What gives my life meaning? Learn a time-tested method to invite your dream symbols to speak, offering guidance and clear steps to action.

Cost: $500; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

Recommended book:
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

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Oct
10
Thu
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery
Oct 10 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm
10 Days of Yoga: Journey of Self-Discovery @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 16 – 26, July 11 – 21, Aug 15 – 25, Oct 10 – 20

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.

Here’s what past participants of the 10 Days of Yoga have to say about their experience.

Cost: $1650; deposit $200 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

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

Register Online

Oct
15
Tue
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
Oct 15 @ 6:45 pm
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram

Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way!

The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. This program focuses on Karma Yoga —the yoga of action and selfless service while introducing participants to the main Yasodhara Yoga practices such as Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini Yoga — tools that can help expand awareness

Yasodhara Ashram is an intergenerational community where people of all ages—from youth to elders and everyone in between—work together. The Young Adult Program (18-30 years) is now an integral part of the One-Month Program.

The program helps you deepen self-knowledge, integrate as a valued working member of the community and take away a life-changing experience.

 

Investment: No Fee. Although there is no fee, you will be investing your time and energy, and your intentions, in the community. This program is funded by donations. Donations are welcome any time, to keep the opportunity available for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shared accommodation, meals and workshops included.

Dates: Click here for a list of all program intake dates.

Application required: Processing time is 1-2 weeks

Learn More & Apply for the One-Month Karma Yoga Program

Oct
18
Fri
Breath: Pathway to Peace
Oct 18 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 20 @ 5:30 pm
Breath: Pathway to Peace @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 3 – 5, Oct 18 – 20

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 peace, a place of deep mystery and potential. Awaken your intuition and discover what emerges. Through learning a variety of breathing practices, you can find ways to build and strengthen a path of peace in your life.

Cost: $500; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

Register Online

Oct
25
Fri
Stilling the Mind Retreat
Oct 25 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 27 @ 5:30 pm
Stilling the Mind Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 26 – 28, Oct 25 – 27

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: $500; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

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

Register Online

Nov
12
Tue
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
Nov 12 @ 6:45 pm
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram

Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way!

The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. This program focuses on Karma Yoga —the yoga of action and selfless service while introducing participants to the main Yasodhara Yoga practices such as Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini Yoga — tools that can help expand awareness

Yasodhara Ashram is an intergenerational community where people of all ages—from youth to elders and everyone in between—work together. The Young Adult Program (18-30 years) is now an integral part of the One-Month Program.

The program helps you deepen self-knowledge, integrate as a valued working member of the community and take away a life-changing experience.

 

Investment: No Fee. Although there is no fee, you will be investing your time and energy, and your intentions, in the community. This program is funded by donations. Donations are welcome any time, to keep the opportunity available for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shared accommodation, meals and workshops included.

Dates: Click here for a list of all program intake dates.

Application required: Processing time is 1-2 weeks

Learn More & Apply for the One-Month Karma Yoga Program

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

June 28 – 30, Aug 30 – Sept 1, Nov 15 – 17

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: $500; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

Register Online

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

The Yoga Development Course (YDC) offers three months of yoga in the deepest sense of the word, as a path to Liberation. Come and expand your understanding. Heal. Give yourself the spiritual nourishment you need. Challenge yourself to evolve.

This program, set in the Ashram’s pristine forest and lake during quiet winter, offers a balance of self-inquiry with group work in a community of like-minded people, a process that leads to new discoveries and purposeful change.

The YDC is the prerequisite for our Teacher Certification programs.

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