Here’s what our Artist & Professional Renewal Retreat guests have to say about their stay.

Making Music an Offering
Flamenco guitarist Holly Blazina came to the Ashram at Christmas with the intention of integrating her musical practice with her spiritual practice. Besides working on her music, she participated in a Renewing in the Light retreat and daily Karma Yoga. Read more »

Gifts of Community
Donna Lee Elke of Bellingham, Washington describes how being in spiritual community supported her recent Artist Retreat.  I’ve been painting and weaving for twenty years and it was clear I was moving into something else, possibly writing. To understand more, … Read more » Read more »

Layers of Meaning
Suzanne Bleaken recently retired from teaching and came to Yasodhara Ashram for an Artist Retreat. She found the rich physical environment perfect for Chigiri-e, a Japanese form of collage that involves layers of paper. Suzanne also presented a workshop to … Read more » Read more »

Artist & Professional Renewal Retreats: Inspiration flows
Benedict Pfeiffer is an astrophysicist from Vancouver. Her life of teaching, parenting, caring for aging parents and writing a book left her exhausted. She looked to the Ashram’s Artist & Professional Renewal retreat­ to help her re-centre. My plan was … Read more » Read more »

Learning Through Letting Go Caroline Noga
In the Life Seals workshop I did in 2010, my drawings opened the door to a significant insight. Doing Karma Yoga in the garden, I saw how this insight could manifest in my work. The outcome was the creation of the Clubhouse Farm- a... Read more »

Mona Afary, Professional Renewal Retreat
Mona Afary is the Executive Director of a California-based non-profit center providing social services to refugee families dealing with trauma and exposure to violence.“Your light is out.” When Mona heard this message from the chair of her board, she knew it was time to... Read more »

Artists in Residence – Cathy Hamilton, Winnipeg, and Shelley Suzuki, Victoria
This writer/illustrator team came to the Ashram to create a series of children’s books based on their years of counseling children and families. Their children stories also encourage adults to be loving, caring and attentive. Cathy describes their experience. Read more »

Artist Retreat – Paula Kravitz
Paula Kravitz creates successful art in California and holds a demanding job, but she knew she needed to find a place that would help her open up her art. Here’s how she found the Ashram. Read more »

Yvonne Rezek, Artist Retreat
Recently, Yvonne Rezek of Edmonton, Alberta, spent two weeks at the Ashram in retreat in order to focus on her work as an artist.“When I first saw the Artist Renewal Retreat listed on the Ashram website this winter, I knew it was the right... Read more »

Elaine Pace, Artist Retreat
“Go deeper with your writing,” I was told by my literary advisor. “Plunge the depths like never before.” So I headed to the Ashram in late September for an extended stay of two months. My purpose: to write my first book on relinquishment, love... Read more »