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Yasodhara Ashram is a unique setting for your next group retreat or gathering. Spacious, light-filled classrooms and sacred spaces combine with the incredible natural beauty of our land. Create a meaningful space for renewal, conversation, celebration and change.

For extended stays (one night or more) we welcome groups of up to 50 people.*

For a one-time event (for example, a wedding), we can welcome up to 120 guests.

*Limited availability for overnight events in July and August.


Types of events that have been held here include:

  • Workshops and retreats from diverse spiritual traditions
  • Professional business retreats or meetings
  • Not-for-profit community organization meetings
  • Conferences (yoga, Buddhism, women in leadership)
  • Memorials
  • Weddings and gatherings

There are many benefits to hosting your event at Yasodhara Ashram:

  • Stunning setting of mountains and lakefront
  • Quiet, focused atmosphere
  • Beautiful meeting and break-out spaces
  • Wholesome, organic food
  • Sacred space – open to the Light in all paths
  • Carbon Neutral Green community
  • Walking trails and beach
  • Access to intentional community
What group retreat participants have to say:

Our little group enjoys coming to Yasodhara Ashram for a day’s retreat because it is such a welcoming, healing place. The deep sense of the sacred is powerful no matter what your faith background. Martha Fish of the Trail Christian Meditation Group.

A bride-to-be and friends found Yasodhara Ashram a “perfect fit” for relaxing time together before the wedding day. “Although unconventional, it was perfect,” said bride Lauren Maluta of the surprise one-day and overnight stay.

Read more about what others have to say about hosting events at Yasodhara Ashram.

 


There are a variety of spaces for your group to gather together – from large classrooms to intimate meeting rooms to our meditation rooms.

Classrooms and meeting spaces – for meetings, presentations and group practice:

  • Radha Room – is our main classroom, with bamboo flooring, a wall of windows facing Kootenay lake, sound system, central location.
  • Crane Room – next door to the Radha Room, slightly smaller space, bamboo floor, natural light.
  • Radha/Crane – for even larger events, the two rooms open up into one beautiful space.
  • Barn – our refurbished eco-barn includes a spacious classroom overlooking our gardens and lower pasture and stunning view of the mountains.
  • Saraswati Lodge – our original cedar lodge, with a quiet L-shaped classroom nestled in the trees.
  • Break out spaces – many nooks and smaller rooms to hold breakout meetings or smaller group conversations: Buddha Study, dining room, library, atrium.
  • Outdoors – weather dependent, there are decks, gardens, picnic tables and beaches to meet while enjoying the fresh air.

Sacred Spaces – ideal for meditation, silence and prayer:

  • Beach Prayer Room – quiet meditation prayer room on the beach.
  • Divine Mother Prayer Room – our meditation/prayer room dedicated to the Divine Feminine.

Supplies – we can provide your group with:

  • Chairs
  • Yoga mats and blankets
  • White boards, stands and flipcharts
  • Audio-visual presentation equipment
  • Fax and copy centre
  • Internet (depending on classroom)

Map of Yasodhara Ashram (PDF)

Room Capacity Chart (PDF)

With simple, comfortable accommodations and wholesome organic food, all of your basic needs will be taken care of during your stay.

Accommodations

We have two primary guest lodges – The Barn and Saraswati Lodge – plus a number of smaller retreat residences and dorm spaces available for booking.

Choose from:

  • single rooms
  • double rooms
  • dorm-style rooms

Most accommodations have shared bathrooms, laundry facilities and common spaces. There are a few rooms with private washrooms available.

We have limited rooms available for those with mobility issues. Please contact us if someone in your group has special accommodation needs.

Meals
  • three meals a day, buffet style, served in the dining room at Mandala House
  • organic, local, seasonal menu (see more about our meals here)
  • meals are eaten in silence
  • teas and coffee available during the day
  • snacks or special treats can be arranged in advance, catered from our kitchen or from a local caterer.

Please see more information for those with special dietary needs or allergies.

Amenities

With a bookstore, library, numerous mountain trails, beaches and gardens, the Ashram has much to offer. Read more about our amenities here.

 

Yasodhara Yoga

Our resident yoga teachers can lead your group in any of our main yoga practices, including Hatha Yoga, Dream Yoga, Sacred Dance or Mantra. Book an hour during the day, or take a different class each day to enrich your experience together.

Read more about Yasodhara Yoga practices here.

Cost:

  • 10 or less people: $75 per hour
  • 11 – 25 people: $150 per hour
  • 25 – 50 people: $225 per hour

 

Karma Yoga

Karma Yoga is the yoga of action and service. This is a profound practice to examine your attitudes towards work, and a way to deepen your understanding about yourself and others.

Karma Yoga is marked by willingness, care, consideration and cooperation. By spiritualizing our work, we can lift any task from the menial to the meaningful.

Experience Karma Yoga and be a part of our working community for an hour or more a day.

Cost:

  • 1-5 people: administrative flat fee $20
  • 6-25 people: administrative flat fee $45

 

Facilitation

We have professional facilitators onsite who can:

  1. help you design and facilitate your meeting, workshop or event.
  2. facilitate what you have already planned.

Price is dependent on need. Contact us for more information.

Overnight Stays

Includes 3 meals, accommodation, classroom rental, satsang, tour and event liaison.

Price per adult per day:

Group size 1-10 people $135 per person
Group size 11- 20 people $120 per person
Group size 21-50 people $100 per person

 

Weddings or Special Events / Ceremonies

$250 – $1500 per event, depending on size and needs of the group.

 

Meeting Space Only

$25 – $45 per hour, depending on meeting space.

Contact us for daily rates.

 

Local Groups

For local East Shore groups and organizations, we offer our meeting spaces for free. Please call to arrange.

 

Meals Only

(outside of comprehensive rate)

  • Breakfast $9
  • Lunch $13
  • Dinner $18

 

Unique Service Add-Ons

Karma Yoga service experience

Cost:

1-5 people administrative flat fee $20
6-25 people administrative flat fee $45

Yasodhara Yoga class for your group

Cost:

10 or less people $75 per hour
11 – 25 people $150 per hour
25 – 50 people $225 per hour

Facilitation

Customized per event.

Taste of the Ashram experience

A short day program including yoga class, lunch and tour.

Cost:

  • $25 / adults
  • $10 / ages 6 – 18
  • free for children 5 and under
Taste of the Ashram Package

Bring your group for a short day program and enjoy a yoga class, lunch and tour of the grounds including an overview of our environmental initiatives and gardens.

Cost:

  • $25 / adults
  • $10 / ages 6 – 18
  • free for children 5 and under

 

School / Educational Groups

Come for a tour of our award-winning green community and witness what we are doing to become truly sustainable for generations to come. Experience life in a spiritual community for a day. Participate in Karma Yoga, helping out in the garden, grounds or other interesting projects. Groups also have a short yoga class to complete the day.

You have the option to bring your own lunch and snacks, or join us for lunch for $12 per person.

Community Meetings

For groups from the local Kootenay East Shore Region, the Ashram is happy to offer our meeting facilities for meetings as a free community service. Please call us to arrange. Dependent on availability.

Catering or lunch fees apply if needed.

Please fill out the form below and we will respond as soon as possible. We look forward to hearing from you!

We can also be reached by phone at (250)-227-9224 or toll-free at 1-800-661-8711.