Toronto Youth Exchange – In May we hosted chaperones and one teen from a multi-cultural based youth group in Toronto that was participating in an exchange with the secondary youth from the Crawford Bay School. As part of their itinerary, 28 participants came to the Ashram to experience a tour, a hatha yoga class and lunch. It was a learning experience for our teachers and everyone involved.
Earth Day – Swami Satyananda, along with two of our young karma yogis, participated in the Earth Day parade in Nelson to represent the Ashram. The Ashram was represented at all the Earth Day Parade planning meetings by Rebecca Dale. CBC did a special feature on Nelson’s Interfaith/EcoSociety/Yasodhara Ashram collaboration.
West Coast Tour Reaches Out – Swami Lalitananda’s varied Outreach tour reached hundreds of people through workshops, talks and more. See Photos
Strawberry Social – On Saturday, June 22, we are hosting our 24th Annual Strawberry Social and you are invited! Bring your family and friends to enjoy fresh, Creston-grown strawberries and cream with refreshments while gathering with your community. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event. Slava Doval and the DanceFusion youth will also be joining us to perform two twenty-minute dances in the Temple of Light.
Outreach Dates – Plan now for fall with Swami Samayananda. Details will be circulated soon.
Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, Ottawa
Friday-Sunday, October 4-6, Gaia Retreat Centre, Wakefield, Quebec
Gaia Wellness Retreat
Saturday & Sunday, September 28-29, Pottery Lane
Worldwide Connections – On May 15th, the Ashram participated in a Facebook livestream from Hollyhock Leadership Centre on Cortes Island through the Holistic Centers Network where like-minded organizations from around the world gathered to meditate. A wonderful way to bring the world together in meditation.
We were delighted to host Swami Dhumavati from Kashi Ashram in Florida for a few days following the Holistic Centers Network Gathering. We learned more about her ashram and she ours. She is the orange spark among the blue ones; orange or ochre is the traditional colour worn by sanyasins. In the 1990s Swami Radha changed the colour to blue for our Yasodhara lineage – blue representing the openness of the sky, the colour of Krishna, the robes of Divine Mother. Christine Lines, executive director of the Holistic Centers Network, is currently visiting the Ashram for a few weeks. Her work leads her to centres around the world.