Ripening With The Apples – Newsletter Issue 5, 2019

Ripening With The Apples

Issue 5, 2019
Fall feels like an exhalation at the Ashram as the busy summer programs settle to weekend retreats and many karma yogis head back to school or work. The Ashram ripens with the apples and the bears come down to join us to fatten for winter. Wild mushrooms are prolific in their secret patches and the forest seems to be inhaling deeply, absorbing the wet wealth of a smokeless, fire-free summer. But the forest also holds scars, like the dying cedars, from the dry years. The longterm effects of a changing climate are beginning to show.  
Fall, too, sees bursts of bright light, with young people igniting their passion for change, for action, taking a stand for their future. Here at the Ashram we stand with them—offering space and respite and time to gather and unite. 
We continue to learn from each other and to hold precious the teachings that create space to think deeply. As individuals we ask, what do I know for myself? What are my ideals? Where do I stand? We use practices to help guide us to receptivity. And as an organization, we continue to awaken to the needs of the world around us, to be relevant and active. We accept the challenge to change, even as we maintain our bright essence. Behind the scenes we are working on diversity and inclusion, wildfire mitigation, plastic waste reduction, as well as our strategic plan for succession.
Ever grateful for the opportunity to keep evolving and learning, we invite you to join us when you can!


Fall Artist Retreats – Opening to Creative Potential
Two recent
Artist Retreat
guests—writer Robin McDonald and visual artist Gabrielle Clarke—describe how the Ashram environment and practices took them more deeply into themselves and their creative process.

A Doctor with a Divine Appointment
Ana Pereira from Portugal recently became a medical doctor and took some quality time after nine years of study to fulfill an appointment of her own.

Harvest – Paradise Found
The signs of an abundant harvest are everywhere at the Ashram. Bountiful fruit still hangs from trees waiting to be picked; shelves are lined with produce and preserves; some garden beds are laid to rest while others are still green and growing.

Youth Leading the Way
The Ashram held its first Youth Climate Action Retreat this fall and participated in the Climate Strike held worldwide – all led by inspired youth.

Featured Programs

10 Day Yoga Journey
October 10-20
Plan for 2020!
Reflect Reconnect Renew
  • Heal your mind and body
  • Access your inner wisdom
  • Navigate life transitions

Stilling the Mind
October 25-27
The natural beauty and silence of the Ashram support your search for this silence and beauty within.

November 15-17

Re-enter your life with sustaining practices to keep the relaxation, with all of its benefits, alive.

Yoga Development Course 2020

Not only a 3-month program – It’s a life-long package!
Looking for the gift that keeps opening and opening? Our YDC course will provide you with endless opportunities to unwrap your potential. Listen to what one 2019 participant had to say.


News At A Glance

  • Teachers on Tour – Exciting workshops around the world with Swami Sukhananda, Swami Samayananda and Swami Matananda!
  • Media Visit – On September 13, three writers arrived to write articles about Yasodhara Ashram and some surrounding attractions.
  • Media Article – Cori Howard of Monte Cristo magazine recently visited the Ashram and wrote about mindfulness and the Temple.
  • Promo Video Launch Soon! Amy Allcock and Dan Seguin, videographers and former Ashram residents, have been gathering incredible shots of people and landscape around the Ashram.
  • New Initiates – Two women were initiated into brahmacharya by Swami Lalitananda in September.
  • Annual Review – Check out our accomplishments in 2018 in the new digital Annual Review

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