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.

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

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Walking Together into a Hopeful Future – Reconciliation with Indigenous Spiritual Leaders
Apr 26 @ 7:30 pm – Apr 28 @ 8:30 pm

Photo by Gem Salsberg


Pahan Pte San Win and Wanbdi Wakita, spiritual leaders from Manitoba and Ashram friends, will be our guides for two days focused on Indigenous wisdom, reconciliation and how to be an ally.  Wanbdi is Grandfather in Residence at the University of Manitoba; Pahan is an Indigenous Spiritual Caregiver at the Manitoba Youth Centre. They have spent a lifetime exploring sacredness and healing and want to share what they have discovered with you.

Strength, sacrifice and the loving heart of woman is an important force for change at this time on Mother Earth. Learn how to foster the unfolding of women’s power.

Learn the do’s and don’ts of becoming an “ally”.

Pre-registration required for overnight stays and meals. Drop-in is fine for the workshops and satsangs.: 250-227-9224; Registrations@yasodhara.org

Come for one day, satsangs or the whole weekend!

Workshops and satsang by contribution. Overnight accommodation (shared) – $100 per person/night incl. breakfast, lunch and dinner. For day guests, meals are available: 12:30 pm Lunch $13; 6 pm Dinner $18

Net proceeds support the Sundance of Women to be held in Manitoba in 2019 (the third of four annual Sundances to honour the spirits of missing and murdered women.)


7:30-8:30 pm – Satsang: Pahan Pte San Win “Struggle, Sacredness & Surrender”

10 am-12:30 pm – Relationship as a healing medicine
3-5:30 pm – Activities and discussions using the Indigenous Ally Toolkit*

7:30-8:30 pm – Satsang: Wanbdi Wakita “Women in Leadership”

10 am-12:30 pm Honouring and learning from the sacrifices and strength of women.
3-5:30 pm – Connecting with the Sacred through nature and ceremony in the tipi
7:30-8:30 pm – Satsang: Songs, prayers, a dedication to murdered and missing women

*Created by Montreal Urban Aboriginal Community Strategy NETWORK. Find Indigeneous Ally ToolKit here.

Contributors: Content and research by Dakota Swiftwolfe. Layout and design by Leilani Shaw. With contributions from: B. Deer, V. Boldo, E. Fast, G. Sioui, C. Richardson, K. Raye, S. Puskas, L. Lainesse, & A. Reid.

Societies Annual General Meeting
May 4 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Societies Annual General Meeting @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 10

We invite all members of Yasodhara Ashram Society, the Friends of Radha Foundation and the Association for the Development of Human Potential to our AGM. Join us to reconnect with our community and engage in reviewing the past year and future directions!

Cost: By Contribution; deposit $50 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

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Strawberry Social
Jun 22 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Strawberry Social @ Yasodhara Ashram

Please join us as we celebrate the 24th Annual gathering of friends and neighbours!

Join us for strawberry shortcake, used book sale, and family-friendly community!

1-4 pm – Strawberry Social, kids’ activities and book sale

2:30 pm and 3:30 pm – Slava Doval and Youth Dance Performances (15-20 minutes)

All are welcome. No need to RSVP.

For more information, please contact us.

Yoga is Dance, Dance is Yoga
Jul 12 @ 6:45 pm – Jul 14 @ 5:30 pm
Yoga is Dance, Dance is Yoga @ Yasodhara Ashram
Experience the Transformative Power of Sacred Dance

Jul 12 – 14

In the eastern teachings the body is seen as a spiritual tool, a temple to the Most High. It is a way to be in touch with devotional feelings of the heart and to express these through a beautiful ancient language of movement.

Anusha Fernando, the artistic director of Shakti Dance in Vancouver, will be returning to the Ashram, along with members of her company, to be part of this special weekend devoted to sacred dance.

While at the Ashram, Anusha will offer an evening of Bharata Natyam dance called “Refuge—Finding our True Home”. The pieces are an expression of two central themes in Bharata Natyam’s repertoire: our longing to become intimate with our true nature and the importance of appreciating the ground on which we stand. The performance will be Sunday evening in the Ashram’s beautiful Temple of Light.

No dance experience necessary.
Fee includes Bharata Natyam performance in the Temple of Light with Anusha Fernando

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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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.

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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Return to Centre
Aug 2 @ 6:45 pm – Aug 4 @ 5:30 pm
Return to Centre @ Yasodhara Ashram

Aug 2 – 4

Return to Centre

Celebrating 50 years of the Yoga Development Course

Return to your heart centre! Return to your spiritual centre! Gather together with Yoga Development Course alumni to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this transformative three-month program. Since the first YDC in 1969, 640 people have dived deep through the immersion in Swami Radha’s teachings of Light, reflection, choice and awareness.

The weekend will include a welcoming reception, workshops, morning Hidden Language Hatha Yoga classes and evening satsangs in the new Temple of Light. And of course, celebratory meals and treats! Take time to reflect in the natural surroundings and prayer rooms. Catch up with friends. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Cost: $110/day; deposit $50 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

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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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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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