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Oct
25
Fri
Stilling the Mind Retreat
Oct 25 @ 6:45 pm – Oct 27 @ 5:30 pm
Stilling the Mind Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

Oct 25 – 27

Stay overnight after the program ends and have breakfast the next day at no extra cost.

What is the mind? What are its tendencies? How can it be directed? Each day you will learn various practices – including visualization, breathing techniques, concentration and reflection – to help you understand different levels of mind and to approach the mind’s expansive potential. The natural beauty and silence of the Ashram support your search for this silence and beauty within.

Cost: $500; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Package includes dinner on day of arrival, shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, workshops and evening satsangs. Optional hatha class and breakfast are included on day of departure.

Recommended books:
Kundalini Yoga for the West
The Yoga of Healing

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Jan
8
Wed
Yoga Development Course
Jan 8 @ 4:30 pm – Apr 8 @ 10:30 am
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.

Following the YDC, we offer an extended-stay program for up to five months at no charge to support you in putting your YDC learnings into action. The program is focused on Karma Yoga and active engagement in the Ashram community – another wonderful opportunity to live and grow in spiritual community. This includes participation in daily hatha, reflection time, evening satsangs and weekly classes with your peers.

Read more…

Mar
20
Fri
Equinox Retreat: Finding Balance
Mar 20 @ 4:30 pm – Mar 23 @ 10:30 am
Equinox Retreat: Finding Balance @ Yasodhara Ashram

Mar 20 – 23, Sept 18 – 21

Celebrate this special time of equal day and night, by reflecting on balance. Balancing daily life demands – work, relationships, family, information input – and taking care of yourself can be challenging. How can you stay centered and calm? How can you step back to gain perspective and move forward with clarity? Learn yogic techniques such as breath, visualization, reflection and relaxation to help restore calm and a clear sense of what is most important in your life.

Cost: $550; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Package includes dinner on day of arrival, shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, workshops and evening satsangs. Optional hatha class and breakfast are included on day of departure.

See typical retreat schedule.

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May
1
Fri
Yoga & Healing Retreat
May 1 @ 4:30 pm – May 4 @ 10:30 am
Yoga & Healing Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 1 – 4

Yoga offers many spiritual gifts to access health and wholeness. Yogic practices provide a means of clearing the body and mind, giving you the strength to be who you really are. In the healing process you have the space to reflect on your life. The retreat is for those seeking physical, mental or spiritual healing. Spacious and nurturing, this is a time to go inward, accessing your compassion and inner Light.

Cost: $550; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Package includes dinner on day of arrival, shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, workshops and evening satsangs. Optional hatha class and breakfast are included on day of departure.

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing


Recommended CD:
Relaxation

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May
15
Fri
Stilling the Mind Retreat
May 15 @ 4:30 pm – May 18 @ 10:30 am
Stilling the Mind Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 15 – 18, Oct 23 – 26

What is the mind? What are its tendencies? How can it be directed? Each day you will learn various practices – including visualization, breathing techniques, concentration and reflection – to help you understand different levels of mind and to approach the mind’s expansive potential. The natural beauty and silence of the Ashram support your search for this silence and beauty within.

Cost: $550; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Package includes dinner on day of arrival, shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, workshops and evening satsangs. Optional hatha class and breakfast are included on day of departure.

Recommended books:
Kundalini Yoga for the West
The Yoga of Healing

Register Online

May
22
Fri
Coming Home, a retreat for the LGBTQ2S+ community
May 22 @ 4:30 pm – May 25 @ 10:30 am
Coming Home, a retreat for the LGBTQ2S+ community @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 22 – 25

Who are you? In this retreat, you are encouraged to return to essence, the feeling of home within, a welcoming place of warmth and potential. Quieting the body and mind like the tortoise, you can draw inward to be restored. Using a variety of the Ashram’s core spiritual practices including the Divine Light Invocation, visualization, and effective self-inquiry techniques, you can deepen your connection – physically, mentally and spiritually. The Temple of Light, the prayer rooms and the abundance of beauty in nature will support your journey.

This retreat will be offered by LGBTQ2S+ teachers and allies.

Cost: $550, deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Package includes dinner on day of arrival, shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, workshops and evening satsangs. Optional hatha class and breakfast are included on day of departure.

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May
29
Fri
Life Seals with Swami Samayananda
May 29 @ 4:30 pm – Jun 1 @ 10:30 am
Life Seals with Swami Samayananda @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 29 – June 1

In Life Seals you create a symbolic life map that surfaces hidden patterns and clarifies direction. Through drawing and reflection, you gain access to a deeper understanding of yourself. Discover how different aspects such as mind and senses relate to each other, understand how you create obstacles, and reveal your untapped potential. The process of opening personal symbolism is rich, memorable and often deeply moving. The tangible, visual quality of Life Seals provides a reminder that you can refer back to for guidance.

Cost: $550; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Package includes dinner on day of arrival, shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, workshops and evening satsangs. Optional hatha class and breakfast are included on day of departure.

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

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Jun
5
Fri
Transitions: Embracing Change
Jun 5 @ 4:30 pm – Jun 8 @ 10:30 am
Transitions: Embracing Change @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 5 – 8, Aug 14 – 17

Experience how yoga can support you in times of ending and beginning, change and transition. Explore your past experiences of transition and identify what choices you want to make now. What is the creative direction for your future?

By working with reflective tools — such as writing and drawing — and spiritual practices — such as Mantra and the Divine Light Invocation — you can prepare for change, access strength during transition and clarify options for your next steps.

Cost: $550; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Package includes dinner on day of arrival, shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, workshops and evening satsangs. Optional hatha class and breakfast are included on day of departure.

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

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Jun
19
Fri
Solstice Retreat: Renewing in the Light
Jun 19 @ 4:30 pm – Jun 22 @ 10:30 am
Solstice Retreat: Renewing in the Light @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 19 – 22

What better time to saturate yourself with Light than during the magic of summer solstice? In this retreat we explore the practice of the Divine Light Invocation, along with relaxation techniques, visualizations and meditations on Light.

The Divine Light Invocation is a standing meditation that combines the body, breath and mind in a concise practice of visualizing Divine Light, recognizing the Light within and learning how to share this Light with others. It is one of the most integral practices at Yasodhara Ashram.

Cost: $550, deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Package includes dinner on day of arrival, shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, workshops and evening satsangs. Optional hatha class and breakfast are included on day of departure.

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Recommended CD:
The Divine Light Invocation CD

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Jun
26
Fri
Relaxation Retreat
Jun 26 @ 4:30 pm – Jun 29 @ 10:30 am
Relaxation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

June 26 – 29, Aug 28 – 31

Experience the quiet and tranquility of Yasodhara Ashram. In this retreat, you will focus on going inward, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Each day you will go deeper into a relaxation practice to emerge renewed and full of Light. Re-enter your life with sustaining practices to keep the relaxation, with all of its benefits, alive.

Cost: $550; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Package includes dinner on day of arrival, shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, workshops and evening satsangs. Optional hatha class and breakfast are included on day of departure.

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

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Jul
10
Fri
Searching for Silence
Jul 10 @ 4:30 pm – Jul 13 @ 10:30 am
Searching for Silence @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 10 – 13

The massive bombardment of our senses from modern technology can drive us away from the true source of power and energy within. This retreat can help uncover your sense of inner knowing. Through times of silence and practices such as watching your mind, calming the breath, chanting mantras — and unplugging from electronic devices – you can become receptive to your interior landscape. Listen to your inner voices – what do they say? Which to follow and which to let go? Can you find a place of rest?

This retreat will include times of speaking as well as periods of intentional silence (mauna). Please be prepared to commit to a few days without electronic devices.

Cost: $550; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Package includes dinner on day of arrival, shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, workshops and evening satsangs. Optional hatha class and breakfast are included on day of departure.

Recommended books:
Living The Practice

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Jul
22
Wed
Coming Home: Nourishing the Spirit
Jul 22 @ 4:30 pm – Jul 25 @ 10:30 am
Coming Home: Nourishing the Spirit @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 22 – 25

Who are you? In this retreat, you are encouraged to return to essence, the feeling of home within, a welcoming place of warmth and potential. Quieting the body and mind like the tortoise, you can draw inward to be restored. Using a variety of the Ashram’s core spiritual practices including the Divine Light Invocation, visualization, and effective self-inquiry techniques, you can deepen your connection – physically, mentally and spiritually. The Temple of Light, the prayer rooms and the abundance of beauty in nature will support your journey.

Cost: $550, deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Package includes dinner on day of arrival, shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, workshops and evening satsangs. Optional hatha class and breakfast are included on day of departure.

Register Online

Aug
7
Fri
Straight Walk: Gathering Facts, Finding Freedom
Aug 7 @ 4:30 pm – Aug 10 @ 10:30 am
Straight Walk: Gathering Facts, Finding Freedom @ Yasodhara Ashram

Aug 7 – 10

Where are you now and where do you want to be? This workshop encourages you to gather facts by observing both your emotional responses and rational thinking. Unpacking this spectrum of responses can help you make better decisions. Based on an ancient Buddhist practice of self-awareness, the Straight Walk involves several walking meditations done with observation and concentration. You take steps, literally and symbolically, to understand your perception and to gain a new perspective.

Cost: $550; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Package includes dinner on day of arrival, shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, workshops and evening satsangs. Optional hatha class and breakfast are included on day of departure.

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

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Aug
14
Fri
Transitions: Embracing Change
Aug 14 @ 4:30 pm – Aug 17 @ 10:30 am
Transitions: Embracing Change @ Yasodhara Ashram

Aug 14 – 17

Experience how yoga can support you in times of ending and beginning, change and transition. Explore your past experiences of transition and identify what choices you want to make now. What is the creative direction for your future?

By working with reflective tools — such as writing and drawing — and spiritual practices — such as Mantra and the Divine Light Invocation — you can prepare for change, access strength during transition and clarify options for your next steps.

Cost: $550; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Package includes dinner on day of arrival, shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, workshops and evening satsangs. Optional hatha class and breakfast are included on day of departure.

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Register Online

Aug
28
Fri
Relaxation Retreat
Aug 28 @ 4:30 pm – Aug 31 @ 10:30 am
Relaxation Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

Aug 28 – 31

Experience the quiet and tranquility of Yasodhara Ashram. In this retreat, you will focus on going inward, stilling the mind and body, connecting to your inner source of peace, harmony and joy. Each day you will go deeper into a relaxation practice to emerge renewed and full of Light. Re-enter your life with sustaining practices to keep the relaxation, with all of its benefits, alive.

Cost: $550; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Package includes dinner on day of arrival, shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, workshops and evening satsangs. Optional hatha class and breakfast are included on day of departure.

Recommended book:
Yoga of Healing

Recommended CD:
Relaxation and The Divine Light Invocation

Register Online

Sep
18
Fri
Equinox Retreat: Finding Balance
Sep 18 @ 4:30 pm – Sep 21 @ 10:30 am
Equinox Retreat: Finding Balance @ Yasodhara Ashram

Mar 20 – 23, Sept 18 – 21

Celebrate this special time of equal day and night, by reflecting on balance. Balancing daily life demands – work, relationships, family, information input – and taking care of yourself can be challenging. How can you stay centered and calm? How can you step back to gain perspective and move forward with clarity? Learn yogic techniques such as breath, visualization, reflection and relaxation to help restore calm and a clear sense of what is most important in your life.

Cost: $550; $100 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Package includes dinner on day of arrival, shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, workshops and evening satsangs. Optional hatha class and breakfast are included on day of departure.

See typical retreat schedule.

Register Online

Oct
23
Fri
Stilling the Mind Retreat
Oct 23 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 26 @ 10:30 am
Stilling the Mind Retreat @ Yasodhara Ashram

Oct 23 – 26

What is the mind? What are its tendencies? How can it be directed? Each day you will learn various practices – including visualization, breathing techniques, concentration and reflection – to help you understand different levels of mind and to approach the mind’s expansive potential. The natural beauty and silence of the Ashram support your search for this silence and beauty within.

Cost: $550; deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Package includes dinner on day of arrival, shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, workshops and evening satsangs. Optional hatha class and breakfast are included on day of departure.

Recommended books:
Kundalini Yoga for the West
The Yoga of Healing

Register Online

Dec
18
Fri
Solstice Retreat: Light is Returning
Dec 18 @ 6:45 pm – Dec 21 @ 5:30 pm
Solstice Retreat: Light is Returning @ Yasodhara Ashram

December 18 – 21

As we approach the turning point of Winter Solstice, honour the seasonal cycles of light by nourishing your own inner Light. Practice the Divine Light Invocation, relaxation techniques, visualizations and meditations on Light. By being receptive, invoking and channeling Light, we help to counter the forces that result in destructive actions in ourselves and in the world. Recognizing that we are all born of Light encourages us to care for each other and our planet.

Cost: $550, deposit $100 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

Recommended book:
The Divine Light Invocation

Recommended CD:
The Divine Light Invocation CD

Register Online

Jan
8
Fri
Yoga Development Course
Jan 8 @ 4:30 pm – Apr 8 @ 10:30 am
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.

Following the YDC, we offer an extended-stay program for up to five months at no charge to support you in putting your YDC learnings into action. The program is focused on Karma Yoga and active engagement in the Ashram community – another wonderful opportunity to live and grow in spiritual community. This includes participation in daily hatha, reflection time, evening satsangs and weekly classes with your peers.

Read more…