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Jul
17
Fri
Kundalini & Dream Yoga Teacher Certification
Jul 17 @ 4:30 pm – Aug 1 @ 10:30 am
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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Jul
21
Tue
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
Jul 21 @ 4:30 pm – Aug 17 @ 10:30 am
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram

Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way!

The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. This program focuses on Karma Yoga —the yoga of action and selfless service while introducing participants to the main Yasodhara Yoga practices such as Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini Yoga — tools that can help expand awareness

Yasodhara Ashram is an intergenerational community where people of all ages—from youth to elders and everyone in between—work together. The Young Adult Program (18-30 years) is now an integral part of the One-Month Program.

The program helps you deepen self-knowledge, integrate as a valued working member of the community and take away a life-changing experience. The OM Program can be a steppingstone to longer-term residential stays ranging from three months to two years or longer through our Pathways Program.

 

Investment: No Fee. Although there is no fee, you will be investing your time and energy, and your intentions, in the community. This program is funded by donations. Donations are welcome any time, to keep the opportunity available for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shared accommodation, meals and workshops included.

Dates: Click here for a list of all program intake dates.

Application required: Processing time is 1-2 weeks

Learn More & Apply for the One-Month Karma Yoga Program

Jul
31
Fri
Let’s Retreat Together
Jul 31 @ 4:30 pm – Aug 3 @ 10:30 am
Let's Retreat Together @ Yasodhara Ashram

July 31 – Aug 3

Let’s Retreat Together

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: $550 (3 nights; $160 extra night); 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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Aug
3
Mon
Hidden Language Teacher Certification with Swami Matananda
Aug 3 @ 4:30 pm – Aug 18 @ 10:30 am
Hidden Language Teacher Certification  with Swami Matananda @ 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.

Prerequisites: 
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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Shakti Camp for Teen Girls
Aug 3 @ 4:30 pm – Aug 8 @ 10:30 am
Shakti Camp for Teen Girls @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 3 – 8

If you are a young woman aged 13-17, Shakti Camp is designed for you. This week-long Ashram adventure includes activities such as dance, arts, hiking and swimming as well as yoga classes, journaling and group discussions. With other young women, explore the issues that matter most to you: what stresses you out at home or school? What does friendship mean to you? Grow in confidence as you look at your body image, personal power and self-expression.

You also have a chance to experience life in a spiritual community with powerful female role models. Join us for daily Hatha Yoga classes, Karma Yoga (service) and nightly satsang. Make friends, have fun and learn about yourself in this supportive and nurturing community.

For teen girls ages 13 to 17.

 

Cost: $350 (or pay what you can); deposit $50 (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang. Local Eastshore teens free.

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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
8
Sat
Taste of the Ashram – Day Program
Aug 8 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Taste of the Ashram - Day Program @ Yasodhara Ashram

Join us for this day program which includes a yoga class, lunch and a guided tour of the gardens & new Temple of Light.

Schedule

10:00 – 11:00 am – Registration.  Please come early to register at the Gift Store.

11:15 – 12:15 pm – Hatha Yoga class. We supply yoga mats and blankets. Children and adults are welcome. The class is open to all levels.


12:30 – Enjoy a nutritious and locally-harvested lunch.


1:15 – 2:30 – Take a guided tour of our grounds, abundant gardens, environmentally designed buildings and devotional spaces, including the spectacular new Temple of Light.

Dates: Click here for a list of upcoming dates.

Cost: $45/ adults, $20/ ages 6-17. Free for children 5 and under.


Overnight option also available

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Taste of the Ashram – Overnight Stay
Aug 8 @ 10:00 am – Aug 9 @ 9:00 am
Taste of the Ashram - Overnight Stay @ Yasodhara Ashram

Join us for this program which includes a yoga class, lunch and guided tour of the grounds and new Temple of Light. Plus participate in Karma Yoga (selfless service) and enjoy dinner and evening satsang (devotional service). Includes overnight accommodation and Sunday breakfast.

Dates: Click here for a list of upcoming dates.

Schedule:

10:00 – 11:00 am – Registration. Please come early to register at the Gift Store.

11:15 – 12:15 – Hatha Yoga class. We supply yoga mats and blankets. Children and adults are welcome. The class is open to all levels.

12:30 pm – Enjoy a nutritious and locally-harvested lunch.

1:15 – 2:30 –Take a guided tour of our grounds, abundant gardens, environmentally designed buildings and devotional spaces, including the spectacular new Temple of Light.

3:00 – 5:00 – Karma Yoga, hands-on work as selfless service

6:00 – Dinner

7:30 – 8:30 pm Satsang. A spiritual service that includes ritual and mantra/meditation.

8:00 am – Breakfast

Cost:
$135/adult night,
$30/ ages 6 – 17 (with accompanying adult).
Free for children 5 and under.
Private rooms may be available for $45 extra. $25 deposit  (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang..

Register Online

Aug
10
Mon
Yoga & Writing: Gain Insight through Asanas
Aug 10 @ 4:30 pm – Aug 14 @ 10:30 am
Yoga & Writing: Gain Insight through Asanas @ Yasodhara Ashram

Aug 10 – 14

Many people experience the physical benefits of yoga. But beyond the physical, there are psychological and mystical aspects to be discovered. This Hidden Language approach integrates reflection with the poses to promotes harmony between body, mind and spirit. As you question, listen and use imagery to move into the asanas, you open to insights that can be instrumental in your daily life. Through dialogue between body and mind, you gently reveal yourself to yourself in transformative ways. Take this next step with yoga!

Cost: $720; 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:
Hatha Yoga: The Hidden Language
The Inner Life of Asanas

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Aug
13
Thu
10 Day Yoga Journey
Aug 13 @ 4:30 pm – Aug 24 @ 10:30 am
10 Day Yoga Journey @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 14 – 25, July 9 – 20, Aug 13 – 24, Oct 15 – 26
Previously known as 10 Days of Yoga

Reflect Reconnect Renew

  • Heal your mind and body
  • Develop an authentic yoga practice
  • Access your inner wisdom
  • Navigate life transitions
  • Discover tools to create more meaning, joy & relaxation

Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be — ten days reprieve from stress in a safe and nurturing place of reflection.

For students of all levels, this course offers practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yoga and meditation practices such as mantra and visualization combined with in-depth self-development courses such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga.

Following the 10 Day Yoga Journey, we offer a free extended-stay program for up to seven days to support you in putting your learnings into action. The program is focused on Karma Yoga and experiencing life in our Ashram community. This includes participation in daily hatha, reflection time and evening satsangs. See Pathways for Living & Serving in the Ashram Community for more information about longer term stay opportunities.

Go to our 10 Day Yoga Journey page for more details and testimonials..

Cost: $1770; deposit $200 (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:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

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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
15
Sat
Taste of the Ashram – Day Program
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Taste of the Ashram - Day Program @ Yasodhara Ashram

Join us for this day program which includes a yoga class, lunch and a guided tour of the gardens & new Temple of Light.

Schedule

10:00 – 11:00 am – Registration.  Please come early to register at the Gift Store.

11:15 – 12:15 pm – Hatha Yoga class. We supply yoga mats and blankets. Children and adults are welcome. The class is open to all levels.


12:30 – Enjoy a nutritious and locally-harvested lunch.


1:15 – 2:30 – Take a guided tour of our grounds, abundant gardens, environmentally designed buildings and devotional spaces, including the spectacular new Temple of Light.

Dates: Click here for a list of upcoming dates.

Cost: $45/ adults, $20/ ages 6-17. Free for children 5 and under.


Overnight option also available

Register Online

Taste of the Ashram – Overnight Stay
Aug 15 @ 10:00 am – Aug 16 @ 9:00 am
Taste of the Ashram - Overnight Stay @ Yasodhara Ashram

Join us for this program which includes a yoga class, lunch and guided tour of the grounds and new Temple of Light. Plus participate in Karma Yoga (selfless service) and enjoy dinner and evening satsang (devotional service). Includes overnight accommodation and Sunday breakfast.

Dates: Click here for a list of upcoming dates.

Schedule:

10:00 – 11:00 am – Registration. Please come early to register at the Gift Store.

11:15 – 12:15 – Hatha Yoga class. We supply yoga mats and blankets. Children and adults are welcome. The class is open to all levels.

12:30 pm – Enjoy a nutritious and locally-harvested lunch.

1:15 – 2:30 –Take a guided tour of our grounds, abundant gardens, environmentally designed buildings and devotional spaces, including the spectacular new Temple of Light.

3:00 – 5:00 – Karma Yoga, hands-on work as selfless service

6:00 – Dinner

7:30 – 8:30 pm Satsang. A spiritual service that includes ritual and mantra/meditation.

8:00 am – Breakfast

Cost:
$135/adult night,
$30/ ages 6 – 17 (with accompanying adult).
Free for children 5 and under.
Private rooms may be available for $45 extra. $25 deposit  (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang..

Register Online

Aug
18
Tue
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
Aug 18 @ 4:30 pm – Sep 14 @ 10:30 am
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram

Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way!

The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. This program focuses on Karma Yoga —the yoga of action and selfless service while introducing participants to the main Yasodhara Yoga practices such as Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini Yoga — tools that can help expand awareness

Yasodhara Ashram is an intergenerational community where people of all ages—from youth to elders and everyone in between—work together. The Young Adult Program (18-30 years) is now an integral part of the One-Month Program.

The program helps you deepen self-knowledge, integrate as a valued working member of the community and take away a life-changing experience. The OM Program can be a steppingstone to longer-term residential stays ranging from three months to two years or longer through our Pathways Program.

 

Investment: No Fee. Although there is no fee, you will be investing your time and energy, and your intentions, in the community. This program is funded by donations. Donations are welcome any time, to keep the opportunity available for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shared accommodation, meals and workshops included.

Dates: Click here for a list of all program intake dates.

Application required: Processing time is 1-2 weeks

Learn More & Apply for the One-Month Karma Yoga Program

Aug
21
Fri
Journey Into The Bharata Natyam Dance Tradition
Aug 21 @ 4:30 pm – Aug 27 @ 10:30 am
Journey Into The Bharata Natyam Dance Tradition @ Yasodhara Ashram

Aug 21 – 27

Join artistic director Anusha Fernando of Shakti Dance Vancouver who will be leading an intensive journey into the traditional dance form of Bharata Natyam. This beloved classical form of dance from Southern India is characterized by humility, discipline, grace and rigorous technique. Over the course of the retreat we will juxtapose stilless with movement and explore energy, expression and devotion.

In the Eastern Teachings the body is seen as a spiritual tool, a way to be in touch with devotional feelings of the heart. It gives a way to express these through a beautiful ancient language of dance and storytelling.

Due to the intensive nature of this course, it will be open only to those with Bharata Natyam experience or anyone with Indian dance background.

There will be an open workshop on Saturday, August 22nd for dancers of all abilities. This will be followed by an inspirational evening of Bharata Natyam dance offerings in the Temple of Light.

Cost: $TBD; $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.

Registration opening soon.

The Healing Power of Nature
Aug 21 @ 4:30 pm – Aug 24 @ 10:30 am
The Healing Power of Nature @ Yasodhara Ashram

August 21 – 24

The lake, mountains, sky and forest of Yasodhara Ashram invite you to take refuge, to awaken to your own nature, to remember your interconnection with all of life. What is it like to experience the majesty of mountains as you do Mountain pose? Or learn balance from a tree? Hike the forest trails, walk the beaches, find your special places for silence and meditation. How does nature reflect back what you need to know? Yoga & Nature can give you perspective and connect you to a sense of the sacred.

Watch this short video for a taste of the Yoga & Nature Retreat.

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:
Hatha Yoga, the Hidden Language & The Inner Life of Asanas

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

Aug
29
Sat
Taste of the Ashram – Day Program
Aug 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Taste of the Ashram - Day Program @ Yasodhara Ashram

Join us for this day program which includes a yoga class, lunch and a guided tour of the gardens & new Temple of Light.

Schedule

10:00 – 11:00 am – Registration.  Please come early to register at the Gift Store.

11:15 – 12:15 pm – Hatha Yoga class. We supply yoga mats and blankets. Children and adults are welcome. The class is open to all levels.


12:30 – Enjoy a nutritious and locally-harvested lunch.


1:15 – 2:30 – Take a guided tour of our grounds, abundant gardens, environmentally designed buildings and devotional spaces, including the spectacular new Temple of Light.

Dates: Click here for a list of upcoming dates.

Cost: $45/ adults, $20/ ages 6-17. Free for children 5 and under.


Overnight option also available

Register Online

Taste of the Ashram – Overnight Stay
Aug 29 @ 10:00 am – Aug 30 @ 9:00 am
Taste of the Ashram - Overnight Stay @ Yasodhara Ashram

Join us for this program which includes a yoga class, lunch and guided tour of the grounds and new Temple of Light. Plus participate in Karma Yoga (selfless service) and enjoy dinner and evening satsang (devotional service). Includes overnight accommodation and Sunday breakfast.

Dates: Click here for a list of upcoming dates.

Schedule:

10:00 – 11:00 am – Registration. Please come early to register at the Gift Store.

11:15 – 12:15 – Hatha Yoga class. We supply yoga mats and blankets. Children and adults are welcome. The class is open to all levels.

12:30 pm – Enjoy a nutritious and locally-harvested lunch.

1:15 – 2:30 –Take a guided tour of our grounds, abundant gardens, environmentally designed buildings and devotional spaces, including the spectacular new Temple of Light.

3:00 – 5:00 – Karma Yoga, hands-on work as selfless service

6:00 – Dinner

7:30 – 8:30 pm Satsang. A spiritual service that includes ritual and mantra/meditation.

8:00 am – Breakfast

Cost:
$135/adult night,
$30/ ages 6 – 17 (with accompanying adult).
Free for children 5 and under.
Private rooms may be available for $45 extra. $25 deposit  (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang..

Register Online

Sep
8
Tue
Gurudev Sivananda’s Birthday
Sep 8 all-day
Gurudev Sivananda’s Birthday @ Yasodhara Ashram

This is a special day to honour the lineage of spiritual teachers who inspire and support us at Yasodhara Ashram – Swami Sivananda of Rishikesh, Swami Radha and Swami Radhananda.

Cost: $160/night; $50 deposit (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang.

Register Online

Sep
11
Fri
Awakening Wonder
Sep 11 @ 4:30 pm – Sep 14 @ 10:30 am
Awakening Wonder @ Yasodhara Ashram

Sept 11 – 14

Enrich your experience of the world around you and open your heart to wonder. What would it mean to remove filters that keep you from seeing, tasting, hearing, touching, smelling what is? Explore how your sense perceptions interact with your mind’s interpretation. By building awareness of mind and senses, you can start to choose your way of being moment-by-moment, awakening to your own potential.

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

Sep
12
Sat
Taste of the Ashram – Day Program
Sep 12 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Taste of the Ashram - Day Program @ Yasodhara Ashram

Join us for this day program which includes a yoga class, lunch and a guided tour of the gardens & new Temple of Light.

Schedule

10:00 – 11:00 am – Registration.  Please come early to register at the Gift Store.

11:15 – 12:15 pm – Hatha Yoga class. We supply yoga mats and blankets. Children and adults are welcome. The class is open to all levels.


12:30 – Enjoy a nutritious and locally-harvested lunch.


1:15 – 2:30 – Take a guided tour of our grounds, abundant gardens, environmentally designed buildings and devotional spaces, including the spectacular new Temple of Light.

Dates: Click here for a list of upcoming dates.

Cost: $45/ adults, $20/ ages 6-17. Free for children 5 and under.


Overnight option also available

Register Online

Taste of the Ashram – Overnight Stay
Sep 12 @ 10:00 am – Sep 13 @ 9:00 am
Taste of the Ashram - Overnight Stay @ Yasodhara Ashram

Join us for this program which includes a yoga class, lunch and guided tour of the grounds and new Temple of Light. Plus participate in Karma Yoga (selfless service) and enjoy dinner and evening satsang (devotional service). Includes overnight accommodation and Sunday breakfast.

Dates: Click here for a list of upcoming dates.

Schedule:

10:00 – 11:00 am – Registration. Please come early to register at the Gift Store.

11:15 – 12:15 – Hatha Yoga class. We supply yoga mats and blankets. Children and adults are welcome. The class is open to all levels.

12:30 pm – Enjoy a nutritious and locally-harvested lunch.

1:15 – 2:30 –Take a guided tour of our grounds, abundant gardens, environmentally designed buildings and devotional spaces, including the spectacular new Temple of Light.

3:00 – 5:00 – Karma Yoga, hands-on work as selfless service

6:00 – Dinner

7:30 – 8:30 pm Satsang. A spiritual service that includes ritual and mantra/meditation.

8:00 am – Breakfast

Cost:
$135/adult night,
$30/ ages 6 – 17 (with accompanying adult).
Free for children 5 and under.
Private rooms may be available for $45 extra. $25 deposit  (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang..

Register Online

Sep
15
Tue
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
Sep 15 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 12 @ 10:30 am
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram

Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way!

The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. This program focuses on Karma Yoga —the yoga of action and selfless service while introducing participants to the main Yasodhara Yoga practices such as Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini Yoga — tools that can help expand awareness

Yasodhara Ashram is an intergenerational community where people of all ages—from youth to elders and everyone in between—work together. The Young Adult Program (18-30 years) is now an integral part of the One-Month Program.

The program helps you deepen self-knowledge, integrate as a valued working member of the community and take away a life-changing experience. The OM Program can be a steppingstone to longer-term residential stays ranging from three months to two years or longer through our Pathways Program.

 

Investment: No Fee. Although there is no fee, you will be investing your time and energy, and your intentions, in the community. This program is funded by donations. Donations are welcome any time, to keep the opportunity available for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shared accommodation, meals and workshops included.

Dates: Click here for a list of all program intake dates.

Application required: Processing time is 1-2 weeks

Learn More & Apply for the One-Month Karma Yoga Program

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

Sep
25
Fri
Ecological Grief: A Pathway to Resilience, Self and Earth Care
Sep 25 @ 4:30 pm – Sep 28 @ 10:30 am
Ecological Grief: A Pathway to Resilience, Self and Earth Care @ Yasodhara Ashram

Sept 25 – 28

How can we face the climate emergencies and resulting suffering on Earth with clear eyes and an open heart? How can we strengthen resilience as we deepen our capacity to act for a just and sustainable world?

This workshop provides a roadmap to metabolize pain into courage, compassion and creativity—qualities that allow us to respond with wisdom and integrity. Combining Yasodhara’s timeless yogic practices with Joanne Macy’s Work that Reconnects (deep ecology and engaged Buddhism), we will reflect and cultivate the mind, body and heart.

Designed to inspire and energize those who care about ecological and social justice, the
workshop offers a supportive structure for fostering resilience and directing the power of our human imagination into action in service of life.

Join Robin Macdonald, a Communal Grief Care Facilitator and Yasodhara Yoga Ottawa teacher, and Paris Marshall Smith, currently working with Kootenay communities to support low carbon resilient living, for this first-time offering at the 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.

Register Online

Sep
26
Sat
Taste of the Ashram – Day Program
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Taste of the Ashram - Day Program @ Yasodhara Ashram

Join us for this day program which includes a yoga class, lunch and a guided tour of the gardens & new Temple of Light.

Schedule

10:00 – 11:00 am – Registration.  Please come early to register at the Gift Store.

11:15 – 12:15 pm – Hatha Yoga class. We supply yoga mats and blankets. Children and adults are welcome. The class is open to all levels.


12:30 – Enjoy a nutritious and locally-harvested lunch.


1:15 – 2:30 – Take a guided tour of our grounds, abundant gardens, environmentally designed buildings and devotional spaces, including the spectacular new Temple of Light.

Dates: Click here for a list of upcoming dates.

Cost: $45/ adults, $20/ ages 6-17. Free for children 5 and under.


Overnight option also available

Register Online

Taste of the Ashram – Overnight Stay
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – Sep 27 @ 9:00 am
Taste of the Ashram - Overnight Stay @ Yasodhara Ashram

Join us for this program which includes a yoga class, lunch and guided tour of the grounds and new Temple of Light. Plus participate in Karma Yoga (selfless service) and enjoy dinner and evening satsang (devotional service). Includes overnight accommodation and Sunday breakfast.

Dates: Click here for a list of upcoming dates.

Schedule:

10:00 – 11:00 am – Registration. Please come early to register at the Gift Store.

11:15 – 12:15 – Hatha Yoga class. We supply yoga mats and blankets. Children and adults are welcome. The class is open to all levels.

12:30 pm – Enjoy a nutritious and locally-harvested lunch.

1:15 – 2:30 –Take a guided tour of our grounds, abundant gardens, environmentally designed buildings and devotional spaces, including the spectacular new Temple of Light.

3:00 – 5:00 – Karma Yoga, hands-on work as selfless service

6:00 – Dinner

7:30 – 8:30 pm Satsang. A spiritual service that includes ritual and mantra/meditation.

8:00 am – Breakfast

Cost:
$135/adult night,
$30/ ages 6 – 17 (with accompanying adult).
Free for children 5 and under.
Private rooms may be available for $45 extra. $25 deposit  (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang..

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Sep
30
Wed
Breath: Pathway to Peace
Sep 30 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 3 @ 10:30 am
Breath: Pathway to Peace @ Yasodhara Ashram

Sept 30 – Oct 3

Breath is the key to quiet the mind, create space and allow clarity to emerge. Between the ingoing and outgoing breath, there is a centre of peace, a place of deep mystery and potential. Awaken your intuition and discover what emerges. Through learning a variety of breathing practices, you can find ways to build and strengthen a path of peace 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.

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Oct
5
Mon
Focus Inward, Focus Forward with Swami Lalitananda
Oct 5 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 10 @ 10:30 am
Focus Inward, Focus Forward with Swami Lalitananda @ Yasodhara Ashram

Oct 5 – 10

Join Ashram president, Swami Lalitananda, for four days of joyful introspection that can help you prepare for your next steps. Meet with others to expand awareness through spiritual practice, reflection, dialogue and action.

Cost: $1100; $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.

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Oct
9
Fri
Thanksgiving Weekend
Oct 9 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 12 @ 10:30 am
Thanksgiving Weekend @ Yasodhara Ashram

October 9 – 12

With a focus on gratitude, this weekend is a time to look at what each of us has harvested in our lives and what we want to preserve. What are you grateful for and how do you express it? Participate in our annual Karma Yoga work-bee. Experience the joy of being in community as well as having quiet time on your own.

Cost: $550 for 3 nights, $160 for an extra night; 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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Oct
13
Tue
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
Oct 13 @ 4:30 pm – Nov 9 @ 10:30 am
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram

Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way!

The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. This program focuses on Karma Yoga —the yoga of action and selfless service while introducing participants to the main Yasodhara Yoga practices such as Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini Yoga — tools that can help expand awareness

Yasodhara Ashram is an intergenerational community where people of all ages—from youth to elders and everyone in between—work together. The Young Adult Program (18-30 years) is now an integral part of the One-Month Program.

The program helps you deepen self-knowledge, integrate as a valued working member of the community and take away a life-changing experience. The OM Program can be a steppingstone to longer-term residential stays ranging from three months to two years or longer through our Pathways Program.

 

Investment: No Fee. Although there is no fee, you will be investing your time and energy, and your intentions, in the community. This program is funded by donations. Donations are welcome any time, to keep the opportunity available for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shared accommodation, meals and workshops included.

Dates: Click here for a list of all program intake dates.

Application required: Processing time is 1-2 weeks

Learn More & Apply for the One-Month Karma Yoga Program

Oct
15
Thu
10 Day Yoga Journey
Oct 15 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 26 @ 10:30 am
10 Day Yoga Journey @ Yasodhara Ashram

May 14 – 25, July 9 – 20, Aug 13 – 24, Oct 15 – 26
Previously known as 10 Days of Yoga

Reflect Reconnect Renew

  • Heal your mind and body
  • Develop an authentic yoga practice
  • Access your inner wisdom
  • Navigate life transitions
  • Discover tools to create more meaning, joy & relaxation

Give yourself ten days to expand your understanding of who you are and who you want to be — ten days reprieve from stress in a safe and nurturing place of reflection.

For students of all levels, this course offers practices that support your personal and spiritual development. Instruction is given in a variety of traditional yoga and meditation practices such as mantra and visualization combined with in-depth self-development courses such as Life Seals, Dream Yoga and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga.

Following the 10 Day Yoga Journey, we offer a free extended-stay program for up to seven days to support you in putting your learnings into action. The program is focused on Karma Yoga and experiencing life in our Ashram community. This includes participation in daily hatha, reflection time and evening satsangs. See Pathways for Living & Serving in the Ashram Community for more information about longer term stay opportunities.

Go to our 10 Day Yoga Journey page for more details and testimonials..

Cost: $1770; deposit $200 (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:
The Divine Light Invocation
Mantras: Words of Power
Kundalini Yoga for the West
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

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Oct
16
Fri
Exploring Dream Messages
Oct 16 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 19 @ 10:30 am
Exploring Dream Messages @ Yasodhara Ashram

Oct 16 – 19

Dreams are a gateway to intuition—sometimes inspiring, always mysterious and often confusing. They carry messages waiting to be opened and understood. What is my next step? What can I learn from a difficult situation? What gives my life meaning? Learn a time-tested method to invite your dream symbols to speak, offering guidance and clear steps to action.

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:
Realities of the Dreaming Mind

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

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Oct
24
Sat
Taste of the Ashram – Day Program
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Taste of the Ashram - Day Program @ Yasodhara Ashram

Join us for this day program which includes a yoga class, lunch and a guided tour of the gardens & new Temple of Light.

Schedule

10:00 – 11:00 am – Registration.  Please come early to register at the Gift Store.

11:15 – 12:15 pm – Hatha Yoga class. We supply yoga mats and blankets. Children and adults are welcome. The class is open to all levels.


12:30 – Enjoy a nutritious and locally-harvested lunch.


1:15 – 2:30 – Take a guided tour of our grounds, abundant gardens, environmentally designed buildings and devotional spaces, including the spectacular new Temple of Light.

Dates: Click here for a list of upcoming dates.

Cost: $45/ adults, $20/ ages 6-17. Free for children 5 and under.


Overnight option also available

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Taste of the Ashram – Overnight Stay
Oct 24 @ 10:00 am – Oct 25 @ 9:00 am
Taste of the Ashram - Overnight Stay @ Yasodhara Ashram

Join us for this program which includes a yoga class, lunch and guided tour of the grounds and new Temple of Light. Plus participate in Karma Yoga (selfless service) and enjoy dinner and evening satsang (devotional service). Includes overnight accommodation and Sunday breakfast.

Dates: Click here for a list of upcoming dates.

Schedule:

10:00 – 11:00 am – Registration. Please come early to register at the Gift Store.

11:15 – 12:15 – Hatha Yoga class. We supply yoga mats and blankets. Children and adults are welcome. The class is open to all levels.

12:30 pm – Enjoy a nutritious and locally-harvested lunch.

1:15 – 2:30 –Take a guided tour of our grounds, abundant gardens, environmentally designed buildings and devotional spaces, including the spectacular new Temple of Light.

3:00 – 5:00 – Karma Yoga, hands-on work as selfless service

6:00 – Dinner

7:30 – 8:30 pm Satsang. A spiritual service that includes ritual and mantra/meditation.

8:00 am – Breakfast

Cost:
$135/adult night,
$30/ ages 6 – 17 (with accompanying adult).
Free for children 5 and under.
Private rooms may be available for $45 extra. $25 deposit  (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang..

Register Online

Nov
10
Tue
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake
Nov 10 @ 4:30 pm – Dec 7 @ 10:30 am
One-Month Karma Yoga Program Intake @ Yasodhara Ashram

Take this opportunity to experience yoga and work in a truly transformative way!

The One-Month (OM) Karma Yoga program is for anyone interested in living in a spiritual community to explore work, develop self-knowledge and gain skills. This program focuses on Karma Yoga —the yoga of action and selfless service while introducing participants to the main Yasodhara Yoga practices such as Mantra, Hatha, Dreams and Kundalini Yoga — tools that can help expand awareness

Yasodhara Ashram is an intergenerational community where people of all ages—from youth to elders and everyone in between—work together. The Young Adult Program (18-30 years) is now an integral part of the One-Month Program.

The program helps you deepen self-knowledge, integrate as a valued working member of the community and take away a life-changing experience. The OM Program can be a steppingstone to longer-term residential stays ranging from three months to two years or longer through our Pathways Program.

 

Investment: No Fee. Although there is no fee, you will be investing your time and energy, and your intentions, in the community. This program is funded by donations. Donations are welcome any time, to keep the opportunity available for people of all ages and backgrounds.

Shared accommodation, meals and workshops included.

Dates: Click here for a list of all program intake dates.

Application required: Processing time is 1-2 weeks

Learn More & Apply for the One-Month Karma Yoga Program

Dec
5
Sat
Taste of the Ashram – Day Program
Dec 5 @ 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
Taste of the Ashram - Day Program @ Yasodhara Ashram

Join us for this day program which includes a yoga class, lunch and a guided tour of the gardens & new Temple of Light.

Schedule

10:00 – 11:00 am – Registration.  Please come early to register at the Gift Store.

11:15 – 12:15 pm – Hatha Yoga class. We supply yoga mats and blankets. Children and adults are welcome. The class is open to all levels.


12:30 – Enjoy a nutritious and locally-harvested lunch.


1:15 – 2:30 – Take a guided tour of our grounds, abundant gardens, environmentally designed buildings and devotional spaces, including the spectacular new Temple of Light.

Dates: Click here for a list of upcoming dates.

Cost: $45/ adults, $20/ ages 6-17. Free for children 5 and under.


Overnight option also available

Register Online

Taste of the Ashram – Overnight Stay
Dec 5 @ 10:00 am – Dec 6 @ 9:00 am
Taste of the Ashram - Overnight Stay @ Yasodhara Ashram

Join us for this program which includes a yoga class, lunch and guided tour of the grounds and new Temple of Light. Plus participate in Karma Yoga (selfless service) and enjoy dinner and evening satsang (devotional service). Includes overnight accommodation and Sunday breakfast.

Dates: Click here for a list of upcoming dates.

Schedule:

10:00 – 11:00 am – Registration. Please come early to register at the Gift Store.

11:15 – 12:15 – Hatha Yoga class. We supply yoga mats and blankets. Children and adults are welcome. The class is open to all levels.

12:30 pm – Enjoy a nutritious and locally-harvested lunch.

1:15 – 2:30 –Take a guided tour of our grounds, abundant gardens, environmentally designed buildings and devotional spaces, including the spectacular new Temple of Light.

3:00 – 5:00 – Karma Yoga, hands-on work as selfless service

6:00 – Dinner

7:30 – 8:30 pm Satsang. A spiritual service that includes ritual and mantra/meditation.

8:00 am – Breakfast

Cost:
$135/adult night,
$30/ ages 6 – 17 (with accompanying adult).
Free for children 5 and under.
Private rooms may be available for $45 extra. $25 deposit  (See our Cancellation Policy)
Includes shared accommodation, three meals daily, morning hatha, retreat/workshop, and evening satsang..

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

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Dec
30
Wed
New Year at the Ashram
Dec 30 2020 @ 4:30 pm – Jan 2 2021 @ 10:30 am
New Year at the Ashram @ Yasodhara Ashram

Step out from holiday pressures in the silence and beauty of Yasodhara Ashram. Open body and mind in classes, and enjoy peaceful time to yourself for reflection. Join us in Karma Yoga (selfless service) and in joyfully welcoming in the new year.

Cost: $550/3 nights, $160/extra night; deposit $50 (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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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.

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