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Jul
22
Wed
(Cancelled) Coming Home: Nourishing the Spirit
Jul 22 @ 4:30 pm – Jul 25 @ 10:30 am
(Cancelled) 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.

Aug
21
Fri
(Cancelled) The Healing Power of Nature
Aug 21 @ 4:30 pm – Aug 24 @ 10:30 am
(Cancelled) 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

Aug
28
Fri
(Cancelled) Relaxation Retreat
Aug 28 @ 4:30 pm – Aug 31 @ 10:30 am
(Cancelled) 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

Sep
18
Fri
(Cancelled) Equinox Retreat: Finding Balance
Sep 18 @ 4:30 pm – Sep 21 @ 10:30 am
(Cancelled) 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.


Sep
25
Fri
(Cancelled) Ecological Grief: A Pathway to Resilience, Self and Earth Care
Sep 25 @ 4:30 pm – Sep 28 @ 10:30 am
(Cancelled) 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.


Sep
30
Wed
(Cancelled) Breath: Pathway to Peace
Sep 30 @ 4:30 pm – Oct 3 @ 10:30 am
(Cancelled) 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.


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

Dec
18
Fri
(Cancelled) Solstice Retreat: Light is Returning
Dec 18 @ 6:45 pm – Dec 21 @ 5:30 pm
(Cancelled) 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