Yasodhara Ashram has been following the news updates in BC and globally, and we have made the difficult but essential decision to close the Ashram to day visitors, retreat guests and new karma yogis until June 1, 2020. Further closures will be announced at least one month in advance.

  • We are closed to day visitors touring the Ashram, the Temple of Light or visiting the Gift Store.
  • Programs scheduled during this time period - March 15 to June 1 - are cancelled.
  • We are also closed for drop-in guests for lunch, dinner and satsangs.

Physical distancing, sanitizing measures, hand-washing reminders and awareness of supply usage continue to be emphasized for those who are currently in residence.

The message right now is clear: stay close to home if you can for the greater good of all. Let’s do our part in flattening the curve of the spread of the virus. Now is not the time to travel or to gather together physically.

But we can gather together spiritually from wherever we are—using the yogic practices of mantra, Light and visualization. Let’s stay calm, act wisely and care for each other. Let’s wash our hands thoroughly and not touch our face—a great practice of awareness.

The pandemic is so revealing of our interdependence, highlighting that we each make a difference and can affect many others. At the Ashram we will be sending out love and Light from the Temple of Light each evening at 7:30 PST. Please let us know if you or someone you know would like to be on our prayer list. Online options are coming. Stay tuned!

Life is full. Let’s use this time to slow down and appreciate it. Let’s see what Divine Mother has in mind.


We will continue to update frequently to determine the most healthful and beneficial course of action as things develop. We will continue our generous refund policy of crediting your deposit to a future retreat in the event of cancellations, or we can fully refund your deposit. We invite you to speak with our Registration staff with any inquiries.

Contact Registration at 250-227-9224 or toll-free 1-800-661-8711 or by email: registrations@yasodhara.org

This poem by a Franciscan Irish priest is a wonderful reminder:


Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.
They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.
They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.
They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.
Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary
All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.
So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.
Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,

--Fr. Richard Hendrick