February 26, 2011 by Sandra Hindson, Category: Reflection & Articles
When I first came to the Ashram I wanted my family, my community and my world to become more like the Ashram – more accepting, open and whole. Swami Radhananda, Carried by a Promise
Families have always been welcome to the Ashram, many with school age children who have taken advantage of the opportunities offered by the local school. Skye Richards and her 2 children came from Vancouver to live at the Ashram for six weeks this winter. During this time her 2 children attended the local Crawford Bay School.
Sandra Hindson spoke with Skye and her 2 boys, Kyle (10 years old) and Brendan (5 years old) from their retreat cabin one sunny Sunday afternoon a few days before their departure.
February 12, 2011 by Gef Tremblay, Category: Reflection & Articles
Creativity has taken center stage in my life during the last 2 years. What brought about that change is in part a conscious decision, sprouting from my own commitment to stay at Yasodhara Ashram for 2 years, and in part the natural evolution in my yoga practice. The whole transformation has been a natural healing process that took me from a misconception about the artistic life to the reality of a passionate creative life, which in turn brought even more healing! For me yoga is art and art is yoga
embracing the teacher
January 26, 2011 by gordon matchett, Category: Reflection & Articles
Gordon Matchett (Divine Gordie) advocates for shedding light on HIV and AIDS with a personal account of his diagnosis, the healing power of Divine Light, a supportive community, and the privilege of sweet medicine. This is part 2 of his ongoing reflections and Satsang talks.
December 31, 2010 by Sandra Hindson, Category: Reflection & Articles
“What is your heart’s desire?” Swami Radhananda asks me in her light lilting voice that penetrates the veils of my emotions. It was the spring of 2007 and I had been experiencing depression. Out of nowhere, out of the ethos, out of the centre of my being comes “travel!” I hear myself say this wondering, “Where did that come from?” It was a very simple yet profound question, which set me on a journey that would span the next 2 years – it takes time for a seed to germinate fully into its bloom. (more…)
December 28, 2010 by Ashley, Category: Reflection & Articles
One of the attractive qualities of Yasodhara Heights is that it offers its residents a chance to live independently while still remaining very close to and involved in the Ashram community in a retreat-like setting. Paris Marshall Smith, a prospective occupant, and Rebecca Dale, a current resident, discuss what it means for them, especially as young women, to explore bridging their dedication to spiritual living with their worldly desires.