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Yasodhara Ashram March Newsletter

March 29, 2011 by Lightwaves

Melting snow and rushing streams. Birdsongs adding depth and lightness to morning walks. Earthy smells fill the air. First flowers, showing their green and gold. The seasonal transition is calling us out of our inner winter focus as the YDC is coming to an end and seeds have already been started for the garden. Spring is inviting us forward.

108 Sun Salutations Fundraiser: May 1st 2011

Are you ready to do 108 Sun Salutations? Our young adults are getting ready by collecting pledges and practicing the set of 12 movements. On May 1st 2011, Young Adults at the Ashram and around the world will do 108 Sun Salutations to raise money for the Ashram’s Young Adult Program. For more information on participating and pledging,visit 108 sun salutations


Chef Position Available

Do you know someone who makes the most delightful vegan/vegetarian food?  Someone who can plan balanced nutritious meals?  Someone with strong communication skills to coordinate with ashram and garden management; strong teaching skills to guide paid and volunteer assistants; strong organizational skills to manage budget, inventory and ordering? We’ve found that people with experience cooking for tree-planting camps are an excellent fit.

We’re looking for our new full-time chef to start this May. Options are available for a summer contract, or a more permanent year round position.

Swami Radhananda’s Book Tour

Swami Radhananda has just returned to the Ashram from offering readings and workshops to full houses in Calgary. Organizers say about the Tools For Transition workshop: “It was amazing and inspiring what people discovered … the three hours passed so quickly.”

In April Swami Radhananda will be inspiring people in Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto with readings and workshops. Later this summer, she will be offering a five day course at the Ashram called Living the Practice.

Be sure to catch her when she’s in your area:

One Teacher’s Extended Stay

“It’s been such a rich experience being here during the YDC and supporting the work as a Karma Yogi.” Says Joanne Bellanger, the Centre Director of Radha Yoga Center in Cranbrook BC.

Joanne has been breathing new life into the bookstore and co-teaching YDC workshops. She says: “My learning has been enormous in a different way than when I’ve been here on course or for a short visit. I’m at the time in my life where I have a strong desire to give back to a body of teachings that has given me so very much.”

When asked if she’d recommend an extended stay to others, she replied: “This time has truly been a blessing and I highly recommend it to any teacher who would like to get a real sense of what living in community is really like. Co-teaching with the residents has been an invaluable learning experience. This is my spiritual home and I feel so blessed to be able to enter in for a few months, leave and then re-enter in again.”

Timeless Books Celebrates Swami Radha’s Centennial

In honour of the 100th anniversary of Swami Radha’s birth, timeless books is preparing three special offerings, all celebrating her remarkable life story:

  • Radha’s Story: A Biography of Swami Sivananda Radha. The long awaited DVD release!
  • In the Company of the Wise: A Disciple’s Journey.   After being out of print for many years, this book is now redesigned and waiting to be rediscovered.
  • And, a new centennial edition of Radha: Diary of a Woman’s Search, Swami Radha’s classic memoir of her time in India.

Watch for these titles as they are released throughout 2011.

Refreshing how the Ashram’s Communicates

The Ashram celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2013. To prepare for fifty more years of character building, courage and awareness, we’re reflecting on how and what we communicate. So far, we’ve:
  • Created a new home page for
  • Mapped out the way we currently communicate
  • Gathered our historical communication materials
  • Begun working on new words and images to describe ourselves
Part of this process has been deciding to let Lightwaves rest for a while. We know people want to stay in touch with Ashram news, so keep your eyes open for changes to this newsletter.

Creek Cabin

I rest in Creek Cabin. All is quieted by the sound of the stream flowing to the North. To the West, across Kootenay Lake are the mountains beyond Balfour. I feel alone in these woods, yet the Light of the Ashram surrounds me. There is room here to breathe, take space and be quiet.
Kate Wedemire, YDC Particiant and Photographer

Built in the ‘60’s, Creek Cabin was recently renovated with the addition of a new bathroom.  It is now available as a comfortable contained guest room, whose view and location will inspire you.

Buildings and Land Update

It seems most fitting that as the YDCers deconstruct themselves, we started deconstructing Parvati this month. In parallel processes, we’re pulling back the walls and ceiling, looking at what’s inside and rethinking the space.

Several other projects have been recently completed around the Ashram: a renovated archives room, a deck on Many Mansions and a new heating system in the Library.

Things not readily apparent to most visitors include mapping of the Ashram’s underground utilities and a progress report on our carbon neutral program.

Photo of the Month
An inukshuk-like sculpture over the mountains on Kootenay Lake. How to make this your desktop wallpaper
Photo by Skye Richards

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