Shankar’s December update

Winterscape at the Centre, November 2010

Greetings:

Déjà vu. The power went out just hours before guests arrived for the last Yoga Getaway of 2011. Last year’s final program, the KY celebration in November, was blessed with a heavy snowfall and power outage just after everyone arrived. With the help of our old generator we powered all essential services, and the extreme weather helped bring everyone together for what turned out to be a memorable weekend. This November the generator lasted only an hour or so despite valiant efforts to keep it alive. No electricity means no water in the program house. We had readied buckets of water just in case they were needed, but all went well. The cooks, wearing headlamps, prepared a delicious meal which the guests ate by candlelight. The sauna was cancelled due to lack of water and there was an intimate atmosphere at the candlelit evening circle. Fortunately, as the circle ended the power came on and the staff were spared the stress of an overnight period without water or heat. Interestingly, we had just ordered a new, much larger generator, which will be installed in mid-December. This should mean that we can continue with minimal inconvenience through prolonged power outages, which, if we are to believe the experts, will be more frequent in the years to come.

Programs for 2011 are finished and staff are busy planning for 2012. We have already received eleven applications for the 2012 Yoga Teacher Training program, compared to only one at this time last year. If you are considering registering for this life-transforming program, don’t leave it too late as we have room for only forty students. This is also a good time to apply to spend time at the Centre as a karma yogi. Three Karma Yoga Service and Study sessions are offered for 2012. As well, we are taking applications for full season positions in the kitchen and on the farm. Those selected for the kitchen positions will learn all aspects of vegetarian cooking skills while spending a day a week on the farm to keep in touch with the source of the food. Farm positions offer a wonderful opportunity to spend a full growing season learning the increasingly important skills of food production.

Many of you emailed appreciation for last month’s profile of Sharada Filkow. Continuing our appreciation for long time members of Dharma Sara, this month we profile Lakshmi McPhee who, for decades, has been at the heart of a variety of DS activities. Many of you will know her as the coordinator of our annual summer retreat. It’s ironic that she hitch-hiked, with infant Sean (now 36 years old), to our first retreat without even knowing where it was!

As the year comes to a close we express heartfelt thanks to the many volunteers, teachers, students and guests who have continued to support the efforts of the Centre during 2011. Please consider us if you are contemplating charitable donations at the year’s end. Your contributions to the Centre and to the Sri Ram Ashram will help these invaluable organisations to continue to offer yoga and community to so many.

We wish you a joyful, peaceful holiday period and hope to see all of you in 2012.

Shankar

Appeal for your support

Dear Friends,
Greetings of the season to you all!

As we reflect on the blessings of 2011 and the year draws to a close we are making an appeal for your help in two of our important endeavours.

Morning meditation is a pleasure in our newly renovated yurt

First, we are making an appeal for your contributions to the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga. The work at SSCY is done largely by volunteers in the spirit of karma yoga. Our full time resident administrative staff received an average annual cash remuneration of about $3,500 in 2011, while those in the KYSS program exchange their work for room, board and classes. Their generous contribution of time, along with that of our volunteer boards and committees, enables us to keep program fees affordable and fund non-revenue producing programs and events.

Nutan, Kiran, Hamsa and Madhu during afternoon playtime at the Sri Ram Ashram

Nevertheless, it is challenging to come up with funds for needed facility repairs and improvements. In 2011 we completely renovated the yurt, upgraded guest accommodation, built new composting outhouses for the campgrounds, greatly expanded the irrigation pond, and have just doubled the available electrical power to the program house. To protect against increasingly frequent power outages we have also purchased a large new generator. In 2012 we hope to expand KY housing, upgrade kitchen facilities, continue to improve guest accommodation and upgrade farm irrigation systems. There will no doubt be other expenses that we have not anticipated!

Secondly, we are asking if you can participate in our annual gesture of support to Sri Ram Ashram in northern India. Each year Dharma Sara Satsang and the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga make a financial contribution to the children’s home, school and medical clinic inspired by Baba Hari Dass and founded in 1984. This year we would like to raise a minimum of $6000 for this most worthwhile project to help provide medical and health care, food and clothing as well as educational supplies such as books and computers.

Donate today

There are three ways to make a donation:

  1. Donate online through CanadaHelps.org
  2. Phone us with your credit card information at 250-537-2326
  3. Send a cheque made payable to “Dharma Sara Satsang Society”, with “Sri Ram Ashram” or “Salt Spring Centre of Yoga” in the memo, to 355 Blackburn Road, Salt Spring Island, BC, V8K 2B8

Official receipts for Canadian income tax purposes will be issued by CanadaHelps.org (if you choose option 1 above) or Dharma Sara Satsang Society (for options 2 or 3).

With gratitude,
The Board of Dharma Sara Satsang Society

Founding Member Feature: Lakshmi McPhee

Continuing with our Founding Member Feature series which began last month with words from Sharada, this month we hear from Lakshmi McPhee. Our hope is that these stories will help to illuminate part of the Centre’s rich history.

Longtime member, Lakshmi

Life Before Babaji

I am from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and grew up going to Catholic schools, ceilidhs and lots of family gatherings. There was a strong sense of values, family and community which eventually lead me on a journey to find a spiritual community that I resonated with.

As a university student in 1970, I travelled to the Rocky Mountains for a summer job and experienced a counter-culture movement with exciting new ideas and ways of being. This deeply affected me and I soon graduated from university and left Nova Scotia to pursue a different lifestyle.

I grew up on an island near the ocean so I gravitated to the BC Gulf Islands and lived a very alternative lifestyle. My only son Sean was born on Salt Spring Island in 1974 and, although life was very enjoyable, I felt that there was something missing…..

First Meeting with Babaji

The grace circle at the White Rock yoga retreat in 1975

Like many young people my age, I had read the book Be Here Now and was intrigued by a picture of a yogi from India named Baba Hari Dass. Shortly after that, in August 1975, I heard that Babaji was going to be at a yoga retreat in White Rock, BC. That was the first Dharma Sara (DS) Yoga Retreat. I felt a deep calling to go and I hitch-hiked to White Rock with my young son in a snuggly pack. When I got there, there were no posters or signs to locate the event. (This may have led to my later obsession with brochure and flyer distribution for SSCY programs!) I went to the intersection and picked a direction to hitch-hike. The next car stopped and the people were going to the retreat! I arrived in the middle of Chandra’s traditional Indian wedding fire ceremony. Afterwards, we all formed a “grace circle” and that is when I first met Babaji.

Joining the Dharma Sara Satsang Community

After the retreat, I had a private appointment with Babaji at Spruce Street house in Vancouver. This appointment changed my life deeply and profoundly in all ways. Through the interaction with Babaji, I knew without a doubt that I had found my spiritual teacher. I was at a crossroads in my life and asked what I should do next. He suggested that we move closer to satsang people and gave me the name “Lakshmi” and my son the name “Shyam”. I immediately went back, sold my houseboat on Gabriola Island and moved to Vancouver where most of the DS satsang members lived. I opened a family daycare centre in my home which Babaji named “Lotus Land”.

From 1976-1978, my son Shyam and I lived with other satsang people in a big house in Kitsilano and at the farm in Aldergrove that Sharada mentioned in her story. These were my first experiences living in a spiritual community. We lived, ate, meditated, played and worked together. DS had a Yoga Studio, Rainbow’s End Day Care Centre and a store called Jai in Vancouver. The store was very profitable and we asked Babaji what to do with the income. He said to buy land and create a peaceful place where people can study yoga and ayurveda.

There were about 40 active DS members and we started looking for a place in different parts of BC. We could not agree on a place until, in 1981, we found the land which is now the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga (SSCY). We stood in a circle in the front field and looked around at everyone and realized that we had found our Centre. Babaji agreed that it was a good place so the work began of transforming an old, very run-down house and barn into a program house and school. We had work parties and did everything from weeding to renovations.

Lakshmi weeding happily at the Salt Spring Island property.

It was a family event and our children came as well.

Lakshmi and Shyam

Eventually, DS closed its yoga centre, daycare centre and store in Vancouver and many DS members moved to Salt Spring Island either to the SSCY or to buy their own property. Many DS members frequently travelled to attend classes and retreats with Babaji at Mount Madonna Center (MMC) in California. In 1980, I completed my Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) at MMC.

I also went back to university and took more courses in my educational field of English as a Second Language (ESL). Shortly afterwards, I met a woman at our DS Sunday satsang who was a Coordinator at the English Language Institute at UBC. She arranged for me to have an interview and I was hired and worked there for 31 years. During that period, I was very busy with my responsibilities as a single mom, ESL teacher and a student doing my Masters at UBC. As a result, I was less involved with DS.

My Current Involvement with DS, MMC and the Sri Ram Ashram

Since 1988, as my family and work responsibilities lessened, I slowly became more involved again with DS. My husband Rajiv and I frequently attended the weekly DS Sunday satsangs in Vancouver and went over to do karma yoga at SSCY. Over the last 10 years, I have served on the DS Board, a number of SSCY committees and have coordinated the Annual Retreat, Yoga Getaways and supported the Yoga Teacher Training program in various ways.

This summer DS held its 37th consecutive Annual Retreat and this is the main program which I coordinate. The format and length have changed and evolved over the years but the main components of the program have remained the same. It offers classes in classical ashtanga yoga as taught by Babaji. There is also a program for children so families can attend. It is a wonderful multigenerational event with guests and KY staff of all ages.

Retreat guests enjoy summer days at the Centre

The SSCY had its 30th Anniversary this year which was another milestone. Over the years, I have frequently stayed at the SSCY for a few days up to a couple of months. I love the spirit of selfless service, community and generosity of spirit that exists between the people living or volunteering at the SSCY – whether it is for a short or longer period. The guests often comment on how they are touched by the energy of the staff and peaceful environment at the SSCY.

Babaji has written numerous books and has requested that the proceeds be used to establish a home for abandoned and destitute children in India. Sri Ram Ashram ( SRA) was founded over 20 years ago and is a permanent home for 70 children, a school for 550 children from SRA plus 5 surrounding villages and a charitable medical clinic. This is a project close to my heart and I have visited SRA four times since 1997.

Lakshmi visiting the Sri Ram Ashram in India

I have recently retired so that I can devote more time to attending classes with Babaji and doing karma yoga service at SSCY and MMC. My husband Rajiv and I are currently at Mount Madonna Center in California until February, 2012.

As I reflect back on my life, I feel the good fortune and blessing of having a living teacher who has guided me with profound wisdom and compassion on my spiritual journey as well as through crucial life decisions. This is what has helped me to develop a peaceful life and more equanimity of mind for the challenges that life can bring. I have much gratitude and deep appreciation to Babaji for the gift of his teachings and presence over the years.

Shankar’s November update

As the sun sets over the Centre, twenty beautifully carved pumpkins glow on the back porch, the remnants of the Centre’s Halloween dinner party. This was a time to thank some dedicated people. Sofya Raginsky our Farm Manager, began with us three years ago and said at that time that she was hoping to buy her own land and start farming in three years. True to her plan, she is leaving the Centre this month to farm her five acres in the Fulford valley. She and her “soil sisters”, Priya, Ali, Natasha and Coralie have worked tirelessly the whole season, rain or shine, to provide the Centre staff and guests with the tastiest, freshest organic produce available – zero mile food too. We will miss them. Our thanks to all of them and our best wishes for Sofya’s new venture.

Sofya harvesting the fall bounty

The fresh produce is only the first half of the Centre food story – the kitchen staff then transform this into meals that are both beautiful and delicious. When guests fill in evaluations after their stay, they almost always mention the wonderful surroundings and peaceful feeling at the Centre, along with the happy, friendly and efficient staff, but when they come to rate the food, the word “amazing” appears frequently. Quite simply, guests love the Centre food. Much credit for this goes to the Kitchen Manager, so a considerable debt of gratitude is owed to Kari Mathieson, our Kitchen Manager for the last six years. She has now stepped out of that role but we hope she will return to cook some program meals in 2012. Kari is known for the care and attention she gives to meals and for the serene environment she brings to food preparation. Indian sages have said that one can tell the thoughts of the cook when eating a meal, so the environment that Kari brought to the kitchen brought tranquility not only to her helpers but also to all those fortunate enough to be fed by her. Her patience, humility and peaceful manner have been an example to all Centre staff. We will miss her.

Kari prepares a feast for a crowd

Since it seems to be a time for thanks, there are other people who deserve our appreciation but who may not be well known. These are the longtime members of Dharma Sara, some of whom were founding members while others joined a little later. The contribution of these early karma yogis is hard to overstate. Many gave up careers and other pursuits to help make the Centre what it is today. Touched in some ineffable way by Babaji‘s subtle magic they grasped the joy of selfless service and have passed on a legacy of karma yoga that has been unbroken for almost forty years. Some are still contributing to Centre activities, while life has taken others to distant places and diverse occupations. Relative newcomers may not know much about the Dharma Sara pioneers, and even our occasional guests are often very curious about the Centre’s history. To illuminate this part of the Centre’s past, we are beginning a series that profiles some of our longtime members. Each month will feature someone whose contribution to Dharma Sara has gone on for many decades, and who better to start with than Sharada Filkow who has lived at the Centre for close to twenty nine years and continues to give her time and guidance to succeeding generations of karma yogis. Look for more old members’ stories in upcoming issues of the Newsletter.

With just one Yoga Getaway to come (November 11th-13th) our season comes to a close with our Celebration of Service and Gratitude (November 18th-20th). If you have volunteered for the Centre and wish to attend please fill in the registration form. We hope to see you soon.

In Peace,

Shankar

Founding Member Feature: Sharada Filkow

To illuminate part of the Centre’s past, we are beginning a series that profiles some of our longtime members. Each month will feature someone whose contribution to Dharma Sara has gone on for many decades, and who better to start with than Sharada Filkow who has lived at the Centre for close to twenty nine years and continues to give her time and guidance to succeeding generations of karma yogis.

Founding member, Sharada

Life before Babaji

Prior to meeting Babaji I didn’t particularly consider myself a spiritual seeker, although upon reflection I can see how an unconscious spiritual search was already underway. In my early years in Winnipeg art filled my life and brought me a sense of aliveness and purpose. When my partner Sid and I moved to Vancouver, my world expanded (this was 1967, at the height of the flower power revolution). Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, and later, through our friends AD and Ravi Dass, Ram Dass showed me a whole new way of experiencing the world.

First meeting with Babaji

Sharada and the 1967 VW van, 1975

Sid and I first met Babaji in 1971; I didn’t realize Babaji had been in North America just a few months at the time. We had driven our 1967 VW camper from Vancouver to Los Angeles to visit Sid’s cousins and do the requisite Disneyland visit with Daya, who was not yet a year old. Ravi Dass, who lived next door to us on Laburnum Street in Kitsilano, had told us Babaji was in Davis, California, and urged us to see if we could meet him. On the way back from our LA adventures, after debating for a while at the side of the road, we called Ma Renu, the woman who had sponsored Babaji to come to North America. She, gracious as ever, told us we were welcome to come right over. We got to spend the afternoon with Babaji, sitting on his bed with him while he played with Daya and answered Sid’s questions. I understood that this was special although I had very little understanding of its true significance. I realized later that I had never met anyone who didn’t want anything from me, that Babaji was simply present, fully available, with no judgements. His eyes and his smile radiated love and complete acceptance. I felt this, but didn’t really get it until later.

So that was it. We had met Babaji and were touched by his presence, but then we went back to Vancouver and life continued to unfold. In 1973, Babaji came to Vancouver with Ma Renu and gave darshan at our house. It was wonderful, and although several people came, no group gathered to become a satsang.

Dharma Sara begins to form

Later that year, we went to Israel on a 5 month adventure. While we were there we received a letter from Ravi Dass, saying, “Why are you there? You should be here.” Babaji was again in Vancouver and this time a group of students had gathered around him – the beginning of the satsang. We got back at the beginning of 1975 and, totally jet lagged, went to satsang at the Spruce Street house. I thought it was very strange – images of an elephant-headed god and strange rituals. I can’t say I resonated with it right away, but I did like the people. I was first drawn to Babaji and then to community. Babaji and community still keep me here.

The first yoga retreats

Babaji and AD (Anand Dass) demonstrating asanas on a table in the tennis court at the 1977 yoga retreat in Oyama.

Lots of things happened after that. A few of us rented a farm in Abbotsford, east of Vancouver, and people began to come there on Sundays for satsang. Babaji had said that if we held a yoga retreat, he would come, so in the summer of 1975, we rented a camp in White Rock and held our first retreat, none of us ever having done anything like it before. AD was a gifted teacher and an extremely kind – and funny – person who did his best to demystify the teachings of yoga. However I didn’t spend much time in classes. I started out in childcare and remained there for 30 years. (I finally graduated.)

Sharada in 1977, pregnant with Nayana

After a couple of years in Abbotsford, Sid and I bought 5 acres in Aldergrove (a bit closer to Vancouver) with two houses on it. Like the Abbotsford farm, it became a hub for satsang people, and a number of Dharma Sara folks did a stint there. That’s also where our second daughter, Nayana, was born. A yoga studio (though ‘studio’ is a more modern name) and gathering place started on 4th Avenue in Vancouver, followed later by the Jai Store.

Yoga retreats continued each summer, at a camp in Oyama in the Okanagan valley. Hundreds of people came. The retreats rode on the first wave of yoga’s popularity in the West. Of course, this is long before yoga mats or Lululemon clothing; we were still young hippies. Babaji soon began planting the seed in our minds of buying land. Actually, he did more than plant a seed; he said, “Buy land.” The search for land is its own story, but we ended up here on Salt Spring in the summer of 1981.

Moving onto “the land”

My family and I moved to Salt Spring later that year, and then to “the land” at the beginning of 1983. We arrived with our two daughters, two dogs and three cats. I’ve seen many incarnations of the Centre community and organization. A number of years ago, when I was still teaching at the school (begun in 1983), I asked Babaji one of my “What should I do?” questions (read: what should I be when I grow up?), and he said, “Live at the Centre and teach at the school.” So I did. Now I’ve been living at the Centre for close to 29 years, working in many different areas, from cooking and doing dishes to hosting and teaching. These days my main contribution is in administration. Having spent my life as a karma yogi, I am delighted to be able to pass the traditions and the teachings on to others.

How has my life been affected by Babaji and his teachings? In every way. Om Jai Gurudev!

Shankar’s October Greeting

Under the apple trees. Open House 2011

September at the Centre has been delightful with warm sunny days and little rain. Likewise, the Open House at the very beginning of the month was blessed with a particularly beautiful day which encouraged a couple of hundred islanders to visit the Centre. They were given free yoga classes, tours of the historic Blackburn home in its centenary year and, after a tour of the farm, they were presented with a tempting array of fruits and treats. It was a most festive occasion, so thanks to all who made it possible and to Indica and Alessandra for planning and execution.

This was to be the last of many events that Indica has helped organise over her three seasons here, as she now moves on to other things. She has taken on many roles at the Centre and has been at the heart of the complex task of coordinating the karma yogi program. She also had a season in scheduling, another in marketing and more recently has helped in facility rentals. Her energy and enthusiasm, her ability to prevent issues falling through the cracks and her commitment to the teachings have been greatly appreciated. We wish her well in her future endeavours.

Our Yoga Teacher in Residence program is off to a flying start – applications began coming in as soon as we posted the advertisement. It’s a great situation for both the teacher and the Centre. The teacher gets to stay at the Centre with no charge, teach two classes a day and also give private classes. Some, like our current Yoga Teacher in Residence may bring their own students with them so the Centre gets more personal retreatants and greater variety of classes for our staff. We anticipate that this program will fill quickly for next year. Meanwhile we still have plenty of personal retreat space in the next two months along with two Yoga getaways.

Coming up this Saturday (Oct. 8th) is our annual Thanksgiving pot-luck at the Centre with a gratitude circle. We have chosen the Saturday so you can celebrate with your family on Monday. All are welcome to join us in celebrating the many things we have to be thankful for.

In Peace,
Shankar

Letting the Body Speak

fall activity

As the leaves begin to fall from the trees and the days become shorter, there is the natural tendency to become a bit more introspective. At a moment like this, you may enjoy exploring this activity from our book The Salt Spring Experience. It is called “Letting The Body Speak”.

TYPE OF ACTIVITY: SELF-DISCOVERY, MOVEMENT
Letting the Body Speak is a tool fo self-discovery. Listening to your body helps you get in touch with feelings you don’t know you have. It can be especially helpful when you feel a need for self-expression and don’t know what you want to express.

Each time you do this exercise you’ll find that your listening skills grow. Your body will tell you more, and you’ll go deeper into your experience of yourself.

What You Need

  • A quiet, private place with room to more

How To Do It

  1. Lie on your back on the floor. Quiet your mind, let the demands of the day fall away, and allow yourself to relax.
  2. Begin to notice what you’re feeling physically in your body. Where is your weight on the floor? Is here any tension in your body? What else do you notice? Don’t try to fix anything, just notice.
  3. Ask yourself if there is some movement your body wants to make. Is it a stretch? Do you want to curl up in a ball? Maybe just a foot wants to move or maybe just your arm. First imagine the movement and then allow your body to move the way it wants.
  4. When you’re ready, return to stillness, lying on your back. Notice how the movement has changed you. How is your weight on the floor now? Has the tension in your body changed? What else do you notice?
  5. Continue to do this, alternating movement and stillness. Each time, ask how your body wants to move. First imagine the movement and then allow the movement in your body. Your movements may be very small or you may end up standing, crouching or on all fours.
  6. Each time you come back to stillness, notice how you’re changed by the movement you made. Where is the tension? Where are you relaxed? Are you warm or cool? Is any part of you tingling? What part of your body is drawing your attention the most?

Apple Crumble


Although myth has it that Eve tempted Adam with an apple, women’s wisdom shows it was actually a scoop of apple crumble (with vanilla ice cream). With apples now officially in season, there isn’t a better time to make this fall favourite.

Ingredients
(serves 12)

Crumble:

  • 1 1/2 cups butter
  • 1 1/2 cups turbinado sugar
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry, spelt or rice flour
  • 4 cups oats
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon

Filling:

  • 12 cups thinly sliced apples (about 12 medium)
  • 1/2 cup turbinado sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter

Method

  1. To make the crumble, cream the butter and sugar. Add the flour, oats, and cinnamon and mix together
  2. Pat two-thirds of the mixture into the bottom of a 9″x11″ baking pan
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix the sliced apples, sugar, cinnamon and butter
  4. Place it on top of the bottom crust in the baking pan
  5. Spread the remaining crumble mixture over the top and pat it down
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 minutes to 1 hour.

Serve warm with a scoop of ice cream and enjoy the season’s bounty.

Variation

A berry crumble is a delicious alternative. Try blueberries, raspberries, black berries — your choice. You’ll need a thickner to hold the berries together, so add 2 table spoons of arrowroot powder mixed in 1/2 cup water to the filling.

(Recipe from The Salt Spring Experience: Recipes for Body, Mind and Spirit. If you would like to purchase a copy of our popular book, contact us and we’ll be happy to send you one!)

Photo by AnneCN

September greetings from Shankar

Greetings:

Though the skies are blue and the air warm, camping days at the Centre are over for the year. The summer karma yogis have left for school, travel, work or family and the new group is settling in for the fall, and now we are down to a resident community of less than twenty. It is always interesting to watch a new group of KYs merge into the Centre. At first a little uncertain, within a day or two they are surprised at how much openess and support they receive, and how quickly they feel at home. Some come with a natural understanding of selfless service and this greatly enhances their Centre experience. Others may at first have a delineation between work hours and time off, but usually come round to the understanding that at the Centre we do what needs to be done. Cups left behind, shoes carelessly strewn in doorways, dishes piling up in the bus trays – these are all opportunities for service.  Asking the question “How can I be of help?’ is one small way to bring the practice of karma yoga into our daily life. They discover that, as Babaji tells us, the spirit of karma yoga is a mental attitude that we are trying to cultivate not just as we do our work exchange but in all of our life. They learn that karma yoga is far from the simple definition of unpaid work, and may indeed include paid work. By overridiing our self-interest with concern for others we reduce our self-centredness and over time this practice develops the positive qualities of compassion, cheerful optimism, patience and integrity. In this way karma yoga is a wonderful complement to the formal practices of asana, pranayama and meditation.

The historic Centre House

The immediate task facing the new karma yogis is hosting the island community at our Open House on Sunday September 4th. We’d like to have Salt Spring islanders know more about who we are and what we do, and have many events planned including a tour and a talk on the century of history of the Blackburn house, free classes, a video on the orphanage, and tea and treats among the apple trees. All are invited.

Our programs continue through November, but we are also looking ahead to 2012. While our regular programs such as the Yoga Getaways and Yoga Teacher Training will be in place, there are many decisions to be made on possible new offerings, staffing, and the size and duration of the Karma Yoga Service and Study program. What projects might we take on and what will the small winter community look like? Some staff have already committed for next year and we will soon be opening registration for next year’s KYs. In the meantime we will tidy up, arrange vases of flowers and ready ourselves for Sunday’s visitors.

In peace,
Shankar

Zucchini feta


Wondering what to do with all the zucchinis that have begun to spring forth from your summer garden or the local farmers’ market stalls? This is an easy Mediterranean dish that is sure to please, especially over a steaming bowl of rice.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups chopped leeks
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • 7 cups diced zucchini
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
  • 2 Tbsp tamari
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp oregano
  • 1 Tbsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups crumbled feta

Method:

  1. In a frying pan, sauté the leeks in olive oil until soft. Add the zucchini, tomatoes, and spices and mix together.
  2. Cover the pan and cook over low heat until the zucchinis are soft. Remove the pan from the heat and mix in the feta just before serving.
  3. Enjoy!

 

(Recipe from The Salt Spring Experience: Recipes for Body, Mind and Spirit. If you would like to purchase a copy of our popular book, contact us and we’ll be happy to send you one!)

Photo by Adacito