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,

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”.

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.

(serves 12)


  • 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


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


  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.


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