Fall Specials at the Centre

Summer may be winding down, but the Centre is heading for a busy fall! Our September Yoga Getaway is just around the corner and we have two special guest teachers coming in September and October. In addition, we are offering a special 2-Day Retreat and Wellness package for the month of September.

Come for a retreat as the season changes and enjoy daily asana classes and activities, along with our bountiful fall harvest. Our farm yogis have been working diligently since spring and their efforts are now star ingredients in our delicious vegetarian dishes.

Yoga Getaway September 7-9, 2012

There are still spaces left in our next Yoga Getaway! As of this posting, we still have 1 private bed (Queen size!), 5 shared beds, camping, and commuter spaces available! Bring a friend and you will both be discounted $25 for in-house accommodations or $10 for commuters and campers! Register for this rejuvenating weekend program today.

Mysore Ashtanga Yoga Retreat Sept 21-24, 2012

Come join special guest teacher Melissa Wasserfall of True Yoga Edmonton for a 2-Day or 3-Day retreat! This program includes accommodation for two or three nights, meals, and a full asana and theory program on Ashtanga yoga, as taught by Pattabhi Jois. Bring a friend and you will both be discounted $25 for in-house accommodations! Our forest and meadow campgrounds will both be open. For more information and to register, click here.

2-Day Retreat and Wellness Package – Save 30%*

This discounted personal retreat package includes 2 nights accommodation, meals, asana classes, and an Ayurdevic treatment (Abhyanga or Swedana) at our Chikitsa Shala Wellness Centre. *Book for September and save 30% on your meals and accommodations! Packages start at only $300. Register today!

Michèle Gunderson – Language of Yoga – Oct 1-5, 2012

Michèle returns to the Centre this fall as a Special Guest Teacher. Her classes will be in addition to our regularly scheduled yoga classes. Drop-ins are welcome!

Sharada’s August Update

In the blink of an eye, it’s August. Since the last edition of this newsletter, the first session of Yoga Teacher Training and the 38th Annual Community Yoga Retreat have come and gone. Later this week, the YTT students will return for the second session of their program, culminating with their graduation as certified yoga teachers on August 19. The guiding principle for students and teachers is “teach to learn”. As Babaji says in Fire Without Fuel, “Life is for learning and the world is our school. Doing your homework every day brings liberation.”

The annual retreat was wonderful and the weather was perfect. Many families came – lots of kids this year! Adults attended classes while the kids played happily, the atmosphere both focused and relaxed. The work project focal point was the finishing of the temples in the garden. There was plenty of time for play, too – and for many, afternoon swims in one of the local lake.

As the retreat began we sent loving wishes to Shankar and his family on the passing of his mother as he and his daughter, Shannon, left for England to be with the rest of their family. The following day we extended the same wishes for peace to Kishori and her family on the passing of her mother. Life goes on and here we are all……

The Centre looks beautiful – the house, the grounds, the campground, the farm. The food, as always, is excellent, thanks to both the farm and the kitchen. Living in this land of abundance, we are blessed indeed – and the greatest blessing of all is that we have Babaji’s teachings to guide us.

A number of people from our sister centre (Mount Madonna Center) arrived early for the retreat, along with a few from Vancouver, several of them being second-generation satsang community members. This edition of Offerings features comments from some of them about what summer at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga means to them. The “Old Member” profile will continue next month.

In peace,

What the Centre means to me

Enthusiastic guests at the Annual Community Retreat, 2009

Just before the beginning of the Annual Community Yoga Retreat (our 38th consecutive summer yoga retreat) I asked some of the early arrivals what the annual retreat on Salt Spring means to them. Here are some of their answers:

Piet Shakar Suess – born on Salt Spring, living in Los Angeles
Is there a word for community and family combined into one word? Because that’s what it is to me. I’ve been coming here since I was a baby, so this is my home. It’s very easy to be happy and at ease here because everybody has that energy – before, during and after the retreat. It’s difficult to think of not coming back in the summer; it’s my yearly recharge. It’s like a touchstone, a return to the source of power. I give this place a lot of credit for making me who I am. Jai Sita Ram! Jai Hanuman!

Jai Aguirre – Mount Madonna Center
The Salt Spring Centre is a wave in my heart, a place that’s never too far away in my mind. It’s a place where my Canadian family keeps the fires burning, a place Babaji brought me as a boy and showed me a garden where his spiritual seed has taken root, and now a beautiful flower blooms. Salt Spring is also the home of the rock wall and the blueberry!

Shushil Skralskis – from the Pacific Northwest, living in California
For me it’s the people, the atmosphere, positive memories, the overall vibes. The Salt Spring Centre is a different flavour of Babaji’s teachings that’s manifested here; I see Babaji’s teachings in a different form. There’s something about the landscape, the people, even the political structure of the Salt Spring Centre, that’s refreshing. The retreat has a laid back, summery feel.

Caleb Corkum – Vancouver
I come here because it’s peaceful and quiet. I get to read and write; it’s a nice space for that – no distractions. I get to work with and hang out with people I don’t see a lot, like the folks from MMC. The people are friendly and the food is great. I don’t have to deal with the distractions of the city; everyone is calmer in this environment. It’s a comfortable, extended family atmosphere.

Mischa Pavan Makortoff – Vancouver
I’m part of the second generation of the extended satsang family. I continue to come back as an adult because I feel a strong connection to the place and the people. It’s a supportive, loving environment. I get to eat delicious food, hang out with wonderful people, see old friends again and make new friends – and I can do karma yoga. Being here, I experience wonderful flashbacks of past memories as I make new memories.

Jessica Yogita Zovar – Santa Cruz, California
The Salt Spring Centre of Yoga exists as a place of abundance, beauty and relaxation. Its land and people are very welcoming. The Centre opens its arms to you so that you may open more to all that is peaceful within and around. I’m called back every year to laugh, rest in the beauty of the land and return home to myself. And – you can easily fall in love in the strawberry fields. I did.

Toby Gaurav Aguirre – Santa Cruz, California
The Salt Spring Centre is my home away from home. For more than twenty years I have come here for the practice, the serene setting and to pick up with friends right where we left off. Excursions to the lake, volleyball battles and Capture the Flag pace us through the day. In 2007 I found true love here. Three weeks of weeding strawberries, yoga and bike riding, and we were in love. Next year we return with our first baby!

Ramsharan Aguirre – Mount Madonna Center
It’s difficult to put into few words the years of experiences, friendships and learning that have arisen from my bond with the Salt Spring Centre. From the earliest visit when we replaced the farmhouse roof – with Babaji nailing wood shingles – the classes, kirtan, talent nights, my morning walks with Babaji, endless rock walls, chai and wonderful meals, I  always head home with a full heart and a deep satisfaction. The future is secure as the young folk continue to return and keep in touch with each other. Thank you all.