News from the Centre – October 2015

Hello everyone,

Autumn has definitely arrived. The weather is cooler and wetter, and the residential community has begun its seasonal shrinking, although we still have several wonderful karma yogis here.

Front row: Piet, Madelaine, Sharada, Hamsa, Marianne, Julie; back row: Christine, David, Lakshmi, Mark

Front row: Piet, Madelaine, Sharada, Hamsa, Marianne, Julie; back row: Christine, David, Lakshmi, Mark

Our wonderful karma yogis. Clockwise from top left: Alannah; Madelaine and Dee; Melissa and Diana; Diana, Sharada, Melissa and Kyle in the back

Our wonderful karma yogis. Clockwise from top left: Alannah; Madelaine and Dee; Melissa and Diana; Diana, Sharada, Melissa and Kyle in the back

This is the season of abundance, as you can see from this photo.

September harvest with David, Ray, Diana and Kyle

September harvest with David, Ray, Diana and Kyle

We look forward to celebrating Thanksgiving with our island satsang family as we do each year celebrating the bounty of the season and our connection with each other. Happy Canadian Thanksgiving to you all, including our American friends who will celebrate Thanksgiving next month.

Changes at the Centre

Piet Seuss, our acting Centre Director

Piet Suess, our Interim Centre Manager

There have been some administrative changes at the Centre of late. Sally Adnams Jones, our Centre Director, has chosen to leave this role for personal reasons. I’m happy to say that she intends to stay connected with the Centre. We are grateful for her contributions to the Centre during her time here, and look forward to seeing her when she’s able to come and visit.

Fortunately, Piet Suess was willing to step up into a leadership position. He is now serving as Interim Centre Manager. Given his long association with the Centre (from the age of 2!) and his experience as ACYR coordinator for the past two years, he is very familiar both with the foundation of the Centre and the community. He brings his skills, his heart, and his creativity to the role.

There have been some changes on the Dharma Sara Board as well. Saraswati has stepped down as a member of the Board, and the two open positions have been filled by Jules Higginson and Natasha Samson. Jules has served on the DS Board in previous years and Natasha has been a DS Board intern for the past year. Fortunately, Saraswati is still very much connected to the Centre and will continue to be around whenever she can.

Opportunities at the Centre

There will be a couple of office positions opening up soon. They are not yet posted on the website, but meanwhile if you have any interest in living at the Centre and working in the office, please call the Centre office (250-537-2326) or email Piet: piet@saltspringcentre.com for further information.

Upcoming Workshops

There are two more Yoga Getaways coming up, in October and November. Also this month, Chetna Tracy Boyd will be teaching a Yoga for Cancer workshop for yoga teachers. Chetna is a superb, inspiring teacher and an important part of the Centre’s YTT faculty. Ongoing weekly activities at the Centre continue – Bhagavad Gita study, Wednesday evening kirtan and Sunday satsang, as well as daily yoga classes and monthly full-moon yajna celebrations.

Centre School back in session

Rosh Hashanah celebration with the Centre School. Tossing bread crumbs (bad habits) into the pond.

Rosh Hashanah celebration with the Centre School. Tossing bread crumbs (bad habits) into the pond.

The Centre School has been back in session for a month. A couple of weeks ago, Sharada celebrated Rosh Hashanah ( Jewish New Year) with the Centre School children, an annual tradition since the school began. The Centre School celebrates holidays from many cultures and traditions.

In this Month’s Newsletter

For your enjoyment this month, please read Bryan Eknath Hill’s story, in Our Centre Community, of his evolution from artist to massage therapist (with a lot in between), and yoga student and teacher.

As we move through this journey called life, we periodically run into obstacles. Our responses to difficulties tell us a lot about how we’re doing. I invite you to read – and practice – Accepting our Limitations.

With wishes for an abundant autumn and a joyful Thanksgiving,
Love,
Sharada

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