While the rest of the continent has been experiencing drought, fires and record high temperatures, the Pacific northwest has had to wait until now for the first real days of summer. This has delayed farm production but has meant an abundance of succulent greens both on the table and at the farm stand. It is good timing for the newly arrived Yoga Teacher Training students many of whom camp in the meadow. This is the eleventh year of our YTT program and there are now some four hundred teachers trained in the practices taught by Babaji, some of whom have been invited back to complement the fifteen or so specialised members that make up the YTT teaching faculty. Every year we now have students of our graduates coming to the Centre for this life-changing experience. YTT signals the start of the busiest months of the year at the Centre and attention now switches to the Annual Community Retreat.
At our first yoga retreat in 1975 who would have believed that in 2102 we would be celebrating an unbroken sequence of thirty-eight annual community yoga retreats? This is a unique event in the Centre’s calendar as it brings together the broader Dharma Sara community, including elders, their children and even grandchildren, in a joyful celebration of our connectedness through Babaji and yoga. This year we have extended a special invitation to members of our sister community, Mount Madonna Center in California, and we anticipate seeing many old friends from there. We have made the retreat more affordable this year by offering a sliding fee scale to accommodate those whose finances are limited, and as usual we have a Youth and Kids Program so that parents can bring their families and still attend classes.This year preregistration is required (deadline July 31st) and all registrations are now on-line at our website. Because of the low rate there will be no day or half-day drop-in rates though drop-in meals will still be available. We hope you will join us August 2nd – 6th.