About the Centre
“Work honestly, meditate everyday, meet people without fear, and play.”
~ Baba Hari Dass
The Salt Spring Centre of Yoga is a lineage based yoga retreat centre located on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia. Inspired by master yogi and silent monk, Baba Hari Dass, the Centre was established by the Dharma Sara Satsang Society as a peaceful, positive environment for teaching and practicing the ideals of classical ashtanga yoga. Babaji continues to be the inspiration behind the Centre’s work.
Dharma Sara Satsang Society
The Society is the governing body of The Salt Spring Centre of Yoga. It was founded in 1974 by a diverse group of people united by the common practice of classical ashtanga yoga as taught by Baba Hari Dass. Learn More >>>
The Board of Directors
Meet the members of the Dharma Sara Satsang Society board of directors. Learn More >>>
Baba Hari Dass
Affectionately known as Babaji, Baba Hari Dass is the inspiration for the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga. Babaji was a yogi who has remarkable skills in sculpture, music, architecture, yoga philosophy, writing and story-telling. Learn More >>>
Classical Ashtanga Yoga
Classical Ashtanga yoga, also known as raja yoga, is the scientific method of enlightenment propounded by the ancient sage Patanjali more than 2000 years ago in his Yoga Sutras. Ashtanga means eight-limbed. Learn More >>>
A few things you should know about us…
- We are the longest running yoga retreat centre on Canada’s West Coast.
- The Centre was built and continues to be run by volunteers in the spirit of karma yoga (selfless service).
- We utilize as much of the organically grown produce from our own farm as is possible.
- We are a sister school to Mount Madonna Center in California.
The Salt Spring Centre of Yoga fulfills its mission by operating a program facility for workshops and classes in yoga and the creative and healing arts, by offering natural healing methods at our Wellness Centre, and by providing a home to a residential community and the Salt Spring Centre School.
A Brief History
The Centre property was founded by Dharma Sara Satsang Society in 1981. Inspired by Baba Hari Dass (affectionately known as Babaji), the members bought 69 acres of cedar forest and wild meadows, along with a run-down, turn-of-the-century farmhouse. Over the decades, the house and land have been lovingly renovated and cultivated by thousands of volunteers. Today, the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga is a thriving spiritual retreat with a large organic farm that supplies most of the produce for our delicious vegetarian meals. We offer our own yoga-related programs and also rent the Centre facilities to other like-minded groups for their own retreats. We teach classical ashtanga yoga, Patanjali’s traditional eight-limbed system of yoga as taught to us by Babaji, and strongly encourage the cultivation of karma yoga, the path of selfless service.