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News from the Centre – October 2019

As a bee gathering nectar does not disturb the colour and fragrance of the flower, so too do the wise move through the world. ~ Buddha Dear Friends, As we move through the fall, into the season of Thanksgiving, it is a good practice to focus on all that we have to be thankful for. […]


Job Posting: General Manager

The Salt Spring Centre of Yoga is looking for a General Manager for its facility in the BC Gulf Islands.  We are the oldest yoga centre on the Northwest Coast, having been established by students of Baba Hari Dass in 1981. We are located on 70 acres of Salt Spring Island woodland and meadow.  The […]


Running Away; Running Towards

I haven’t always been a seeker. In fact, “runner” would have been a more accurate description. I started running as early as I can remember.  When I was young, there wasn’t really any place I could run to, so I ran within.  As a kid, I was a daydreamer. A hibernator. A compulsive reader. A […]


ADVENTURES IN AGING

One early morning in the not too distant future, you’ll stumble into the bathroom and catch a glance of someone in the mirror who looks somewhat like yourself, but older. Even OLD! And on second glance, you’ll realize it’s your reflection – what a surprise! Or perhaps you’ll be walking downtown, past the huge plate […]


News from the Centre – September 2019

When real love is understood, the heart will open like a lotus when the sun rises. Let love develop inside your heart. The purer the heart becomes, the more love will come out, and one day you and love will become one. ~ Baba Hari Dass Dear friends, What a summer it’s been! I hope […]


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Staying centred in the midst of life’s turmoil

We are all familiar with stress in its many manifestations. Why do we get so caught up in the drama of life and in our habitual reactions? Sometimes life seems to flow along smoothly, and we are calm, open, loving. Then something happens – and boom – we’re right back into our old patterns, even […]


Gratitude

Over 23 years ago I discovered the centre. During those years of being a visiting student on the land Babaji was the pivotal focus of all activities and learning. Many of us would follow him around while he instructed and/or built the beautiful rock walls and temples. Babies, children and adults would gather around him […]


News from the Centre – August 2019

Everyone is God speaking. Why not be polite and listen to him? ~ Hafiz Dear friends, ACYR is happening now! Today is the first day of our 45th consecutive Annual Community Yoga Retreat! The theme of this year’s retreat is Celebrating the Teacher, Finding the Teacher within. We look forward to seeing many of you here […]


Stand in the world bravely 

This is life. It includes pleasure, pain, good, bad, happiness, depression. There can’t be day without night. So don’t expect that you or anyone will always be happy. Stand in the world bravely and face good and bad equally. Life is for that. It takes effort and practice to accept all the faces of life. […]


Making Space for Miracles

Interview with Alex Smith by Courtenay Cullen I’m sitting with Alex in the Nature Conservancy, in the fading golden light of a summer’s evening, at his favourite bench. He spends many quiet evenings at this place, and we all know he can often be found here after dinner, in quiet contemplation. I tell him it […]


News from the Centre – July 2019

Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. ~ Lao Tsu Dear friends, Happy Canada Day on July 1st and happy Independence Day on July 4th to our American friends. It’s a celebratory time – and it can be a busy time. If you’re planning to travel on those weekends, be prepared […]


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Guru Purnima – Honouring the Teacher

Guru Purnima is an opportunity to honour and celebrate all spiritual teachers. At the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga this is especially a time to honour Babaji and the many gifts and blessings he has given through his teachings, spiritual practices, and the inspiring example of his own life.  We have many teachers throughout our […]


A Winter of Loss, and a Spring of Finding

The night before Babaji left his body was the first time I was ever an offerer during a yajna. It felt special, and important, because we all knew that it could be any time that he passed. My heart reached out of my chest toward his beloved, lifelong students who were present – Sharada, Kaplana, […]


My Journey Inward

Who am I and how did I get here? These questions are always percolating with different answers arising in me all the time. My easy answer today is I am nothing and I am everything, and I got here by being here. Let’s see, there might be more to it than that.  Over fifteen years […]


News from the Centre – June 2019

Accept yourself, accept others and accept the world. You will see everything is full of love and love is God. ~ Baba Hari Dass Dear friends, Salt Spring Island is beautiful and green, the garden is growing, and the centre community is in its expansive mode. This month we welcome a new group of karma […]