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News from the Centre – December 2019

For love and compassion, how much time do you need? ~ Baba Hari Dass Dear friends, This month marks the official beginning of winter – the month of Christmas, Chanukah, and other winter celebrations. It’s also the time, at least in this part of the world, of shorter days and longer nights – a perfect […]


Life as Art and Art as Life 

Prologue – Becoming Aware of the Play, the Pavement and the Playground This story begins in the early seventies in Port Credit, Ontario. A little brown boy, maybe seven or eight,  sitting alone in the grass at the edge of a field in his school yard. He observes his fellow students play on the pavement […]


Centre Poetry

gather me now gather me nowfriendsmay we break breadwith our palmsscattering sacred crumbs likesnow across the landscapeof our shared heartsbeatmay we gatherin sacred unityunder sacred Babajishare our meal& spreadacross the landscape of our collectivehungermay we gather now& be fedunder the swinging maple treespreading deeplyour shared seeds thatflow beneath our soulssoilinto our shared horizongather me nowwith […]


News from the Centre – November 2019

Even after all this time, the sun never says to the earth, “You owe me.” Look what happens with a love like that. It lights the whole sky. Dear friends,  We are in full autumn mode; the days are a mix of sun, wind, rain, fog and mist. The days are getting shorter and the […]


The Inner Battle

As we make our way through this strange adventure called life, hoping things will turn out well for us, we don’t really know what will happen. We want all the things we think will make us happy and sometimes that works for a while. The problem is we get other things too – all those […]


The more we accept living with nature

“The more we accept living with nature, the more peace we attain.” My favorite Babaji saying and how it all began:  One of my first memories was lying in my crib watching the tops of the trees blowing in the wind.  When you just ‘see’ and your mind doesn’t have the conditioning to label what […]


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 […]


Babaji

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. […]