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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 […]

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

From the Shores of the Atlantic to the Deep Forests of the Pacific

Finding Meaning in Service and Community, Crazy Pants and Allby Eduardo Sousa Clayoquot  Sound. The Great Bear Rainforest. Growing up in inner city Toronto, I remember hearing about these far off places of beauty and wilderness in the 1990s – mostly because of the conflicts over unsustainable logging and the injustices perpetrated against Indigenous peoples […]

A Devoted Life: Will Pegg

March 21, 1959 – September 26, 2018 by Raven Hume   A satsang brother – a great, great satsang brother – has left his body, and I find myself compelled to say a few words. Will Pegg and I met in the tomato patch at the centre when Dan, Su and I were busy planting […]

An Introduction to my New Life

by Anusuya Adams In the summer of 1976 I moved to the raspberry farm in Abbotsford with my ten-month old daughter, Raya. I had just turned 21. I was in a very unhappy marriage and was looking for something spiritual. Ravi Dass and Aparna had just moved out of the cabin, and we moved in. […]

Seeking the Path

by Maheshwar Robillard I was asked to share my story, but I realize I have room here to share only a glimpse of it.  I can start by saying that I have always been  a seeker, in search of truth far bigger than the eye can see. I grew up in Montreal and was raised […]

Devendra Hayes – A Bit of My Journey

When I was 17 years old, in high school, I read a book that my brother had, called Youth, Yoga, and Reincarnation, by Jesse Stein, which talked about hatha yoga, with all its physical and spiritual benefits. I found it fascinating, but I thought, “I don’t need this stuff at this stage of my life”, […]


Who are these kids?

These kids are awesome! Meet Sierra, Noah, Jack, and Diego, a few of the kids at ACYR who agreed to answer some questions for the newsletter, about their experiences at ACYR and what they love about coming here. Sierra has been coming to ACYR with her mom for her whole life. This year she brought […]

I heard the drumming

the drum beat the heart beat led me here                              a story in poetic verse by angelo rosso I heard the drumming the chanting calling me in Her voice familiar calling me this me Deeper into a place that place this place […]

Let There be Light by Cara Graci

“Let there be light and there was light…” Starting at a young age, I would often wonder: Why am I here? What is my purpose? Something, I later learned, yogis refer to as “Self-Inquiry.” The more questions I asked, and the more I asked for guidance, the more answers I would receive. My grandparents, Jean […]