The Board of Directors
Sean (Shyam) Crabtree, President
Shyam is a lifelong member of the Society, grew up in the lap of Babaji and has been visiting the Centre since Day 1. He met his wife at the Centre, they later married there, and his oldest daughter now attends the Centre School. This community is integral to his life and his family.
Shyam has worked in business for over 15 years — from corporate to startups — and was previously in military medicine, serving as a NATO peacekeeper. He has been described as an inspirational and collaborative team leader who brings a burst of positivity and energy to the table.
Shyam also co-produced the short film about Sri Ram Ashram called Jewel In The Jungle, and co-coordinated the Annual Community Yoga Retreat in 2017.
Shyam looks forward to serving the Society along with this Board, as well as other committed members who provide karma yoga towards our combined efforts. Please join in! How can you help?
Willow Lampard, Treasurer
Willow came to Salt Spring with her family in July 2006, supposedly for a couple of months, to provide service and to experience living in community at the Centre. That quickly grew beyond a couple of months, as living on Salt Spring Island, at the Centre and in community allowed them to follow their dreams. Although they moved off-land in 2009, their children attended the Salt Spring Centre School for five years.
Willow served on the Salt Spring Centre School board for eleven years, serving in a variety of roles.
She, like many other islanders, works in various jobs. She is a bookkeeper, property manager, and office administrator.
She feels privileged to serve as Treasurer for the DSSS and to support, guide, and continue to learn from Babaji’s teachings and this wonderful community!
Meera Bennett, Member at Large
Meera is a lifelong member of the Salt Spring Centre yoga community – her parents were founding members, she lived near the Centre growing up and attended the Salt Spring Centre School.
Meera now lives in Vancouver and works as a lawyer for the provincial government where she has a busy litigation practice, as well as a young family. She is a lifelong yoga practitioner, and taught yoga for many years.
She is honoured to serve her community through being on the Board of Directors.
Tracy (Chetna) Boyd, Member at Large
Chetna has recently retired from her extensive 27-year career with the Ministry of Children and Family Development. She has experience and a broad knowledge of government policies, legislation and regulation pertaining to that department, and in the process, developed strong organizational, administrative and project management skills.
Her ability to establish and maintain successful working relationships with colleagues is exemplary as she has a deep respect for the importance of interpersonal relationships.
Chetna graduated from the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga Teacher Training program in 2003 and is also a 1000+hour Certified International Association of Yoga Therapist, specializing in Yoga for Cancer. She joined the faculty of the Salt Spring Centre’s Yoga Teacher Training program in 2007, and in 2018 accepted the position of YTT Program Director.
She draws inspiration from her deep belief that all beings are potentially limitless. Bearing witness to the transformational and healing effect Yoga has on people’s lives has had a strong influence on her own life.
She has the skills and abilities necessary for dedicated service as a member of the Dharma Sara Board of Directors.
Will (Yogeshwar) Humphrey, Member at Large
Yogeshwar Will Humphrey served as the Operations Manager at the Centre for two seasons (2017-2018), and he continues to teach and serve as a pujari there on a regular basis. He lives on Salt Spring Island with his wife Rebecca and teaches the practices and philosophy of yoga.
Prior to coming to Salt Spring Island, Yogeshwar earned an MA in Religious Studies at the University of Calgary, with a thesis on Patañjali’s Yogasūtra. He also lived and worked at Mt. Madonna Center in California for about four years. He’s been a student of Babaji for over ten years, and he continues to appreciate the depth and breadth of Babaji’s life and teachings.
His service on the board is inspired by the richness that yoga practice has brought to his life and by a sense of responsibility to help make Babaji’s teachings available at the Centre and beyond.
Natasha (Jyoti) Samson, Member at Large
Natasha has had a previous three year term on the Dharma Sara Satsang Society Board, and participated as an active member of the Annual Community Yoga Retreat (ACYR) committee, Membership committee, Infrastructure, Planning and Development committee, and the Re-Zoning committee. She is also a teacher in the Yoga Teacher Training program and Yoga Getaways held at the Centre. In addition, she participates in Karma Yoga service at the Centre, and co-hosts the Vancouver Satsang on Sunday evenings.
Along with her background in yoga practice and study, she is currently a business owner/entrepreneur, having ten years previous experience working in a corporate professional environment as an engineer, team leader, project manager and business developer. She resides in Vancouver where she does part-time contract engineering work and Ayurveda consultations, Ayurveda body treatments, and teaches Yoga.
Her hope for the Centre this year is to have fun, play and work on efficiency and development.