Jñāna Yoga Workshop

Awakening Through Understanding

September 7-9 2018

Have you been practising yoga for many years but feel that little progress has been made? Or, are you relatively new to yoga and feel confused about its complexity and its dense overlay of Indian culture with animal deities and Sanskrit chants? Do you believe that success in yoga can only be achieved through many lifetimes of purification, austerity, meditation and virtuous behavior? How can the task be so tedious, so complicated and lengthy when all we seek is the simple reality of who we truly are?

In this workshop we will investigate deep-seated beliefs about who we are and what yoga is. Babaji taught that “all paths lead to jñāna yoga,” so regardless of the path you are currently following and regardless of the traditions you have studied, you will find success in your spiritual endeavours only when you have the direct experience of your true self, the self of all. Jñāna yoga, the path of knowledge, sometimes called the direct path, sheds light on the dark areas of our misunderstandings and awakens us to the deeper reality of who we are.

This workshop will consist of five sessions of about two hours each where through discourse, interaction and simple exercises, we will learn to set aside the obstacles that obstruct our direct experience of ourself. There will also be two morning sessions of restorative yoga asanas to enhance relaxation, reduce chronic tension and help create an environment conducive to deeper insight into our true nature.


Alan (Shankar) Martin

Alan (Shankar) Martin took yoga teacher training with Swami Vishnudevananda in 1972, and has been a student of Baba Hari Dass since the founding of Dharma Sara in 1975. He has taught every year at the Yoga Teacher Training program since its inception in 2002, and has served in many roles at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga including Director. He has a PhD in Kinesiology from SFU and taught for many years at various Canadian universities before retiring as Professor Emeritus in the School of Kinesiology at UBC.



Cathy Valentine

Cathy (Arpana) Valentine has been teaching Yoga for 20 years and curious about consciousness since she was a child. She was blessed with meeting Babaji on Salt Spring Island in 2001 and feeling so inspired she moved to the island. She has a B.A. in Philosophy from Simon Fraser University and has studied and taught both Western and Eastern Philosophy for many years. Cathy is also a mother and a farmer, living an engaged life understood through the path of Jnana Yoga.




There is no tuition fee for this workshop; envelopes will be available for any donation you may wish to give to the teachers.

Accommodation & Meals
Commuting $110.00
Camping $156.00
Shared Room w/ shared bath $256.00
Shared Room w/ ensuite $293.00
Private Room w/ shared bath $303.00
Private Room w/ ensuite $330.00



5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Introduction and orientation
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Dinner
7:15 pm to 9:00 pm Session 1
7:00 am to 7:30 am Meditation (optional)
7:30 am to 8:15 am Asana (gentle and relaxing)
8:30 am to 9:15 am Breakfast
10:00 am to 12:00 pm Session 2
12:30 pm to 2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 pm to 3:00 pm Personal time
3:00 pm to 5:00 pm Session 3
5:00 pm to 6:00 pm Personal time
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm Dinner
7:15 pm to 9:00 pm Session 4
7:00 am to 7:30 am Meditation (optional)
7:30 am to 8:15 am Asana (gentle and relaxing)
8:30 am to 9:15 am Breakfast
10:00 am to 12:00 pm Session 5 and closing
12:30 pm Lunch
2:00 pm Departure

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