Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat

Discover self-care tools for a happier, healthier life

September 11th – 13th, 2020

Please join Natasha Jyoti Samson of Nourish Ayurveda and Yoga, to learn and practice the rejuvenating methods of Ayurveda and Yoga. This experiential retreat will provide a beautiful balance of learning, laughing, and relaxation.

About Ayurveda and Yoga

Ayurveda and Yoga are complementary sister sciences and when combined promote and nourish a deeper mind-body connection. A 5,000-year-old system of natural healing, Ayurveda has its roots in the Vedic culture of ancient India. Ayurveda, which literally means the science of life, teaches that health is in the balance state of one’s body, mind and soul. Ayurveda holds that each human possesses a unique combination of biological energies called the three Doshas. Learning to manage and balance one’s unique doshic constitution is the key to improving and sustaining optimum mental and physical well-being at any age.

Yoga is a mind and body practice that includes physical postures, breathing techniques, and meditation or relaxation. Classical Ashtanga Yoga, also known as raja yoga, is the scientific method of enlightenment propounded by the ancient sage Patanjali more than 2,000 years ago in his Yoga Sutras.

What you will learn:

  • Fundamentals of Ayurveda
  • Understanding food, lifestyle and movement through the lens of Ayurveda
  • Diet, exercise, daily routines and lifestyle habits that will work for you
  • Yoga (asana/ breathing/ meditation) that will help with your imbalances
  • The nourishing benefits of ‘abhyanga’ – self-oilation massage
  • The causes of diminishing health and well-being

This retreat will help you:

  • Understanding your imbalances and how to restore balance
  • Determine your Ayurveda constitution “dosha”
  • Discover tools to combat stress, frustration and feeling stuck
  • Establish self-care goals that you can sustain realistically
  • and much more

The Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat includes two nights’ accommodation in our turn-of-the-century cozy farm house, delicious vegetarian meals, yoga asana classes, and Ayurveda workshops.  

You can also enhance your sense of well-being by booking an Ayurvedic wellness treatment at our on-site Chikitsa Shala Wellness Centre

Schedule

Want to know more about what the weekend will look like? Below is an overview of the retreat schedule.*

Friday
4:00 pm Orientation
4:45 – 6:00 pm Asana Class (Introduction to Asana and Ayurveda)
6:00 – 7:30 pm Dinner and free time
7:30 – 8:00 pm Opening Circle
8:00 – 9:00 pmOilation (Self Abhyanga, Karna Purna, Nasya) ***
9:00 – 9:30 pm Sauna (weather dependant) ***
Saturday
7:00 – 7:30 am Shat Karma (Daily Routine Cleansing Practices)
7:30 – 8:30 am Sadhana Class (Breathing and Meditation)
8:30 – 9:15 am Chai Tea Break +
9:15 – 10:30 am Asana Class – Yoga for pacifying Pitta
11:00 – 12:30 pmBrunch and free time
12:30 – 2:00 pm Theory – Introduction to Ayurveda
2:00 – 4:45 pm Free time (Ayurveda treatments available at Chikitsa Shala. Advanced booking is required)
3:00 – 4:00 pm Snack Served
4:45 – 6:00 pm Asana Class – Yoga for pacifying Vata
6:00 – 7:30 pm Dinner and free time
7:30 – 9:00 pm Theory Class – Ayurveda and Digestion
Sunday
7:00 – 7:30 am Shat Karma (Daily Routine Cleansing Practices)
7:30 – 8:30 am Sadhana Class (Breathing and Meditation)
8:30 – 9:15 am Chai Tea Break +
9:15 – 10:30 am Asana Class – Yoga for pacifying Kapha
11:00 – 12:30 pm Brunch and free time
12:30 – 2:00 pm Theory Class – Ayurveda and Yoga: Stages of Dis-ease/ Yoga to balance doshas
2:15 – 2:45 pm Closing Circle

*** Learn the benefits of self Ayurveda massage with oil through theory taught during practical application. Those wanting to participate in the practical session are encouraged to bring a bathing suit, tank top and shorts or whatever is comfortable for applying oil in a group setting. To further reap the benefits of the oil application we will head to the sauna following (weather dependent).

BONUS: Our community Satsang starts at 3:30 pm. Though not part of the program, you are welcome to stay and participate. Satsang involves Kirtan and readings. Satsang ends at 5:30 pm.

* Schedule is subject to change.
+ We do not serve coffee during the Yoga Getaway, but you are welcome to bring your own.

Instructors

Natasha (Jyoti) Samson
Natasha Jyoti Samson is a graduate of the SSCY Yoga Teacher Training (200 hr) and teaches public, corporate, and private classes in the lower mainland. She also teaches at the Centre’s Yoga Getaways and retreats and is on faculty for the annual SSCY Yoga Teacher Training (200 hr).

Jyoti furthered her studies and obtained her Ayurveda Health Counselor Diploma at the Mount Madonna Institute College of Ayurveda under prominent Ayurveda physicians; Dr. Vassant Lad, Dr. John Doulliard, Dr. Sarita Shrestha, Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar among others. She completed her Ayurveda Massage Treatment Program under the guidance of Dr. Jaisri Lambert. Jyoti teaches Ayurveda at the Institute of Holistic Nutrition and offers private Ayurveda Consultations and Body Treatments/Massage. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Dharma Sara Satsang Society.

Fees

Retreat costs

The total cost for the Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat will vary according to the accommodation type chosen.

The fees listed include tuition for classes, accommodation (where applicable), vegetarian meals, tea bar and facility use from Friday afternoon through the program closing.

Accommodation TypeTotal per person (includes taxes)
Commuter$338 per person
Shared room with shared bath*$513 per person
Private with shared bath$566 per person
Private with ensuite$603 per person (single occupancy)
$555 per person (double occupancy)

*Shared rooms have 2-3 twin beds per room. Please contact us if you have a preference or questions about shared accommodations.

NOTE: All reservation requests submitted via e-mail, online registration form or telephone are not confirmed until all fees are paid in full. Please ensure confirmation before making travel arrangements.

Wellness Centre Treatments

(Additional cost)
Many guests attribute the addition of an Ayurveda treatment or massage as a wonderful compliment to their weekend. If you’re interested in receiving a renewing wellness treatment, please call at least 48 hours in advance to ensure that your preferred times are available at 250-931-2792. For more information about treatment options, please see the Chikitsa Shala Wellness Centre page.

FAQs

What time is check in & check out?
Check in time is between 2 – 4 pm on Friday. The program finishes around 2:45 pm on Sunday.

What is your cancellation policy?
Please read the Cancellation Policy

What are the rooms like?
The rooms are cozy with comfortable beds and linens. Private rooms have 1 twin bed; shared rooms have 2-3 twin beds, depending on the room. Rooms have nightstands, bedside lamps and dressers (alarm clocks are not provided). All rooms, except our one room with an ensuite, have shared washrooms.

I’m new to yoga. Is this retreat suitable for a beginner?
Absolutely! This retreat will work with people according to their current yoga level.

Can I pay for shared accommodation even though I am coming on my own?
Yes! Shared accommodation rates are available for those booking with a friend or family member as well as those coming on their own. Shared accommodations have 2-3 twin beds per room.

Shared rooms are listed as having 2-3 beds and I’m coming with a friend. Can we get a room for just ourselves?
Rooms with only 2 beds book up quickly and early. Once these are booked, guests will be booked into rooms with 3 beds and will most likely share the room with another guest. Please contact us if you have any questions about availability.

What is provided at the Centre?
Yoga mats and props are provided (If you prefer to bring your own yoga mat we welcome you to do so). All linens and towels are provided and there is shampoo, conditioner and body wash in the washrooms for your use.

What should I bring?
Please bring personal toiletries, comfortable clothing, a swimsuit for the sauna (when available due to weather conditions) and an alarm clock. We do not wear outdoor shoes inside, so feel free to bring slippers. A water bottle is also a good idea.

How do I get to the Centre?
We have posted directions on our Getting Here page.

How long will it take to get there?
From Vancouver allow four to five hours (door to door) by ferry and car or transit; 25 minutes airtime by floatplane plus ten minutes by car/taxi. From Victoria, allow a comfortable two hours door to door by ferry and car. We have posted more details on our Getting Here page.

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