Home Yoga Retreat

Bring the nurturing, peaceful energy of the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga (SSCY) into your home space with a nourishing and virtual yoga retreat weekend. Take this personal time to rejuvenate, recharge and connect through the timeless teachings of yoga. Our online Home Yoga Retreat is based on our highly successful Yoga Getaways, designed to provide each and every one of you with the uplifting support and focus needed to develop and deepen your yoga, as well as to connect with like-minded folks.

This program is suitable for all to attend, both those new to our yoga getaways as well as for returning guests.

  • October 16 – 18, 2020
  • November 13 – 15, 2020

It was my first time using Zoom for yoga and my first experience with the centre. I was amazed at the quality of the retreat. I loved all of the presenters and the opportunity to connect with the other participants.

Barb Woodburne, June Home Yoga Retreat

What’s Included?

  • 3 live yoga asana classes
  • 2 live pranayama & meditation classes
  • Prerecorded yoga nidra audio session narrated by Chetna Boyd
  • Live opening and closing circles to connect with like minded people
  • Live evening program
  • Home Yoga Retreat Preparation Guide; a handout giving tips for preparation so you can get the most out of your weekend with us.

Sliding Scale Pricing

To allow for more participation, we are now offering sliding scale pricing on select programs. Community Supported pricing allows those facing financial challenges to participate, Retreat Price is the set cost, and Pay it Forward helps support others in the program.

  • Community Supported: $50 plus applicable taxes
  • Retreat Price: $100 plus applicable taxes
  • Pay it Forward: $150 plus applicable taxes

When body, breath, and mind work together in harmony to achieve a spiritual goal, that is yoga.

Baba Hari Dass

Instructors

Our instructors are experienced and compassionate teachers, many who have completed their 200-hour training at the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga or Mount Madonna Center in California, both Yoga Alliance registered schools. Some of these teachers are also on our Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) faculty and have further expanded their skills and expertise through specialized trainings. Each teacher is unique in style and presentation, while upholding the common aim of classical yoga – uniting body, breath and mind. While actively teaching in their local communities, these dedicated yoga teachers are generously volunteering their time and energy in support of the Centre as well as the greater community itself. Our large pool of instructors allows us to vary instructors for each yoga retreat, bringing a richness and diversity that promise to inspire your yoga experience! You can read more about our teachers on the Instructors Biographies webpage or select the names below to see that particular instructors bio.

October Instructors

November Instructors

Schedule

* All times are in Pacific Daylight Time and offerings are held via Zoom.

Friday
4:00 – 5:30 pmWelcome and introduction
Guided meditation
Opening circle
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Prerecorded yoga nidra* narrated by Chetna Boyd
session available to listen at your own time
Saturday
7:00 – 8:00 amPranayama (breathwork) and meditation
Short break
8:20 – 9:30 amYoga asana class
Free time
3:30 – 4:45 pmRestorative** yoga asana class
Evening break
7:00 – 8:00 (8:30) pmEvening program (optional 30 minutes for additional Q&A)
Sunday
7:00 – 8:00 amPranayama (breathwork) and meditation
Short break
8:20 – 9:30 amYoga asana class
Short break
9:40 – 10:15 amClosing Circle

You are welcome to attend as much or as little as you wish. Everything during this weekend is optional.

* Yoga Nidra; a term meaning “yogic or psychic sleep.” At the heart of the practice, it is a profound relaxation technique and a form of meditation as the body is guided into a state of complete relaxation. During the practice, an instructor guides the participant to draw their awareness inward by listening to a set of directions, like a guided meditation. Practicing Yoga Nidra involves the practice of pratyahara (“withdrawal of the senses”), which is the fifth limb of Ashtanga yoga.

The main benefit of a Yoga Nidra practice is deep relaxation! Additionally, the practice can help to expand an individual’s self-awareness leading to higher states of concentration and well being. Yoga Nidra can also help:

  • Calm the mind
  • Relax and rejuvenate the body
  • Soothe the nervous system
  • Reduce fatigue
  • Relax the nervous system
  • Lower blood pressure levels
  • Strengthen immunity
  • Improve quality of sleep
  • Support brain function and boosts creativity

Participants are encouraged to have a blanket, a bolster and/or pillows to use under the knees and head. This will assist the participants to be as supported as possible during the practice.

**Restorative Yoga: a very nurturing, relaxing form of yoga. All poses are done in a reclining position, using soft supports such as blankets and cushions to create the classical actions of the pose, reaping the benefits with minimal metabolic effort. A quieting and mindfulness practice that supports physical and mental rejuvenation and reduces stress.

This has been the best investments I have ever made in myself! With them being at home too, it makes it so easy and it forces me to make some time for myself, which is great!!

-Stephanie Battistessa, July Home Yoga Retreat

A Brief History

The Salt Spring Centre of Yoga is a non-profit yoga community devoted to the attainment of peace. We offer programs including yoga retreats, yoga teacher training, yoga getaways, various workshops and many other special programs. The Centre is the longest running yoga retreat centre on Canada’s West Coast.

The Centre was built by Karma Yogis and continues to be run by staff and volunteers in the spirit of karma yoga (selfless service). The cozy turn-of-the-century farmhouse and surrounding buildings sit amid 69 acres of meadows, forest and organic farmland on beautiful Salt Spring Island, British Columbia. The property boasts a large organic farm that supplies most of the produce for the deliciously prepared vegetarian meals.

The Centre property was founded by Dharma Sara Satsang Society in 1981. Inspired by Baba Hari Dass (affectionately known as Babaji), the members bought 69 acres of cedar forest and wild meadows, along with a run-down, turn-of-the-century farmhouse. Over the decades, the house and land have been lovingly renovated and cultivated by thousands of volunteers. Today, the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga is a thriving spiritual retreat centre with a large organic farm that supplies most of the produce for our delicious vegetarian meals. We offer our own yoga-related programs and also rent the Centre facilities to other like-minded groups for their own retreats. We teach classical ashtanga yoga, Patanjali’s traditional eight-limbed system of yoga as taught to us by Babaji, and strongly encourage the cultivation of karma yoga, the path of selfless service.

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