Welcome to the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga. We trust these guidelines will answer some of your questions about our operations at the Centre in order to make your visit both meaningful and harmonious. We hope you have a peaceful stay with us.
We ask that you familiarize yourself with our basic rules and guidelines, and that you support the community by co-operating with them.
Meals: A conch shell will be blown to signal when the meal is ready. If you are going to be away during a meal and would like a plate put aside for you, please let the cook know.
Substances: This is a drug-free community. Since yoga practices encourage positive ways of altering our consciousness, the use of alcohol or drugs is not needed nor tolerated. Smoking is not allowed on the property.
Fires: Due to fire hazard, naked flames (e.g. candles) are not permitted in rooms, tents, or anywhere on the property, with the exception of Sunday Satsang. Incense is not permitted since it is an issue for people with allergies.
Diet: We are a vegetarian community, so please do not bring meat, fish or eggs onto the property. Garlic and onions are not used in the Program Kitchen because they stimulate the mind, thereby hindering the yogic goal of stilling or quieting the mind during meditation.
Dress: No nudity in public places.
House Observances: Please respect that the Program House, Garden House and campground quiet time is observed from 9:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m. unless special ceremonies or programs dictate otherwise. If you wish to play music in your room during these times, please keep the volume low. Please turn off the lights and make sure that all electrical heat is turned off when you leave a room.
Pets: Personal retreat guests are requested not to bring any pets. The Centre has two resident cats.
Scents: Please refrain from wearing scented or perfumed products as we wish to offer our guests a scent-free environment.
Satsang: Please feel free to join us for inspirational readings, devotional songs, and chanting on Sundays at 3:30 p.m. After Satsang on the first Sunday of every month (except the busy summer months), we hold a community meal.
Office hours are 9:30am – 2:30pm, Monday – Friday
In the event of an emergency at night a designated resident will be available.
Shankar, the Centre Director, lives on-site.