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News from the Centre – July 2015

Hello everyone,

Happy Canada Day to Canadians and Fourth of July to Americans. I hope you’re all enjoying the summer! The days are long at this time of year – no need for flashlights. June was sunny and warm – often hot, with very little rain. People enjoy it, the plants not so much. However, the dogwood tree outside the front entrance bloomed all through the month.

our lovely dogwood
the dogwood tree by the front steps

Life at the Centre continues to be very full and busy. We are fortunate to have a wonderful crew of karma yogis to help support the ongoing activities.

conch symphony before dinner
dinner time
Julia and Finnley making paper helicopters.
Matt playing his guitar

We are delighted to welcome two little yogis into our satsang family: Emily, born May 7 to Meera and Oliver, little sister to Devon; and Asher, born May 28 to Emily and Gabe. We can’t wait to meet them!

Yoga Teacher Training will start in a few days, for 13 days in July, followed by a second session of 9 days in August. This year two of our karma yogis – Piet and Christine – will join the YTT student body. We are very pleased to welcome the new group, and as always, our team of dedicated faculty members.

At the end of this month, on the morning of July 30, we will celebrate Guru Purnima. We welcome you to join us on Thursday, July 30 at 8:30 am here at the Centre. Through the ancient Vedic ceremony (yajna) we will honour Babaji and all spiritual teachers. It is a time to renew and rededicate ourselves to all that the teachings inspire in us for the attainment of peace.

Later that day ACYR (Annual Community Yoga Retreat) begins. Here is a message from Piet, ACYR coordinator:

“The Annual Community Yoga Retreat 2015 is our 41st year holding this wonderful family yoga event. It is a longstanding tradition and a fun and energizing time to reconnect with our extended yoga family. Whether you’ve been coming for years or this is your first retreat, whether you’re coming with your family or by yourself, you’re welcome to join us for this special event. The retreat is 5 days and 4 nights jam-packed with programs, events, classes, and the Ramayana. Come celebrate our longest running retreat with us.

Below are some photos from last year’s event.

kirtan retreat 2014
kirtan at the 2014 ACYR
meal circle. retreat 2014
meal circle at the 2014 ACYR
yajna retreat 2014
yajna at the 2014 ACYR

In this month’s newsletter

Pratibha has been sharing her wisdom with us through her monthly Ayurveda, Yoga and You articles in this newsletter. This month’s article is focused on keeping us lubricated in “Abhyanga, the Ayurvedic Art of Self-Massage“.

Kenzie this month brings us another fascinating book review, this one about a book with an inspiring title – and an uplifting story: May I be Happy by Cyndi Lee. It’s a story of personal development that many will relate to.

Continuing our introduction to the Centre community, Tanya Gita Roberts shares “Learning to Come out of Hiding”, the story of her personal journey and connection with Babaji and his teachings. Her story is one of transformation.

Sharada brings us some of Babaji’s teachings in “Guidelines for Life”, based on a set of guidelines for self-development that he developed for all of us years ago. The practices he recommends are universal and apply to all of us equally.

For those of you who have tried to make comments on any of the articles, I’m afraid they haven’t been coming through. There’s been a bit of a problem in the ‘comments’ function which I hope will be fixed soon, but meanwhile, please keep checking our Facebook page and making comments on articles that are posted there. We love reading your comments!

May the longtime sun shine upon you,
All love surround you
And the pure light within you
Guide your way on.