August 31- September 3, 2012
Labor Day Weekend
with Dr. Marilyn Rossner and Ken Whiteley

How Can I Help? with Dr. Marilyn Rossner:
Professor of Special Education (retired), Behavioral
Therapist, Special Educator, Yoga Therapist, Founder of
the Spiritual Science Fellowship, Co-founder of the International Institute of Integral Human Sciences. She pioneered the use of yoga as an adjunctive therapy in the
treatment of children with special needs. For the past 8 years has organized a yearly mission to Africa to help and visit dying children.She is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, and one of the world’s most gifted intuitives! Marilyn will give lectures and workshops on how to apply Yoga to the service of humanity.

Share the Joy- A Musical
Journey with Ken Whiteley:

One of Canada’s most respected “roots” musicians.
Ken Whitely has played at virtually every major folk festival in Canada and performed and recorded with such legends as Pete Seeger, John Hammond Jr., Tom Paxton, Blind John Davis, Stan Rogers, The Campbell Brothers,
Guy Davis, Raffi, Linda Tillerey & the Cultural Heritage Choir and countless others. Ken will lead us in song and praise with joyful music to raise the spirit and open the heart.



September 7 - October 5, 2012
Teachers' Training Course

Since 1968, when Swami Vishnu-devananda created the first Yoga Teachers' Training Course ever taught in the West, more than 20,000 Yoga Teachers have been certified by the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers. Swamiji designed the Teachers' Training Course to closely approach the ancient Gurukhula System, in which the student's daily life was itself an intensive Yoga training.

The course is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 200 hour level.

Click for curriculum and course schedule.

September 8,1012
Birthday Krishna Jayanti

Join us in celebratoin of Lord Krishna's Birthday.

September 8 & 9, 2012
Swami Sivananda's Birthday Krishna Jayanti

Join our annual celebration of Master Sivananda’s birthday with song, story, mantra chanting, puja, feast and devotional singing.



September 9-16, 2012
Native American Program
with Robert Seven-Crows Bourdon and JoAn Pawnee Parent

Robert Seven-Crows Bourdon is of mixed native blood. His mother is Mi'kmag from the Gaspe coast of Quebec and his father is a descendant of the Metis/Illinois, Kaskaskia Nation along the Mississippi River. For Robert, the stories and the songs are a way to show the rich oral tradition of the Metis/Mi'kmag Nation. He is a traditional story-teller and a singer/songwriter. He has performed and given workshops in Europe, the Middle East the USA and throughout Cananda.

JoAn Pawnee Parent is of the Matis/Nippising nation. She is a traditional herbalist that believes in the medicine of gathering and transforming healing and edible wild plants. She is an author of stories and she has given workshops in Frnace, Switzerland, England, USA and Quebec. They will share their Native American spiritual traditions and practice. We will go for medicine walks, sing and celebrate ceremonies together with: Medicine Walks, A Look at Medicinal Plants, Journeying with the Drum, Traditional Stories and Songs and Sacred Stones Ceremony - Sweat Lodge. (Cost: $40/day plus accommodations)

September 16, 2012
Making a Difference in a World in Need
Evening Satsang with Elaine Valdov

September 16-21, 2012
Yoga Lifestyle Retreat for Healthy Body & Peaceful Mind/Meditation Week

This retreat will guide you systematically through the theory and practice of Yoga exercise, breathing, relaxation, diet, positive thinking and meditation. The retreats take place during the weekdays so that we can give you special attention. Ideal for those new to yoga practice or  wishing to renew their practice. ($150 plus accommodations) 

September 21-23, 2012
Bhagavad Gita Chapter 6 - The Yoga of Meditation
with Swami Sadasivananda

Bhagavad Gita is a superb exposition of the synthesis of all paths of Yoga. Topics for discussion: How to build strong self-esteem; The qualities needed by a dhyana-yogi; The method of Meditation; and Practice of non-attachment.

September 28-30, 2012
Dinacharya - Ayurveda Daily Routines for Health
with Lalita Devi

Practical workshops by Lalita Devi, our resident ayurverdic practioner and director of the Ayurveda and Wellness Center, to teach self-help techniques you can apply in your daily life.

September 28-30, 2012
Yoga and Bicycling Weekend

Explore the peaceful Catskill Mountain roads around the ashram on bicycle this fall weekend. With hundreds of miles of roads to choose from, we will organize Saturday and Sunday group rides from 8 to 50 miles, in distance, depending on the level of cyclists. The ashram practice of asana, pranayama, relaxation and meditation will enhance your cycling experience. Please bring your own bicycle.