visiting the ashram
COVID- 19 RESPONSE
Here at Anuttara Ashram, we have been following the news updates in British Columbia and globally, and we have made the challenging, yet essential decision to temporarily close the Ashram to the public. Given the dynamic and uncertain nature of this situation, we will be watching closely to any changes, and will be continuously reassessing the situation, and will confirm as soon as possible when we will re-open for our normal ashram activity and retreat programs.
Many people choose to stay at an ashram for a small or extended period of time because they are seeking a place where they can escape from their personal tribulations. Anuttara Ashram provides a supportive environment and community; leading those seeking to find practices and a way of being that may lead to a truer and more authentic way of living life. The ashram is a tranquil and silent space that supports self-discovery, self-love and spiritual understanding.
Being content with the simple living of the ashram helps us to see the deeper meaning and true necessities of life. Those who fully immerse themselves in the experience of living at the ashram leave with a feeling of wholeness, peace and an abundance of love.
We're all finally using the internet the way we're meant to. We're connecting, learning, reaching out and supporting each other. We're creating community across time zones and cultures. We're learning to express love through voice messages and video chats. We're learning how connected we all really are.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
We are so excited to have this opportunity to bring the Anuttara Community online. We've been overwhelmed by all the love and support we've received from you all, and we hope to be able to bring you as many resources for you and your practice from the comfort of your home. Check out our dedicated page to our online offerings by clicking the link below, including information on our Online Yoga and Meditation Teacher Training.
Starting September 1, 2020, the ashram will be open for cabin rental. Due to COVID, there is not a set ashram schedule however you can check out our booking page and add-on yoga classes, fire ceremonies, and other fun things to suit your personal desires. You can also keep your visit simple, hike the forest, read some books from our library, and lounge in our private cabins.
There are kitchenettes attached to the cabins for you to cook your own meals or you can join us for some healthy vegan/vegetarian meals.
OPEN TO VOLUNTEERS
With everything changing and uncertain under the pandemic, we've unfortunately had to make some unexpected changes to our Seva Program this summer.
We live within the Nisaga'a Nation and wish to respect the closure and restrictions they have placed around their community. At this point, we can only host Canadian volunteers who have already been self-isolating. While you are traveling you must wear a mask and take every precaution against COVID-19. We have been an isolated community since February and we trust you to practice extreme caution while you travel here.
This season for us is not unfolding the way we anticipated. We have taken all of our programs online and remain closed to the public. Our community is much, much smaller than we anticipated so our needs for volunteers have changed. Typically we have a team of committed managers, cooks, and teachers from around the world. At this time, almost all of our managers and some of our teachers are still out of the country/in quarantine.
This means that the general layout of our Seva program has needed to undergo some serious changes. We originally asked for you to help with cooking, cleaning, washing dishes and gardening. As of now, we need folks to help with building projects ie. cobbing, carpentry, digging, wood-splitting and stacking. Nearly all of this work will be outside.
For more information or to apply for the Seva program please click the below.