Latest Entries »

Sanskrit Anyone?

I am fishing with this blog post, to see if I can get nibbles on who might be interested if I were to bring a Sanskrit teacher up to Turtle Haven for a weekend, for an immersion in the language of yoga! Please do let me know if you yourself are interested, or pass along the blog post to another you imagine may wish to partake in this potential offering! This description comes from Claudette Evans website. She teaches independently, and with the American Sanskrit Institute. The course would be through this well known institute, with its time tested method for teaching Sanskrit. Please email me at elizabethkerwin@hotmail if you may be interested!


American Sanskrit Institute’s Immersion Weekend –
Intro to Sanskrit Level I & II 
PERFECTLY REFINED, Sanskrit is the language of yoga. Anyone can resonate with Sanskrit’s timeless sounds—and connect to words and ideas incredibly beautiful and profound.​REWARDS ARE MANY for those who take the time to see, hear and feel the power and elegance of Sanskrit. Those interested in yoga philosophy particularly benefit from this study.This weekend workshop will give you intimate familiarity with the unique points of resonance in your own palate that support Sanskrit’s sacred sounds. And you’ll be firmly grounded in proper pronunciation of this ancient language.Along the way you’ll learn the alphabet—itself a lovely chant—and you’ll receive the tools you need to explore your favorite sutras and chants in the beautiful script of Sanskrit, Devanāgarī.

ASI’s teaching method, developed over many years by Vyaas Houston, makes learning Sanskrit stress-free and FUN!

October Stillpoint Offering


Offerings From Stillpoint!

I am posting two offerings from Stillpoint, a place of vision and heart here in Whatcom count, with whom Turtle Haven has true relationship. If you would like to partake, or have questions about doing so, please contact Stillpoint! The second poster will be in my next posting.


Elizabeth Fall 2019 Yoga Flier_Web

Yoga Sutras: Julia Shaida

Greetings! Often this summer I have referred in class to the work of Julia Shaida, who keeps an online blog with her own translations and commentaries on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras. Julia’s gift with languages, her sharing from her own inner experience, as well as her referencing of other spiritual writers have all been a wonderful inspiration for me. I am grateful to Denise Weeks for sharing the link with me originally! I am now wanting to give Julia’s link here, for any who wish to seek out her work:

Deobrat Mishra at Turtle Haven 7/21/19

Wonderful classical Indian musicians will play in the Studio at Turtle Haven on 7/21 at 4:30 pm, sponsored by Soundings of the Planet, and our neighbours and friends Dean and Dudley. Please refer to the flyer for all inquiries and to purchase tickets. Hope to see you there! The Mishras are truly remarkable, and it is a gift to have them play here in Deming.

Summer Yoga

After an amazing journey in Europe, I will be returning to our beautiful PNW corner in time to teach Summer Yoga! I look forward to that time, and hope this finds you well as the Solstice approaches.

Remaining Spring Classes/Summer Session!

I am traveling for the remainder of Spring Quarter; please feel free to drop in this session, for a Tuesday morning class with Constance, or Wednesday evening with Charlotte, to enjoy a class with either or both of these well trained and inspiring teachers, if you are not an enrolled student already attending this quarter. Hope to see you in summer classes at Turtle Haven, and since I am away, I thought I would post the flyer here earlier than usual! Please note that tuition is variable for Summer Session, depending on how many classes you plan to attend. I appreciate hearing in advance what your planned registration is, especially if you will not be present to start the quarter the week of June 24th.

Vision Fast Sharing Place Update

For those coming to hear about my February Vision Fast on April 7th, the sharing will take place at 4 pm on April 7th at Turtle Haven, in the studio, rather than in Bellingham! If you plan to attend, please RSVP by Thursday, April 4th. Of course carpooling is strongly encouraged; please let me know if you need help organizing with another person.

Vision Fast Reflections

In February I undertook a Vision Fast in Death Valley guided by the School of Lost Borders to mark my 60th birthday this past December, and some folks have asked if I might share some reflections from that experience. I plan to make such an offering on April 7th, at 4pm, and would like to hear from anyone who plans to attend this gathering that will take place in Bellingham at my friend Bruce’s house. PLEASE RSVP VIA EMAIL OR CALL 360-303-3892, rather than posting on my blog.

If you would like to see the School of Lost Borders website, here is the link:


The modern day vision fast is a border crossing practice. When one steps across the threshold and into the unknown wilderness, boundaries begin to dissolve and our vision begins to expand. Everything is pregnant with meaning, and nature speaks to us in the voices of rock, tree, and wind. Following the ancient pathway of this rite of passage, we step into our true nature and remember our home among the wild. We become who we were born to be.

The aforementioned description is from the website of the school.