Archive for July, 2013

Dear Friends,

We have spoken last Spring with Ravi about the next round of teachings at Turtle Haven, and much as our summer weather seems like it will be a permanant fixture, Autumn promises to bring new gifts in its coming. One of them will be Ravi’s return to offer the Fall retreat. Here is Ravi’s description of what he will bring to Turtle Haven in October. Ravi has given these descriptions as a two part offering for Fall and Spring, but likely participants will be able to partake of one or the other if both are not possible. That said, the continuity in Ravi’s teachings has been a gift, and the naturally forming core community of students in the retreats has been its own graceful element and enriches Ravi’s visits here. The details of registration will soon follow, but for those who would like to know what is ahead with Ravi’s teachings, here is a preview:

Journey of the Soul: 


First Exploration: October 18-20, 2013

Self-knowledge and Self-transformation


The great spiritual traditions of the East and of the West have very much emphasized the importance of self-knowledge in the mystic journey of the soul from its imprisonment in self-occupation and self-centredness to a life of freedom in the vastness of feeling, thought and being.


Impartial and steady self-perception naturally leads to self-transformation, gradually enhancing the quality of the knowing self as well as of the known self. This is why the great sage in the Mundaka Upanishad said, “One who knows the supreme Brahman becomes Brahman.” And the Gospel of Philip remarks, “It is not possible for anyone to see anything of the things that actually exist unless he becomes like them… You saw the Spirit, and you became spirit. You saw Christ, you became Christ.“


As we consider the subtle conjunction of effort and grace, our explorations will focus on the three stages of reconciliation of the masculine and feminine energies in each one of us, stages of being a warrior, a lover and the beloved.



Second Exploration: March 14-16, 2014

Self-realization and Being at One with God


Starting with an exploration of “a book of contemplation, which is called THE CLOUD OF UNKNOWING, in which a soul is oned with GOD,” we will explore its differences and similarities with the emphasis in the spiritual traditions of India, especially as presented in the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras, on Self-realization. There is much emphasis in all traditions on detachment from all that we know and see. However, that detachment—or ‘placing everything below the cloud of forgetting’ (as in the Cloud of Unknowing) or vairagya (as in the Yoga Sutras)—is not possible without the passionate love for that which calls us and eludes all our knowing. Detachment without love for the Transcendent leads to rigidity; love without discernment leads to sentimentality. The subtle dance of love and detachment, of engagement and indifference, of striving and surrender, is the joy of soul’s journey.Image

Schedule Error!


Well, it is not actually a clock time problem… but I did put on the Summer flyer a total of 11 classes for Thursday; there should only have been ten listed! The class inadvertently and accidentally listed is for July 18th. In fact I will teach NO CLASSES next week, at Turtle Haven, or 8Petals. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. Summer session resumes the week of July 22nd.

Yoga For All Weather

I have been having a few challenges with working with my blog! I apologize for any cryptic entries— especially to those who subscribe! I sent a message earlier just to remind students that practice in the current hot conditions is actually wonderful, as we can practice yoga asana in such a way that we both take advantage of the heat, and accommodate our practice so that we can work with ease and comfort in it. I hope to see you in class during this beautiful sunny, warm weather. photo