Category: Workshops & Retreats

Our next Deepening Yoga class on November 10th will focus on the first ten sutras in the second book of the Yoga Sutras; Patanjali presents Kriya Yoga and the Kleshas in this important section. Specifically we will look at what Patanjali presents as the root of human suffering, the “ignorance” which clouds our consciousness. Discussion will include consideration of accurate understanding of these sutras, and applicability towards everyday life! Please bring your thoughts and questions. You may find sutra books at local libraries, and also the sutras are online in various translations and interpretations! Our gathering will include reflection, guided meditation and pranayama, as well as a bit of restorative asana. Please come and share in a community yoga experience. If you are not able to afford tuition, please call or email for more information.

I am providing here some interpretation of the kleshas from Judith Lasater, a well known teacher from the Bay Area. This may spark you own reflection on the kleshas— please bring sutra books if you have them. You can download it as a word (docx) file here as or see it as a webpage here.

Soul Collage: A Workshop




“SoulCollage® is an intuitive collage process, developed by Seena B. Frost, of self exploration and self acceptance. By creating SoulCollage® cards – each representing one aspect of your personality or Soul – you will begin to embrace the many parts of yourself, listen to their stories and discover the gifts thy have to share.”

To learn more about this workshop led by Mary Ellen Weber at Stillpoint at Beckside in Bellingham, go here or click on the image above.




All are welcome to the second of three Saturday classes that Elizabeth will be offering that focus on pranayama and meditation. Each class will have a specific philosophy theme and the one for November will be announced soon! This is an opportunity to more deeply explore some of the things we touch on in class, especially philosophy and pranayama.The class on Saturday, November 10th will be followed by a final class on Saturday, December 8th. The classes can be taken individually.
Sliding fee: $20 to $30
For more information contact Elizabeth.

Ravi Ravindra, physicist, theologist, philosopher and seeker will be leading a retreat on “The Heart and Purpose of Yoga” the weekend of October 12-14, kicking off with a public talk in Bellingham on Friday, October 12 and followed by two days featuring discussion, meditation, chanting and optional yoga asanas at Turtle Haven in Deming. To introduce people to Ravi, below is the beginning of an essay he wrote on the topic of “Yoga in Daily Life”, followed by a link for a pdf of the complete essay. If this speaks to you, you might consider coming to the retreat for which there are some spaces still available. For complete details about the retreat go here or talk to Elizabeth.

Yoga in Daily Life

            Renouncing all actions on Me, Mindful of your inner self,

            Without expectation and selfishness, Fight, without agitation. (BG 3:30)

                         Here Krishna invites us and enjoins us to make our daily life into a spiritual practice, a yoga.  No one can be without action.  Even if we simply lie down, doing nothing visible, we are still engaged in action. “Because no one can remain actionless even for a moment. Everyone is driven to action, helplessly indeed, by the forces of nature” (BG 3.05).  Even if the body is still, the mind is in action, associating  this with that, dreaming, desiring something, fearing something else. The question is not whether to act but how to act. Similarly, no one can avoid daily life; the question is not whether we should participate in daily life, but rather how to participate in this life we live daily.

To download the complete essay in pdf form go here.




For a pdf of the flyer, click on the image above or go here.

Schedule and Tuition:

At 8Petals yoga studio in downtown Bellingham

Friday           7:30 pm – Public Talk and Meditation led by Ravi

At Turtle Haven sanctuary in deming

Saturday      9:00 am – 10:15 am Optional yoga class

10:45 am – 5:00 pm  Sessions with Ravi

Sunday        9:00  am – 10:15 am Optional yoga class

10:45 am – 3:00 pm Sessions with Ravi


Sliding Fee of $175 to $195. Limited scholarships and bartering available. Morning yoga classes additional $12 each.

For those attending only the Friday evening talk, cost is $15 with part of the proceeds going to Maher Ashram (

Questions? Contact Elizabeth  or 360-303-3892

The Heart and Purpose of Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras

The Yoga Sutras attributed to Patañjali and the Bhagavad Gita are the two classical texts of yoga, but their approaches to yoga are very different, even though both of them aim at freedom from what one calls oneself.

The Yoga Sutras aims at attaining samadhi, which is defined by Patañjali as emptying of oneself,  by working at diminishing all the obstructions to it. It is mainly devoted to the mental discipline of cultivating a counter-flow to all the usual tendencies of the mind, thereby gradually leading to deeper and deeper meditation.

The yoga taught in the Bhagavad Gita is aimed at fulfilling dharma, that is to say responsibility for the maintenance of order, at all levels—within oneself, in the family, in the society, on the planet and in the cosmos. Therefore, there is naturally much attention given to right action, sacred knowledge and love in this book, perhaps the single most important text to originate from India.

Although the main focus will be on the Yoga Sutras and the Bhagavad Gita, occasionally attention will be drawn to the many similarities and differences in the other spiritual traditions, especially in the Gospel of John, long considered the spiritual gospel among the canonical gospels, and the non-canonical gospels of Thomas and Philip.

There will be optional asana and pranayama classes (paid for separately) with Elizabeth Kerwin, as well as self reflection exercises and some singing and chanting, as a part of the workshop.  The participants are welcome to attend the optional yoga classes with some asanas and pranayama before the formal workshop on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

For more information about Ravi go here: Ravi

Questions? Contact Elizabeth at or 360-303-3892

An Invitation to Kirtan on May 22

You are welcome to come to Turtle Haven on May 22nd for an informal kirtan with Paul Millage! You may bring a poem or a song, or just enjoy those of others. Please let me know you are coming so I may consider parking and carpooling options if needed.

March 26th Fundraiser Results

I had a wonderful time teaching backbends, as well as in discussing Sutra 1-33 and guiding pranayama and meditation. I must say, before even leaving the studio at 9 p.m. I added up the money that flowed in for Mercycorps, and experienced delight in knowing that our collective efforts, and donations will bring $276 to the work of Mercycorps, bringing housing, medicine and food to people around the world most deperate for these nessessities. If you have not visited the Mercycorps website, please go…. you will be inspired, and impressed with the organization’s record for efficiency in using funds! I send much gratitude to all those who participated in classes last evening!

Celebrate Easter with Ravi Ravindra in a meaningful and inclusive way in retreat at Turtle Haven, March 30 through April 1, 2012.  Our most recent retreats last year in April and October with Ravi felt the most graceful yet, as we crafted a container with multiple facets that seemed to serve well in generating community support for interspiritual inquiry and reflection.

The Spring theme is A Spiritual Celebration of Easter: A Mythic Journey of Sacrifice, Death and Resurrection.  We will gather in community for a unique spiritual celebration of the Easter season, exploring the symbolic meaning of death and resurrection in our own lives and in that of the collective. Our reflections will dwell in part on different interpretations of the meaning of sacrifice, investigating the cultural overlay that has come to see sacrifice as an undesirable experience. We will see how we might “resurrect” the sacred and mystical dimensions of this historic event.

One of the remarks from the Gospels we will consider is from Phillip: Those who say the Lord died first and then rose up are in error, for he rose up first and then died.  Our explorations will carry us into the heart of the meaning of “rising” before we experience our own physical death. In the spirit of honoring our shared path as Spiritual Pilgrims, we will examine parallels in other faiths such as when Buddha remarked, “Look within, you are the Buddha.” or the remarkable reminder from the Sufi tradition that “If you die before you die, you will not die when you die.”

Our inner travels will engage the intellect, the body, the voice and the senses, as we ceremonially celebrate the spirit of Easter through guided and silent meditations, labyrinth walks, movement awareness exercises, song, and connection with the natural world in the beauty of spring at Turtle Haven on the Nooksack River. We look forward to another immersion in our own cherished and collective community wisdom and that of our warm and wise guide, Ravi Ravindra. 

Tea and good company will be provided, with each retreatant bringing his or her own lunch and snacks.

We will initiate the weekend with a talk by Ravi on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. in Bellingham; this will be a fundraiser for Maher Ashram in India, open to the public and optional for retreatants at no additional cost.  On Saturday and Sunday, we will meet at Turtle Haven in Deming, for access to the river and forest trails, and the quiet and peace of  the 11 circuit labyrinth.  Saturday’s schedule, which will include a collective lunch, will be 10 a.m. until 5p.m.  On Sunday, we will gather at 10 a.m. and finish our day at 3 p.m. with a shorter lunch period.
We have explored opportunities for out of town participants to stay with a local retreat participant.  Please let us know if you need help with housing.

The cost for this retreat will again be a sliding fee scale of $165 to $190.  Once registered, you will receive a reading list and more detailed information.  Please send your name, address, email address and phone number with the full tuition payable to:  Jillian Froebe, 6551 Rutsatz Road, Deming, WA 98244.   If a payment plan or financial assistance is needed, please let us know.  If something unexpected arises that changes your ability to participate, and you notify us prior to February 29, your tuition will be refunded minus a $50 administrative fee. Tuition is nonrefundable after this date.  Registration is limited to create a more intimate experience, and the retreats have generally been full, so we suggest you register soon.

Questions? Contact Jillian Froebe  360.319.8704   or Elizabeth Kerwin 360.303.3892






JUNE 23 – 29, 2012


Program Tuition Fee: $495

Add 6 Day Lodging & Meal Fee: based on your choice of accommodation…Click Here.

*Invite a Friend to the same 2012 Summer Retreat & Receive $100 “Bring a Friend” Discount Each!!! (Details Here)

How do you know if you’re on the right yoga path?  How do you navigate life moved from within?  How do you flow with quiet grace?

The cultivation of the qualities of curiosity, wonder, willingness and vulnerability are essential if we are to fully receive and benefit from yoga’s deepest teaching. Life brings us to this again and again, but do we approach each moment with the openness and undistorted perception to meet life’s deepest purpose?


Join Kira Ryder & Ravi Ravindra on the wondrous journey toward the eternal, which is Now. During joy-filled practice sessions sprinkled with her one-of-kind gentle humor, grace, and skill, Kira will guide you towards experiencing your essence.  Combining asana, pranayama and meditation, she will inspire a keen interest and attentiveness to our intimate tender relationship with life’s vital force, Prana.

Ravi Ravindra will then awaken deep contemplation about the nature of Spirit and Being. Drawing mainly from the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras, as well as the great texts of other major spiritual traditions, Ravi weaves science, philosophy, religion and mysticism in a profoundly relevant manner shedding new light on the wisdom of the texts.

The beacons by which we will navigate through this retreat are:

  • The Heart and Purpose of Yoga
  • Becoming Intimate with the Cosmological Order
  • Dharma, Yajña and Yoga: Responsibility, Sacrifice and Discipline
  • Seeing More Clearly: A Yogi’s Guide to Unknowing
  •  Yoga off the Mat in Daily Life

Kira Ryder is grateful for all her teachers and the teachings that have been so generously shared with her.  Named one of Yoga Journal’s Top 21 Yoga Teachers under the age of 40 “shaping the future of yoga,” Kira is the Den Mother of Lulu Bandha’s and the International Ojai Yoga Crib. Her teaching techniques are designed to prepare the soil in which the seeds of Yoga can be planted.  With attention to the subtle energies and feeling tones, she emphasizes tuning into the alignment within your own heart. Her website is


Ravi Ravindra was born in India and received his early education there. He went to Canada as a graduate student and later as an immigrant. Now he is a Professor Emeritus at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, where he served for many years as a professor in three Departments: Comparative Religion, Philosophy, and Physics. He was a Member of the Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton, a Fellow of the Indian Institute of Advanced Study in Shimla, and the Founding Director of the Threshold Award for Integrative Knowledge. Ravindra’s spiritual search has led him to the teachings of J. Krishnamurti, G. Gurdjieff, Yoga, Zen, and a deep immersion in the mystical teachings of the Indian and Christian classical traditions. He is a prolific author including: Krishnamurti:Two Birds on One Tree, Science and The Sacred, The Wisdom of Patañjali’s Yoga Sutras and The Inner Journey-Myth, Psyche, and Spirit. These and many more can be found on his website: