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Winter Solstice and Winter Quarter!

Winter 2017 _ for web


Ravi on the Bhagavad Gita

One last reminder of the public talk, meant as initiation for the weekend retreatants, and a stand alone for those coming for a taste of the teachings! The timing is 7pm at 8Petals,  1317 Commercial Street, tomorrow November 10th upstairs!  Please bring cash if Ravi’s books may be of interest. The requested donation, partially contributed toward’s Maher and Sister Lucy’s vision, is $15-$20, sliding scale, again in cash please. We have no plastic set up for our tiny potatoes operation. Please consider bringing friends and family, and all the places that overlaps! 1c3dc6181a7455b9d63ac1167da8e96d-1

A reminder that Ravi will offer his presence and wisdom this Friday, focussed on the Bhagavad Gita from 7 to 9pm at 8Petals, suggested donation $15 to $20, with a large portion of proceeds donated to Maher. No advance registration! Please come and bring your friends and family. There will be a selection of Ravi’s books for sale; please bring cash or check if you wish to make a purchase.

If you or another whom you know is interested in coming last minute, and would not be able to afford tuition, pease contact me about scholarship monies that just became available! Email or call 360-303-3892.

(Green) Ravi Weekend


Lois, local poet and yogi, shared these words after Tuesday’s class, so I thought I would share them with whomever reads this blog post!  As far as we can tell, they were inspired by the Talmud, from our online research. Meanwhile, the photograph honors  the shrine tenders, who grace Patanjali’s post on the Turtle Haven land with beautiful flowers, and now a trinity of little orange pumpkins who smile at me each time I walk by…. may we each find small blessings such as these words, this pumpkin, these flowers, and the loveliness of Autumn, as we witness the profound challenges of the world and the earth itself at this time:

“Do not be daunted by the enormity of the world’s grief. Do justly, now. Love mercy, now. Walk humbly now. You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.

Fall Quarter Yoga Schedule

Greetings! Just so all are aware, the Fall flyer did not indicate that classes will NOT happen the week of Thanksgiving, on Tuesday morning, nor Wednesday evening!

Enjoy the beauty of the season. Meditation on a pumpkin anyone? A few words from Henry David Thorea, great lover of the Bhagavad Gita:

“I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.”



Flyer For Autumn

Fall 2017 _ for web

Yoga For Autumn: Begins October!

Suddenly the seasonal shift feels distinct, as the rains come and the days shorten. I know there is still a little bit of late summer to enjoy, but autumn has clearly announced her presence. I am working on the flyer for this next season’s classes, which  will begin the first week in October. We have two weeks left in the Summer session. I will soon publish the new flyer, though stability will reign, with the next schedule offering the same classes, times and tuition as at present. Please note that we have just passed the Early Bird registration time for the study of the Bhagavad Gita with Ravi Ravindra coming this November 10th through 12th. If you missed the deadline, and are still interested in coming, please feel free in the next little while to ask for that discount, and chances are you will receive it! I am excited to have Ravi, just turned 80, return with his vitality and wisdom to teach on a text that is truly legendary, and now available through Ravi’s lens in his own edition of the Gita, just published this past Spring! Stay tuned also for news of the new Turtle Haven Forest Hermitage, opening before too long as a refuge of stillness for seekers, devoted caregivers, activists, writers and artists— when needing deep rest and contemplation in a beautiful setting. May this transition time be full of grace and reflection, even in the midst of so much struggle for so many of earth’s inhabitants, as well as the earth herself.


Time for Words from Tagore

Tagore #81 From the Volume Gitanjali:

On many an idle day have I greived over lost time. But it is never lost, my lord. Thou hast taken every moment of my life in thine own hands.

Hidden in the heart of things thou art nourishing seeds into sprouts, buds into blossoms, and ripening flowers into fruitfulness.

I was tired and sleeping on my idle bed and imagined all work had ceased. In the morning I woke up and found my garden full with wonders of flowers.



Ravi Ravindra Returns to Turtle Haven!

(Green) Ravi Weekend

Have you wanted to have more of a sense of like minded community, and yet autonomy and rural beauty as part of your living environment? Jenny Macke of Presence Studio, and her partner David and two children have just moved next door to Turtle Haven, and along with our neighbors Dean and Dudley Evensonof Soundings of the Planet, we have a blossoming sense of neighborliness and community in our beautiful riverside, rural homes. One of our close neighbors is selling a home, and we are happily spreading the word in hopes you or someone you know might be interested! Here is the link:

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