The Heart and Purpose of Yoga in the Bhagavad Gita and the Yoga Sutras, October 12-14, Turtle Haven in Deming, WA, possibly also a lecture at 8 Petals Yoga in Bellingham, WA

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 full details and flyer, go here.

For more information about Ravi go here: Ravi

Questions? Contact Elizabeth at elizabethkerwinyoga@gmail.com or 360-303-3892



March 30 – April 1, 2012: Workshop with Ravi Ravinda: A Spiritual Celebration of Easter: A Mythic Journey of Sacrifice, Death and Resurrection
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.

We send heartfelt greetings, and hopes of sharing again in the warmth, illumination and intelligence of Ravi’s teaching, and the community that gathers around him,

Jillian Froebe and Elizabeth Kerwin

Jillian Froebe  360.319.8704

Elizabeth Kerwin 360.303.3892

June 15-17 Yoga Workshop with Rebecca Lerner at 8 Petals Yoga 
Senior Iyengar instructor Rebecca Lerner will be making her second trip to Bellingham this summer to teach a weekend workshop June 15-17, 2012. 8 Petals Yoga Studio is extremely excited to welcome Rebecca back for what will surely be another wonderful workshop.  This year’s format will be similar to last year’s with a Friday evening session, two Saturday sessions, and a Sunday morning session followed by an optional afternoon teacher training. You may hold your spot with a non-refundable $25 deposit.  Partial attendance is available.
* Sign up soon, as space this year is limited*.
For further details and a registration form, click here.  You can also find these details on 8 Petals Yoga instructor Charlotte Davis’ website or on the 8 petals events page: 8PetalsYoga.com/events.html Thanks and we at 8 Petals look forward to seeing you!

March 2-3, Dreams as Prayers, Prayers as Dreams

Sharry Nyberg and Jillian Froebe welcome you to Dream Quest by entering Kairos time, free from measurement by minutes and schedules, the world from which dreams emerge. Gather in community as we journey with archetypes through labyrinth Kairos time. With the Dream as a guide to what asks to be discovered, And with prayer as offering of gratitude in the presence of the sacred feminine. $65 includes breakfast, afternoon meal, beverages and snacks, journal making and art materials, a hand thrown ceramic cup by local artist, Cary Lane, to take home with you, a place to rest your body and soul while you dream.

For more information on “Dreams as Prayers, Prayers as Dreams” retreat, please click here DREAMQUEST BROCHURE pdf

October 7-9, 2011, Discovering the Way: Aligning My Will with Thy Will, Fall Retreat with Ravi Ravindra

The October theme  will be  Discovering the Way: Aligning My Will with Thy Will.  At many crossroads and in the larger arc of our lives, many of us seek a course of action, deeply desiring a path informed by forces larger than our individual ego selves. Each Great Spiritual Tradition offers wisdom in its teachings and practices, which bring us closer to enactment of a life lived in service and surrender to higher purpose, to a transpersonal, transrational will. Together, we will explore how traditional teachings guide and inform us.
We will initiate the retreat on Friday evening at 7:30 p.m. at 8 Petals Studio in Bellingham; this will be open to the public. It will include a talk by Ravi focused on our weekend theme, as well as some group discussion and meditation. 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 in this rural setting. 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.
The cost for this retreat will again be a sliding fee scale of $150 to $190.

For more information about the retreat and how to register, see the blog post here.

June 3-5, 2011 Weekend Workshop, Iyengar Yoga with Rebecca Lerner

Rebecca Lerner is co-director/owner of the Center for Well-Being in Lemont, Pennsylvania and an Intermediate Senior I Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor. Rebecca makes frequent trips to India to study with the Iyengars. A devoted practitioner since the late ’70s, Rebecca is an IYNAUS assessor and Chair of the Ethics Committee and Certification Liason. She conducts workshops nationally as well as teacher training programs. Rebecca is known for her ability to guide the students deeply into the poses in a fresh, insightful and meaningful way. She has a gentle yet dynamic teaching style that brings each student a heightened yogic experience. Share and enjoy the enthusiasm, inspiration and expertise.

For more information and registration forms go here.

April 1-3, 2011 “Spiritual Practice in Daily Life: Daily Life as Spiritual Practice as Seen Through the Lenses of the Great Spiritual Traditions” with Ravi Ravindra in Bellingham, Washington.

This retreat will be an interfaith exploration, examining scriptures and teachings of the sages interspersed with discussion of, “What actually constitutes spiritual practice?” and “What obstacles and opportunities are presented in our daily lives?” We will gather insights based on sacred and profound teachings and apply them, as we engage in various meditative, contemplative and expressive practices. Suggested readings from Ravi’s work as well as those from other teachers will be provided for participants prior to the weekend to encourage more participation and discussion in large and small groups. We imagine a more cohesive sense of community emerging as we also explore the element of service as it relates to living these teachings. For more information see blog posting here.