Every religion promises peace in the world, a peace that emerges from within. This yoga and peacemaking symposium will explore this promise from a variety of religious traditions. Peace workers from Christianity, Islam, Judiasm, and Buddhism will teach on how they have accessed inner peace and share stories of bringing that peace into the outer world. Why do we fail to attain outer peace? The answer is within.
Swami Vishnudevananda founded the Sivananda Ashram in the Bahamas in 1968 with a mission to create spread peace in the world through yoga and Vedanta. He himself undertook peace missions to troubled areas of the world, and he created the first Yoga Teacher Training in the West, with a goal of training peace ambassadors who would take their yoga peace training into a world. We are honored to present this year’s exploration of his mission. We invite you to uplift yourself with these direct, heart-driven endeavors and bring peace into your heart.
Nathan Katz, PhD, is Distinguished Professor, Emeritus, at Florida International University. He served as the Bhagwan Mahavir Professor of Jain Studies, Director of Jewish Studies, Director of Program in the Study of Spirituality, and Founding Chair of the Department of Religious Studies. He is the author of 15 books, including award-winning Who Are the Jews of India? and memoir, Spiritual Journey Home: Eastern Mysticism to the Western Wall. He was awarded four Fulbright grants and is considered the leading scholar of India’s Jewish communities. He has studied, taught, and lived in South Asia for eight years and leads Jewish-interest tours of India.
Elaine Valdov, PhD, a representative to the United Nations, is a peace and human rights activist, conflict resolution specialist, founder and president of Yoga Peace Ambassadors, Yogis Beyond Borders, International Peace Ambassadors, and the International Institute for a Culture of Peace. She lectures internationally and is a practicing psychotherapist in New York City.
Iqbal Akhtar, PhD, is an assistant professor with a dual appointment in the Departments of Religious Studies and Politics & International Relations in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University. He completed his doctorate at the University of Edinburgh’s New College School of Divinity. Dr Akhtar teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses, including on Islamic Mysticism (Sufism). His current work explores the origin of the Khōjā peoples in the subcontinent through extant oral traditions known as the kahaṇī in Sindhi, Gujarati, and Hindustani.
Zafreen Jaffery, EdD, promotes educational equity and social justice for all children. She earned her doctorate in educational leadership from Portland State University and works at the Children’s Trust in Miami-Dade County, Florida as a research and evaluation analyst for their early childhood development initiative. Zafreen has written many publications and worked on numerous educational programs throughout the country, including one funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Previously a high school teacher, Zafreen is fluent in five languages.
Fleet Maull, PhD, CMT-P, is a fully empowered, senior meditation and Dharma teacher in both the Tibetan and Zen Buddhist traditions, as well as a Dharma successor of Roshi Bernie Glassman co-founder of the Zen Peacemakers, an international movement integrating Zen with social action. Also an author, consultant, trainer, and executive coach, Fleet facilitates deep transformation for individuals and organizations through his philosophy and program of Radical Responsibility©. He is dedicated servant leader working for positive social transformation as a meditation teacher, consultant, trainer, social entrepreneur, peacemaker and end-of-life care educator.
Swami Brahmananda is Manager of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and senior staff of the Sivananda organization. A long-time practitioner of yoga, he regularly teaches yoga philosophy and meditation for the Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses as well as meditation immersion courses. He is a much-loved, inspiring, and knowledgeable teacher.
This Yoga Vacation program is included in our all-inclusive accommodation rates, which include meals, yoga classes, satsangs, and daily Yoga Vacation workshops, as well as access to our beautiful beach and the ashram grounds and amenities.
Our housing options are designed for a range of budgets and personal needs and vary from self-pitched tents to luxurious beachfront suites to comfortable cabins. All of our accommodations are welcoming and simple, and the diverse spectrum allows you to relax and enjoy your time with us at the ashram.
Payments We accept Visa and MasterCard. We do not accept American Express, Discover, personal checks, or travelers checks. All deposits and payments in US dollars only.
Deposits To guarantee your reservation, a $300 deposit is required. The balance is due at least 14 days before your arrival; we will send you an email reminder a week before we process the balance.
Our rates are seasonal
Rooms are available for single or double occupancy. Prices are listed per night, per room and are in US dollars. Rates include accommodations, meals, yoga classes, satsangs, and Yoga Vacation workshops. A Bahamian VAT tax of 12% will be added.
Delight in breathtaking, wide-open views of the sparkling ocean from your own beachfront private balcony. Our Beachfront Deluxe Rooms are simple and spacious, furnished with two double beds and include a private bathroom with shower and tub. You will have a miniature refrigerator, kitchen sink, tea kettle, and tableware. These rooms are air-conditioned and available for reservations of at least two adults.
|Additional Person (max 4 persons)||$158||$140|
Relax into gorgeous views of the turquoise ocean from your balcony, and be within a stone’s throw distance from our beachfront yoga platform. Choose from either one king bed or two extra-long twin beds, and enjoy your own private bathroom with shower and tub. These spacious rooms also have a rocking chair, desk, and kitchen area with a small refrigerator, kitchen sink, tea kettle, and tableware. Fully air-conditioned, these rooms are available for reservations of at least two adults.
These rooms have two single beds and a private bathroom with shower and tub. Within a short distance of the bay, these rooms include simple furnishings, a small refrigerator, tea kettle, and air conditioning.
|Bayside Room with Bath||Winter||Summer|
|Shared (per person)||$150||$115|
The Classic Room with Double Bed allows for single or couples occupancy. They feature one double bed, simple furnishings, and air conditioning. Situated in various locations throughout the ashram, shared bathrooms are always close by.
|Double Bed Room||Winter||Summer|
Ideal for solo travelers, our Single Room offers a comfortable space with one bed, simple furnishings, and air conditioning. Single rooms are situated in various locations throughout the ashram, including within our main building. Depending on the location of your room, various shared bathrooms are available within a few seconds walking distance.
Fall asleep to the relaxing sounds of ocean waves. Our Beach Huts with Double Bed are comfortable, simple, and seconds from the beach. These rooms feature simple furnishings, and air-conditioning. Full bathrooms are located within one minute’s walk from your room.
|Shared (per person)||$140||$105|
These Garden Rooms are shared rooms, situated within various locations of the ashram. Featuring two single beds and air conditioning, these rooms are simply furnished with shared bathrooms nearby. If you choose this room as a solo traveler, you can expect to share it with a roommate of the same gender.
|Twin Bed Room||Winter||Summer|
|Shared (per person)||$128||$95|
Perfect for couples and close friends, our Tent Hut with Double Beds feature one double bed and allow you to sleep in the Bahamas breeze. Sized for two people, these Tent Huts are comfortably furnished with a simple closet, nightstand with bedside lamp and fan, and electrical outlets. Towels and bedding are provided for you, and shared bathrooms are a short walk away. Tent Huts are available from November through June.
|Tent Hut Double||Winter||Summer|
|Single Occupancy||$119||not available|
|Double Occupancy||$180||not available|
Sleep in the fresh, tropical air while still enjoying indoor comforts — including a single bed, electrical outlet, simple furnishings, and a nightstand with bedside lamp and fan. It’s the easiest camping you’ll ever do, while you’re safely surrounded by your Tent Hut neighbors. Towels and bedding are provided for you, and shared bathrooms are a short walk away. Tent Huts are available from November through June.
|Tent Hut Single||Winter||Summer|
Make friends with interesting people from around the world! Our single-gender Dormitory accommodations are simple and comfortable, furnished with 3-4 single beds. They are located in various parts of the ashram, and shared bathrooms are nearby. Bedding and towels are provided.
Many of our guests are nature lovers. Set up your tent near the beach, bay, or amongst the palm trees. Create your own sacred space within in the ashram to reconnect with nature and sleep close to the earth. And you won’t be completely alone — get ready to meet “tent neighbors” from around the world! Bring your own tent (sized up to 8’x8’), camping gear, mattress, bedding, and towels. Tent Spaces are available from November through May.
Are you new to the idea but want to give it a try? View our blog for some good tenting tips.
Becoming an Agent of Change | Elaine Valdov
Peace | Swami Brahmananda
Creating a Culture of Peace | Elaine Valdov
Socially Engaged Buddhism | Fleet Maull
Rethinging Peace in the Age of Terrorism | Iqbal Akhtar and Zafreen Jaffery
Peace | Swami Brahmananda
Promoting Equitable Opportunities for the Most Vulnerable Children and Families in Miami | Zafreen Jaffery
Gandhi and King | Nathan Katz
Imagining Peace | Fleet Maull
Peace | Swami Brahmananda
Promoting Peace Through Social Justice: The Case of African-Americans in Brownsville, Miami | Iqbal Akhtar
Radical Responsibility | Fleet Maull
Panel Discussion | Panel
All Courses (including the Yoga Teacher Training Course): Plan to arrive the day before the course begins and depart the day after it ends.
Yoga Vacation Programs: You choose your arrival and departure dates and can attend all or part of a particular program or special event.
Room check-in time: 3 pm
Room check-out time: 11 am
Fly directly to Nassau International Airport. Please note: the Bahamas is an independent country and you will need a passport to travel here. Most citizens from the US, Canada, and European countries do not need a visa to visit the Bahamas (you can verify whether you require a visa to enter the Bahamas at Bahamas.com or by contacting your local Bahamian Consulate).
Please note Visitors from some countries are required to have vaccinations before they can enter the Bahamas. Please check with your travel agent or local consulate to find out if you are required to have any vaccinations before your trip.
After collecting your luggage and passing through customs, Call us from a courtesy phone or airport pay phone (they take US coins) at 363-2902 or use WhatsApp (+1-242-559-3642) — let us know you are on your way and we will send our boat to meet you at our dock in Nassau. Then take a taxi to our dock at Elizabeth on Bay Marketplace and Marina in downtown Nassau. You can pay for the taxi with American or Bahamian dollars (you can use either currency throughout the Bahamas and at the ashram).
Our boat will pick you up from the dock and bring you to the ashram (an easy five-minute boat ride).
Please visit the Planning & Pre-Arrival Information for more details about your stay at the ashram, including What to Bring, Internet, Money, etc.