Swami Sivananda taught that health is a positive state. It is not simply negation of disease. It is our birthright, as natural as being born. Throughout millennia, humans have explored this immense healing potential within and the spiritual truths from which it emerges.
Experience your own radiant inner health. This symposium brings together leaders representing a number of important therapeutic modalities that draw on ancient spiritual wisdom, modern psychology, and the shared focus on healing from within. From yoga for anxiety and depression to ancient Egyptian healing rites, dreamwork to narrative medicine, we will further our understanding of the nature of healing from a contemporary spiritual perspective, grounded in experience and science. Through afternoon workshops, participants have the opportunity to explore these modalities for their own personal healing journey and as healers themselves.
Spring is a season of rebirth and renewal, a holy time for many, when individuals of diverse faiths and beliefs engage in spiritual practices and rituals that hold great meaning and opportunities for healing. We invite you for a time of celebration, learning, and healing.
Yoga philosophy does not quarrel with any religion or faith and can be practiced by
anyone who is sincere and willing to search for the Truth.
Bring the kids
April 6–11, 2020, we are offering our Annual Spring Family Yoga Holiday Program: For Children Ages 4–12.
Swami Swaroopananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda. A practicing yogi from a very young age, Swami Swaroopananda has dedicated his life to the practice and teaching of yoga. He taught in Yoga Teacher Training Courses around the world and is currently teaching advanced yoga philosophy courses and lectures internationally. He is Director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat and acharya (spiritual director) for the Sivananda centers and ashrams in the Bahamas and the Middle East. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centres.
Amy Weintraub, MFA, E-RYT 500, is the founder of the LifeForce Yoga Healing Institute and has been a pioneer in the field of yoga and mental health for more than 25 years. The author of Yoga for Depression and Yoga Skills for Therapists: Effective Practices for Mood Management, Amy is involved in ongoing research on yoga and mood.
Having published numerous articles and book chapters on her research, Amy has developed evidence-based yoga protocol for mood management that is now used in healthcare settings globally. Her work has been featured within the LifeForce Yoga series, an award-winning library of evidence-based yoga and meditation resources.
Karla Helbert, LPC, C-IAYT, is a licensed professional counselor, yoga therapist, Compassionate Bereavement Care® provider, certified Divine Sleep® yoga nidra guide, award-winning author, and a bereaved mother. Her life was forever changed after her first-born son died of a brain tumor in 2006. Karla’s award-winning book Yoga for Grief and Loss is endorsed and used as a teaching tool by experts in the fields of yoga, grief and loss. Karla is a volunteer with the MISS Foundation, an international non-profit organization dedicated to supporting families after the death of a child, and co-creator of the the foundation’s training program for yoga and mental health, combining current science and research on grief and trauma with the ancient teachings of yoga.
Dr. Shamini Jain is the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI), a collaborative accelerator of scientists, healers, artists, and educators to help lead humanity to heal themselves. She is an assistant professor in the department of psychiatry at University of California, San Diego, and known for her research in biofield healing practices. Fascinated with healing and human potential since childhood, Dr. Jain integrates her background in clinical psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, healing arts, vocal performance, and East Indian spiritual practice and regularly speaks and teaches in diverse venues including TEDx, universities, conferences, hospitals, and retreat centers.
Reverend Normandi Ellis is a Spiritualist minister, clairvoyant, and astrologer. Her spiritual classic, Awakening Osiris, is a translation from the hieroglyphs found in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. In addition to her fiction and poetry, Normandi is author of Dreams of Isis; Feasts of Light: Celebrations for the Season of Life; and Imagining the World into Existence: An Ancient Egyptian Manual of Consciousness, among others. For 25 years Reverend Normandi has facilitated trips to the sites of ancient Egypt.
Tzivia Gover, CDT, MFA, is a certified dream therapist, Director of the Institute for Dream Studies, and member of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. She uses dreamwork to help people realize their full potential, access creativity, and promote physical, emotional, and spiritual health and development. The founder of 350 Dreamers, a worldwide network of dreamers for global healing, Tzivia is the author of The Mindful Way to a Good Night’s Sleep and Joy in Every Moment.
Marilyn Rossner, PhD, is the co-founder of the International Institute of Integral Human Sciences, and founder-president of The Spiritual Science Fellowship of Canada. She is a retired professor of special care counseling, a childrens behavior therapist, and one of the worlds most gifted intuitives.
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.
Big Mind | Amy Weintraub
LifeForce Yoga to Beat the Blues | Amy Weintraub
Yoga for Grief & Loss | Karla Helbert
Total Well Being: Scientific and Spiritual Insights | Shamini Jain
Well of Being 1: Vitality, Flow and Authenticity | Shamini Jain
LifeForce Yoga Calming Practice & Nidra | Amy Weintraub
How to Help People in Pain | Karla Helbert
The Chakras In Grief & Trauma | Karla Helbert
Well of Being 2: Transformation and Transcendence | Shamini Jain
Panel Discussion | Amy Weintraub, Karla Helbert, Shamini Jain
Passover Seder Celebration | Swami Swaroopananda
Etheric Realms of the Soul: Ancient Healing Rites as a Modern Tool | Normandi Ellis
The Jed Pillar and the Tree of Life | Normandi Ellis
Developing a Dreamwork Practice for Healing | Tzivia Gover
Healing Dreams for the Personal and Collective | Tzivia Gover
The Five Koshas: Healing and Liberation | Tzivia Gover
The Five Koshas: Healing and Liberation | Tzivia Gover
Thoth the Atlantean and his Words of Power | Normandi Ellis
Easter Sunrise Service | Swami Swaroopananda, Bishop Williamson, Marilyn Rossner
Hieroglyphic Words of Power: Symbols for Magic, Divination | Normandi Ellis
Journey on the Page: Journaling, Self Understanding, and Healing | Tzivia Gover
Closing Conversations: From Ancient to Modern: The Inner Domains of Healing | Normandi Ellis and Tzivia Gover
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.