When several people join together and practice Sankirtan [chanting the Lord’s name], a huge spiritual current, or Mahashakti, is generated. This purifies the heart of the aspirants and elevates them to the sublime heights of Divine ecstasy. —Swami Sivananda, Essence of Yoga
Devotional singing is a widespread practice in religions and spiritual traditions worldwide. In daily life and in communal celebration, people throughout time and place have given voice to the Divine through song, chant, sound, praise, in monasteries, temples, shrines, churches, ashrams, and other places of worship.
This year, we celebrate Unity in Diversity with the sacred sounds Iranian music with master musician Davod Azad, the soulful vocals of cantorial singer and Ba’alat Tefilah (prayer leader) Aviva Chernick, and the harmonies of communal sound with song leader, singer-songwriter, and choir director Maggie Wheeler, as well as kirtan in the Sivananda lineage led by senior staff of the ashram. Come sing your heart open, honor the Divine, and nourish your soul.
Join in community and experience the joy of music.
Davod Azad is a prominent master of Iranian music. Based in Tehran, Iran, he is a vocalist, composer, multi-instrumental musician, and virtuoso in several traditional instruments. His unique singing style integrates classical and modern spiritual elements, while his improvisation brings a contemporary sensibility to a traditional musical format. Few musicians from Iran have traveled and played before such diverse audiences as Davod. He has performed extensively over the last two decades in Europe, North America, the Caribbean, Australia, India, Japan, Bhutan, as well as throughout Iran, with over 300 performances worldwide, including for BBC television. His album The Divan of Rumi and Bach is the first Iranian fusion with Western classical music.
Maggie Wheeler is an actress, passionate song leader, singer-songwriter, choir director and workshop facilitator. She is the cofounder of the Golden Bridge Community Choir in LA, and uses the powerful act of creating vocal harmony as a path to deep internal and interpersonal harmony. She is known worldwide for her work as an actress, most notably as the character of Janice on the hit series Friends.
Aviva Chernick has garnered critical acclaim and a devoted following as the charismatic lead singer of the twice JUNO-nominated Canadian world music group Jaffa Road. Now, her eponymous solo project reveals her stunning range in musical persona. Writing, recording, and touring an original combination of world music sung in Hebrew, Ladino, English, and French, this multilingual singer’s passionate voice blurs the lines between sacred and secular. Inspired by her work as a cantorial singer and Ba’alat Tefilah (prayer leader) and her study of the Balkan Judeo-Spanish tradition, Aviva has created a unique new sound defined by her intoxicatingly soulful vocals.
Sushri Rameshwari Devi, (Didi Ji), received training in scriptural knowledge and music from her guru Jagadguruttam Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj. Her unwavering love for God and Guru is the driving force of her enchanting voice and talks on the Vedas. Didi Ji captures the hearts of listeners through Canada and the US, inspiring devotees from all walks of life on the path of Raganuga Bhakti.
Ken Whiteley has made 30 recordings and performed all across North America over a long and varied career. He has won a Canadian Folk Music Award, a Genie Award for Best Song in a Canadian film and Lifetime Achievement Awards from Folk Music Ontario and the Mariposa Folk Festival. He has lead gospel singing workshops at countless festivals and across Canada. Ken has been coming to the ashram for over a decade, always creating blessed music.
Emile Hassan Dyer is a vocalist, percussionist, vocal improviser, and storyteller. Raised in France and Senegal, he was influenced at an early age by the rhythms and music of West Africa. Emile is cofounder, with Maggie Wheeler, of the Golden Bridge Community Choir in Los Angeles, now in it’s 14th year. They also travel and teach their vocal workshop “Singing in The Stream,” inviting groups and communities to experience the healing power of joining together in song.
Aaron Lightstone is a composer, music therapist, multi-instrumentalist, psychotherapist, music producer, and educator. He has been performing on oud, guitar, and related instruments in a number of contexts for over 2 decades. He is best known for leading the Canadian World Music band, Jaffa Road and as the founder / clinical director of his busy clinical practice Music Therapy Toronto, which specializes in the rehabilitation of neurologic injury and disease. He has extensive experience in the use of music therapy for brain injury rehabilitation, mental-illness & addictions, end–of- life care, dementia care and Cerebral Palsy.
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 with two single beds 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.
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.