Swami Vishnudevananda arrived at the San Francisco airport in December 1957, having been sent to the West by his Master, Swami Sivananda, who told him “People are waiting.”
More than sixty years later, we come together in his honor for this symposium to celebrate light, truth, and peace. We will welcome in a new year with deep hope for our shared humanity.
The teaching of Unity in Diversity was at the core of Swami Vishnudevananda’s mission. According to yoga philosophy, the one God or Ultimate Reality manifests as a multiplicity of names, forms, shapes, and colors. “Unity” and “diversity” are one and the same and their essence is our own essence: pure existence, pure consciousness, and pure bliss.
Join us for a gathering of spiritual leaders, mystics, and musicians from major spiritual traditions and gain a direct glimpse of this truth Through talks, concerts, spiritual practices, discussions, and more, we will participate in breaking down artificial barriers and experience the underlying unity in our diversity.
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.
Brant Secunda is a shaman, healer, and ceremonial leader in the Huichol Indian tradition of Mexico and author of the award-winning book Fit Soul Fit Body: 9 Keys to a Healthier, Happier You. He completed a 12-year apprenticeship with Don José Matsuwa, the renowned Huichol shaman who lived to be 110 years old and adopted Brant as his grandson, leaving him to help carry on the ancient indigenous practices of the Huichol tribe. Director of the Dance of the Deer Foundation Center for Shamanic Studies, Brant leads seminars and pilgrimages worldwide. Alongside other dignitaries, Brant cofounded the Peace University in Berlin, is a founding member of the American Herbalist Guild, and the Huichol Foundation. His work has been documented on television and radio, and in articles and books worldwide.
Snatam Kaur is an American kirtan singer and peace activist, who learned to sing in the Sikh musical style with her mother. One of the most popular New Age artists of our time, she has been recording music since 2000; Her best-known CDs include Shanti, Grace, and Liberation’s Door. Her music can be heard around the world in venues from yoga studios to schools to Hollywood films and in the homes of her fans worldwide. Snatam Kaur has an amazing ability to transform traditional chants into a contemporary sound that appeals to the modern ear and awakens an ancient yearning in the soul. While traveling the world on tour she also teaches yoga and meditation to children and adults alike, a part of her commitment to give people tools for a daily experience of inner peace.
Mentored by Quaker activist, social thinker, and writer Parker J. Palmer, Father Dan Hines serves as a Courage & Renewal facilitator for business, educational, and religious organizations throughout Canada and the United States. He is an Anglican priest and co-founder of the intentional living community, RareBirds Housing Co-operative. He has a passion for exploring alternative living, innovative housing, and a more sustainable relationship to the land. He has run for public office and is involved in grassroots community work.
Tenzin Yignyen is a teacher and leader in Buddhist philosophies, meditation, and spiritual practices. Since entering the Namgyal Monastery at age 16, he has studied under the teachings of the Dalai Lama and received the highest monastery degree after many years of rigorous training.
A professor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Tenzin travels throughout the United States and Canada to teach, construct sand mandalas, and speak on the topics of Tibetan Buddhist arts and philosophy. With spirituality and compassion at the core of his teachings, he presents in diverse settings including colleges, museums, galleries, and spiritual centers.
Tenzin also leads spiritual pilgrimages to India and Mongolia, helping his students experience depth in the both the lineage and its spiritual practices. He serves the mission of bringing peace, harmony, and compassion to the forefront of humanity.
Swami Hridyananda, a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, is senior staff of the Yoga Retreat and has spent over 30 years teaching yoga and Sivananda Yoga Teacher Training Courses, and supporting individuals on this transformative journey.
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.
Mirabai Ceiba is a duo consisting of guitarist/singer Markus Sieber and singer/harpist/keyboardist Angelika Baumbach. Markus and Angelika first met at a street fair at Scotlands Edinburgh Fringe Festival and quickly fell in love. Together, Angelika and Markus have forged an engaging new style of world devotional music blending Gurmukhi mantras from the Kundalini Yoga tradition with original songs in English and Spanish that reflect a Native American influence and also draw words of wisdom from Rumi, Thich Nhat Hanh, Guru Nanak and Yogi Bhajan.
Rabbi Lila Kagedan is an instructor of bioethics at New York Medical College and New York University. She is a clinical ethicist, a chaplain in international hospitals and hospices, as well as the rabbi at the Walnut St. Synagogue, a historic Orthodox synagogue in Massachusetts. Passionate about healing, ethics, and education, Rabbi Lila has also taught yoga and meditation in the United States, Canada, and the Middle East.
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, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, cash (US dollars), and US certified bank drafts to the name Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat. We do not accept personal checks or travelers checks. All deposits and payments in US dollars only.
Deposits To guarantee your reservation, a $300 deposit is required per person. 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
The rates below are per person, per night, and are listed in US dollars. 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.
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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.
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Our Garden Rooms with Bath are shared rooms with two single beds and a private bathroom with shower and tub. Within a short distance from the bay, these rooms include simple furnishings, a small refrigerator, tea kettle, and air conditioning. If you choose this room as a solo traveler, you can expect to share it with a roommate of the same gender.
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Ideal for solo travelers, our Garden Room Singles offer 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.
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Fall asleep to the relaxing sounds of ocean waves. Our Beach Huts are comfortable, simple, and seconds from the beach. These shared rooms feature two single beds, simple furnishings, and air-conditioning. Full bathrooms are located within one minute’s walk from your room. If you choose this shared room by yourself, you can expect to share it with a roommate of the same gender.
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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.
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The Garden Room Doubles allow 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. The prices below are for one person, single occupancy. For couples occupancy, the prices per person are the same as those for the Garden Room (shared); see above
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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.
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.
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Perfect for couples and close friends, our Tent Hut Doubles 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.
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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.
Enjoy these videos from previous Christmas & New Year’s symposia.