Join those on the recovery path as we learn about, share, discuss, and practice tools from yoga and Ayurvedic medicine. These are proving to be the most sought-after, long-term solutions to sustainable emotional sobriety.
Learn from renowned presenters about pioneering systems of care to meet the needs of people in recovery today. Discover the healing power of collaborative care in a global community that is guided by ancient spiritual wisdom systems. Gain holistic knowledge and practical advice for natural and safe solutions for the path of recovery.
Topics covered include integrated engagement for long term recovery, living our values, the power of communication, taking responsibility, and serving others.
The presenters in this symposium have each developed programs and organizations, over decades of work and research, to address treatment, recovery, and healing from all issues related to addictions, eating disorders, dysfunctional families, intergenerational trauma, institutionalized racism, and suicide.
Each speaker will contribute to our understanding of the underlying causes of addiction and how we can enhance and sustain recovery through research, science, spirituality, yoga, and Ayurveda.
This symposium goes beyond being ‘sober’ to include thriving in the community and being balanced emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually.
Join us and contribute to this drive to make change and raise our awareness about all issues surrounding addiction and how we, our families, and communities can heal from these issues.
Durga Leela is an Ayurvedic Specialist and the founder of Yoga of Recovery, a comprehensive program that integrates Ayurveda and yoga with recovery tools for those affected by addiction and self-destructive behaviors. She teaches a holistic approach to recovery, integrating mind, body, and spirit. She overcame her own struggles with addiction and is a grateful member of 12-step fellowships for over 18 years.
John Kelly, PhD, is the Elizabeth R. Spallin Associate Professor of Psychiatry in Addiction Medicine at Harvard Medical School. The first-ever endowed professor in addiction medicine at Harvard, he is an expert in both addiction treatment and recovery. John is is the founder and director of the Recovery Research Institute at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and Associate Director of the Center for Addiction Medicine.
Serving on numerous scientific advisory boards and as a consultant to United States federal agencies and foreign governments, John’s work highlights the mechanisms of behavior change and the effects of discrimination toward individuals suffering from substance use disorders.
With more than two decades of research, John has published more than 140 peer-reviewed articles, reviews, and chapters in the field of addiction science. He is also an associate editor for several academic journals and the blogger of Addiction & Recovery 101 for Psychology Today.
Nikki Myers, MBA, C-IAYT, is the founder of the Yoga of 12-Step Recovery, a relapse prevention program. A writer, teacher, and wellness practitioner, she is a co-founder of the annual Yoga, Meditation, and Recovery Conferences at the Esalen Institute and Kripalu Center, and was named a Yoga Journal Game Changer.
A yoga therapist, somatic experiencing practitioner, and addictions recovery specialist, Nikki received the NUVO Cultural Visionary award in 2014. Her work has also been featured in the New York Times, Black Enterprise, the Huffington Post, and CBSnews.com.
Anita Johnston, PhD, is a psychologist, storyteller, and writer. Serving the eating psychology field for more than 35 years, she is the clinical director of Ai Pono Hawaii’s residential treatment program in Maui, as well as outpatient eating disorder programs in Hawaii.
Anita is the author of Eating in the Light of the Moon: How Women Can Transform Their Relationships with Food Through Myth, Metaphor, and Storytelling, which has been published in six languages. She is the co-creator of the Light of the Moon Café, which offers online self-study courses and interactive women’s support circles based on her book.
She provides individual consultations online and conducts Soul Hunger workshops and professional trainings around the world. Using metaphor and storytelling, along with her training as a clinical psychologist, Anita addresses the complex psychological and spiritual issues that underlie struggles with eating, exercise, and body image.
Don Coyhis, Mohican Nation, is the president and founder of White Bison, an American Indian non-profit organization in Colorado. For more than 25 years, Don has developed series of culturally-based programs to address recovery and treatment for youth and families. Originally setting out to treat alcoholism in Indian youth on reservations, he later expanded his mission to include drug addiction, dysfunctional families and relationships, and suicide.
Implementing his programs throughout the United States and Canada, Don trains others in the teachings of “wellbriety” so they may become physically, emotionally, and spiritually balanced. He has provided assistance to national policy organizations including the White House Office of Drug Control Policy and has developed many national recovery programs. Author of several books on recovery, Don is a recipient of the Purpose Prize Award and continues to devote his life to helping families and communities heal.
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.
Introduction to Yoga of Recovery and our 4th Recovery Symposium on all ‘addictive personalities’ | Durga Leela
The Power of WE | Durga Leela
Ancient Wisdom Meets Modern Neuroscience in the Treatment of Eating Disorders | Dr Anita Johnston
Treating Addiction as a Chronic Disease: Rationale and Science | Dr John Kelly
The New Science on the Efficacy and Mechanisms of Alcoholics Anonymous | Dr John Kelly
Intergenerational Trauma and the Healing Forest | Don Coyhis
Understanding Disordered Eating Through Myth, Metaphor, & Storytelling | Dr Anita Johnston
Finding Joy and Meaning in Recovery From Eating Disorders | Dr Anita Johnston
Exploring Codependence: The Disease of the Lost Self | Nikki Myers
Healing Addiction A Yogic Perspective: An Overview | Nikki Myers
Intro to Y12SR-Yoga of 12 Step Recovery | Nikki Myers
Four Directions Teachings and Healing Communities | Don Coyhis
The Wellbriety Movement: Prayer, Purpose, Perseverance and Passion | Don Coyhis
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.