Temple of Light at the Yasodhara Ashram (Photo credit Lorne Eckersley)

New temple opens at Yasodhara Ashram

Completed in the fall of 2017, the new temple was prefabricated by Spearhead of Nelson and designed by award-winning Patkau Architects of Vancouver.

When the much-loved Temple of Light at the Yasodhara Ashram burned to the ground in 2014 the loss shook many area residents.

Now, on Saturday, June 23, a stunning and much different replacement opens officially at the 55-year-old yoga retreat and study centre.

“We are excited to celebrate the official opening of our new Temple of Light which recognizes the light in all spiritual traditions and the divine spark in each person,” Swami Lalitananda, Yasodhara Ashram president, said in anticipation of the event. “This is also a wonderful opportunity to thank our community and supporters for their contribution in the return of this special symbol of peace, hope and unity for all.”

Completed in the fall of 2017, the new temple was prefabricated by Spearhead of Nelson and designed by award-winning Patkau Architects of Vancouver.

The grand opening coincides with the annual Strawberry Social, which runs from 1-5 pm. It offers visitors a chance to “explore the Ashram and enjoy delicious Creston strawberries in a warm community gathering,” Swami Lalitananda said.

Ribbon cutting ceremonies will be held at the temple from 2:30-3:30 pm.

In addition to the opening and strawberry tea, the afternoon will include dance and the annual book sale, with proceeds to be donated to the Crawford Bay School hot lunch program.

Yasodhara Ashram was founded by Swami Sinananda Radha in 1963 in Kootenay Bay. One of the first ashrams established in Canada, the yoga retreat and study centre is an enduring and vibrant spiritual community where people of all ages and backgrounds can pursue self-development and discover the promise of yoga.

The Ashram offers a wide range of yoga programs year round – from a three-month intensive program to private retreats, teacher certifications and introductions to yoga.

“It is also a residential community, where we practice living what we teach,” Swami Lalitananda added.

To view a special video celebrating 2018 as the Ashram’s Year of Invitation, please visit yasodhara.org

Just Posted

Pregnant Kootenay teachers fight to change compensation rules

Risk to unborn babies not recognized by WorkSafeBC

Family on way to a wedding when girl, 4, killed in crash near Creston

The Alberta family was travelling through B.C. for a wedding when their RV was in a serious collision

RCMP: 18 impaired drivers caught in days after Shambhala

Police also found 272 other violations on Monday and Tuesday

De Groot family still waiting for inquest after 2014 Slocan shooting

Lawyer for Peter De Groot’s family say many questions remain unanswered

Young Agrarians bring farm tour to Creston

The Young Agrarians, a grassroots network for new and young ecological farmers,… Continue reading

QUIZ: How much do you remember about Woodstock?

Weekend music festival in Bethel, New York, was held 50 years ago

Chrystia Freeland condemns violence in Hong Kong, backs right to peaceful assembly

There have been months of protests in the semi-autonomous region

B.C. VIEWS: Log exports and my other errors so far in 2019

Plastic bags, legislature overspending turn out differently

‘It’s just the freedom:’ Paralyzed Broncos player pursuing life on the water

The former Humboldt Broncos goaltender, who started in the net when he was nine, was paralyzed last year

Canadians killed in Afghanistan honoured during emotional dedication ceremony

One-hundred-fifty-eight Canadian soldiers died during the mission

It’s snow joke: Up to 30 cm of snow expected to fall in northeastern B.C.

Alaska Highway, Fort Nelson to be hit with August snowstorm, according to Environment Canada

‘I’m just absolutely disgusted’: Husband furious after B.C. Mountie’s killer gets day parole

Kenneth Fenton was sentenced to prison after he fatally struck Const. Sarah Beckett’s cruiser

Sea-to-Sky Gondola in B.C. likely out of commission until 2020

Sea to Sky Gondola carries between 1,500 and 3,000 people every day during the summer season

Helicopter-riding dog Mr. Bentley now featured on cans of new B.C.-made beer

Partial proceeds from every pack go to Children’s Wish

Most Read