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Arrival: Sunday, April 20
Departure: Friday, April 25, 2014

Tuition: $75

Accommodation options for the 5 night stay, per person:
Tent - $250
Dorm (4 person) - $325
Cabin (2 person) - $425
Cabin (1 person) - $700
Deluxe Shared (3 person) - $475
Deluxe Shared (2 person) - $600
Deluxe Cabin (1 person) - $975

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Dates given are when you should plan to arrive and leave and may not be actual dates of instruction. All deposits and payments are non-refundable.

 

 

 

Vedic Ecology

Sunday, April 20—Friday, April 25, 2014
Swami Omkarananda •

 

VEDIC ECOLOGY and developing Ecological Consciousness.

 

‘If the student is taught that fundamentally he is one with all his brethren all over the world, that in
fact he shares the same soul with the crawling worm, the creeping insect, the cooing bird and the
barking beast, we would effectively sow the seeds of peace and harmony, and not until then …’
 

Swami Sivananda

 

Course Description

The ecological knowledge that is crucial to the survival of humanity in this century is not only
emerging from contemporary science, but is also an integral part of traditional wisdom in many
cultures around the world, including the ancient Vedic tradition of India.
 

The path to living in harmony with Earth begins, not with fixing the environment, but with fixing ourselves -specifically our perceptions about Earth. Our environmental and social problems (e.g., climate change, species extinction, environmentally-linked cancers, genocide, deforestation) are rooted in separation - between ourselves and the environment. We need to
see everything; Earth, Cosmos, Sun, Worm, Bee, as well as each other with “new eyes”.

This course will explore how we can connect modern ecology and environmental activism with this ancient Vedic tradition in a way that inspires contemplation and action. We will study some of the ancient Vedic texts, especially the “Earth Verses” of the Atharva veda as well
as contemporary teachings in spiritual ecology from many different traditions.

Finally we will explore how we can each become part of a Sacred Earth community, by reminding ourselves of the ecological truth that we are a part of, not apart from, the Earth.

‘Spiritual traditions are the deepest repositories of a culture’s knowledge of the ancient bond between
the person and the planet, the soul and the soil’

Pir Zia Inayat Kahn

Daily Schedule

6-8am Satsang: Silent meditation, chanting and Vedic Ecology lecture 
8-10am Open Yoga Class
10am Brunch
11am Karma Yoga

12.30-3pm Vedic Ecology session

3-4pm Free Time and Nature walks
4-6pm Open Yoga Class 
6pm Dinner
7-8pm Free Time
8-10pm Satsang: meditation, chanting and presentation

Cost

75$ Plus cost of accommodations for five nights.

Arrival and Departure

The course will begin at 7pm on Sunday.
And will end at 3pm on Friday.

We encourage you to arrive by 4pm on Sunday, making the most out of the afternoon by joining us for the Asana class and dinner. You are always welcome and encouraged to extend your stay to any length before or after the course. Please indicate your desired arrival and departure dates on your registration form.

What to Bring

Textbooks:

Other: slip on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight.  All books and materials are available in our boutique.

Reservations

To reserve a place for this week, please register online or email yogafarmregistration@sivananda.org. Then please call to give us your credit card deposit and confirm your reservation.

A deposit paying for your first night's stay is required for your reservation. Please note that in case of cancellation, no refund will be given. A credit note for other programs at the Yoga Farm (valid for one year) will be given.

Tuition Discounts

Seniors (60+) 10%
Students 10%

Swami OmkaranandaAbout Swami Omkarananda
Swami Omkarananda is a radiant Yogini renunciate who has more than 20 years of experience in Yoga and meditation. She is the current director of the Sivananda Los Angeles Yoga Center and was assistant director at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm for many years. She had a medical background in England and hails from Australia originally. She earned her Certificate in Permaculture Design and Advanced Permaculture from Mid West Permaculture and is now passionate about bringing Yoga and the Environment together at this exciting time of Transition. Her practical lectures are about Yoga philosophy, Vedanta and how to deal with emotions and mind in times of transition.  www.sivanandayogafarm.org/our_teachers