Issue 5, 2019
Fall feels like an exhalation at the Ashram as the busy summer programs settle to weekend retreats and many karma yogis head back to school or work. The Ashram ripens with the apples and the bears come down to join us to fatten for winter. Wild mushrooms are prolific in their secret patches and the forest seems to be inhaling deeply, absorbing the wet wealth of a smokeless, fire-free summer. But the forest also holds scars, like the dying cedars, from the dry years. The longterm effects of a changing climate are beginning to show.
Fall, too, sees bursts of bright light, with young people igniting their passion for change, for action, taking a stand for their future. Here at the Ashram we stand with them—offering space and respite and time to gather and unite.
We continue to learn from each other and to hold precious the teachings that create space to think deeply. As individuals we ask, what do I know for myself? What are my ideals? Where do I stand? We use practices to help guide us to receptivity. And as an organization, we continue to awaken to the needs of the world around us, to be relevant and active. We accept the challenge to change, even as we maintain our bright essence. Behind the scenes we are working on diversity and inclusion, wildfire mitigation, plastic waste reduction, as well as our strategic plan for succession.
Ever grateful for the opportunity to keep evolving and learning, we invite you to join us when you can!