March 11, 2020

Yasodhara Ashram is working to implement a safe, proactive and appropriately scaled response to the spread of the COVID-19. Our thoughts go to the communities where this illness has shown up and to their most vulnerable members.

Our doors are open and normal operations continue. As our spring 2020 season begins, keeping our program participants, karma yogis, staff and community safe and healthy is our top concern. We look forward to our 2020 programming continuing uninterrupted.

Currently the risk of contracting COVID-19 in Canada is very low according to information and assessments from the World Health Organization and such Canadian organizations as Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). There are no known cases of the virus in the Kootenays, or within hundreds of miles of the Ashram.

We are enhancing our safety measures based on the latest available information on the virus.

What the Ashram is doing

  • Daily sanitation of doorknobs, light switches, and other commonly-touched surfaces with greater than 60% alcohol anti-viral cleaners.
  • Providing daily handwashing reminders to our karma yogis, residents, staff and guests to emphasize the importance of handwashing before each meal and regularly throughout the day.
  • Providing alcohol-based hand sanitizer at our Welcome Centre and other key locations.
  • Posting hygiene tips in all bathrooms, offering advice on hand washing (see below).
  • Ensuring adequate food and other supplies.

What you can do for yourself and others

The Ashram seeks to create a safe space for our guests. We ask that you consider rescheduling your visit if you present with any symptoms of the flu, including fever, cough and shortness of breath, or have been in contact with or have recently traveled to any of the affected countries.

Contact us

We will continue our generous refund policy of providing credit for a future retreat if you need to cancel due to travel or health concerns. If you are registered in a program and are concerned about traveling or coming into the community, we invite you to speak with our Registration staff.

Contact Registration at 250-227-9224 or toll-free 1-800-661-8711 or by email:

Thank you for your understanding as we all navigate this evolving situation. We will be proceeding with strong contingency plans that prioritize health, safety and care. It feels especially important now that we take care of each other.

Facts about COVID-19, from Health Canada

You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms.

The symptoms include fever, cough, and shortness of breath. Seek medical advice if you develop symptoms and have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy.

Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands. Stay home when you are sick. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

For up-to-date information, visit Health Canada’s coronavirus disease resource page.

Additional facts about COVID-19

  • Elders and people with existing health concerns are at the greatest risk from COVID-19. We must ensure that our collective response includes care for the most vulnerable members of our community.
  • Asians and people of Asian descent have been targeted in xenophobic attacks as a result of widespread fear and misinformation about this virus, which originated in Wuhan, China but which attacks people of all races and nationalities without discrimination. A healthy response to COVID-19 must include caring for all community members and dispelling myths that perpetuate racism.
  • There are multiple reasons someone may cough, sneeze, or choose to wear a mask—including seasonal allergies and non-contagious health concerns.
  • Person-to-person spread of COVID-19 appears to occur mainly by respiratory transmission. Good hygiene practices can help prevent transmission.

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