Salt Spring Centre of Yoga

Salt Spring Island, Canada

  • Last updated: February 8, 2018 (2 seconds ago)
  • Listing created on: June 23, 2009

Mission Statement

working yoga retreat centre

Community Description

Inspired by master yogi Baba Hari Dass and founded in 1981, the Salt Spring Centre of Yoga is the oldest spiritual retreat centre on Canada’s west coast. We run yoga retreats and yoga teacher training programs, and we also rent our facility to like-minded groups. In addition, we also operate a small scale organic farm that helps to feed our residents and guests. Most of the work done at the Centre is on a volunteer basis, and each year we also offer multiple sessions of our 10-week residential karma yoga program, which includes instruction in yoga theory and practice. We typically have between 20 and 40 residents during the late spring, summer, and early fall, and a much smaller residential community from December through March.

The Centre sits on 69 acres of land in the heart of scenic Salt Spring Island. Six acres are farmed organically and most of the produce goes to our kitchen for residents and guests. We have a small alternative school (K-6) and a wellness centre providing Ayurvedic and other treatments.

We welcome applications for our Residential Karma Yoga program, and we also have periodic job opportunities that pay a small stipend that are available for skilled workers. For details, as well as information about other opportunities to stay at the Centre–like facility rentals, personal retreats and other retreats–please see our website at


  • Type(s): Spiritual or Religious Community
  • Programs & Activities: Volunteer, Internship, or Apprenticeship, Yoga, retreats & rentals
  • Location: Rural


  • Status: We have land we have developed on
  • Area: 69 acres
  • Current Number of Residences: 3
  • Housing Provided: Work-exchange
  • Land owned by: Non-profit


  • Adult Members: 20
  • Non-member Residents: 50
  • Visitors accepted: Yes
  • Open to new Members: Yes
  • Membership Process:

    Potential new members typically come through our volunteer program. See:


  • Decision Making: By a board, council, group of elders, or leadership group
  • Identified Leader: Yes
  • Leadership Core Group: Yes
  • Additional Comments:

    consensus except for core principles


  • Dues, Fees, or Shared Expenses: No
  • Shared Income: Partial share of income
  • Required Labor Contribution per Week: 0

Sustainability Practices

  • Current food produced: Between 26-49%
  • Planned food produced: From 50-75%
  • Food produced locally: Almost All, around 90%


  • Internet Available: Yes, community provides it
  • Internet Fast?: Yes, it’s fine.
  • Cell Phone Service: Not good for most people.
  • Shared meals: Approximately all meals
  • Dietary Practice: Vegetarian (no animal meat or eggs; dairy okay)
  • Dietary Choice or Restrictions: Yes – we all share a common diet.
  • Special Diets OK: Yes
  • Alcohol Use: No, this community does not permit alcohol use.
  • Tobacco Use: No, this community does not permit tobacco use.
  • Common Spiritual Practice(s): Classical Ashtanga yoga
  • Education Style(s): Private Schooling at the Community

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Community Affiliations

Mount Madonna Center


yoga, ayurveda, healing, school, retreat, classes, farming