by Thomas English
(Nass Camp, BC, Canada)
Yoga Retreats Canada Anuttara Ashram
Anuttara Ashram and Retreat Centre
Dates: We are open from April to December every year with monthly retreats and workshops, a yearly Yoga TTC in August, and a daily Ashram program of meditation, hatha yoga and Karma yoga.
Cost/Price: $35/ day for dormitory accomodation, $55/day for shared cabin, $80.
Just 100 km North of Terrace, in the beautiful Nass Valley, lies our little rustic ashram, where we host meditation/mantra retreats, workshops and yoga holidays. We also offer a volunteering-wwoofing program from April to November with daily yoga and meditation for those who would like to come and share with us in our community.
We have a number of cabins, a dormitory, a large meditation hall, and a kitchen/eating area. We are completely off-the-grid, with a gravity-fed water system, solar power, and a large garden, which is a work in progress towards a community of sustainability.
We would like to welcome everyone to come whether it be for an afternoon tour and cup of tea, to staying for a night, week, month, or even longer.
Our yoga courses, meditation retreats, and intensives cover a wide range of topics, beginning with the use of mantra-s, the intensifying of the energies of Kundalini Shakti, and continue with deepening states of meditation, into an understanding of non-duality. It is a fully integrated form of yoga.
Our Accommodations: Single occupancy cabin, shared occupancy cabin, male/female segregated dormitories with composting toilets, and outdoor hot showers,
Prem Nirava: is founder and owner of Anuttara Ashram, he has been practising intensive meditation practises in India and Thailand and Canada for the past 16 years, and has been teaching since 2001. His unique style, and knowledge of the depths of understanding into the yogic processes of evolution has profound effects on his students allowing them an inner development and change into spirituality.
Type of Yoga: Traditional Raja yoga, Hatha yoga with strong emphasis on working with the chakra-s resulting in advanced practises of Kundalini Yoga, karma yoga, Jnana Yoga (self-enquiry meditation), Tantra Yoga
Is there childminding available? Possibly
In the cost of this retreat there is the food and accommodations provided for. For most of our retreats donation are expected individually for teachers (as they don't have a salary of their own.) The amount we suggest is $50 (for a weekend retreat) and $200 for 10 day retreat.
Vegetarian food, with a vegan option
We are a drug and alcohol free retreat centre.
Minimum number of participants 3.
Maximum number of participants 15.
Daily schedule (our everyday schedule from April to December):
6:30 Araati, morning (Bhakti Yoga)
6:45 Meditation (Mantra Yoga)
7:45 Meditation (Jnana Yoga)
8:15 Hatha/chakra/kundalini Yoga
9:45 Morning Discourse (optional)
12:00 Karma Yoga
18:30 Bhakti Yoga (chanting of Hanuman Chalisa)
18:45 Meditation (Mantra Japa Yoga)
19:45 Evening Meal
Getting to us:
Airplane. There are numerous flights daily to Terrace BC, from Vancouver, with Air Canada, Jazz. If
Flying from and international destination— there are sometimes good travel deals Terrace, BC with Air Canada.
Bus. The only bus company serving Terrace BC is the Greyhound. There are two buses daily coming to Terrace BC, from the east and south (Vancouver via Prince George). This is the cheapest option for travel, with internet 3 week advance purchase.
For both of these options (of airplane and bus) if we are to pick you up from Terrace BC we need to have contact with you prior to you coming. It is usually best to arrive on a Saturday, as this is our town day anyway. We are 115 km`s each way, and with today`s gasoline prices journey`s back and forth can be expensive. If you come on a day which is not our usual town day please offer to pay for the gasoline— $40-50 for the return trip. Otherwise, you can take a taxi, Terrace BC to Nass Camp but will cost upwards of $180.
Driving. For those who are coming by car, you can show up at any time. Although it is helpful that we know in advance if you are coming for more than just a day visit.
From Vancouver, BC. Drive from Vancouver on the 97N, until Prince George, then head west on the 16 (Yellowhead Hwy), until you come to Terrace...
From Terrace, BC. Turn onto Kalum Lake service Rd. (Nisga’a Highway) from highway 16, this will be a right hand turn after Canadian Tire if coming from Terrace, or a left hand turn before the Canadian Tire if coming from Prince Rupert. Follow the signs to Nass Camp, this will take about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Don’t worry all the signs are marked.
From Nass Camp, BC. Upon arriving into Nass camp, drive past Tillicum Lodge (on the right), and the General Store/ Gas Station (on the left), then make the 3rd right where the pavemet ends, follow this half a km, and you will find a road called the Grease Trail Service Road, (if you can’t find it just ask anyone where this road is everyone knows), turn here, cross over a bridge, and drive for 5.2 km. Here, turn left, (there is a lot of bright orange flagging tape on a tree at the turn off, we would have a sign but they are always removed), drive for a bit longer and you will find a fence. If your vehicle is low to the ground you may want to walk from here, about 1 km. Otherwise, if you have a truck, you can keep driving until you come into the valley a bit, and you will see some vehicles parked there. Please honk your horn a few times. In the event that we haven’t heard you, you can walk down the hill following the trail, to the meditation hall, there will probably be someone there.www.anuttara.org