The new Temple of Light at Yasodhara Ashram reopened in the fall of 2017. Supplied photo

The new Temple of Light at Yasodhara Ashram reopened in the fall of 2017. Supplied photo

Grand opening for new Temple of Light

Rebuilt after fire destroyed original structure in 2014

Yasodhara Ashram is preparing to celebrate the grand opening of the new Temple of Light, rebuilt following a 2014 fire.

“We are excited to celebrate the official opening of our new Temple of Light which recognizes the light in all spiritual traditions and the divine spark in each person,” says Swami Lalitananda, Yasodhara Ashram president. “This is also a wonderful opportunity to thank our community and supporters for their contribution in the return of this special symbol of peace, hope and unity for all.”

On Saturday, June 23, visitors are invited to attend the Temple Of Light grand opening and Strawberry Social, explore the Ashram, and enjoy delicious Creston strawberries in a warm community gathering. Activities include:

1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Strawberry Social – strawberry shortcake and cream

Children’s zone with activities

Annual book sale (proceeds from the book sale will be donated to the Crawford Bay School Hot Lunch Program)

2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Ribbon cutting ceremonies at the Temple

Remarks: Swami Lalitananda, President, Yasodhara Ashram

Wayne Stetski, MP, Kootenay—Columbia

Garry Jackman, Director, Regional District of Central Kootenay, Area A

Gina Medhurst, President, Kootenay Lake Chamber of Commerce

Slava Doval’s youth DanceFusion performance

Completed in the fall of 2017, the Temple of Light was reconstructed after a fire in June 2014 destroyed the original Temple. It was prefabricated by Spearhead of Nelson and designed by award-winning Patkau Architects of Vancouver. For a historical timeline of the Temple, please visit http://temple.yasodhara.org/temple-of-light/timeline/

About Yasodhara Ashram Yoga Retreat and Study Centre (http://www.yasodhara.org/)

Founded by Swami Sivananda Radha in 1963, in Kootenay Bay, British Columbia, Canada, Yasodhara Ashram is one of the first ashrams established in Canada. Set in the beautiful mountains of southeastern British Columbia, the yoga retreat and study centre is an enduring and vibrant spiritual community where people of all ages and backgrounds can pursue self-development and discover the promise of yoga.

Yasodhara Ashram offers a wide range of yoga programs year round – from a three-month intensive program, to private retreats, teacher certifications and introductions to yoga. Yasodhara Ashram is also a residential community, where we practice living what we teach.

To view a special video celebrating 2018 as the Ashram’s Year of Invitation, please visit yasodhara.org

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