Coming up this weekend, we have some choices to make… The Yasodhara Ashram’s Annual Strawberry Social is going on AND the exciting 2nd Annual Paint-A-Thon fundraising event (see info below), as well as a Primordial Sound Workshop

See the information below for more and, if you can, find a way to visit all of these exciting events. If you can, try to take in some live music and entertainment at our local bars and restaurants and get outside for some fun outdoor, early summer sports like golf, tennis, fishing, soccer, softball… whatever your heart desires. It’s all here and all happening on the East Shore.


Yasodhara Ashram in Kootenay Bay invites you to our 17th Annual Strawberry Social on Saturday, June 23 from 1-4 pm. Come and meet with friends and neighbours while enjoying delicious strawberry short cake— on the house! You can also listen to the “Many Bays Band” and shop at the massive used book and garage sale. Proceeds from the sales will support the Riondel Community Hall re-roofing project.

The Ashram, founded in 1963, is celebrating its 50th anniversary next year, making it one of the longest-running spiritual centres in North America. Called “Canada’s Best Yoga Retreat” by Readers Digest, the Ashram is innovative and educational. Attracting students from as far away as Australia and Europe, the Ashram is also active locally—contributing to youth initiatives, school mentorship programs and food security projects, as well as buying and hiring locally. Winner of the 2009 Environmental Tourism Award, the Ashram is a leader in environmental initiatives with a goal to be carbon neutral by 2013.

Upcoming programs include a teen retreat, and “Living the Practice,” a four-day program led by the Ashram’s spiritual director, Swami Radhananda, based on her new book with the same title. Retreats and workshops varying from two days to 10 days in length are available year round. Instead of flying to Thailand for a retreat, a recent Nelson visitor said she found everything she needs right here!

The Strawberry Social started in 1996 to celebrate completion of Mandala House—a beautiful bookstore, teaching room, dining room, kitchen and office complex. Local builders, tradespeople and businesses were honoured at the first event, when the Ashram opened its doors with free strawberries and an invitation to find out what this place is all about.

The tradition continues! Come eat, schmooze, tour the beautiful grounds and the Temple of Light. Enjoy the sweet taste of summer with friends and neighbours. And help us build community!

The Ashram is at the north end of Walker’s Landing Road, off the Riondel Road, five minutes from the Kootenay Lake Ferry. For more information call 250-227-9224 or 800-661-8711 or visit


PAINT-A-THON 2012 Saturday, June 23, 2012 – 5:30pm until 9:00pm

Crawford Bay Hall


In conjunction with the East Shore ART WALK opening event…

Gourmet pizza and AUCTION, sweet treats, grog, major creative energy swirling around…
TICKETS: $20 gets you a pizza, a painting experience, and a paddle! ($10/youth for a pizza/juice).

Art-walk artists will be on-hand as well, with some of their work on display.

Open to the public (no charge) at 2pm for viewing and participating (group projects to play with). Pizza will be available from 5:30 onward for ticket-holders, as you await the completion of paintings which will be auctioned-off from 6:30 to 9pm. Feel free to contact Jacqueline (250.227.6803) for details.

This is a fund-raiser for community music programming on the East Shore of Kootenay Lake. Please join us for funky fun and fabulous friendly frolicking!







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