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with Bhaskar Deva

 Tuition includes canoe and kayak rentals

Official time for check-in: 4 pm and check-out: 2 pm

Experience a fun weekend of kayaking down the James River with Bhaskar Deva!

The day begins with early morning meditation, Hatha Yoga, and of course, a hearty breakfast. After an instructional orientation, we launch our individual sit-upon kayaks (tandem kayaks and canoes are also available)—and our adventure down the river begins!

We will experience the art of navigating the river by listening to and observing the currents. The magical sound of the water flowing will invite us to meditate on the banks, allowing us to connect with nature as she reveals her wonders. The James River affords us an unparalleled opportunity to view close up, gorgeous rock formations, Bald Eagles, Otters, Beaver, Heron and more while floating on cool clear water.

Tentative Schedule:

  • Friday: Evening introductions and special tour of the Lotus Shrine
  • Saturday: Kayaking on the James River; Evening program with Ashram
  • Sunday: half day kayaking (finishes after lunch at the Ashram)

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Staff: Skilled staff will guide us in safety and proper paddling each day throughout the trip.

Levels: Beginners to Intermediate kayakers are most welcome.

What to Bring:
1. Swimsuit
2. T-shirt
3. Sun Hat
4. Sunglasses
5. Sunscreen
6. Lip balm
7. Water shoes (such as Tevas)
8. Gloves (to prevent blisters)
9. Lightweight rain jacket|
10. Water bottle
11. Small towel
12. A sense of fun and adventure

Kayaks, life jackets, meals, and water will be provided.

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Back up plan: If the river floods (very rare), kayaking will be on a lake.

Prerequisite: ability to swim and to have fun.

Please register early for this program to insure a place.  It will be limited to twenty people.


“Thank you so much for this beautiful experience. It was everything that I had hoped. Bhaskar is truly a wonderful instructor and guide.” –Program Participant


 About the Presenters


Yoga and Kayaking at Yogaville

Bhaskar Deva’s love of nature has drawn him to lead many groups kayaking. He was a monk for many years at Yogaville, where he served as Development Coordinator, Board Member and Swami Satchidanandaji’s pilot. Bhaskar and Nischala Devi founded the Abundant WellBeing Temple, a non-profit organization dedicated to embracing the one light in all. Visit Bhaskar’s Website




Jai Ram Eyth is a long time resident of Yogaville having resided here for nearly 15 years. He is a follower of Sri Swami Satchidanandaji, having been drawn to his teachings of universal truths and his linking of God and Spirituality with Mother Nature. Jai Ram also finds inspiration in the writings of Aldo Leopold who said; — “Our ability to perceive quality in nature begins, as in art, with the pretty. It expands through successive stages of the beautiful to values as yet uncaptured by language.”, and incorporates this inspiration in his approach to landscaping at Satchidananda Ashram, and his wilderness adventures wherever possible.


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