When Satyama Lasby opened a spiritual retreat business two years ago in Vernon, she knew that the spiritual teachings and meditation she had been studying in India were a continuation of the life journey she was on.
She also knew that giving, without expectation of reward, was part of why she opened her company, Open to Bliss. Lasby teaches workshops and retreats in yoga, tantra and meditation. She also does bodywork sessions such as lomi lomi massage, cranial sacral therapy and thai yoga massage as part of her Vernon business.
Every fall, Lasby offers one meditation retreat at Johnson’s Landing Retreat Centre in the West Kootenays by dana.
“By dana means generosity in the Sanskrit language and also in Buddhist practices and it’s something I feel is my life purpose,” said Lasby, adding that she wishes to share in the teachings of meditation because it changed her own life drastically, for the better.
Lasby has been a yoga teacher for 12 years. She also managed the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce while teaching yoga and went heavily into her discovery of meditation at that time. When she decided to leave her job, she studied full-time at ashrams in India and Costa Rica for two years.
It was there that she found the meditations and teachings of Osho Rajneesh, the famous meditation guru.
Starting Thursday and running until Sunday, Lasby will host an Osho meditation retreat at Johnson’s Landing.
“This uniquely designed meditation retreat will intensify and perhaps even change your experience with meditation by involving sound, breath, movement and the emotional body on several levels.”
Participants are invited to break down inhibitions and open into heightened states of awareness and bliss through Osho’s coveted Dynamic, Kundalini, Nadhabrahma and Chakra Sounds meditations.
Along with these core meditations, times in silence as well as facilitated experiments in human and social meditative experiences will also be explored, with the intention of knowing and accepting all elements of ourselves having a unique human experience.
“This retreat is like no other; there must be a desire to go deeply into meditation, in totality; to break open, surrender, to trust me. Of course, there will be dancing.”
There is a fee of $120 paid to the retreat centre, and accommodations and meals are extra; the teachings are by donation to Lasby. To register, see www.opentobliss.com or call 250-938-8632 or www.johnsonslandingretreat.bc.ca.