This programme is adapted for children between 8 - 15 years. Daily yoga and breathing exercises combined with the practice of meditation keep the body healthy and flexible and the mind focused. Following Swami Vishnudevananda’s teaching of “unity in diversity” and the idea of yoga as “union”, we encourage children to find themselves unified as a group. Kids Camp children come from many different backgrounds and cultures, and are encouraged to develop and live together as one completely integrated and cohesive group, like a family. Recognizing and respecting each camper’s unique differences be it in culture, religion, race, or social background, children grow to treat each other with dignity, respect, and compassion, and also apply yogic principles such as kindness, compassion, ahimsa (non-violence), and cooperation.
Morning and evening satsangs are adjusted for kids and consist of simple meditation practice,followed by singing and inspiring stories. The children also learn the value of karma yoga, or selfless service, as they help to maintain activity areas and participate in various projects. There is plenty of time for fun and games. Special activities outside the resort include horse riding, excursion tour etc. As children come from all over the world, with a variety of cultural backgrounds, they learn to appreciate and respect people of all religions while practising yoga.
Saraswati is a long time staff of the Sivananda Organisation and currently the co-director of the Sivananda Yoga Centre in Toronto. As a disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, she lived and studied under his personal guidance and has over twenty years' experience teaching yoga and meditation to yogis of all ages. Saraswati has been serving as a director for kids yoga camps in Canada and Thailand for many years. She has also developed Teen karma yoga programmes as well as community based programs such as Family Yoga Weeks, Kids Yoga School and Yogic Parenting. Saraswati is also a certified Child and Youth counsellor and has worked enthusiastically with individuals and groups on social issues such as anger management, conflict resolution, mental health and substance abuse.
Counselors are very carefully chosen by the Director of the Camp. Firstly, all counsellors are graduates of the Sivananda Yoga Teachers Training Course, with a very strong connection to either Sivananda Ashrams and Centres. As specially trained yoga teachers who are living in accordance with the principles of the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta organization, all counsellors have been recommended by senior members of the organization, and usually have assisted with Kids Camp before becoming full-fledged counselors. Counselors are empathetic, creative yogis who use the philosophy of yoga to help our children develop self-esteem, self-efficacy, and grow into their best possible selves while feeling loved, safe, and understood.
Located in the beautiful Laurentian mountains, the ashram is located on 350 acres in one of the most spectacular spots in Canada, the small town of Val Morin. Set amidst the forests and fields of the Sivananda Yoga Camp, the children have supervised use of the ashram swimming pool and the surrounding acres of natural beauty. The nature and space provides the children with a chance to explore the beauty, in a fun and dynamic way. The children sleep in cabins divided according to age and gender into small groups of four to five kids with a counsellor.
Prepared with love and care according to yogic dietary principles, three lacto-vegetarian meals are served daily. Very special attention is placed on meeting children’s nutritional needs, as well as providing a diet that is both flavourful and conducive to a calm mind. Each meal is completely balanced, including plenty of protein sources! Whole grains, lentils, beans, legumes, tofu, seeds, nuts and nut butters (except for peanuts) supply most of the protein, with each meal balanced with carbohydrates and fresh produce as well. Meals range from eastern food such as rice, noodles, bread, lentils and curries to western food such as pasta and pizza from our wood-burning oven. Each meal is guaranteed to be balanced, nutritious, and delicious! Prepared with love and care according to yogic dietary principles, three lacto-vegetarian meals are served daily. Special attention is placed on meeting children’s nutritional needs, as well as providing a diet conducive to a calm mind.
Day Visit: Parents are ONLY allowed to visit and take their children on July 23rd between 10am - 4pm. Parents/relatives and friends are not permitted on kids camp grounds (this includes kids camp cabins, dining and activity areas) at any other time. Permission maybe granted in exceptional cases in writing, signed by kids camp counsellor or Director.
Children should bring the following items:
• warm sleeping bag (rated 0°C/32°F or below)
• pillow, sleeping bag liner and pillow case
• yoga mat
• laundry bag
• walking shoes or sneakers
• hiking boots
• water bottle
• flashlight and batteries
• sun hat
• 2 sweatshirts and 5 t-shirts
• 2-3 long pants and 2-3 short pants
• 2 long-sleeved t-shirts
• 8 pairs of underwear
• 8 pairs of socks
• warm jacket
• 2 bathing suits
All clothing, shoes, and water bottles should be labelled. Though children can wear their personal clothing during the day, they will receive a uniform to wear to morning and evening satsangs.
Kids camp is FULL. Your application will be added to the waitlist: Register Here
Fees: CDN $1100
Deposit: CDN $200 (non-refundable)
Please fill in online the following application form and download the Health form (this needs to be filled by a physician and emailed or faxed to the contact below).
Day Vist: Parents are only allowed to visit their children on July 23rd between 10am - 4pm. Parents/relatives or friends are not allowed on kids camp grounds (including kids camp cabins, dining and activities area). Permission may be granted in exceptional cases in writing, signed by the counsellor or Camp Director.