"If you are good, then the whole world will be good for you". Swami Sivananda

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2017: March 21st - 31st
The Programme

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.

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Having lived and studied with Swami Vishnudevananda, Saraswati, a mother of two, is currently the co-director of the SYVC in Toronto. As a disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, she lived and studied under his personal guidance for many years, and has over twenty years’ experience teaching yoga and meditation to yogis of all ages. She has also developed many family- and community-based  programs, such as Family Yoga Weeks, Kids Yoga School, and Yogic Parenting, 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.

PhuChaisai resort is set in on a gradually sloping hill surrounded by ChaingRai’s untouched vegetation and has emerged as a leading eco-friendly accommodation, offering guests a much-needed break from the confines of city. The resort aims to be an environmentally-friendly and self-sufficient and has gone beyond the green concept starting from design, construction, and interior decor to even having a green lifestyle of cultivating a tea plantation, gardening, herbs and fruit farm for their own cuisine selection. Children share extremely comfy and cosy rooms—each with their own bathroom, that sleep 5-6 children. Children are grouped together by gender in their rooms, but spend their days together as a group.

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 Authentic Thai cooking to western food such as pasta and pizza from our wood-burning oven. Each meal is guaranteed to be balanced, nutritious, and delicious!


Arrival: March 21st  Departure: March 31st
•    7:00 a.m. Wake-up
•    7:30 a.m. Breakfast
•    8:00 a.m. Satsang (meditation, singing, storytelling)
•    9:00 a.m. Morning asanas (yoga practice)
•    10:00 a.m. Room clean-up
•    10:45 a.m. Snack
•    11:00 to 1:00 p.m. Activities (yoga workshops, arts, drama, cooking, etc)
•    1:00 p.m. Lunch
•    2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Activities (trekking, swimming, hilltribe dancing, etc)
•    4:00 p.m. Free time
•    5:00 pm. Showers
•    6:00 pm. Dinner
•    7:30 pm. Satsang
•    9:00 p.m. Lights out

 

Children should bring the following items:

•    yoga mat
•    laundry bag (labelled with their name)
•    walking shoes or sneakers
•    sandals
•    hiking boots
•    water bottle (labelled)
•    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
•    raincoat
•    2 bathing suits
•    sunscreen
•    mosquito repellent

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.

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.


Dates: March 21st - 31st

US$ 1000/-
Fee inclusive of accommodation, food & beverage, in-house activities and laundry. Fee is not applicable for airfares, transportation and excursion.

 

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