Retreats and Programs
Ongoing Daily, Weekly and Monthly Events:
(Also see Annual Events, below)
Wednesday Nights /Community Night: Chanting and Meditation starting at 5:45 followed by a Vegetarian Potluck dinner at about 7:00.
Daily Meditation and Yoga: We have group meditations every morning and most evenings at the Polestar Temple. On weekdays we start at 6:00 AM with energization exercises and a brief hatha yoga session, followed by chanting and meditation ending at around 7:15 AM. On Fridays in addition to our normal 6:00 session we have a session that starts at 5:30 AM and includes a longer, one hour meditation, with both groups ending together at 7:15 AM. On weekends we start at 6:00 AM with chanting and meditation only, and finish between 7:30 and 9:00 AM depending on scheduling and other events. You are also welcome to join us on weekdays for a brief mid-day meditation starting around 12:15.
Raja Yoga Class: Thursday Evenings 5:00 – 7:00 PM. Raja Yoga (the king of yogas) starts with energization, hatha yoga, and meditation, followed by a discussion of the teachings of Paramhansa Yogananda as applied to daily life. Feel free to come any time — email or call (808) 430-8009 for our current schedule.
1st Saturday Kirtans: The first Saturday of every month is our longer monthly Kirtan, from 7:00 till 9:00 PM, including a 20 minute meditation at about 8:00.
3rd Saturday Work & Play Day: the third Saturday of every month we gather at 8:55 AM for our monthly work party followed by a free lunch at 1:00 PM, and either a local adventure, volleyball or other playful event.
Apprenticeship Program: Ongoing: runs for 1 – 2 months
The Holidays at Polestar
Thanksgiving through the first weekend of the new year is a great time to visit Polestar. We have many special events, classes, and celebrations along with our normal weekly schedule of yoga and meditation. This year we have a special "re-dedication retreat" from December 26 – January 3rd. Call for more details!
Christmas Eve Service — This whole family event includes sacred music, storytelling, chanting, ritual and prayers of the season. We begin at 5:00PM and are done by 6:00 allowing everyone the chance to be home for their Christmas Eve dinner.
Re-Dedication Retreat — December 26 – January 3rd. The end of the year is an excellent opportunity to relax, reflect and renew our commitment to our core ideals and practices. A full but relaxing schedule of yoga, meditation, beach time, reflection, journaling, and celebration. Start your new year with a fresh burst of spiritual enthusiasm!
For more information on The Holidays email us or call (808) 430-8009.
Yogananda's Birthday Celebration — Our annual celebration of Yogananda's birth is Sunday January 3rd this year. (He was born on January 5th). It carries a triple significance for us as it is also marks the date of our community dedication two years ago and our temple dedication this past year. We'll have an inspirational service starting at 4:00PM followed by pupus and entertainment.
Independence Day Picnic and Celebration, July 4th — Non-stop volleyball, bocce ball, horseshoes, a giant slip and slide, face painting and fireworks in a drug and alcohol free environment are how we celebrate this traditional holiday – bring your family and some vegetarian fare for the barbecue!
“Adventures in Spirit:” Summer Internship Program 2010 — July 13 – 26. This popular program is in it's 12th year and is now open to students of all ages. A feast of Spirit, with sadhana, service, music, adventure and community celebrations.
Family Campout: At Ho'okena Beach — June 17 – 20... is perhaps our most relaxing and joyous celebration of the year! Three days camping on our favorite beach with swimming, snorkeling, dolphins, campfires, boogie boarding, volleyball, and music along with great company and fabulous food. Please email or call (808) 430-8009 for reservations or more information.