In the sacred space of the Tipi Camp, yoga practice becomes a healing exploration of body, mind, and spirit. Within our unique open-air yoga temple with its spectacular view of mountains, lake and sky, we embody the spirit of the beauty surrounding us and celebrate the gift of yoga.
The peaceful and meditative setting inspires us to let go and relax, open our heart, and return home to the joy which is our true nature. In this magical mountain setting we can swim in pure water, hike on an ancient peninsula, relax on secluded beaches, and enjoy lovingly prepared vegetarian food. There is time for solitude and reflection as well as for great conversation with wonderful people. Therapeutic massage is available for an additional fee.

Where: The Guiding Hands Tipi Camp, on Kootenay Lake, in British Columbia, Canada

When: Monday August 13 to Sunday August 19, 2018

You can attend for 3 or 6 nights: August 13-16; August 16-19; or August 13-19.


The Yoga Retreat:

Our 21st annual yoga retreat is open to anyone wishing to deepen their practice and understanding of yoga. Participants will practice at their own individual level of experience, so beginners to advanced students are welcome.

There will be approximately 6 hours of classes daily. Morning yoga will be active and awakening, while afternoon classes will be more relaxing and gentle. Meditation sessions will be taught in the early morning and late afternoon. After lunch is time for hiking, swimming, boating, or resting. Therapeutic massage is available for an additional fee.

A wide range of yoga practice will be explored, including standing poses, twists, inversions, backbends, forward bends, restorative and therapeutic poses, breath awareness and yoga philosophy.


The Tipi Camp:



The Tipi Camp provides accommodations in beautiful tipis located in an idyllic setting on the shore of Kootenay Lake, BC. You are also welcome to bring your own tent. There is a light breakfast before morning yoga, and an abundant lunch and delicious dinner prepared using many locally grown fruits & vegetables. After dinner we’ll relax, have evening seminars, or gather around the campfire for music, dancing, or celebration.


Comments from previous participants:


“It was a dream come true.”

“I felt brilliant when I left the camp – people told me I was glowing.”

“In my fondest dreams I could not imagine the depths of bliss and union I experienced with you there. Tipi Camp is truly a blessed and sacred haven.”

“It was an absolutely fabulous retreat! It was the best vacation I ever had!!”

“What an amazing journey! It renewed my faith in human beings to be honest with you. We all live such busy lives. Tipi Camp brought together a group of strangers who together lived in harmony, respect, love and peace. I am proud and humbled to have been part of such an amazing, truthful and powerful experience.”

“My experience at your yoga retreat exceeded my expectations in every way. Accomodations were cozy and comfortable, the food was impeccable, and you and Paul comforted me superbly with unconditional love and expertise as teachers and beautiful human beings. I am grateful to you both.”

To Register:

Enrollment is limited to 20, to safeguard the delicate environment of the Tipi Camp and to ensure the intimacy of a small group process. Last year’s retreat filled quickly, so if you are interested please email your Registration Form to email hidden; Please enable javascript. and e-transfer your deposit of $150 or full tuition payment of $252 or $415 (see “Cost”) Or, print out the registration form on this website and send it with a deposit of $150 to secure your place or full tuition payment to:

Karuna or Paul Erickson
2702 Highway 31
Queensbay, BC Canada V1L 7E8


The full balance is due June 25th.


Arrival and Departure:

The retreat begins with an afternoon yoga class on August 13 and ends after lunch on August 19.

You can attend for 3 or 6 nights: August 13-16; August 16-19; or August 13-19.

Arrivals and departures are after lunch.


Directions to the Tipi Camp are at www.tipicamp.bc.ca. You will be met at the dock of the Lakeview Store in Gray Creek around noon on the day your retreat begins, and brought by boat to the Tipi Camp. We will give you more details upon registration.

What to bring:

After receiving your registration, we’ll send you a letter with a list of what to bring.


• 4 days, 3 nights: $240 tuition (+5% GST of $12); $315 Tipi Camp fee (no GST)

• 7 days, 6 nights: $395 tuition (+5% GST of $19.75); $630 Tipi Camp fee (no GST)

You can do 2 e-transfers, one to Karuna at email hidden; Please enable javascript. for your tuition, and one to the Tipi Camp at email hidden; Please enable javascript.. Or, make out 2 cheques, tuition cheque payable to Karuna Yoga, Tipi Camp cheque payable to Guiding Hands Recreation Society) and mail both to: Karuna Erickson, 2702 Hwy 31, Queensbay, BC V1L 7E8


Please see the Tipi Camp video, and the Tipi Camp FAQ for more info



Tipi Camp 2011 Experience
by Donna Morgan

The rich experience of Tipi Camp yoga on the shores of Kootenay Lake with Karuna and Paul Erickson is a treat for anyone wanting to deepen their understanding and practice of yoga. The combination of yoga instruction, daily meditation, personal practice and free time to enjoy the lands and waters of the Guiding Hands Recreational Society quickly builds a community of like-minded souls. Starting from the first moment of contact during the short boat ride from Grey Creek to the camp, the openness and willingness to share life experiences by all participants creates an ambiance of relaxed good-naturedness that is nurtured throughout the stay. Participants choose the length of their stay for up to a total of six nights, with meals provided by the Society and a choice of shared accommodation in tipis or pitching a private tent in any of the numerous locations along the shoreline.

Karuna’s Asana Practice

Karuna’s extensive knowledge is born of decades of dedicated practice and learning with renowned teachers such as B.K.S. Iyengar, Rodney Yee, Judith Lasater and Andrew Harvey. Karuna provides students with instruction of an infinite variety of poses and modifications accommodating all levels of proficiency, from the beginner to the very advanced. A master at blending a mix of  standing, seated and restorative poses, Karuna gently motivates her students to meet their expectations and move toward personal challenges.

Spiced with gems from the likes of Rumi, Hafiz and Mary Oliver, Karuna makes relevant yogic expression to everyday life concerns so that, in this safe and supportive environment, participants can bravely face their fears, doubts and uncertainties to find and regain their personal authentic expression, or be, in the words of Mary Oliver, “determined to do the only thing you could do — determined to save the only life you could save.”

Paul’s Meditation Practice

Paul’s twice daily meditation practice provides grounding to the heart and the earth with encouragement to listen to the voice within, set intentions and cultivate the qualities of kindness, compassion, equanimity and joy. The thoughtful nature of the meditations and mealtime conversations quickly nurtured a sense of cooperative spirit among all in attendance, students, teachers and the Guiding Hands staff and volunteers.

The Guiding Hands Staff and Volunteers

Enough cannot be said about the friendliness and relaxed nature of all of the Guiding Hands staff and volunteers. A quiet confidence complimented perfectly the outdoor setting and the yoga experience. The vegetarian meals were lovingly prepared with considerable thought given to providing wholesome, tasteful dishes made from fresh and, whenever possible, local organic ingredients.

The Tipi Camp Setting

The beauty and wonder of simply being on the shores of the Kootenay Lake contributed significantly to the restful experience. The warm August days contrasting nicely with the cool nights; clear evening skies a velvety backdrop for the gloriousness of the Milky Way and other celestial objects that seem to be a natural gateway into the universe inspiring thoughts related to the significance and worth of our daily activities. A thoroughly rich and contemplative experience.

Namasté, Donna