Be Your Own Best Friend: Living Wholeheartedly Through Self-Compassion

About This Event

Learn to cultivate self-love and self-compassion through psychological principles, spiritual wisdom, Yoga, meditation, healing imagery, storytelling, and group work.

Often, we find it easier to offer compassion, kindness, and unconditional positive regard to others. Yet when it comes to ourselves, we are more likely to be highly critical, unforgiving, or unkind. Over time, depriving ourselves of compassion has adverse cumulative effects on our confidence, self-esteem, creativity, productivity, relationships, and overall happiness.

Research has shown that individuals who are self-compassionate are more likely to be resilient, optimistic, creative, and happy.

In this workshop, learn:

The importance of cultivating compassion towards all aspects of yourself

Loving guidance in becoming your own best friend

Ways to encourage others to practice self-compassion as well

Continuing Education (CE) Opportunities

Yoga Alliance (YA): Approximately 7 contact hours. You can input your contact hours using your YA login information.

Integral Yoga Teachers Association (IYTA) can provide you a CE certificate with your program’s total contact hours for a $10 fee (free for IYTA members.) For more information, email IY(contact info blocked).


Thank you so much for the wonderful workshop! It changed my life! Gave me so many different inspirations about so many things! You were wonderful and warm and funny and brilliant!

It has kick-started all sorts of new thoughts, realizations, understandings. — Irina Brook

Sam is very loving and fun. She is a beautiful individual, a light shining strongly. She is an amazingly happy and loving person. Her warmth and generosity in sharing her experiences provided insight that met my needs. — Rivka Cilley

Sam’s joy is infectious. The experiential practices she led us to do caused a psychic shift in me. When the student is ready, the teacher will come. What an amazing teacher! So many valuable takeaways from this weekend. I feel better equipped to “give myself permission” to let things go and accept that all is as it should be at this moment. — Maria Olsen

Sam’s classes are filled with wisdom, compassion, humor, and connectedness! She is knowledgeable and experienced. I left class with a warm glow and many practical suggestions on treating myself more compassionately. It was a wonderful experience. — Joan Whiteley

Venue Highlights

Yogaville is home to the Light of Truth Universal Shrine (LOTUS). The LOTUS is a unique temple dedicated to interfaith understanding and the Light within all faiths. Individual altars represent and honor the different world faiths and spiritual paths. The vision, design and inspiration of Sri Swami Satchidananda, LOTUS was dedicated in 1986. It demonstrates, “Truth is One, Paths are Many.” In the peaceful countryside of Virginia, the doors of LOTUS are open to welcome people of all backgrounds and beliefs.


The all-inclusive prices of our accommodations provides you with three delicious buffet-style vegetarian meals daily, meditation, and Hatha Yoga classes in addition to other activities.

The most popular accommodations we have are Dormitory Accommodations – shared room and shared bath. We have two dormitories, Vivekananda Vihar and Ramalinga Nilayam, which are centrally heated and air-conditioned and convenient to meals and programs.

Lotus Guest House (Private Room)
Each room in our six unit guest house is equipped with a small refrigerator, queen size bed and full bath. Each room in our nine unit guest house is equipped with a queen sized bed and full bath, and no refrigerator.

Set off in a quiet, wooded area adjacent to the Lotus Guest Houses are twelve campsites. Campers have use of the bathroom, shower, and laundry facilities nearby Vivekananda Vihar dormitory. Camping is available from March 15th to December 1st.


  • A/C in Rooms
  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Tour Assistance
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Cafe
  • Yoga Studio
  • House Keeping

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free


Organic, vegetarian/vegan food
Labeled ingredients
Gluten-free and vegan options
Salad bar
Large herbal tea selection
Coffee is available for purchase at Mandala Cafe


Yogaville offers transportation from the airport, train and bus stations in Charlottesville, VA. If you are driving Google Maps has reliable turn-by-turn directions.

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