Bhaktimarga Swami

Over thirty years ago it was a youthful quest for life that led Bhaktimarga Swami (formerly John Peter Vis of Chatham, Ontario) to adopt an Eastern order of monastic life and land him in the Hare Krishna movement. Since that time, as a celibate monk, he has evolved as an instructor of bhakti-yoga and mantra meditation. His presentations, based on the Bhagavad-gita, are lively, candid, and informative.

With a background in fine arts, Bhaktimarga Swami also developed a passion for the performing arts. Even in the course of his duties as a monk, he expands his portfolio and manages to take an active role in theatrical productions from epics of ancient Indian origin. Casting, scripting, and directing morality theater takes him annually to venues from North America to India and Africa.

Bhaktimarga Swami achieved a remarkable feat in 1996 when he went the way of a pilgrim and walked on foot cross Canada from west to east. Then, in 2003, made the return journey from Cape Spear, Newfoundland, to Vancouver Island. He likes to share of his unique experiences and fond memories of the road after trekking 16,000 kms. Bhaktimarga Swami is a consistent feature in "The Longest Road," a recent Canadian National Film Board documentary detailing the history of the people who shaped or were shaped by the Trans Canada Highway, the world's longest continuous maintained road.