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Arrival: Thursday, August 30
Departure: Monday, September 3, 2012

Tuition: $295

Accommodation options for the 4 night stay, per person:
Tent - $200
Dorm (4 person) - $260
Cabin (2 person) - $340
Cabin (1 person) - $560
Deluxe Shared (3 person) - $380
Deluxe Shared (2 person) - $480
Deluxe Cabin (1 person) - $780

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Dates given are when you should plan to arrive and leave and may not be actual dates of instruction. All deposits and payments are non-refundable.

Labor Day Weekend - Vedic Sciences Conference

Thursday, August 30—Monday, September 3, 2012
Acharya David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) • Yogini Shambhavi • Andrew Foss PhD • James Kelleher • William R. Levacy, Ph.D. • Komilla Sutton • Pandit Samavedula • Swami Sitaramananda • Sadasiva (Sam Geppi) •

Join us over Labor Day Weekend as we welcome a host of inspiring and renowned spiritual teachers to the Sivananda Yoga Farm for a retreat on the topic of Soma as explored through the Vedic Sciences of Jyotish, Ayurveda, and Yoga. During this retreat in beautiful Grass Valley, California, we will gather in a dialogue about finding the key to our physical, psychological, and spiritual well-being in Soma, which can be defined as the essence of our bliss, or the Ananda rising from the core of our being.

This is not an outer Soma, but an 'inner-soma' or 'nectar of immortality' in our own deeper awareness. We must access this inner Soma if we wish to discover lasting happiness and joy. During this retreat, we will learn to uncover, perceive, and work with the many Somas of our lives from foods, prana and sensory impressions to art, mantra, meditation and the very delight of existence itself. From the point of view of Jyotish, we will learn how to recognize our obstacles in the realization of bliss. Through practices in yoga and meditation we qualify ourselves to renew our true joy, and through Ayurveda we learn the secrets of balancing our bodies to attain the wholeness that is true radiant health. 

Featuring classes by:  


Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) and Yogini Shambhavi:    

Acharya David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is a renown teacher of many special Vedic ways of knowledge (vidyas), which he passes on to students in India and in the West.  In India, Vamadeva is recognized not only as a Vedacharya (Vedic teacher), but also as a Vaidya (Ayurvedic doctor and 

teacher), Jyotishi (Vedic astrologer), Puranic (Vedic historian), a Hindu acharya (Hindu religious teacher) and a Raja Yogi.   In India, Vamadeva’s translations and interpretations of the ancient Vedic teachings have been given great acclaim in both spiritual and scholarly circles.

In America he is known as a teacher and practitioner of Ayurvedic medicine and of Vedic astrology (Jyotish) and has done pioneering work on both these subjects in the West. Most recently the integration of Yoga and Ayurveda has come to the forefront of his work. Pandit Vamadeva (Dr. Frawley) presents authentic Vedic knowledge in the Western world and in a lucid presentation recognized by the tradition itself. He has worked extensively teaching, writing, lecturing, conducting research and helping establish schools and associations in related Vedic fields over the last thirty years. He has studied and traveled widely gathering knowledge, working with various Vedic teachers and groups in a non-sectarian manner.

Author of several paramount books in his field, Dr. Frawley's most recent title, 'Soma in Yoga and Ayurveda', explores the power of rejuvenation and immortality.    Vamadeva works closely with Yogini Shambhavi relative to programs, travels, teachings and publiications worldwide. Shambhavi is a best-selling author of several books on the Goddess in India (Yogini: Unfolding the Goddess Within and Yogic Secrets of the Dark Goddess), including profound studies of Shakti Sadhana. She is now recognized in the West in Yoga, Ayurveda and Vedic astrology circles for her inspiring presentation and charismatic energy. She is well known for her beautiful mastery of mantra chanting and recitation and her special CDs under the titles of Yogini Bhava and Jyotir Bhava.  

Soma in Ayurveda: Rejuvination of Body and Mind--Dr. Frawley
MASTER CLASS 8/31/12 8:00 a.m.  

Soma in Yoga: Opening of Sahasrara, Mantra, Devotion--Dr. Frawley and Shambhavi
MASTER CLASS 8/31/12 12:00 p.m. 

Soma in Vedic Sciences--Dr. Frawley and Shambhavi
MASTER CLASS 8/31/12 2:00 p.m.   

Integrating Vedic Sciences--Dr. Frawley
8/31/12 8:00 p.m.   

Devi Power Mantras--Shambhavi
9/1/12 12:00 p.m.   

James Kelleher:  
Mayan Prophecy and the Saturn-Rahu conjunction in 2013 9/1/12 8:30 p.m.   

Bill Levacy:  
Introduction to Planets & Houses
8/30/12 12:00 p.m.   

Principles of Chart Interpretation
8/30/12 2:30 p.m.   

Yogic Remedial Measures
8/30/12 8:30 p.m.  

Grihastha Vs. Sannyasi Dharma
9/1/12 8:00 a.m. 

Signs of Enlightenment: Moksha in Birth Charts
9/2/12 12:00 p.m.     

Komilla Sutton:  
Gulika, Rahu-Ketu & Other Shadow Planets that Spoil the Soma
9/1/12 2:30 p.m. 

Coping with Planetary Crisis-Preparing and Finding Contentment
9/2/12 8:30 p.m.     

Andrew Foss, PhD  
Argala: Unlocking the Vedic Chart
9/3/12 12:00-4:00 p.m.  MASTER CLASS  

Sadasiva (Sam Geppi)  
Happy Nakshatras
9/2/12 8:00 a.m.   

Venus Promises and Disappointments
9/3/12 6:45 a.m.   

Panchanga and Timing 
9/3/12 8:00 a.m.     

Pandit Samavedula   CEREMONIES:   
Navagraha Homa
9/1/12 6:45 a.m.   

Swami Sitaramananda  
Welcome Address
8/30/12 6:45 a.m. 

Meditation and the Four Paths of Yoga
8/31/12 6:45 a.m.   

Sadhana for a Life Beyond Sorrow
9/2/12 6:45 a.m.     

We are looking forward to seeing you, discussing with you what is dear to our hearts, and sharing with you the beautiful energy of the ashram, located in the serenity of the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California. Every year, many families come to the Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Grass Valley for the Labor Day Retreat, to enjoy a Yoga Vacation while learning about the Vedic Sciences. We are looking forward to welcoming you to the ashram and sharing our knowledge that will help you to live more peacefully, happily and harmoniously.


Cost Day Rate  - (Master Classes Add $60) Includes 2 meals, accommodations separate $90/day

Complete Conference (Thursday 6:00am to Monday 4pm) - $295 (Excludes Friday and Monday Master Classes Includes) 2 meals a day, accommodations separate Friday and Monday

Master Class - $60 additional per day

Complete conference price including the Master classes $295+ 60+ $60 = $415   

Ganesha and Navagraha Homa - Free! All Welcome  

Please visit or website or call us for more info and to register:   phone:             530.272.9322      

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Acharya David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)About Acharya David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)
Acharya David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is the author of more than thirty books on Vedic subjects published in twenty languages over the last thirty years, including original translations from the Vedas and authoritative texts on Yoga, Vedanta, Ayurveda and Vedic astrology. Hiswork is widely respected in India, where he is honored as an Acharyaor master of the Vedic teachings. His teachings help serve as a bridgeto integrate the different fields of Vedic knowledge in a modern setting. Please see videos on YouTube:

Yogini ShambhaviAbout Yogini Shambhavi
Yogini Shambhavi is one of the most important women teachers ofShakti Sadhana coming out of India today, guiding sadhaks how to access the inner energy and presence of the Goddess through both Vedic and Tantric Yoga approaches. She works internationally along with her partner Pandit Vamadeva Shastri. Shambahvi is the author of “Yogini, Unfolding the Goddess Within” and of “Yogic Secrets of the Dark Goddess”, as well as important chanting CDs, Jyotir Bhava and Yogini Bhava.

Andrew Foss PhDAbout Andrew Foss PhD
Andrew Foss PhD, is the President and co-founder of the British Association of Vedic Astrology. He has a BA and MA from Oxford University in Physics and an MSc and PhD in Computing Science. He is the author of the leading software for Vedic Astrology, Shri Jyoti Star and the editor of the journal Gochara. He is a Jaimini Scholar and has lectured internationally on Jyotish, Ayurveda and computing and has published extensively in peer-reviewed journals. Web site:

James KelleherAbout James Kelleher
Author of the recently published two-volume book, 'Path of Light', Jim is a co-founder of the Council of Vedic Astrology (CVA). He recieved his initial training in India and worked for five years in London as the personal assistant to the world-renowned Jyotishi, M.K. Ghandhi. He then returned to the United States where he has been consulting, lecturing and teaching Vedic Astrology since 1984. He is a former board member of CVA and the American College of Vedic Astrology (ACVA). He has been awarded the titles of Jyotish Kovid and Jyotish Vachapasti by the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences (ICAS). He maintains a busy private practice in Los Gatos , CA

William R. Levacy, Ph.D.About William R. Levacy, Ph.D.
William R. (Bill) Levacy holds a BA in Literature, a Master’s in the Science of Creative Intelligence, a Master’s in Education, and a Ph.D. in Education with a specialization in Human Performance Improvement (HPI). Bill is the author of, “Beneath a Vedic Sky,” “Beneath a Vedic Sun,” and “Vedic Astrology Simply Put.” He is a recipient of the 2011 “Jyotish Medha Pragya” award by the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences (ICAS) in New Delhi, India and the 2012 “Jyotisha Manasagara” award from the Raman and Rajeshwari Research Foundation, in Bangalore, India. Bill is President of the American College of Vedic Astrology™ (ACVA), and the ACVAOnline ™ educational program at Bill has maintained an active consulting astrology practice since 1983 and has lectured internationally. Bill lives in Southern California and can be reached at

Komilla SuttonAbout Komilla Sutton
Komilla is the co-founder and Chair of the british Association for Vedic Astrology. She is an internationally renowned consultant, teacher and lecturer. Indian born, Komilla Sutton is one of the pioneers in making tis subject more accesible for the Western readers. She is the author of 'Vedic Love Signs', 'Vedic Astrology', 'The Essentials of Vedic Astrology' and 'Lunar nodes - Crisis and Redemption'.

Pandit SamavedulaAbout Pandit Samavedula
Pandit Smavedula is a 6th generation Sama Veda pandit who was trained in the Vedas beginning at age 7. He attended the Shri Sarva Raya Veda Patha Shala school in South India, and after 12 years of study, received his Master's Degree in Vedic Studies (Ganapati Pandit). Panditji will perform the pujas and homas during the conference.

Swami SitaramanandaAbout Swami Sitaramananda
Swami Sitaramananda is a Yoga, Meditation, and Vedanta teacher for more than 30 years. She is presently the main teacher of the Yoga Teachers Training Courses offered at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA where she is serving as the director for more then 17 years. She also teaches at other Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centers in India, Bahamas, Asia, as well as Centers along the West Coast USA, including her birth country, Vietnam. She is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnu-devananda. She was nominated by her teacher as Goraknath acharya (spiritual teacher, one of the holders of the lineage) in 1989. Her lectures are based on the four classical paths of yoga as well as the 5 points of Health.

Sadasiva (Sam Geppi)About Sadasiva (Sam Geppi)
Sam Geppi (Sadasiva) is the author of "The Ascendant-108 Planets of Vedic Astrology". He was hired by Dattatreya Shiva Baba to teach the first Astroved University of Vedic Sciences Vedic Astrology Certification Program in 2010. He founded The American Academy of Vedic Art and Science in 2011, and is currently teaching the first Vedic Astrology Certification program through the Academy to more than 60 students. For free classes and newsletters visit his site at: