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Arrival: Thursday, July 4
Departure: Monday, July 8, 2013

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.

Yoga Farm at Evening Dusk




Bill Levacy giving a Talk at the 2012 Conference.




Bill Levacy enjoying the scenery




Komilla Sutton and Andrew Foss




Sadasiva (Sam Geppi) gives a talk




Navagraha shrine during Puja




Navagraha - 9 Planets shrine after Puja ceremony




Full Moon during 2012 Conference

4th of July - Vedic Astrology Conference: Matching Karmas with Yogic and Vedic Solutions

Thursday, July 4—Monday, July 8, 2013
Kailasnath Krishnan • William R. Levacy, Ph.D. • Komilla Sutton • Andrew Foss PhD • James Kelleher • Dr. Rami Bleckt • Sadasiva (Sam Geppi) • Keiko Ito • Pandit Samavedula • Swami Sitaramananda •


"Karmas and its remedials" is the topic of  this inspiring gathering of 9 international vedic astrologers in the Sivananda ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA from July 4-8, 2013.  The  Master classes will be about:"  the art of Prashna" with Master teacher Kailasnath from Kerala India . Prashna is the kerala developped art of receiving divine answer from the energy of the moment. Kailasnath will share his knowledge of Prashna (horary astrology) and of Omens  for the first time in the US.  It is a  special opportunity not to miss for all astrologers east and west!.  Learn from the experience of these 9 seasonned vedic astrologers and teachers how to counsel the remedials to the karmas detected in the birth chart from the spiritual and yogic and  budhist point of view . The web of Karma is the most intricate web, irresistibly catching the souls in its meshes , bringing about difficult life circumstances and painful lessons. Astrology reveals to us the effects of our previous karma, good or bad. All the planets indicate clearly whether we are enjoying or suffering now as a result of our actions in our previous birth. The way to alleviate the prarabdha karma is to experience it and learn our spiritual lessons. The role of the enlightenned vedic astrologer is the most important role of spiritual counsellor, most alike to the role of Krishna who guides Arjuna through his despondency and step by step enlighting him to his duty and revealing the truth about Karma and Bhakti and Jnana yoga. 





Prashna: Nimitta
Prashna: Arudha & Gulika
Prashna: Ashta Mangala
Role of Astrologer in Divination

Kailasnath Krishnan
7/5 8:00 - 10:00 am, 12:00 - 1:30 pm, 2:30 - 4:00 pm, 8:30 - 9:30 pm

Prashna means question.  The question to the prashna  astrologer is  Have I created positive karma for myself through expressing my free will or not. What areas are obstructing and how to resolve it. The Prashna astrologer becomes Daivagnya (divine oracle) at the moment of the consultation and gives the answers as if through the higher power. This is a very profound and complicated branch of Vedic Astrology. Kailasnath will share  his knowledge on techniques of Prashna with focus on Arudha, Gulika, Past life, Nimitta and more.

Bala Assessment: Creating Life Advantage with Vedic Astrology
Remedial Measures: Vedic Methods to Close the Gap

William R. Levacy, Ph.D.
7/06 12:00 - 1:30 pm
7/07 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Assessing the Vedic astrology chart enables the astrologer and client to define and shape personal development. The chart helps identify strengths and weakness (bala) and the key, specific skills (shubha karmas) that we must develop to succeed. This class will look at the chart as a competency model to help us recognize the ongoing need to update our talents, skills, knowledge, abilities, and behavior to gain maximum evolution in life.
Vedic astrology not only identifies what is broken in our life but gives us recommendations on how to fix them. There is a broad inventory of topics related to corrective actions in the field of Vedic astrology. This class will examine the various types of Vedic remedial measures. We will discuss their proper application to align personal action or karma with the highest outcomes promised in the birth chart.

Karma and Freewill
Past life resonances and how to handle them

Andrew Foss
7/06 8:00 - 10:00 am
7/07 6:45 - 7:45 am

The Vedic chart gives us a snapshot of the karma at the beginning of life but then how much does that dictate what we experience as the years pass? How much freewill do we have? This talk will look at these questions and related topics.
Some believe that this life is influenced by experiences in past lives. we will look at the evidence for this and what the texts say about the stream of karma from life to life and possible indications in the Vedic chart.

Saturn-Rahu Conjunctions
The Secret of Exaltations and Debilitations

Komilla Sutton 
7/06 2:30 - 4:00 pm, 7/07 8:30 - 9:45 pm

We will talk about the karma created by Saturn and Rahu and what its conjunction means on a karmic level for all of us and the world as we are experiencing this conjunction together. Komilla will give a personal point of view on how to deal with this and therefore other challenging conjunctions.
Why do planets gets exalted and debiltated at certain degrees of chart. I will talk about the rashi, and nakshatra positions. Speak on the myths connected to these positions. Why sometimes even exalted planets are not as good as they are and debilitated planets also have their strength - the key lies in understanding them and developing their qualities in the right way.

Jagraadadi avasthas
Enlightened Actions Through The Astrology Houses

Sadasiva (Sam Geppi)
7/07 8:00 - 10:00 am
7/08 6:45 - 7:45 am

Using Jagraadadi avasthas to assess the relative wakefulness and sleepiness of each graha and how that refers to the three gunas .. and what to do about it in a chart. This includes the formula for calculating dignity in the chart.
We will look at the rules for planetary house rulership as outlined in the Yoga Karaka Chapter in BPHS (Sadasiva's book - The Ascendant - 108 Planets of Vedic Astrology is based on this very important Chapter) and explore the deeper, overlooked qualities of the Astrology houses and how a greater mastery leads to more enlightened actions for you and your clients.

Introduction to Planets & Houses 
The Moon and Peace of Mind: Yogic and Buddhist Remedials

Keiko Ito
7/04 12:00 - 1:30 pm
7/07 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Everybody craves for peace of mind, yet it is one of the most difficult things to achieve. How can Buddhism show a way and Jyotish provide the actual pointers in a natal chart? And what is the "mind" anyway? Techniques and hints from Buddhism to quieten one's mind will be added to exploring the stresses to the Moon and many other factors in one's natal chart that indicate the cause and timings of disturbances and to show what kind of remedial measures can effectively help attaining it.  In this workshop we will examine the moon in the natal chart to preview and become aware of the possible disturbances to peace of mind and use yogic and budhist techniques and principles to guide us how to remedy to them. This workshop will focus exclusively on the disposition of the moon and the moon nakshatras as well as many other factors in the natal chart influencing peace of mind. Budhist and yogic pschychology give many insights on how to sublimate emotions, calm the mind and remove mental and emotional obstacles.  

How to see the main aspects in an astrology chart
A career and spiritual life

Dr. Rami Bleckt
7/04 2:30 - 4:00 pm
7/08 8:00 - 10:00 am

Subconscious programs; the main mission of a person's life; a general synthesis of the chart; giving advice about important and necessary things at the current time
The main factors of career success; how to neutralize unfavorably planets’ positions that prevent from success in the career ; how social activity can influence our success in spiritual life).

Amazing Saturn
James Kelleher
7/06 8:30 - 9:45 pm

Of all of the planets, Saturn probably gets the worst press. In astrology, Saturn is associated with delays, obstacles, pressures, suffering, ill health and a wide assortment of other negative condition. Yet, these things are only the expression of Saturn's shadow side. In fact, Saturn is one of the most magnificent planets. It is responsible for our ability to bring our desires into concrete form. Without Saturn's permission, none of us would be able to produce or obtain anything good in life.  In this class, Jim will talk about Saturn. He will not only familiarize you with Saturn's qualities, but  he will also show you some powerful upayas or remedial methods for helping you "tune in" to Saturn, and remove obstruction and frustration.


Jyotish Beginners Course is Recommended, but not Required.


$295 plus accommodations.

Arrival and Departure

The course will begin at 11am on July 4th.  Arrive early on July 3rd for an Orientation at 7pm followed by Satsang.

We encourage you to arrive by 4pm on July 3rd, making the most out of the afternoon by joining us for the Asana class and dinner. You are always welcome and encouraged to extend your stay to any length before or after the course. Please indicate your desired arrival and departure dates on your registration form (click 'register' below).

What to Bring


Other:  slip on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight.

All books and materials are available in our boutique.


To reserve a place for this course, please register online or email Then please call to give us your credit card deposit and confirm your reservation. A deposit paying for your first night's stay is required for your reservation. Please note that in case of cancellation, no refund will be given. A credit note for other programs at the Yoga Farm (valid for one year) will be given.

Tuition Discounts

Seniors (60+) 10%

Presented by

Kailasnath KrishnanAbout Kailasnath Krishnan
Kailasnath Krishnan is a leading expert in the ancient art and science of Prashna of Kerala. Kailashnath conducted the Ashta Mangala Prashna at the ACVA Conference in Kerala. He counts top politicians, celebrities and top industrialist among his clients. His Dharma is to educate and promote the knowledge of Kerala Prashna. He has an international reputation and has travelled widely to teach and consult. He conducted Ashtamangala prashna demonstration at BAVA in London, UK. Kailahnath has been teaching for Komilla’s Academy since 2003.

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'.

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

Dr. Rami BlecktAbout Dr. Rami Bleckt
Rami Bleckt, PhD, Joytish consultant and teacher has been supervising an International School of Vedic Astrology for Russian speaking students since its establishing. This school has subsidiaries in Russia, Kazakhstan, Germany, Israel, Ukraine and Canada. Opportunities for distant learning are also provided for the people from all over the world. He is the author of several books on Vedic Astrology and according to many opinions, including Dr. David Frawley's, these books are among the best in the West. Rami has successfully conducted many thousands of private consultations.

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:

Keiko ItoAbout Keiko Ito
After studying western astrology from a young age, Keiko was inspired to delve into Vedic Astrology after meeting her teacher Komilla Sutton at the Balkan International Astrology Conference in Belgrade, Serbia in March 2003. Since then, she has regularly visited India in various pilgrimage and study trips with Komilla, followed various workshops, webinars and attended conferences worldwide. Keiko has regularly given Vedic astrology-themed lectures at the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center of Japan. She is a full-time professional translator since 1993 and part-time astrology consultant since 2007.

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.