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Arrival: Sunday, December 1
Departure: Friday, December 6, 2013

Tuition: $75

Accommodation options for the 5 night stay, per person:
Tent - $250
Dorm (4 person) - $325
Cabin (2 person) - $425
Cabin (1 person) - $700
Deluxe Shared (3 person) - $475
Deluxe Shared (2 person) - $600
Deluxe Cabin (1 person) - $975

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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.



Upanishad Stories Study

Sunday, December 1—Friday, December 6, 2013
Swami Dharmananda •

Learn Self knowledge through the Upanishadic stories, enacted by staff at the Sivananda Yoga Farm, following the script in the book" Upanishad drama " of Master Sivananda. The central teaching of the Upanishads is about the way in which we can pass from mortality to immortality, from fear to fearlessness. We will learn from the dialogue between Nachiketas and Lord Yama in Kathopanishad as well as the dialogue between sage Yajnavalkya and his wife Maitreyi in Brihadaranyaka Upanishad. 

Katha Upanishad

During this 5-day course we will read through the mystical text of the Katha Upanishad, the dialogue between young Nachiketa and Yama, the Lord of Death. Nachiketa, the spiritual seeker, descends to the deepest realms of his being to find the meaning of life, taking on as his Teacher, death itself.

Death, the great instructor, reveals the secret to living an essential and fulfilling life, free of fear and regret, a life immersed in Spirit and the heart’s inner knowledge.

We will have daily readings with commentary.

Ashram Schedule

6-8am Satsang: Silent meditation, chanting and lecture
8-10am Yoga Class
10am Brunch
11am Karma Yoga
3-4pm Free Time and Nature walks
4-6pm Yoga Class
6pm Dinner
7-8pm Free Time
8-10pm Satsang: meditation, chanting and lecture


$75 plus accommodations for 5 nights.


Please plan to arrive on December 1st to check in before the 4pm Yoga Class, 6pm dinner and evening Satsang at 8pm.

What to bring:

Slip-on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight.


You can register by calling us at 530-272-9322, emailing your interest to or online by clicking on the link on the left of this page.  To reserve your space we require a one night non-refundable deposit. Please call in advance to confirm accommodations.


Swami DharmanandaAbout Swami Dharmananda
Swami Dharmananda is one of the main teachers of Hatha Yoga and Meditation at the Ashram. He took sannyas vows in 2013 and is assistant director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm. Swami Dharmananda is keenly interested in yoga psychology and philosophy, presenting the classical teaching in a practical and accessible way to people of all faiths and backgrounds.