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Arrival: Sunday, July 1
Departure: Friday, July 6, 2012

Tuition: $150

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.

4th OF JULY: Karma, Reincarnation and Life after Life

Sunday, July 1—Friday, July 6, 2012
William R. Levacy, Ph.D. • Elissa Al-Chokhachy • Krishna Darshan • Dr. Don Oyao • Swami Sitaramananda • Uma Reed •

The Yoga Farm is happy to present an insightful and inspiring 5 days during the Independence day weekend. We hope that you can attend in parts or fully.

It will be during the auspicious Full Moon dedicated to the Guru (Guru Purnima) when millions celebrate the presence of their Guru in their life who lead them from "darkness to light, and from ignorance to wisdom".  There will be a puja ceremony remembering the Gurus - Master Sivanadna and Swami Vishnudevanandaji -  who have been the inspiration behind the dynamic activities and ceaseless educational endeavors of the Yoga Farm. May their Lights keep guiding the way to many in the years to come. 

Retreat Description

During this week, we invite you to refresh your perspective about your own life by examining the root causes of this birth and the karmic baggage we come with in this life -  through the help of Jyotish- the science of Vedic Astrology.

Jyotishi Bill Levacy,  president of ACVA (American College of Vedic Astrology) will discuss the question of Karma, Destiny and Reincarnation. Inspire yourself with enthusiastic insights about life after life shared by the dying or those who have encountered Near Death Experience through the testimony of Elissa Al-Chokhachy, a hospic nurse for many years, and author of the book Miraculous Moments. Contemplating one's Mortality and Death gives perspective and apreciation to Life, according to Dr. Don Oyao.  According to Swami Sivananda lif is a journey from Imperfection to Perfection, and from fear of Death to the experience of Immortality.  Uma Reed in concert on July 4 will lift up our hearts and bring us to the realm of Peace, Love  and Joy. Krishna Darshan will share with us the teachings from scripture of the journey after leaving the body. A glorious future is awaiting you. Togerther, let's demystify Life and Death and lead a meaningful Life, knowing the Truth.

Detailed Schedule

Topic of Bill Levacy

Is Destiny Negotiable?—Correcting Karma with Jyotish Remedial Measures -Nehru, India’s first Prime Minister, said that Fate was the hand of cards you were dealt and Destiny is how you play them. Vedic astrology not only helps a person understand what they might have been dealt in life as a result of previous actions, but it also offers a set of remedial procedures to help a person act in a way that can bring new outcomes in life. The class will introduce the fundamentals of remedial measures and how they might be applied in a general way.


$30 per day or $150 for all 5 days plus accommodations.  See below for rates.

Arrival and Departure

The course will begin at 7pm on Sunday, July 1st with orientation, and will end at 3pm on Friday, July 6th.

What to Bring

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.

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

Elissa Al-ChokhachyAbout Elissa Al-Chokhachy
Elissa Al-Chokhachy is a certified hospice & palliative care nurse, a fellow in thanatology, and the author of four books to help with loss and grief. She has received the 2011 American Red Cross Healthcare Hero Award and the Boston College Alumni Award for Excellence in Nursing. With over twenty years of hospice experience, Elissa is passionate about bringing comfort, hope and healing to the dying and the bereaved. Her third book, Miraculous Moments: True Stories Affirming That Life Goes On, shares numerous accounts of after death communication, nearing death awareness, and near death experiences. Elissa’s fourth book, Our Children Live On: Miraculous Moments for the Bereaved, is scheduled for release in July of 2012.  

Krishna DarshanAbout Krishna Darshan
About Krishna Darshan Krishna Darshan, who hails from Uruguay, is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and has been a yoga and meditation teacher for more than 24 years in South America, Europe and USA. He has been the main Hatha Yoga instructor in numerous International Yoga Teachers Training Courses and has an in depth knowledge of the practice of Hatha and Raja Yoga and Vedanta philosophy. He is an able yogic sadhana counselor and he is Jyotish teacher and consultant, certified by the American College of Vedic Astrology (ACVA). (levels 1 and 2) and also by the council of Vedic astrology (CVA) "Jyotish Visharada" and "Jyotish Kovid"  

Dr. Don OyaoAbout Dr. Don Oyao
Don Oyao (aka Dhanwanthari)is a Doctor of Chiropractic and Sports Scientist, specializing in sports injuries. He has worked with athletes at the Olympic level. Don Oyao has been appointed as a prospective Hospice Chaplain Associate. He has had life long intentions to work as a hospice chaplain for many years. He studied at the Zen Hospice center in San Francisco the past few years and is a participant of the Palliative Hospice program at Sutter Hospital in Concord, California and is currently enrolling in a one year experiential intensive clinical pastoral education program at John Muir hospital in Concord.  

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.

Uma ReedAbout Uma Reed
Uma was first exposed to Hindu devotional chanting in the early 1970s, while studying meditation and spiritual practices with Ram Dass and various other teachers. Kirtan was a practice that touched her deeply, and as a devotee of Neem Karoli Baba, she often participated in kirtan gatherings with fellow devotees, as well as in other ashrams and spiritual communities. For years she held kirtan in her home, and for the past dozen years or so, she has led kirtan formally in yoga studios, spiritual centers, and retreat settings. She has taught workshops and led kirtan on numerous retreats and in satsang with Ram Dass and other spiritual teachers in the U.S. and abroad.