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Arrival: Thursday, August 29
Departure: Monday, September 2, 2013

Tuition: $350

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.


Acharya David Frawley explaining Ayurveda and Yoga as Interdisciplinary Knowledge


Acharya David Frawley addresses the audience at Sivananda Yoga Farm 2012.



Acharya David Frawley speaks.



Yogini Shambhavi on Shakti Tantra.



Komilla Sutton, Swami Sitaramananda, Durga Leela, Yogini Shambhavi, Andrew Foss



Vedic Yajna (Homa Fire Ritual) 2012 Astrology conference



Yoga Farm at Evening Dusk.



Bill Levacy giving a Talk at the 2012 Conference.



Komilla Sutton and Andrew Foss



Navagraha shrine during Puja.


Navagraha - 9 Planets shrine after Puja ceremony



The Sivananda Yoga farm is in the Sierra foothills.



The yoga farm has been entirely renovated over the past 15 years.


One of the interiors of the new shanti cabins.



The yoga farm is in a beautiful location.


Labor Day - Vedic Knowledge Integration Forum

Thursday, August 29—Monday, September 2, 2013
Acharya David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) • Yogini Shambhavi • Komilla Sutton • Andrew Foss PhD • Amarananda Bhairavan • Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar • William R. Levacy, Ph.D. • Manoj Chalam • Swami Sitaramananda • Pandit Samavedula • Durga Leela •

What is vedic Knowldege?

Vedic knowledge is the essential knowledge of Self and universe along with their underlying identity. It helps us understand the workings of cosmic intelligence behind all the forces and events in life. Vedic knowledge is the basis of the Vedic sciences and the teachings of Yoga, Vedanta and Tantra, the Vedic and yogic arts and philosophies.

Various disciplines of Vedic Sciences

All Vedic sciences and yogic disciplines represent different aspects, angles or approaches to the same inner reality. Each is an expression of the universal whole.  
Yoga is the practical discipline of Self-realization through the right development of body and mind towards a higher consciousness.

Vedanta is the meditative approach to Self-realization, and the ultimate philosophy of unity and integration.

Tantra is the practical application of subtle energies, both within and around us, as factors of transformation.

Ayurveda is the Vedic science of healing for both body and mind, showing us right life style and how to remove toxins and negativities.

Jyotish is the Vedic science of time, karma and planetary influences. It shows us how to deal with the movement of events within and around us.

Vastu is the Vedic science of directional forces. It helps us orient our dwellings towards bringing in higher powers and energies.

Vedic mantras provide the key insights for all the Vedic sciences and can be used for almost any Vedic discipline. They are the expression of cosmic intelligence in its own language.

Vedic Yajnas or fire offerings help us work with the powers of light in the universe, drawing divine energies into our world and dispelling the darkness.

Tantric Pujas help us work with the subtle energies of nature and the five elements, developing the power of devotion.

Each of these Vedic and Yogic disciplines has its place and can work best applied together in an integral manner with all the others. Each may require its various specialists for its maximum application, but each has its relevance for the daily life of the individual, for self-care and sadhana.  

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The Topics

What is Vedic Knowledge Integration?
Vedic Yoga

David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri)
8/29 8:30 - 9:45 pm; 8/30 8:00 - 10:00 am, 2:30 - 4:00 pm

"Vedic Yoga is the original Raja Yoga teaching behind all the branches of Yoga and all the different Vedic sciences. Vedic Yoga is rooted in the Mantra Yoga of the Rigveda, the oldest Vedic text, where important mantric verses like the Gayatri or Mrityunjaya originate, among the many hymns of the ancient Rishis. We will explore the Vedic Yoga as a point of both origin and integration for Vedic and  Yogic knowledge, including Yoga, Vedanta, Ayurveda, and Jyotish."
Such Vedic and yogic disciplines have developed and diversified over time, and their common thread is often lost on modern students, who may get lost in their outer details. This can prevent them from gaining their full benefits. They may use only one or two and not know the benefits of all, or the place of each.

Watch David Frawley's talks on Soma in Yoga and Ayurveda at the 2012 Jyotish conference.

Shakti Tantra, Yogini Shambhavi
8/30 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Vedic Knowledge through Upanishads and Jyotish
Vedic Notion of Time, Komilla Sutton
8/30 8:30 - 9:45 pm, 8/31 2:30 - 4:00 pm

Mandukya Upanishad is the Upanishad which is the essence of the Upanishads just like Bhagawad Gita is the essence of the Vedas. Using Swami Sivananda's translation of Mandukya Upanishad, Komilla will discuss the essence of moksha and self realisation by knowing the four states of consciousness and  How Mandukya upanishad connects to Jyotish and we get a better perception of he Mandukya Upanishad if we combine it with the knowledge of Jyotish. 
Kala or time - starting from the smallest moment of time to the infinite, the eternal and the decaying one, the sixty Jupiter years and how we connect to the moment of creation to now. Why knowling the quality of time was important to the Sages. 

Vedic Astrology and Vedanta 1: The Bhagavad Gita, Vedic Astrology and Vedanta 1: The Yoga Vasishta; Andrew Foss, Phd
8/29 2:30 - 4:00 pm, 
9/01 8:30 - 9:45 pm
We will look at the Bhagavad Gita and the chart of Shri Krishna. This chart which is the foundation of serious study of Vedic Astrology can teach us about so many different aspects of Jyotish and the insights of the Gita are also deeply illuminating for the study and application of Jyotish.
The Yoga Vasishta is the teachings of Maharishi Vasistha given to Lord Rama. This supreme text can help us understand many key things even though its purpose is to facilitate Self-realization. With some clients, it can be especially helpful. This talk will explore this text and how it can aid and illumine the Vedic Astrologer with special reference to the chart of Shri Rama.

Yoga and the Shakta ritual from Kerala
Amarananda Bhairavan
8/31 6:30 - 7:45 am, 8:00 - 10:00 am
Yoga Practice in Contemporary Times: A short guide to yogic practices and living with awareness.  The philosophy and practice of Yoga goes back in Indian History pre-dating the Vedic culture in India to the time of the Mohanjadaro and Harappan cultures. The philosophy, theology and practical methods of Yoga is at the core of Hindu Mysticism, and the ideals of Yoga are also shared by the mysticism that is at the core of many other major world religions. The contemporary yoga practitioner who lives and practices the ideals of yoga in an environment that is far removed from that of the upanishadic sages and seers, is faced with the stress of modern livelyhood and from inundation of sensory stimuli. 

Vedic Approach to Health & Wholeness
The Art & Science of Vedic Counseling
Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar
8/31 8:30 - 9:45 pm, 9/01 12:00 - 2:00 pm 
Ayurveda is a consciousness based approach to health. Modern Medicine is validating this ancient wisdom tradition with its emphasis on daily, seasonal routines, Yoga, Meditation and Spiritual practices, which have become routinely advised therapeutic lifestyle changes. Ayurveda is a perfect platform to integrate various healing modalities.
Ayurvedic Psychology and its understanding of Human Mind has been recognized by many spiritual masters.Improving Mental strength, Will power and limitations of individual mind-body types are very crucial for a successful healing process.

Elements of Vedic Knowledge in the Cosmology of Modern Astrophysics—Krishna, Darkmatter and Blackholes
PaleoVastu –Ancient Bharata Revealed in Current Continental Drift Discoveries 
Bill Levacy, Phd
9/01 8:00 - 10:00 am, 9/02 6:30 - 7:45 am 
Vedic philosophy is rich in symbolism of the spiritual journey to the source of pure consciousness or the Self. There are also many layers of meaning in Vedic scriptures about the creation, maintenance, and dissolution of the physical cosmos. In this captivating class we will explore the symbolism of Krishna, the dark one, and his mythological relationship to modern findings in astrophysics and the source of creation. 
  - In the late 1950s and early 1960s, geologists declared  that the earth’s surface has transformed  over the millennia. Implications of  the movement of continents on tectonic plates is now more far reaching than ever. This fascinating class will explore  concepts related to earth movement shown in Vastu, the Vedic science of space, and other Vedic texts. It appears that Bharata, the ancient kingdom of India, might have been a global empire rather than an individual country within the boundaries we know today.

Vedanta and Tantra, God and Self Knowledge
Manoj Chalam
9/01 6:45 - 7:45 am, 9/02 8:00 - 10:00 am

Vedic Knowledge in Daily Life
Swami Sitaramananda
8/29 12:00 - 2:00 pm

Vedic Mantras and Rituals
Pandit Samavedula
8/30 6:45 - 7:45 am

Ayurveda and Yoga in Yamas and Niyamas: Counseling of Recovery
Durga Leela
9/01 2:30 - 4:00 pm


There are no prerequisites other than a sincere desire to learn.

Arrival and Departure

The Forum will begin on the morning of Thurs. Aug 29th.
Arrive 1 day early to celebrat Krishna Jayanti on Aug. 28th.

Departure on Monday, Sept. 2nd after final workshop at 3pm.

We encourage you to arrive early, 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.

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.

Tuition Discounts

Seniors (60+) 10%
Students 10%

Presented by

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.

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:

Amarananda BhairavanAbout Amarananda Bhairavan
As a boy in India, Amarananda Bhairavan® was initiated into Kali worship, and trained by his teachers in related mystic practices. Part of this training was on preparation and specific uses of herbal energy oils, which he uses in his Yoga and healing practices (details at Amarananda Bhairavan travels internationally conducting lectures and seminars on Yoga and healing, and uses his in-depth training and insight to assist serious yoga practitioners to move beyond karmic limitations and into deep sadhana. He has authored two books, Kali’s Odiyya, and Medicine of Light. A specialist in Yoga sadhana from his family tradition, Bhairavan’s upcoming book is a workbook for students of Yoga.

Dr. Suhas KshirsagarAbout Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar
Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar is a classically trained Ayurvedic physician and a gold medalist from prestigious Pune University. A Rig Vedic Bramhin by tradition and an accomplished Clinician by training adds tremendous value to his clients and students alike. He is an insightful Medical Astrologer and Vedic Counselor.

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

Manoj ChalamAbout Manoj Chalam
Manoj Chalam uses humor and anecdotes in his talks on Mythology and Vedanta. He has given keynote lectures at yoga festivals and teaches at yoga conferences, studios, and ashrams. He has also compiled a book on Hindu and Buddhist symbology. He received a doctorate in Chemical Physics from Cornell University. For the past 10 years, Manoj has been teaching workshops about the spiritual art he imports from India.  

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.

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.

Durga LeelaAbout Durga Leela
Durga Leela is the founder of Yoga of Recovery, a comprehensive program that integrates Ayurveda and Yoga with recovery tools for a holistic mind, body and spirit approach for all those affected by addiction and self-destructive behaviors. Yoga of Recovery is currently offered as workshops, retreats and certificate courses. Durga is a person in long term recovery. She holds the RYT-500 qualification, having completed both the Sivananda Yoga teachers Training Course and an Advanced Yoga Training. She is also extensively trained in Meditation and Vedanta. She is a Clinical Ayurvedic and Pancha Karma Specialist, trained at the California College of Ayurveda and also in Kerala, India. She is the Director of the Ayurveda Programs at the Yoga Farm in California and a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). She is also a member of Yoga Alliance and International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).