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Arrival: Thursday, November 14
Departure: Saturday, November 23, 2013

Tuition: $450

Accommodation options for the 9 night stay, per person:
Tent - $450
Dorm (4 person) - $585
Cabin (2 person) - $765
Cabin (1 person) - $1260
Deluxe Shared (3 person) - $855
Deluxe Shared (2 person) - $1080
Deluxe Cabin (1 person) - $1755

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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.

Adi Sankaracharya was the 1st guru of this lineage.




Adi Sankarachara's teaching disciples




The textbook being used for this course.




Swami Sita explains vedanta.


Vedanta and Silence Certification Course

Thursday, November 14—Saturday, November 23, 2013
Swami Sitaramananda •

Video of Swami Sita teaching vedanta:

This 10-day advanced course features vedantic meditation, the practice of group scriptural study, personal self-inquiry and the practice of outer and inner silence.


There will be personal coaching and guidance by Swami Sitaramananda in the study of Viveka Chudamani, the "Crest Jewel of Discrimination" by Sankaracharya. Enter into the peaceful silence of the inner Self through the practice of external silence. Come away with deeper self-knowledge and a sense of clarity and peace.

Course schedule

5:30 am - Wake up bell
6:00-7:00 am - Meditation alone at a chosen location
7:00-10:00 am - Swadhyaya, guided study of scripture, in a group with the teacher
10:00-10:45 am - Vegetarian brunch, sitting alone in Mouna (silence)
11:00-12:00 pm - Karma yoga, interactions as needed, still in Mouna
12:00-2:00 pm - Silent reflection, journal writing, study time
2:00-4:00 pm - Dialogue with the teacher, group dialogue
4:00-6:00 pm - Asana/pranayama practice in silence
6:00-7:00 pm - Vegetarian dinner, sitting alone in Mouna
7:00-8:00 pm - Mantra chanting/writing in a group, spoken chanting allowed, but no conversation
8:00-10:00 pm - Meditation in a group or alone, study on assigned reading, summary sleep allowed before
10:30 pm - Lights out


Over the 10 days steeped in quietude Swami Sitaramananda guided us to the essence of Yoga and Vedanta through study and self-enquiry. The material is clearly presented with conviction, generosity and wisdom. I feel I have a much deeper grasp of how Yoga and Vedanta work, and how I can apply them to my own life for greater happiness. I am inspired to continue striving toward the realization of the True Self.  -Shambu (Paul Weitz) Chicago, IL

With the direct and compassionate guidance of Swami Sitaramananda, I had the confidence to clearly look at my emotions, thoughts and actions and the negative and positive results that stem from them. Swami Sitaramananda was able to make a practical connection between the insights from Shankara’s Crest Jewel of Discrimination and everyday life. I now have an understanding of how to apply this wisdom to become more aware and mindful of my emotions, thoughts and actions. With this training in self-awareness I feel confident in my abilities to make life-affirming decisions. For me the course was truly transformative!  - Padma (Nina Nguyen) Toronto, Ontario, Canada

This is a course that will wake you up to who you really are and accelerate your progress on the spiritual path. Swami Sitaramananda is a brilliant and insightful teacher of the Vedantic texts. I highly recommend this course to serious spiritual seekers.
Thank you for guiding us with such insight through Vivekachudamani. You were able to see things that we could not. It is the right teaching at the right time. The path ahead is much clearer now.
"I now have the answers to so many of my questions." - Cynthia, Canada
"I found a teacher, a genuine tradition, a supportive community and a place where I can ask every question without fear." - Leslie, NY


Certificate of Completion from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, International.

What to Bring

Required Text:  Viveka Chudamani: the Crest Jewel of Discrimination by Adi Shankaracharya

Reccommended Commentary and translation:  Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood, Vedanta Press

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.

Tuition Discounts

Seniors (60+) 10% off
TTC Graduates 10% off

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.