Retreats & Programs

2016 Special Retreats and Events
Dr. David Frawley (Acharya Vamadeva) and Yogini Shambhavi Devi

Take programs and have a personal interaction with Dr. David Frawley, one of the most celebrated Vedic teachers of our times, and Yogini Shambhavi Devi, one of India’s foremost teachers of Shakti Sadhana from the Himalayas.

Dr. Frawley is commonly regarded as the most respected western teacher of Yoga and Ayurveda, as well as Vedic Studies in India and throughout the world today, and has recently received several important honors from India, including the prestigious Padma Bhushan award from the President of India and a special National Eminence Award from the South Indian Education Society (SIES). Yogini Shambhavi Devi is also highly respected in India and works with the same level of national organizations as Dr. Frawley.

Please note our Facebook pages for more information, as well as for shorter events not listed below (including  Vamadeva and Shambhavi’s other India based programs).

This 2016 will highlight our March India programs. We will also be doing a July program in Germany and a Santa Fe Yoga Shakti retreat in August, more information to follow on these events later.

We will be continuing our work with the Chopra Center in terms of the Primordial Sound Advanced Mantra and Meditation Teacher training and the Weekend with the Masters.

We will have several other programs in India, but as India programs may be arranged with little advance time, we will post these more on Facebook and Twitter.


March 5 – 12, 2016
Devotion and Passion for VedasOur main retreat event of 2016, with the abundance and wisdom of Ma Ganga. Celebrate Mahashiva Ratri, the great night of Shiva, and comprehensive Yoga Shakti teachings at the beautiful Glass House Resort on the Ganga, the best facility in the area, an hour above Rishikesh in a private and quiet setting right on the sacred river, once sanctified by the presence of the Sri Anandamayi Ma.

Share special deeper yogic teachings and practices by Vamadeva and Shambhavi, including an in-depth Shiva Sadhana as based upon Dr. Frawley’s new book, Shiva: The Lord of Yoga. This will be our ninth such yearly event in India and the eighth at the Glass House. We will also visit the famous Vasishta Guha (cave), where some of the greatest yogis of all time have meditated.

The program is specially devised relative to Yogini Shambhavi’s new Yoga Shakti Teacher Training that we will be releasing next year, sharing the secrets of Shakti in Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedic astrology, mantra and meditation in a practical program that you can share with others.

Feb. 26 – March 5, 2016

Organized by the Kapha Collective in India with the support and participation of Yogini Shambhavi and Vamadeva. The program consists of a guided tour to Varanasi, the sacred city of Shiva, along with special temples in Delhi and Rishikesh.

You can add this to the Shiva Ganga Yoga Shakti Retreat for those who want more to do in India and see more of its architectural and spiritual wonders. A special tour of the monumental Akshardham temple in Delhi is part of the program and some astrological temples as well.

Seven mystical nights with special visits to ancient temples and sacred sites of great power, beauty and mystery that you will always remember. Experience India not as a tourist but as a pilgrim searching out the highest Divinity of light, consciousness and bliss, Shiva and Shakti.

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Dec. 28, 2015 – January 4, 2016 (7 Nights)
With Dr. David Frawley & Yogini Shambhavi
Themes – Shiva Dakshinamurti & Sundari Devi, Silent Awareness and the Power of Ananda

Jnana Yoga, Raja Yoga, Soma Yoga, Mantra and Mauna
Experience Shiva Jnana (the knowledge of Shiva) and Ananda Shakti (the power of bliss) in the celestial environs of the Garden Island of Kauai at a premier India style retreat center not accessible to the public. The entire facility is made of wood and stone from India, including the furniture and numerous statues.

Experience the blissful beauty of Mother Nature in Kauai, where you can tune into the mystical secrets of the tropical plants, flowers, mountains and waters, both around and within you. Learn the Tantric and Soma nature of the Goddess as delightful Sundari, celebrating her auspicious and colorful resonance through special rituals, mantra and meditation and the transformative Sri Vidya. It is an experience like those of the higher astral planes. We will also visit the spectacular Hinduism Today temple.

Yogaday3RD INTERNATIONAL DHARMA-DHAMMA CONFERENCE on Harmony of Religions: Welfare of Mankind, Oct. 24-26, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India – Vamadeva is one of the organizers of the event and Shambhavi will also speak, major national conference in India bringing together religious leaders from throughout the world to promote world peace. Hosted by Sanchi University of Buddhist and Indic Studies in Bhopal, India and the India Foundation.

WORLD LEADERSHIP DIALOGUE: The Wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita | Dec. 10 – 13, 2015, Chinmaya Vibhooti Ashram, Kolwan, Pune, India – Important event in honor of the hundred year anniversary of the birth of Swami Chinmayananda. Leading Swamis of the Chinmaya Mission, India, and important dignitaries will attend at their extensive Pune Ashram and teaching center. Dr. Frawley will be one of the keynote speakers.


September Weekend With the Masters, Sept. 25-27
An important unique event in which Vamadeva and Shambhavi join Deepak Chopra.

This exclusive workshop is designed for those who are ready to open to new levels of spiritual wisdom and dive deeper into the ancient teachings of Vedic Science. Study alongside preeminent Vedic scholars, scientists, and seers as they translate these powerful teachings into applicable modern tools that can are more relevant today than ever.

  • The first ever Chopra Center essence of tantra workshop, led by renowned author and scholar Dr. David Frawley
  • Unfolding the Goddess Within, a powerful lecture on accessing your divine creativity, led by Yogini Shambhavi

Primordial Sound Meditation Teacher Training, Chopra Center, La Costa CA
June 23-29 and Oct. 12-18

Our 2015 programs involve special programs with the Chopra Center University  where Vamadeva and Shambhavi are featured as Master Educators, helping with Deepak’s mantra and meditation training and serving as a general advisor to the university. Vamadeva and Shambhavi will  also provide special webinars and articles on important topics. They will be the main teachers for the advanced Primordial Sound Meditation Teacher Training program, which Vamadeva has been helping with since its inception over twenty years ago.


The certification is provided jointly by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers/ OR Integral Yoga Institute and AIVS (Dr. David Frawley), giving it special value and worldwide recognition.Taught by Durga Leela and Swami Sitaramananda in classroom instruction in beautiful ashram settings.

Feb 26 – 29, 2016 – Ayurveda for stress relief weekend retreat, Dalat, Vietnam
Feb 26 – Mar 9, 2016Yoga & Ayurveda Certificate Course, 12-day Training Certification,, Dalat, Vietnam

Apr 26 – May 5, 2016 – Yoga & Ayurveda Certificate Course, 10-day Training Certification,, Paradise Island, Nassau, Bahamas

Aug 21-26, 2016 – Foundations of Ayurveda Certificate Course,, Grass Valley CA


Introduction to three year Yoga Shakti Training
July 17-19th, 2015 London, Ontario, Canada
With Yogini Shambhavi Devi

Yogini Shambhavi Devi will be introducing the first of its type special Yoga Shakti Training to teach serious students the depths of Shakti Sadhana in a a practical modern context, covering Vedic, Yogic and Tantric approaches.

Healing Power of Mantra & Meditation * Ayur-Shakti- Rejuvenative Ayurveda
Inner Yoga – Dharana-Dhyana-Pratyahara* A Vedic View of the Mind- Ayurvedic Psychology
Introduction to Sanskrit: The Cosmic Language * Importance of Ritualizing Our Daily Lives
Jyotisha Yoga: Introduction to Vedic Astrology * With Ayurvedic Meals and Yoga Asana

VAMADEVA, INDIA PROGRAMS Oct. 2014 – April 2015
Vamadeva gave an extensive series of talks, lectures and meetings during his recent long stay in India, including at the World Hindu Congress of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP, Delhi, Nov. 23), India Ideas Conclave of the India Foundation, (Goa, Dec. 20), Morarji Desai National Institute of Yoga (Nov. 14), Indian Council of Historical Research Foundation Lecture (ICHR, Delhi, March 27), Draupadi Trust and BB Lal Program on Ancient India (Delhi, March), S-VYASA (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana) in Bangalore (Jan.), Swami Rama Sadhaka Gram of Swami Veda Bharati (Rishikesh, Nov.), Chinmaya Mission along with Tattvaloka and Ramana Kendra (Chennai, March), Swaminarayan Akshardham (Delhi, March.), Rajarajeshwari Temple (Bangalore, March), Chamundeshwari Temple (Mysore, March), Tiruvannamali Temple (March) and several other programs.

Vamadeva was honored with a special D.Litt in Yoga and Vedic Studies from S-VYASA, the only deemed Yoga University in India at their annual graduation Jan. 12 in Bangalore, and a Padma Bhushan award from the government of India on March 30, at Rashtrapati Bhavan by the President of India.

Ayur-Yoga Shakti Study and Retreat, March 17-24, 2015, Ayurvedagram, India
Experience and study Traditional Ayurveda and Shakti Yoga in India

Over forty attendees from throughout the world. Special Ayurvedic and Raja Yoga teachings at Ayurvedagram, Bangalore, India, one of the foremost Ayurvedic centers in India and part of the Kerala Ayurveda family. Topics included the healing powers of pranayama, mantra and meditation, and understanding the role of Shakti in healing. Vamadeva and Shambhavi shared secrets of Yoga and Ayurveda not previously taught.