Retreats & Programs

2015 Special Retreats and Events
Dr. David Frawley (Acharya Vamadeva) and Yogini Shambhavi Devi

Take programs and have a personal connection with Padma Bhushan Dr. David Frawley, one of the most celebrated Vedic teachers of our times, and his wife Yogini Shambhavi Devi.

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

Our initial announcement for Early Bird Registration for our eighth annual Yoga Shakti Retreat in India, our first in South India and first at an Ayurvedic wellness and treatment center. We will emphasize 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 will include the healing powers of pranayama, mantra and meditation, and understanding the role of Shakti in healing. Vamadeva and Shambhavi will share secrets of Yoga and Ayurveda not previously taught. Special Kerala Ayurveda treatments will be available to students. Be sure to book early in order to get the best discount!

We also recommend a special South Indian Yoga Tandava Yatra, March 8-17, 2015 as an additional option for those interested in visiting powerful temples and important sacred sites in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, including the Ramanashram, Pondicherry and Mahabalipuram. You can also take the tour without attending the retreat if you wish.

2014 Upcoming Programs

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm – Aug. 28- Sept. 1
Second Annual Vedic Knowledge Integration Forum
Vamadeva will share the yogic secrets of the Rigveda, the oldest Vedic text, from his upcoming book Vedic Yoga: The Path of the Rishi, which reflects more than forty years of study.  Shambhavi will share special Vedic mantras, in a gathering of many great Vedic teachers, including Swam Sitaramananda and Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar.

Primordial Sound Meditation Teacher Training, Chopra Center, La Costa CA
April 22-28 and Oct. 13-19

Our 2014 programs involve special programs with the Chopra Center University (April, October) where Vamadeva is now featured along with Deepak as a senior Master Educator, helping with Deepak’s mantra and meditation training and serving as a general advisor to the university. Yogini Shambhavi has recently joined as a Master Educator as well. Vamadeva will also provide special webinars and articles on important topics. He will be the main teacher for the Primordial Sound Meditation Teacher Training program. Yogini Shambhavi will also join him in the teaching.

The certification is provided jointly by Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers/ OR Integral Yoga Institute and AIVS (David Frawley).  Next course dates are:

2014 Programs (completed)

Santa Fe Yoga Shakti Retreat, Aug. 18-25
Tantra, Mantra and Transforming Karma

Our first retreat in Santa Fe, will bring the power of our overseas programs to the United States, with special classes, rituals, yoga practices, mantra and meditation in the high desert of northern New Mexico. Along with an Aug. 18-22 retreat program, we will also allow students to attend the famous 93rd annual Santa Fe Indian Market on Aug. 23-24.

Himalayan Yoga Shakti Retreat, Ranikhet, India Himalayas – March 10-20, 2014

Concluded—-This program will be in the Kumaon, Himalayas by the city of Ranikhet at 6000 feet, with visits to local temples, especially Dunagiri (Durga), Jageshwar (Shiva), and Mahavatar Babaji’s cave. The resort we will be staying in has a full view of the greater Himalaya range extending to Nanda Devi. We will post more information on the event soon. This will be our only India retreat this upcoming year. It will include a special celebration of the Holi festival of colors. It will be our seventh annual Himalayan program and our fourth retreat in the Ranikhet region. 

Sanchi University, Bhopal, India
Feb. 28 – March 2

Concluded —– The Centre for Study of Religion and Society (CSRS) of India Foundation  is organising the 2nd International Conference on Dharma- Dhamma in collaboration with the Sanchi University of Buddhist-Indic Studies, Sanchi, Madhya Pradesh on 28 February – 02 March, 2014 at Bhopal, India. Vamadeva (David Frawley) is one of the patrons of the conference, along with Swami Dayananda, Lokesh Chandra, Samdhong Rinpoche, Bangala Upatissa Nayaka Thero, and other important teachers in these fields.

Russia (St. Petersburg and Moscow): May 10 – May 28

Moscow, Russia, International Festival of Vedic Astrology and Ayurveda, May 14 – May 19with Vamadeva and Shambhavi as keynote speakers. The first major event of this type held in Russia.

Additional public talks and consultations by Vamadeva and Shambhavi on select topics relative to Yoga, Ayurveda, and Vedic astrology in both Moscow and St. Petersburg. Hosted by Rami Bleckt Contact: Radha Rani – Moscow, May 10-22. St. Peterburg, May 23-27.

Bulgaria (Sophia): May 28 – June 8

Another unique event! Sofia, Bulgaria, Yoga and Ayurveda teaching and program, Soma and Rejuvenation, with additional information on Jyotish and Tantra, May 29-June 2. Hosted by Dr. Antoaneta Zarkova – For more information contact Yogini Shambhavi –

CVA (Council of Vedic Astrology) 2014 Conference
June 19-23, Embassy Suites, Seattle Washington
Jupiter in Cancer, The Return of the Light, 20th Anniversary Conference

Vamadeva and Shambhavi will join a large group of Vedic astrologers from throughout the world for this important event. They will host a special pre-conference workshop on the Role of Shakti in Vedic Astrology, as well as both speak at the main conference. One of the largest Vedic astrology conferences in the West in recent years, including such noted teachers as Chakrapani Ullal, Gayatri Vasudev and Sanjay Rath.

AAPNA – Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America
11th Conference July 4-6, 2014 – Boone NC
Ayurveda and Yoga Conference for Optimal Health
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Founder Art of Living Foundation, Inauguration Speech
Vamadeva – Keynote Presentation of the Interrelationship and Continuity of Veda, Raja Yoga and Ayurveda.
Yogini Shambhavi – Keynote Presentation on Yogic Art of Restorative Healing.
Join us for this special event with many important Ayurvedacharyas and Yoga gurus from throughout the world.

New Allied Sivananda Programs for 2014

Ayurveda and Yoga Wellness Counselor Certification Program, based upon Vamadeva’s course material, with Swami Sitaramananda and Durga Leela, taught in several locations.
Vietnam course, March 25 – April 5, 2014
Bahamas course, April 15 – 24, 2014