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.

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 Yoga Shakti programs, as in years past. We will also be doing July 20-24 programs in Cologne, Germany and a Santa Fe Yoga Shakti retreat in August 7-15 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

We will be continuing our work with the Chopra Center in terms of the Primordial Sound Advanced Mantra and Meditation Teacher training (June and October), and the Weekend with the Masters along with Deepak Chopra (December).

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.

Vamadeva and Shambhavi will be attending the Ujjain Kumbha Mela in India, May 12-14, as Guests of Honor for the main international conference hosted by the government of Madhya Pradesh.




We will explore the secrets of yogic meditation through a study of special teachings of the Yoga Sutras. Dr. Frawley is one of the few western teachers who has studied the Sutras in the original Sanskrit with traditional teachers over the last more than thirty years. We will also examine the secrets of Mantra Shakti and show its connections with the Raja Yoga of Patanjali as well as to Vedic and Tantric teaching. Shambhavi carries special Mantra Yoga teachings from the Himalayas, particularly relative to different forms of Shakti.

This will be our main US retreat this year. The retreat center is conveniently located in the heart of Santa Fe and the program will feature extra time for visiting the Santa Fe region and its famous summer atmosphere.

YOGA SHAKTI AND HEALING AYURVEDA, special retreat and study program with Yogini Shambhavi Devi, exploring Shakti as a healing force connected to Prana, Mantra, Yoga and Ayurvedic Healing.
JULY 21-24 in Cologne, Germany, Yogini Shambhavi’s main European program for the year 

YOGIC ART OF HEALING YOUR HEART with Yogini Shambhavi Devi
The Heart is the core of our Physical and Spiritual Being. Shambhavi’s insights
JULY 20, Cologne Germany  for Cologne programs


NATIONAL AYURVEDIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE, APRIL 14-17, Warwick, Rhode Island, with special keynotes by Dr. David Frawley and Dr. Vasant Lad

Perhaps most important American Ayurvedic conference in recent years, a new opportunity to re-envision Ayurveda for the coming century, with Dr. Frawley and Dr. Lad as keynote speakers.

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.

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.

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.


Dr. Frawley’s visit to India from Feb. 11 – March 29 2016 will including programs at Manipal University, Udupi (Feb. 17-18), Swami Rama Sadhaka Gram in Rishikesh, AYUSH Rajasthan, Udaipur (March 17-19), and Taj Literary Festival, Agra (Feb. 27-28). You can email us at for more information.


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


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.

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.

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.