July 5, 2017 @ 6:00 am – 4:00 pm
Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm
14651 Ballantree Ln
Grass Valley, CA 95949
Tuition : $250.00 Full Conference (with master class) = $400 plus Accommodations
(530) 272-9322

18th Vedic Astrology Conference: Exploring the Inner Journey through Yoga and Jyotisha

Presented by Sanjay Rath, Sarbani Rath, Komilla Sutton, Niranjan Babu, William R. Levacy, PhD, Andrew Foss PhD, Swami Sitaramananda, Sat Siri Khalsa, Keiko Ito, Bill Sinclair, Pandit Samavedula, Swami VashistanandaSaturday, July 1 – Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Tuition : $250.00
Full Conference (with master class) = $400
plus Accommodations


This year we welcome back Sanjay and Sarbani Rath.  They last visited the Sivananda Yoga Farm in 2014 when Sanjay inspired and awed the audience with his intuitive knowledge and powerful words.  This year he will focus on the topic of Adhyātma which refers to the Supreme Spirit.

Self-realisation is what all spiritual paths aim to achieve, either as the final objective itself or an intermediate stage.  Jyotiṣa, as the eye of the Vedas, is what helps us to see and know ourselves. This is the real jyotiṣa ocean that Ādi Shankara was referring to before his debate with Mandana Mishra (later Sureshwara).

Every great journey must start with a tiny step. And this is what we aim to take at the holy Sivananda Yoga Farm by starting with

  • (a) Vedic Cosmology and the Horoscope
  • (b) Astha Lagna: Śrī, Mūlādhāra, Vidyeśvara Gaṇeśa and Saṅsāra

Full Schedule

Saturday, July 1st

12:00 – 02:00 pm – Arrival
02:00 – 04:00 pm – “Introduction to Jyotish” Bill Sinclair
04:00 – 06:00 pm – “Saraswati Sadhana” Pundit Samavedula
08:00 – 09:45 pm – “Desire in the chart through the exploration of the Third House” Keiko Ito

Sunday, July 2nd

06:00 – 09:00 am – “Navagraha Homa and Puja” Pundit Samavedula and Swami Vashistananda
09:00 – 10:00 am – “The astrology of Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)” Keiko Ito
12:00 – 01:30 pm – “Saraswati Sadhana” Pundit Samavedula
02:30 – 03:45 pm – “The Sun and the Soul”  – Andrew Foss
08:00 – 09:45 pm –  “Yogic and Vedantic Remedials of Karmas” Swami Sitaramananda

Monday, July 3rd

06:00 – 07:30 am – “Eclipses and their power to transform, focus on Aug. 2017 solar eclipse which is visible throughout USA”  – Komilla Sutton
08:00 – 10:00 am – “Progressed Chart:  Steps Along the Journey”  – Sat Siri Khalsa
12:00 – 01:30 pm – “Sri Lagna”  – Sarbani Rath
02:30 – 03:45 pm – “The search for self realization through the three moksha houses (4, 8, 12) and the Vargas charts connected to it, Shodasamsha D16, Vimshamsha D20 and Siddhamsha D24”  – Komilla Sutton
08:00 – 09:45 pm – Satsang: Key Note Talk with Sanjay Rath

Tuesday, July 4th

06:00 – 07:30 am – “Progressed Chart:  Steps Along the Journey”  – Sat Siri Khalsa
08:00 – 10:00 am –  “Adhyātma – Supreme Spirit” Sanjay Rath  **Master Class
12:00 – 01:30 pm – “Adhyātma – Supreme Spirit” Sanjay Rath  **Master Class
02:00 – 03:30 pm – “Adhyātma – Supreme Spirit” Sanjay Rath  **Master Class
08:00 – 09:45 pm – “The Glory of Saturn”  – Andrew Foss

Wed, Jul 5th

06:00 – 07:30 am – “Intro. to Vastu (vedic architecture)”  – Niranjan Babu
08:00 – 10:00 am – “Adhyātma – Supreme Spirit” Sanjay Rath  **Master Class
12:00 – 01:30 pm – “Adhyātma – Supreme Spirit” Sanjay Rath  **Master Class
02:00 – 03:30 pm – “Adhyātma – Supreme Spirit” Sanjay Rath  **Master Class
04:00pm……………End of Conference

Daily Yoga Classes at 8am and 4pm.  Daily Vegetarian meals at 10am and 6pm. Karma yoga daily at 11am.  Om namo narayanaya chanting nightly at 7pm.

Master Class Descriptions with Sanjay Rath

Tuesday, July 4th

  • Overview of multiple lokas
  • 14 loka and tala of Brahma mapped into the horoscope
  • seven lokas in seven chakras, their shape, devatā and Sanskrit akṣara
  • understanding positions of graha, nakṣatra, and various devatā; in essence you will get a three-dimensional view of jyotiṣa as well as its map to your chakras, especially mūlādhāra, bhū-loka, śrī śaktī, Vidyeśvara Gaṇeśa and saṅsāra
  • Nāḍi – iḍā, piṇgalā and suṣumna; their flow in ṣaḍchakra while suṣumna alone moves to sapta-chakra (sahasrāra); vāyu as the ‘vāha’ of saṅsāra; prāṇa in jyotiṣa

Wednesday, July 5th

  • aṣṭa charakāraka overview; ātmakāraka is Śiva; choosing rudrākṣa;
  • understanding advaita and dvaita concept in jyotiṣa.
  • kāraka lagna (rāśi) and kārakāṁśa (navāṁśa) as taught by Parāśara;
  • īṣṭa devatā, dharma devatā, pālana devatā in navāṁśa; ṣaṣṭiāṁśa link to vedic knowledge; the Guru and dīkṣa timing;
  • bandhana and mokṣa; mokṣa yoga of Parāśara


*** Audio Downloads available from the 2014 Conference


Jyotish Beginners Course is Recommended, but not Required.

Arrival and Departure

Arrival: The Conference will begin at 2pm on the first Date with a class on introduction to Jyotish.
Departure: The Conference will conclude at 4pm on the Final date.

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.

Tuition Cost and Accommodation Rates

Conference alone (no master class) = $250
Full Conference (with master class) = $400
Master Classes only = $200 all day tuesday and wednesday.


Tenting: $50/night

Om Cabins
– Dorm: $65/night per person
– Double: $85/night per person
– Single: $130/night

Siva Cabins
– Double: $120/night per person
– Single: $170/night

Deluxe Shanti Cabins
– Triple: $120/night per person
– Double: $160/night per person
– Single: $240/night
– Family of two: $280/night per family
– Family of three: $320/night per family

Click here for detailed information on accommodations

Teacher Biographies

Sanjay Rath

Sanjay Rath belongs to a traditional family of astrologers from Bira Balabhadrapur Sasan village of Puri, Orissa, which trace their lineage back to Shri Achyuta Das (Sri Achyutananda). Sanjay studied under his uncle, late Pandit Kasinath Rath. His grandfather, the late Pandit Jagannath Rath, was the Jyotish Ratna of Orissa and authored many books on Jyotish. He began his studies at a tender age, and received the depth of Jyotish only found among those who have been trained in the ancient traditional way of the parampara. He later became a graduate of mechanical engineering and worked for some time with the Government of India. Leaving government service to devote himself completely to Jyotisha, he has the depth of the ancient knowledge with the ability to communicate it to the modern mind. He uses Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra, Jaimini Upadesa Sutras, Brihat Jataka and Saravali as the foundations of Jyotisha and teaches from various other Jyotish scripture and sacred literature such as the Bhagavad Gita, Upanisads, Puranas, etc.


Sarbani Rath

In 1998 when Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra became the principal book on her table she began exclusively studying and practicing Jyotiṣa under the able guidance of Pt. Sanjay Rath. After receiving the Bṛhaspati Gāyatrī in 2002 she has been practising jyotiṣa professionally and teaching as a Jyotiṣa Guru of Śrī Jagannāth Center (SJC). She went on to be the President of SJC in 2008. She continues her passion of reading Vedic literature and after finishing a thorough study of the Garuḍa Purāṇa, is currently working on Sāradātilaka Tantra and Skanda Purāṇa. In 2011 she successfully completed the 5-year long Jaimini Scholar Programme (2007-11) and is a certified Jaimini Scholar of the First Himalaya Batch of Devaguru Bṛhaspati Center (DBC). On the directions of the DBC-Institute she is currently a teacher and Course Co-ordinator of the 2nd Himalaya Batch of the Jaimini Scholar Programme. As the Managing Editor of Sagittarius Publications, she oversees the publication of the quarterly jyotiṣa journal The Jyotish Digest and other astrology books. She has presented papers at various Jyotish conferences in India, USA, London and Serbia. She is a member of the British Association of Vedic Astrology (BAVA).


Komilla Sutton

Komilla is 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 this subject more accessible for Western readers. She is author of Vedic Love Signs, Vedic Astrology, The Essentials of Vedic Astrology, Lunar Nodes: Crisis and Redemption and Indian Astrology.


Niranjan Babu

Bangalore Niranjan Babu is a scholar in Vastu, Astrology, Mudras, Mantra Shastra, Gemstone and Meditation. He is the son of the most famous Vedic astrologer of all times B.V. Raman, who has been chosen as the Jyotishi to explain the science of Vedic astrology to the United Nations. He inherited from his Father the traditions of Jyotish and Vastu and is presently the publisher of Vedic astrology Magazine started by his Father since 1895.  He has authored several bestseller books in English and regional languages of India. He has lectured, conducted seminars and given professional consultations to individuals, corporate layouts, temples, etc in India, North America, Europe and other parts of the world that include Russia, France and Belgium.  Niranjan Babu has the intuition of an expert and will teach you not only the sciences of Vastu but the insights that will make this vedic science accessible to all, not only for life enhancement but also for Self Realization.


William R. Levacy,, PhD

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 www.acvaonline.org. Bill has maintained an active consulting astrology practice since 1983 and has lectured internationally. Bill lives in Southern California and can be reached at [email protected]


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: www.vedicsoftware.com


Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda, who is a direct disciple of Swami Sivananda. She was nominated acharya by him in 1989 and is presently acharya of US West coast Centers and Ashrams as well as Asia, especially Vietnam and China. She has been director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm for more than 20 years and has taught many international Teachers Training Courses in California, Vietnam, China, Taiwan and India and is also teaching regularly at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau Bahamas. She is the author of Positive Thinking Manual, Essentials of Yoga Practice and Philosophy (translated in Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese) and Swamiji Said, a collection of teachings by Swami Vishnudevananda in His Own Words as well as two poem books. She is responsible for the Vietnamese translation of The Completed Illustrated Book of Yoga by Swami Vishnudevananda. Some of her audio lectures on Yoga Life, articles and webinar presentations can be found on the website.


Sat Siri Khalsa

Sat Siri Khalsa is a Jyotish practitioner as well as a teacher of Kundalini Yoga.  An honors graduate of Harvard University, Sat Siri has lectured around the world and written on nakshatras and timings, prediction, spiritual astrology and healing, and financial astrology. She teaches many students as well as counseling, researching and writing. She was named a Jyotish Kovid by the Indian Council of Vedic Astrologers under Dr. B. V. Raman, one of the leaders of the current renaissance in ancient jyotish studies.  She has been honoured as a Jyotish Brihaspati in 2014 and as a Jyotish Medhya Prayag by the Indian Council of Astrological Studies.  Sat Siri is certified as a Jaimini Scholar, one of a small number of graduates in this advanced traditional teaching. She is a certified teacher of the Parasara Jyotish Course as taught by Pt. Sanjay Rath. She has been a member of the Council of Vedic Astrology since its early days and has been serving as Vice President for the last few years, furthering its work of certifying applicants as a Jyotish Visharada and Jyotish Kovid. Her mission is to encourage excellence and rigor in learning the esoteric foundations of yogic science as embodied in jyotisha and in mantra shastra. She follows a directive by Yogi Bhajan to write and counsel in this area; he called her “my astrologer.”


Keiko Ito

After studying western astrology from a young age, Tokyo-based Keiko started learning Jyotish in 2003 with her teacher, Komilla Sutton. Traveling regularly to India with Komilla to deepen her Vedic knowledge, Keiko was part of the faculty at the “Fresh Talents of Vedic Astrology” in India (2013, 2014), at the “BAVA Conference” in London (2013, 2015) and at the “Annual Vedic Astrology Conference” at Yoga Farm in California (2013). She regularly holds Jyotish-themed workshops at Sivananda Yoga Tokyo Center, is a full-time translator in four languages and a part-time Vedic astrologer with clients in Japan and Europe.

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Bill Sinclair

Bill began studying Vedic Astrology in 2002. He began his studies under Ronnie Dreyer andcontinues his studies under the guidance of Komilla Sutton.  Bill holds a Level 1 Jyotish Certification from the American College of Vedic Astrology. This certification requires a minimum of 600 hours of accredited training in addition to passing comprehensive written and oral examinations. He also holds the Jyotish Shastri Diploma from Komilla Academy of Vedic Studies in Chandigarh, India. Bill was a member of the faculty at the 2013 Fresh Talents of Jyotish 1st Annual Conference, Pondicherry, India where he discussed Bhava Pada and its application in understanding a person’s internal and public persona.In 2014 Bill joined the Fresh Talents of Jyotish 2nd Annual Conference in New Delhi, India and discussed how we might understand the Nāga energy which appears in many aspects of Vedic Astrology. In his second talk, he shared ideas about assessing the effectiveness of Mahapurusha Yogas.His current area of research is focused on integrating a deeper knowledge of Rig Vedic deities into chart analysis. Bill maintains a private consultation practice and can be contacted at [email protected] and www.billsinclair.com.  Bill is a member of the Council of Vedic Astrology (CVA) and has studied in the US, UK, and India.


Pandit Samavedula

Pandit Samavedula 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 has been coming to the Yoga Farm and Vietnam since 2009 performing pujas, homas, and giving workshops on mantras and rituals.  He has a very powerful voice and when he teaches he uses humor to keep everyone engaged and inspired.


Swami Vashistananda

Swami Vashistananda comes from the Namboodri lineage in Southern India, Kerala. He was the personal priest of Swami Vishnudevananda and has been a long-time teacher of bhakti and vedanta in the Sivananda organization ever since. He has been at the Yoga farm since October 2014.