4th of July Retreat: 20th Vedic Astrology Conference on Medical Astrology

  • Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm
  • 14651 Ballantree Lane, Grass Valley, CA, 95949, USA
  • Jul 4 - 7, 2019 (4 days)
  • Tent - Bring Your Own - $400.00 Tent - Ashram Provided - $445.00 Om Cabin - Shared - $445.00 Om Cabin - Private - $640.00 Siva Cabin - Shared - $610.00 Siva Cabin - Private - $760.00 Deluxe Shanti Cabin - Shared - $610.00 Deluxe Shanti Cabin - Priv

About This Event


As stress, depression, anxiety, addictions, medical overwhelm, political conflicts, economical wars, and ethical degeneration plague mankind and our societies nowadays, we need to be much decisive and stronger in methods of self healing, techniques of self regeneration, stress management, and emotional and mental coping mechanism and renewal of consciousness.

Jyotish, as a tool to decipher karma, becomes essential for all to succeed during these challenging times. Ayurveda, is more and more needed as a healing science, and classical Yoga therapy, is a new emerging science to be more known.

Full Schedule

Thursday, July 4

12:00 – 02:00 pm – Arrival

02:00 – 03:45 pm – “Identifying Mental Health Issues in the Vedic Chart” Bill Sinclair

08:00 – 09:45 pm – “Welcome” Swami Sitaramananda

Friday, July 5

05:30 – 08:30 am – “Navagraha Homa and Puja” Pundit Samavedula and Swami Vashistananda

08:45 – 09:45 am – “Vedic Mantras and Healing” Pundit Samavedula

12:00 – 01:45 pm – “Yogic Healing and Quantum Theory” Andrew Foss

02:00 – 03:45 pm – “What Debilitated and retrograde planets say about your health” Komilla Sutton

08:00 – 09:45 pm – “Jyotish & Cardio Vascular Disease” Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar **KEYNOTE TALK

Saturday, July 6

06:00 – 07:40 am – “Mental Health and Manasa Nakshatra” Lalita Krishnan

08:00 – 09:45 am – “Understanding One’s Nature (Prakriti) and its Disturbance (Vikriti) from the Vedic Astrological Chart” Andrew Foss **MASTER CLASS

12:00 – 01:45 pm – “Jyotish Consultation: Implementing Wellness and Strength-Based Approaches” Bill Sinclair

02:00 – 03:45 pm – “Decoding Prakriti Using Jyotish Chart” Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar **MASTER CLASS

08:00 – 09:45 pm – “The timing of disease – how to recognize the Dashas and transits that bring ill-health” Komilla Sutton

Sunday, Jul 7

06:00 – 07:45 am – “4 Paths of Yoga and Karmic Healing” Swami Sitaramananda

08:00 – 09:45 am – “Vastu, Jyothisha, Ayurveda and  Health” Niranjan Babu

12:00 – 01:45 pm – “Closing Panel” All presenters

02:00 ……………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.


Jyotish Beginners Course is Recommended, but not Required.

Tuition Cost

Conference alone (no master class) = $250

Full Conference (with master class) = $400

Master Classes only = $200

**Accommodations cost not included

Topics with Detailed Description

Thursday, July 4

Identifying Mental Health Issues in the Vedic Chart

Bill Sinclair

Using the fundamental principles of Vedic astrology, we will conduct a case review of prominent people who have been diagnosed with mental illness and addiction issues. We will identify common astrological signatures related to depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder and addiction. We will also explore ways to approach these topics with clients from a strength-based perspective.

Friday, July 5

Navagraha Homa and Puja

Pundit Samavedula and Swami Vashistananda

Vedic Mantras and Healing

Pundit Samavedula 08:45 – 09:45 am

Yogic Healing and Quantum Theory (Talk)

Andrew Foss 12:00 – 01:45 pm

The depths of Yogic meditation and the powers some Yogis acquire have long been considered mysterious and beyond rational understanding. For more than a century, Physics has also had a frontier that even the brightest minds struggle to understand. Could there be a connection? Could Yoga help us understand Physics and vice versa. The new and fascinating field of Quantum biology may give us some clues. This easy-to-understand talk will review the amazing discoveries so far and where they may be leading.

What Debilitated and retrograde planets say about your health

Komilla Sutton 02:00 – 03:45 pm

Jyotish & Cardio Vascular Disease   **KEYNOTE TALK

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar 08:00 – 09:45 pm

Heart Disease is the leading cause of deaths globally. We will understand the heart disease tendency, intensity and the timing of the disease. Various planets have different energetic influence on the functioning of the Heart. We will be discussing the markers of longevity and the Heart-Brain connection for emotional well being.

Saturday, July 6

Mental Health and Manasa Nakshatra

Lalita Krishnan 06:00 – 07:45 am

Manasa nakshatra represents our default state of consciousness. Malefics placed here can cause depression and other mental problems. Understanding and propitiation of this nakshatra helps us to elevate our level of consciousness and mental peace.

Understanding One’s Nature (Prakriti) and its Disturbance (Vikriti) from the Vedic Astrological Chart

Andrew Foss 08:00 – 09:45 am

When one is out of balance, one starts to become ill. The imbalance is called Vikriti in Ayurveda while one’s natural state is called Prakriti. The natural state may be fiery, windy, etc. but this is not a problem until imbalance starts. Even good doctors can find it difficult to distinguish between Prakriti and Vikriti but to properly understand the patient, it helps to distinguish these. Jyotish (Vedic Astrology) can help us understand Prakriti and Vikriti along with the timing – when problems will arise and when they will tend to subside. In this workshop, we will study these topics along with an approach to remedies using traditional and simple Jyotish mantras specific to the chart.

Jyotish Consultation: Implementing Wellness and Strength-Based Approaches

Bill Sinclair 12:00 – 01:45 pm

Vedic Astrology can reveal a client’s whole life pathway. However, the true power of Jyotish emerges when the practitioner can provide information in a way that enables the client’s preparation for and recovery from obstacles and challenges. In this class, we will explore therapeutic perspectives based on the ideas of a strength-based approach, wellness, recovery orientation and harm-reduction. We will use example charts to develop language that can enlighten the lives of our clients.

Decoding Prakriti Using Jyotish Chart (Master class)

Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar 02:00 – 03:45 pm

Understanding Prakriti from a Jyotish Chart helps a Medical Astrologer to design a personalized lifestyle and nutrition plan for health & disease alike. The Ascendant, Zodiac Signs, planetary strength and weakness clearly offers practical tools for optimum health. We will discuss step by step approach that blends Ayurveda & Jyotis together.

The timing of disease – how to recognize the Dashas and transits that bring ill-health

Komilla Sutton 08:00 – 09:45 pm

Sunday, Jul 7

4 Paths of Yoga and Karmic Healing

Swami Sitaramananda 06:00 – 07:45 am

Vastu & Healing

Niranjan Babu 08:00 – 09:45 am

Closing Panel

All presenters 12:00 – 01:45 pm

Past Conference File Downloads

2017  Jyotish Conference – Video Files shared via YouTube

Sarasawati Sadhana by Pundit Samavedula$25.00

The Sun and Soul by Andrew Foss$25.00

Understanding Kama by Keiko Ito$25.00

Power to Transform – August Eclipse by Komilla Sutton$25.00

Progressed Chart 1 by Sat Siri$25.00

Sri Lagna by Sarbani Rath$25.00

Moksha Vargas by Komilla Sutton$25.00

Ishvara Yoga by Sanjay Rath$25.00

Progressed Chart 2 – Sat Siri$25.00

Supreme Spirit 1 by Sanjay Rath$25.00

Supreme Spirit 2 by Sanjay$25.00

Supreme Spirit 3 by Sanjay$25.00

Glory Of Saturn by Andrew Foss$25.00

Yoga Remedials by Swami Sitaramananda$25.00

Supreme Spirit 4 by Sanjay$25.00

Supreme Spirit 5 by Sanjay$25.00

Supreme Spirit 6 by Sanjay$25.00

All Downloads$300.00

2017 Jyotish Conference Downloads

2014  Jyotish Conference – Audio Files shared via Dropbox

Andrew Foss – Pacakadi, Sambandha, the Relationship of the Planets 65.48 MB:

Andrew Foss – The Wonderful Ketu 63.33 MB:

Komilla Sutton – Mars, Anger, Frustration, Passion, or Divinity 65.98 MB:

Komilla Sutton-Debilitated Planets and Vulnerability 60.72 MB:

Olga Mandodari – Ayadi Calculations and Vibrational Matching 108.52 MB:

Olga Mandodari – Structure of Space per Vaastu Shastra 61.64 MB:

Sadasiva – Anchoring with Moon Yoga 88.34 MB:

Sanjay Rath – Gan Tara_part1 99.28 MB:

Sanjay Rath – Gan Tara_part2 72.33 MB:

Sanjay Rath – Understanding the 6 vedic seasons_part1 73.15 MB:

Sanjay Rath – Understanding the 6 vedic seasons_part2 80.15 MB:

Sanjay Rath – Vimshottari Dashas 61.23 MB:

Sarbani Rath – Gurukrpa or The Mercy of the Guru 83.07 MB:

Sarbani Rath – Vivaha Anubhava 93.67 MB:

Swami Sita – Yoga and the Mind 56.25 MB:

$10 each

My Experience: I loved TTC. Every part of it. Really. I was always marveling at how seamless and spacious it all felt even in the midst of a tighter schedule. And then I remembered where the teachings came from. The staff at the ashram were all so supportive and kind. The teachers amazing and just breathed what they taught/teach. I felt nourished physically, mentally and spiritually from arrival through departure and it stays with me. I think some of the effect on me is trust. Deeper faith and trust in God which I practice through Sivananda yoga. I feel more relaxed, peaceful and often able to stay in the moment. TTC did change my life on many levels. An obvious change has been that I have let go of teaching Vinyasa and other asana practices and focused on teaching Sivananda. I had been worried if people would appreciate it here in Fairfield county but they do and who was I to doubt. And I don’t have to come up with sequences and playlists so I can spend more time sitting, breathing etc. My Advice to future students: Take it easy and breathe, do your homework, pay attention in lectures etc, trust the teachers when they say it’s all ok. Remember this is your guide, your friend and don’t take any one thing too seriously. Dance with it all and laugh. Enjoy it it passes way too soon.


Venue Highlights

Open to guests year round, the Yoga Farm welcomes people from around the world and provides a peaceful setting in which to find a way back to a holistic lifestyle in harmony with nature. Additionally, our guests testify to the effect of a sense of stress relief and moreover they feel an improved physical, emotional, and spiritual health. You can join for a day, a week, or longer.

06:00am Satsang (Meditation, Chanting, Lecture, or Silent Walk)
08:00am Asanas and Pranayama (All-Lervels Yoga Class)
10:00am Organic Vegetarian Brunch
11:00am Karma Yoga (Selfless Service)
04:00pm Asanas and Pranayama (All-Lervels Yoga Class)
06:00pm Organic Vegetarian Dinner
08:00pm Satsang (Meditation, Kirtan chanting and Lecture)
To keep up the spiritual atmosphere of the Ashram, the participation in the morning and evening meditation and one Asana class daily are mandatory. Programs are subject to change or cancellation.


The Yoga Farm accommodations are separate cabins that are nestled under trees with beautiful surroundings. If you would like to register, please click on the links below and it will bring you to the Yoga Vaction registration page for the accommodations of your choice. The rates below include daily Satsangs, organic vegetarian meals, Hatha Yoga classes and access to ashram facilities. Learn more by checking out our Guest Information page. Special courses and events have an additional tuition rate. You can check our Program Calendar for a full listing of events. We also welcome day guests, but please let us know ahead that you are coming. There is a holiday surcharge during Easter, Memorial Day, 4th of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year.

Deluxe Shanti Cabins
These extremely comfortable and spacious cabins are tastefully furnished and decorated. Watch the deer wander by from the front porch with sun shade. For your comfort, an air conditioner, propane heater and ceiling fan are provided; furnishings include a desk/table and chairs, dresser/wardrobe and a sitting area. A small refrigerator, dishes and cutlery are provided.

Om Cabins
Our original Om Cabins are placed in a peaceful and tranquil setting, on a gentle hillside overlooking the pond and surrounded by the natural beauty of the Ashram. Each cabin is named for a different virtue, such as happiness or contentment. Each cabin is furnished with a dresser, desk, night stand, ceiling fan and propane heater.

Guests may bring their own tent or rent out an ashram tent and camp on the land. Sleep closer to nature in the fresh, open air. There are deck platforms designated for tenting.


  • Free Wifi
  • Towels
  • Free Parking
  • Coffee/Tea
  • Yoga Studio

Menu Types

  • Vegan
  • Vegetarian
  • Ayurvedic
  • Organic
  • Gluten Free
  • Dairy Free
  • Nut Free


Eating a plant-based diet has been conclusively shown to be good for health and well-being. Furthermore, it is detoxifying and nutritive at the same time. In addition, the meals are freshly prepared with love and care by dedicated karma yogis. Also, the ashram uses mostly organic, locally produced fruits and vegetables.

The buffet meals offered are lacto-vegetarian. We also have a permaculture vegetable garden and grow some of our own food and flowers.

Please note that meat, fish, alcohol, tobacco, coffee, black tea, and eggs are not served in the ashram.

The meals are offered at 10:00 am and 6:00 pm with a small fruit snack served in the afternoon. Additional snacks are available in the boutique if needed.

In case you have any special dietary restrictions please mention so on your application form and we will do our best to accommodate you.


The Ashram is situated near highway 49 between Auburn and Grass Valley, just one hour from Sacramento and three hours (without traffic) from San Francisco and is easily accessible by car or by Amtrak (train and bus).

By Air to San Francisco:
Public Transport – Take BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) from SFO to Richmond station. BART is at SFO, is marked well, but you can also ask at information and they will easily guide you. Trains run every ten or fifteen minutes or so depending upon the time. This is about $7, purchase a ticket at the station. In Richmond exchange to Amtrak for ongoing travel to Auburn station. They are both in the same station, BART is upstairs and Amtrak down. Go to (contact info blocked) to book, there you will see service that is mostly connecting. Part of your travel to Auburn will be train, some bus. Give yourself at least 60-90 minutes between arrival at SFO and departure from Richmond. Please contact us to tell us your planned arrival time at Auburn, we will add you to our pickup list. If you are delayed on your day of travel, Amtrak will honor your ticket for the next train. Please call us to advise and we will adjust accordingly.

By Air to Sacramento airport:
Public Transit – We recommend that you take (contact info blocked) train or bus service from Sacramento to Auburn station and we will have one of our staff pick you up in Auburn to transport you to the Yoga Farm. From Sacramento Airport you may take either YOLO bus (approximate cost $2.25 but will require a walk of 6-7 blocks) or Supershuttle (approximate cost $15 direct) to the Amtrak station in Sacramento and transfer there (Amtrak fare is ~$16 each way). Please stop at the information booth at the Sacramento airport after arrival to inquire the options for this leg of your travel. PLEASE NOTE that Amtrak offers bus service from Sacramento to Auburn. Although the schedule is shown on the Amtrak website it is not possible to purchase tickets online for bus travel. For this you will need to arrive at the Sacramento Amtrak station with a few minutes early and purchase the ticket there. Please contact us at least one day ahead of your travel and advise your plans so that we may arrange to meet you when you arrive in Auburn. Supershuttle – is also available if you would like a direct ride to the ashram or to Auburn.

By Car:
From I-80 exit in Auburn and onto Hwy. 49 North towards Grass Valley. Go 11 miles to Wolf Road (traffic signal light) and turn Left. (note that right side of the intersection is Combie Rd.) Go 1.8 miles and turn right onto Duggans Rd. Go 2 miles to the end of the road and turn left on Lime Kiln Rd. Go 2.4 miles – (the road becomes McCourtney Rd.) (continue straight). Continue 1.2 miles and turn left on Ballantree Lane. (You will note an Adopt-a-Highway sign 1 mile ahead of the turn that the “Yoga Farm removes litter”) Go 0.9 miles to the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm driveway and turn left (It is marked by a big sign.) Please drive 10 MPH ONLY on Ballantree Lane.

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