Jyotish Beginners Course

Taught by William SurfaceSunday, August 26 – Friday, August 31, 2018Tuition : $150.00
plus accommodations (see below for prices)













Take advantage of this unique opportunity to study Vedic Astrology for Beginners in an easy to understand but comprehensive course. This intensive course is designed to give a comprehensive understanding and grounding in the principles of Vedic Astrology. The course will cover the Vedic Philosophy on Karma and the basics in chart reading. Students will be introduced to the Planets, the Signs, the Houses, Rahu Ketu (the nodes of the Moon) the Nakshatras, Vimshottari Dasha system (the unique Vedic System of prediction) and Gochara (Transits). The course will end with Chart analysis.

Daily Schedule


  • 12:00 - 04:00 pm    Arrival and Registration
  • 04:00 - 06:00 pm    Yoga Class
  • 06:00 - 06:45 pm    Dinner
  • 07:00 - 07:30 pm    Orientation
  • 08:00 - 09:30 pm    Satsang 

Monday - Thursday

  • 06:00 - 07:30 am    Satsang 
  • 08:00 - 10:00 am    Jyotish Workshop 
  • 10:00 - 10:45 am    Brunch
  • 10:45 - 11:45 am    Karma Yoga
  • 12:00 - 03:00 pm    Jyotish Workshop 
  • 04:00 - 06:00 pm    Yoga Class
  • 06:00 - 06:45 pm    Dinner
  • 08:00 - 09:30 pm    Satsang 


  • 06:00 - 07:30 am    Satsang 
  • 08:00 - 10:00 am    Jyotish Workshop 
  • 10:00 - 10:45 am    Brunch
  • 12:00 Departure


There are no prerequisites other than a sincere desire to learn Jyotish/Vedic Astrology.


A certification will be given for 40 hours of study in Vedic Astrology signed by the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, Komilla Sutton, and William Surface

What to Bring

Textbook:"The Essentials of Vedic Astrology" by Komilla Sutton

Other:  slip on shoes, loose comfort​able clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight. All books and materials are available in our boutique.

Arrival and Departure

Arrival: The course will begin at 7pm on Sunday with an Ashram Orientation followed by Satsang at 8pm. 
Departure: The course will conclude at 3pm on the Final date.

We encourage you to arrive by 4pm on Day 1, making the most out of the afternoon by joining us for the Asana class and dinner. You are always welcome and encouraged to extend your stay to any length before or after the course. Please indicate your desired arrival and departure dates on your registration form.

Accommodation Prices and Photos

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

Accommodation Discounts: Seniors (60+) 10% & Students 10%

Click here for detailed information on accommodations



William Surface

William Surface is a professional astrologer certified through the Council of Vedic Astrology and is the recipient of the CVA Jyotish Visharada. He has completed Komilla Sutton's 3 year Jyotish Course and is also a member of the British Association of Vedic Astrology (BAVA). He also holds a B.A in Humanities from the University of Chicago. Born and raised in New York City and now residing in Portland, Oregon William has been a student of yoga since 2001. The teachings of yoga have had a profound effect on my life, and eventually brought me to the study of Vedic Astrology.