• $150.00 – sliding scale

Dates and Pricing
November 25 - 29, 2020
Sliding Scale: $150 - 250
Individual workshops are available as well
Recordings will also be available

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Thanksgiving Weekend Symposium on Unity in Diversity

with Swami Swaroopananda, Swami Sitaramananda, Komilla Sutton, Tulku Sherdor, Srinivasan, Brother Rolph Fernandes, Swami Jnaneswariananda, Swami Dharmananda, Swami Sivasankariananda, Rabbi Zoe B Zak, Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT (Saraswati Devi), Dr. Fred Luskin, Swami Adi Parashaktiananda and Swami Vashistananda

November 25 - 29, 2020

Thanksgiving Retreat

Recognize our unity of consciousness while bridging our  diverse religious cultures and backgrounds. Paths are many but Truth is One! Names are Many but God is One!

Daily Schedule

* all times are listed in pacific time-zone
**Daily Yoga Classes 8-10am and 4-6pm

Wednesday, November 25
12 – 2:00 pm – “Thanksgiving Cooking Workshop” with Mahalakshmi
2 – 5:00 pm – “Honoring shastapurti of Swami Sivasankari. A special puja celebrating 60 years” – Swami Vasishtananda
7:30 – 9 pm – “60 years Blessings of Jupiter” – Komilla Sutton

Thursday, November 26
6 – 7:30 am – Satsang and lecture on “Sivananda 4 paths to meditation” – Swami Sitaramananda
12 – 1:00 pm – “Make your home into a yoga retreat” – Swami Dharmananda
2 – 3:30 pm – “Unity in Diversity, the teaching of Vedanta according to Swami Sivananda” – Swami Jnaneswariananda
7:30 – 9 pm – “Satsang & Nada Yoga Concert” – Silvia Nakkach

Friday, November 27
6 – 7:30 am – “Essence of Srimad Bhagavatam” – Srinivasan
8 – 9:30 am – “Tibetan Buddhism meditation I” – Tulku Sherdor
12 – 1:30 pm –  “Hatha Yoga workshop – Benefits of hatha yoga for meditation students” – Swami Adiparashaktiananda
2 – 3:30 pm – “Judaism approach to Meditation” – Rabbi Zoe
7:30 – 9 pm – “Service as Love in expression” – Swami Sivasankariananda

Saturday, November 28
6 – 7:30 am – “Vedantic meditation and Questions and Answers on Unity in Diversity” with Swami Swaroopananda
8 – 9:30 am – “Tibetan Buddhism meditation II” – Tulku Sherdor
12 – 1:30 pm – “The 4 stages of Life” – Komilla Sutton
2 – 3:30 pm – “Wisdom Therapy” – Shani Robins
7:30 – 9 pm – “Forgiveness Therapy” – Fred Luskin

Sunday, November 29
5:30 – 6:30 am – “Classical Vietnamese tea meditation and Vietnamese songs on meditation on the breath” – Swami Sitaramananda & VN staff
6:45 – 8:00 am – “Heart of Christianity life of saints or prayers of san Francis. ” – Brother Rolph

Dates and Pricing
November 25 – 29, 2020
Sliding Scale: $150 – 250
Individual workshops are available as well
Recordings will also be available


Swami Swaroopananda
Swami Swaroopananda is a senior disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda. A practicing yogi from a very young age, Swami Swaroopananda has dedicated his life to the practice and teaching of yoga. He taught in Yoga Teacher Training Courses around the world and is currently teaching advanced yoga philosophy courses…
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Swami Sitaramananda
Swami Sitaramananda is a senior acharya of the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers and is director of the Sivananda Yoga Farm, California and the Sivananda Yoga Resort and Training Center, Vietnam.  She is acharya of China, Taiwan, and Japan as well. Swamiji is the organizer and teacher of…
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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…
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Tulku Sherdor
Tulku Sherdor is born in Montreal, Canada in 1961, he began studying Buddhist Insight meditation from a very young age, and met his principal teacher, Tulku Urgyen Rinpoche, in Nepal in 1981.  He was fortunate to study with other pre-eminent masters of the 20th century, including His Holiness…
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Director of the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Ranch and Acharya (senior teacher) in the International Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers organization, Srinivasan has dedicated his life to the propagation of the classical teachings of Yoga. An internationally recognized teacher of Raja Yoga and Hatha Yoga, Srinivasan served and studied with…
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Brother Rolph Fernandes
Brother Rolph Fernandes for 43 years has been a Franciscan Monk.  All these years of prayer and meditation, interactions with many saints and sages of the East and West and his commitment to discover Gods presence has shaped him into a being of deep compassion and wisdom.
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Swami Jnaneswariananda
Swami Jnaneswariananda joined the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers in 1995 and has been director of centers and ashrams in Canada and Italy. She teaches Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Anatomy, and Vedanta at Teacher Training Courses in North America, Italy and India. Swami Jnaneswariananda took vows of Sannyas in 2001.…
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Swami Dharmananda
Swami Dharmananda is assistant director of the Yoga Farm and is in charge of the Karma Yoga program.  He is a faculty of the Sivananda Institute of Health (SIHY) and is one of the main teachers of Yoga Philosophy and Meditation at the Ashram. He took sannyas vows…
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Swami Sivasankariananda
Swami Sivasankariananda, director of the Los Angeles Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center, served as director of the San Francisco Center from February of 2015 to September 2019. She returns to LA where she lived for 20+ years. She completed her TTC at the Yoga Farm in 1997 and ATTC there…
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Rabbi Zoe B Zak
Zoe B Zak is honored to serve as rabbi of Temple Israel of Catskill in Catskill, NY since 2012. She is well matched to her warm, out-reaching community, being a person with great heart and a passion for service to others. You will rarely find her standing alone…
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Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT (Saraswati Devi)
Silvia Nakkach, MA, MMT (Saraswati Devi), is a Grammy-nominated musician and a renowned vocal artist. She is a former clinical psychologist, an author, a world-wide sound and music educator, and a Nada Yoga scholar and yogini. She is a pioneer in the field of sound and music therapies,…
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Dr. Fred Luskin
Dr. Luskin holds a Ph.D. in Counseling and Health Psychology from Stanford University. He is Co-Director of the Stanford-Northern Ireland HOPE Project, an ongoing series of workshops and research projects that investigate the effectiveness of his forgiveness methods on the victims of political violence. He served as Director…
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Swami Adi Parashaktiananda
Swami Adi Parashaktiananda is a dedicated Sadhak and Hatha Yoga practitioner and teacher, graduated from Sivananda Teachers Training Course in 2007 at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, CA. He took the first monastic vow from Sivananda lineage in 2011 and has been traveling yearly to…
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Swami Vashistananda
Swami Vashistananda comes from the Namboodri lineage in Southern India, Kerala and was the personal priest of Swami Vishnudevananda. Swamiji 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 and does ceremonies…
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