Shining World Events

James Swartz and Shining World hold satsangs and talks all around the world. From North America, to Europe, Africa, and India, James travels far and wide teaching Vedanta in a unique way that Westerners can appreciate. There is never any charge for the teaching, only to cover the cost of travel and expenses.

Upcoming events

One Month Bhagavad Gita Vedanta Course – Carbondale Colorado –  June 6-24m 2018 – James Swartz 

ShiningWorld proudly presents a two-month donation-based course that teaches the essence of Vedanta in the form of the Bhagavad Gita at True Nature Healing Center in Carbondale, Colorado — June 2018.  Details are included below and are posted at  Recommended reading is available at

Knowledge of the Self (Isvara) – Self Inquiry – June 6-24, 2018

Like the knowledge of karma, which is gained through yoga, the knowledge of the Self is gained through Vedanta, the path of s/Self inquiry, that culminates in non-dual vision, which is non-separate from non-dual love.  Vedanta is a systematic means of inquiry into three topics: (1) the world (2) the person that experiences the world and (3) the unseen factor (Isvara) that controls the behavior of the world and impacts unknowingly on us.  What you don’t know, you don’t know to your detriment. 

This intensive month of Vedantic Inquiry focuses on Bhagavad Gita, Chapters 7-12, the Knowledge of the Dharma Field in which individuals work out their karma and the Ordainer of the Field, Isvara, sometimes known as God.  It covers an analysis of the three energies that comprise the Field, the discrimination between the Field and the Knower of the Field, the values operating in the Field and Devotion to God (Isvara) otherwise known as Bhakti Yoga.  

If you are unable to attend in person, livestreaming on the internet, with backup viewing on line, is an excellent alternative.  

"Just wanted to express my huge gratitude to you for making the Seminar with Ramji accessible to us all. It is an incredible gift. I could not join you in the States but am steadily working my way through all the satsangs via the lifestream, "see again" link.Being able to see this in the middle of my day to day ordinary life is enormously beneficial for niddidyasana. Application moment by moment is helped so much and kept on track by being able to tune into the satsangs every day. It is really wonderful."  Anja

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Recommended Reading:  The ‘Essence of Enlightenment’ or ‘Atma Bodh’ by James or ‘Vedanta, the Big Picture’ by Swami Paramarthanda, provides a straightforward overview of the path of Self inquiry for beginners and intermediate seekers.  ‘The Crown Jewel of Discrimination’ (Vivekachoodamani), details the means of Self knowledge, by Edwin Faust.  ‘Inquiry Into Existence’ (Panchadasi), an advanced text on Self knowledge, delves into the nuances of Vedanta and is recommended only for advanced inquirers.   

Registration and Donations: $100/Month at True Nature in person or on livestream to cover the cost of the venue.  The course of donation based.  It is not free. In the event that you do not find the course valuable, you have invested nothing and are free to leave.  Devotions go to James Swartz directly. Participate in person or via the web livestreaming. Participate in all or a portion of the offerings as you see fit.

True Nature Healing Arts, Carbondale, CO is 35 minutes from Aspen and Snowmass ski areas. Hot springs, hiking, mountain biking, camping... all close at hand. Send inquires to

True Nature also offers yoga classes, health giving organic food, spa services, and the True Nature Peace Garden with labyrinth and reflexology path. Carbondale is 35 minutes from Aspen and Snowmass ski areas. Hot springs, hiking, mountain biking, camping... all close at hand. 

Lodging: Short & long-term rentals to be worked out - shared housing and rooms in local homes. There are over 60 VRBO and AIRB&B’s Carbondale. Camping nearby.

Daily Schedule at  

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Event Date 06-06-2018
Event End Date 06-24-2018
July 28-29  2018

Ashtanga Yoga Berkeley

Address: 933 Parker Street, Studio 38, Berkeley, CA 94710

Registration Required

Text: The Yoga of The Three Energies
Event Date 07-28-2018
Event End Date 07-29-2018

South Africa, Cape Town 4th – 14th October 2018 

View Kalk Bay Harbor 



Venue: Kalk Bay Theatre ( ) 

Event Organizer: Megan Knight:,

  1.       tel: +27 82 9514977 

Registration - Seat Fee:  To secure your seat a fee of $25 per person is required. This is not part of your donation as it goes to cover the cost of the venue. 

To Register send $25 to 


As it is prohibitively expensive to find a live-in venue for the event, our organizer, Megan Knight has negotiated a great deal with Chartfield Guest House (, which has wonderful accommodation.  They can accommodate up to 36 people (sharing) in their main accommodation and have a few other options in terms of houses and self-catering options that they also manage.  They offer a range of reasonable rates, are incredibly well run, have a swimming pool and very importantly, have more than enough off-grid water should water shortage still be a challenge come October.  Non-resident attendees can join in by bringing lunch with them and have access to the facilities, such as the pool. 

Other Options: 

Kalk Bay Guest House (

Airbnb: There are also heaps of options available for every price range - this is a tourist village, so is set up to accommodate out-of-towners.  

Please Note: A few important points 

1. You need to book directly with the Chartfield Guest House to receive the free breakfast. For people who require accommodation, we suggest you book soon - October is empty of tourists for now due to people’s concerns about water but will fill up quickly; it’s a fantastic time of year weather-wise too.

2. We would like to have as many out of town people book with Chartfield if possible, so we can try to make the seminar a shared experience.

3. All who book accommodation with any options in Kalk Bay must mention that you are part of the seminar Megan Knight is organizing as she is well in the area.

4. If you are staying in Kalk Bay, a taxi from the airport will get you there, and you will not need a car as everything is within walking distance.  There’s a train for trips further afield, and Uber works perfectly and is incredibly cheap.


Event Date 10-04-2018
Event End Date 10-14-2018

Dates: 26 Jan. 2019 - 9th Feb. 2019

Venue: Suryalila Retreat Centre
Cortijo La Fabrica,
Pago del Pajarete
11650 Villamartin (Cadiz)

Contact: Email:
Tel: 34 856 023 631

Link to website:

Text:  To Be Announced

Teaching Schedule:

  • 7.30-9.00 – Optional Yoga Class
  • 9.00-10.00 – Breakfast
  • 10.00-12.30 – Morning Satsang
  • 13.00-14.00 – Lunch
  • 15.30-17.30 – Afternoon Satsang
  • 18.30-19.30 – Dinner
  • Evening Q&A every other day
Event Date 01-26-2019
Event End Date 02-09-2019