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

Bend Vedanta Retreat – Lodging/Transportation

July 6-9

Limited Space. To Register Contact:

Text: Upanishads:  Mandukya

No reading required; teaching outline will be provided at the seminar. 

Teaching Schedule:

Daily 6th - 8th 

Morning sessions:  10 : 00 am - 12 : 30 pm

Afternoon sessions: 3 : 30 pm -  6 : 00 pm

Sunday 9th:

Morning session:   10 : 00 am - 12 : 30 pm

Retreat Address:  

55457 Big River Dr., Sunriver, OR  (25 minute drive from Bend)


Car Rental:  National chains at airport--$20+ per day

For best car rental deals, use or (Hotwire is usually the best if you don’t mind paying in advance)

Enterprise Car Rental $33 per day +/- in downtown Bend


RDM—Redmond-Bend, about 45 minutes form retreat site, 25 min. from Bend

PDX—Portland  3.5 hours to Bend (Breeze Bus –PDX airport to Bend)


Hotels: Numerous options; many national chains 

For best rates, use or or

·       Upscale:  Sunriver Lodge—5 minutes from retreat

The Oxford—center of downtown Bend

·       Middle:  Riverhouse Hotel—backs up to the river; near downtown Bend; recently remodeled

                  Wall Street Suites—near downtown Bend; recently remodeled 

·       Lower:  Numerous

House & Condo Rentals:  




·, realtors

Camping:  see article

Cabins and Tent camping in 

·       Deschutes National Forest (15 minutes from Sun River)

·      Tumalo State Park:

If you're staying in a tent, you also have the option of camping in the dispersed camping areas of the Deschutes & Ochoco National Forests. Check out the Deschutes & Ochoco National Forest's "Dispersed Camping" pages for information on where dispersed camping is allowed. The nearest open areas to Sunriver are in the Deschutes National Forest, just west of Bend. According to the U.S. Forest Service, dispersed camping is allowed in nearly any part of the national forests except the areas directly adjacent to a developed campground.

RV Camping:

·      Thousand Trails RV Park, Sunriver; few minutes to retreat; $34+/- per nite

·      Bend-Sunriver RV Campground:

Event Date 07-06-2017
Event End Date 07-09-2017
Venue:Ashtanga Yoga Berkeley
Address:933 Parker Street, Studio 38, Berkeley, CA 94710
Registration Required
Event Date 07-29-2017
Event End Date 07-30-2017

Organiser: Sundari

Event Date 08-13-2017
Event End Date 08-18-2017

Contact: Eaden Shantay:

Text:  The Essence of Enlightenment taught by James Swartz

Required Reading - Essence of Enlightenment by James Swartz (Ramji)

This course unfolds the timeless, complete teaching of Self inquiry i.e. traditional non-dual Vedanta.  Beginning with an analysis of our motivations for seeking enlightenment it proceeds to debunk many modern enlightenment myths, provides a clear definition of enlightenment,  discusses the requisite qualifications, the need for an impersonal teaching and a professional teacher.  It then discusses the nature of the self and finally introduces the various techniques (yogas) that remove the obstacles to one's understanding of oneself as ever-free limitless non-dual ordinary existence/consciousness.  

Teaching Schedule


Evening Session: 7:30pm – 9:00pm


Morning Session: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm  

Afternoon Session: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Evening Session: 7:00pm – 8:30pm


Morning Session: 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Afternoon Session: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Event Date 09-15-2017
Event End Date 09-17-2017

Dates: 28th January - 10th February 2018

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

Contact: Email:
Tel: 34 856 023 631

Link to website:

Link to Flyer:

Text:  Enlightenment and Energy Management:  Yoga of The Three Gunas

Enlightenment is freedom from dependence on objects, especially emotional states of mind that hinder our ability to accomplish our goals.  The ancient Science of Energy Management is a sophisticated set of simple principles that allow anyone to eliminate the thoughts and emotions that inhibit our ability to live creatively and to cultivate the energies that ensure success in any endeavor. 

The three universal energies that each of us experiences throughout the day are called ‘gunas,’ a Sanskrit word that means qualities.  The technique that allows us to control them is called Triguna Vibhava Yoga.  This Yoga originated in India several thousand years ago and is practiced, consciously or unconsciously, throughout the world today.   Successful people in every field have to varying degrees mastered some aspect of this science.   This seminar reveals the basic principles of the Yoga of the gunas and how to use them to transform your life, worldly or spiritual, into the life you always desired. 


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 01-28-2018
Event End Date 02-10-2017