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.






CONTACT: Eaden Shantay:


7:00 – 9:00 PM


Vedanta shows that your mind is an instrument to you, not you. Assimilating this knowledge will free you from falling into the movie of the mind and the related suffering that comes from identifying AS your mind. It will also empower you to more effectively use your mind to realize your true nature and enjoy your day to day life, regardless of what life presents.



Event Date 06-09-2017
Event End Date 06-09-2017

Contact: Eaden Shantay:
Text:  Bhagavad Gita


YouTube links with registration buttons:
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Teaching Schedule - Ramji


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

Evening Session: 7:00pm – 8:30pm

Event Date 06-10-2017
Event End Date 06-11-2017

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


Seminar “Exploring Vedanta” in Southern Italy
with Arlindo Nagar (English language)
Text : Tattva Bodha
Thursday, September 28 at 7:00pm thru Sunday, October 1st at 12:00pm,

By Donation:  Vedanta is freely offered to all but the tradition requires students to make a donation according to their circumstances to cover travel expenses incurred by the teacher.  
Location: 13, Via San Primo, ACCIAROLI, 84068, Province of Salerno (120 km from Naples), ITALY.
Venue: Private house on a second block from the beach. Limited Space (their living room accommodates 15 people only.)
One can fly/travel to Naples and either rent a car at the airport (120 km from the venue), or take a bus or a train to Acciaroli. For more details regarding accommodation near to the venue, please contact Hans Jocher;  or  Arlindo;
PS – A warm and quiet place with clear swimming waters. A good opportunity to combine a late September vacation (when rates are low) with a Vedanta Seminar on Tattva Bodha,Adi Shankaracharya's famous introductory text on Vedanta. 
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Event Date 09-28-2017
Event End Date 10-01-2017