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.


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. 
About the Place:
How to get there:
Event Date 09-28-2017
Event End Date 10-01-2017

October 13-15, 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. 


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 10-13-2017
Event End Date 10-15-2017

Megan: (cell) 0829514977 (mail)
Daniel: (cell) 0725414144 (mail)

Teaching Times:
Friday eve (17th)
7:00 - 8:30pm
Saturday (18th)
9:30am - 12:30am
Break for lunch
3:30pm - 5:30pm
Sunday (19th)
9:30 am - 12:30pm
Break for lunch
3:00 - 4:30pm

SEAT RESERVATION FEE: R 100 contribution for venue expenses.  

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.  
Link to Venue:

Text:  Energy Management; Bhagavad Gita. 

Required Reading: "The Yoga of the Three Energies" available here:

Event Date 11-17-2017
Event End Date 11-19-2017