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.


Vedanta Course Training
26th April - 3rd May 2019

Swami Tattvarupananda, Vedamurti Schönert, Alexandra Rohlje, Katrin Nostadt


Learn how to systematically introduce people to Vedānta. Talks by Swami Tattvarupananda, direct disciple of Swami Dayananda Saraswati.  

The course is based on the book Essence of Enlightenment, James Swartz. In small groups the participants teach each other the basic concepts of Vedanta in English with simultaneous translation in German.

Yoga Vidya Bad Meinberg. Information:

Event Date 04-26-2019
Event End Date 05-03-2019

Vedanta Meditation
2nd - 7th June 2019
               Vedamurti Schönert and Manuel Luda

Vedanta Meditationen Kursleiter Ausbildung (in German). Learn how to guide people systematically through a course of Vedantic meditations. Participants teach each other in small groups. Yoga Vidya Bad Meinberg.

Information and booking:

Vedamurti Dr. Olaf Schönert - Yoga teacher, experienced instructor for Yoga teachers, Yoga Vidya Acharya, meditation teacher, systemic counselor. Attracted to knowledge from a young age he studied Business Adminstration and worked for 16 years as lecturer, research assistant and with the last position as an assistant professor at german universities. Since 2006 living in Cologne in Germany teaching Yoga, working as a coordinator for 8 yoga centers, board member of the nonprofit association Yoga Vidya, bookauthor. Studied for several years with James Swartz, teaching Vedanta courses since 2015.


Event Date 06-02-2019
Event End Date 06-07-2019

        Bhagavad Gita - Essence of the Upanishads

Dates: July 6-13
Venue: Suryalila Retreat Centre

Cortijo La Fabrica,
Pago del Pajarete
11650 Villamartin (Cadiz)

Contact: Email:
Tel: 34 856 023 631

Link to website:

Texts:  Bhagavad Gita 

Event Date 07-06-2019
Event End Date 07-13-2019

July 3-4  2019

Ashtanga Yoga Berkeley

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

Registration Required

Text: An Upanishad to be announced
Event Date 08-03-2019
Event End Date 08-04-2019

The Self is Bliss

Venue:  Mt. Adams Guler Trout Lake County Park,18 Park Road  Trout Lake, WA 98650. Click here for a PDF Map

Text:  The Self is Sat (Existence) - Chit (Consciousness) - Ananda (Bliss).  This popular seminar unfolds the Bliss 'aspect' of the Self.  It is based on the last five chapters of Vidyaranya's Panchadasi (Inquiry into Existence) and the Narada Bhakti Sutras (The Yoga of Love).

Seminar by Donation

Teaching Schedule

Sunday August 18 -  Introduction: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Daily from Monday 19 - Friday 23 

1st Session:      9: 30 - 10:30 am

2nd Session:     11:00   - 12:00 pm

3nd Session:         4:00 pm -   5:30 pm

4th Session:     7:00 pm  -  8:30 pm

For more information contact Sundari: 

There is a small grocery store in the little town, a coffee shop and one restaurant. There is a regular grocery store 30 min away by car.

The closest airport is Portland Oregon. It is then a 2 hour drive. Here is a link to see a map of the campsite:



If you arrive by car please bring your own chair.  If you are flying in from the US or abroad please let us know and we will reserve a chair for you.  


If coming East on Interstate 84, Cross the bridge over the Columbia river at Hood River towards Wa, White Salmon. Take a left on Wa 14, then after 1.5 miles, take a right on Wa 141 ALT. Go 19 miles to Trout Lake. Keep left at the gas station at the Y, then left on Jennings Rd at the Post Office, then right on Park rd. The park is on your left.

Lodging in the Trout Lake Area:

(1) Trout Lake Valley Inn:
Call: 509-395-2300. Website:

(2) Serenity's B&B: Five Cabins ranging from $100-$280/night. No discounts.  
Call: 509-395-2500. Website:

(3) Kelly's B&B: 3 rooms from $75 to $85  
Call: 509-395-2769. Website:

(4) Trout Lake Country Inn:  All are $65/night.
Call: 509-395-3667. No website

(5) Trailhead B&B: 3 rooms from $80 to $125   
Call: 509-395-2205  No website

Trout Lake Abbey: A Thiền Buddhist retreat and Spiritual center that is also a B&B. They have 4 rooms with beds ranging from $93 to $126/night, ova-vegan breakfast included. 10% discount on more than 7 days. Also a co-ed hostel is available for $45/night.

(7)  The Trout Lake Grocery Store.  They have 3 separate rooms w/bath with double beds at $45/night. These rooms are quaint and clean and at these rates are good deal. No Breakfast though.
Call: 509-395-2777

(8) For information on recreational activities, housing and motels, contact the Ranger District: Mt. Adams Ranger District. 2455 Highway 141, Trout Lake, WA 98650.
Phone: 509-395-3400; TTY: 360-891-5003.


Event Date 08-18-2019
Event End Date 08-23-2019