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

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.

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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
Inquiry into Existence (Panchadasi)

Join James for our first seminar in Spain at MundoSundaram, our new home and ShiningWorld headquarters!

Event Date 06-16-2019
Event End Date 06-22-2019
Available place 22
Individual Price €50.00


Aren't you tired of suffering?  Don't you want to be happy and content regardless of your life's circumstances? Everything we do is for the sake of happiness.  We have all experienced intermittent bouts of satisfaction, but why can't we experience happiness all the time?  
Vedanta is a teaching methodology, an ancient, revealed body of self-knowledge for individuals with inquiring contemplative minds that provides time-tested answers to our most fundamental questions: what is my purpose in life, who or what created this amazing but perplexing universe and why is it so difficult to find lasting happiness?   

Vedanta is a means of self inquiry that cancels the false beliefs and opinions that cause us to suffer, once it is systematically contemplated and integrated into one's life.   It gives you the power to steadily eliminate the dogging sense of limitation that we all experience and leads to a new beginning: a life of joy, gratitude, devotion and the happiness beyond all happenings.  Join us for a stimulating week of profound insight into these ancient Vedic teachings.  

For information: Vedanta comes to Vlierhof! (Read more in our April Newsletter)

Event Date 06-24-2019
Event End Date 06-30-2019

                    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