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.


Santa Fe Seminar:  3rd – 4th June

Contact: Paddy Kean:

Spencer MacDonald:

Venue:  2218 Old Arroyo Chamiso, SF, 87505.

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



Morning Session: 
9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch break:  12:30 - 2:30 pm 

Afternoon Session: 
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Dinner break: 5:30 pm - 7:30pm
Evening Session: 
7:00pm – 9:30pm


Morning Session: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Lunch break:  12:30 - 2:30 pm 
Afternoon Session: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Event Date 06-03-2017
Event End Date 06-04-2017





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:
Video #1: 
Video #2:

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