Dr. David Frawley
FEATURED FACULTY
Dr. David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is one the main Americans to bring Jyotish to the West. He has correlated Vedic Astrology with Ayurveda, done extensive research in Sanskrit texts, and been active reviving Vedic traditions worldwide. Vamadeva is a student of Dr. BV Raman and has many awards in Jyotish. He was the first president of the American Council of Vedic Astrology (ACVA) 1993-2003. Hinduism Today often highlights his articles. He is closely connected to many ashrams and gurus in India. Vamadeva is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award of the government of India (2015), for his educational work in Yoga, Ayurveda, Jyotish, Vedas and ancient history. He has doctor of letters degrees (D.Litt), from S-VYASA in Bangalore, the main Yoga university in India, and from Ram Manohar Lohia University, Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh. He is the director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies which offers online courses and resources in the Vedic sciences.
Komilla Sutton
FEATURED FACULTY
Komilla Sutton is the co-founder and chair of the British Association for Vedic Astrology. She is on the faculty of the American College of Vedic Astrology. Komila is a council member of the Astrological Association of Great Britain. As an internationally renowned consultant, Komilla is also a teacher and lecturer. Indian born, Komilla Sutton is one of the pioneers in creating opportunities for Vedic Astrology to be more accessible for western readers. Komilla is the author of the following books: The Nakshatras - The Stars Beyond the Zodiac The Essentials of Vedic Astrology Lunar Nodes - Crisis and Redemption Personal Panchanga and the Five Sources of Light Vedic Love Signs Indian Astrology Komilla lectures worldwide, you can email her for her current schedule.
Joni Patry
FEATURED FACULTY

Joni is one of the most recognized teachers and Vedic astrologers in the world. She is a faculty member for many astrological organizations and instructor for online certification programs, published many books, and appeared on national and international television shows. As the keynote speaker for international conferences, she has a Japanese website, and teaches in Austria, Turkey and India. She feels her greatest accomplishment (aside from raising three wonderful sons) is the online University for certification, University of Vedic Astrology.

Jeffrey Armstrong
FEATURED FACULTY
Jeffrey is the founder of VASA, The Vedic Academy of Sciences & Arts. Previously a western astrologer for 7 years, he began his studies of Vedic astrology with M.K. Gandhi in 1973. He is a member of ACVA, a Mentor to VFA Vedic Friends Association. Being well versed in Vedic knowledge, he is a renowned keynote speaker at many Universities, conferences, Yoga festivals and on Radio & TV around the world. Jeffrey has degrees in History & Comparative Religion, Psychology and Literature/Poetry and worked in Silicon Valley for 7 years as an executive and 10 as a motivational speaker. Jeffrey and his Dharma Patni Sandi Graham reside in Vancouver Canada. He is known for his consistent astrological accuracy, transcendental wisdom, deep insight, and empowering counseling. When put to an unprecedented test of accuracy on the FOX TV show “Exploring the Unknown” hosted by the publisher of the Sceptic’s Magazine, Jeffrey scored an incredible 80% accuracy, defeating the sceptics and validating the accuracy of Jyotish.
Eve Mendoza
FACULTY

Eve became a serious student of Astrology over 20 years ago.  In 1994, she met her first teacher who led her to the feet of Jyotish Shastra (more commonly known as Vedic Astrology.)  She continued her studies in India where she devoted the next 10 years to serving her teacher and assisting in the every day maintenance of a Charitable Trust.  Eve has also been instructed in the art of Mantra as well as Ayurveda, (the ancient Indian medical system). She returned from India in 2010 and has been offering readings ever since at the request of her teacher. 

Pundit Samavedula
FEATURED FACULTY

Pundit Sharma Samavedula was born in 1971 in Manindragar, Madhya Pradesh, India into a family of South Indian Brahmans. His father is Brahma Shri Samavedula Trinadha Lakshmi Narasimha Murty, a Sama Veda Pandit and an expert in Shri Vidya (Shri Vidya Upasaka – A pandit who performs Shri Vidya pujas and yagyas). Pandit Sharma is a 6th generation Sama Veda pandit and a Shri Vidya Upasaka. He began his training in the Vedas at age 7 taught by his grandfather, the late Brahma Shri Samavedula Narayana Shastri, who was a renowned Sama Veda Pandit that received an award from the President of India. His grandfather was employed by the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam in Andhra Pradesh, India. In 2002, he founded the Vedic Yagya Center located in Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh, India and Fairfield, Iowa. His Center offers to individuals, organizations and businesses Vedic yagyas (sacred ceremonies), homams (ancient fire ceremonies), and pujas as prescribed in the Vedas and Shastras, the holy Indian scriptures. By utilizing the sound vibrations of specific Sanskrit mantras, these performances can help alleviate many problems of our modern times.

Sam Geppi
FEATURED FACULTY
Sam Geppi (Sadasiva) is the author of "Yoga and Vedic Astrology" and "The Ascendant-108 Planets of Vedic Astrology". He is the founder of the American Academy of Vedic Art and Science - which offers level 1-3 Certification programs in Vedic Astrology. Currently the Academy has more than 250 students enrolled. Sam is certified level 1 and 2 through ACVA and CVA and was hired by Dattatreya Shiva Baba to teach the first Astroved Vedic Astrology Certification Program in 2010.
Simon Chokoisky
FEATURED FACULTY

Simon's work to prove astrology in the real world includes pioneering techniques for contest prediction, compatibility, as well as helping people find their true purpose in life. In addition to four books on Dharma published by Inner Traditions, Simon is the author of Sanskrit Without Stress and Decoding Your Life Map With Vedic Astrology. Simon taught Sanskrit and Medical Jyotisha at the Ayurvedic Institute in New Mexico, and can currently be found traveling planet earth.

Dr. Andrew Dutta
FEATURED FACULTY
Dr. Andrew Dutta has a Ph.D in management and is currently a Dean and tenured professor at India's first Jesuit University. He hails from a family of astrologers in active practice for the last 244 years, with special expertise in remedial measures with gemstones, rudraksha, and yantras. Specializing in KP- Krishnamurty Paddhati, he was awarded the prestigious Sothida Mannan title, the latter only having been awarded once before- to K.S. Krishnamurty himself in 1970. Dr. Dutta's clients include noted politicians, celebrities, and business leaders.  
Alan Annand
FEATURED FACULTY
Alan Annand is a Canadian astrologer and former tutor for the British Faculty of Astrological Studies. He studied with Hart de Fouw and is a graduate of the American College of Vedic Astrology. He’s written several astrology books, includingKala Sarpa and Parivartana Yoga, as well as a New Age Noir mystery series (Scorpio Rising, Felonious Monk, Soma County) featuring an astrologer.
Mas Vidal
FEATURED FACULTY
Yogi, mystic, and practitioner of Ayurveda, Mas has become one of the most influential yoga and Ayurveda teachers in the world and offers unique certification training programs throughout the USA, Asia, and India. Mas enjoys teaching integral yoga classes, offering health and wellness lectures and giving workshops that embrace core Ayurvedic principles. His work is primarily influenced by the lineage-based traditions of India, with prominence to the teachings of Yogananda and Sivananda. In 2014 he appeared in the triumphant film “Awake, The Life Of Yogananda” and as an Ayurvedic practitioner, he maintains an active international counseling practice that includes yoga and Vedic astrology. He is the founder/director of Dancing Shiva Yoga Ayurveda, an international non-profit educational organization and center based in Southern California. Under Mas Vidal’s direction DSYA has been recognized internationally for developing a strong balance between the mind-body relationship and the spiritual principles emphasized in both yoga and ayurveda. Mas Vidal strongly encourages education in a practical sense and as a way of life in his dynamic yoga classes (see schedule). The center is aligned with various notable institutions of health and wellness, spirituality and higher learning throughout the United States, Europe and India and maintains interaction in the areas of consulting, research and providing educational materials.
 
 
 
Barry Rosen
FEATURED FACULTY

Barry Rosen has been practicing Vedic astrology and consulting since 1987 and has specialized in practical applied techniques to isolate and address issues regarding karmic patterns. His focus in these consultations is helping the client understand how much of our karma grips us through emotional and mental patterns that tend to form self-defeating beliefs. He then provides practical prescriptions to help individuals transcend these obstacles and move through their karma. Barry has been speaking at ACVA conferences since 1999 and in London at BAVA since 2006. He is a long-time teacher of meditation and yoga since 1976 and applies Vedic astrology to the financial markets through his business, fortucast.com.

Yogini Shambhavi Devi
FEATURED FACULTY
Yogini Shambhavi is a mystic visionary, author, spiritual guide and educator. She is one of the most important and dynamic woman teachers of the deeper aspects of Yoga coming out of India today. She works extensively with Jyotish, offering personal consultations, life guidance and inner healing. She is known for her powerful mantra chanting and invocations of the Devi, including special planetary mantras. Her teachings are rooted in ancient Himalayan traditions of Shakti Sadhana, Bhakti Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology, Tantra and Mantra Yoga. Her main guru is Sadguru Sivananda Murty of South India, a noted Yogi and astrologer. Shambhavi is co-director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies and conducts international training programs and online courses in Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedic astrology and Vedic studies along with David Frawley. Shambhavi is a Master Educator for the Chopra Center and guide for their Mantra Meditation training.
Ananda Yogiji
FEATURED FACULTY & ENTERTAINMENT

Ānanda has been a dedicated practitioner and teacher of yoga since 2006. He is also prolific writer, song composer and devotional mantra musician. Ānanda began his yoga journey at the University of Oregon with 4 years of Kundalini Yoga as taught by KRI with master teachers Viriam Kaur and Singh.  From then on he became deeply embodied in the practices. He attended ten, 9 day intensives over the Summer Solstice in NM with some of the most well known teachers in KRI. 

From 2011, he began his career as a devotional mantra musician after he met Jaya Lakshmi.  Together they released over 16 albums, toured nationally and internationally and shared their love of mantras, deities and yoga through music. In 2020, he completed a 300 hr advanced teacher training under Anand Mehrotra in the Sattva Yoga lineage. In October 2020, Ananda and Jaya Lakshmi launched their course, Embodiment of the Divine, A Course on the Deities of India. It includes yogic practices, wisdom talks and kirtan/bhajans/devotional music to 8 deities of the vedic tradition. 

In addition to his BA in international and sustainable business, he has a minor in East Asian Religions and studied yogic philosophy at the University of Oregon and the Dharmalaya. 

Joey Bujold
FACULTY
Joey is a Vedic Astrologer, and Ayurvedic life coach, practicing out of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. Joey grew up in a small town in rural Eastern Quebec, Canada. Having undergone a number of transformational experiences at an early age, Joey became drawn to Eastern Philosophy and Yogic Meditation. His experiences led him to study the Vedic Sciences with several notable teachers, such as Freedom Cole, Sam Geppi, Dr. Vasant Lad, and Dr. Marc Halpern, among others. He continues to learn and enthusiastically propagate the light of truth and higher knowledge wherever he goes.
Moses Siregar
FACULTY

Moses Siregar is one of the world’s leading locational astrologers, as he integrates jyotish and western with 27 years in practice, with a keen focus on developing a more accurate and teachable form of locational astrology through his beloved in-depth work with clients. He was the first president of the Association for Young Astrologers, the organizer of the Blast Astrology Conference in Sedona, and the first annual recipient of the Stella Award from the Arizona Society of Astrologers.

Ksanati Nakshatra
FACULTY

Kṣaṇāti is a Graduate of the Ayurvedic Institute. Kṣaṇāti Studied Jyotish with Simon Chokoisky, Mahadev Levine, as well as Dr. Vasant Lad, founder of The Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM. Kṣaṇāti Teaches Courses and Webinars with The Organization Saptarishis Astrology Centered Out of Mumbai, India. Kṣaṇāti Currently Practices in His Hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Kṣaṇāti Most Passionate Topics Include How to Improve Our Planetary Karma with Ancient, Contemporary, and Ayurvedic Remedy. Kṣaṇāti Also Does Much Research in The Area of Vedic Astro Cartography, and How to Use Geography for Our Greatest Prosperity, Love, and Spiritual Evolution.

Zeffi Kefala
FACULTY

Currently residing in Sedona, Arizona, and Athens, Greece, Zeffi Kefala is internationally accomplished as a Spiritual Counselor, Medical Intuitive, Tantric teacher, Reiki Master, and Healer whose work takes her to Europe, Asia, and the United States. Her unique blending of all the traditions brings us more connected to the universal truth, which resides within all of us.

Matteo Zacchino
FACULTY

Matteo was born in San Remo, Italy on June 1st, 1980. The Italian Riviera beach town sits 20 minutes East from the Principaute du Monaco, on the bordering Italian coastline. Raised as a traveler and gradually enlightened with mystic knowledge since early childhood by his mother’s teachings, he learned about the possible hardships of a spiritual path. Within the ups and downs of life, his creative curiosity to overhaul things, people and situations grew larger with time. Inspired by the mysterious forces of the governing laws of Nature and its inevitable energetic unfoldments, it is now his mission to share the ancient healing systems he discovered and adopted through his very own life’s experiences. A Yoga instructor with strong anatomical expertise, his style of teaching is thorough and technical yet spiritually focused in its foundations. Inspired by the ancient knowledge of Vedic Astrology, he privately develops custom programs for students but also offers various yogic anatomy and spiritual alignment workshops.

Charlotte Benson
FACULTY

Charlotte has practiced Astrology, full-time, as a credentialed (PMAFA, NCGR, ISAR, AFAN, ACVA) professional since 1972, in Phoenix, AZ.  She has analyzed tens of thousands of charts, intending to serve her clients with the intelligence offered by the language of the stars.

Charlotte is known as a friend to all and  has received the “Jyotisha Choodamani” from the Raman Foundation in Bangalore; the “Jyotish Kovid” award from the I.C.A.S.; and the “Jyotish Navaratna” award from ACVA.  She proudly serves as president of the American College of Vedic Astrology, Inc.

Dr. Denny Thompson
FACULTY

Dr. Denny Thompson is a Chiropractic Acupuncturist, a holistic philosopher and Ayurvedic Medicine practitioner. He has been in practice for almost 30 years. Dr. Denny’s post-graduate studies include Applied Kinesiology, Acupuncture, energy psychology, and Vedic Medical Astrology. Dr. Denny is also the author of 4 books. “Ayurvedic Zone Diet”, “The Twelve Ways of Love”, and “The Yoga of Relationships and the Twelve Ways of Love”. His next work is “Relationship Medicine” soon to be published.

Swami Sankarananda
FACULTY

Swami Sankarananda is a peace pilgrim. After not finding happiness in what many called a successful business career he turned within and took a path which led him to disciples of H.H. Swami Sivananda. During sadhana with his guru in the Himalayas he was inspired by the parivajaka tradition and greatly influenced by the examples of Swami Sivananda's disciples along with Peace Pilgrim. He took his monastic vows and returned to the USA in 2013, beginning a two year pilgrimage for peace on foot with a coast to coast walk from January 1, 2014. When the walk ended he was offered an rv to continue traveling while living and sharing the way of peace - and in early 2018 was called to the Sedona, Arizona area to help a classical Yoga Ashram take root there. He now stewards DivineGraceYogaAshram, offering support to seekers of Peace.

Bill Sinclair
FACULTY

Bill began studying Vedic Astrology in 2002 with Ronnie Dreyer and continues his studies under the guidance of Komilla Sutton. Bill has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social work and holds a Level 1 Jyotish Certification from the American College of Vedic Astrology. He was also awarded the Jyotish Shastri Diploma from Komilla Academy of Vedic Studies in Chandigarh, India. For the last 5 years Bill has been lecturing and teaching. He has been on the faculty of United Astrology Conference (UAC) 2018, Fresh Talents of Jyotish Conferences in India and San Francisco, British Association of Vedic Astrology (BAVA) in London, Sedona Vedic Astrology (SVA) Conference and the Annual Jyotish Conferences at Sivananda Yoga Farm in Grass Valley, California.

Freedom Cole
FACULTY

Freedom Cole is a teacher of Vedic Astrology, Yoga and the Vedic Sciences.Freedom studied with various astrology teachers in the US and India until meeting Paramguru Pandit Sanjay Rath in 2001 and studyied in the lineage of Sri Achyutananda Das. He has lived for extended periods in India studying with his Jyotish Guru in in Delhi, Bhubaneshwar, Puri and the Kamoan Himalayas. With his knowledge of Sanskrit, Yoga philosophy, modern psychology and two decades of practice, he is able to translate the ancient principles and methodologies into practical application. His research and teaching focus on cultivating the body’s innate wisdom. Freedom is presently working on a PhD in clinical psychology researching trauma through the lens of Yoga and Ayurveda."

Dr. Manoj Chalam
FACULTY

Manoj uses an entertaining story telling style using Hindu/Buddhist deities in his workshops to illuminate deep Vedanta philosophy and help people in their hero’s journey. These days people call Manoj a spiritual stand up comedian but he often falls flat on his face and that keeps his ego in check.An Indian-born scientist with a PhD from Cornell University, Manoj helps individuals find their archetypes in Hindu Yogic deities and teaches the 5 practices to work with their archetype as a Vedantic practice. He has also compiled a book on the symbolisms of Hindu and Buddhist deity archetypes. 

Laura Harness
FACULTY
Laura S. Harness, MA, MT-BC has a Masters degree in Integral Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies and is a board certified Music Therapist. She is a Jungian therapist who works with indigenous healing practices and is a sacred land guide for spiritual healing retreats in majestic red rocks of Sedona. AZ.
Dennis M. Harness Ph.D.
CONFERENCE COORDINATOR
Dennis M. Harness is a professional astrologer who holds a doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology. For more than twenty-five years, Dr. Harness has studied both Eastern and Western techniques of astrology. He presents workshops on Vedic Astrology and Transpersonal Psychology throughout the world. He is the author of The Nakshatras: The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology, which is published by Lotus Press. Dr. Harness is currently working on a new book titled The Karmic Code: The Predictive Planetary Periods of Vedic Astrology.