Love, Relationships & Sexuality from the Vedic Viewpoint

with Alan Annand, Charlotte Benson, and Dennis Harness, Ph.D.

June 1 – 4, 2023

(all times in MST Time Zone)

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  • (9 AM-12:00 PM)

    Intro to Vedic Astrology w/ Jyoti Devi, Charlotte Benson

    Jyotisha, “The Science of Light,” is a vast and ancient wisdom technology – the ultimate app for living a meaningful life. You can begin to learn how to use it!
    This three-hour course will survey the basic components of the Divine Science. We’ll touch on the origins of Jyotisha, and certain philosophical constructs underlying this type of astrology. We will introduce you to the meaning of the nine planets/grahas; the twelve signs/rasis; the twelve houses, and the twenty-seven Moon signs/nakshatras. This class is intended to prepare you to dip your toes into the sacred “Ocean of Jyotish!”

    Charlotte Benson has practiced Astrology, full-time in Phoenix, Arizona, as a credentialed professional since 1972. She has analyzed tens of thousands of charts, serving her clients with the intelligence offered by the language of the stars. Charlotte is the President of the American College of Vedic Astrology, Inc.

First 5 to register will have the opportunity to have their chart used in Charlotte’s demonstrations.



  • (9 AM-4:00 PM Both Days)

    In this two-day workshop with Alan Annand you will:
    • Identify your own romantic bias for/against marriage or commitment
    • Assess your own passion quotient, and that of a significant other
    • Determine your prospects for harmony or discord in relationships
    • Assess your capacity for growth and change in relationship

    Alan Annand is a Canadian astrologer, palmist and author, with 40 years as an astrological consultant and teacher. He’s a former tutor for the British Faculty of Astrological Studies, and a graduate of the American College of Vedic Astrology. His six books on Vedic astrology have been praised for the quality of their research and writing. He’s also a crime novelist, whose New Age Noir mystery series features a Vedic astrologer/palmist.



  • 7-9:00 PM

    Kirtan w/ Ananda Das

    Kirtan is a devotional practice in the Vedic tradition that helps to uplift the mind, open the heart and bring inner peace. It is a call and response repetitive chant of the holy names in the Vedic tradition. Join Ananda Das, an internationally loved musician, song composer and mantra enthusiast for an evening of Kirtan. Infused with mantras in Sanskrit and Gurbani, his music offers blissful energy currents woven into lyrical heart songs. He sings, plays guitar, harmonium and bansuri flute.


  • 6-8:00 PM

    Chocolatree ~ Organic Vegetarian Ayurvedic Feast

    ChocolaTree is a sanctuary where each dish is created using 100% organic, vibrant foods, gluten-free, dairy free and entirely home made. The health and vitality of the Earth and all of Her creatures is very important to us and we create each dish in gratitude for Earth’s abundant gifts made possible by each element: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Spirit.Love. For the Vedic Astrology Conference, it is our honor to serve an Ayurvedic buffet with satvic chutneys, south Indian dosas, spicy dahls and sweet prasadam as well as herbal chai and chocolate cardamom muffins.



  • 9AM-12:00 PM

    “Common Challenges in the Consulting Room” w/ Dennis M. Harness, Ph.D + Panel Discussion & Closing

    The role of the Vedic Astrologer as a consultant, counselor and spiritual guide requires basic training and effective communication skills. Although technical skill and predictive accuracy are essential, empathy, compassion, intuition and a good ‘chart-side manner’ should be cultivated in developing one’s therapeutic skills. The focus of this lecture is to explore common challenges in the consulting room and to provide solutions to these potential pitfalls in practice. Dennis’ lecture will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session with Alan, Charlotte and Dennis.

    Dennis M. Harness, Ph.D. (Dayananda) is a professional astrologer who holds a doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology. For more than thirty years, Dennis has studied both Eastern and Western techniques of astrology. He teaches workshops on Vedic Astrology and Transpersonal Psychology throughout the world. Dr. Harness is the President Emeritus of the American College of Vedic Astrology in Sedona, Arizona.