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


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

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
The Yoga of Love

The Yoga of Love (Narada Bhakti Sutras), an ancient Vedic text, is important for seekers everywhere because it reveals the identity between Vedanta, the path of Self-inquiry and Bhakti Yoga, the path of Devotional Love.  It is equally important because is gives an excellent picture of a Self-actualized person, someone who understands the non-difference between freedom and unconditional non-dual love, the fruit of Self-inquiry.  

The seminar is by donation in keeping with the great Advaita Vedanta tradition.  

James Book, The Yoga of Love, is available in English as a digital download here:

It is available in English paperback here:

And as a paperback in German from the Yoga Vidya book store here:

Participants can enjoy Yoga Vidya's reasonable rates, quiet atmosphere and vegetarian food or book local accommodations. 

To apply click here:
to apply by E-Mail:

In German the seminar is visible and bookable here:


Event Date 10-20-2019
Event End Date 10-25-2019