Joni Patry
FEATURED FACULTY
Joni Patry lives in Dallas, Texas is one of the most recognized teachers and Vedic astrologers in the world. She was a faculty member for ACVA, CVA and Instructor for online certification programs, published many books, journals and appeared on national and international television shows.  As the keynote speaker for international conferences, she has a Japanese website, and teaches in Turkey and India. She has been awarded the 2015 Jyotish Star of the year and Dr B. V. Raman’s Janma Shatamanothsava Award Jyotisha Choodamani.   She publishes an online astrological magazine, Astrologic Magazine http://astrologicmagazine.com/ and has an online University for certification, the University of Vedic Astrology. http://universityofvedicastrology.com www.galacticcenter.org
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.
Dennis M. Harness Ph.D.
FACULTY
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.
Dr. Suhas G.Kshirsagar BAMS, MD
FACULTY
Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar is a classically trained Ayurvedic physician and a gold medalist from prestigious Pune University. A Rig Vedic Bramhin by tradition and an accomplished Clinician by training adds tremendous value to his clients and students alike. He is an insightful Medical Astrologer and Vedic Counselor. He worked with His Holiness Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for over 10 years. During these years he and his wife Dr. Manisha, traveled extensively all around the world, teaching Ayurvedic Medicine, Jyotish, designing courses & curriculums, directing Ayurvedic Clinics and helping design new Ayurvedic formulations. He was the Chairman for Maharishi College of Vedic Medicine, a Professor at Maharishi University of Management and the Medical Director, at the Raj Pancha-Karma center in Fairfield IA.
Andrew Foss Ph.D.
FACULTY
Dr. Foss has a PhD in Computing Science and is also an Oxford physics graduate with publications in Nature and other leading scientific journals. He is the author of the acclaimed book Yoga of the Planets. He has more than 40 years experience studying and teaching the Vedic wisdom around the world. He is the Founding President of the British Association of Vedic Astrology, Editor of the BAVA Journal Gochara, has completed the Jyotisha Pandita training in Parashara Hora Shastra and is a Certified Jaimini Scholar, the highest professional certification in Vedic Astrology. He has developed the unique, easy and powerful software Shri Jyoti Star that has become the first choice among the leading Vedic Astrologers around the world.
Mas Vidal
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.
Avani Sukhadia
FACULTY
Avani Sukhadia is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Certified Holistic Health Practitioner. Raised in a traditional Indian family, Avani has been practicing Ayurveda all her life. She is a mother, yogini, and life-long Shakti Worshiper. Avani is the owner of Authentic Ayurveda of Sedona, a holistic health center and spa specializing in Whole Health Consultations, Ayurvedic Spa Treatments, Indian Cooking Classes, and Pancha Karma Detoxification & Rejuvenation. www.Ayurveda-Sedona.com
Ehsan Khazeni
FACULTY
Ehsan Khazeni is an astrologer, software developer and musician from Iran. He developed several astrology softwares including Tashtar Astrology Software (2007) which was the first astrology software developed for Iranians as well as Bindu Astrology Software which is presented to International users. Having oriental background and putting Persian, Arab, Indian, Medieval and modern western astrology together, made him a pioneering researcher on roots and origins of astrology.
Jeff E. Masters LMT, E-RYT, NASM-CPT, MPCT, MSc. (Hon)
FACULTY
Jeff Masters is a visionary healer and teacher, has been researching the human energy field and consciousness for over 30 years. In that time he has studied with some of the most luminous minds in the field of mind/body science including Marcel Vogel (IBM & Psychic Research Inc.), Paul St. John (St. John's Neuromuscular Therapy), Rama Jyoti Vernon and Dr. Vasant Lad. His education includes graduating from the Southwest Institute of Healing Arts, a certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and being awarded an honorary masters degree in Anatomy and Physiology from the Open International University for Complimentary Medicine. After years of practical experience, intensive study and research, Jeff’s protocol for facilitating personal transformation has evolved from a science into an art form known as Advanced Somatic Therapy™ & Therapeutic Fitness.
Mally Maquette
FACULTY
Mally has been involved in the fitness industry for over thirty five years. Her career began as a USPTA tennis professional for 20 years and then she began running marathons. YOGA remained her constant passion and became her focus after years of learning the subtleties of the body speaking to you. Certified in Ashtanga, Hatha, Kundalini and also as a Yoga Therapist, Mally has pursued connecting with individuals to inspire and guide them to health and wellness through a balanced lifestyle of breath, movement and inner sanctum for a deep soulful path, mally-smudge-2016Mally’s entire life has been deeply entrenched with indigenous cultures.
Keiko Ito
FACULTY
After studying western astrology from a young age, Tokyo-based Keiko started learning Jyotish in 2003 with her teacher, Komilla Sutton. Traveling regularly to India with Komilla to deepen her Vedic knowledge, Keiko was part of the faculty at the "Fresh Talents of Vedic Astrology" in India (2013, 2014), at the “BAVA Conference” in London (2013, 2015) and at the "Annual Vedic Astrology Conference" at Yoga Farm in California (2013). She regularly holds Jyotish-themed workshops at Sivananda Yoga Tokyo Center, is a full-time translator in four languages and a part-time Vedic astrologer with clients in Japan and Europe.
Lorrie Lawrence CAP, LMMT
FACULTY
Lorrie has over thirty years experience in the field of wellness, education and integrative health modalities. Lorries studies were in the USA and abroad for Allopathic and indigenous medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, nutrition and exercise therapy. Passionate in her respect and love for Ayurveda, her journey has led to an education with Dr. Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Simon, Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. David Frawley, Dr. Hari Pallathery and is a Chopra Center educator and continued education provider, teaching workshops throughout the country.
Julie Swietlik
FACULTY
Julie (Amoda) Swietlik has for many years sought out the deeper meaning to life. She has studied many healing modalities for body, mind and soul. This led her to Jyotish Guru Komilla Sutton with whom she has had the great fortune of studying with since 2006. Julie has also studied Hasta Samudrika Sastra with Komilla and Claudia Anfuso. Julie has a professional healing practice where she offers a variety of techniques for self awareness to clients in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the USA.
Valerie Sanjali Irons
FACULTY
Valerie Sanjali Irons is an artist, sound alchemist and kirtan wallah living in Sedona, AZ. She founded Bhakti Tribe Sedona in 2010, bringing kirtan and devotional music to the Red Rocks of Sedona. She offers kirtan with her devotional music project “Sanjali Kirtan" and will soon be recording her first cd. As a sound alchemist, she is immersed in the world of sacred sound. She offers private sessions - “Soundwave Journeys” - using her Soundwave Bed™, as well as Shamanic Breathwork and group breathwork/sound healing journeys. She continues to paint, sculpt, and teach “Sacred Creativity” workshops. She is dedicated to divine healing through the arts. Inspired by divine love, she is deeply grateful.
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.
Vik Dicara
FACULTY
Author of 27 Stars 27 Gods, Radically Deep Fundamentals of Astrology, and Beautifully Rational Philosophy of Astrology; Sanskrit translator of Bhagavad-Gītā, Bhāgavata Purāṇa, and Mādhurya Kādambinī. Bhakti-tīrtha vidyārthi at JIVA Institute of Vṛndāvana under the learned tutelage of Śrī Satyanārāyana dāsa Bābājī. Bhakti-śāstrī vidyārthi & adhyāpaka at Vṛndāvana Institute of Higher Education. …but all this doesn’t fully describe Vic. For the rest, best to meet him. Or, hypothesize it via “July 27, 1970 at 19:38 in Bay Shore New York.”
Kapeil Raaj
FACULTY
Who am I? I am someone like you, who loves astrology to its core. I began my journey in the world of Astrology when I was first introduced to Vedic Astrology and its predictive methods through my uncle S.C. Srivastava in India around 2000. I finally saw astrology for what it was, a divine science. I used to read my weekly and yearly horoscope sun sign, but never cared too much for it because it hardly ever came true and most of it was common information that can be applied to anyone. But, Vedic Astrology proved me wrong. Through its detail charts, time tables and true planetary degree I realized how accurate astrology really is. I found out the meaning of astrology. I finally knew who I was and what I was supposed to do in life, which sun sign really doesn’t do.
Barry Rosen
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 and does consultations at www.appliedvedicastrology.com He can be reached at barry2@fortucast.com or through his business office at 928-284-5740.
Bill Sinclair, MSW
FACULTY
Bill began studying Vedic Astrology in 2002 with Ronnie Dreyer and continues his studies under the guidance of Komilla Sutton. Bill holds a Level 1 Jyotish Certification from the American College of Vedic Astrology. He also holds the Jyotish Shastri Diploma from Komilla Academy of Vedic Studies in Chandigarh, India. Bill has taught at the Fresh Talents of Jyotish Conferences in India and the Annual Jyotish Conferences at Sivananda Yoga Farm. He spoke at the 2015 Sedona Vedic Astrology Conference and is excited to be participating in this year’s conference. This year, Bill lectured at the 2017 British Association for Vedic Astrology (BAVA) Conference. In 2018, Bill will be lecturing on Trauma and Recovery at United Astrology Conference (UAC) in 2018 in the Health and Wellness Track. Bill has presented webinars for the American College of Vedic AstrologyTM (ACVA) and BAVA. He works as a Psychiatric Social Worker in a Seattle area Emergency Department and maintains an active astrology consultation practice. Bill can be contacted at bill@billsinclair.com . For more information visit www.billsinclair.com
Prasanna Diana Manuela
FACULTY
Diana grew up in a family of entrepreneurs in Germany and migrated to Australia in 1987. She ran a complimentary health centre in the 90tis whilst working as a yoga therapist, with special interest in connecting women with their innate power to birth their babies naturally. After losing her second son two days after birth, her body began to shut down very fast. She ended up living submerged in the Australian bush for 10 years to heal. During that time of deep contemplation and inner reflection, she observed nature very closely. Mother Earth began to communicate with her. Long forgotten wisdom became a-live within every cell of her being. In fact by the time she left this sacred land, she felt as if she had become a tree in the forest herself. Today she supports healers, artist and creative entrepreneurs to create their own body of work and business in full alignment with their soul's calling. Diana is grateful for the opportunity to share her love and passion of bringing ancient wisdom into a modern day world in an experiential and potent way. 
Rodica Purniche
FACULTY
-“I began the life as a writer and I will surely end it as an astrologer” Romanian Teacher, writer, TV journalist and documentarian in TV archives, astrologer and researcher in astrology -born and resident in Bucharest, Romania -autodidact, studying astrology since 25 years old -studies which formed me as an astrologer: folklore, compared mythology, the history of cultures and philosophy, psychology, alchemy, enneagram, oriental philosophy, Ayurveda, yoga -in Western astrology, adopted the Whole system -since 1995: more than 25000 astro-readings in Romania and abroad -since 2006: a student in sidereal astrology/Jyotish, passionate by medical astrology, astro-diagnosis and the fascinating area of Nakshatras -astrological conferences in Romania and abroad (Mumbai, Jan 2014: an work-shop about the outer planets integrated in the Vedic astrology) -writings on the first and most important Romanian astrological site, eAstrolog -writings in the pages of the Romanian astrological magazine online Astrele and the Indian Saptarishis Astrology Magazine -corrected and elaborated books of astrology (one of them being “Christian Astrology” by W.Lilly) -over 10 personal books of astrology published in many editions -ISAR member (International Society of Astrological Research) since July 2010 -graduated the Dirah Academy of Astrology (Holland) “The 9 cycles of Nakshatras and the Enneagram” is a personal research on human typologies and personalities. It is based on, on one hand, the very new system of my Indian Nakshatra teacher, Arjun Pai, system already known as Pai Paddhathi, and, on the other hand, the spiritual tradition of Enneagram.
Shoba Mohan
FACULTY
Shoba holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, (Finance)  and another MBA from the University of Missouri, Columbia (MIS). She retired in 2009, after a long career in Banking, to pursue her lifelong interest in Vedic Astrology. On the Board of ACVA, Shoba is certified by, and an online instructor at the school.  Shoba conducts consultations from her home in the Seattle area.  Her inspiration was her mother, who was a renowned palmist and numerologist for many years.  Shoba is a mother of 2 girls and a grandmother of 4, she spends her spare time traveling around the globe with her husband Krishna.  She can be reached at shobamohan@acvaonline.org.
Angela Pennington
FACULTY
Angela is certified Jyotisha Ratna™, Jyotisha Prabakara™, Vedic Astrology Coach™ and Jyotish Online Instructor™ through the American College of Vedic Astrology. She serves on the ACVA Board of Directors and is a full time Vedic astrologer. She is joint owner of SerenityTreeHealing.com and retail shop. Angela teaches at ACVA and offers classes and private tutoring in her office and online. Angela is on the UAC 2018 Planning Committee. She can be reached at: www.angelapennington.com.
Naomi C Bennett
FACULTY
Naomi C Bennett has practiced astrology since 1970 and is currently President of the Astrological Society of Austin, TX. She has a B.S. in Psychology, an 11 year career in computer sales with Fortune 500 companies and 15 years as a Real Estate investor. She teaches astrology as a branch of sacred geometry and advises clients. She has authored Foundations of Astrology in 2014 and she has published two works of Carl Payne Tobey, who was her astrology mentor. Quarterly mundane and financial forecasts are on YouTube at naomibennett360, her website is www.LearnAstrologyNow.com, she can be found on FaceBook,and her email is naomibennett9@yahoo.com. She is an international speaker at various astrology conferences around the world in 2014-16.
Linda Mackey
FACULTY
Linda Mackey was first introduced to Vedic Astrology when she began traveling to India in the mid-1970s. Later, she had the opportunity to live in the state of Kerala for over 11 years. During this time she had the great good fortune to study Vedic Astrology with a village astrologer. There she benefited not only from the study of chart analysis; but, was also introduced to the unique tradition of Kerala Prasna. Since returning to the US in 2001 she has been practicing astrology, offering both chart readings and prasna readings. She has a PhD in Philosophy and Asian Studies from The University of Texas at Austin. Currently, in addition to her astrology practice, she is also teaching Philosophy at Austin Community College.
Heather Shereé Titus
A passion for bringing authentic yoga to the global conscious community across a variety of platforms drives my days. I am committed to building community and offering service in the worlds of yoga, arts, sustainability, and consciousness. I bring my project management skills to the table in service to this pursuit. Producing the annual Sedona Yoga Festival in beautiful Sedona, AZ with my husband and purposeful partner is my current dharma and passion!
Ruth Hartung
FACULTY
Owner & Director of 7 Centers Yoga Arts, Sraddhasagar (Ruth Hartung) has been course leader for over 70 month-long teacher trainings since 2001. Initiated by Swami Niranjanananda with the Bihar School of Yoga, she has integrated the trinity of the teachings of Yoga, Ayurveda and Jyotish as foundation for 7 Center’s 200/300-hour yoga teacher trainings. She has served as President of the International Yoga College, founded by Rama Jyoti Vernon, her mentor and teacher and has been a practitioner of Vipassana Meditation as taught by S.N. Goenka for the past 20 years. Currently she is leading an outreach project with Farashe Yoga studio in Ramallah, West Bank to train Palestinian yoga teachers to serve in their community and refugee camps.
Pundit Samavedula
FACULTY
Pandit 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.
Ryan Kurczak
FACULTY
Ryan Kurczak graduated from Fairmont State University in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in Philosophy. After college he completed training with The American Institute of Vedic Studies and the European Institute of Vedic Studies in the subjects of Ayurveda and Jyotish. Ryan Kurczak has studied Vedic Astrology with Dr. David Frawely, director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies, Richard Fish, founder of the Center for Vedic Astrological Studies and Ernst Wilhelm. Ryan was ordained in 2005, by a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda to teach Kriya Yoga. Ryan has been studying Vedic Astrology seriously since 2002 and practicing professionally since 2005. He works with clients and students throughout North America and Europe.