Sedona Vedic Astrology Conference Full Schedule
Poco Diablo Resort – Sedona, Arizona
November 30 – December 3, 2017

Thursday, November 30, 2017

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM – Complimentary Classes
• Heather Titus – Jupiterian Yoga, Phoenix Room

There is a Universe inside you with sixty-one marma points of starlight nidra which provides healing that is focused and grounding.

• Barry Rosen – Secrets of the 12th House, Tucson Room

The 12th house is deeply valued in the Vedic tradition because it brings in the deep subconscious realm and the rich spiritual realm of the void that leads to enlightenment if we can grasp its ineffable mysteries. Great things can happen if we are willing to unlock its mysteries.   Some of the additional 12th house significations include: blind spots, subconscious churnings, clairvoyance and blocks to moksha and dreams.  

7:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Buffet Breakfast – T Carls Restaurant

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM – All Day Intensives
• Angela Pennington, Shoba Mohan & Charlotte Benson –  Fundamentals of Vedic Astrology, Certificate Course, Sedona Room

In collaboration with the American College of Vedic Astrology, Charlotte Benson, Shoba Mohan, and Angela Pennington are pleased to present a multi media foundation course on the essentials of Jyotisha. The course will cover: signs (rasis), bhavas (houses), grahas (planets) and almost everything else you need to know to get your feet wet in the ocean of Jyotisha.  

A Certificate Of Fundamentals of Vedic Astrology will be conferred. This certificate can be applied towards accreditation from ACVA Online.

• Joni Patry – Rahu and Ketu: Our Karmic Destiny, Tucson Room

Rahu and Ketu, the lunar nodes of the Moon are powerful indicators of our destiny revealing our past and probable future. In combination…they represent our present experience.  The sign, house placements and the sign dispositions and nakshatras unveil the secrets of our soul are brought to awareness as we analyze their deeper esoteric meanings in our life. We will also explore how the signs of the eclipses reveal our inner truth and provide us with opportunities to heal.

• Dennis M. Harness, Ph.D. & Ehsan Khazeni – The Nakshatras, Phoenix Room

As in tropical astrology, learning the basics of planets, houses, signs and aspects is the foundation of learning natal chart analysis. But, to appreciate the depth and uniqueness of Vedic astrology, one must also encounter and explore the nakshatras.  Nakshatra literally means “that which does not decay.” The nakshatras reflect the primordial level of the zodiacal belt, which lies beneath the twelve basic signs.  The concept of the lunar mansions extends across many cultures as a natural result of observing the lunation cyle. The Arab, Tibetan and Chinese cultures also utilized lunar mansion systems in their astrology.

The nakshatras can be thought of as the twenty-seven “Moon signs” of the Hindu zodiac. In comparison to the signs or rasis as they are called in India; the nakshatras reveal a deeper, more profound effect of the constellations. While the rasis relect a “mass” or “heap” of the twelve signs, the nakshatras further divide the constellations into 27 segments of equal length. Each nakshatra has a rich mythology and powerful deities that reside within it. It is important to remember that “the basis of astrology is mythology.” By exploring the myths, symbols and archetypes of the nakshatras, the constellations are brought to life.

Ehsan’s research on the Nakshatras entitled “Universal Nakshatras” which is a bridge between ancient knowledge of Nakshatras and concepts of modern astrology. Universal Nakshatras provides a set of tools and techniques for both tropical and sidereal astrologer to apply the Nakshatras effectively in their interpretations.

• Shraddha (Ruth Hartung) – Anahata Kundalini Yoga

Join Sraddhasagar for a day exploring Anahata chakra through yoga, sound, meditation and art direct experiences that participants can integrate into their work as teachers, healers or astrologers.

The day begins with lecture on the esoteric psychology of Anahata chakra which the chakra Yoga class incorporates yantra (symbolism), mantra (sound), and asana (posture). A delicious vegetarian Ayurvedic lunch is served followed by an afternoon walk among Sedona’s red rocks. The day ends with a Tantric practice of yantra painting said to shift the genetic patterning behind personal issues and blocks.

7:30 PM to 9:30 PM – Evening Complimentary Lecture
• Vic DiCara – Gods of the Stars, Phoenix Room

The more intimately familiar we are with the astrological symbols, the more intuitive, effortless and accurate our interpretations and predictions become. The Nakshatra are the original heart of ancient Vedic Astrology, but sadly our knowledge and use of them has waned dramatically over the centuries. At the heart of the Nakshatra, bringing them to life and giving them their symbolic character, are the Gods and Goddesses who dwell in them. Vic DiCara’s  intensive study of the Puāṇas, Upaniṣadas, and Saṁhitas allows him to shine clear, illuminating light upon these almost forgotten Gods and Goddess, thereby imparting to you a radically deeper, simpler conceptualization, allowing the Nakshatra to regain their rightful place as a profoundly more practical and essential part of your interpretation and prediction techniques.

Friday, December 1, 2017

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
• Zeffi Kefala – Shukra (Venus), Tucson Room

Explore the cross cultural relationship between Venus as represented as Shukra in Hindu Mythology and Aphrodite in Greek Mythology. Zeffi will also discuss Venus exalted in Pisces in her Eighth House and its relationship to her current Venus Dasha.

• Devotional Anahata Yoga – Jeff Masters, Phoenix Room

• Vedic Body Medical Astrology – Denny Thompson, Sedona Room

8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

• Linda Mackey – The Prasna of Kerala, Sedona Room

Prasna is the branch of Vedic Astrology that is used for answering a particular question. In western astrology it is called Horary. Generally, a Prasna chart is cast for the time that a question is brought to the astrologer. Prasna has an especially prominent place among astrologers in the state of Kerala, South India. In this part of India, astrologers do not rely solely on the chart of the moment of the question for their Prasna readings. They also use cowry shells as a kind of divination for the answer to the question. It is a very spiritual means of appealing for guidance.

This is the primary method of astrology in Kerala. But, it is used together with the actual chart for the moment and the birth chart with the dashas and bhuktis, etc. Another essential resource for Kerala Prasna is nimitta or omens that may appear at the time that the question is asked. The nimitta signs or indications reinforce the Prasna chart created by the shells and give insight into the answer.   

10:00 AM to 4:00 PM – All Day Intensives

• Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar – The Art and Science of Vedic Counseling, Tucson Room

Art & Science of Vedic Counseling”
    • New emerging Paradigm: Vedic Counseling
    • True integration of Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Vaastu & Vedanta
    • Jyotish Chart and its Practical application
    • Art of Communication
    • Overview of Various Counseling Techniques
    • A Template for Vedic Counseling

• Komilla Sutton – Saturn and Sadi Sati, Phoenix Room

Sade Sati is when Saturn transits the 12th, 1st and 2nd house from the Moon. It is a very complex time and emotionally challenging transit. It can bring stress through career, health, relationship issues, family,  financial responsibilities and unexpected events.  It can also bring success and achievement due to the immense pressures that Saturn brings and those who work with this can often achieve a lot too. This lecture will explain the impact of sade sati – how to understand its impact properly, judge its intensity and most importantly how to deal with it.

• Andrew Foss, Ph.D. – Yoga of the Planets: Their mantras and philosophy, Sedona Room

This intensive will teach how to use the 108 mantras for each of the grahas. This will cover both general use and also selection of specific mantras for an individual chart. These mantras are not only remedial and spiritually uplifting but can help in the interpretation of the chart at a level that is often beyond what could be found from regular Jyotish rules. It can greatly enhance our Jyotish understanding and practice. Both simple and advanced methods will be taught.
Dr Andrew 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 – Sun, Moon & Earth in Yoga, Ayurveda and Jyotish, 7 Centers Yoga Arts, 2115 Mountain Road, West Sedona

Based on Mas Vidal’s new book, this three part intensive study will focus on how yoga-ayurveda-jyotish can be practiced as an integrative model for health and wellness. Each of these powerful systems born of the Vedic traditions provides two main aspects, which we will focus on.  We will explore the array of therapeutic and remedial measures for dealing with health issues related to mind-body fragmentation as well as practices intended for ripening the soul on its journey of evolution. The boldest theme of the Sun-Moon-Earth trinity is that healing of the mind-body relationship is an intrinsic part of spirituality and living on the evolutionary path or spirit-ecos. Yoga and its methods were devised to heal the mind and its conditions and afflictions. Ayurveda as designed by nature, aims at producing biological harmony of the physiology and systemic functions (tri-dosha) and Jyotish is the ultimate aid for understanding the mysteries of life, karmas, samskaras (habits) and vasanas (subtle desires) and guide the soul towards liberation or moksha dharma, the highest ideal of these teachings.

The first half  (part one) of the day begins with an integral yoga practice that includes postural yoga based on the Bengali yoga tradition and weaves in powerful breathing techniques (pranayam) and other important methods of the Raja yoga system. As we move through the practice, insights will be given on the ayurvedic doshas (vata, pitta, kapha) and the astrological impact such practices can have on various aspects of natal chart, dashas and sadhesati. In the second half of the day (part two) let your imagination blossom with a visual presentation and wisdom lecture on the mystical messages of the Sun-Moon-Earth dynamic and in part three we shall foster the fire of kundalini, to rise beyond our fears, limitations and habits through the chanting of mantras to the planets, deities and Gurus to bring us into meditation and a culminating world prayer circle for global peace and abundance for all.


(Friday Night, Saturday & Sunday Lectures)

Friday, December 1, 2017

• 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM – Opening Ceremony, Tucson & Phoenix Rooms
• 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM Pundit Samavedula – Navagraha Puja
• 8:00 PM to 8:30 PM ACVA/BAVA/ICAS Updates
• 8:30 PM to 9:15 PM Joni Patry- Predictions for 2018
• 9:15 PM to 9:30 PM Dennis M. Harness, Ph.D. – Conference Orientation

Saturday, December 2, 2017

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
• Avani Sukhadia – Ayurveda and the Fountain of Youth, Tucson Room

Age Gracefully – Learn how the ancient science of Ayurveda can help you to remain youthful and look beautiful.   Aging does not have to be synonymous with disease or degeneration.  Ayurveda has an entire branch of study that specializes in longevity while retaining optimal health. 
In this lecture, we will go over easy to follow tips and techniques to slow down the aging process. 
Topics to be covered:
• Rasyanas – Anti-Aging Herbs & Tonics
• Kaya Kalpa – Royal Age Reversal Therapies
• Brain Function & Memory –  How to Keep the Mind Sharp
• Skin Care – Retain Glowing Smooth Skin & Ease Wrinkles
• Healthy Hair Growth 
• Retain Strong Teeth and Bones, Flexible Joints and Muscles
• Know Which Foods Quickly Accelerate the Aging Process
• Vajikarana -Feeling Juicy, Sexy and Sensual as we Age     
• Creating Cellular Consciousness & Reprograming Genetic DNA Patterns

• Ruth Hartung – Planetary Hatha Yoga, Phoenix Room

Join Sraddhasagar for a day exploring Anahata chakra through yoga, sound, meditation and art direct experiences that participants can integrate into their work as teachers, healers or astrologers.

• Naomi C Bennett – Heliocentric Planetary Nodes for Sidereal Astrology, Sedona Room

Jyotish has long used the lunar nodes but there are planetary nodes too that should be considered when evaluating a natal or transiting chart.  Naomi Bennett has used them for decades.  Now they have been converted to sidereal for easy use in Jyotish.  Add these powerful points to your charts to add accuracy and greater depth to your astrology interpretations.

9:00 AM to 10:00 – Breakfast Buffet – T Carls Restaurant

10:00 AM to 12:30 PM – Concurrent Lectures
• Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar – Vaidyakeeya Jyotish: Medical Astrology, Tucson Room

Vedic Medical Astrology is a branch of Vedic Astrology (Jyotish). The Ayur-Jyoti technique uses a Vedic horoscope, which is drawn by the Vedic Medical Astrologer, based on exact time, place, & date of birth of the concerned person. The horoscope is a blueprint of the whole being, reflecting the complex interaction of body, mind and spirit.  

Astrology and medicine were not, even in the West, regarded as two separate disciplines until some centuries ago. Before that, all educated persons were broadly acquainted with astrology, philosophy, and medicine. Interestingly, whereas astrology was generally considered to be a reputable occupation, medicine seldom was. Very few people know that Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine, and the one that medical doctors take an oath from, said that no one should call himself a doctor unless he/she was also an a astrologer; for no diagnosis could be made without the help of astrological information on the patient.

Vedic Medical astrology is a science that demands a union of knowledge of both astrology and medicine. Ideally, it takes years of acquiring astrological expertise and also becoming totally familiar with physiology, anatomy and pathology to qualify as a medical astrologer who being an Ayurvedic physician, can accurately sense imbalances, weak spots and advice clients on the best procedures for regaining health.

• Komilla Sutton – Analyzing Rahu and Ketu, Phoenix Room

Rahu Ketu are the shadows that we all deal with and it is essential to understand their message. We experience them through house positions, the signs they are in and their nakshatra positions. They can have an extreme influence when they hem in the planets by creating Kal Sarpa Yoga. Their dasha bhukti will further add to their influence and finally where are they transiting and how do the eclipses impact the chart. Both Rahu and Ketu are determined that you feel them, yet their message is so obscure, that they are not always easy to understand. They bring their own influence, they are divisive, resolute yet they can bring harmony if we truly work with their energy, learn how to optimize their positive influence and minimize their challenges. Komilla will cover a huge amount of material in this lecture to enlighten you on how to work with these powerful grahas. The use of  common sense Vedic remedies to calm their impact.

• Bill Sinclair – Mind Reading: Exploring the Five Levels of Consciousness, Sedona Room

The Vedic Chart allows us to study a person’s conscious mind as well as their unconscious, subconscious, superego and Id. In this class, we will clarify and delineate each of these states of being. Then we will identify how each state is identified in the chart. Applying these ideas to the charts of well-known persons will help us to integrate these techniques and reveal their world view. By studying these factors in transit, we might even get a glimpse into the hidden corners of our own minds.

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM – Vegetarian Buffet Lunch T Carl’s Restaurant

2:00 PM to 4:30 PM – Concurrent Lectures
• Ehsan Khazeni – Bindu Software: A new software, a new vision, Tucson Room

Bindu astrology software, is a new software developed for astrologers who like to have access to the most useful techniques in the most proper way! Having a wonderful user-friendly interface makes astrological experience more easier than ever.

In this lecture, I will show how different approaches of astrology can be practiced with Bindu astrology software in a different way! The mixed zodiac, western, Persian and Indian technics at the same time, advanced research tools and a strong partnership between Bindu and  Cosmic Patterns softwares i.e. Sirius and Kepler are the other discussed topics.

• Andrew Foss, Ph.D – Discovering your Dharma, Phoenix Room

What is my purpose in life?
Many people ask this question and Vedic Astrology can spread light on this subject. The question means different things to different people so the talk will investigate the different purposes of human life and why a person chooses one thing over another. We will discuss what Dharma really means, not just philosophically but also from Jyotish and the Yoga Sutras and distinguish it from the larger concept of ‘purpose’.

• Ryan Kurczak– Planetary Dignity and Shadbala – The Key Astrological Technique, Sedona Room

Planetary dignity holds the secret key to properly understanding the foundation of a horoscope.  The dignity of every house lord gives a clear indication of how every area of life will give its fruits.  Planetary friendship, the most important variable in dignity, colors in the details of how the choices we make in life will affect our experiences.  Planetary dignity impacts the expression of bhava yogas, avashtas, dashas and even planetary transits.  Learn to unlock the chart from its deepest and most fundamental level. When we learn to combine this with Shadbala, we are then able to see the power of all these astrological potentials.  The goal of this lecture is to introduce you to a process to enable you to synthesize dignity and shadbala.

7:00 PM to 9:30 PM Indian Food Banquet and Entertainment
Vegetarian Banquet (for those with banquet tickets) Tucson/Phoenix Rooms

• Renick Turley on Sitar
• Kapiel Raaj – Social Media and Vedic Astrology

Kapiel’s presentation will include a discussion on how social media and making a personal connection with others has changed vedic astrology- and how it is viewed throughout the world. However,  there are some challenges to conquer in creating such a platform, which he will share during his presentation.

• Keynote Address – Komilla Sutton – Vedic Astrology in the Western World
• Drumming with Three Trees

Sunday, December 3, 2017

8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
• Dhana Yogas – Keiko Ito, Tucson Room
• Mally Paquette – Surya Namaskar – Salutation to the Sun, Phoenix Room
• Prasanna Diana Manuela – Ayurveda: Be a Force of Nature in Your Life & Business, Sedona Room

Most of us run our life directed by our head. Yet there is a far more reliable power within our body if we could only access it. It’s the force that permeates all of creation. It’s what transforms the cherry tree from a sleepy ghost in the garden in winter to exploding into a green coat with radiant rosy white blossoms in spring and bearing red round jewels in the summer time.

Imagine not to push to get stuff done any longer, but to allow the forces of nature to activate you in every project of your life. Imagine being carried by that wave of LIFE faster than the usual push-and-shove approach? What might it be like to regenerate as you live your calling and serve others from overflow verses depletion? The fact is that you are nature. Just as the cherry tree gets activated with the cycles of the seasons, so could you if you knew how to.

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM – Breakfast Buffet – T-Carls Restaurant

10:00 AM to 12:30 PM – Concurrent Lectures
• Joni Patry – Manifesting Wealth Through Vedic Astrology, Phoenix Room

During this class Joni will explore effective and practical predictive techniques that can assist us in manifesting wealth through forecasting economic trends as well as sports prediction. This workshop is guaranteed to help us look for prosperity in ‘all of the right places.’

• Mas Vidal – Dashas and Doshas, Ayurvedic Astrology, Sedona Room

One of the distinct features of Vedic astrology is the dasha system (vimshottari), which provides a road map of planetary periods through the cycle of ones life. Ayurvedic medicine uses the tri-dosha system or three humors as a simplified form of the five elemental model (pancha maha bhutas) for understanding the distinct qualities of the individual mind-body complex. This lecture will present an interesting analysis of how the dashas can be used to guide us through the dance of the doshas in mind and body. Mas Vidal will also share several personal clinical cases and examples from years of ayurvedic counseling. In general this session will present simple and practical methods for using basic astrology principles for ayurvedic wellness.

• Sonja (Maya) Benkovich – Vedic Nadi Astrology: Astrology from the Siddhas, Tucson Room

Nadi astrology is an intervention from God to abruptly intervene in the planetary karma.  It is a special type of Vedic Astrology, it’s not of human origin. Supreme sages, divinely inspired, gathered special insight to know about the future of certain souls on this earth and put this astrology together.  For the native who seeks out their nadi palm leaf, miraculous information is revealed not only about ones current life, but also about a past birth from which karmic remnants are causing obstacles and difficulties in the current life. Pariharam, or remedies, are then divinely revealed to eradicate current blockages and obstacles.
To read a Vedic chart, “Jyotish” or a special Light of understanding is required.  The same holds true of this ancient mystic science of Nadi Jyotidam. During this rare session, you will not only have the opportunity to learn about this ancient mystical Nadi Astrology science, but also witness a live demonstration from one of the world’s top nadi astrologers, Mr. Chidambaram, from  This session will be hosted by Ms. Sonja (Maya) Benkovich, a co-founder of Astroved and student of Dr. Baskaran Pillai (Dattatreya Siva Baba), who has lived 15 years in India experiencing the Vedic arts and predictive science.  There will also be a Q&A session.

12:30 PM to 2:00 PM – Vegetarian Buffet Lunch T Carl’s Restaurant

2:00 PM to 4:30 PM – Concurrent Lectures
• Pundit Samavedula – Remedial Measures in Vedic Astrology, Phoenix Room
• Lorrie Lawrence – Ayurvedic Women’s Health, Tucson Room

Ayurveda, The oldest continually practiced medical system in the world, offers a unique understanding of the feminine system and provides a way for women to live their lives more simply and more naturally, with vitality.  In this lecture, we will discover how to profoundly affect your hormonal system with surprising dietary recommendations, secrets for feminine beauty and balance, and ways to treat the root cause of one’s unique female constitution.

• Julie Swietlik – Vedic Palmistry, Sedona Room

• Pundit Samavedula – Remedial Measures in Vedic Astrology, Sedona Room

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM – Kirtan with Sanjali and special guest Three Trees, Tucson Room