Vedanta and Silence

Taught by Swami Sitaramananda2:00 PM Tuesday, December 12 –
Thursday, December 21, 2017








This 10-day advanced course features self enquiry and meditation, the practice of group scriptural study, personal self-inquiry and the practice of outer and inner silence.


There will be personal coaching and guidance by Swami Sitaramananda in the study of Viveka Chudamani, the "Crest Jewel of Discrimination" by Sankaracharya. Enter into the peaceful silence of the inner Self through the practice of external silence. Come away with deeper self-knowledge and a sense of clarity and peace.

Course schedule

5:30 am               Wake up bell
6:00-7:00 am       Meditation alone at a chosen location
7:00-10:00 am     Swadhyaya, guided study of scripture, in a group with the teacher
10:00-10:45 am   Vegetarian brunch, sitting alone in Mouna (silence)
11:00-12:00 pm   Karma yoga, interactions as needed, still in Mouna
12:00-2:00 pm     Silent reflection, journal writing, study time
2:00-4:00 pm       Dialogue with the teacher, group dialogue
4:00-6:00 pm       Asana/pranayama practice in silence
6:00-7:00 pm       Vegetarian dinner, sitting alone in Mouna
7:00-8:00 pm       Mantra chanting/writing in a group, spoken chanting allowed, but no conversation
8:00-10:00 pm     Meditation in a group or alone, study on assigned reading, summary sleep allowed before
10:30 pm              Lights out


There are no prerequisites other than a sincere desire to learn classical yoga.


Certificate of Completion from the Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centers, International.


"With the direct and compassionate guidance of Swami Sitaramananda, I had the confidence to clearly look at my emotions, thoughts and actions and the negative and positive results that stem from them. Swami Sitaramananda was able to make a practical connection between the insights from Shankara’s Crest Jewel of Discrimination and everyday life. I now have an understanding of how to apply this wisdom to become more aware and mindful of my emotions, thoughts and actions. With this training in self-awareness I feel confident in my abilities to make life-affirming decisions. For me the course was truly transformative!"
  - Padma (Nina Nguyen) Toronto, Ontario, Canada

"This is a course that will wake you up to who you really are and accelerate your progress on the spiritual path. Swami Sitaramananda is a brilliant and insightful teacher of the texts. I highly recommend this course to serious spiritual seekers.  Thank you for guiding us with such insight through Vivekachudamani. You were able to see things that we could not. It is the right teaching at the right time. The path ahead is much clearer now."
  - Saraswati

"I now have the answers to so many of my questions."
  - Cynthia, Canada

Arrival and Departure

Check-in time 2:00PM and Check-out time 12:00AM

You are always welcome and encouraged to extend your stay to any length before or after the course.  Please indicate your desired arrival and departure dates on your registration form (click 'register' below).

What to Bring

Required Text: "Viveka Chudamani: the Crest Jewel of Discrimination" by Adi Shankaracharya
Reccommended Commentary and translation:  Swami Prabhavananda and Christopher Isherwood, Vedanta Press

Slip-on shoes, loose comfortable clothing, writing materials, meditation shawl or blanket, yoga mat, flashlight.  All books and materials are available in our boutique.


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[] Step 2 - Fill out questions
[] Step 3 - Who will join?
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[] Step 5 - Pay with Paypal or credit card

A confirmation email will be sent to you.  In case of cancellation a credit note will be issued.  Refund is only given with 48 hours notice and the deposit is non-refundable.

Cost (all-inclusive)

Single..................................$1050 USD

Shared (2 people)...............$870 USD

Shared (4 people)...............$800 USD

Tent......................................$750 USD

The cost includes price of classes, accommodations, and food.


Swami Sitaramananda

Swami Sitaramananda is an international teacher of  Yoga, Meditation, and Philosophy for more then 35 years.  She is a direct disciple of Swami Vishnudevananda and is a representative of the teachings of International SYVC in Vietnam.  She is in charge of West coast USA centers and Asia centers.  She is presently the main teacher of the Yoga Teachers Training Courses offered at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Farm, Grass Valley, CA where she is serving as the director for more then 20 years.  She also teaches yearly at other Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Ashrams & Centers in India, Bahamas, Japan, and China as well as Centers along the West Coast USA, San Francisco and Los Angeles and has taught in her birth country, Vietnam, since 2010.