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Vedic Journey to Wisdom - a Five Day Retreat led by Dr David Frawley and Yogini Shambhavi with Côme Carpentier de Gourdon

  • La Maison Normande Saint-Léger-sous-la-Bussière, Southern Burgundy France (map)

Vedic Journey to Wisdom, Wellbeing and Enlightenment - A Retreat

Gnosis, Rituals, Yoga and Astrology

A rare opportunity in Europe to participate in a five day workshop in an intimate, highly interactive setting led by the celebrated teacher and writer Dr David Frawley and Yogini Shambhavi Chopra, with Côme Carpentier de Gourdon.

In this course we will cover vedic approaches to higher knowledge in the systems of Yoga, Vedanta, Ayurveda, Vedic Astrology and their practical relevance on individual, collective and planetary levels. Understanding the role and influence of women in Hinduism and Shakta Tantra, as women play an important role in harmonizing the family, society and the world.

Seminar in English - Open to Everybody - Limited number of participants

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Dr David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is a Vedic teacher (Vedacharya) and author of fifty books published in twenty languages worldwide over the last several decades. His diverse fields of expertise include Ayurveda, Yoga, Vedanta, Vedic astrology and Vedic Studies, on which he developed several courses and training programs. He has also written extensively on ancient history and on world affairs.

Dr. Frawley is a recipient of the Padma Bhushan, the third highest civilian award of the government of India. He has received D.Litt. degrees from SVYASA (Swami Vivekananda Yoga Anusandhana Samsthana) and from Ram Manohar Lohia Ayodhya University, as well as a special National Eminence Award as a spiritual educator from the South Indian Education Society (SIES). 

Dr. Frawley is one of the four founding advisors for NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association of the United States) and one of the main advisors for the Chopra Center. He is the director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies and works with Vedic associations and Yoga organizations worldwide. He regards Vedic knowledge as a guiding light for humanity for the planetary age and for a new science of consciousness.

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Yogini Shambhavi Chopra is a mystic visionary, best selling author, spiritual guide and educator of ancient Vedic traditions. As an important and dynamic woman teacher of the deeper aspects of Yoga coming out of India today, her teachings are rooted in the ancient traditions of Ayurveda, Bhakti Yoga, Shakti Sadhana, Jyotisha (Vedic Astrology), Tantra and Mantra Yoga.

She is the co-director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies, Santa Fe, New Mexico, and conducts international training programs and Online Courses in Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedic astrology and Vedic studies with Dr. David Frawley. Shambhavi is a Master Educator for the Chopra Center. She is known for her powerful Vedic chanting and Yoga Shakti retreats worldwide.

Books and CDS:

Yogini Unfolding The Goddess Within - Wisdom Tree

Yogic Secrets of The Dark Goddess - Wisdom Tree

Jyotir Bhava Mantra CD -Lotus Press

Yogini Bhava Shakti Mantra CD- Lotus Press

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Côme Carpentier de Gourdon, born in the Canary Islands, is a French writer, scholar and traveller who has lived in India for nearly a quarter century in all. A prolific author and essayist, some of his books, such as From India to Infinity and Memories of A Hundred and One Moons - An Indian Odyssey  reflect his  long-standing exploration of the country's civilisation, literature, philosophies and history. He has contributed to numerous publications on these subjects and has spoken at many international conferences including recent ones on the Vedas, Indraprastha and the Mahabharata respectively. He is currently the Convener of the International Board of WORLD AFFAIRS - The Journal of International Issues..

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Vedic Journey to Wisdom

With Dr. David Frawley, Yogini Shambhavi & Côme Carpentier de Gourdon

St Leger sous la Bussiére, Burgundy, France

July 13 - 17, 2019 


2:30-3:00 pm          Registration -Tea-Coffee

4:00-5:30 pm       Vedic Journey to Wisdom Introduction & Invocation to the Goddess

5:30 pm                   Lighting Diyas (Ghee Lamps), Arati (Fire Offering) and prayer ritual

6:00-7:30 pm          Drinks and Dinner at the site


10:00-10:30 am -      Pranayama, Mantra chanting, Meditation

10:45-12:45 pm –      Talk by David Frawley: Integral Approach to Yoga and Ayurveda for Body, Prana and Mind, our Inner Healing Power

12:45-1:45 pm -        Lunch at Site

1:45-3:45 pm -           Talk by Côme Carpentier: The notion of knowledge in the Vedic tradition and its parallels and equivalents in classical (Baconian- Cartesian-Newtonian) and contemporary science

3:45-4:15pm -           Tea

4:15-6:30 pm -           Talk by Yogini Shambhavi: Awakening the Yoga Shakti, the Role of the Feminine in World Harmony

6:30 pm -                    Arati (Fire Offering) and Prayer ritual

7:00 pm -                    Dinner Offsite (not included in course fee)


10:00 -10:30 am -     Pranayama, Mantra chanting, Meditation

10:45-12:45 pm -      Talk by David Frawley: Vedic View of Time, History, Astrology and Cosmology

12:45-1:45 pm -        Lunch at Site

1:45-3:45 pm -           Talk by Côme Carpentier: Some vedic, vedantic, tantric and buddhist insights and teachings in the light of physics, biology and chemistry

3:45-4:15 pm -           Tea

4:15-6:30 pm -           Talk by Yogini Shambhavi: Cultivating Sthira Shakti, the Power of Peace & Stillness for Yogic practices

6:30 pm -                    Arati (Fire Offering) and Prayer ritual

7:00 pm -                     Dinner Offsite (not included in course fee)


10:00 -10:30 am -     Pranayama, Mantra chanting, Meditation

10:45-12:45 pm -      Talk by David Frawley: Mantra, Meditation, Mind and Consciousness

12:45-1:45 pm -        Lunch at Site

1:45-3:45 pm –          Vedic consultations with David Frawley & Shambhavi

3:45-4:30pm -           Tea

4:30-6:30 pm -          Talk by Yogini Shambhavi: Yogic Understanding of Jyotisha for creating an Auspicious Flow of Divine Grace

6:30 pm -                    Arati (Fire Offering) and Prayer ritual

7:00 pm -                    Dinner on Site


10:00 -10:30 am -      Pranayama, Mantra chanting, Meditation

10:45-12:30pm -       Interaction with the group and summing up

12:30-1:00 pm -         Closing Meditation

12:45-1:45 pm -        Lunch at Site and Farewell

Cost: EUR 980.-

Course fees include five lunches, break refreshments and two dinners on site. Special sign up conditions for this retreat: EUR 500 non refundable deposit are due upon registration and the remainder by May 31st, 2019.


Important - Accommodation is not included in program fee

Please read the following information for accommodations so you can comfortably attend the program. If you consider attending the seminar we highly recommend booking your accommodation as soon as possible as summer is the high season in Burgundy. Reservation websites such as or Trip advisor allow you to book your accommodation with free cancelation up to a few days before your arrival date. For self catered accommodation consider AirbnB in the vicinity of F- 71520 - St Léger sous la Bussière.

We are holding rooms at the following property:

Manoir de Montdidier

If you decide to book at this property please mention that you are part of this seminar so that they will release the room to you. Please contact us for further information on other hotels and gîtes we are holding at different price levels.

For our cancelation policy please refer to the “Terms and Conditions” on the bottom of every page on this site.