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Jyotish for Yogis: Intensive Course

“A child is born on that day and at that hour when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony with her individual karma.”  Sri Yukteswar 


This Year-long Intensive Course involves deep immersion into the world view that shaped the mind of ancient India. You’ll learn the foundational principles of Jyotisha, which unlock the key to a unique psychological understanding . . .of your own life path and of those individuals you want to understand better. You’ll delve into the profound synchronicity between karma, personal psychology, and patterns of cosmic light. You’ll also experience the sustained joie de vivre that comes with regular spiritual practice. Jyotisha in itself is sadhana, and Yoga Sadhana features prominently in the course.

Though many will opt to do this course for personal reasons—for the depth of understanding and transformational potential it offers—the course can also serve as the first step towards professional qualification as a Vedic Astrologer through the Council of Vedic Astrology, the largest and oldest Vedic Astrology organisation in the West, with close ties to India. 

Class size is limited so you’ll receive personal attention throughout the year and feel the support of spiritual friends in a sangha environment. From September through May, the course consists of three 4-day modules in Dublin, six on-line Conference Classes, personal spiritual counselling sessions, and much guided reading and studying.

The course culminates with a 16-day residential retreat in Sardinia in early June. Close to sea and earth, to the nourishment of sunshine and the peace of the starry night sky, your knowledge of Jyotish will consolidate and deepen. And your yoga practice will increase in strength, stamina, steadiness and sukha. Invigorated by the authentic yogic lifestyle this retreat offers, you’ll complete the course elevated to a whole new level of spiritual understanding and experience.

What this course gives you: 

  • Year-long immersion into Vedic Astrology (Jyotisha) and authentic Yoga Sadhana 
  • Small class size (maximum 6)  
  • Lecture/discussion on the entire CVA Visharada Syllabus, the fundamentals of Vedic Astrology 
  • Practice analysing the charts of famous people  
  • In-depth understanding of your own chart   
  • Intensive Yoga Practice of asana, pranayama, meditation and chanting 
  • Individualised support in committing to regular home yoga practice 
  • Personal spiritual guidance throughout the year 
  • A 16-day Residential Retreat in Sardinia for intensive work with both Jyotish and Yoga, along with enough free time to enjoy the beaches, sunshine and beautiful natural setting! 
  • Choice  between professional and non-professional tract for Jyotish  
  • A certificate of completion for those studying for personal reasons 
  • A Diploma with 200 hours* of CVA certified training for those studying for a professional qualification. The diploma requires successful completion of additional written work and a final exam

 *(Note: Visharada Certification with CVA requires 600 hours and a CVA qualifying exam. After this 200-hour course, those wishing to pursue certification can gain those additional hours and exam preparation through mentoring with Marianne.) 

Is This the Right Course for Me?

This course is not for everyone!  
For a mutually beneficial fit, you should feel aligned with the following:  

  • You have a strong desire to learn Vedic Astrology for personal or professional reasons  
  • You want to deepen in your yoga practice and broaden your understanding of its deeper dimension, particularly in the context of Jyotisha and all the Vedic Sciences  
  • You want to pursue qualification as a professional astrologer (This one is optional)   
  • You have an established practice of yoga and meditation, or have in the past and want to recommit to that discipline  (Beginners are not suitable for this course, but any authentic style of yoga or level of proficiency is OK) 
  • You are self-motivated and possess disciplined study habits  
  • You love learning, have an open mind, and can memorise well  
  • You have an independent and self-sufficient life style  
  • You enjoy living simply, close to nature, and can walk a few miles comfortably  
  • You have the financial means to commit to a payment plan

Dates for 2019 - 2020

Three Modules in Dublin of four days each:
25, 26, 27, 28 October  2019
17, 18, 19, 20 January 2020 
20, 21, 22, 23 March 2020

Six online Conference Classes of two and a half hours, one in each of the following months:
September, November, December, February, April, May
(These classes will be either a weekday evening or Saturday morning. Exact days and times will be decided together so they suit everyone, approximately  4-6 weeks before each class.) 

Two-week Residential Retreat in Sardinia will include three weekends, for a total of 16 days.
To be held sometime during early June 2020. Exact dates will be decided approximately six months in advance, as soon as the summer flight schedule is known. Keep the very end of May and the first three weeks of June open at first. We’ll choose the exact 16 days according to convenience and cost of flights. 

Individual Spiritual Counselling Sessions 
(Three to five private on-line sessions to be arranged periodically during the course.) 
30 full days of course time!   (Not including private counselling)

Sample Schedule for 4-day Modules in Dublin
9:30 - 12:30  Yoga Practice (Asana, pranayama and meditation)
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch (Bring your own. Tea provided)
13:30 - 17:30 Jyotish Instruction

Sample Schedule for Residential in Sardinia  (Some free days too!)
6:30 - 7:00 Private Meditation or Silent Nature Walk
7:00 - 9:00 Asana Self-Practice
9:00 - 9:45 Pranayama
10:00 - 11:00 Light Breakfast
11:00 - 13:00 Jyotish Instruction 
13:00 - 17:00 Lunch and free (beach) time (Mediterranean pace)
17:00-20:00 Jyotish Instruction
20:00 - 20:30 Meditation
20:30 - Dinner and free time   

Notes on Residential

  • Accommodation is in self-catering apartments (2 per apartment)
  • You have your own bedroom
  • You share a kitchen, bathroom, sitting room and terrace
  • You prepare your own meals (except when you are my guest)
  • You can shop in the local market and supermarket
  • Shops are a 30-40 minute walk away along the beach
  • You can walk to the beach in less than 10 minutes
  • Accommodation is simple and basic, surrounded by nature, but comfortable
  • Asana is self-practice 

Cost and Payment Plan: 
Course Fee:  €4500
Deposit to Register: €900
Balance of €3600 - To be paid in instalments (Flexible contracts available to suit individual needs, but needs to be paid in full at least one month before the residential.) 

Diploma/Exam Supplement for Professional Tract: €200 - To be paid when you submit your exam (Includes private review session) 

Course fee includes everything mentioned above: All Jyotish and Yoga—the modules, classes, private sessions and the residential retreat, accommodation and instruction. 

For the residential, it does not include: flights, food, airport transfer, and any extra excursions (Airport transfer will be organised and the cost split amongst the number participating.) 

A few books will be recommended that you will need to purchase. For those on the professional tract, at some point you will need to buy your own software. However, it is possible to do this course without it. I will supply copies of all necessary charts and materials. 

How to Apply? 

Email me to request an Application Form
Submit your application via email
I'll contact you for a phone interview

If accepted, pay your deposit to secure your place
Sign your contract for payment of the balance
Flexible terms available!

“There is no better boat than a horoscope to help one cross over the sea of life.” 

(505-587 CE) Indian Philosopher, Astronomer, Mathematician, Astrologer and Sage) 


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