CVA 2014 Conference

Council of Vedic Astrology

June 19-23, 2014
Greater Seattle Area

Jupiter in Cancer —The Return of the Light


We've assembled some of the world's leading Vedic astrology experts for our 20th anniversary conference. Whether you participate in just a few sessions or several, you'll gain valuable information and education while improving your professional development.

Jeffery Armstrong

Jeffery ArmstrongJeffrey Armstrong (Kavindra Rishi) is the founder of VASA – Vedic Academy of Sciences & Arts in Vancouver, Canada. Armstrong is a philosopher, Vedic Astrologer and teacher of the Vedas for the past 40 years. He has degrees in Psychology, History & Comparative Religions, and Literature and 10 year career as an executive in Silicon Valley. Jeffrey’s years of diverse experience in executive corporate situations, relationship counseling and high-level psychological mentoring make him uniquely qualified to teach the “The Language of Jyotish” that is required to bring out the best in your clients. His methods go beyond the psychological or process based techniques currently popular today. Best-selling author of numerous books on Vedic knowledge including his recent book: Spiritual Teachings of the Avatar, Karma the Ancient Science of Cause & Effect, God/Goddess the Astrologer and The Vedic Learning Deck. 1-866-872-6224. Visit

Dr. Lynn Bootes

Dr. Lynn BootesLynn Bootes began studying western astrology in 1970. After a career in medicine she renewed her connection with astrology by attending Kepler College where she obtained an AA and MA in the history of Cosmology between 2004 and 2011. Her MA thesis, “The Underground River,” was a cross-cultural history of the astrological remedy in India and the West. She discovered Vedic astrology in 2006 and obtained a level I and Level II certificate from the American College of Vedic Astrology in 2008 and 2011. She practices astrology in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Jay Boyle

Jay BoyleJay Boyle is a Graduate-in-Residence Gemologist of the prestigious Gemological Institute of America with over 34 years of experience in every area of the gem business. He has always been primarily active in the wholesale trade of gems. For the past fourteen years he has also been the Senior Gemologist and Gemstone Buyer for Jewelry Television, a TV Shopping Network that has become the largest retail seller of colored gemstones worldwide. He is a frequent contributor to the gem trade press and by invitation, a participant of International forums on Gemstone Industry nomenclature, Ethics and Gemstone Laboratory guidelines. Since the early 1980's he has been a primary supplier of untreated Jyotish gemstones to Vedic Astrologers and their clients. His mission is to provide the right gems to the right people for the right purpose, for the betterment of his customers and the world. In addition to his impeccable professional qualifications, Jay's forty year involvement with meditation and inner work has created an appreciation of the finer, more subtle aspects of selecting gemstones with that sweet, sattvic feel. Jay lives with his wife Lenora in Fairfield, Iowa.

Shambhavi Chopra

Shambhavi ChopraYogini Shambhavi is one of the most important and dynamic women teachers of the deeper aspects of Yoga coming out of India today. Her teachings are rooted in the ancient traditions of Bhakti Yoga, Shakti Sadhana, Jyotisha (Vedic Astrology), Mantra Yoga and Ayurveda. Shambhavi has been honored with the Jyotisha Visharada by CVA for her insightful contributions and teachings in Vedic Astrology. She is noted for her clear, direct, and uncompromising expression, and her ability to inspire seekers from every walk of life. She unfolds the bliss of well-being through Vedic Upaya, rituals, mantra and meditation, drawing one to the deeper Yogic Reality, awakening the universal Shakti power within us. As co-director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies, Santa Fe NM, she joins Pandit Vamadeva Shastri (David Frawley) in his international teaching work in Yoga, Ayurveda, Vedic astrology, and Vedic Studies. Shambhavi offers personal consultations in Vedic astrology internationally, guiding one to connect with the Shakti of the planets, drawing in the divine grace into our lives. She has authored two books on the Mother Goddess: Yogini Unfolding the Goddess Within andYogic Secrets of the Dark Goddess; and two special CDs of chants and mantras: Yogini Bhava Shakti Mantras Invoke the Divine Within and Jyotir Bhava Shakti Mantras for the Nine Planets. Visit

Phyllis Chubb

Phyllis ChubbPhyllis Chubb M.A., Jyotish Kovid (CVA) and ACVA tutor (1998), ISAR granted C.A.P. This June, she completes the 5 year Jaimini Scholar Program under the direction of Sat Siri Khalsa. Since 1998 she has had the privilege of study under her Guru, Pt. Sanjay Rath. She mixes two major disciplines: psychology and Jyotish. Her Master's program focused on community counselling and psychiatry, specifically schizophrenia. A practicing Western Astrologer for over 20 years before finding the path of Jyotish. She has an international practice, teaches in person and on-line, writes and lectures internationally. Phyllis can be contacted through her website,

Nalini Kanta Das

Nalini Kanta DasNalini took to Vedic culture and spirituality, and began his study and practice of Vedic astrology in the 1970s. He has commented on ten of thousands of charts for his international clientele and continues his busy practice. He has spoken at ACVA conferences, offers seminars at his own retreat center in Northern Florida as well as speaking internationally. He has authored two books, and offers all kinds of devotional services for the welfare of his clients, including pujas, fire yajnas, pilgrimages to India, gemstone therapy, etc. He is a disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada and follower of Maharsi Bhrigu. Call 386.418.1147 or visit

Melanie Farmer

Melanie FarmerMelanie Farmer is a clinical Ayurvedic practitioner, Yoga Alliance 500-hr yoga teacher and Jyotisha Kovid-Visharada. In addition, she is a Washington State licensed massage therapist with over 20
years of experience treating injury, stress and pain. She is former President of the Washington State Astrological Association and teaches ayurveda for Pacific Yoga's 200-hour and 500-hour teacher training program in Seattle.
Melanie graduated from the California College of Ayurveda and is mentored by Dennis Flaherty. Melanie's practice is located in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square where she combines Jyotish, yoga and ayurvedic treatments for a balanced approach to life direction and well-being. Visit

Brendan Feeley M.A., D.Ay.

Brendan FeeleyBrendan Feeley M.A., D.Ay. practices vedic astrology and ayurveda in Rockville, MD. He began his study of the Vedas while living in London in 1975 and he also began his study of western astrology that same year. He has been a student of Jyotish since 1984 and a student of the Jaimini Sutras since 1998 with the parampara of Sri Achuyta Das. He offers classes on-line and in the Washington, DC area. He is a professional member of the National Association of Ayurvedic Medicine and a founding member of CVA. He holds graduate degrees from Trinity College, University of Dublin and Pacifica Graduate Institute. He can be reached at or 301-424-6644. Visit

Dennis Flaherty

Dennis FlahertyDennis Flaherty is an internationally recognized Vedic astrologer. He is one of the few westerners who is practiced in both Vedic and Western astrology. He is the recipient of the Jyotish Kovid from the Council of Vedic Astrology (2011) and the Jyotish Kovid (1994), Jyotish Vaschaspati (1996), and Jyotish Medha Pragya (2011) from the ICAS, the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences. Dennis is one of the several founding members of both the American College of Vedic Astrology (ACVA) and the Council of Vedic Astrology (CVA). He is the current elected President of the CVA, and the director of the NW Institute of Vedic Sciences in the greater Seattle, WA area, where he offers consultations and teaches a curriculum in Vedic astrology through his CVA-approved audio correspondence course in Jyotish. Dozens of his students have been recognized and received CVA certification, and several have gone on to start their own successful Vedic astrology practice. Dennis Flaherty can be contacted at: NW Institute of Vedic Sciences, 543 Main St, Unit D, Edmonds, WA 98020. Tel: 425-778-6487. Email: Visit

David Frawley

Dr. David FrawleyDavid Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) is a Hindu and Vedic Acharya, a traditional Ayurvedic doctor and teacher, and a Vedic astrologer of international repute. He is the author of more than thirty five published books in twenty languages worldwide. He was the first president of the American Council of Vedic Astrology from 1993-2003. He has received many Jyotish titles starting with Jyotish Kovid in 1993. He is currently a Master Educator for the Chopra Center University, an Advisor to Kerala Ayurveda, and Director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies. Visit

Sam Geppi

Sam GeppiSam Geppi (Sadasiva) is the author of "The Ascendant-108 Planets of Vedic Astrology". He is the founder of the American Academy of Vedic Art and Science - which offers level 1-3 Certification programs in Vedic Astrology. Currently the Academy has more than 120 students enrolled. Sam is certified level 1 and 2 through ACVA and CVA and was hired by Dattatreya Shiva Baba to teach the first Astroved Vedic Astrology Certification Program in 2010. For free classes and newsletters visit his site at

Dennis Harness, PhD

Dennis HarnessDennis M. Harness, PhD is a professional astrologer who holds a doctorate degree in Counseling Psychology. For more than twenty years, Dennis 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. Visit

Edith Hathaway

Edith HathawayEdith Hathaway is an international consultant in practice since 1980, author, teacher, and lecturer of Vedic astrology. A Founding member of the American Council of Vedic Astrology (1993), she has served as a faculty and board member of both the American Council and the American College of Vedic Astrology since 1992. Her Audio course on the Vedic Ascendant charts was produced in 2002. Her new book (and her second published book) is In Search of Destiny: Biography, History & Culture As Told Through Vedic Astrology. Published April 15, 2012, this book is a winner in the category of Nonfiction E-book from Eric Hoffer Book Awards (May 2013). Established in 2001 "as a means of opening a door to writing of significant merit... [it] honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer [1902-1983] by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers." Hoffer Book Awards cites In Search of Destiny as "[bringing] an understanding of the astrological science via explanation and examination wrought through the lens of time and culture." The book is also a Finalist in the San Diego Book Awards (June 2013) in the category of Nonfiction: Spiritual and Inspirational. A Certificate of Excellence as Finalist was awarded to the author at ceremonies June 22, 2013, in San Diego, CA. Visit

James Kelleher

James KelleherAuthor of the two-volume book, Path of Light, James Kelleher is a co-founder of the American Council of Vedic Astrology and the American College of Vedic Astrology. He has been awarded the titles of Jyotish Kovid and Jyotish Vachapasti by the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences. He is the founder of the Sierra Institute of Vedic Astrology (SIVA) and teaches regular webinar classes and in residence intensives on Jyotish. He also maintains a busy private practice in Nevada City, CA. Visit

Sat Siri Khalsa

Sat Siri KhalsaSat Siri Khalsa is a lifelong student of Jyotish as well as a teacher of Kundalini Yoga as taught by Yogi Bhajan and a follower of Sikh Dharma. An honors graduate of Harvard University, Sat Siri has lectured around the world and written on topics including nakshatras and prediction, relationships and compatibility, chakra energetics and healing, and financial astrology. She has been a member of the Council of Vedic Astrology since its early days and has been serving as Vice President for the last few years. Currently she is the Provost in charge of administering exams for certification as a Jyotish Visharada and Jyotish Kovid. She was named a Jyotish Kovid by the Indian Council of Vedic Astrologers under Dr. B. V. Raman, one of the leaders of the current renaissance in ancient jyotish studies. In 2011 she completed a five-year course with Maha Pandita Sanjay Rath. She was certified as a Jaimini Scholar, one of only 25 students from around the world to study this advanced traditional teaching in the Himalayas. She continues to tutor students working in that discipline. Her mission is to encourage excellence and rigor in learning the esoteric foundations of yogic science as embodied in mantra shastra and in jyotisha. She was given a directive by Yogi Bhajan to write and counsel in this area; he called her "my astrologer." She was named a Jyotish Medhya Prayag by the ICAS in 2012. 505-753-6521. Visit

Robert Koch

Robert KochRobert Koch is a professional Vedic astrologer with 24 years’ experience in the field, and has earned an international reputation as a lecturer, author, and teacher of Jyotish (Vedic Astrology). In his work, he draws upon the experience gained from serving 20 years as a Hindu-Vaishnava monk in the USA, Canada and India. His spiritual teacher and guru, the late Sri Srimad A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, is revered as one of the most prolific teachers of Vedic thought in the modern age. In the late 1970′s Robert traveled to India numerous times, where he learned Vedic scriptures and astrology, gaining first-hand experience of the culture founded upon their principles. In 1989 he left the monastic life and began his full-time professional practice of Vedic astrology. Robert wanted to bridge the gap between the ancient Sanskrit Vedas and Vedic culture, and the scientific intellectual culture of the west. His mission therefore developed into a practical vehicle through which the Vedic teachings could be more easily understood and implemented by the western mind.
In 1992, Robert became a faculty member of ACVA (American Council of Vedic Astrology) and soon became a popular author and lecturer at its annual symposiums. In 1994, he met the world famous and distinguished Jyotishi and researcher Sri K.N Rao, and began studying under him. Robert also studied under Pandit Sanjay Rath from Puri, Orissa, India, and became a faculty member of his worldwide teaching institution, Sri Jagannath Center. In 1999 the Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Indian Council of Astrological Sciences, awarded Robert a formal letter and Certificate of Commendation for distinguished service in promoting Hindu-Vedic astrology in western countries. He is also a faculty member and certified teacher/tutor with CVA (College of Vedic Astrology) with whom he has been awarded the Jyotish Kovid and Jyotish Visharad titles. With this background, Robert Koch’s lectures, research and writings on Vedic astrology have earned him worldwide appreciation and reputation among Jyotish colleagues and students alike. He has also earned a worldwide reputation as an adept in the subtleties of Vedic astrology readings.
Robert Koch is the author of The Spiritual Dimensions of Vedic Astrology, released in early October, 2005. This book involves intensive research into the spiritual components of the Vedic horoscope, with specific reference to the esoteric timing method called “Drig Dasa.” Currently Robert resides in Bend, Oregon, USA, where he actively teaches and maintains an international clientele from all age groups and walks of life.Visit

Suhas Kshirsagar BAMS, M.D.

Suhas KshirsagarDr. Suhas is an internationally recognized leader in the ancient science of Ayurvedic Medicine & Jyotish, which emphasizes a comprehensive, whole-body approach to Spiritual health & Well-Being.
He is an internationally acclaimed motivational speaker, experienced Clinician, researcher & an insightful Medical Astrologer, who adds tremendous value to his clients and students alike. He is currently the Director of "Ayurvedic Healing" an Integrative Wellness Clinic in Santa Cruz, California. Dr. Suhas G.Kshirsagar BAMS, MD (Ayurveda,India), Director, Ayurvedic Healing, California Integrative Medicine, 3121 Park Avenue suite D, Soquel, CA 95073, Tel: 831 462 3776; Fax: 831 462 3706. Skype ID: drsuhashi. Visit and

Mickey McKay

Mickey McKayAfter a 20 year fascination with Western Astrology, Mickey attended the 1997 American Council of Vedic Astrology conference in San Diego, CA., where she immediately enrolled in certification courses and completed a Level I course of study as Jyotish Visharada, proficiency in Vedic Astrology. After several additional years of study, Mickey was awarded the title, Jyotish Kovid, excellence in Vedic Astrology by The Council of Vedic Astrology in 2011. In 2012, Mickey was accepted as a student in the Jaimini Scholar Program, taught by an international, highly acclaimed teacher, Sat Siri Khalsa. In her practice, Mickey provides valuable insight for the timing of potential events with a commitment that individuals are empowered in the choices they make for living a created life. With a life-long career in interior design, Mickey utilizes the practice of Vastu, applying the principles of Vastu Shastra, to enhance one's personal relationship with their physical environment, improving the functionality, beauty and personal awareness of their space. Her Mission as a Vedic Astrologer practitioner is to impart a basic understanding of one's innate strengths and karmas as seen from the natal chart, along with trends and cycles that will stimulate certain activities to produce possible results.

Paddi Moore

Paddi MoorePaddi is fulfilling her vision of incorporating this sacred ancient wisdom as a normal practice in the Western world. She sits on the Board of Directors of the American Council of Vedic Astrologers and has been awarded the title of Jyotish Medhashri, which recognizes her as being a leading pioneer in spreading the spiritual science of Vedic Astrology in the West.Paddi's professional repertoire is the result of over 30 years study with countless masters in the field of astrology, metaphysics and healing. Visit

Joni Patry

Joni PatryJoni is one of the most recognized teachers and Vedic astrologers in America. 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, writes for Saptarishi in India, Faces in Turkey and the Galactic Center. She specializes in Prediction, with books and websites for world, sports, and financial prediction. Visit

Sanjay Rath

Sanjay RathSanjay Rath belongs to a traditional family of astrologers from Bira Balabhadrapur Sasan village of Puri, Orissa, which trace their lineage back to Shri Achyuta Das (Sri Achyutananda). Sanjay studied under his uncle, late Pandit Kasinath Rath. His grandfather, the late Pandit Jagannath Rath, was the Jyotish Ratna of Orissa and authored many books on Jyotish. He began his studies at a tender age, and received the depth of Jyotish only found among those who have been trained in the ancient traditional way of the parampara. He later became a graduate of mechanical engineering and worked for some time with the Government of India. Leaving government service to devote himself completely to Jyotisha, he has the depth of the ancient knowledge with the ability to communicate it to the modern mind. He uses Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra, Jaimini Upadesa Sutras, Brihat Jataka and Saravali as the foundations of Jyotisha and teaches from various other Jyotish scripture and sacred literature such as the Bhagavad Gita, Upanisads, Puranas, etc.

A. B. Shukla

A. B. ShuklaMr. A.B. Shukla is a senior level bureaucrat in Indian Government and belongs to Indian Administration Services. He is one of the initial members of ICAS and had close association with Dr. B.V. Raman, the founder president of ICAS. Dr. B.V. Raman, seeing his capability as an astrologer and administrator made him Controller of Examination. Later in 2008 he was elevated to the post of President. He has been a faculty in Delhi Chapter and conducting classes for Post Visharad students (senior level astrologers who are interested in research) for many years. He has given a new dimension to the astrology by explaining the astrological principles with the help of Veda, Upnishads, Bhagvat Gita and other scriptures. He prefers to make predictions based on observation of nature. This has made him an exponent of life, religion and astrology. He has in depth understanding of other religions like Islam, Christianity etc. also. He keeps interacting with heads of these religions. His understanding of other religions makes him an expert in the field of remedial astrology.

William Surface

William SurfaceWilliam Surface is a professional astrologer based in Portland, Oregon. He holds a B.A. in Humanities from the University of Chicago, and is certified through the Council of Vedic Astrology (CVA) with a title of Jyotish Visharada. William teaches the Beginners Jyotish Course at Sivananda Yoga Ashram in Grass Valley, CA., and is a member of the British Association of Vedic Astrology (BAVA). Born and raised in New York City, he began the practice of hatha yoga and meditation in 2000 which eventually brought him to the study of Jyotish. He wishes to thank his two main teachers, Dennis Flaherty and Komilla Sutton, for their expert instruction and guidance..

Komilla Sutton

Komilla SuttonKomilla Sutton is the co-founder and Chair of the British Association for Vedic Astrology. She is an internationally renowned consultant, teacher and lecturer. She is on the faculty of American College of Vedic Astrology, she is regularly asked to speak at international conferences- both Western and Vedic.  Her Academy for Vedic Sciences teaches a four-year intensive programme in Jyotish via webinar and leads spiritual trips to  places of Astrological interest in India. Visit

Gayatri Devi Vasudev

Gayatri Devi VasudevMrs. Gayatri Devi Vasudev is the Editor of Modern Astrology, the world’s foremost and most authentic journal on Jyotisha or Hindu astrology with an international readership, and the succesor to Dr. B. V. Raman’s The Astrological Magazine. She was actively involved for nearly 27 years with Dr. Raman until his death in 1998 in his mission to bring astrology into the comity of sciences. She continues his mission. She is also the National Vice President of the Indian Council of Astrological Sciences founded by Dr. Raman to organize the study and practice of astrology. Gayatri Devi Vasudev has authored many books on astrology that include Advanced Principles of Prediction, Clues to Interpreting Charts, The Art of Matching Charts, Practical Horary Astrology and How to Judge a Horoscope – Volume II. She has brought out a collection of papers under the title Astrology and the Hoax of ‘Scientific Temper’, in which she endeavours to point out the unscientific stance of scientists against astrology. She has compiled the book Astrology in Predicting Weather and Earthquakes covering Dr. B. V. Raman’s pioneering work in forecasting weather and earthquakes based on principles of astrology. She has also edited Astrology, Vastu and Architecture, a collection of papers presented at the First All India Conference on Vastu held in Bangalore in June 1995 under Dr. Raman’s guidance and leadership and in organising which she played a major role. Visit

Chakrapani Ullal

Chakrapani UllalChakrapani moved to America from his native Kerela, India in 1980, when he established his base of operations in Los Angeles, California. Referred to as a “national treasure” for his expertise in Vedic Astrology, a “teacher of teachers”, over the years Chakrapani has become a respected elder in the field, beloved by clients and colleagues alike.
As an astrologer, Chakrapani brings an unusual depth of insight gained from over fifty years of focused study and experience with many thousands of clients. He is widely acknowledged by his colleagues for his intuitive feel for the planetary energies which yield insights that are considered extraordinary. His unique abilities, combined with his signature gentle humor and kindly manner have earned him the trust and affection of a broad roster of both high-profile celebrities, as well as every-day, regular people dealing with the myriad of challenges that make up daily life. A descendent from a long line of astrologers, Chakrapani learned at his father’s knee. He was raised in a small rural community where astrological principles blended seamlessly into the village customs; everything from the lunar calendar, the manner of running the household, the traditional festivals; all reflected an unspoken appreciation for the connection between heaven and earth. The manner of his rearing, and later, his interest in keeping the company of many saints and sages of India bear an unmistakable stamp on his approach to astrology. For Chakrapani it represents a calling, a spiritual undertaking that is intended to relieve suffering and elevate the aspirant through greater self-knowledge. Visit



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