Sivananda Vidya Peetham

Vedanta Level 1 - Based on the text:Tatvabodha

For a complete beginner: A one week programme

Course Date, Location & Donations

Course location is Amboli, Maharashtra, India. Please find the details of location here

Please find all course names and corresponding donations

for Indian Nationals here for non Indian Nationals here

The daily course donation includes food, accommodation, tuition as per the daily schedule shown below and the use of ashram facilities.


This Vedanta-based retreat is open to all levels of Yoga or Vedanta aspirants who wish to deepen their knowledge and application of some of the teachings. Participants do not need to be yoga teachers.

Course Details

Topic: Vedanta and freedom from distressing emotions

Immerse yourself in the basics of Yoga and Vedanta - the science of Self-knowledge. The emphasis will be on study and contemplation based on Vedanta Philosophy. Ideal for those new to Yoga and Vedanta.

This one week course gives you insight in to the nature of the Self and how one can deal with one's emotions by the power of this Self-knowledge. The words of Vedanta are effectively introducing the relaxed Self to you directly, rather than describing it. This teaching of traditional Vedanta also endows us with clarity about one's purpose and discover meaning in one's life. This course is open to all and does not require prior exposure to Yoga or Vedanta. There will also guided meditations based on the teaching during the course.

The pristine setting of our ashram in the hills of Amboli in India, with comfortable rooms and healthy sattvic food and hatha yoga practice is particularly congenial for this journey towards self-discovery.

Daily Schedule

05:00 am
Wake Up
05:30 am
Satsang (Guided Vedantic Meditation, chanting and Vedanta Lecture 1) or silent walk
07:30 am
Tea time
08:00 am
Hatha Yoga - Asana and Pranayama class - beginner and advanced levels
10:00 am
10:30 am
Seva time - selfless service (60 mins)
11:30 am
Vedanta Lecture 2
01:00 pm
Tea Time
01:30 pm
Vedanta Lecture 3 Q&A / Workshops on chanting / yoga asana / free interactions.
03:30 pm
Hatha Yoga - Asana and Pranayama class - beginner and advanced levels
05:30 pm
07:30 pm
Satsang (meditation, chanting and lecture or special program) or silent walk
09:30 pm
Lights out

• Attendance at all activities is mandatory.
Changes in the program may occur from time to time as per the prevailing conditions.

Assessment and Certification

A certificate of attendance will be offered to the participants. There is no any kind of examination for this course. Participation in all classes is mandatory.

Recommended texts

The course text: Tatva bodha will be offered to the participants.


Sri. Raghav Kumar - The main teacher of the course will be Sri Raghav Kumar.

Sri. Raghav Kumar comes from a family lineage steeped in the Vedic tradition – a background which has guided him & shaped his spiritual pursuits. After a degree in electronics engineering and a stint in the corporate sector as an IT professional, he felt drawn to a full-time pursuit of meditation and also charitable service activities to underprivileged sections of Indian society through the Ramakrishna Mission.

In 2001, Raghav first traveled the Himalayas, to Uttarkashi & Rishikesh, where he studied Sanskrit, Vedanta and Yoga Philosophy under the guidance of Swami Dayananda Saraswati and also other respected spiritual teachers. Since 2011, he has been dividing his time between Uttarkashi in the Himalayas, Thiruvannamalai in Southern India near the ashram of Sri Ramana Maharshi, and teaching Yoga philosophy, Bhagavad Gita and other Vedanta texts.

Raghav Kumar can be contacted directly by email: : / WhatsApp: +91 99491 75527

Swami Govindananda and other ashram staff members will be assisting to give all other classes and facilities to the participants.

How to register:

Please fill in all the required information in the application form online itself, then submit the completed application form.

Fill in the Course Application Form - Click here

Once the filled up application form is received and accepted the applicants will be informed by email, of how to proceed further in the registration process.
To finish the formality of registration:
Indian nationals : Need to send a non-refundable deposit of donation for three days.
Non-Indian or non-resident Indian nationals : Need to send a non-refundable deposit of donation for three days.

Please note:

Course donations are non-refundable, however any unused amount may be transferred, minus an administration fee, to another course within one year of the original course starting date. Or a credit note may be issued minus the administration fee. Credit notes are valid for one year from date of issue and can be used for any other courses/ programs or for anybody recommended by the depositor and also for boutique items or any other supplementary services.

General Information

Please read course details as well as the course location information carefully before making a decision to register.
Admission to any course is on first come first serve basis.
All the courses are taught in English, there is currently no translation facility available into any other language.

Dates and donations are subject to change without notice.
For all programs, guests are subject to the suggested donation in effect at the time of final payment.
To maintain the spiritual atmosphere we ask all ashram guests to comply with the ashram rules.
Kindly refer to the Ashram rules and guidelines for more information.
The ashram reserves the right of admission and students may be asked to leave if their behavior goes against the ashram rules and teachings.
Email if you need further information.