Samavesha – the Anusara yoga festival

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This year’s festival theme is the first of ASHY’s core values: Recognition of the sacred in the heart of all beings. Set in the beautiful foothills of the Santa Cruz mountains, overlooking the beautiful Monterey bay, Samavesha is the place to dive into the heart opening teachings of Anusara yoga, reconnect with old friends and discover new ones, and bask in the beauty of the Mount Madonna Center.

In addition to a philosophy intensive with Bill Mahony, Ph. D. and Friday night kirtan with Benjy and Heather Wertheimer of Shantala, the festival lineup includes a wide variety of yoga classes and teacher training workshops.

Below the festival schedule you’ll see the full pricing structure for festival tuition for both ASHY teachers and the yoga community. The lodging rates are set by the Mt. Madonna Center and will remain the same until the event. For those staying off-site, a commuter fee of $58/day will be assessed and it includes 3 full meals, parking, and the use of all of the Mt. Madonna facilities.

Check out the full schedule below and select the Tickets tab to register for both festival passes and lodging.

ASHY Teachers Rate – Festival Classes only

May 1st – Aug. 31st – $515

Sept. 1st – Oct. 15th – $610

Oct 16th – Nov. 2 – $675

Students / Non-ASHY Teacher Rate – Festival Classes only

May 1st – Aug. 31st – $595

Sept. 1st – Oct. 15th – $675

Oct 16th – Nov. 2 – $755

Day Rate for Thu., Fri., or Sat – $175/day – Commuter fee is $58/day and includes 3 meals/day. 

Lodging options range from dormitory rooms, shared double and triple rooms, to camping in your own RV or tent. The lodging costs include 3 delicious vegetarian meals each day and full use of the Mt. Madonna Center’s 355 acres of open meadows and redwood forests include hiking trails, volleyball, tennis, and basketball courts, a small lake for swimming, a hot tub, and gymnasium. All beds are single sized.

Watch for a Samavesha ride share Facebook group closer to the festival.


Samavesha 2015 was a wonderful experience – over 100 yogis from all over the US, Europe, Australia, Canada, and Latin America came together for an unforgettable week. Here are some highlights of the festival:

Samavesha 2015 Highlight Reel from Deborah Payne on Vimeo.