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Graduation festivities include swami and yoga

Swami Beyondananda
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The California College of Ayurveda invites Nevada County residents to take part in its graduation festivities … and by “festivities,” they don’t mean late-night dances or the lengthy presentation of diplomas.

This unique local attraction offers attendees a wide range of workshops and seminars that share the threads of wisdom, peace, humor and harmony.

Featured are such soul-searching activities as Vedic Astrology for spiritual growth and Hatha yoga, to entertainment-based performances that include Sanskrit artists Shanti Shanti and the always comical character of Swami Beyondananda.

And it’s entertainers such as Swami Beyondananda that keep this celebration of Ayurveda a popular hit within the community.

In hopes of bringing “laughter, insight and healing” into your world, Swami Beyondananda – who also goes by the name of Steve Bhaerman – has worked for the last 16 years as an author, comedian and educator.

During his weekend stay with the College of Ayurveda, Bhaerman will offer a workshop Friday focusing on “situational comedy,” which he hopes will prompt you to “… laugh while you learn and learn while you laugh.”

On Saturday, recording artists Shanti Shanti will open for Bhaerman’s fast-paced performance which focuses on “… laughing at our human foolishness and rekindling the innocent playfulness that so many of us abandoned when we were tricked into believing that life is serious.”

Shanti Shanti, a duo consisting of sisters Andrea and Sara Foreman, will add to the lively night with their blend of pure Sanskrit chanting along with New Age music. The sisters have generated a sound that has accumulated a wide-ranged fan base that extends to all reaches of the global community.

Shanti Shanti kicks off a night of comedy and music this Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Cultural Center in downtown Grass Valley.


WHAT: Shanti Shanti opens for comedian Swami Beyondananda.

WHEN: Saturday at

7:30 p.m.

WHERE: St. Joseph1s Cultural Center, 410 S. Church Street, Grass Valley.

ADMISSION: $15. Tickets at Briar Patch, Harmony Books, at the door or by calling the College of Ayurveda at the information




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