Philip Goldberg lectures and leads workshops of varying lengths. He presents in a wide range of settings: colleges and universities, yoga studios and conferences, ashrams, Hindu temples, churches, interfaith gatherings, and public venues. Philip has been focused on writing and researching his forthcoming book, The Life of Yogananda: The Story of the Yogi Who Became the First Modern Guru. He is currently scheduling events for  2018.

All presentations include illuminating photos, videos and audios featuring the key figures discussed in American Veda and The Life of Yogananda. When appropriate and time allows, they also include experiential yogic practices. For information about bookings or events, please contact Philip Goldberg.

Upcoming Events

I’m scheduling for the coming months, especially from April on, in connection with the publication of The Life of Yogananda in April. Some gigs have already been scheduled; others are in the works. I welcome invitations and suggestions. Here are some dates to note in your calendar or pass along to others.

More to come. If you have suggestions about venues, let me know.

Previously Held Events


February 3, Santa Monica. THE BEATLES’ YOGA at Mandala Center. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ monumental retreat in Rishikesh with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. I’ll be delivering a multimedia presentation about the lads’ spiritual journey, punctuated with live music by Joey Lugassy and a fabulous 7-piece band. Details will be announced soon. Tell your LA friends to come celebrate with us. For information and advance tickets.


Sunday, April 24, 9:00 am and 11:00 am, A Nation of Yogis sermon at the Unity of Tustin (in Orange County, California)

Sunday, April 24, 1:30 – 4:30 pm, The Great Yogic Transmission at the Unity of Tustin (in Orange County, California)

Saturday, April 30, 7:00 pm, The Beatles’ Yoga with house band at the Unity of Ft. Worth, TX

Sunday, May 1, 9:00 am, Sermon at the Unity of Ft. Worth, TX

Sunday, May 1, 2:00 pm, Bhagavad Gita Workshop at the Unity of Ft. Worth, TX

Friday, May 6, 7:00 pm, The Beatles’ Yoga at the Desert Song Healing Arts Center, Phoenix, AZ

Saturday, May 7, morning and afternoon workshops, Living La Vida Yoga, Desert Song Healing Arts Center, Phoenix, AZ

May 20 – 26, I’m one of the presenters at the Yoga for Peace Symposium: Changing the World from the Inside Out, at the Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas.

Saturday, June 11, 9:00 – 5:00 PM, Yoga Day – Living the Dream: a Celebration of Yoga, Rancho Providencia, Chatsworth
Param Yoga, in partnership with Kriya Los Angeles, presents Living the Dream: a Celebration of Yoga.

June 9 – 11, I’m co-teaching a weekend workshop with scholar of religion Dana Sawyer, Mantra Meditation and Everyday Samadhi: A Japa Immersion, at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Stockbridge, MA.

August 6 – 11, A Special Gathering of Meditators and Spiritual Explorers at the brand-new, beautiful 1440 Multiversity in the hills outside Santa Cruz. Learn, Stretch, Deepen, Grow. Come together with fellow meditators to deepen your experience and reflect on the history and nuances of different meditation practices and the teachings on which they’re based.  Information and registration

August 18-22, UDAYA LIVE, a 5-day yoga and music festival in the gorgeous countryside of … Bulgaria.

September 2 – 27, Living La Vida Yoga: Practical Tips from the Yoga Tradition for Every Spiritual Path. Online e-course. Twelve classes, by email.  Click here for information and registration.

Saturday-Sunday, September 9-10, Global Bhagavad Gita Convention, sponsored by the Center for Inner Resources Development, University of California, Irvine, Crystal Cove Auditorium. My talk: Declaration of Spiritual Independence: How the Gita Impacted America, Saturday 11:30.

Monday, September 11, 7:00, FREE Public Lecture to Celebrate Paramahansa Yogananda’s 125th Birth Year, sponsored by Kriya Los Angeles with Kriya Yoga Institute, at Poverello of Assisi Auditorium, 1519 Woodworth St. San Fernando, CA 91340. Click here to read the flyer. 

Friday, October 13, 7:00, The History of Yoga: A Visual Journey, Baptiste Power of Yoga™ in Partnership with Harmonia Wellness Center & Social Club, Sausalito, CA. Click here to learn more. 


January 9, 8:30 – 5:30 PM, Vivekanda International East West (VIEW) Yoga Conference presents Nation of Yogis at The Hindu Temple of Greater Chicago, Lemont, IL.

January 31, 7:30 PM, McLean Meditation Institute hosts The Beatles & The Vedas: a Multimedia Presentation at the Sedona Creative Life Center, Sedona, AZ. Register here or call (928) 204-0067.

October 9, 1:00, The Beatles’ Musical Journey to India. Narration by me and live music by a fantastic 7-piece band led by Joey Lugassy.  At the One Love Experience, Lake Casitas Campground, Ojai Valley CA. Part of a 3-day festival of music, yoga and other good stuff.

October 19, 8:00.  My FREE lecture at Loyola Marymount University: The Maharishi and the Mainstreaming of Meditation: The Role of “The Beatles’ Guru” in the Transmission of Yoga to the West.  At Theology Village, University Hall, 1 LMU Drive, LA. Part of LMU’s Yoga Studies program, this will be of special interest to meditators.  Did I say it was FREE?

October 21, 7:30. The Beatles’ Musical Journey to India, Westlake Yogaworks, 2475 Townsgate Road, Westlake Village CA 91360.  An intimate, acoustic version, with a great trio: Joey Lugassy, Deepak Ramapriyan and Philippo Franchini.  Space is limited, so sign up soon.


February 6 – 9, Big I Conference, Burlingame, CA.  Engaged Mysticism: Vertical Depth as a Platform for Horizontal Action.

May 17, How Ancient Yoga Teachings Can Enrich Your Own Personal Path.  Sacred Space, Summerland CA.

June 4 – 7, Symposium on Yoga Therapy and Research (SYTAR), Newport Beach, CA.  Keynote: Our Maha Lineage: The Making of a Nation of Yogis.  Workshop: The Spirit of Healing, the Healing of Spirit.

June 12, A Nation of YogisDesert Song Healing Arts Center, 3232 N. 20th St. Phoenix, AZ 85016.

June 13, The Great Yogic Transmission, a multimedia experiential workshop. Desert Song Healing Arts Center, 3232 N. 20th St. Phoenix, AZ 85016.

June 21, evening keynote, International Yoga Day celebration, Mike Ward Community Park, 20 Lake Rd., Irvine CA 92604.

July 18, International Bhagavad Gita Conference, Hindu Temple, 450 Persian Dr. Sunnyvale CA 94089.

August 1 Our Maha Lineage: the Gurus Who Made America a Nation of Yogis. Guru Purnima Event – BKS Iyengar Yoga Institute, 1835 S. La Cienega Blvd., Suite 240, LA 90035.

August 23 The Great Yogic Transmission.  Yoga Soup, 28 Parker Way, Santa Barbara 93101.

September 3 Global Religions of Los Angeles. University of South California

September 19  The Beatles’ Yoga, a multimedia presentation with live music by Joey Lugassy and a 7-piece band.  St. Roberts Auditorium, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

October 3 The Beatles’ Yoga with Joey Lugassy and the band.  Pacific Club, Newport Beach, CA.

October 15 – 19, Parliament of World Religions, Salt Lake City.

November 7 – 8, Veda Mela: A Celebration of Yoga and the Vedic Arts at The Reef in Downtown Los Angeles.


January 23 teleseminar, Literary Yoga: Whitman and Salinger, with Cary Bayer.

February 19 lecture at benefit opening of “Yoga: The Art of Transformation,” San Francisco Museum of Asian Art.

February 30 “Beatles & the Vedas: Bringing India’s Spirituality to the West,” Sedona Creative Life Center, Sedona AZ

Saturday, March 1, 1-4:30, workshop, “American Veda and the Great Yogic Transmissions that Changed the World,” McLean Meditation Center, 411 State Route 179, Sedona, AZ. (928)204-0067.

Friday-Sunday, March 7-9, Big I Conference, Scottsdale AZ.

Friday, March 14, 7:00, Hindu Yuva, USC (site TBD).

Monday, May 19, 7:00, lecture, Caine Learning Center, 54385 Pine Crest Ave., Idyllwild CA 92549.

Friday, May 30, 10 a.m., Commencement address, Ananda College, Portland OR

Friday, May 30, 7:00, Lecture and book signing, American Veda: How India’s Spiritual Teachings Changed the West, New Renaissance Bookshop, NW 23rd Avenue, Portland, OR. Register here.

Wednesday, June 4, 7:00, THE BEATLES YOGS.  With live music. Movement Center (Nityananda Institute), 1021 N.E. 33rd Ave., Portland, OR 97232, 503.231.0383.  DETAILS TBA.

Saturday, June 7, 10 a.m., Workshop at Movement Center.  SEE ABOVE.

Wednesday, June 11, 1-4:30, Soul of Yoga teacher training (open to public), 627 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas CA 92024.

Saturday, June 21, 8pm, Chicago.  THE BEATLES’ YOGA, with Joey Lugassy and his ace 7-piece band. For the Wellness Institute, Doubletree by Hilton, 1909 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523.

Friday, July 11, 10:30am, lecture at Cal State University, Long Beach

Saturday, July 27, 4 pm, The Beatles’ Yoga: How The Fab Four’s Passage to India Enlightened the West, Sacred Space, 2594 Lillie Ave., Summerland, CA 93067, (805) 565-5535.

Sunday, August 10, 9am, Sermon “A Nation of Yogis,” at Pacific Coast Church, 522 Central Avenue, Pacific Grove, CA 93950.

Sunday, August 10, 1-3:00, workshop “Beatles, Babas, Yogis and You,” Pacific Coast Church.

Tuesday, August 19, 7:15 – 9:00, Sivananda Yoga Center, Marina Del Rey, CA, “Living Yoga in the Material World,” Part One.

Saturday, August 30, noon, The Once and Future Yoga: The Way We Were and Where We Go From Here, Santa Fe Yoga Festival.

Saturday, August 30, 8pm, The Beatles’ Yoga, Santa Fe Yoga Festival. Register here. FOR FESTIVAL DISCOUNT, enter promo code Phil1.

Tuesday, September 9, 7:15 – 9:00, Sivananda Yoga Center, Marina Del Rey, CA, “Living Yoga in the Material World,” Part Two.

Tuesday, September 30, 12:30, “Yoga and Professional Writing,” U.C. Berkeley, Wheeler Hall, Rm. 114, Quinn Room.

Wednesday, October 1, 4:00, “A Nation of Yogis: How Indian Spirituality Transformed
America,” U.C. Berkeley, Kroeber Hall, Room 160.

Wednesday, October 8, 4:30 – 7:00, “History of Modern Yoga” class, Loyola Marymount University, Yoga Studies Program, Los Angeles.

Sunday, October 19, 7:00, Discussion after the screening of “Awake: the Yogananda Movie,” at the Sundance Theaters, 8000 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles.

Saturday, November 8, 1:45, YogaNext conference, moderating panel: Teaching Yoga Without Making it Seem Religious, Topanga Library. 122 N. Topanga Canyon Blvd., Los Angeles.

Sunday, November 9, Discussion before and after the screening of “Awake: the Yogananda Movie,” Circle Cinema, 10 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74104.

Friday, November 21, time and location TBA. “Engaged Yoga” on panel at Dharma Academy of North America (DANAM) conference, San Diego, CA.

Sunday, November 23, 7:30 pm, ***THE BEATLES’ YOGA: A Multimedia Presentation, with Live Music*** featuring Joey Lugassy and his spectacular band of ace musicians. Exhale Venice, 245 S. Main St. Santa Monica 90291.


Saturday, January 26, 7:00 pm.  Across the Universe: The Beatles’ Yoga. Multimedia presentation on the Beatles’ spiritual journey, with live singalongYoga Desa in Topanga Canyon.

Saturday, February 16, 10:45 am.  Hindu Students Organization conference, University of Southern California, Religious Center.

Saturday, February 23, 3:00 pm.  Arjuna and Job: Kindred Spirits With Timeless Lessons. Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Center in Marina Del Rey.  Suggested donation $20, but all are welcome.

Monday, February 25, 5:00 pm. Presentation on American Veda.  California State University, Long Beach, Anatol Center, AS1 building.

Thursday, March 7 –  Saturday, March 9.  International Kriya Yoga Congress.  A 3-day event sponsored by the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment.  Holiday Inn, San Jose airport.

Thursday, April 4 –  Saturday, April 6. Lyceum 2013, Unity Institute and Seminary, Unity Village, Missouri (near Kansas City).  Theme: Sacred Texts: From the Bhagavad Gita to the Bible and Beyond. My keynote is Saturday, April 6, 7:00: The Great East-West Transmission: How the Wisdom in Vedic Texts Changed American Spirituality.

Sunday, April 7, 10:30 am.  Sermon at Unity Village Chapel, 1901 NW Blue Pkwy  Unity Village, MO 64065.

Sunday, April 7, 5:00 pm.  Lecture at the Hindu Temple and Cultural Center of Kansas City, 6330 Lackman Rd., Shawnee, KS 66217.

Friday, April 12 – Sunday, April 14.  Weekend WorkshopA deep immersion in the Great Transmission from India, in the New England woods.  Wisdom House, 229 East Litchfield Road, Litchfield, CT 06759.

Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 p.m.  Lecture at the Vedanta Society of Providence, 227 Angell St., Providence RI 02906.

Thursday, April 18, 6:30 p.m. Lecture at U. Mass Dartmouth, Center for Indic Studies, Claire T. Carney Library, Grand Reading Room (122), 285 Old Westport Rd., Dartmouth MA, 02747.

Friday, April 19, 7:00 pm.  The Beatles’ Yoga.  An illuminating evening of music and knowledge, Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02474.

Friday, April 26 – Sunday, April 28, Serendipity Music and Yoga Festival, in Cloverdale, Indiana.

Friday, May 17 – Sunday, May 19.  Celebration of Swami Vivekananda’s 150th birth year.  Numerous speakers.  Vedanta Society of New York, 34 West 71st St., New York, NY 10023.

Saturday, May 25, 2:30, lecture at Sri Siva Vishnu Temple, 6905 Cipriano Road, Lanham MD 20706.

Sunday, May 26, noon, lecture at Rajdhani Mandir, 4525 Pleasant Valley Rd, Chantilly, VA 20151.

Friday, June 14, 1:45 – 5:15, workshop at Soul of Yoga, teacher training program, Encinitas CA.

Saturday – Sunday, June 15 – 16, Vedanta conference and Doshi Bridgebuilder Award ceremony, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles CA.

Friday, July 5 – Sunday, July 7.  SPECIAL JULY 4TH WEEKEND EVENTThe Great Yogic Transmission: An Immersion in Enlightenment Teachings, a weekend workshop, co-taught by master yoga teacher Sherri BaptisteEsalen Institute, Big Sur, CA.

Saturday – Sunday, August 10 – 11, Festival of India, Ottawa, ON, Canada.

Saturday, August 24, Dharma and Yoga Festival, Seattle WA.

Saturday, August 31, 10:30 am – noon, Ganesh Festival, Sanatan Dharma Temple, 15311 Pioneer Blvd. Norwalk, CA 90650.

Saturday, September 7, 3:30 – 5:00, Bhakti Fest West, Joshua Tree, CA.  THE BEATLES YOGA: LET IT BE, with LIVE MUSIC by Joey Lugassy and his super band.

Saturday, September 21, Friends of India, Dubai. Series of talks, including keynote at Consulate General of India, honoring Swami Vivekananda.

Wednesday, September 25, 11 a.m., Pilgrim Place, Claremont CA.

Wednesday, September 25, 4:15, Pitzer College, Claremont CA.

November 11 – December 9: MULTI-CITY LECTURE TOUR OF INDIA.

Nov. 10, 03:00, Dehradun: Seminar at Hotel Viceroy Inn.

Nov. 11, Rishikesh: midday lecture at Omkar Institute of Management.

Nov. 12, 10:00 a.m., Haridwar: Gurukul Kangdi Vishwa Vidyalaya.

Nov. 12, 4:30, Meerut: Chaudhary Charan Singh University (CCS).

Nov. 13, 5:00, Noida (Delhi): Amity University.

Nov. 15, 6:00, New Delhi: India International Centre Annex, Lodhi Rd.

Nov. 17, 10:30 am, Chennai: Lecture at Tattvaloka magazine.

Nov. 18, 11:30 am, Chennai: Sri Sivasubramaniya Nadar (SSN) College of Engineering.

Nov. 20, 10 am, University of Mysore.

Nov. 21, 10:30 am, Bangalore: Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology.

Nov. 21, 6 pm, Bangalore: Indian Institute of Sciences.

Nov. 23, Hyderabad: evening public lecture

Nov. 24, seminar at University of Hyderabad.

Nov. 25, afternoon, Indore: Paramanand Yoga Kendra or Daly College.

Nov. 26, Indore: lecture at either IIT or IIM.

Nov. 27, Ahmadabad, to be determined.

Nov. 29, Mumbai: seminar at Mumbai Educational Trust.

Nov. 30, Pune: Brihan Maharashtra College of Commerce.

Dec. 3, morning, Chandigar: seminar at Dayanand Anglo-Vedic College.

Dec. 6, Allahabad: seminar at Allahabad University.

Dec. 7, Varanasi: seminar to be determined.

Dec. 9, 4:00, Kolkata: Ramakrishna Mission, Institute of Culture, Golepark.

Saturday, December 14, 8:00, The Beatles’ Yoga with Joey Lugassy and live band, benefit for Meals on Wheels, New Center for Psychoanalysis, 2014 Sawtelle Blvd., LA.


January 6, 2011, 7 pm. Lecture and books signing at Vroman’s Bookstore, 695 E. Colorado Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91101, 626-449-5320.

January 15, 10 am – 4 pm. 5-hour workshop at Loyola Marymount University, Yoga Studies Program, Los Angeles. An opportunity to dig deeper into the subject, see and hear the gurus who impacted America and experience some of the practices they taught. Contact:, 310-338-2358.

January 20, 6:30 pm: Workshop at the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment, 1146 University Ave., San Jose, CA 95126, 408-283-0221.

January 22, 2:30-4:30 pm. Special event sponsored by the Hindu American Foundation. Shreemaya Krishnadham Cultural and Community Center, 25 Corning Ave, Milpitas, CA 95035. Info: or 510-299-8805.

January 22, 7:00 pm. Lecture and signing at East West Bookshop, 324 Castro St., Mountain View, CA 94041,650-988-9800.

January 28, 7:00, Mystic Journey Books, 1319 Abbot Kinney, Venice CA 310-399-7070

January 30, 10:30 am, morning service at Monte Vista Unitarian Universalist Church, 9185 Monte Vista Avenue Montclair CA 91763.

January 30, 2:00 pm, afternoon workshop at same location.

February 1, 7 p.m. Chaucer’s Books, 3321 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105, 805-682-6787.

Feb. 27, 1-4 p.m., 3-hour workshop at Unity of Tustin in Orange County. 14402 Prospect Ave, Tustin, CA 92780, 714-730-3444.

Tues. March 8, 6 p.m. California Institute of Integral Studies, 1453 Mission St., San Francisco, Namaste Hall.

Fri. March 11, 7 p.m. JFK University, 100 Ellinwood Way, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.

Sat. March 12, 9:30-12:30, workshop at Integral Yoga, 770 Dolores Street, San Francisco, CA 94114, 415-821-1117.

Sat. March 12, 7 p.m., Book Passage, 51 Tamal Vista Blvd, Corte Madera CA, 94925,

Sun. March 13, 11 a.m., Cultural Integration Fellowship, 2650 Fulton St., San Francisco, CA 94118, 415-668-1559.

Fri. March 25, 6 p.m., Harvard College, Emerson Hall, Room 210, lecture on behalf of “Dharma” the Hindu Students Association.

Sat. March 26, 2-5 p.m., 3-hour workshop at the Arlington Center, 369 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington Mass, 02474, http://www.arlin


October 29 and November 1, 7:30 pm: Two evenings at the Vedanta Center of Atlanta, 2331 Brockett Road, Tucker, GA 30084, 770-938-6673.

October 31, 12:00 pm: Hindu Temple of Atlanta, 5851 GA Hwy 85,Riverdale GA 30274.

November 7, 7:30 pm: Bodhi Tree Bookstore, 8585 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood, CA 90026, 310-659-1733.

November 10, 7:30 pm: Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, University Hall, Theological Studies Village.

November 11, 7:30 pm: University of Southern California, Forum Room in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center.

November 14, 3:00 pm: Sivananda Yoga Center, 13325 Beach Ave., Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, 310-822-9642.

November 24, 6:30 am (yes, a.m.), Inside Edge, University of California at Irvine, University Club,, 949-460-4242.

December 5, 12:00 pm, Vedanta Society of Southern Californa, 1946 Vedanta Pl., LA, CA 90068, 323-465-7114.