Ryan Kurczak ~ Founder of Asheville Vedic Astrology
Ryan Kurczak graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and minor in Philosophy. After college he completed training with The American Institute of Vedic Studies and the European Institute of Vedic Studies in the subjects of Ayurveda and Jyotish. He also completed training in massage and bodywork, specializing in CranioSacral Therapy and The Yuen Method. Ryan Kurczak has studied Vedic Astrology with Ernst Wilhelm, Dr. David Frawely, director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies, and Richard Fish, founder of the Center for Vedic Astrological Studies. Ryan was ordained in 2005, by a direct disciple of Paramahansa Yogananda. Ryan has been studying Vedic Astrology since 2002 and practicing professionally since 2005. He works with clients and students throughout the world. Ryan has co-authored two books on Vedic Astrology and two books on Kriya Yoga and Non-dualism.
“Ryan Kurczak provides an excellent practical synthesis of Vedic astrology, Yoga and Ayurveda that can facilitate wholeness and well-being in all aspects of our lives. He can be of great assistance for all who consult him.” -David Frawley- Director of the American Institute of Vedic Studies
Ryan is currently retired from astrological sessions and has directed his time and attention to the teaching of Kriya Yoga. Please see, www.kriyayogaonline.com or www.youtube.com/kriyayogaonline. Ryan has also developed a 2 year, in-depth, self-directed program for those wishing to learn Vedic Astrology. See the following link: https://vedic-astrology.teachable.com/
Fernando Raul Castro Alvarez – Astrologer
Álvarez has been exposed to Indian astrology since 2011 but he began his studies with a path to becoming a professional in it in 2014. His teachers are Ryan Kurczak, and before him Marck Boney, author of several astrological articles and one of the most prolific Western apprentices of the Hindu astrologer KN Rao, founder of the Bharatiya Vidya Bhawan school of astrology in New Delhi India. Fernando Raúl also studied astrology and cartomancy with astrologer Ernst Wilhelm. In addition, Fernando Raúl also has mastery of traditional Hellenistic and Perso-Arab Islamic astrology. Fernando Raúl is currently studying European medieval and renaissance astrology with the American astrologer Christopher Warnock, author and translator of several world-renowned astrological texts. Fernando Raúl has a Bachelor of Arts Magna Cum Laude from the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus, obtained in 2009, where he was also President of the Honorary Studies Program of said institution for two years. Fernando Raúl was also a visiting student at Cornell University in Ithaca New York and at Technische Universität Carolo-Wilhelmina zu Braunschweig in Germany. Fernando Raúl is located in San Juan Puerto Rico where he has his private astrological practice and his astrology school La Alianza de astrólogos puertorriqueños (The Alliance of Puerto Rican Astrologers) founded in 2019. Fernando is a graduate and mentor of the Asheville Vedic Astrology Apprenticeship Program.
Channing Ayers – Astrologer
“Ever since I can remember, astrology has been part of my life. My mother began studying western style astrology as a young woman, and I was raised around her endless piles of hand drawn charts and towers of astrology books. Her passion of understanding the many mysteries of existence was passed on to me through the years. I have always been drawn to the interpretations of the symbols, signs, and meanings of the mysteries of the universe. In college I focused on Jungian psychology and mythology, which always seemed to point me back to the foundations I had with the astrology through working with the symbols and archetypes of human experience. After receiving a B.A. in Jungian Psychology, I moved to the mountains of Asheville, North Carolina, where I have made my home for the past eighteen years. During this time of running my own business and raising my family, I continued to study and do charts casually for my family and friends, but still felt I was missing out on something deeper in the astrology and wanted to know more. I was strongly pulled towards studying the ancient practice of Vedic astrology for more answers, and there began an incredible journey of finding my true passion. I began taking classes with Ryan Kurczak and discovered the teachings of Ernst Wilhelm, which led me to a greater understanding of how to integrate and share this knowledge I have been studying my whole life in a practical, grounded and beneficial way.”
Channing is a jewelry maker, specializing in astrological gemology and astrological jewelry making.
To schedule a session with Channing please visit https://www.channingayersastrology.com/.
Fiona Marques – Astrologer
Fiona is a technician. She uses data analysis and logic to make observations about a chart. Her Astrology inculcation was consistent and systematic from day one (i.e. rather than eclectic) enabling her to faithfully and coherently research a chart. Her readings are live (not pre-recorded) as she recognises the conversation as part of the process (“The map is not the territory”). She is interested in what the chart is trying to teach a person and how to empower her clients to work with their astrology, rather than against it. She loves people. As well as Astrology, she is certified in massage, MBTI, NLP, tantric yoga and Ayurvedic Life Coaching. She is an Australian living in Portugal. Her booking system has openings to suit clients from Auckland to San Francisco and everywhere in between. Fiona is a graduate and mentor of the Asheville Vedic Astrology Apprenticeship Program.