We are excited to share that the Laura Mann Center for Integrative Health has formally merged with UVM. In April 2015 The Laura Mann Center, the University Of Vermont College Of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of Medicine and the University Of Vermont Medical Center (formally Fletcher Allen) have agreed to create a comprehensive Institute for Health and Healing at the University of Vermont.

The Laura Mann Integrative Community Practitioner Forum “Collaboration: Ayurveda and Herbal Medicine
in a Modern Healthcare Context”

How can we improve collaboration and communication between physicians and CAM practitioners? By focusing on illustrative clinical examples, Allison and Guido will help start a conversation that explores these questions and highlights areas where Ayurveda and herbal medicine can offer a fresh perspective on difficult cases. Bring your questions.

Join Allison Morse and Guido Mase


Wednesday October 28, 2015
Presentation 6 – 7pm, networking to follow

McClure Lobby Conference Room, UVM Medical Center
111 Colchester Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401
directions are at the information desk at the UVM Medical Center

Allison Bransfield Morse is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, specializing in Panchakarma therapy. With 15 years of clinical experience, she is also certified in massage and yoga therapy. After 5 years with The Ayurvedic Institute under the direct guidance of Dr. Vasant Lad, Allison founded The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont.  She is a Banyan Botanicals Ambassador, is NAMA certified and currently serves on a committee for NAMA that is defining Ayurvedic treatments in the US.  Allison is experienced in applying herbal medicine, holistic nutrition and Ayurvedic remedies to a variety of clinical disorders including cancer, musculoskeletal disorders, digestive disorders, weight-loss, depression, anxiety, insomnia and women‘s health issues.
Guido Masé, RH(AHG) is a clinician and educator in the Western herbal tradition. He spent his childhood in Italy and has been living in Vermont since 1996. His teaching interweaves clinical experience, mythology, and science. He is a founding co-Director of the Vermont Center for Integrative Herbalism, chief herbalist at Urban Moonshine Natural Products, teacher in herbal medicine at the University of Vermont, and author of The Wild Medicine Solution.usands of clients through home cleanses and clinical Panchakarma during the past 15 years and really want to help other practitioners be able to use these protocols in a safe, authentic and effective way.

Advanced Introduction to Intermediate Ayurveda

Dr. Claudia Welch & Dr. Robert Svoboda teach in Stowe, Vermont

May 2016



The number of students will be capped at thirty, so it is advisable to enroll early to ensure a spot. If this looks like a good fit for you, kindly email Stoweflake Spa & Resort or call them at (802) 760-1083 for more information.

Kindly note that admission priority will be given to students who completed the Beginning course live in 2015 at Stowe.


  • Advanced Introduction to Beginning Ayurveda—whether you completed it live in Stowe, VT in 2015 or complete the online version of the same, which should be available on, by October 2015
  • OR:
  • Education in content equivalent to the Advanced Introduction to Beginning Ayurveda, with instructor consent. Kindlyemail Dr. Welch’s administrator for more information about this option.

In the rural setting of the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa, in Stowe, Vermont, Dr. Welch and Dr. Svoboda plan to teach daily for two weeks (with one day off in the middle), in this, the second of two intensive courses designed to take students from the beginning foundation of Ayurveda through intermediate principles. In this installment, they plan to introduce and explore intermediate principals in a way that will hopefully be meaningful, and practically applicable both to students who wish to apply them in their own lives, and to those who wish to further pursue the study of Ayurveda in order to practice it professionally.

This course offers sufficient depth to prepare students to incorporate more subtle concepts and practices of Ayurveda into a yoga practice, an established medical practice, or to be prepared go on to further studies to learn to apply them clinically.

By the end of this course, if you have kept up with the memorization and study needed to assimilate what is taught, you will be familiar with the following principles:

  • Rasa (taste), virya (energetics), vipaka (post-digestive effect, and prabhava (special effects) of dravya (substances)
  • The thirteen types of agni (digestive and transformational fires)
  • The seven dhatus (bodily tissues), and their associated upadhatus (secondary tissues) and malas (wastes)
  • List the main functions of the seven dhatus
  • Understand the fundamentals of how each dhatu is created, nourished and transformed
  • Symptoms associated with the entry of each dosa into each dhatu
  • The strotamsi (physiological channels) of the body and mind
  • The signs and symptoms of vitiated srotamsi and possible causes of vitiation
  • The six stages of samprapti (pathogenesis)
  • The difference between shamana (gentle dosa-palliative procedures) and shodhana (forcible expulsion of dosa from the body) in the resolution of disorders
  • Ayurvedic psychology: understanding how the mind and body affect each other

Dr. Claudia Welch and Dr. Robert Svoboda combined have more than half a century of practicing and teaching Ayurveda. They have taught introductory material, advanced material and clinical material. They have taught students with no prior knowledge of Ayurveda as well as advanced students and practitioners. In this course, they plan to present what they have found to be the most practically essential elements of the intermediate principles of Ayurveda.

Students should be aware that this program will be videoed, as it is to become the basis of an online educational program. The lectures will therefore be delivered uninterrupted, and question and answer sections will follow. There are no plans to film any students.

As an intense download of information could overwhelm the mental digestion of participants, lecture time has been capped at three and a half hours of per day, with Sunday, May 22 free. To facilitate integration of what is learned, two hours of yoga instruction will also be provided daily, one and a half hours in the morning and a half hour of mainly yoga nidra in the afternoon. The yoga classes are scheduled to be taught by Ms. Rose Baudin, an internationally known yoga teacher and long time friend of Drs. Svoboda and Welch. This schedule allows for a total of 45.5 hours of Ayurveda instruction, 26 hours of yoga instruction, and time to study, absorb, walk, enjoy spa treatments (including Ayurveda-inspired treatments), and generally appreciate springtime in Vermont.

Vegetarian (no meat, fish or eggs), with gluten-free options, will be provided (at additional charge) throughout the program and there are numerous restaurants in the near vicinity.

Contact Surinda Oberai Cavanaugh
at The Stoweflake to Register:


Abhyanga Massage Training

September 19-20, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont
Williston, Vermont
Cost: $325

Join Allison Morse, owner of The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont for this hands-on Abhyanga massage training. Allison has 15 years of experience as an Ayurvedic Practitioner, is a Nationally Certified Massage Therapist, a certified Yoga teacher and has given thousands of Abhyanga massages.

Abhyanga is an ancient massage technique from India, which is done with herb-infused oils that are prepared specifically for your physical and mental constitution. The warm oil deeply calms the nervous system, penetrates the tissues and loosens toxins from cell and tissue structures. Abhyanga draws out impurities and improves immunity by increasing lymphatic circulation. The body and mind experience stillness, deep peace and relaxation. A wonderful therapeutic treatment to add to your client’s healing process.

This training requires a foundation of knowledge in Ayurveda (which will not be covered in the course) and some bodywork training is ideal, but not necessary. The course will cover training for a one therapist Abhyanga treatment, but traditional Abhyanga with two therapists will also be demonstrated. Students will have time and space to practice on each other, with careful supervision. Learning this repetitive sequence of strokes is easy and meditative.

Only 10 spaces available, so sign up soon!
Deposit due at time of registration. 

Learn To Safely Guide Your Clients Through a Home Cleanse

Mentorship for Ayurvedic Practitioners with Allison Morse

  • Starting August 2015
  • Cost $399
  • 4 Live Group Sessions (1 hour each) and 2 Private Sessions (1 hour each). Group sessions are done on live conference calls.
  • Accepting only 12 students.

Over the years I’ve received numerous phone calls from practitioners that have found themselves in way too deep with seeing clients or groups of students through cleanses and are not well equipped for what can transpire during these sometime dramatic shifts that take place. Although such a wonderful tool for practitioners to work with, seeing clients through cleanses is not so easy and safe all of the time. I have seen thousands of clients through home cleanses and clinical Panchakarma during the past 15 years and really want to help other practitioners be able to use these protocols in a safe, authentic and effective way.

Pre-requisite: Graduated from an accredited Ayurvedic school with a minimum of one year of training. Have done an Ayurvedic home cleanse yourself at least once before. Individual screening for acceptance will be done over the phone with Allison.

Dates: The four live group sessions will be held on Wednesdays starting August 19 through September 9, 2015, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

During the mentorship you will:

  • Learn about the physical, spiritual and emotional “side-effects” of Ayurvedic cleanses and how to see your clients through these transitions.
  • Be given three different outlines for cleanses that you can begin working with.
  • Understand indications and contraindication for detoxing.
  • Have the opportunity during our time to see your own clients and/or students through a cleanse with my support.
  • Learn the importance of post cleanse guidelines.
  • Have one-on-one guidance to answer questions that arise

Inquire about these opportunities by emailing or calling 802 872 8898