Yoga Satsanga-Meditation and Chanting Satsang

with Shakti

Dates: Mondays- Sept 19th-Oct 10, 2016

Time: 7:00pm-8:15pm

Location: The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont-

34 Oak Hill Rd. Williston, VT 05495

Cost: This is a free event with donations accepted to cover center costs.

Join us on Monday evenings for four sessions (Sept 19th-Oct 10th) to practice yogic meditation, mantra chanting, and philosophy study. Satsanga means the company of the wise and is a common practice within yoga to come together with our wisdom and knowledge to practice and study yoga. Over the  4 sessions we will practice classical yogic meditation techniques, discuss the use of mantra and images, and discover ways to practice meditation in daily life. Sessions will be led by Shakti, a yoga teacher in the Sivananda tradition in which satsanga is an essential aspect of the yoga training.

Study Ayurveda this Fall

  • Over the course of 10 weeks you’ll learn the core principles of Ayurveda and create a healing diet plan for yourself, and start to follow it.
  • You will dive deep into Ayurvedic self care, then apply this to your own body, week by week.
  • You will learn how to choose what foods will balance your individual constitution for now, through the seasons, and for the rest of your life. 

“You are a great teacher and bring a very clear understanding of a deep topic. I thought this course was going to be about food (and of course it was) but it was so much more. My routines are just that- they are part of my life now- something I do for me.”

— J.B., VT

“I’m having zero digestive issues. My sleep has also improved.”

— R.S., NYC

“My mind has become much quieter. After many years on and off ayurveda diet and lifestyle I finally had the experience of being able to connect what went into and onto my body with the way I felt mentally. It was huge. ”

— Fall 2015 Member

Get more details and dates at, or email Adena at with questions.


Ayurvedic Cooking Weekend Workshop
Cooking Workshop

Join us at The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont for our second weekend workshop where we will talk, taste and meditate (oh yeah and cook and eat of course!) about Ayurveda, yoga, local food and what it means to really eat healthy. We will focus on seasonal foods, spices and teas for Fall and Winter, while getting to cook and eat them.
All are welcome, past and present students of The Healing Diet, or total newbies to Ayurveda. Come be in good company.
November 12Saturday 1 p.m. – 7 p.m.

November 13Sunday 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.


You will learn:
  • Your agni type (metabolic type) according to Ayurveda (go beyond VPK)
  • Learn how the 6 rasas, or tastes, affect the body and the tissues
  • Meditate and taste culinary and medicinal herbs and teas to find your allies
  • Learn how to make kitchari appropriate for Fall and WInter
  • Tips for cooking more quickly and efficiently every day
  • Two cooking classes, and 3 meals, recipes using local and vegetarian foods
  • Learn ritucharya, the Ayurvedic principles for seasonal eating

Reserve your Spot – Register Online Here 
(space limited to 10 students)

Email for more info – I will take into account all allergies and sensitivities, when possible.  If you join us for the cooking weekend, get $150 off membership in The Healing Diet 10 week program.



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: