Five Day Training at The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont with Richard Powell                                  
July 11-15, 2022
9:00-3:30 pm each day
COST: $995 PAID in FULL ($1,195 payment plan)
Food and accommodations not included
VSAC grants available to Vermont residents and NAMA PACE Credits will be available.

Vedic Astrology is called Jyotisha in Sanskrit, which translates as “Lord of Light”. This is because of its unparalleled ability to illuminate one’s life and help to answer some of life’s greatest questions.

This week-long course will focus on the essentials of Jyotisha (Vedic Astrology) needed to understand a chart and to make basic predictions. It is designed specifically for health care providers of various disciplines, such as Ayurveda Practitioners, Chinese Doctors, Clinical Herbalists, etc., who may find it useful to understand basics of a client’s chart but will also be most useful to anyone wanting to explore and learn about this ancient science to enhance their own lives, health and well-being.

Amongst other subjects, we will thoroughly discuss all of the core foundational principles of Jyotisha, including:

  • Planets – thorough understanding of what they mean and signify.
  • Signs / constellations – how to easily assess which is most important and why in a chart
  • House meanings – know which area of life is easeful or challenging
  • Transits – gain invaluable insight into what is happening NOW
  • Phases of life – which part of your chart is expressing itself now? When does this change?
  • Yogas / auspicious combinations – arguably the most important part of Jyotisha – learn the most important combinations in a chart and, most important, how to quickly and easily find them.

This course will give you a deep understanding of the core foundational principles of Jyotisha, including the planets, signs, houses, Nakshatras (lunar constellations), transits and exact phases of life. This will allow you to recognize imbalances and remedies according to what one’s chart shows. This course is not a means for one to offer Vedic Astrology sessions but rather a great starting point for the fundamentals in order to serve your clients, yourself or your friends and family with a deeper lense.





Dr. Ramkumar, Dr. Robert E. Svoboda, and Dr. Claudia Welch meet with us to share a conversation around the four ashramas–or stages of life:  how we can use them to help us contextualize and navigate studies, families, professions, political and civic obligations, relationships and spiritual practices in ways that reflect and draw on the particular nature and strengths of each stage.

Dr. Ramkumar Kutty is a student of Ayurveda and other traditional Indian knowledge systems. Over the last 2 decades, he has given talks and conducted workshops across the world promoting health, happiness and contentment.Ramkumar is a Founder-Director of Punarnava Ayurveda, an institution committed to “Authentic Ayurveda for Universal Well Being”. Punarnava Ayurveda is currently engaged in the creation of vaidyagrama – an experimental green self-sustaining authentic Ayurveda healing community on the outskirts of Coimbatore in South India. (

Dr. Robert Svoboda is the first Westerner to graduate from a college of Ayurveda and be licensed to practice Ayurveda in India. During and after his formal Ayurvedic training he was tutored in Ayurveda, Yoga, Jyotish, Tantra and other forms of classical Indian lore by his mentor, the Aghori Vimalananda. He is the author of over a dozen books and has served as Adjunct Faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, NM, and at Bastyr University in Kenmore, WA. You can find out more about his work at and follow him on Facebook.

Dr Claudia Welch has been a lifelong student of life and medicine. She has practiced Āyurveda, has worked in Eastern medicine education, is licensed as Doctor of Oriental Medicine, and the author of Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness Through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Western Science and, The Four Qualities of Effective Physicians: Practical Ayurvedic Wisdom for Modern Physicians. Dr. Welch has lectured internationally on Oriental medicine and Āyurveda, exploring how Eastern medicine applies to Women’s Health, and today’s reality in general.



Ayurveda Postpartum Doula Training with Adena Bright and Allison Morse

Five Day Training at The Ayurvedic Center of Vermont
April 11-15, 2022
9:00-3:30 pm each day
COST: $995 PAID in FULL ($1,195 payment plan)
Food and accommodations not included

VSAC grants available to Vermont residents and NAMA PACE Credits will be available.

Serve the women and families in your community during a time of huge transition and growth by becoming an Ayurveda Postpartum Doula. The birth of a child is one of the most powerful and life-changing events in a woman’s life, and the care she receives during the immediate postpartum window can set her up for faster healing, easier mothering, and long-lasting well-being. During this training you will learn about pregnancy, birth and postpartum through the lens and language of Ayurveda, while receiving training in traditional postpartum care practices, balanced with practical understanding for modern women.

The Sacred Window of postpartum is considered to be 42 days, and it is said that how the woman receives care in those early days sets her up for the next 42 years of health. It is time for us to take back postpartum; to learn how to rest deeply, receive nourishment, and experience the power of being present.

Scope of practice:

Graduates will be able to offer postpartum support services including in-home Abhyanga massage, meals and meal planning as a business or as a gift — safely, within the Ayurvedic lense. Graduates are not considered Ayurvedic Health Counselors or Practitioners, nor are they able to treat or diagnose/assess imbalance from Western or Eastern perspective, unless within a separately held license/profession or certification.

This could complement your practice as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Practitioner or Doctor, herbalist, massage therapist, nurse, midwife, birth doula, or other healthcare provider. Vermont does not require a state license to do massage therapy.

Program agenda:
Ayurveda 101
Principles of postpartum care in Ayurveda
Protecting the Sacred Window of postpartum
Understanding postpartum hormonal changes
Ethics and preparing and supporting the partner, home and family
Cooking and meal planning for postpartum
Medicinal oil and ghee making
Postpartum Abhyanga Training
Scope of practice, what’s really needed