Ayurvedic Workshops/Seminars/Events

These are workshops and seminars designed for Ayurvedic practitioners, massage therapists, yoga teachers and other health professionals.



These are special activities that occur at our school and at other locations and includes our annual Celebration of Ayurveda.



Ayurvedic Workshops and Seminars

Upcoming Workshops with Dr. Marc Halpern 

Foundations Course

  • Date: Students may start this course at any time

Anatomy & Physiology Course

  • Date: Nov 2 - March 28, 2016

Ayurvedic Lifestyle: A Deep Introduction to Living Ayurveda

  • Date: November 13-15, 2015

Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Certification Course

  • Date: Bahamas: March 10-22, 2016

3rd Annual Sivananda Ayurveda Conference

  • Date: January 25-29, 2016

Ayurvedic Herbal Apprenticeship Program

  • Dates: April 3 - Dec 11, 2015

Massage and Body Therapy Courses

Ayurveda and the Yoga of Cooking

  • Dates: January 12, 2016, January 19, 2016, January 26, 2016, February 2, 2016

Panchakarma Specialist Training Course

  • Date: Aug 24-28, 2015

  • Date: June 26-29, 2015

  • Date: Sept 16-20, 2015

  • Date: March 24-28, 2016


  • Date: June 22-26, 2015

  • Date: Sept. 7 - Nov. 9, 2015

Ayurvedic Massage and Body Therapy Certification Course

Ayurveda massage (abhyanga), Shirodhara and Svedana Training Course 

Instructor: Ragaia Belovarac and CCA Faculty

This program provides 45 hours of hands-on training in abhyanga (Ayurvedic Massage, one and two practitioner) along with Shirodhara (warm oil treatment over the forehead) and Svedana (Ayurvedic herbal steam therapy). Participants will work in groups of three giving and receiving therapies.

An Ayurvedic Massage and Body Therapist is a specialist who works with massage and other therapies which are individualized to the nature of the person and nature of any imbalances that are present. Ayurvedic Body Therapies are a significant part of the healing process in Ayurvedic medicine and are becoming popular in clinics and health spas around the world.

Abhyanga training


Ayurveda Foundations Course in Ayurveda or enrollment in, or completion of, our Ayurvedic Health Educator Program. Our Foundations course can be completed through distance learning and takes approximately one month to complete. Proof of enrollment or course completion (if other than CCA) required at time of registration.

What Students Say:

"Absolutely loved it. The material is amazing" – Rebekka Fox
"I really enjoyed this program!" – Leah Shankar
"I feel very fortunate to have participated". – Bonnie Kish
"I thoroughly enjoyed every moment" – Micelle Coxon
"Very structured and thoroughly presented in a calm, relaxed and nurturing format. Excellent!" – Linda Martin R.N.
"Excellent Teachers!" – Karly Railsback
"I really felt shifts in my own consciousness and a real deepening of my ayurvedic knowledge" - Farzaneh Kashef

Ayurvedic Course Dates:

Spring March 31- April 4, 2014

Summer July 7-11, 2014

Winter December 2-6, 2013shirodhara training

Course Fee:

Ayurvedic Massage and Body Therapy Training Course: $650.00

Combined enrollment with Foundations Course: $825.00

Combined Enrollment Discount

Enroll in two Massage and/or Body Therapy courses at the same time and receive a 10% discount on both courses. Enroll in three Massage and Body Therapy courses at the same time and receive a 20% discount on each course. Enroll in 4 or more courses and receive a 25% discount on each course. Enrollment is complete when registration forms are returned signed and deposit payment for all courses is made. This offer excludes Foundations and Panchakarma Specialist Certification courses (Foundations special with a Body Therapy Course still applies). Discount will not include new programs added after registration has been completed.



Classical Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy™ Certification Course

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"Yoga becomes a powerful therapeutic tool when the principles of Ayurveda are properly applied to it"
~ Dr. Marc Halpern

Course Description

This 12 day residential training program is designed specifically for yoga teachers and is taught directly by Dr. Marc Halpern and Marisa Laursen (this program is 13 days when taught at the Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas). Participants will learn how to adapt yoga classes toward the specific needs of each individual, including deep instruction in the use of asana, pranayama, chanting and meditation for healing purposes based upon ayurvedic principles. In addition to learning how to apply this knowledge to others, this program also provides an opportunity for a personal journey within, allowing you to explore your own ayurvedic constitution and create a lifestyle that leads to inner peace and healing. Course graduates will receive a certificate.

All Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy certification courses qualify for Yoga Alliance Continuing Education credits.The program held at Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat, Nassau, Bahamas qualifies for 120 hours of Continuing Education credit.


• Fundamental principles of ayurveda (Philosophy, five element theory, doshic theory)
• Basic diagnostic skills to determine constitution and imbalances
• Ayurvedic and Yogic Psychology
• Raja yoga from the perspective of health and healing
• The energetics of asana
• Pranayama for balancing the doshas
• Yoga nidra and the healing proces
• Karma yoga and the healing process

Course Dates & Locations:

March 10-22, 2016 - Sivananda Ashram, Bahamas    


Quotes from Past Participants  

“It is rare to get the opportunity to learn from such authentic, knowledgable teachers who have such a gift for making the wisdom of Ayurveda and Yoga accessible, useful and understandable” - Krystyna Szadkwsi



“Dr. Halpern and Sri Devi (Marisa Laursen) were excellent and the perfect balance of Shiva and Shakti” - Stefani Chan


“This course blew my mind! I had so many a-ha moments that took me years to find answers to” – Reena Parikh


“This was a very good course and I enjoyed both teachers. Every yoga teacher would benefit from taking this course” - Maryam Shironlou


“What a great team. Both Dr. Shiva (Dr. Halpern) and Sri Devi (Marisa Laursen) do an impeccable job making these deep sacred teachings understandable and applicable to daily life." - Krystyna Szadkwsi


"The course gave new depth and meaning to yoga practice which I have been doing for 36 years." - Joanne Lutz, MSW., LICSW.

"This was more than an Ayurvedic Certification Course, it was a personal journey that will forever affect how I approach all of life. This class put a lot together for me." -
Ashley Wayman

"I found this course to be inspiring and motivating" -
Glenna Jordan

"Dr. Halpern was so clear, concise and easy to follow." -
Shakti (Jackie Ader)

"This was a remarkable spiritual as well as educational journey" - Shakti (Jackie Ader)

"As a yoga teacher of 8 years, this course was the answer to my prayer. Not only did it open my eyes to professional growth but it exceeded every expectation I had about growing personally and spiritually." -
Kimberly Freesh

"The quintessential experience of integrating body, mind and spirit. I loved the experience." -
Isha McCaskey


“Only the highest praise for both teachers. I couldn’t imagine having more knowledgeable instructors” -  Carin Cundey (Omkari)

"It was a deeply spiritual yet very practical experience." -
Eileen Crone

"What I liked best about the course was the amount of information presented and the precision with which it was delivered." -
Lilavata Papa

“What I liked best was how clearly Dr. Halpern explained such complex concepts." -
Avry Budka 2008

"The course is exactly what I was hoping for." -
Karen Zamzow D.C. 2008

"As a yoga teacher, I think this should be a part of every teacher training course." -
Carla Olla 2008

"Every yoga teacher will want to have this in their background" -
Christianne AsperyValdes 2008


These are two teachers who very obviously practice what they preach and are coming from a place of calm” - Donna Rixman.


“The teachers were great. Their knowledge covered a wide spectrum and they were very in tune with each of us” – Raymond Thouin

"This course brought a new depth to my knowledge of the asanas and my practice which I can't wait to share with my students back home." -
Susannah Gust 2008

"I pretty much loved everything. This was a well thought out course and the presentation was easy to follow." -
Ivy Berruca

"It was presented in such a clear way, it is amazing how much I actually retained." -
Ivy Berruca

"Everything was perfect." -
Norah Nasturas

“I highly recommend it to anyone whatever their previous experience is." -
Carin Cundey (Omkari)

"It was exceptional from beginning to end." -
Terry Suess

"The course was so great I can't even think of something negative." -

"Great, enlightening and very inspiring." -
Verane Pina (Jyoti)

"The flow was perfect." -
Lorna Mauney-Brodek (Mohini)

"This is an essential program for yoga teachers who are looking to deepen their knowledge of yoga and healing." -
Michelle Weiss, Vinyasa Teacher, Canada program.

"Dr. Siva (Halpern) is a God-send." -
Clement Lam (Shankara) - Canada

"I feel like what I taught before was unskilled compared to what I know now. Our teacher has given us the tools to heal ourselves and the world." -
Arati - Canada

"Dr. Halpern is knowledgeable, clear and experienced. He has a wonderful way of taking a vast amount of information and making it very accessible." -
Saraswati, Canada

"Dr. Halpern has a great intuitive understanding of where everyone is coming from on their journey." -
Rachel Persaud (Radha)

"Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy has opened up a whole new potential for healing and self-discovery in my teaching and in my personal practice." -
Ronnie Joe Grooms (Narayana), Staff at the San Francisco Sivananda Center - Canada Program

"Dr. Halpern is very informed, experienced, passionate and uplifting. This was an amazing learning experience!" -
Ashley Lawrence - Canada

"This course for me was like a big bouquet of wildflowers, rich of diversity, colors and scents which filled all of my senses and enlightened my path." -
Marie France (Sivapriya) - Canada

Panchakarma Training Certification Course (PKS)


Advanced Ayurveda and Panchakarma course 

Tuition - $650
Aug 25-29, 2014

Once each year the College offers its five-day, 45-hour Panchakarma Specialist training (PKS). This advanced program is only open to students who have completed the Ayurvedic Massage and Body Therapy training program and who are enrolled in, or a graduate of, the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner or Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist training programs. While students learn all about panchakarma and pancha karma clinical management in the A.H.P. and C.A.S. programs, this special seminar training program is almost entirely hands-on. Students fine-tune their practices of abhyanga (Ayurvedic massage), shirodara, svedana (herbal steam treatment), learn how to perform basti (enema) and nasya treatments and discuss issues related to the daily practice of panchakarma.

Requirementspanchakarma training

Students may register and attend this program at any time. However, certifications are only given to students who have completed their Ayurvedic Health Practitioner certification as clinical case management experience is a requisite for competency. If a student attends this program before completing the Ayurvedic Health Practitioner certification the Panchakarma Specialist certificate will be withheld until all studies are completed.


This program is offered at our Nevada City campus.


Special Events and Self-Healing

Prospective Student Teleconferences 

with Dr. Marc Halpern

Dr. Halpern now hosts topic teleconferences that offer a wonderful opportunity for prospective students as well as current students and graduates to hear informative lectures on a variety of Ayurvedic topics.  These lectures are also recorded and available within 24 hours after the session concludes.  Questions may be submitted to Dr. Halpern via email following the lecture.  To register for any of the following dates/times, please email our Admissions Director Heidi Wingo at Heidi@ayurvedacollege.com

Dates & Times:

April 15, 2015 2-4pm - Building Ojas
June 10, 2015 10am-12pm - Herbalism
December 2, 2015 2-4pm - Balancing the Three Doshas


3rd Annual Sivananda Ayurveda Conference

Ayurveda is the traditional system of healing from India and awareness of its importance and power as a healing art is growing world-wide. We are very pleased to present a group of the  top teachers in the field, individuals who have helped to inspire awareness of this knowledge and have educated tens of  thousands of individuals world-wide through their lectures, workshops and writings. Join us for a week of inspired teachings about health and well-being as these teachers explore the healing of the body and the healing of the mind.

Date: Jan 25-29, 2016