Marma Therapy Program

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Access the Body, Mind, and Consciousness

Learn how to interact with marma points using massage, essential oil application, and pranic healing techniques to restore balance to body and mind.

Upcoming Dates

Spring: Thursday, May 30th – Thursday, June 6th 2024
Fall: Monday, November 18th – Monday, November 25th 2024


The California College of Ayurveda

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This class is limited to 16 students for an exceptional training

Program Overview

Marma points are 107 energetic body points that allow access to the body, mind, and consciousness.

During this eight-day, 56-hour, hands-on program, students will learn the history, classifications, theory and locations, and the effect of each point on the doshas and organs of the body.

Following this, you will learn how to interact with each marma point using massage, essential oil application, and pranic healing (Ayurvedic energy work) to restore balance to the body and mind.

Specific protocols will be taught for bringing healing to different organ systems. Students will work in groups of two throughout the program.

Ayurvedic massage techniqueCurriculum

  • History, classification, and theory
  • Marma point locations on the body
  • Functions of each Marma point
  • Essential oil application
  • Pranic Healing (Ayurvedic energy work)
  • Specific protocols for healing organ and system imbalances


Elle Walker Buckton
Elle Walker Buckton is a practitioner, teacher, and lifelong student of Ayurveda and Yogic Philosophy. Elle teaches Marma Therapy and Ayurvedic Yoga Therapy Workshops at the California College of Ayurveda in Nevada City, CA. She is a Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, Pancha Karma Specialist, Marma Therapist, Ayurvedic Yoga Practitioner and Yoga Instructor. Elle truly believes in that an Ayurvedic and Yogic lifestyle is the foundation of a blissful existence that brings a sense of calm and wellbeing to body, mind and spirit. It is her dharma to share this ancient knowledge with her community with love and compassion. 

Dr. Rebecca Mundahl
Dr. Rebecca Mundahl
is an M.D., Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist, and Chef. Her lifelong passion is to understand the root of all dis-ease and how to create pathways towards healing. The belief behind all her work is that our health is measured by our connections and facilitating and building secure relationships to self, family, community, environment, world, and greater purpose are at the foundation of all her work.

Dr. Marc Halpern
Elle Walker Bucktonis the founder and President of the California College of Ayurveda. An internationally-respected expert in the field of Ayurveda, Dr. Halpern received the award for Best Ayurvedic Physician from the Indian Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Ramdas. He is a co-founder of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association and the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine. Dr. Halpern created the #1 Best Selling Recording: Yoga Nidra and Self-Healing. He is also the author of Healing Your Life: Lessons on the Path of Ayurveda. Dr. Halpern is also a Sivananda trained Yoga Teacher.

Program Dates & Times

Spring: Thursday, May 30th – Thursday, June 6th 2024
Fall: Monday, November 18th – Monday, November 25th 2024

Classes begin at 8:30 am and end at 5:30 pm each day.

Program Location

The California College Of Ayurveda

Student Testimonials


I was very excited and surprised at how much we focused on energy and pranic healing. This knowledge is necessary and will never be forgotten. The experience was so gratifying and there is nothing else I would rather have been doing.

Jaime Lefcovich


This is the part of the program that really made me want to change my life.

Michelle Bluette

Clear, Concise, Balanced

It was really great to learn more about Ayurveda from Dr. Halpern. I appreciate how he is so organized and gave unconditionally from his heart. He is very clear, concise and balanced.

Monica Yearwood


I loved it. The material was so magic.

Kara Lukowski


It was perfect!

Julie Wardell


As a full-time bodyworker, I will use this information every day.

Thomas Taylor

Positive Results

“The information was well put together, easy to follow and the result was such a positive one. Dr. Halpern is truly what made this course for me. His presence and ability to communicate to all of us is one that is rarely found.”

- Totiana Lamberti


Dr. Halpern brings out information that cannot be drawn from a book.

Glen S.


Dr. Halpern is a wonderful guide and has great clarity in teaching.

Dimple Shah

Best Teacher

Marc is the best teacher I have ever worked with.

Gina Abeyts


Completion of the Ayurvedic Foundations Course or the first module in Principles of Ayurvedic Medicine (PAM). The Foundations course can be completed via home study and takes approximately one month to complete.

Required Materials

All required materials for this course are included and will be distributed on the first day of class. This includes the course manual /slides. Students who wish to read ahead and gain some background information may be interested in reading Ayurveda and Marma Therapy by Dr. Avinash Lele, Dr. Subhash Ranade, and David Frawley (not required).

Additional Information

Course Times: Classes begin at 8:30am and end at 5:30pm each day. There is a flexible 2-hour break for lunch each day. While lunch is usually from 12:00pm – 2:00pm, times may vary according to the flow of the workshop.

Travel: Students flying out following the last day of class should consider that the Sacramento International Airport is 90 minutes by car from the campus and that it is recommended to arrive at least 90 minutes before your flight. Students may not leave early from class to catch a flight.

Program Credit

Students receive 56 credit hours of study through the college for completion of this course.

Program Fee

$1495 - includes a $250 non-refundable deposit required for registration.

Available Discount

Enroll in any two or more Workshops at the same time and receive a 15% discount on your chosen workshops. Any transferring and cancellation of registration voids discount. The discount will not include new programs added after registration has been completed.

For questions about your enrollment, please contact or call Admissions to purchase combined enrollment so that your discount is properly reflected:
+1-530-478-9100 or +1-866-541-6699

How to Apply

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