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

Fall Dates: November 18th –  25th2024
Early Bird Registration for Fall Class
$1,395.00 good through 9/1/24


The California College of Ayurveda

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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 BucktonA 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, Panchakarma 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 M.D.
Dr. Rebecca Mundahl A Medical Doctor and Clinical Ayurvedic Specialist. A graduate of the California College of Ayurveda,  she learned Marma Therapy under the tutelage of Dr. Marc Halpern. Her lifelong passion is to understand the root of all dis-ease and how to create pathways towards healing.




Dr. Marc Halpern – (Special Guest Instructor)
Dr Marc HalpernThe 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.


Dates & Times

Fall Dates: Monday, November 18th – Monday, November 25th 2024
Classes begin at 8:30 am and end at 5:30 pm each day.


The California College Of Ayurveda


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: 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.


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


$1495 – Price includes a $250 non-refundable required registration fee.
$1,395.00 – Early Bird Registration for Fall Class –  Good through 9/1/24

Available Discounts

Sign up for 2 workshops and receive a 15% discount off of both. Sign up for 3 or more workshops and receive 20% off each workshop. Any transferring or cancellation of registration voids all discounts.  To register and receive your discounts, please contact Samantha at or book an appointment to meet with her in the form below.

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The California College of Ayurveda Policies & Disclosures

About The California College of Ayurveda

About CCA

California College of Ayurveda (CCA) is a state-approved school registered with the State of California. Registration means we have met certain minimum standards imposed by the state for registered schools on the basis of our written application to the state. This agreement is legally binding when sent to the College over the internet and payment of the deposit is made. These actions indicate that you have been given reasonable time to read and understand this agreement and the Refund Policy listed below, that you agree to your rights and responsibilities, and that you have seen a brochure or announcement describing the seminar or course that you plan to attend and information about the College.

Any questions or problems concerning CCA which have not been satisfactorily answered or resolved by the school should be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, Department of Consumer Affairs, 2535 Capitol Oaks Avenue, SUITE 400, Sacramento, CA 95833, (888) 370-7589 This institution is not required to participate in the State of California Student Tuition Recovery Fund for this seminar program.

Refund Policy

Refund Policy

You have the right to cancel the enrollment agreement for this course of instruction, including books, materials and related goods or supplies, and obtain a refund. The institution, for all students, without penalty or obligation, shall refund 100 percent of the amount paid for institutional charges, less reasonable application and registration fees not to exceed two hundred and fifty dollars ($250) if the notice of cancellation is made prior to or on the first day of instruction or by the seventh day after the date of enrollment, whichever is later.

Nudity Disclosure and Sexual Harassment Policy

Nudity Disclosure

All students should read the following information about nudity and proper conduct carefully.

1. At some of our body therapy intensives (ayurvedic body therapy, marma and dough basti) students may be exposed to some nudity. Instruction will be given to participants about proper draping techniques in an attempt to provide a professional and modest environment. Learning takes place in a large room with multiple massage tables and work stations. Students, who wish to, are supported to bring screens to surround their massage table and work station. This is not a requirement.

2. During the ayurvedic body therapy course, we will be demonstrating and teaching the traditional full body ayurvedic massage.  The technique that we will demonstrate and teach includes massage of the chest and breast tissue. This is a professional therapeutic massage. Students are NOT required to participate in receiving or practicing this technique.

3. Teachers at these programs may be male or female. Teachers demonstrate the massage procedures and then walk around assisting students in proper hand positions and movements. Students work in groups with one student receiving a therapy while other students provide the therapy. As teachers walk around and assist students in their learning process, teachers may have to touch the bodies of students who are receiving massages. If there is both a male and female teacher at your program, you may request that only the teacher of your choice provide assistance when you are the model on the table. If there are only teachers of one sex at the program, participants agree to allow those teachers to assist the students who are learning.

4. There is no massaging or intentional exposure of genitalia at these workshops.

5. At the panchakarma program (not part of the summer intensive series) instruction includes the administration of Basti. Basti is the application of medicated oil rectally with an enema tube. All students will learn to give and receive Basti. However, no one is required to participate in this procedure, and may opt out of any phase of this section if it makes them uncomfortable (Applies to Panchakarma Workshop Only).

Sexual Harassment Policy

1. Any student who does not follow proper draping instructions at the program may be asked to leave the program and no refund shall be offered.

2. Any student accused of touching another student in an inappropriate manner may be asked to leave the program and no refund shall be offered.

3. Any student who makes inappropriate / offensive sexual comments at the workshop may be asked to leave the program and no refund shall be offered

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Student Testimonials


It was perfect!

Julie Wardell


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

Glen S.


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


I loved it. The material was so magic.

Kara Lukowski


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

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

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


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

Michelle Bluette


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

Thomas Taylor