Refining the Senses

The Transformational Potential of Ayurveda

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Claudia Welch, Dr. Robert E. Svoboda

December 1-3, 2017
Friday-Sunday, 2 nights

$360 Tuition

Plus 2 nights all-inclusive accommodations priced separately below.


Program Description

Using the practices of Ayurveda, especially its daily routines, you can naturally enhance your overall health and longevity and experience ongoing balance and joy.

This weekend brings together two experts on Eastern medicine for a workshop that translates Ayurvedic theory and practices into an effective approach to daily and seasonal self-care.

You will learn the Ayurvedic perspective on the role of our senses, known in Sanskrit as indriyas, and how they relate to the elements, the seasons, and our daily routines, or dinacharya, to positively impact our health and outlook.

Through presentations, group discussion, stories, and experiential practice, you will learn:

  • How refining the senses enhances overall health
  • Practical techniques for well-being as part of a daily routine
  • How to become aware of the senses and be able to discern what they need day-to-day to support their health
  • Specific protocols to implement immediately for enhanced vitality, improved sleep, and a calm mind.

All are welcome. Beginners will open their eyes, mind, and heart to the benefits of learning this system of health that has been in practice for more than 5,000 years. Seasoned practitioners of yoga and Ayurveda will deepen their knowledge and experience during this unique opportunity to learn from having two world-renowned doctors together in the same workshop.

Everyone will leave with a heightened awareness of the importance of sensory health and the tools to increase it.

Faculty Bio

Claudia Welch

Claudia Welch is a doctor of Oriental Medicine, a highly respected Ayurvedic practitioner and educator, and author of several books, including Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness through Ayurveda; Chinese Medicine, and Western Science; and How the Art of Medicine Makes the Science More Effective: Becoming the Medicine We Practice.

Dr. Welch lectures internationally on Oriental and Ayurvedic medicines, exploring how ideas in Eastern medicine apply to women‰’s health and the realities of life modern life, in general. She coteaches with Ayurveda specialist Dr. Robert Svoboda, and offers online courses, private tutoring, and group Q&A sessions.

Dr. Welch has served on the teaching faculty of the Ayurvedic Institute, Kripalu School of Ayurveda, Southwest Acupuncture College, and Acupractice Seminars, and she developed a mentorship program to help current practitioners deepen their knowledge and to support students as they navigate the transition to becoming an established practitioner.

Dr. Robert E. Svoboda

Dr. Robert E. Svoboda is the first Westerner ever 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 author of 12 books, including Prakriti: Your Ayurvedic Constitution.

Dr. Svoboda lived in India from 1973-80 and 1982-86, receiving his Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from the University of Poona in 1980. In his final year of study at the Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalay, he won all but one of the university‰’s awards for academic excellence in Ayurveda. He later served as adjunct faculty at the Ayurvedic Institute in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and at Bastyr University in Kenmore, Washington.

Since 1986, Dr. Svoboda has traveled extensively, and is sought-after throughout the world as a speaker on Ayurveda, Jyotish, Tantra, and allied subjects.

Why Attend

  • Gain deeper insight into what your body and senses need so you can feel balanced, experience greater overall health, and age well.

  • Naturally take care of your body and mind with daily routines that ground your energy, sooth your senses, and set you up for energized days and deeply restful nights.

  • For yoga and Ayurveda practitioners, expand your knowledge by learning from two experts who have been in the field as doctors and teachers for decades.

Things to Know

  • Program Schedule

    Download a sample schedule.

  • Prerequisites

    None required.

  • Experience Level

    None required.

  • What to Wear

    Comfortable clothes

  • Special Interest to

    Practitioners of yoga and Ayurveda


Spacious rooms with additional seating and special touches.
From $330 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Traditional Double
Tastefully designed rooms with a range of bed sizes.
From $190 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Standard Single
Affordable solo comfort with a shared hall bathroom.**
From $175.

Standard Double
Affordable comfort with a hall bathroom.
From $160 per person per night based on double occupancy.*

Modern, Asian-style sleeping space for 8 with twin beds.
Available for booking in Fall 2017.
From $140 per person per night.*

Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in. Per-person per-night rates include:

  • nourishing farm-to-table meals
  • daily meditation and yoga classes
  • non-ticketed evening events
  • use of all facilities, including the fitness center, steam rooms, and whirlpool.

Guests also enjoy access woodland trails, and enjoy cafés, shops, and evening programs.

*Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. There is an additional charge to book a room privately.
**Plus tax. Includes meals, activities, and services. Limited availability.

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