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5th Annual

Ayurvedic Training Workshops, India 2021

 (Dates moved from Dec. 2020, due to previous travel restrictions to India)

Learn Ayurveda in Kovalam Beach, Kerala, India 

Ayurveda, “Science of Life,” is the planet's oldest health-care system with historical roots in ancient India dating back thousands of years ago.  The study and practice of Ayurveda is steadily regaining popularity in India and flourishing worldwide in different forms. This continuous growth of Ayurveda comes from a greater respect for the sophistication and effectiveness of the Ayurvedic approach to natural health-care.   Unbeknown to most people outside India, this ancient system has detailed the pathologies of most diseases and outlines very precise, intricate and effective treatments.  

These workshops are for those who want continuing education credits in Ayurveda to support their existing health-care practice or those who want to be certified to practice [clinical] Ayurveda in the West.

These  workshops in India as well as pre-workshop self-study and case-study internships, support two Ayurveda Programs:  Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (ALC) (requireding 500 hours) & Ayurvedic Practitioner (AP) (Requiring 1000 hours).  The purpose and intention of these programs are to help fulfill a growing need for skilled and professional Ayurvedic practitioners, to address the plethora of health issues in modern society. 

Note: These workshops are not insulated in the countryside, but in small, charming beach town with lots of friendly people and great sightseeing and shopping!

The schedule for 2021:

* Completing both Workshops qualifies an individual to receive an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant Certificate issues by Khabir in his capacity as a Registered Professional Ayurvedic Continuing Education (PACE) Provider by the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA). This certificate will allow an individual to register as an [Registered] Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant with AAPNA.  An additional 500 hours of certificate study, training or internship will allow the individual to register as an [Registered] Ayurveda Practitioner with AAPNA or other associations as per their requirements


  * No prior training or knowledge of Ayurveda is required.

Attendance is very limited. Prior students are encouraged to register asap.  Early bird discount is for the first 5 persons registered for each group. 

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Presenter and Organizer 

Khabir Southwick, an Ayurvedic Practitioner, is an internationally recognized Ayurvedic practitioner of north Indian school of thought, a master herbalist and public educator of natural health-care, whole food nutrition, and Ayurveda.  For over 26 years, Khabir has helped thousands of people to naturally overcome a wide range of health conditions with Ayurvedic dietary changes, herbal medicine, traditional home remedies and lots of motivation.   Khabir does not use or purchase any products but chooses to formulate and make his own herbal teas and Ayurvedic formulas to maintain the highest level of quality and follow in the traditional ways of Ayurveda. When in Ojai, Khabir maintains his Ayurvedic practice with local, national and international clients.  He has provided hundreds of classes and workshops worldwide in multiple cities in Southern California, France, Morocco, the UAE, and India.  He also travels regularly to India for personal study, these Ayurveda courses and detoxification (panchakarma) retreats which he leads. (details).

Khabir Southwick is a Registered Professional Ayurvedic Continuing Education (PACE) Provider by the Association of Ayurvedic Professionals of North America (AAPNA) and is qualified to issue certificates of completion for each workshop and provide certificates as an Ayurvedic Lifestyle Consultant (ALC),  Ayurvedic Health Consultant (AHC), Ayurvedic Practitioner (AP) enabling the student to register with AAPNA and other Ayurvedic Associations and obtain continuing education credits from such organization accepting AAPNA PACE provider courses.

About the Programs

These intensive workshops are about learning the skills necessary to practice Ayurveda in a clinical environment based on traditional Ayurvedic principles (Charaka & Samhita), methodologies of treatment (kayachikitsa) as per Northern India, Ayurvedic herbology (dravyaguna) and Ayurvedic pharmacology (Bhaisajya Kalpanaa). Note: The northern Indian approach is almost entirely herbal compared with the southern or Kerala approach where abhyanga, the use of oils, sweating therapies, Shirodhara and panchakarma are the main methods of treatment.  Thus, these workshops do not cover these physical forms of treatment or any form of bodywork, since a purely herbal and dietary approach is sufficient if the practitioner is skilled.  The approach of being an Ayurvedic herbalist and dietitian without physically working with a patient works well in western countries and is easier from a licencing and private practice point of view. 

"This teaching format is in the traditional teacher-student approach or gurukul in India for those who want hands-on training in Ayurvedic health-care (kayachikitsa) by experienced Ayurvedic Doctors and Vaidya.   Most courses on Ayurveda are more focused on theory than clinical application, or too academic, with references to original sanskrit texts requiring an understanding of Sanskrit terminology. The goal of these workshops is to help [western] students and practitioners of Ayurveda to better grasp the functional and clinical applications of Ayurveda and provide a model of private practice. 

Each full day, there are 5 hours of small group teaching with 3 hours in the morning and 2 hours in the late afternoon. The classes are straightforward and clear without much Sanskrit terminology using modern english textbooks by Vasant Lad,  Atreya Smith and others. 

"Being a small group and eating together provides an excellent environment for questions and open discussion.  With panchakarma and prominent guest speakers each workshop is a deep immersion in Ayurveda."  Khabir

*   These training programs are based on the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) Benchmarks for training in traditional / complementary and alternative medicine: benchmarks for training in Ayurveda & Government of India, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Department of Ayurveda, Yoga, Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH), New Delhi, India. (Reference Number: D.O. NO. 480 /Adviser (Ayurveda) / 2009, May 1st, 2009).

Certificate Courses in Ayurveda

Testimonial by Dr. Vikram Chauhan


Testimonial regarding the program by Dr. Vikram,
India, 2017

Video testimonials from past participants

Teachings are based on classical teachings and not westernized but simplified without much use of Sanskrit except for essential words. 

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  • Ayurveda Fundamentals and Diagnostic Skills
  • Herbology & Dietary Treatments of Ayurveda


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