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4th Annual Ayurvedic Workshop - Fort Kochi, Kerala, India 2019

of the Certificate Ayurveda Program (CAP) 

 8-day Course

Herbology and Dietary Treatments of Ayurveda

Nov. 24th to Dec. 1st, 2019


Presented by Vaidya Khabir Southwick of Natural Healing Consultants of Ojai; supported by Dr. Arun Ambu Kakkathara of Kerala Ayurveda Vaidyasala 

*  Prior training or knowledge of Ayurveda is required.

Ayurveda Consultant Program  

The two to four year program comprises two 7-day workshops in Rishikesh, India, two 8 day advanced workshops in Kerala and the study of five textbooks. These intensive workshops are presented for those who are interested in, studying or actively practicing [clinical] Ayurvedic health-care.  Upon the completion of all four workshop courses; the agreement of a Practitioner's Code of Conduct with Ethical Guidelines; and the approval of the instructor(s) a certificate as an AYURVEDIC HEALTH CONSULTANT will be issued specifying the types of consulting services the practitioner is authorized to provide. 

"This teaching format is for those who want an authentic and substantive hands-on training in Ayurvedic health-care (kayachikitsa) to be applied in clinical practice.  Most courses on Ayurveda are more focused on theory than clinical application, or too academic and detailed, requiring 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.  The classes are straightforward and clear without much Sanskrit terminology." 

"In this course, we immerse in traditional herbal formulas by discussing, giving examples of application, tasting and even trying each formula.  To know an herb you have to feel it, and this type of immersion creates a feeling that won't be forgotten..."  Khabir

Certificate of Achievement 

Upon the successful completion of the workshop a CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT for the course, Herbology and Dietary Treatments of Ayurveda,  will be provided by Planet Ayurveda and signed by Khabir Southwick, in collaboration with Dr. Arun Ambu Kakkathara of Kerala Ayurveda Vaidyasala.  The instructors and sponsors are pleased to provide this formal certificate course of study in Ayurvedic Healthcare. This course endeavors to provide a comprehensive and authentic, professional education for the health practitioner seeking to incorporate Ayurvedic medical principles into their existing practice, and those looking to enter the field of traditional Ayurvedic healthcare.  A personalized certificate will be presented on the closing day for graduates.*


Hosted at Kerala Ayurveda Vaidyasala, Fort Kochi, Kerala, South India. 


"Kerala Ayurveda Vaidyasala is run by a team of expert and adept physicians who diagnose and provide apt treatment and therapies for ailments of all kinds. Kerala Ayurveda Vaidyasala is equipped to masterfully provide all the modules of treatments envisaged in the ancient texts.

Aspects of Kerala Ayurveda Vaidyasala treatments are proper administration and application of herbal medicines, nutritional advice and guidance, exercise therapy, meditation and other special purification therapies for rejuvenation. We help the patients to imbibe the Ayurveda way of living for a healthy life.

Situated in the pristine backwaters of Kerala, Dr. Ambu and team at Kerala Ayurveda Vaidyasala care for our in-patients, who can enjoy the well furnished rooms, and homely food during the process of their treatment."


Khabir Southwick, Ayurvedic Practitioneris an international Ayurvedic health-care practitioner, master herbalist and public educator of natural health-care.  For over 25 years, Khabir has helped thousands of people to naturally overcome a wide range of health conditions with Ayurvedic dietary changes, India and western herbal medicine and traditional home remedies.  Khabir formulates and provides his own herbal teas and Ayurvedic formulas to address most health conditions.  When in Ojai, Khabir maintains his health-care practice with local, national and international clients.  He has provided hundreds of classes and workshops in Southern California and internationally in India, Morocco, France and the UAE.  He also travels regularly to India for personal study, and to organize these Ayurveda courses and detoxification (panchakarma) retreats. Details 


Dr. Arun Ambu Kakkathara of Kerala Ayurveda Vaidyasala is a well-known Ayurvedic doctor with a large clinic in Fort Kochi, India.  His specialty is muscular and skeletal conditions, with which he has had amazing success.  His team at Kerala Ayurveda Vaidyasala covers a wide range of specialties, thus accommodating patients with many serious health conditions, using traditional herbal and panchakarma treatments.  Kerala Ayurveda Vaidyasala, was established back in the 1960s by the Famous Kakathara Raghavan Vaidyar, who acquired the extensive Traditional Ayurveda medicine knowledge directly from the Masters who practiced Ayurveda through the Gurukula System of Education prevailed in ancient period.

Herbology and Dietary Treatments of Ayurveda 

- Nov. 224th to Dec. 1st, 2019

Note: This is an advanced class which requires an excellent knowledge of the fundamentals of Ayurveda, including knowledge of the tri-doshic system, sub-doshas, gunas, dhatus, srotamsi, agni, ojas, ama, and other essential aspects of ayurvedic anatomy and functionality of the body as per Ayurveda.  Basic knowledge and experience of Ayurvedic diagnosis by observation, questioning and touching (feeling pulse) is also required.  It is highly recommended to take the first two courses in this series before attending this course, unless thorough prior knowledge and experience exists. 

The main objective of this course is to understand the attributes (gunas), actions (karma) and taste (rasa) of most vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts and other food items, and learn to form diets to therapeutically address specific health condtions (ahara chikitsa).  Additionally, we will study 50 of the most common traditional ayurvedic herbs,  and simple formulas to address doshic imbalances and the subdoshas.  Participants will role play daily to practice prescribing dietary and herbal formulas [based on the herbs covered in the lessons each day]. 

Course Outline:

Daily: Introduction to 50 most used Ayurveda Herbs

  • Sanskrit Name, latin name, synonyms,
  • Attributes, taste, potency,post digestive effects
  • Action on doshas and tissues
  • Internal uses, external uses, chemical compositions

Part 1: Using food as medicine (Ahara Chikitsa)

  • Balancing Vata with food and eating habits
  • Balancing Pitta with food and eating habits
  • Balancing Kapha with food and eating habits
  • Variations for kapha-vata, pitta-vata, kapha-pitta, etc.

Part 2: Principles of Ayurvedic Pharmacology (Dravya Guna)

  • Types of herbal substances (dravyas)
  • The 20 gunas (qualities) of herbal substances
  • Tastes and energetics of herbal substances: Rasa, Virya, Vipak, Prabhava
  • Actions of herbal substances: Karma

Part 3: Treatments for imbalances of dosha, dhatu, mala (Shamana Chikitsa)

Specific herbs to balance:

  • Prana, Udana, Apana, Samana, Vyana vayu (Vata Sub-doshas)
  • Panchaka, Ranjanka, Bhrajaka, Sadhaka, Alochoka pitta (Pitta Sub-doshas) 
  • Kledaka, Avalambaka, Bodhaka, Tarpaka, Shlechaka kapha (Kapha Sub-doshas)
  • Manda, Tiksna, Vishama and Sama agni
  • Prana, Tejas & Ojas 

Dietary and herbal treatments for: 

  • The respiratory system (Prana Vayu Sotra)
  • The digestive system (Anna Vayu Sotra) 
  • The water system (Ambu Vayu Sotra) 
  • Conditions of the lymph (Rasa Vayu Sotra & Dhatu)
  • Conditions of the blood-liver-spleen (Rakta Vayu Sotra & Dhatu)
  • Conditions of the muscles (Mamsa Vaha Sotra & Dhatu)
  • Conditions of fat tissue (Meda Sotra & Dhatu)
  • Conditions of the joints and bones (Ashti Vaha Sotra & Dhatu) 
  • Conditions of the nervous system (Medja Vayu Sotra & Dhatu) 
  • Conditions of the reproductive system male/female (Shukra/Artava Vayu Sotra & Dhatu) 
  • The colon (Purisha Vayu Sotra)
  • The sweat glands (Sveda Vayu Sotra)
  • The urinary system (Mutra Vayu Sotra) 

Daily Schedule


US$750 for the 8-day workshop ($650 for the first 5 people)

Terms and conditions

Includes accommodation for 7 nights and a certificate of accomplishment for 45 hours of study (35 hours by Khabir & guest instructors plus private study).    Price includes a private room with an attached bathroom and room service, introductory dinner on the first day, and conclusory breakfast on the last day. The course also includes an herbal shopping tour, handouts, lectures by guest speakers, access to Panchakarma treatments at reduced rates, close-by shopping and entertainment.  

* Bring extra money for food, Panchakarma treatments, private consultations with respected Indian Ayurvedic doctors, herbal products, indian clothes and gifts.  Transportation can be arranged from Fort Kochi International airport only 1 hour away by taxi. 

* Textbooks required: Ayurvedic Herbology East & West: A Practical Guide to Ayurvedic Herbal Medicine (on Amazon) and Ayurvedic Medicine for Westerners: Clinical Protocols & Treatments in Ayurveda (Volume 3) (on Amazon).


Mail your check ($150 for the deposit or $650 for the complete course at this time) to 226 W. Ojai Ave. 101-177, Ojai, CA 93023 payable to Natural Healing Consultants of Ojai and note which course you're paying for.  Alternatively, we can send a online-printable invoice upon request. 

To pay by credit card or Paypal:

Pay $150 deposit by credit card - Balance is due before September 1st.

Pay $650.00 - SAVE $100 for the first 5 people paying in full. 

Travel details

Terms and conditions

Limited to 12 participants - Register ASAP.


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

Video Testimonials from 2018


Video Testimonials from 2017

Testimonials from 2016

"Khabir has a wealth of knowledge and experience in Ayurveda to cement the textbook learning" Robert Linson, El Dorado, CA, USA

"Thanks your Khabir for teaching us in a clear and practical "western" style about such a subtle eastern science" Corinne, France
"I found Khabir's method and choice of supportive material thorough and expansive. I look forward to learning more from Khabir in the future." Benard Bennett, Austin Texas, USA
"I am extremely excited for this year's class [in 2017 because] the 2016 class was a great experience and loved everything we learned. . ."  Deysi Mir, San Luis Obispo, CA, USA
"The Ayurveda course [in 2016] was exceptional. " Sanjana, Rajaskraran, Ojai, CA.

Remaining course 

Part 4: Herbal Formulation and Treatment of Ayurveda


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