The Gurukula Program offers students of Ayurveda the opportunity to study with Vasant Lad in a clinical setting. In India, the lectures and clinical cases are naturally oriented towards medical pathology as patients present themselves for diagnosis and treatment. Students observe how Vasant Lad works with each client uniquely, how knowledge and experience are applied in a consultation, and acquire more in-depth information from lectures.
The Ayurvedic Institute reserves the right to change curriculum as needed.
Certificate students must meet the attendance requirements of 90 percent and participate fully in all sessions attended.
Interested students should contact the Registrar at (505)291-9698, Extension 126 for more information and application deadlines.
The Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda at Manjari
Participants of the Pune Gurukula Program reside at the new center, The Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda. The center is about a one hour drive from Pune, India. It accommodates 16 students, in double-occupancy rooms. Each room has a private bathroom connected that is shared with your roommate. If you would like to request a specific person to room with, who is also participating as a student in the Pune Gurukula program, please let the Registrar know. Room and board costs $1400 and includes a double-occupancy room and all primary meals.
The Pune Gurukula Program has no pre-planned curriculum. The clinic experience is oriented to patient care, and the lectures on alternate days often take their content from the cases presented during the week. Vasant Lad may present material he feels is relevant to the students’ education. In this program, Vasant Lad makes a commitment to individually selected students to teach what he has learned in his over 40 years of teaching and clinical practice.
Features of the 2014 Pune Gurukula Program
The Gurukula Pune Program encompasses 6 weeks of study in Pune, India in November and December. (Space is limited.)
Students spend approximately 12 hours a week in lectures and participate approximately 8-12 hours a week in clinical observations at Vasant Lad’s Ayurvedic clinics where they may be asked to assist with assessment, herbal preparation, and simple treatments.
Classes and clinic are Monday through Friday.
Weekends are generally available for personal enrichment. Pune has a rich cultural heritage and every year many students organize trips to various temples and pilgrimage sites.
Applicants who have not studied directly with Vasant Lad, but have completed training with another recognized Ayurvedic school, may contact the Registrar to discuss possibilities for participation. Acceptance into the program is based upon application review, phone or personal interview, and on your responses to three essay questions.