Recognized as one of the leading Ayurveda Schools and Ayurvedic Health Spas outside of India.
Recognized as one of the leading Ayurveda Schools and Ayurvedic Health Spas outside of India.

Pune Training Programs

2019 Residential Panchakarma Hands-On Practicum

July 27 - September 6 OR September 14 - October 25
Panchakarma Technician Program — Hands-on Ayurvedic Body Therapies

The Ayurvedic Institute’s Panchakarma Therapist Training is an immersive, in-depth residential training offered at The Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda in Pune, India. In this training, you’ll learn about panchakarma from a traditional perspective, informed by Vasant Lad’s decades of experience, adapted for the modern context. In this training students learn to administer the Ayurvedic therapies that are part of a panchakarma protocol. During the training, you will administer treatments to panchakarma clients, supporting them during their process, while you learn along Vasant Lad and other support faculty.

This program offers the opportunity to experience the profound effect of Ayurvedic body therapies. As students in this program you will not only administer treatments to panchakarma clients, but to one another. It is the therapies that are the true teachers of this program; it is through them that the essence of Ayurveda is able to offer its wisdom and love.

As a therapist, we hold sacred space for transformation and healing to occur.

Being of service in a healing capacity offers an enormous opportunity for self-reflection, personal healing and professional growth. The program is designed to support students in gaining competency to perform Ayurvedic body therapies for the purpose of shodhana (cleansing measures) and shamana (palliative measure), and to support and help deliver panchakarma treatment program designed by an Ayurvedic Doctor or Ayurvedic Practitioner.

Panchakarma is such a beautiful teacher; all of the therapies have their own lessons. —Monica S.

What to Expect

  • Supportive, caring and rigorous environment for students seeking to learn, expand and deepen their Ayurvedic body therapist skills
  • Supervised hands-on experience with panchakarma clients
  • Small class size in an intimate setting with individualized feedback
  • Classroom time with Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc
  • Living and learning together in a close-knit community at Vasant Lad’s Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda in Pune, India
  • A transformational experience that unfolds your own healing 
Join us in India for a one-of-a-kind small group, immersion training to uncover what the ancient therapies of Panchakarma have to teach you.

This all-inclusive residential program was created with Western standards in mind. From the moment you are picked up from the airport all of your needs for living an Ayurvedic lifestyle will be provided. Quality drinking water, fresh vegetarian meals, local transportation, green space, yoga classes, and emotional and academic support are provided so you can focus all of your attention on your learning and transformation.

Total cost of tuition, room and board, pick-up/drop off at the Mumbai or Pune airport is $6,399 USD. This cost does not include registration, administration fees, or airfare.

Early Bird Discount is $1,000. Session 1: Apply by April 15, 2019. Session 2: Apply by June 15, 2019.
  • Tuition is $6,399 per program
  • PK Session 1 runs July 27 - September 6, 2109
  • PK Session 2 runs September 14 - October 25, 2019

Certificate of Completion for contact hours is provided based on a participant’s attendance of all hours of class.

Eligible for 28 PACE TIA credits from the National Ayurvedic Medical Association.

How to Apply for This Hands-on Program

To learn more or set-up an interview, contact our Admissions Team at (505) 291-9698, Ext. 130 or send an email. The online application is here. The Ayurvedic Institute reserves the right to change curriculum as needed.

Training in India FAQs
I’ve never been to India before. Will you help me arrive to the center?

Yes! The staff at VIOA will come pick you up from the Mumbai or Pune airports and drive you to the VIOA campus. Contact the Admissions Team for travel tips and to coordinate your arrival. 

What is the schedule like?

You’ll begin the day with time for your morning routine, with an optional shared practice of Ayuryoga®, pranayama (breathing practices), meditation, and/or ritual most mornings. You’ll then have breakfast, a morning class session followed by a break for lunch. In the afternoon you’ll have a class lecture, practicum, or clinic shift, ending in time for dinner. Some evenings you’ll go into the city of Pune to support Vasant Lad in his clinic there. You’ll have the weekends free. The daily schedule at VIOA varies slightly program to program. 

Will I have the opportunity to see India while I am there?

While there, you’ll have the opportunity to go on excursions together to visit local temples, join in festivities and celebrations, enjoy the markets, etc. Aside from organized activities, you have the weekends free to rest, relax, travel, and explore.

Who attends these programs? How big is the class size?

People come from all over the world to study with Vasant Lad in India, from all different backgrounds and experience of Ayurveda. Class size is limited to 16 people to create an intimate, close knit community.

The Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda, East of Pune

Participants of the Pune Gurukula Program reside at the recently completed Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda. The center is about a one-hour drive from Pune, India near Uruli Kanchan. It accommodates 16 students, in double-occupancy rooms. Each room has a private bathroom that is shared with a roommate.

This program is offered by The Ayurvedic Institute, Albuquerque, NM, USA in collaboration with The Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda, Pune, India.