- What continuing education do you offer?
We are thrilled to offer a number of opportunities for continuing education and professional development for experienced practitioners and those looking for personal enrichment. Visit our Continuing Education page for more details. We also have alumni-specific opportunities to which people can opt-in. Plus there are our intensive programs for practitioners and for people wanting to become panchakarma therapists that run at Vasant Lad's facility in Pune, the Vasanta Institute of Ayurveda.
- Can I become certified in Ayurveda from a distance?
While we do offer courses in Ayurveda online, these are considered introductory or supplemental. Our Ayurvedic Studies Program takes place at The Ayurvedic Institute’s Albuquerque campus and includes classes, clinical observation, and community. This full-time hands-on immersive program takes place on-campus for approximately 9 months of each year. We do have students who return to their homes during the summer months and during breaks in the school year and come back again in the fall.
- What can I expect during a seminar or intensive?
You can expect to learn from Vasant Lad, BAM&S, MASc, and the Ayurvedic community in gleaning new insights into specific topics of Ayurveda. (The topics Vasant Lad teaches change each year, so check our website often for updates and more information.) You will receive a certificate of completion for your participation if your tuition is paid and you have attended 100% of the course.
- How do I register for online courses?
Fill out your application and pick your classes! For an application visit our website, email our Student Services Coordinator or call (505) 291-9698, Ext. 126.
- How do I register for a seminar, webinar, or intensive?
It’s easy! Pick your seminars from our website and call our main office to register: (505) 291-9698, Ext. 0. Full payment is due at the time of registration.
- Are there any prerequisites?
For most of our offerings there are no prerequisites, you can just sign up, but there may be some offerings that do require particular knowledge or experience or that build upon each other. Please check our website for information regarding a particular course’s prerequisites before you register, email our Student Services Coordinator or call (505) 291-9698, Ext. 126.
- I heard I could become a member and get discounts on seminars, webinars, and intensives… is this true?
Yes! In fact, becoming a member for just $35 or $60 for international addresses gets you a whole year of 10% discounts on all our seminars, webinars, and intensives PLUS discounts on products in our store and quarterly issues of Ayurveda Today!
- Can I receive CEUS?
Our seminars and intensives are approved by The National Ayurvedic Medical Association’s (NAMA) PACE CEUs. We also work with many credentialing and professional bodies and are happy to submit paperwork on your behalf. Please contact Student Services for more information: (505) 291-9698, Ext. 126 or email.
Introductory Courses, Continuing Education and Professional Development FAQs
- What is the daily schedule for seminars, webinars and intensives?
Weekend Seminars Week-long Intensives Webinars Friday night 7 – 9 pm
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday 10 am – 4 pm
Friday night 7 – 9 pm
Saturday through Thursday 10 am – 6 pm
Friday night 7 – 9 pm
Saturday day 10 am – 1 pm
Seminar, Webinar and Intensive Schedules
- When can I register for upcoming seminars?
We usually begin accepting registrations for the next year's programs the first Monday in October.
- What is the seminar tuition?
Standard tuition for weekend seminars, webinars and week-long summer intensives is posted on our website. A few seminars have an increased tuition due to the cost of providing additional instructional staff or materials. Our website states this information for individual seminars. Payment in full is due at the time of registration.
- How do I register?
Call our main office, (505) 291-9698, Extension 0. Payment in full is due at the time of registration.
- Are there any pre-requisites?
Pre-requisites are stated on our website as needed.
- How many people participate in a seminar?
We accept a maximum number of participants for each seminar, which varies according to the classroom capacity for seminar practicums.
- How soon should I register to assure I get a place in a seminar?
As soon as you decide to participate. Our seminars fill quickly. It is very disappointing to call to register, only to learn the seminar is already filled.
- Will I receive confirmation?
Yes. Upon registration and full payment of tuition we will mail you a confirmation, receipt, seminar syllabus, and participant information.
Registration and Tuition
- Are there discounts?
The following discounts apply:
Institute Members: 10%
Senior Citizens (60+): 10%
Institute graduates: 10%
Current full time Institute students: 20%
There's more information on membership here or please contact our office, (505) 291-9698, Extension 0.
- Do you offer Early Bird discounts?
No. Early Bird discounts are not offered. Participants prefer to purchase an Institute membership, which offers, for a full year, the same 10% discount on all seminars, as well as on products purchased, and receipt of our quarterly journal Ayurveda Today.
- Can I use my discount to purchase seminars for friends and family?
Memberships apply to all those in the household. If a discounted individual wishes to pay tuition for another person, that tuition will be full price, unless that person can be verified by our current records as being qualified for the discount.
- What is your refund policy?
Your paid tuition, minus a $50 cancellation charge, will be refunded only if your cancellation is received one month (28 days) prior to the workshop start date and in the form of the original payment.
After the allowed 28 days, 50% is returned and 50% is retained by the Ayurvedic Institute.
- Where is the Institute located?
Here are directions and address information.
- When I arrive, where do I sign in for seminars?
Proceed directly to the specified classroom to sign in. Plan to arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time of the seminar. If you need to pay tuition (rare) come to our main office at 11311 Menaul Blvd NE and enter the far west door marked Office.
- Do you provide housing?
No. We do provide a resource list of local housing options. This includes rooms in people’s homes as well as motels, residence inns, and bed & breakfasts. We do not make recommendations or referrals. You are personally responsible to choose your own accommodations.
- Is there housing within walking distance?
Yes. Our housing resources include a limited number of rooms in local homes that are within walking distance. A few local motels offer a free shuttle service. These are noted on our housing/motel resource lists.
- How do I find a rental car?
Most rental car companies are represented at the Albuquerque airport.
- Does Albuquerque have public transportation?
Yes. We have a bus system, but be forewarned that it is slow and busses often do not meet their schedules. Some motels have courtesy vans, and taxis are available. Information is available on the City of Albuquerque’s website. Look for Getting Around ABQ.
- Can I get transportation from the airport to the Institute?
You will be flying into the Albuquerque Sunport located at 2200 Sunport Blvd, Albuquerque, NM 87106. From the airport (if you aren’t renting a car), you can use one of the ride sharing services such as Uber or Lyft. (These are an app on your smartphone.) Taxis are available at the airport.
Rental Cars and Transportation
- How far is the airport from the Institute?
About 15 miles on the interstate. Approximately a 20 minute drive. If you arrive in Albuquerque at 4–6 pm, the interstate will be busy and very slow with rush hour traffic, so plan additional drive time.
Distance from the Airport
- Do you offer free lectures?
Yes. The Friday night opening lecture for weekend and summer week-long intensives is free to the public, with a few exceptions. Seating is limited, no reservations are required. Friday Night Lectures are first come first served. We recommend arriving 30 minutes early.
- Can I buy recordings of your seminars?
Yes. New seminars are recorded on audio CDs. Repeated seminars are not necessarily newly recorded, but you can purchase recordings of earlier versions. Participants can purchase audio recordings of any seminar they attended at a discount. For details call our main office, (505) 291-9698, Extension 0.
- Can I schedule a consultation with Dr. Lad while at the Institute?
Due to his demanding schedule, Vasant Lad no longer does personal consultations except within the context of our 5-day Panchakarma treatment programs. You may call our clinic before your arrival in Albuquerque (505-291-9698, X131) to schedule a consultation with one of our student, graduate, or professional practitioners, depending on availability. Visit here for more information about panchakarma.
- Can I schedule a consultation with another Ayurvedic practitioner while at the Institute?
Yes! The Ayurvedic Institute’s Center for Healing, Life, and Longevity offers several levels of practitioners and has consultation times available each week, but they do fill up quickly!
If you would like an appointment for the Friday of your seminar, we suggest you schedule your consultation as soon as you register for your seminar in order to get an appointment before those slots fill. Please contact the Clinic early to discuss our options and availability for your time at The Ayurvedic Institute. The Clinic is open Tuesday through Friday at (505) 291-9698 x131 or email. (Closed Mondays)
- Can I have an Ayurvedic treatment while at a seminar?
Possibly. If you are interested in an individual treatment while here, contact our Panchakarma clinic office at (505) 291-9698, Extension 114 for available options. Our clinic is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.
- What clothes should I bring?
We have a modest dress code at The Ayurvedic Institute to help foster a respectful and professional classroom environment in which profound learning, healing and transformation can manifest.
In the classroom, tank tops, tops with thin straps and strapless or low cut tops are inappropriate attire, as are low-cut bottoms, shorts, tight-fitting pants, revealing clothing, t-shirts with negative or crude slogans, and hats. Skirts are required to be mid-calf or longer. If you are here for a weeklong Summer Intensive, please bring casual professional wear for our Monday morning clinical session.
Dress in layers. Bring a wrap in case the classroom is chilly and to wear in the evenings or mornings during the summer. Nights can be 20-30 degrees cooler than daytime. Bring a cap or hat if you intend to walk outdoors. Weather can be erratic. Albuquerque is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. Online weather websites provide specifics for the time you will be here. Shoes are removed before entering the classroom so bring shoes that are easy to slip on and off. We request clothing be modest. No shorts or short skirts please.
For summer week-long intensive students: Monday morning sessions will include observing Dr. Lad with a client. Professional dress is requested during this session; no jeans, t-shirts, or tank tops.
What to Bring
- Are there vegetarian or vegan restaurants nearby?
Yes. We provide a resource list of vegetarian and vegan restaurants in our area of Albuquerque. These include Indian, Thai, Chinese, eclectic, and other cuisine. A gluten-free Italian restaurant is included. A few are within walking distance; many require a car. Students often car pool.
- Is there any special etiquette required in a Vedic classroom?
Yes. Students remove shoes prior to entering the classroom. Students seated on the floor are requested to not point their feet toward the instructor, the altar or other students. Students are to remain seated at the end of a session, allowing Dr. Lad to exit the room undisturbed. It is considered inappropriate to approach Dr. Lad requesting personal consultation advice or for a Jyotish chart reading unless those are included in that seminar’s curriculum, or to approach him outside the classroom or in the parking lot.