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Ayurveda Health & Healing Retreat in India

Panchakarma (PK) Healing Programs for Your Optimum Physical & Spiritual Health December 1, 2017 - January 17, 2018

Do you feel called to participate in this unique and inspired journey of self-healing with Ayurveda at the restorative Vaidyagrama Ayurveda Healing Village, Coimbatore, India?

Are you ready to let go and surrender to the healing, turn your mind inwards and stay in tune with the healing process? Hosted by respected Ayurveda Consultant, Jaisri M. Lambert, this unique program has come together to support western participants in an eastern context, learning by studying, self-healing and meditating in a traditional setting. You can choose a 41-day or 29-day program option that will bring physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits. READ MORE

Tour Leader Jaisri M. Lambert

Jaisri M. Lambert has been practicing and teaching natural therapies since 1983. She has developed a deep knowledge of classical Ayurveda and loves to share this ancient healing wisdom. 

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I feel I was in the best of hands with Jaisri. The Ayurvedic cleanse at Vaidyagrama was an incredible introduction not only to the soul of India but also to a new way of being in my life in Canada.Toshi Hyodo, Harriston, Ontario

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The Vaidyagrama staff and doctors gently held me within their arms for 6 weeks, while I experienced health, emotional and spiritual growth.Suzanne Butterfield, Nelson, B.C.

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Program Description

This program is for those who feel ready to take the time to go more deeply within for Ayurveda learning, purification, rejuvenation, and strengthening. Individualized programs are intended to bring physical, emotional, and spiritual benefits.

Each participant will be assigned a unique program according to our local physician’s assessment and takes individual responsibility for personal outcomes. Though your journey is unique, the group presence is intended to be a silent witness and support.

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In ceremony at Vaidyagrama, Coimbatore, South India

How many treatments per day are included?
There is usually one treatment per day, and medicines are administered at different times of the day, according to the physicians' advice for each individual patient. Three days rest are included before and two days after your treatment days, and may include a doctor's visit. Menstruation days preclude treatments in favour of rest.

Treatments will be assigned by the supervising physician at Vaidyagrama and may include abhyanga (oil massage), shirodhara (mind stream therapy), shirobhyanga (Indian head massage), pinda sweda (fomentation), nadi sweda (localized heat therapy), netra basti (eye wash), vamana (emesis), kati basti (localized oleation), basti (enema therapy), virechana (laxative therapy), etc. depending on individual indications. 

Program Options:

  1. 41-Day Ayurveda Healing Program: Dec 1, 2017-Jan 16, 2018
  2. 29-Day Ayurveda Healing Program: Dec 1, 2017-Jan 4, 2018​
  3. 29-Day Ayurveda Healing Program: Dec 14, 2017-Jan 17, 2018  

See Program Details page for a dull description of each program. 

 

About Vaidyagrama Ayurveda Healing Village

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Host and Ayurvedic Consultant Jaisri M. Lambert (right)

All programs will take place at the Vaidyagrama Ayurveda Healing Village, on the outskirts of Coimbatore, India, in a farmland area with a tropical savannah climate. Inspired by Dr. Ramkumar and founded by a group of like-minded physicians, Vaidyagrama demonstrates bio-dynamic holistic living for optimum health of humans and all living beings. It is a model of green, sustainable living for the world.

Vaidyagrama is environmentally friendly, and perfectly balances contemporary building practices with classical Ayurveda principles. The belief at Vaidyagrama is that the greater the harmony with nature the richer the health and wellness created. 

As Dr. Ramkumar explains, Vaidyagrama was born of the desire to live simple, live well, live healthy and live happy. According to Ayurveda wellness includes physical wellbeing, mental and emotional wellbeing, spiritual wellbeing, social wellbeing, and environmental wellbeing. When all these aspects come together they create a state of optimum good health.

Staying at Vaidyagrama allows us to start or continue our healing journey on all levels of wellness, and treatments at the centre are fully personalized, taking into account the demands of life on our return home. The centre offers a full range of Ayurveda treatments including the popular Panchakarma.

 

About Ayurveda & Panchakarma (PK)

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Jaisri with our 2016 group at Vaidyagrama, Coimbatore, South India

Dr. Ramkumar tells us that Ayurveda is a way of life that deals not only with the body and mind but also with the human spirit and consciousness. It is the knowledge of life and longevity and promotes balance within the body for optimum health and wellbeing. When the body is out of balance on any level toxins cannot be properly removed and therefore build up creating disease and discomfort.

Ayurveda teaches us to understand how disease can enter our bodies and then how to restore balance and “ease”. We must first try to nourish our bodies in order for them to function well again and eliminate toxins that have built up. We can also remove the built-up toxic waste within us through a process of detoxification (Panchakarma). When all efforts are made to eliminate toxins, harmony can be restored to the body. For this to happen we need total physical and mental rest as well as the work of highly skilled Ayurvedic physicians.

Ayurvedic treatments are most successful when they are carried out in a suitably conducive environment – such as the Vaidyagrama Healing Village. Earth, water, fire, air, and space are the 5 great elements that compose this cosmos and every individual living being. The belief at Vaidyagrama is that when there is a state of balance between the elements there is peace and health all around both at the individual and cosmic level. At Vaidyagrama, therefore, there is a constant endeavour to keep these 5 elements in balance, and, as participants in their programs, we will feel this harmony at every level in our bodies.

Full Program Details

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Honouring the sacred cow, at Vaidyagrama, Coimbatore, South India

Option 1: All-inclusive 41-day Ayurveda Program (Dec 1, 2017-Jan 16, 2018)
Choose the 41-day panchakarma option, plus 5 rest days. This 6-week classical treatment option is intended to more deeply cleanse and rejuvenate the body and mind, supporting profound healing as well as deepening personal awareness, calm, daily sadhana practice and routine. Participants will spend the 6 weeks in the tranquil oasis of Vaidyagrama and will more fully benefit from the complete physical and mental rest that the healing village provides. Treatments are assigned by your Vaidyagrama supervising physician, according to individual needs and stages of cleansing. It's suggested to plan up to 6 weeks of prior preparation and 6 weeks integration time after treatment and travel. The 41-day program is recommended for full benefits.   

If you choose this option, you will arrive at Vaidyagrama on December 1, and enjoy rest time and your first doctor’s visit from December 1-3. Your individualized Ayurveda health program will run from December 4 to January 13, 2018 inclusive. You will then have rest time from January 14-15 before departing on January 16. The 41-day program is recommended for full benefits.   

Option 2: All-inclusive 29-day Ayurveda Program (Dec 1, 2017-Jan 4, 2018)
This 29-day treatment option is intended to cleanse and rejuvenate your body and mind, and support deeper self-healing. This 4-week treatment option is for those who may not be able to commit to a full 6 weeks of treatment. It's recommended to schedule 4 weeks of preparation time prior to your arrival for treatment and 4 weeks integration time after returning to the US/Canada. Treatments will be assigned by the supervising physician and may include abhyanga, shirodhara, shirobhyanga, pinda sweda, nadi sweda, netra basti, vamana, kati basti, basti, virechana, etc. depending on individual indications. Please bring your detailed health history and consult with Jaisri at least by September.

If you choose this shorter option, you will arrive at Vaidyagrama on December 1, and enjoy rest time and your first doctor’s visit from December 1-3. Your individualized Ayurveda health program will run from December 4 to January 1 inclusive. You will then have rest time from January 2-3 before departing on January 4.

Option 3: All-inclusive 29-day Ayurveda Program (Dec 14, 2017-Jan 17, 2018)
Option 3 offers alternate dates for the 29-day program.

If you choose this shorter option, you will arrive at Vaidyagrama on December 14, and enjoy rest time and your first doctor’s visit from December 14-16. Your individualized Ayurveda health program will run from December 17 to January 14 inclusive. You will then have rest time from January 15-16 before departing on January 17.

Please register early. You will need to consult with Jaisri Lambert with your detailed health history prior to departure. 

Note: Itinerary details are subject to change due to conditions beyond our control.

Here are two helpful blogs to provide you a good idea of the treatments and the Ayurvedic process of cleansing and rejuvenation at the holistic centre Vaidyagrama:

Return to Vaigyagrama by Jaisri M. Lambert (Read full article as PDF here)
Vaidyagrama India: A Healing Journey by Vaidyagrama participant Karla Cain

*See our Flickr album for more wonderful photos of the 2016 journey*

FAQs

Here Jaisri responds to some frequently asked questions, providing further insight into this unique program. 

How many treatments per day are included in the Panchakarma program?
There is one treatment per day usually, and medicines are administered at different times of the day, according to the physicians’ advice for each individual patient. Three days rest are included before and two days after your treatment days. Menstruation precludes treatments in favour of rest.

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Our 2016 group at Vaidyagrama, Coimbatore, South India

Are vaccinations required or recommended? Is there Malaria?
Vaccinations are not mandatory; however, we suggest consulting with your local Travel Health Clinic as they may have some recommendations. Usually there is no malaria prevalent at Vaidyagrama – consult their website for more information.

Are there any special considerations or guidelines for treatment? 
The Vaidyagrama team welcomes us as family members, marking the beginning of your Panchakarma program's deep self-healing, and providing an atmosphere of loving kindness beyond the clinical parameters of Panchakarma treatment. It's suggested to be off any western medications such as anti-depressants, sleep aids or other. Please advise Jaisri if you feel you must continue a pharmaceutical to help come to a decision in your long-term best interest.  

A minimum of 3 days complete rest before and two days after treatment days is required and included in your package, and cannot be converted to treatment or travel days. Jaisri must be present at your initial physician's visit and be informed of significant changes in your health. Weekly group participant meetings will be held Sundays or Mondays at 1pm for announcements to share our individual progress and/or explore a relevant topic of interest and to help you make the most of your program. Attendance is not required, but is suggested to be aware of any important announcements and developments.  

Please take all physician-suggested herbal and mineral supplements according to directions of time, quantity, and avoidances, as your health results will have a direct correlation with compliance. 

What is the food like at Vaidyagrama?
Simple Therapeutic Diet: Food at Vaidyagrama is simple, vegetarian, easy to digest and chosen to maximize cleansing of channel systems and assimilation of nutrients. It's suggested to eat on time, in silence, and alone to help tune into your individual digestion in preparation for returning home with improved dietary habits. Pay attention to cravings, which may reveal the causes of your symptoms (effects). It's suggested you don't consume your own snacks, beverages, or fruits on campus. Off-campus, it's suggested to peel fruits.

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Part of the vast healing garden at Vaidyagrama, Coimbatore, South India

Can I exercise during treatment?
Exercise at Vaidyagrama is to be minimal to give emphasis for the process of cleansing toxins while strengthening your digestion and elimination. Gentle stretching can be helpful. Optional Yoga Nidra classes are included in your package. Walking in covered areas within the 3-acre compound is permitted, but not outside the hospital area in direct sunlight.

Will there be internet access?
Effort is made to minimize EMF exposure on the Vaidyagrama campus. It's suggested to limit your internet access. Talking may be tempting, but it's advised to take advantage of minimizing outer communication in favour of inner awareness. Meditation practice can benefit from increased emphasis and investment during Panchakarma. Journaling can also help review your experience of introversion.

Will I need private accommodation?
Feedback from our first Vaidyagrama group suggests that private accommodation is preferred to support safe, non-intrusive self-healing. Emotional release such as crying is not uncommon as the purification process gently reveals what is needed to let go. Sleep disturbance was also mentioned as a deterrent to sharing space, especially if you're not accustomed to sharing together. Individual preferences for air flow, lights, toileting needs etc. could be disturbing to your roommate at a time of increased sensitivity and awareness, both internally and externally.  

Two drawers with lock are provided in each room in case of need to store items such as wallet, passport, jewellery. It's suggested not to bring valuables to India.

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Preparing delicious Ayurvedic meals at Vaidyagrama, Coimbatore, South India

What personal care & clothing items will I need to bring?
It's suggested to bring your own organic shampoo, conditioner, insect repellent such as tea tree oil, and pumice stone for foot care. Clothing should be modest and inexpensive as many items become oily and ready for discard. Low necklines, sleeveless items, or garments showing the lower legs are not advised to observe standards of modest dress in India, especially when traveling off-campus, but Vaidyagrama itself is very tolerant, though conservative. Take packaged tissue/toilet tissue with you for travel. Not all rest rooms provide this. At Vaidyagrama, you can request toilet tissue for a small fee. Toilets at Vaidyagrama are well equipped for sanitation. 

Are there are any post-Panchakarma considerations?
The classic medical scriptures of Ayurveda suggest observing the same restrictions (tapasya) as before and during the treatment phase for an equal time period to your treatment afterwards. If you are travelling home right away, please plan sufficient time and support to gradually become accustomed to your home routine, to maintain and deepen gains made during your treatment.  

Vaidyagrama will arrange for you to purchase sufficient herbal medicines for 3 months, and it’s advisable to follow the suggested program, including diet, daily self-care, and herbal supplements, in order for your program intentions to move more deeply into your body and consciousness. Slipping back into old habits can be the cause of recurrence of symptoms, according to the law of cause and effect.  

Any liquid herbal supplements carried home in your packed luggage must be thoroughly wrapped and well-sealed. A Certificate of Permission to Carry Medicines can be issued by Vaidyagrama for your travel home, along with your Summary of Admission, Treatment and Discharge details. No herbal supplements may be carried home for commercial use. Herbal supplements for personal use are generally not subject to customs levies and are fully legal in Canada. For non-Canadians, please verify with your customs broker.  


Ayurveda Health & Healing Retreat in India

December 1, 2017 - January 17, 2018

Program Includes:

  • Roundtrip transportation Coimbatore Airport to Vaidyagrama and return
  • Accommodation at Vaidyagrama Ayurveda Healing Village, Coimbatore, India  
  • Individualized Ayurveda treatments by onsite physician-supervised practitioners
  • Ayurveda Medicines (herbal and mineral supplements) while in treatment
  • Consultations with Vaidyagrama Physicians
  • Emergency care at Vaidyagrama
  • All meals, snacks, and herbal teas (simple, easy to digest, Ayurvedic vegetarian food)

 

Added Features:

  • Host: Ayurvedic Consultant & Practitioner Jaisri M. Lambert
  • 3 days of rest before and 2 rest days after the Panchakarma
  • Discussions about Ayurveda & Panchakarma
  • Morning and evening talks, satsangs, chants, yoga nidra class and meditations
  • Regular prayers, pujas and ceremonies at Vaidyagrama (donations optional)
  • Library access at posted times
  • Punarnava Trust store access for on-campus purchases such as clothing, books, etc.
  • Opportunity to plant a tree or bush at Vaidyagrama’s botanical garden
  • The support of a group of like-minded program participants

 

Program Does Not Include:

  • ​Airfare to and from Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India (please consult with Jaisri before finalizing your air travel)
  • Emergency care outside Vaidyagrama
  • Cancellation & Medical Insurance (ask us for a quote)
  • Initial consultation with Jaisri to help plan your appropriate individualized preparations
  • Taxi fares during rest days
  • Toilet tissue, laundry
  • Internet access above 1 hour daily
  • Mineral water, take-home herbal & mineral supplements
  • Meals and drinks not specified
  • Cost to obtain valid passport and Tourist Visa for India
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Private accommodation supplement (single supplement), if not pre-paid
  • Any item that is not specifically detailed on our website or in the final retreat itinerary

 

Tour Price:

  • Option 1: 41-day Program
    Dec 1-Jan16
    • Double Room: USD $6,497 per person
    • Single Supplement: USD $500
  • Option 2: 29-day Program
    Dec 1-Jan 4
    • Double Room: USD $5,097 per person
    • Single Supplement: USD $400
  • Option 3: 29-day Program
    Dec 14-Jan 17
    • Double Room: USD $5,097 per person
    • Single Supplement: USD $400
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