APR 24-26, 2020

BOONE, NC

APR 24-26, 2020
From:
$3,025
Includes Tuition, Room and Board
APR 24-26, 2020
April 26, 2020 4:00 pm
Retreat Type
AyurvedaAyurveda
Meditation & MindfulnessMeditation & Mindfulness
Self-DiscoverySelf-Discovery

Please Note

In alignment with the CDC guidelines, all guests will be required to show proof of vaccination OR a lab-certified Covid-19 test that produced negative results taken within 72 hours of their arrival at the Center when checking in.

Health & Safety Updates

Join Us For Our 16th Annual Conference!

Each year our board, committee, staff, and volunteers work diligently to bring an annual event that delivers an abundance of valuable tools and education to NAMA members and the community at large. Last year’s event was a significant achievement, with the highest number of attendees to date. Join us in 2020 for an event brimming with educational experiences and community spirit at the Art of Living Retreat Center in Boone, North Carolina!

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Featured Presenters

Friday, April 24th

AYURVEDIC SKIN AND BEAUTY CARE

Time:
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

vasant lad min
Vasant Lad

Vasant Lad is a native of India and served for three years as the Medical Director of the Ayurveda Hospital in Pune, India. He was a Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Pune University College of Ayurvedic Medicine for 15 years. He holds a BAMS degree from the University of Pune and a Master’s of Ayurvedic Science (MAsc) degree from Tilay Ayurveda Mahavidyalaya. His academic and practical training include the study of allopathy (Western medicine) and surgery as well as traditional Ayurveda. He traveled to the U.S. in 1979 and started the Ayurvedic Institute in 1984. The author of numerous books, Vasant Lad is respected throughout the world for his knowledge of Ayurveda.  His work, which comprises over 500,000 copies of his books in print in the U.S., has been translated into more than 20 languages.

Saturday, April 25th

AYURVEDA SADHANA: AWAKENING YOUR INNER MEDICINE POWER TO NOURISH AND HEAL

Time:
9:00 am – 10:00 am

maya tiwari min
Maya Tiwari

Maya Tiwari is an Ayurveda pioneer and best-selling author working in the field for more than 30 years. She established one of the first Ayurvedic school in North America in 1981, the Wise Earth School. Through her humanitarian work of Living Ahimsa and Peace Mandala, participants are taught to create inner harmony. Maya is a regular Featured Speaker at the Parliament of World Religions and other inter-faith conferences worldwide.

Saturday, April 25th

THE NATURE OF REALITY

Time:
7:30 pm – 8:30 pm

deepak chopra min
Deepak Chopra MD, FACP

Deepak Chopra MD, FACP, Founder of The Chopra Foundation and Cofounder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing and Jiyo.com, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.” Dr. Chopra is board certified in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He serves as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and is the host of the podcast “Deepak Chopra’s Infinite Potential” (March 18, 2019). Dr. Chopra is recognized as a prolific author of over 86 books translated into over 43 languages, with 26 books reaching the status of New York Times bestsellers.

Sunday, April 26th

THE NATURE OF REALITY

Time:
9:00 am – 10:00 am

dilip-sarkar-min
Dilip Sarkar MD, FACS, C-IAYT, CAHC, D.Litt. (Yoga), AYT-NAMA

Deepak Chopra MD, FACP, Founder of The Chopra Foundation and Cofounder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing and Jiyo.com, is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation. TIME magazine has described Dr. Chopra as “one of the top 100 heroes and icons of the century.” Dr. Chopra is board certified in internal medicine, endocrinology and metabolism, a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and a member of the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. He serves as a Clinical Professor of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, and is the host of the podcast “Deepak Chopra’s Infinite Potential” (March 18, 2019). Dr. Chopra is recognized as a prolific author of over 86 books translated into over 43 languages, with 26 books reaching the status of New York Times bestsellers.

Pre Conference Practicums

Friday, April 24th

AYURVEDIC SKIN AND BEAUTY CARE

Time:
8:30 am – 11:30 am

manisha kshirsagar min
Manisha Kshirsagar BAMS, DY&A, Esthetician, AD
raja sivamani min
Raja Sivamani M.D., M.S., CAT

Practicum is a separate registration.
Earn 5 PACE credits for attending. Cost: $95 Members; $115 Non-members

FOUNDATIONAL PRACTICUM – Ayurveda has a long tradition of developing daily routines, practices, and special products for maintaining a radiant and beautiful appearance. The presenters will present these ancient Ayurvedic beauty secrets in the light of the latest medical research. Come join our presenter(s) to learn some new recipes for caring for your hair, nails, skin, eyes, and more, while gaining hands-on experience In Ayurvedic self-care.

Friday, April 24th

HOW TO START A PRACTICE FROM THE GROUND UP

Time:
8:30 am – 11:30 am

susan etheridge min
Susan Etheridge Esp CAP
Bolden Lisa min
Lisa Bolden CAP, MSW, MBA, TCTSY-F, RYT

Practicum is a separate registration.
Earn 5 PACE credits for attending. Cost: $75 Members; $95 Non-members

FOUNDATIONAL PRACTICUM – Building your own Ayurvedic practice from the ground up is no easy feet. Juggling the myriad details and steps involved—finding a location, adhering to government-mandated regulations, understanding and managing the revenue cycle, investing in the right tools and keeping up with patient satisfaction, legal contracts, and intake forms—means you can easily become overwhelmed and miss crucial steps in the process. This practicum will cover the above topics so you can discover the best way to start your practice from the ground up.

Friday, April 24th

CLINICAL APPLICATION OF MARMA THERAPY

Time:
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

anisha min
Anisha Durve L.Ac, D.O.M., CAP, AYT-NAMA
Chaudhari_Purnima-min
Purnima Chaudhari CAP, Reiki Master

Practicum is a separate registration.
Earn 5 PACE credits for attending. Cost: $75 Members; $95 Non-members

FOUNDATIONAL PRACTICUM – Ayurveda defines marma points as junctions between the physical, astral, and causal bodies.To understand the role of marma points in Ayurvedic medicine we must go beyond the confines of the srotamsi and enter into the realm of the nadis, where the proper flow of pranais restored for optimal health. This practicum will provide hands-on experience in marma therapy as well as the theory behind this technique for managing common diseases.

Friday, April 24th

HOW TO HARNESS THE POWER OF THE DIGITAL AGE FOR YOUR PRACTICE

Time:
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Kathy Jo Staheli min
Kathy Jo Staheli AD
Amish-Shah-min
Amish Shah

Practicum is a separate registration.
Earn 5 PACE credits for attending. Cost: $75 Members; $95 Non-members

FOUNDATIONAL PRACTICUM – This specialized practicum will help unravel the complexities of today’s digital marketing environment and enrich your understanding of how to navigate its continually evolving opportunities and challenges. Topics addressed will include audience demographics and psychographics, P&L, digital marketing analytics, search engine optimization, and social media marketing. You’ll come away from this hands-on training with a powerful new set of stories, concepts, and tools to help you digitally create, distribute, promote, and price your Ayurvedic products and services.

Friday, April 24th

AYURVEDA FOR DAILY LIVING: FIVE SENSE THERAPY

Time:
1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Suhas Kshirsagar min
Suhas Kshirsagar BAMS MD (Ayu), AD
Anupama Kizhakkeveet min
Anupama Kizhakkeveettil BAMS, AD

Practicum is a separate registration.
Earn 5 PACE credits for attending. Cost: $95 Members; $115 Non-members

FOUNDATIONAL PRACTICUM – This practicum will cover the basic rituals of caring for our five senses in support of our health as well as the prevention of disease. We will look at common health conditions that can be improved by these focused techniques. Demonstration and practice of special techniques, such as jala neti, abhyanga, tongue scraping, oil pulling, and nasya, will be included in the session.

Presentations

Saturday, April 25th

FOODS THAT NOURISH THE MIND (PANEL)

Time:
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Susan Weis Bohlen min
Susan Weis-Bohlen Chopra Center Certified Ayurvedic Counselor
Lissa Coffey min
Lissa Coffey Author
ODonnell Kate min
Kate O'Donnell CAP, Ashtanga Yoga Teacher
Heather-Grzych-min
Heather Grzych CAP, C-IAYT, E-RYT

FOUNDATIONAL TRACK – Food provides us with not only sustenance for our bodies but also the basic gunas (“qualities”) that will either disturb or promote a peaceful and happy mind while nourishing our spiritual “bodies” as well. Our panel of presenters will provide examples of these foods as well as case studies from their practice that look at food’s role in emotional and spiritual health in a real-world context.

Saturday, April 25th

FOODS THAT NOURISH THE MIND (PANEL)

Time:
11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Apte Jay min
Jay Apte BAMS, AD
Pillai Kamya min
Kamya Pillai BAMS, CAP
Pathak Namyata min
Namyata Pathak BAMS, MD (Ayu), AD
Kodikannath min
Jayarajan Kodikannath BAMS, BS, AD

ADVANCED TRACK – Our panel of experts will share their experience of treating digestive disorders, focusing on their use of the Ayurvedic model of dravyagunato determine how to effectively integrate formulations from the Ayurvedic and Western pharmacopoeias. Each presenter will share a special case study that has proven successful in his or her practice and will include his or her top 10 herbs and formulations for digestive health.

Saturday, April 25th

INTRODUCTION TO KAUMARBHRITYATANTRA (INDIVIDUAL)

Time:
11:00 am – 11:40 am

Raut Ashlesh min
Ashlesha Raut BAMS MD (Ayu), RYT, AD

ADVANCED TRACK – There is a special place in Ayurveda for the support of a woman’s health during pregnancy and the postpartum period. An understanding of all phases of fetal development and of how best to nurture the mother during each one is crucial to optimizing the pregnancy while securing the long-term health of both mother and child. `

Saturday, April 25th

SCIENCE OF SLEEP (INDIVIDUAL)
Time: 11:50 am – 12:30 pm
Thompson Mary min
Mary Thompson CAP
FOUNDATIONAL TRACK – Sleep is considered one of the three pillars of a healthy life. More and more people are suffering from sleep issues that can compromise health on multiple levels. Modern pharmaceuticals can be helpful in the short term but can also cause complications. Finding a natural solution is always the best approach. Come and learn yoga nidra, pranayama, herbal protocols, and other yogic and Ayurvedic techniques for improving sleep.

Saturday, April 25th

PAIN MANAGEMENT (PANEL)

Time:
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Vinjamury Sivarama Prasad min
Sivarama 'Prasad' Vinjamury BAMS MD (Ayu), MAOM, MPH
dhaval dhru min
Dhaval Dhru MD, AD
Stiles Chinnamasta min
Chinnamasta Stiles C-IAYT, AYT-NAMA, LN, LMT, CAHC
Ingle Priyanka min
Priyanka BAMS, MS, Ph.D., AD

ADVANCED TRACK – As the overuse of opioids to manage pain has reached crisis proportions in this country, pain management has become one of the hottest medical issues of our time. At this point, research into natural approaches to pain management and ready access to methods and professionals that can help should be critical medical priorities. Ayurveda and yoga provide unique, time-tested approaches to managing this condition, and both of these ancient disciplines are poised to become part of the solution to this modern crisis.

Saturday, April 25th

VASTU: SCIENCE OF OUR LIVING SPACES (INDIVIDUAL)

Time:
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Mastro Michael min
Michael Mastro Author and International Speaker

FOUNDATIONAL TRACK – Vastuis the ancient art of sacred architecture used to create home and work spaces that support greater health, vitality, and joy. Come learn how to incorporate the life force into your living spaces and understand the science of energy flow within your living or working environment. A walking tour of some very special buildings built according to vastuprinciples will be included in this session.

Saturday, April 25th

AYURVEDA AND YOGA FOR PTSD (PANEL)

Time:
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Greenberg Alana min
Alana Greenberg CAP, MA, AYT, E-RYT 500, and CIAYT
Thakur Shiksha min
Shiksha Thakur BAMS, AD
Bolden Lisa min
Lisa Bolden CAP, MSW, MBA, TCTSY-F, RYT

ADVANCED PRACTICUM – Post-traumatic stress disorder is as old as time, yet its frequency seems to have reached an unprecedented level in today’s world. Explore the teaching tools available to help individuals manage this sometimes crippling disorder. The panel will address how to use specific Ayurvedic and yogic techniques and practices to create a positive rehabilitation experience for those who struggle with this condition.

Saturday, April 25th

YOGA FOR CARDIO METABOLIC DISORDERS (PANEL)
Time: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Leela_Durga-min
Durga Leela CAP, NAMA-AYT, C-IAYT, eRYT 500, YACEP
Koehler Erin min
Erin Koehler RN
dilip sarkar min
Dilip Sarkar MD, FACS, C-IAYT, CAHC, D.Litt.(Yoga)
arun deva min
Arun Deva CAP, C-IAYT, AYT-NAMA
FOUNDATIONAL PRACTICUM – The practice of various yogic & Ayurvedic techniques has been shown to aid in the prevention and reversal of heart disease as well as the wide spectrum of associated metabolic disorders, such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease, hypertension, and high cholesterol. Panelists will present an overview of the subject as well as relevant case studies that provide evidence of the benefits of yoga & Ayurveda for people with these conditions that has been validated by medical research.

Saturday, April 25th

AMA AND LEAKY GUT (PANEL)

Time:
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Vinjamury Manjusha min
Manjusha Vinjamury BAMS, AD
Bell_Clayton-min
Clayton Bell MD
Sooraj Sheen min
Sheena Sooraj BAMS, AD
bill dean min
Bill Dean MD, AD

ADVANCED PRACTICUM – “Leaky gut” or small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) has become a catch-all term in modern medicine for a wide array of digestive disorders. Understanding the role of amain light of the latest research around the gut/brain connection, inflammation, and the microbiome is key to healing and managing many chronic diseases. Case studies will be presented highlighting Ayurvedic protocols for alleviating various forms of this condition.

Saturday, April 25th

MANAGEMENT OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS (INDIVIDUAL)

Time:
4:30 pm – 5:10 pm

Parla Jayagopal min
Jayagopal Parla BAMS MD (Ayu), AD, MAOM, C-IAYT, CMT

ADVANCED PRACTICUM – Levels of severity of rheumatoid arthritis have distinct characteristics that beg for precisely tailored management techniques. Learn how to evaluate the severity of an RA patient’s symptoms and how to manage them using a wide variety of Ayurvedic practices and herbal formulations.

Saturday, April 25th

MANAGEMENT OF TYPE 2 DIABETES (INDIVIDUAL)

Time:
5:20 pm – 6:00 pm

Fisher Kashyapa min
Kashyapa Fisher CAP, LMT

ADVANCED PRACTICUM – Type 2 diabetes has become a worldwide challenge that now confronts individuals at every stage of life. Ayurvedic and Western physicians concur that diet and lifestyle measures are essential to successful diabetes management. An integrated approach to working in concert with allopathic physicians will provide greater support to those looking for a more natural and balanced solution to this condition.

Sunday, April 26th

CLOSING PANEL

Time:
10:30 am – 11:30 am

Our policy is a two-night minimum, one night stays will be considered based on need or circumstances? These requests can only be handled by calling in.

The cancellation policy of $50 cancellation fee with no refunds within 14 days of the event.

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Location

639 Whispering Hills Rd, Boone, North Carolina 28607

Discover deep rest and rejuvenation in a pristine natural setting in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Boone, North Carolina. Set amidst 380 acres of pristine forest high up in the Blue Ridge Mountains is a tranquil sanctuary.

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Art of Living Retreat Center

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