Most days will unfold in the order given below:
4.00 am - 5.30 am - Rising before sunrise, Dinacharya ( daily routine self practices) to cleanse and nourish the body and sense organs. The senses organs are the means by which we connect to the external world. By caring for our sense organs, we not only improve our health but we enhance our perception of the world. A combination of herbal waters, powders, pastes, salves, scrubs, oils and herbal smoke will be applied to the body, ears, eyes, nose and mouth.
5.30am - 7.30am - Agni hotra (a fire ceremony for assimilating vital energy), prayers, yoga, pranayama and meditation.
7.30am - 9.00am - Herbal tea and fruit break. An outdoor activity (see list below)*
9.00am - 11.30am - Cooking your own lunch. Recipes and ingredients will be provided for you to follow or adapt. Offering food to other living beings. Communal lunch in silence.
11.30am - 12.30pm - Rest
12.30pm - 2.00pm - Various activities*( see list below)
2.00pm - 2.30pm - Yoga nidra, a guided deep relaxation practice
2.30 pm - 4.00pm - Satsang, an interactive question and answer session on Ayurveda, Yoga and other Indian knowledge systems
4.30pm - 6.30 pm - Restorative yoga class, sunset Agni hotra and evening prayer
6.30pm - Dining in your room and silence for the rest of the evening. Devotional chanting on some evenings.
8.30pm - Sleep
- Organic natural farming
- Garden and local village walks
- Cow tending
- Crafts including soap and candle making, recycled paper and other items
- Local village community work
- Preparing herbal home remedies and other Ayurveda health care products
- Music and chanting
- Worshipping the five elements
- Interactive natural cooking demos on open fire
The programme will take place at Vaidyagrama, an Ayurveda Eco friendly healing village on the outskirts of Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India. Vaidyagrama offers authentic individualised medical and wellness treatment programmes as well as study courses for individuals from across the globe. Situated in a small village surrounded by mountains, Vaidyagrama is committed to the holistic application of Ayurveda through its treatment programmes, education, ecological practices, natural farming and social welfare.
The Programme is organised by Punarnava Ayurveda Trust. Committed to the preservation and promotion of Ayurveda, the Trust, regularly organises Ayurveda educational programmes and international conferences across India, conducts socially responsible activities such as medical camps, offers free education and food distribution in its local area of Tamil Nadu. All donations that are raised through this program will go towards the creation of the sustainable healing community that is the vision of Punarnava Trust.
Renu Gulati will facilitate the programme.
Renu Gulati was a London based corporate lawyer who began her Ayurveda journey in 2000. She has studied under a traditional Ayurveda teacher in India since 2001 and holds an MSc in Ayurveda from the London Middlesex university. An Ayurveda practitioner (specialising in Ayurveda nutrition), yoga teacher and holistic event organiser, Renu conducts and facilitates international Ayurveda and Yoga programmes/ retreats across India. She lives at Vaidyagrama and has been working on various Punarnava projects since 2005.
Others who will help support the program at different stages include Dr. Ramadas, Dr. Harikrishnan, Dr.Ramanandan, Dr. Somu, Aparna, Kavitha and Geetha; and other staff at vaidyagrama.
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