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12

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Āyurvedic Spring Cleanse Retreat

May 23 - May 27, 2019

Noël Graupner

Āyurveda is a Sanskrit word meaning “life knowledge.” It is the name of the world's oldest holistic health system, which offers unique insight into creating balance among all facets of wellness — physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual — using tools such as diet, plant remedies, daily schedule and lifestyle practices, movement and yoga, meditation, breath work, color, and aromatherapy to establish harmony between body, mind, and the natural world.Balance in mind and body within the context of nature is divine natural order, according to Āyurveda. Action taken to cultivate cooperation between mind and body and the environment yields the symptoms of health that lay the foundation for true happiness and longevity. As preventative wellcare, Āyurveda is behavioral medicine at its finest, making it a science of personal responsibility — one which trains you first intellectually, then intuitively, to make intelligent decisions that invite health and harmony into your experience.Āyurveda recommends a cleanse to accompany a change in season, to clear and open physiological and psychological channels in the body and mind. Spring is an especially important time of the year, when nature re-awakes from the long, heavy winter and provides us with all the dietary and herbal tools we need to rid our bodies of excess fats and heavy proteins which keep environmental and emotional toxins bound in bodily tissues. A Spring cleanse helps the body to identify stored fat tissue as useable energy, retraining and firing up digestive capacity within the GI tract, bodily tissues, and the mind. Accumulated and stored toxins are brought to the surface of tissues and gently escorted out through elimination channels. The results of the Spring cleanse are empowered digestive and immune systems as well as a purified mind to transition gracefully and energetically from the heavy, dulled winter into the light, auspicious Springtime.The sophistication of the software and hardware of the human being is an absolutely magnificent phenomenon. And yet, without realizing it, we are getting in the way of its natural and spontaneous self-healing capability by inundating our systems with excessive consumption and exposure to toxicity. We are interrupting restoration and repair of our physical vehicles with careless lifestyles. The goal of this retreat is to provide the tools and space for a gentle yet thorough cleansing of the body and mind, as well as a foundation for understanding how your physiology and psychology work together, why it is important to detoxify the internal organs and the sense organs, and how to use the things you are engaging with each day, knowingly and unknowingly, through environment, society, lifestyle, and diet, as tools to cultivate the physical state and state of mind of your own choosing.This retreat will include:
  • An Āyurvedic mono-diet of kitchari and tisanes (herbal teas)
  • Appropriate herbs to support detoxification (triphala)
  • A ‘dinacharaya’ tool-kit of copper tongue scraper, nasal oil, mouth gargle, neti pot and salts, essential oils, body massage oil, and a candle to use during the retreat and at home following the retreat
  • Daily group yoga, pranayama (breath work), and meditation
  • Daily body work (massage or traditional Āyurvedic oil therapy)
  • Daily Āyurvedic theory classes
  • A cooking demonstration to learn about spices, kitchari, and ghee
  • Daily opportunity to convene with Mother Nature

ScheduleThursday, May 23rd
  • 3 - 5pm Check-in
  • 5:30pm Welcome
  • 6 - 7pm Vegetarian Dinner
  • 7:15 - 8:30pm Intro to How / Why to Spring Cleanse
    •  Tool Kits distributed + instructions shared for morning rituals
  • 8:30 - 9:30pm Yoga Nidra - led by Noël
Friday, May 24th
  • 7 - 8am Yoga + Pranyama
  • 8 - 8:30am Meditation
  • 8:30 - 9:30am Kitchari Breakfast
  • 10am - 12pm Āyurvedic Philosophy Class / Introduction to Āyurveda
  • 12 - 1pm Kitchari Lunch
  • 1 - 4pm Free Time for Being Outside, Resting, Journaling / Bodywork Therapies
  • 4 - 6pm Āyurvedic Philosophy Class / 6 tastes + Seasonal Eating + Ritucharya/Dinacharya
  • 6 - 7pm Kitchari Dinner
  • 7:15 - 8:15pm Yoga Nidra - led by Noël
Saturday, May 25th
  • 7 - 8am Yoga + Pranyama
  • 8 - 8:30am Meditation
  • 8:30 - 9:30am Breakfast - Kitchari
  • 10am - 12pm Āyurvedic Philosophy Class / Digestion + Seven Tissue Layers
  • 12 - 1pm Kitchari lunch
  • 1 - 4pm  Free Time for Being Outside, Resting, Journaling / Bodywork Therapies
  • 4 - 6pm Āyurvedic Philosophy Class / Agni + Food Sadhana
  • 6 - 7pm Kitchari dinner
  • 7:15 - 8:15pm Yoga Nidra - led by Noël
Sunday, May 26th
  • 7 - 8am Yoga + Pranyama
  • 8 - 8:30am Meditation
  • 8:30 - 9:30am Breakfast - Kitchari
  • 10am - 12pm Āyurvedic Philosophy Class
  • 12 - 1pm Kitchari lunch
  • 1 - 4pm  Free Time for Being Outside, Resting, Journaling / Bodywork Therapies
  • 4 - 6pm Āyurvedic Philosophy Class
  • 6 - 7pm Kitchari dinner
  • 7:15 - 8:15pm Yoga Nidra - led by Noël
Monday, May 27th
  • 7 - 8am Yoga + Pranyama
  • 8 - 8:30am Meditation
  • 8:30 - 9:30am Kitchari Breakfast
  • 7 - 11am Check-Out of Rooms
  • 10am - 12pm Cooking Class / Demo : Intro to Spices, Ghee, Kitchari
  • 12 - 1pm Kitchari Lunch
  • 1 - 1:30pm Questions + Closing
  • 1:30 Departure
*Please note that the schedule is subject to change at any time

ABOUT THE TEACHERs

Noël Graupner

Noël Graupner is an Ayurvedic Nutritionist certified with NAMA and the AADP for Ayurvedic Holistic Nutrition and Holistic Health Counseling. Trained by Dr. Arun Sharma in at the Ayuskama Institute and by the California College of Ayurveda in Ayurvedic medical tradition, she uses...

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