10/01/2018 - 10/01/2019 : 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Breathe Ayurveda Study Course Begins October 1, 2019
Hello All!
Ayurveda Beginner's GuideI’m so excited that we have so much interest in this course. In the 10 years since I began practicing and teaching Ayurveda, the knowledge of this ancient wisdom has become so much more prevalent in our society. You can buy triphala at CVS, ashwagandha infused tea at Wegman’s, and your yoga teacher might be able to tell you your dosha! 
It’s very exciting to see the evolution of Ayurveda, but with all this new-found popularity comes misinformation, unnecessary treatments, consultants offering dubious advice, and all-around confusion. 
It’s no wonder you are interested in learning more because you want to really know – What is Ayurveda? How can it help me? How can I help others? How can I learn more? 
There are Ayurvedic Colleges and courses all over the world and online, that offer Ayurveda_260_05_fnl4certifications and great wisdom. When the proposal was brought up to me to teach a course I put a lot of thought and research into it and thought about – what is it that people want that might not be readily available? 
Not everyone wants or needs a certification course. Not everyone can pick up and move somewhere for months at a time to study.  Some people just want a guided study program that will enrich their lives and the lives of those around them. A deep dive into the well of Ayurveda, without deadline pressures, quizzes, tests, presentations or final exams. A class for the curious as well as those who want to deepen their own practice and perhaps go on to earn certifications, to teach, or to be a consultant. 
Foot massageWith that in mind I am creating a course that will show you every aspect of Ayurveda, from historical knowledge and perspective, how the ancient techniques are applied today, practicum classes in cooking, using spices and food as medicine, how to read the pulses, tongue diagnoses, marma therapy, Sanskrit, dinacharya techniques (creating your daily routine), the doshas and how they play a role in our everyday world, and more. The classes will contain metaphysical as well as practical information, as we will also address the use of  crystals and gem stones, meditation, essential oils, pranayama, Vastu (Vedic Feng Shui) and more in Ayurveda.
The course also includes a weekend meditation and cooking retreat at Fox Haven Farm in Frederick date TBD.
Class size is limited to 12 people to ensure individualized attention and rewarding group interaction. If you feel this is for you, a deposit of $500 will hold your place. Contact me for payment details. The course will being in October . I anticipate our monthly meeting to take place on a weeknight, 6 pm – 9 pm, depending on the needs of the group. 
In addition, when you sign up for the course, you can schedule a private consultation with me, and you can get a 10% discount on my next trip to India in late 2019. And you will get a free copy of my book!
I will be finalizing the details including guest teachers, the reading list, the format, the timeline and the price, in the coming weeks. I estimate the cost will be between $2800 – $3500 (plus the cost of books)  depending on the teachers I am able to bring in (such as Ayurvedic cookbook author Amadea Morningstar and Vastu Master Michael Mastro)  – but I just wanted you to have an idea. I see this as a 12-month program, meeting once a month in person my home classroom and teaching kitchen, in Reisterstown, and bi-weekly online video meetings. We will also have a private chat group for ongoing support. 
In addition to this course, you might be interested in a few offerings from The Chopra Center, one of the places where I received my Ayurvedic certifications. This is the Primordial Sound meditation course: 
Both of these will support the teachings I will be offering. These are not in any way required, but you might really enjoy them. 
It is so wonderful to have you on this journey with me as we create the first ever Breathe Ayurveda Study Course! Please stay in touch with your questions and thoughts. I will be in touch again soon!  
Much love and gratitude, 
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10/04/2018 - 10/25/2018 : 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Learn to Meditate! I Can Teach You How

Join me for this 4-week course at Roland Park Country School. you will need to register with them to take the class:

Thursdays, October 4 – 25, 6 - 7:30 PM
Cost: $125

zen-stones-hdJust as we want to choose the healthiest foods for our body, we can learn how to choose  the healthiest thoughts for our minds. In this program you will explore the time-tested meditation techniques that teach you how to gently and easily work with your mind to let go of negativity, constant chatter, and anything that isn’t serving you. Peace of mind, a deep sense of ease, and satisfaction with the way things are is attainable now. Learn how to make friends with your own mind. Susan draws from her experiences of the Vedas, Buddhism, Vipassana and Jewish Meditation techniques to help you be more calm and relaxed in your daily life and to view the world with heightened clarity and awareness. The by-product of a regular meditation practice is true happiness! 

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11/03/2018 : 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Ayurvedic Cooking: Settling in for Short Days Winter (Vata/Kapha)
Saturday, November 3, 1 pm – 3:30 pm 
Winter, with shorter days and longer nights, can offer avariety of positive attributes (like getting to sleep earlier!) but many of us suffer a bit from the lack of daylight. Come learn some sunny and bright recipes to fill up your hungry belly. Agni – digestive power -  is high during cold weather, which is why we crave warm stews and soups and nourishing drinks. Come learn the healthy way to fill up! (it’s not pizza and fried foods!). Cost: $55. Materials and recipes will be provided. 
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11/09/2018 - 11/11/2018 : 5:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Self-Care Retreat: Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation with Susan & Dawn

Friday – Sunday, November 9, 10, 11, 2018
Self-Care Retreat: Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation with Susan Weis-Bohlen and Dawn Curtis

ayu daily routineSelf-care begins with SELF. Join us for the weekend retreat as we learn how to take care of ourselves first. In order for us to be there for others, we must go within and see what it is we need to feel good, re-energize, de-stress, sleep well and learn how to do nothing. It is in that down time that the body can heal deeply. come learn the how Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of health and well-being, along with her sister-sciences of yoga and meditation, can help you feel better, body, mind and soul.

The weekend will include Ayurvedic (vegetarian) cooking classes, lectures, yoga, mindful walks, meditation and silence. We will be housed together on a beautiful farm in Afton, Va. surrounded by incredible beauty, animals and nature. 

The Galleywinter Farm Retreat Center will be our home for the weekend. Space is limited to 12 people so please sign up as soon as you can. 

Retreat Cost (includes food, materials and all classes): $599. To register please email: or

Please make your room accommodations here:

We will begin the retreat at 5 pm on Friday November 9 and end on Sunday, November 11 at 4 pm.

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12/09/2018 - 12/22/2018 : 12:00 am - 1:00 am
Israel! December 2018
I came across this quote the other day from the late, great Anthony Bourdain, about his visit to Israel in 2013:   “Whatever you may think, and whatever baggage you bring to this place, you should see this.”
Israel 2018 trip
And I thought – exactly.
Israel is a place that must be seen – not only to try and understand the politics, the draw and deep desire of so many people to be there, but to see how much beauty can fit into a country the size of New Jersey! 
The vastness of the desert and the sea, the sumptuous beauty of the mountains and forests, the richness of the culture and the people, the diversity of the food and art, the ancient and the modern – you simply must see it to believe it! 
f1582690-city-35098-55b63450The land is steeped in a mysterious spirituality that touches just about everyone. Join my husband Larry and me on this trip of a lifetime. We will be guided by Jared Goldfarb, whose expertise in Israel includes a multi-cultural viewpoint, which makes this trip different from most others. As you will see by the itinerary, you don’t need to be Jewish to take this trip. We will explore all facets of this marvelous country through open eyes and an open heart. I want to help you, not only to see the beauty, but to understand the difficulties as well. And at the same time, to bask in the immensity of this sacred space. 
I lived in Israel from 1985 – 1996, with a few years in Washington DC at the Israeli Embassy. I have a unique perspective of Israel that can only come from living there, and I will share that with you. 
Email me at or call me at 410-979-2096 if you have any questions. The tour is carefully curated to offer the best accommodations, the most interesting sites, time for rest and relaxation, and, or course, time to shop and eat!
Ready to sign up? You can find registration form for Full Registration Form ISRAEL 2018
Please feel free to share this newsletter with anyone you may think would be interested! Space is limited to ensure a personal experience. So please sign up soon!
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