|10/01/2018 - 10/01/2019 : 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Breathe Ayurveda Study Course October 2018 - October 2019
This course is full. If you are interested in taking the course beginning in December 2019 send me an email: email@example.com
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 certifications 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.
With 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 in March, 2018 with Amadea Morningstar, the renowned Ayurvedic teacher and cookbook author.
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 . Our monthly meetings to take place on Mondays, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm, with a second “satsang” gathering on the third Wednesdsay of the month.
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!
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:
And this 6-part intro to Ayurveda course: https://chopra.com/online-
Both of these will support the teachings I will be offering. These are not in any way required, but you might really enjoy them.
Remember the course is to imbue you with the knowledge of ayurveda to help you with your job and your life – not to cause you stress! My hope is that the course will bring the participants more joy and happiness in life, as we learn about more holistic ways to care for ourselves and others.
Course fee, including all materials, 2 meetings every month, guest teachers and weekend retreat: $2995. $500 deposit due at registration. Payment plan can be arranged.
The meeting dates for 2018-2019 are as follows:
Monday, October 1, 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm Study session
Wednesday, October 17, 6:30 – 8:30 Satsang (question and answer session)
Monday, November 5, 6:30 – 9:30 Study session
Wednesday, November 21, 6:30 – 8:30 Satsang
Monday, December 3, 6:30 – 9:30 Study session
Wednesday, December 12, 6:30 – 8:30 Satsang
Monday, January 7, 6:30- 9:30 Study
Wednesday, January 16, 6:30 – 8:30 Satsang
Monday, February 4, 6:30 – 9:30 Study
Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 – 8:30 Satsang
Monday, March 4, 6:30 -9:30 Study
Saturday March 16, 10 am – Sunday March 17, 5 pm, Retreat in Frederick (Fox
Haven Learning Center) with Amadea Morningstar
Monday, April 1, 6:30 -9:30 Study
Wednesday, April 17, Satsang
Monday, May 6, 6:30 -9:30 Study
Wednesday, May 16, Satsang – Tentatively scheduled date with Dr. Rammkumar Kuty, founder of Vaidyagrama Ayurvedic Village in Coimbatore, India
Monday, June 3, 6:30 – 9:30 Study
Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 – 8:30 Satsang
Monday, July 1, 6:30 – 9:30 Study
Wednesday, 17, 6:30 – 8:30 Satsang
Monday, August 5, 6:30 – 9:30 Study
Wednesday, August 21, 6:30 – 8:30 Satsang
No Session First Monday in September as it is Labor Day. Our September meeting will be on: Friday, September 13, Special session Vastu Master Michael 6 pm – 8 pm
Wednesday September 18, 6:30 – 8:30 Satsang.
Monday, October 7 GRADUATION! You will receive a Certificate of Completion
In addition, we will have a cooking class scheduled for a weekend day in 2019 – time and date agreed upon by the group. This cooking lesson will be 4-5 hours.
Looking forward to hearing from you. Please be in touch to sign up and I am happy to create a payment plan for you. If you have already signed up but have not yet sent a deposit you can either send a check for $500 to: Breathe Ayurveda, 20 Clarks Lane, Reisterstown, MD 21136, or send a paypal payment to: “send friends and family money” to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
And this 6-part intro to Ayurveda course: https://chopra.com/online-courses/perfect-health-on-demand#5b2539fee7cbb
Both of these will support the teachings I will be offering. These are not in any way required, but you might really enjoy them. Email me at email@example.com for more or to sign up.
Thank you! Susan
|03/23/2019 : 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mexican Molé Chocolate Cooking Class w/ Jinji in Susan's Kitchen
After traveling through the most iconic States of Mexico, Jinji Fraser, of Pure Chocolate by Jinji at Belvedere Square, is excited to share the ancient tradition of combining heat elements with dark chocolate, nuts and exotic spices to create the quintessential dish revered as ancestral legacy throughout the country: Molé. Together, we will learn the fundamentals of creating a complex flavor profile along with telling a great story to offer purpose and mindfulness to any meal. Pure Chocolate by Jinji is a Baltimore based family-owned business with a focus on sourcing cacao directly from Women owned farms & creating memorable experiences through rich flavors and storytelling.
|03/30/2019 - 04/14/2019 : 8:00 pm
Rajasthan, India: A Feast for the Senses, April 2019
Final Registration Form India 2019 Rajasthan
Breathe Deep Journey: India! Mumbai, Rajasthan, Taj Mahal, with optional Varanasi Extension April 2019
I am thrilled to announce our next trip to India! This marks my 9th trip to this most remarkable of countries. And I am so excited to revisit Rajasthan – this is one of my favorite destinations in India. When I think of Rajasthan I think of the richness India brings to our senses. The vibrant colors. The delicious food. The vast desert and dunes. The lyrical music. The magical scenery. The enormity of Mogul fortresses. The local textiles. The stained glass. Oh my! An abundance of beauty in every way.
This year for the first time I am adding in some unique opportunities for our travelers, including having specially prepared meals in peoples homes, volunteering at an animal sanctuary, and an insider’s view of Mumbai.
We have carefully curated this trip to visit non-tourist destinations as well as the major highlights – including the Taj Mahal, and an optional excursion to Varanasi on the river Ganges. As this is a more intimate tour of India, I am keeping the group to 10 people.
Our hotels are just as much an experience as the tour! We stay in magnificent Indian Heritage Hotels – incredible former palaces and forts, known for their architecture and royal treatment, historical beauty and modern amenities.
Additionally, as India is the center of the world for sacred sites and spirituality, we find time in the travel schedule for yoga and meditation. Just being present in India fills us with a sense of all that has passed before us. Centuries of rishis, yogis and yoginis have left their mark on every part of this country. You will feel it at every turn.
Please see the itinerary below and be in touch ASAP to sign up!
Just a note about traveling in India – it’s not for everyone.
While the country has “Westernized” by leaps and bounds, even since my first trip there in 2006, it can still be a challenge for those not used to this part of the world.
Travel times are “suggestions.” We never know when a bridge might be out, cows are blocking the road, or obstacles I can’t even imagine. Roads are not always in the best condition. The ride can be bumpy and slow, or fast and harrowing! The sites and scenes can be mesmerizing and alluring, colorful and heartbreaking.
At times you may be uncomfortable and irritable, at other times you will be awed and humbled. It’s such a crazy intense mix of sights, sounds, smells, humanity and even inhumanity – the emotions that arise in India can be extreme. The beauty, astounding. Getting there can be a chore, but arriving is a blessing so deep and profound.
It’s hot. It’s exotic. It’s foreign. The insects and wildlife (think monkeys and bugs I don’t have namesfor) are unusual. If you want to travel to India, leave your expectations at home. Be open to all experiences and treat them as adventures, surprises, delights. Love everyone you meet. Only come to India if you are ready to find beauty in everything that awaits you!
So if this interests you, take some time to read through the details below. Feel free to call or email anytime to talk about it.
Bombay, Rajasthan, Agra, Varanasi
March 30 – April 16, 2019 + 2 day optional excursion to Varanasi
MARCH 30: We fly from the US to Mumbai.Most likely we will fly from Dulles International in Virginia, direct. I will advise the group on tickets. See note at the end of this itinerary about obtaining a Visa.
APRIL 1 (MON): ARRIVE MUMBAI
Welcome to India! We will be greeted at the airport by our dedicated escort or the entire trip, Mr. Sanjeev Joseph, who has been leading our tours for several years. We go directly to the hotel to rest as our flight will arrive very early morning. We will enjoy a special dinner at the home of one of Susan’s friends!
APRIL 2 (TUE): IN MUMBAI
Morning transfer to Gate way of India to take a Motor Launch to Elephanta Caves – the 7th century sculptures of manifestation of Shiva, containing beautiful carvings, sculptures, and a temple to the Hindu God, Lord Shiva. These caves are thought to date back to the Silhara kings belonging to the period between 9th – 12th centuries. With the Brahminical resurgence during the reign of Gupta dynasty in 3rd century AD, these great cave dedicated to Lord Shiva exploded into existence at Elephanta. Legends and history suggest that the great warrior prince of Chalukya dynasty Pulkesinll raised the shrine to celebrate his victory. Historians also suggest that the Kalchuri King Krishnaraja built these caves in 6th century AD. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Mumbai city visiting Prince of Wales Museum (closed on Mondays), Fish Aquarium, Jain Temples, Hanging Gardens on the slopes of Malabar Hills offering nice view of Marine Lines and Chowpatty Beach, Kamla Nehru Park and Marine drive. Overnight at the hotel.
APRIL 3 (WED): We fly to Rajasthan via MUMBAI-UDAIPUR
After breakfast, we depart to the airport to board Air India to Udaipur. Assistance on arrival at the airport and transfer to hotel. Tonight we will visit the home of local family for an authentic meal. Overnight at the hotel Oberoi Trident
APRIL 4, (THU): IN UDAIPUR
After breakfast we will visit Animal Aid Unlimited, a dog rescue and animal sanctuary founded by an American family. Here we will learn about animal rescue in India and have a chance to feed baby calves and see the extraordinary work that they do. After our visit to Animal Aid, we will take a leisurely-paced sightseeing tour of Udaipur city including the City Palace – a majestic architectural marvel towering over the lake. With its courtyards, pavilions, terraces, corridors, splendid rooms and hanging gardens, this is a stunning site, built in 1651 by MaharanaJagat Singh.
After time for shopping in the wonderful city market palce, we will take a sunset boat cruise on the beautiful placid Lake Pichola. The lake is surrounded by hills, palaces including the beautiful city palace,temples, bathing Ghats and embankments.
Overnight at the hotel.
APRIL 5 (FRI): UDAIPUR-RANAKPUR-JODHPUR
After breakfast we will drive to approximately 6 hrs to Jodhpur, en-route visiting Ranakpur Jain Temples built in the 15th century, situated in the lovely valley of the Aravali. Ranakpur has grand structures and beautiful sculpture. There are 1444 pillars in the temple different from each other. The magic of light and shade is awe-inspiring.
Upon arrive to Jodhpur (the Blue city) in the afternoon, we will visit the majesticMehrangarh Fort situated on a low sandstone hill, including Moti Mahal and Phool Mahal and and the winding streets filled with unique shops and small temples. Overnight at the hotel
APRIL 6, 2019 (SAT): JODHPUR-JAISALMER
This morning we will have yoga in the beautiful gardens by the pool at the hotel, then breakfast and depart by surface to Jaisalmer Sam Sand Dunes,situated 45 kms west of Jaisalmer. These Dunes varying in size from 3 to 15 kms to a large extent are of shifting sands where wind heaps the sand into hills or deep hollow scopes. In the evening we will enjoy the sunset with its changing colors and take a short Camel ride. A highlight is a Camp Fire Dinner with Rajasthani Folklore, dinner and drink! The dark sky of the desert also lends itself to incredible star gazing. Overnight in the luxury tents at the Camp.
APRIL 7 (SUN): IN JAISALMER
After breakfast, depart by surface to Jaisalmer. Upon arrive check-in at the hotel. Afternoon city tour of Jaisalmer- the last citadel in the desert. Theabsolutely beautiful Golden Fort was a regular scheduled stop for the caravans on the ancient silk route. Built in 1156 AD, it is situated on 76 meter high triangular mound providing astounding views. Other sites include Jain Temples, Gadisar Lake, and the beautiful Havelis (A Haveli is a traditional townhouse or mansion with historical and architectural significance. The word “haveli” is derived from Arabic hawali, meaning “partition” or “private space”). We will have time to visit the shops and marvel at the architectural beauty. Overnight at one of my favorite hotels in India, the hotel Rawal Kot. (we will have two nights here so you can partake in all it has to offer!)
APRIL 8 (MON): IN JAISALMER
Breakfast at the hotel. Day free at leisure to enjoy the pool, spa services, shop, rest and reflect on the journey so far. Overnight at the hotel.
APRIL 9, (TUE): JAISALMER-BIKANER
Morning after breakfast departure by surface toBikaner, east of the border with Pakistan, surrounded by the Thar Desert. Known for the 16th-century Junagarh Fort, a huge complex of ornate buildings and halls, with some of the finest collections of golden work and raised lacquer work with colorful glass inlay.The main bazaar in Bikaner is located at the back of Junagarh Fort and is filled with sweet shops and juice walas, along with numerous back roads and small alleys filled with jewelry shops and textile markets. Here we can purchase traditional Rajasthani scarves and beautiful cotton textiles for a quarter of the price when compared to Jaipur and Udaipur, while enjoying the colorful world surrounding you with vibrant red, yellow and blue textiles and saris hanging above each shop. Overnight at the hotel Lallgarh Palace.
APRIL 10 (WED): BIKANER-JAIPUR
After breakfast, depart by surface to Jaipur. During our longer drives (this should be around 3-4 hours with a break for lunch) bring along some good reading material, que up your podcasts, or just rest and chat as we makeour way through the beautiful landscape. Overnight at the
Hotel Alsisar. The rooms, nooks and crannies, hallways and corridors of this hotel are lined with stained glass, magical little courtyards, balconies and seating areas and beautiful doors. You will definitely want to wander around with your camera!
APRIL 11 (THU): IN JAIPUR
Morning after breakfast, excursion to Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the State until 1728. Visit the Jagmandir or the hall of victory glittering withmirrors, Jai Mahal and Temple of Kali by Jeep.
Afternoon is a sightseeing tour of Jaipur city. Among the principal sights are the Jantar Mantar or the Observatory, The Palace of Winds or Hawa Mahal. Jaipur is also a major center of precious and semi-precious stones, jewelry, cotton textiles and the typical Blue Pottery. You can also
witness the special Rajasthani Block Printing on the textiles along with Carpet Weaving in one of the Factory Outlets. Overnight at the hotel.
APRIL 12 (FRI): JAIPUR-ABHANERI-FATEHPUR SIKRI-AGRA
After breakfast, depart by surface to Agra en-route visiting Abhanri Stepwell & Fatehpur Sikri.
Chand Baori (step well) in the Abhaneri village is one of the oldest and most popular attractions in Rajasthan. It was built in 9th century AD, it isone of the largest step-wells in the world. This amazing structure was built to conserve water and provide a respite from the intense heat. It is an architectural wonder with 3,500 perfectly symmetrical, narrow steps. It is this exquisite geometry that draws local and international visitors to it every year. Tucked away in a small village, it is one of India’s hidden wonders. Next to the Stepwell is the Harshat Mata Temple. This magical little temple dates from the 9th-10th century, dedicated to Harshat Mata, who is considered to be the goddess of joy and happiness for the whole village. We will take some time here to meditate on joy and happiness.
We end our tour today with a visit to such an interesting place – it is usually very quiet so we can soak up the history and beauty of this Sufi sacred site,Fatehpur Sikri,the deserted capital of Mughal India. Built by Mughal emperor Akbar in honor of Sufi saint Salim Chishti in 1571, this was a fascinating moment in India history, when the Akbar, married to 3 women of different religions, attempted to start his own inclusive religion called Din i Ilahi. Ultimately he had no takers for his worldly point of view, and the place and movement was abandoned. We will take some time to meditate in one of the wives mini-palaces of your choice. Then onto Agra and the Taj Mahal! Upon arrival check-in at the Oberoi Trident Hotel
13 APRIL 2019 (SAT): AGRA-DELHI
This morning we visit the glorious Taj Mahal at sunrise. Built by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan, this beautiful mausoleum is built of pure white marble and is an architectural marvel. Shah Jahan built the Taj for his wife, Queen Mumtaz Mahal, who in interred in the santcuary. The building was conceived as a garden tomb with the mausoleum rising at the far end of the complex with the river Yamuna flowing below. Beneath the dome are the cenotaphs of Mumtaz Mahal and Shah Jehan. The smaller temples around the Taj are quite impressive as well. We will take our time to wander around this magnificent compound.
We will return to the hotel for breakfast, and then visit Agra Fort built by Emperor Akbar over the years 1565 – 1573 with its maze of courtyards, mosques, and private chambers. While the architecture is Muslim, we will see Hindu influences as well.
Those continuing to Varanasi will board an overnight train in the evening to make our way east (see details below). Those not going to Varanasi will depart by surface to Delhi. Upon arrival check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the Hotel Oberoi Maidens
14 APRIL 2019 (SUN): IN DELHI (for those not continuing to Varanasi)
After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi Among some of the most interesting highlights of your city tour of Old and New Delhi are the Red Fort (from outside only), the Jama Masjid, ChandniChowk and Raj Ghat in the old city area and the Government Buildings, a drive through the majestic Rajpath to the India Gate, the Humayun’s Tomb and the Qutab Minaretc. Late this evening you will depart for the US from Delhi Airport.
Cost: $4285 for *shared room
*If you do not sign up with a roommate I will do everything I can to match you up with another single traveler. If there is not another person available you will be responsible for the single supplement.
Single supplement: $900
RATES DO NOT INCLUDE:
VARANASI OPTIONAL EXCURSION
APRIL 13 (SAT): AGRA-VARANASI
Remain in Agra whilst the rest of the group not taking Varanasi Extension leave for Delhi. Optional early diner at one of the restaurants or hotel. Evening departure transfer to Agra Railway station to board train Marudhar Express 8:25 pm-8:45 am, to Varanasi. You have not experienced life to its fullest until you travel by overnight train in India! Watch sleepy India pass by and witness sunrise over the fields as a people begin their day. This is also a unique opportunity to meet Indians and tourists alike as we travel together across the country. Overnight on board Train.
APRIL 14 (SUN): ARRIVE VARANASI
Arrive at 8:45 am in the spiritual capital of India - Varanasi - said to be the oldest city in the world, and founded by Lord Shiva. We will settle into our hotel and venture out in the afternoon for an excursion to Sarnath, the fabled place bear testimony to its great past where Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon to his disciples expounding the principles of Buddhism.
In the evening we will have front row seats to the spectacular that is the closing of the Gats (the temples) in a fiery musical ceremony that has been going on for thousands of years.This is the Ganga Aarti at Holy River
Ganges. After this once-in-a-lifetime experience, we will have some dinner and visit the Pilgrim Bookstore (looks just like breathe books!) for a music performance. Earlier this year we had a serendipitous magical evening of music at The Pilgrim. This is not to be missed. You can see a snippet of it here. Overnight at the Hotel Maden.
APRIL 15 (MON): IN VARANASI
This morning we will head out in the dark, through the winding alleys of Varanasi, to take a sunrise boat ride on the river Ganges. This is a site you will never forget. We will see the holy ritual of Indians burning bodies of their loved ones who have passed on. See the Temples opening for the day of prayers. Witness the ritual bathing in the holy waters. And we will set lotus flowers and candles into the water with prayers and wishes.
After our boat ride we will meet with a wonderful local teacher Smirti for a session of breath work and yoga.
Then back to the hotel for
breakfast and a sightseeing tour of the holy Temples of Varanasi including Durga Temple and Bharat Mata Temple, inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi, which has one of the most perfect relief of India carved out of marble. At the Tulsi Manas white marble Temple, the whole Ramayana is inscribed on its wall. In the evening we will visit a private home for a cooking class and our farewell dinner. Overnight at hotel.
APRIL 16 (TUE): VARANASI-DELHI
This morning after breakfast, we will fly to Delhi. Optional hotel room to rest before evening flight to the US. We can also go to an airport hotel for dinner and arrive back in time to fly home.
Cost: $675 for sharing room. Add $175 for single.
RATES DO NOT INCLUDE:
To reserve your place on the trip, please send an $800 deposit to Breathe Ayurveda, 20 Clarks Lane, Reisterstown, MD 21136. Once the initial deposit is made, the balance can be paid in increments, if desired. Final payment is due 45 days prior to departure, February 13, 2019. Early Bird payment is due by January 31. Checks or cash are preferred. Credit Card and PayPal payments are possible, with an additional 3% service fee.
Cancellation fees come into effect at time of deposit. I recommend that you consider purchasing cancellation insurance. This will cover you if you need to cancel unexpectedly. Please note that insurance companies may differ in what they consider a insurable risk. I recommend Insure My Trip .
If you cancel your booking, it will result in the following charges:
More than 90 days prior to departure: $200
You can call me anytime at 410-979-2096 or email firstname.lastname@example.orgClick here to view full event details.
|05/04/2019 : 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Ayurveda Beauty Day! Lotions, Potions Oils and more
Just in time for Mother’s Day – come and learn how to create Ayurvedic Body products that are not only for beauty, but also for your health! Joining me for this class is Michelle Garber from MichelleAyurveda and Health Revolution. Michelle will share her deep knowledge of traditional Ayurvedic medicine to teach us how to custom make herbal medicinal oils, scrubs, and healing balms, using all organic products and essential oils. Susan will teach how to make medicated ghee to use for the Spring season, to balance Kapha dosha. We will also learn the hand mudras and specific chants to infuse our potions with healing energy.
This will be a fun, hands-on class. Susan and Michelle are excited to be working together and sharing their decades of knowledge with you.
Cost: $85, includes bottles, jars, oils, scrubs, & all materials. Class size is limited. Please register as soon as you can. You can email email@example.com to sign up. Send a check to Breathe Ayurveda or use paypal: send friends money option to: firstname.lastname@example.orgClick here to view full event details.
|05/09/2019 - 05/30/2019 : 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Meditate to Reduce Stress and Increase Well Being at Roland Park Country School
Thursdays, May 9, 16, 23, 30