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Panchakarma 6-Day Retreat
Professional and Physician-Supervised 6-Day Residential Panchakarma Retreat with Scott Gerson, MD, PhD (Ayurveda)
Mon, September 23, 2019 -
Sun, September 29, 2019
After several years hiatus, The Gerson Institute of Ayurvedic Medicine is once again proud to offer our comprehensive and personalized Residential Panchakarma Retreat program for a small and intimate group of guests.
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Panchakarma is the ancient system of Ayurvedic detoxification and rejuvenation therapies designed to facilitate the removal of deep-rooted stresses and toxins in the physiology. Ayurveda recommends these cleansing therapies up to three times a year--at the change of seasons--in order to maintain well-being in healthy individuals or to restore balance in those experiencing illness. The purpose of panchakarma is to extend the lifespan. By undergoing panchakarma on a regular basis muscle tissue, bone, immune function, digestive function, nervous tissue as well as teeth and hair (upadhatus or "secondary tissues") can be maintained, essentially adding years to ones life. Today, even modern science estimates that longevity is determined 30% by one's genetics and 70% by lifestyle choices.
For seven days and six nights you will be in an Ayurvedically balanced environment, away from your busy life with its patterns, stresses, and responsibilities.
You will begin each morning with a leisurely period of yoga and meditation; individual instruction will be provided as needed. Retreat includes a unique, beautiful octagonal-shaped yoga studio
You will be nurtured every day with Panchakarma treatments tailored to your particular needs as determined by Dr. Gerson. These will include hot herbalized oil treatments, steam treatments, herbalized baths, shirodhara. Additional treatments such as anuvasana and niruha bastis (enemas), vamana (theraputic vomiting), netrabasti (unctuous eye bath treatments), and a variety of other procedures and medicines may be administered as appropriate for your specific health status and constitution. Dr. Gerson is a Ph.D. Scholar in Panchakarma from the University of Pune and is considered one of the world's experts in the clinical administration of these treatments.
Simple and nutritious vegetarian meals will be prepared as is indicated for Panchakarma detoxification; you will be surprised at how delicious healthy food can taste. There will be opportunities to learn to prepare these recipes as well.
The schedule is purposely designed to give everyone an abundance of free time for reflection, journaling, or just enjoying the outdoors. A variety of exercise activities will be available and encouraged. A rough idea (subject to minor changes) of a typical day is as follows:
6:30: Wake Up
7:00-7:30: Light Breakfast/Morning Tea
8:00-12:30: PK Treatments (and free time when not in Treatments)
3:00-5:00: PK Treatments (and free time when not in Treatments)
5:00-6:00: Yoga Practice
6:00-6:30: Group Evening Meditation
7:30-8:30: Evening Program
8:30-10:00: Free Time
Each evening following dinner there will be an informal discussion with Dr. Gerson or a guest speaker on some health-related topic. In ancient times these talks were known as satsang, which means "a meeting of truth". It is a time for receiving knowledge and asking questions, a time to share understanding. Topics may include: Ayurvedic and other medicinal herbs, meditation, Patanjali's yogic sutras, marma point therapy, the principles of panchakarma including a review of current research, and other topics which are of interest to the group.
What to Expect
During the period of Panchakarma treatments you can expect to feel relaxed and will be invited to rest alot as inner channels ("srotas") open to create feelings of freshness and renewal. Physical and emotional toxins lodged deep within the tissues, often for many years, are released along with their associated bodily symptoms. Time in this environment is powerful. It is often sufficient time to establish new patterns of eating, sleeping, thinking, and living which can continue long after the retreat ends.
Registration & Fees
The cost of this retreats including all the treatments, meals, accommodations, lectures, a unique, beautiful octagonal-shaped yoga studio, and Ayurvedic medicines dispensed during the week (price does not include prescribed herbs or follow-up appointments) is as follows:
Six-day Retreat (6 treatment days):
Early-bird registration (prior to July 31st): $5800
Regular (after July 31): $6450
To reserve a space a non refundable deposit of $1000 must be received 1 month prior to the Retreat. The balance must be received by ten days prior to the Retreat. We have many interested individuals but are limiting enrollment to 6 people in order to in order to maintain intimacy and harmony. Please contact us as far in advance as possible. 4 available rooms with ensuite bathroom. Larger room to share with two double beds with ensuite bathroom. Includes yoga facility.
Up to 2 months prior to event : 100%
No refunds within 2 months of event
Due to the nature of Panchakarma retreat preparations, scheduling, supplies, and personnel salary commitments there are unfortunately NO exceptions to our refund policy within 2 months of the event. This includes illness, emergencies, or other "acts of God." In the event that you cancel and we are able to fill your spot, we will gladly issue a full refund. Reservations cannot be transferred to a future retreat.
Call: (407) 549-2800
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Scott Gerson, M.D., Ph.D. is one of the country’s leading authorities and researchers in Ayurvedic Medicine. Dr. Gerson received his initial formal training in Ayurvedic Medicine at the Ayurvedic College in Trivandrum, India and subsequently earned his Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Ayurveda at the prestigious Tilak Ayurved Mahavidyalaya and the Pune University. He was awarded his Fellowship in Ayurveda from the Institute of Indian Medicine, also in Pune. He is now an Associate Professor at Pune University, Faculty of Ayurved. He received his conventional medical degree from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, where he helped to establish that institution’s first course for medical students on alternative medical treatments. He has served as an advisor to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the NIH, the National Cancer Institute, and several other institutions. Dr. Gerson is also the executive director of The Foundation for Holistic Medical Research, a 501C-3 non-profit organization that objectively evaluates complementary medical therapies for safety and efficacy. Dr. Gerson sees private patients in his Lake Mary, Florida and NYC medical practices and is Clinical Assistant Professor, Dept. of Community and Preventive Medicine, New York Medical College.
Comments from Previous Attendees
“First, Dr. Scott is warm and welcoming. He is very eager to share his journey and personal insights with the group as at the same time he taught classical Ayurvedic concepts. The days were long and the information dense, with lots of detail, but the hours flew by, and what was offered was clear and easily absorbed. The syllabus he wrote was very helpful. Dr. Gerson was so engaging, entertaining, inspiring, and knowledgeable. I learned so much. Most of the teaching was experiential and hands-on. I came away excited and motivated, and grateful that I took the time to attend this seminar. I honestly loved it!! Thank you!!” Julia E, Winston-Salem, NC
“This was an absolutely phenomenal 4 days!! Dr. Scott shared so many valuable “pearls of wisdom” that I am taking away with me, ones that I know will really make an impact in my clinical practice. It was a perfect combination of learning with lectures, demonstrations and hands-on learning and experience. I will definitely be back for future seminars. Scott demonstrates real, genuine passion and enthusiasm for teaching Ayurveda and a profound depth of detailed knowledge which would be rare to find in other U.S. courses.” It was a nice touch to have Ayurvedic massage offered at the end of the day at a reduced cost. Victor Z, Ft. Meyers, FL
“This is the second 4-day advanced seminar that I have taken with Dr. Scott Gerson! I cannot begin to describe the incredible nature of each experience!! Words cannot express it. I’ve learned so much that I’ve incorporated into my general practice as an endocrinologist. I have a clearer and more in-depth understanding of the techniques used in Ayurvedic medicine. After my second workshop, my confidence in adding pulse interpretation to my examinations has likewise increased. This has, yet again, been a tremendous learning experience and very worthwhile event. Thank you!!” Cassandra T, Manchester, NH “The ripples from the knowledge I absorbed during Dr. Gerson’s four-day Advanced Ayurvedic Workshop will have far-reaching effects on my understanding of Ayurveda and the ways in which I utilize it to treat patients. Being around Scott has given me a deeper thirst for more and more truth and understanding about the nature of health and Life.” Diedre K, Sarasota, FL
“Nowhere else in North America will you find a teacher with so much experience in direct patient care. Dr. Gerson is an active Ayurvedic physician who treats patients using Ayurvedic principles every day, so the teaching is grounded and genuine. Also I sincerely enjoyed the great sense of community that developed among the participants. The workshop was like an awakening into the self-sufficient world of Ayurvedic medicine. Every lesson in the syllabus was a wonderful ingredient in the recipe of self-awareness and self-care.” Cory A, San Diego, CA
“Scott Gerson is a rare healer with a exceptional mind and a gentle and open heart. Combining a tremendous formal training in Ayurvedic medicine in India, a first-class conventional medical education, and a continuous decades-long practice of Vedic meditation, Scott brought clarity, kindness and compassion to his teaching this past week. I couldn’t have asked for a better experience and it certainly exceeded all expectations. Not everyone truly loves their work, but Scott obviously does. This translates into enabling him to deliver an inspired message of healing and hope to large numbers of people. If we had more teachers and healers like Dr. Scott Gerson, the world would be a far better place. I plan to return next year.” Patricia, D, Houston, TX
“I have practiced traditional, primary-care internal medicine for over 20 years. There always is a significant percentage of my patients who cannot be helped by the Western medical system. I’ve been slowly integrating Ayurvedic principles into my practice over the last few years with increasing confidence but realize there’s so much more to know. The four days with Dr. Gerson last November solidified my knowledge greatly and filled in many of the gaps in my knowledge. I deeply appreciated being able to ask questions and receive answers that were so obviously born from decades of experience. I feel am now able to better help many of my patients using Ayurvedic medicine.” David S, New York, NY