Experiential Course
June 18 — 22, 2022

Ayurvedic Summer Cleanse Retreat

Holistic Methods for Restoring Balance Naturally

Sandhiya Ramaswamy
Tuition: $475

Empower yourself under the guidance of Ayurvedic wisdom. This five day cleanse with help you address your health goals with the personalized support of an Ayurvedic practitioner. You will be guided in meal planning, herbal formulas and other detox pathways tailored to your unique constitution. Receive a daily routine, hydration protocol and stress-relieving practices to compliment your journey through health.

It is recommended to arrive a few days before the cleanse to let your body acclimate to the ashram environment and to extend a few days after to allow the enjoy the effects of the cleanse and further deepen your connection to a state of health and wellness.


What kind of support and guidance can you expect during your cleanse?

Renowned Ayurveda master teacher, chef, and educator Sandhiya Ramaswamy will show you how to support your summer cleanse with expert guidance every step along the way. To learn more about her enlightened expertise and years of practice, visit her website Alchemy Ayurveda.

Most importantly, you will feel 100% supported with community encouragement, check-ins and shares. There will be a question and answers session at the end of each meal. Plus, you’ll have the ability to support your bodily cleanse with purifying yoga asanas and pranayama (breathwork) twice daily during yoga classes and spiritual lectures and meditation twice daily during satsangs, offered at no additional cost as part of your stay at the ashram.


This 5-day summer cleanse and detoxification retreat won’t just rejuvenate your body, it will rewire your mind with new knowledge concerning:

  • The fundamentals of a detox diet that nourishes the body, cleansing internally without deprivation or mental anguish
  • The benefits of kitchari, a traditional Indian recipe for cleansing and detoxifying the body, mind, and spirit

This program is for you if you would like to:

  • Cleanse your system with a healthy, time tested detox option
  • Reduce summertime lethargy and irritation
  • Jump start your weight loss journey
  • Improve your digestion
  • Clear up your skin
  • Improve achy joints and labored breathing
  • Boost your immunity and prevent future disease
  • Maintain your good health

Note: Prior knowledge or experience of Ayurveda is not required. All you need to bring is a willing heart and taste buds ready to be delighted with time-tested kitchari recipes.


What is Ayurveda and how can we benefit from it?

Ayurveda is a natural system of medicine that originated in India more than 3,000 years ago! Derived from the Sanskrit words ayur (life) and veda (science or knowledge), Ayurveda translates to the knowledge or science of life.

The system of Ayurveda attributes disease to imbalances in a person’s consciousness. It prescribes treatments unique to the individual’s bodily constitution (Prakriti) based upon the 3 life forces or Doshas: movement (Vata), metabolism (Pitta), and nourishment (Kapha).

The primary focus of an Ayurvedic cleanse and detox is to find balance between the body, mind, spirit and the environment through an internal purification process accompanied by a special diet, herbal remedies, yoga, and meditation. Treatment aids the individual by eliminating impurities, reducing symptoms, increasing metabolism and resistance to disease, quietening mental anguish and bringing harmony to all areas of life.

This spring, give your body a cleanse that is healthy and delicious without withholding food, causing mood swings, or stripping the body of vital nutrients.

Sandhiya Ramaswamy is the founder of Alchemy Ayurveda. She is an Ayurveda practitioner, educator, chef, and retreat leader. She is a Master Teacher at the California College of Ayurveda and a professional member of the National Ayurveda Medical Association at the Ayurvedic Doctor level. For nearly a decade she has guided hundreds of clients, students, and community members to elevate their health and well-being through a holistic blend of Ayurveda, yoga, meditation, spiritual retreats, and the sacred art of cooking.

Your course schedule has been designed by the presenter to provide a holistic educational experience, and includes course presentation time, meal times, and free time for you to enjoy the beach and the grounds and participate in the ashram’s daily programs. Lines in bold type indicate required course times.

Morning and Evening Satsang: community gatherings for meditation, chanting & teachings; sometimes a silent beach walk.
Yoga Asana & Pranayama Classes: available on outdoor ocean and bayfront platforms (beginner and intermediate levels offered twice daily).

DAY 1

6:00am – 8:00am Morning Satsang

7:45 am Breakfast with ghee 
Each day you will receive increasing amounts of ghee. 2 tsp, 4 tsp, 6 tsp, 8 tsp, followed by a slice of orange or a bite of something else to keep the stomach settled. Before and after ghee (until 10am meal) please refrain from anything other than warm-hot water. This is an imperative time of cleansing.

8:00 am Yoga Asana & Pranayama Classes (Beginner or Intermediate)
Follow along with the class, but listen to your body. If you need to take a break, feel free to rest in child’s pose (balasana) or corpse pose (sivasana).

10:30 am Meal 
Meal consists of kitchari. Cleanse information and Q&A will be shared after the meal.

11:00 am Ashram Welcome & History Tour (meets at Reception)

11:30 am Inauguration Ceremony

12:00 – 1:00 pm Introduction to the Cleanse Experience

1:30 pm Meal 
Meal consists of kitchari. Will be the most substantial meal of the day. Cleanse information and Q&A will be shared after the meal.

2:30 pm Free time to rest and relax

4:00 pm Yoga Asana & Pranayama Classes (Beginner or Intermediate)
Follow along with the class, but listen to your body. If you need to take a break, feel free to rest in child’s pose (balasana) or corpse pose (sivasana).

6:30 pm Meal 
Meal consists of soupy kitchari or mung bean soup and is the lightest meal of the day.

8:00 to 9:45 pm Evening Satsang

DAY 2 – DAY 3

6:00am – 8:00am Morning Satsang

7:45 am Breakfast with ghee 

8:00 am Yoga Asana & Pranayama Classes (Beginner or Intermediate)
Follow along with the class, but listen to your body. If you need to take a break, feel free to rest in child’s pose (balasana) or corpse pose (sivasana).

10:30 am Meal 
Meal consists of kitchari. Cleanse information and Q&A will be shared after the meal.

12:00 – 1:30pm: Free time/rest and relax/ or attend daily YVP workshop

1:30 pm Meal 

Meal consists of kitchari. Will be the most substantial meal of the day. Cleanse information and Q&A will be shared after the meal. On Monday, June 20th Sandhiya will be unable to join the group for this meal.

2:30 pm Free time to rest and relax

4:00 pm Yoga Asana & Pranayama Classes (Beginner or Intermediate) Follow along with the class, but listen to your body. If you need to take a break, feel free to rest in child’s pose (balasana) or corpse pose (sivasana).

6:30 pm Meal 
Meal consists of soupy kitchari or mung bean soup and is the lightest meal of the day.

8:00 to 9:45 pm Evening Satsang

DAY 4

6:00am – 8:00am Morning Satsang

7:45 am Breakfast with ghee 

8:00 am Yoga Asana & Pranayama Classes (Beginner or Intermediate)
Follow along with the class, but listen to your body. If you need to take a break, feel free to rest in child’s pose (balasana) or corpse pose (sivasana).

10:30 am Meal 
Meal consists of kitchari. Cleanse information and Q&A will be shared after the meal.

12:00 – 1:30pm: Free time/rest and relax/ or attend daily YVP workshop

1:30 pm Meal 
Meal consists of kitchari. Will be the most substantial meal of the day. Cleanse information and Q&A will be shared after the meal.

2:30 pm Free time to rest and relax

4:00 pm Yoga Asana & Pranayama Classes (Beginner or Intermediate)
Follow along with the class, but listen to your body. If you need to take a break, feel free to rest in child’s pose (balasana) or corpse pose (sivasana).

5:45 pm Meal 
Meal consists of soup only. Sandhiya will not be present at this meal.

7:45 pm Meet to take laxative
Sandhiya will guide a staff member to distribute the laxative as she will not be present at this time.

8:00 to 9:45 pm Evening Satsang

LAST DAY

6:00am – 8:00am Morning Satsang

8:00 am Yoga Asana & Pranayama Classes (Beginner or Intermediate)
Follow along with the class, but listen to your body. If you need to take a break, feel free to rest in child’s pose (balasana) or corpse pose (sivasana).

10:00 am Post-cleanse Brunch

12:00 pm Graduation Ceremony

Additional Notes about your course schedule: While there is an overall outline for the course, each person is a unique individual with their own experience happening. Each day you will have an opportunity to meet 1:1 to make sure that your individual needs are fully supported. Meals are an important time to learn and connect and reflect and are considered sadhana.

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