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Yoga Vacation Program
April 13 — 16, 2025

Interconnectedness of Indian Wisdom Traditions

Claudia Welch, Dr. Scott Blossom, Ramkumar Kutty, Erin Casperson, Emily Glaser, RN, and Kimberly Kubicke

Satsangam LLC is a partnership that serves to orient students to the cultural, spiritual, philosophical, scientific and artistic context in which Indian wisdom traditions like yoga and Ayurveda exist. While in the West it is common for students to quickly specialize in one or another of these traditions, in the East there was traditionally a foundational education in multiple disciplines, before honing in on one subject. Beginning to learn Eastern subjects in this traditionally Eastern way allows us to make new connections, gain insights, inspiration and depth in not only a subject we are studying but also into the interconnectedness of Indian knowledge traditions in general. This week the satsangam team members will explore aspects of Ayurveda, yoga, Jyotisha, Vedic administration, various concepts that relate to them all, and how they are interconnected.

 

Offered as 4 satangs and 5 workshops (subject to change).

The presentations associated with this Yoga Vacation Program begin with an 8pm satsang on the first day of the program and conclude with an 8pm satsang on the last day of the program.  Click here to read more about the Yoga Vacation Program details and view the ashram schedule for yoga classes and meals during your stay. We suggest you arrive at least one day prior to the start of your program for the optimal experience.

Dr Claudia Welch is a student of life and medicine, and a pilgrim in a living Indian spiritual tradition. She has practiced Āyurveda, has worked in Eastern medicine education, is licensed as a Doctor of Oriental Medicine, and authored Balance Your Hormones, Balance Your Life: Achieving Optimal Health and Wellness Through Ayurveda, Chinese Medicine and Western Science and, The Four Qualities of Effective Physicians: Practical Ayurvedic Wisdom for Modern Physicians. Dr. Welch has lectured internationally, exploring how Eastern medicine applies to Women’s Health, and today’s reality in general.

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Scott has integrated Traditional Chinese (TCM), Ayurveda, Yoga somatics, and evidence based nutrition into his clinical practice and educational offerings for more than 25 years. Experience has taught him that the one secret to health is not a what, not a product or a specific practice, but how to adapt whatever you are doing so it remains potent and agile through the days and seasons of your life.

Scott received his Biology degree in 1993 from UC Santa Cruz and his TCM licensure from the Santa Barbara College of Oriental Medicine in 1998. Renowned Ayurvedic physician and scholar Dr. Robert Svoboda mentored Scott and they have worked together for more than twenty years. Additionally, Scott studied hatha yoga with master Shandor Remete (Sundernath) for over 20 years. Always passionate about integrative medicine, Scott began his career pioneering yoga-based wellness classes and acupuncture at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara and Hospice of Santa Barbara in 1996. Since 2008, he has been a faculty member of the Kripalu School of Ayurveda.

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Dr. Ramkumar Kutty is a lifelong student of Ayurveda and other traditional Indian knowledge systems and an internationally renowned speaker. He is a founder-director of Punamava Ayurveda, and institution committed to universal wellbeing through authentic Ayurvedic practice. He works in collaboration with Yoga of Recovery, facilitating profound healing through cleanses and Panchakarma.

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Erin Casperson has spent over a decade living and working in the Kripalu School of Ayurveda in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. From student, to intern, to teacher, to Academic Coordinator to Dean, she has dedicated her existence to accessing the truth of who she is and guiding others on this path. She is an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Guide, and a 500-hour Kripalu Yoga teacher, Ayurveda Yoga Specialist and 500-hour Ayurveda Yoga Teacher.

A passionate, heartfelt, witty and enthusiastic teacher, Erin loves sharing how the ancient practices of Ayurveda can be applied to modern-day living. A student of planet earth and the universe, she spends as much time outdoors as possible. From walking the path in her backyard, gardening, mowing the lawn or navigating the Berkshire woods. Erin invites herself and others to develop awe and wonder of our natural habitat. When not geeking out on Ayurveda or tromping around New England with her dog and partner you will find her in the kitchen, reading a book, taking rest or finding a spot in the sun to keep warm.

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satsangam.netEmily Glaser, RN is a clinical practitioner of Āyurveda and a lifelong student of Jyotisha – the ancient Indian art of divination. Emily was trained by mystical doctors and healers who guided her to fine tune her capacity to perceive the many levels of reality that make up our human experience. Her primary teachers have been Dr. Vasant Lad, Dr. A.R. Ramadas, and Penny Farrow. With a background in clinical nursing, Emily is continually engaged in the process of learning and personal development. Her whole-being enrichment approach to healing bridges the East-West paradigm.

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Kimberly Kubicke completed her initial Ayurvedic training with Dr. Vasant Lad at The Ayurvedic Institute. She went on to study Ayurvedic nutrition with Amadea Morningstar and hormonal health with Dr. Claudia Welch. She studies classical Ayurvedic texts with several Ayurvedic doctors in India. She is also a certified yoga teacher and has a background in Western herbalism and energy healing.

Aside from seeing clients in private practice and offering online courses, cleanses and workshops, she has run several online Ayurveda certification programs; overseeing the development, curriculum and implementation of the programs as well as teaching in them.

Kimberly graduated with honors from Rutgers University with a double major in Sociology and Human Ecology. Prior to studying Ayurveda and yoga, she spent years working in social services and mental health, supporting people in helping themselves.

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April 14, 2025 Afternoon Workshop

Claudia Welch: The Interconnectedness of Indian Wisdom Traditions

India contains a massive body of interconnected arts, sciences, philosophies and spiritual traditions. Traditionally, students were oriented to this ocean before specializing in one or another. These days, in the West, we often specialize early and never understand the significance, or taste the sweetness yielded by a multi-disciplinary approach. When we do explore subjects other than our own, we can deepen our knowledge of and connection of our chosen subject. Dr. Welch helps orient us toward this vast array of subjects and gives a taste of why and how this exploration can enhance our scholarship, and nourish our hearts and spirits.

 

April 14, 2025 – Afternoon Workshop

Erin Casperson – Connection to Place
Ayurveda and the Great Ourdoors

Until the industrial revolution, there was never a time when humans were not connected to the place they inhabited- for food, inspiration, housewares, and divine spiritual connection. Ayurveda has celebrated this connection to the Five Great Elements not just as a cerebral activity to ponder and read about- but to be experienced and embodied through all five senses. Planet earth, and all of its inhabitants, can be our greatest teachers if we allow some time to slow down and commune. The trees, plants, soils, and animals are far older than any human being and it is through these teachers that we are invited into a deep relationship with ourselves, the five great elements and the place in which we reside. Together in community we will explore our relationship to place through theory and an embodied mindful outdoor experience.

 

April 15, 2025

Kimberly Kubicke & Ramkumar Kutty – Vedic Management
Vedic Insights for Modern Leadership: Weaving the science, art and philosophy of the Vedas into Project Management

Join us to explore the wisdom of Vedic philosophy and how it intertwines with the art and science of management. Discover how ancient Indian principles are applied to modern leadership and business practices, fostering harmony, balance, and holistic growth. We will delve into timeless concepts such as dharma, karma, and the holistic perspective of life. Gain valuable insights into how Vedic management can enhance your leadership skills, decision-making processes, and overall success. This talk aims to provide an understanding of Vedic management’s transformative potential and its relevance in contemporary management practices.

 

April 16, 2025 – Afternoon Workshop
Emily Glaser, RN
Vedic Astrology – Your Cosmic Nature

Vedic Astrology, at its core, is a spiritual science teaching us a profound truth – the macrocosm reflects the microcosm. Ultimately, it is a tool that helps us understand in which ways we can fully participate in the natural order of the Universe with acceptance and greater ease. Let’s explore the language that describes the movement of Consciousness through the symbols of the heavens.

 

April 16, 2025 – Afternoon Workshop

Scott Blossom
Vyāyama- Stirring the winds and enkindling the inner fire for yoga practice.

Vyāyama is a term that is sometimes translated as ‘warm-up’s’ which does not do justice to the essential bridge that it represents between supporting the health goals of Āyurveda and the subtle spiritual goals of Yoga practice. Join Scott for this practical and informative session about these core practices.

 

April 13 – 16, 2023 – Evening Satsangs

The entire team will be together for all the evening satsangs, which will include a combination of storytelling, music, fireside chat, open dialogue, questions and answers.

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