Immerse Yourself in Traditional Ayurveda

October 3-16, 2020 

Considered the “home of Ayurveda,” Kerala is also called God’s country for its lush and extraordinary beauty. A place where for centuries international traders have sought its prized spices, Kerala is a culture of rich diversity, sophistication and color and its people are warm, wise and welcoming.  

Our first day is in Fort Cochin, on the Malabar coast. Thanks to the spice trade, Cochin has received traders and merchants from China, Europe and the Middle East over its history and it shows in its architecture, art, and cuisine. In Cochin we can tour the historic quarters, allowing time for shopping, art galleries and museums. We will have a warm welcome circle in the evening followed by an elegant Kerala dinner in a historic hotel.

From there we head to the backwaters, to enjoy the peace and serenity of Kerala’s own “God’s country. Our one night here is designed to slow and to calm, while introducing you to the ancient village life of these waterways. This day will include Yoga on Lake Vembanad and an Ayurveda class with Laura.

From there we head to the famed ghats, where we wander through herbal forests where true medicine grows on trees and vines, visit spice plantations and the local women who prepare the spices and herbs for Ayurvedic formulations. There you will have nightly cooking classes from Ayurvedic chefs, hike through a tropical jungle wildlife preserve, and enjoy cultural performances. 

We will spend one night on houseboats on the serene Backwaters, by day floating on these beautiful waters and canals where people have lived and farmed since what seems like time immemorial.

Our trip finishes with an Ayurvedic Retreat at a lush and traditional center right on the beach where you will be oiled, nourished, pampered and rejuvenated. You will be offered Yoga classes, ocean swims, classes with Ayurvedic doctors, nature walks and temple visits. After our 6 night stay, you are welcome to exten another week or two to qualify to enjoy their full Pancha Karma services. 

All the while, you will be accompanied by Ayurvedic practitioner Laura Plumb, author of Ayurveda Cooking For Beginnerswho will be holding classes and sharing inspiration as we travel. We will meet wise guides, Ayurvedic experts and cultural historians. 

This promises to be a rich and vibrant experience with a small group of bright and inspiring individuals exploring the magic of Kerala.   

Kerala Itinerary


Day 1
Malabar House, Fort Cochin: Visit Historic Fort Cochin, Spice Harbor,  Welcome Dinner

Day 2
Kerala Backwaters: Lake Vembanad Beauty, Backwater tour, Rest, Yoga, Meditation, Ayurveda Group Circle, Optional Ayurveda Treatments

Days 3-7
Spice Village, Periyar Highlands: Morning Yoga, Daily Ayurveda Classes, Ayurveda Cooking Classes  with Spice Village Chefs, Spice Plantation Tour, Excursions Offered by Ecolodge

Days 8-14
Our Ayurvedic Retreat @ Manaltheeram Ayurvedic Clinical Resort: Ayurvedic Treatments, Clinic Activities, Ayurveda Classes, Quiet Time, Beach Walks, Temple Visit, Daily Yoga & Meditation, Daily Group Circles

Day 15
Departure or Extend Your Stay: Another 7 days at Manaltheeram will enable Pancha Karma therapy. Please email me for information


Trip Price: $3900 | Early Bird: $3600 | AIN Students: See AIN3 for special student pricing
A $500 non-refundable deposit holds your place. 

I invite you to reserve your space now as this trip will fill. 












































































































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