Tour to Study Ayurveda in Nepal

Tour to Study Ayurveda in Nepal

In 2001, after a decade-long pursuit of Ayurvedic knowledge, I was introduced to the Bajracharya medical tradition by my friend and colleague Alan Tillotson. While I was already well-acquainted with the benefits of Ayurveda, I had never before heard of this 800 year old hidden Buddhist tradition - what I have since come to learn is the oldest lineage of Ayurveda in the world. What is unique about this lineage is that it actually represents the way Ayurveda has been passed down and taught over the last 5000 years. While most physicians of Ayurveda today attend government-run institutions based on the Western model of education, Ayurveda was traditionally taught according to a mentorship (gurukula) model, where knowledge is passed down from teacher to student over a long period of careful training. Anyone who has experienced both knows very well the significant difference between them. In February of 2017 I will be taking a small group of students to learn more about the fas … [Read more...]

Ayurveda In Nepal tour

Ayurveda In Nepal tour

Hidden away in the foothills of the Himalayas are the last vestiges of Indian Buddhism, and an 800-year-old tradition of hereditary Buddhist priests and Ayurvedic physicians. In February of 2017, I will be taking a small group of students to study and experience what this tradition has to offer. I hope you can join me! Ayurveda In Nepal: The Bajracharya Medical Tradition 12-day Immersion program: February 5 ‑ 17, 2017 5-week Clinical program: February 5 ‑ March 10, 2017 According to the Indian scholar AL Basham, the Buddhist-influenced period of India was remarkable in many respects, not only for its embrace of pluralistic values, but also for the high degree of peace and prosperity that it brought. At a time when Europe was struggling through its Dark Ages, the subcontinent of India was a global center of trade, technology, and higher learning. Around the 7th century in India, Buddhism had begun to evolve as a householder tradition that existed along side the older celib … [Read more...]

A guide to fasting and detoxification

A guide to fasting and detoxification

One of the more popular topics in natural health circles is the subject of fasting and detoxification. Unfortunately, it's also a subject area riddled with confusion, inaccuracies, misrepresentations, and among its detractors, a great deal of skepticism. But while those who dismiss it as fanciful nonsense remain perplexed despite their admonishments against it, one of the reasons why the subject of detoxification remains a perennial issue is because as a practice it has been with us since before the dawn of civilization. The concept itself is hard-wired into our relationship with nature, and is expressed as an important component of physiological function that maintains homeostasis. In this free preview of class 15 of the Food As Medicine program, Todd Caldecott provides a detailed review of the subject of fasting and detoxification, from both a scientific and traditional medical perspective. In this class, subjects covered include fasting, herbs for cleansing, heavy metals, treatment … [Read more...]

Shedding some light on bone broth

Shedding some light on bone broth

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a little out-of-touch when it comes to popular trends, particularly in the field of natural health and wellness. Partly this is because I'm too busy, but it's also because my inattention is quite deliberate. I have never found much solace in the crush of the crowd, preferring wide open spaces - both physically and conceptually - and the opportunity to connect with others in a thoughtful fashion. In contrast, most popular trends are planted and watered by marketers, who use advertising and social media as fertilizer to pray upon the public's hopeful naiveté, spinning the mystery and exoticism of products and practices far removed from their original context. A good example of this are many of the superfoods that I recently reviewed on my blog. But some popular trends arise from grassroots practices, like the goji (gouqi) berry (Lycium barbarum), long used in Chinese medicine to nourish yin, to benefit the eyes, liver, blood, and fertility. What the mar … [Read more...]

12 culinary herbs… a free lecture

12 culinary herbs… a free lecture

Come join us on March 15th for 12 Culinary Herbs You Can't Live Without, a casual and engaging evening with author and veteran practitioner Todd Caldecott. During this free lecture, Todd will introduce you to twelve important culinary herbs that everyone should know, providing a detailed review of their nutritional and phytochemical properties, as well as their culinary and medicinal uses. In this class, you will learn: how to cook with these 12 herbs what foods they go best with how to prepare and use them as a medicine. Date: March 15th, 2016 Time: 6pm PST There is limited space available for this lecture, so register now! … [Read more...]