Ayurveda in Nepal Student Page

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Welcome! This page provides registration details and payment information for the upcoming five week Ayurveda in Nepal program, taking place in Kathmandu (Nepal), in February 2020. To learn more about the trip please visit this page.

We are excited you are joining us for this learning adventure. This page is designed to help you with organization and planning and make the process seamless. For those of you ready to get started and submit your registration, drop to the bottom of the page where you will find the payment information. Please note that some details are subject to change, those who are already registered will receive an email from us detailing any changes and this page will be updated accordingly as well. 

Getting started

Unlike the two week “all-inclusive” Immersion program, participants in the five week Clinical program will need to sort out their own travel, accommodation, and food. If you have never traveled to Kathmandu or Nepal generally, it is highly recommended that you pick up a travel guide, such as Lonely Planet or the Rough Guide, or access online guides such as WikiTravel. These will provide useful information with regard to travel documents, flights, local transportation, accommodation, and food. For your convenience, we have provided excerpts from Lonely Planet’s Guide to Nepal and also a guide specifically for Kathmandu.

Documentation

Please ensure that you have a valid passport for travel, and check for visa requirements. The total duration of the program is five weeks, so you will need to ensure that you obtain a 90 day visa (USD $100) upon arrival in Nepal. If you are planning to spend any time in India, you will also need to apply for a visa through you local Consulate of India, or online.

Flights and transportation

If you’re coming from North America or Europe, you will probably fly into Kathmandu from Delhi (India), although you can also fly in from other major airports including Mumbai (Bombay), Chennai (Madras), Kolkata (Calcutta), Bangkok (Thailand) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia). There are no direct flights from North America, Europe, or Australia to Kathmandu. Finding flights can be done by contacting your local travel agent, or by searching online, such as GoogleExpediaFlighthubKayakFlightcenter, etc. The airport code for Kathmandu is KTM.

Once you arrive at Kathmandu’s Tribhuvan International Airport, you will need a taxi ride to your hotel. Perhaps the most convenient place to stay is in the Thamel ‘tourist district’, which happens to be about a one kilometre walk from Piyushabarshi Aushadhalaya, Vaidya Madhu’s ancestral clinic. Here in Thamel you will find a great variety of accommodation, as well as many restaurants and other shops catering to travelers.

During the program, you will be responsible for your own travel to and from any teaching locations. For day trips outside Kathmandu, we will be arranging transportation. For trips within Kathmandu, however, you will be expected to make your own way, using local taxis or buses. Once you are in Nepal, we will do our best to give you practical options to get around.

Accommodation and food

The various travel guides will have a detailed description of the various accommodation options available in Kathmandu. Most of the accommodation is found in the Thamel district, including the Holy Himalaya which is the hotel being used to accommodate students in the Immersion program. There are also good hotels just outside the Thamel district too, and tend to be a little quieter, such as the Ganesh Himal hotel. There are also several hotels, and inexpensive guest houses near the Boudhanath Stupa. Many hotels have food available including room service, and there are quite a lot of restaurant options in the Thamel district, including Western items such as reasonably good coffee.

Program dates, hours, and itinerary

The 2020 Ayurveda in Nepal Clinical program begins February 3rd and continues until March 6th, just in time for the start of the annual Holi festival marking the first day of spring. During the program, classes will run Monday through Friday from 9 am through 5 pm, with time off on the weekends to catch up, relax, or do some extra-curricular activities.

We will have our first meeting in the lobby of the Hotel Himalaya on Sunday, Feb 2nd at 4 pm local time to discuss the upcoming program, introduce ourselves, and answer any questions. For the first two weeks of the program, as students become familiar with Kathmandu, we will be following the same itinerary as the Immersion program, meeting with local Ayurveda physicians and visiting some sacred sites. Following this, the clinical program will mostly rotate between two locations: Vaidya Madhu Bajra Bajracharya’s clinic in Mahaboudha, and the manufacturing facility in Arubari.

Vaidya Madhu’s ancestral clinic is called Piyushabarshi Aushadhalaya, found in the Mahaboudha area in Kathmandu (aushadhalaya means ‘clinic’, and piyushabarshi means ‘showering nectar’). Locally it is known as the “jaundice clinic” and is found to the west of the Bir Hospital. Alternating with this location, classes will also be held at Himalayan Herbal Preparation in Arubari. Please consult this map to help visualize these locations and a few others (marked with a red star):

Health and wellness

To get the most out of this experience, it’s important that you do whatever you can to stay healthy. Review the relevant sections in your travel guide or on Wikitravel. If you take medication, ensure that you have more than enough for the duration of your trip. If you have specific health requirements, please let us know in advance – we will do our best to accommodate you, and help you if you get sick or injured, but ultimately you are 100% responsible for your health during this experience. Please consider purchasing travel insurance, and to help you stay healthy, check out this short lecture by Todd Caldecott:

Code of conduct

Nepal is a very conservative country, and as per the teaching of Ayurveda (for e.g. sadvṛtta), it is important to respect traditional customs of behavior and modesty. Fortunately, the Nepalese people are very accommodating, and have seen many things over the centuries, and especially over the last 50 years with an increase of Western preoccupation with the Nepali culture. If you want to get the most from your experience, the more modestly and conservative you dress and behave, the more you will be accepted and acknowledged by the locals. Unlike in the West, a humble and modest attitude goes a long way in traditional societies such as Nepal. While classes are running during the program, students are expected to be punctual and attentive. Please give yourself enough time to get to and from different locations or meeting places, and please do not stray far from the group on field trips. Immature, obnoxious or aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated, nor will drug or alcohol use while classes are running.

Registration, payments and refund policy

We are taking only 20 people for the clinical program. We encourage you to complete your registration and submit your deposit as soon as possible. By submitting your deposit you agree to participate in the Ayurveda in Nepal program, held in Kathmandu, Nepal, from February 3rd through March 6, 2019. The initial USD $500 deposit must be made by Nov 1, 2019, and by submitting your deposit you agree to pay the balance owing of USD $2700 by December 1, 2019. If you decide later that you cannot join us, you must ask for a refund on your deposit before November 1, 2019. If we do not receive such a request, by email or fax (1.866.703.2792), you will forfeit your deposit. After November 1, 2019, all payments are non-refundable. If you submit your deposit and there are no more spots available, your deposit will be returned to you.

➔ Submit your payment:

Please complete the following form, and submit your deposit or the full payment (USD $3200) to register for this program. After clicking ‘submit’, you will be taken to paypal to complete the payment, and paypal will issue you a receipt by email.

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➔ Pay your balance:

If you have previously submitted a $500 deposit, please use the form below to submit the balance owing ($2700). After clicking ‘submit’, you will be taken to paypal to complete the payment, and paypal will issue you a receipt by email.

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