Ayurveda Overseas Study Program

Ayurveda Overseas Study Program

One of my greatest passions in life is the search for wisdom, and it is for this reason I have been drawn to Ayurveda for over 25 years. The classical texts of Ayurveda contain a vast body of knowledge based on a perennial philosophy that provides for deep insights into the nature of health and healing. Rather than simply being a stale body of book knowledge, Ayurveda is based on the empirical observations of a living tradition. It is for this reason that I have always been drawn to traditional Ayurveda, and the embodiment of an authentic lineage, rather than the Western-style academic training of modern Ayurveda. My first experience with such a lineage was in Coimbatore, south India, where I studied with a student of the late Shree Poomully Neelakandan Namboodiripad, an highly regarded expert in Ayurveda, as well as yoga, music, literature, and the martial arts (kalaripayattu). After returning to North America in 1997 and establishing my clinical practice, I became friends with my … [Read more...]

New semester begins October 5th!

New semester begins October 5th!

Our next semester begins October 5th, 2016. Please click on the image below to see our calendar, and links to specific classes of interest. Don't forget to join Todd Caldecott for his upcoming two-part lecture with the American Herbalists Guild, September 8th and 15th. For more details, please visit the American Herbalists Guild. … [Read more...]

New semester begins March 23

New semester begins March 23

Happy new year! Let us all hope that 2016 brings us all closer to good health and happiness. To that end, we are delighted to announce that the Spring semester at the DSBM begins in March, with Inside Ayurveda starting on March 23rd, and Food As Medicine on March 24th. Please scroll down for more details. Ayurveda Summit Last fall I was asked to be part of the Ayurveda Summit, and was interviewed by Dr. Eric Grasser on the application of Ayurveda in every day life. You can still access these recordings, but if you missed them, here is some of the feedback: Thank you Todd – you provided deep insight and ignited my curiosity. My earlier revelation from my day about ayurveda was…"Ayurveda is designed to maximize your potential in all aspects of life; to enhance your ability to do what you are here to do; to connect you with your highest expression of your unique gifts. Ayurveda is the Ultimate User's Manual for Resilience." I feel that you confirmed what I was sensing. What a gift Tod … [Read more...]

New semester begins Oct 7th!

New semester begins Oct 7th!

Hello again friends! I hope you had a restful and enjoyable summer! For me it was a time to slow down (just a little!) and catch up with the previous year that had lots of changes for me and my family. One of the high points over the summer was our female dog having a litter of puppies. If you watch my Facebook page then you would have seen some of the photos, but for those of you that missed out, I have posted a little sampler here on Flickr. As well, I have written a blog post on my clinic site sharing some of my experiences this summer with regard to the subject of weaning and feeding puppies on a natural, raw food diet. Beyond this, I have a few announcements for the fall: Become a DSBM Affiliate! This new semester at the Dogwood School of Botanical Medicine (DSBM) marks the beginning of our fourth year, and with over 150 students enrolled in our programs, the DSBM is establishing itself as leader of online education and mentorship training. To mark our fourth year, we are excite … [Read more...]

Spring semester begins March 4th!

Spring semester begins March 4th!

January is supposedly the most depressing month of the year, but I have always liked this month. Contrary to its usual association with the god Janus, the farmers' almanacs of ancient Rome tell us that January is named after the goddess Juno, consort of Jupiter. In the Indo-European tradition, Juno is equated with Lakshmi, the Vedic goddess of love and prosperity. Given that we have the fullness of the year before us, it seems right to me that January represents fruitfulness and abundance. In this spirit, please let me extend to you my wishes for a happy and prosperous 2015! Some of you may have noticed that I haven't been as active in social media, or sending out much in the way of newsletters as of late. First off, let me apologize for not keeping in touch more frequently. The latter part of 2014 was an extremely challenging year for me and my family, when the health of my parents, both of whom are suffering from life-threatening illnesses (cancer and Parkinson’s), suddenly took a … [Read more...]