Ayurvedic Massage Immersions & Panchakarma Therapist Training


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The Northwest Institute of Ayurveda offers in-person ayurvedic massage immersions at our center in Arcata, Humboldt County, Northern California called the "Ayurvedic Massage Immersion".  We offer three different 40-Hour immersions for those who want to learn, practice and receive different Ayurvedic massage, "bliss therapies" and special gentle ayurvedic detox therapies. You can take one, two or all three of the immersions. It will take approximately one year to complete all three immersions since only one is offered each spring and fall. Upon completion of all three massage immersions, the student will receive their "Ayurvedic Massage and Panchakarma Therapist" program certificate from the Institute.   

You Will Learn:

Ayurveda Massage Intensive: 

March 1-10, 2019 (two 3-day weekends)

Learn the refined art of Ayurvedic warm oil massage & gentle detox methods including: Complete head to toe Ayurvedic Warm Oil Abhyanga Massage will be taught in complete detail.  Different parts of the body will be taught and experienced daily. Each day will build upon the day before:  Day 1: Scalp/Neck/Shoulders/Face, Day 2: Legs (front)/Chest/Abdomen/Arms (front),  Day 3:  Front of Body, Day 4: Back of Body (legs, glutes, back), Days 5-6: Full Body Massage Practice & Review, Students will also enjoy daily Nasya & Karna Purna (Nourishing Sinus & Ear Therapies)

Ayurvedic Ultimate Bliss Therapies Immersion: 

October 9-13, 2019 (5-day immersion)

Learn Ayurveda's Ultimate Bliss Therapies & gentle Ayurvedic detox methods including:   Easy Reclining Abhyanga (Ayurvedic warm oil Massage), Pizichilli (“warm oil bath” – like “shirodhara” over the whole body), Pinda Swedana (herbal bolus massage – 2 Types will be experienced:  one for pain and tension relief, another for tonifying the immune system “ojas”), Nourishing Body Bastis (nourishing & strengthening therapies for the mind, heart, joints, and glands using special medicated oils),  Nasya & Karna Purna (Nourishing Sinus & Ear Therapies), Swedana (aromatic full-body herbal steam) 

Ayurveda Bliss Therapies Immersion: 

Coming 2020

Learn  Ayurveda "Bliss Therapies" & gentle Ayurvedic detox methods including:  Easy Laying Abhyanga (Ayurvedic warm oil Massage), Shirodhara (warm oil over forehead, deep relaxation & hair therapy), Swedana (aromatic full-body herbal steam),  Eye Basti (nourishing & lubricating therapy for the eyes using warm liquefied ghee), Nasya & Karna Purna (Nourishing Sinus & Ear Therapies)


Deepen Your Comfort & Confidence in giving Ayurvedic Massage & Detox Therapies


Learn special lineage Ayurvedic cleansing recipes (kitcharis, chutneys, veggies, drinks, and teas)


Learn to prepare & perform bastis (herbal enemas) at home and these are totally optional


Discuss issues related to doing Panchakarma Ayurvedic detox  and program design


Discuss Ayurvedic Massage Equipment Suppliers


Daily Practice & Receiving of warm oil massage & "Ayurvedic Bliss Therapies" - varies according to immersion.

Daily Ayurvedic Lunch and Dinner Provided with Ayurvedic cooking lesson provided the first day.


Orientation Call where students will get an overview of the program, what to expect, ayurvedic massage and detox called panchakarma, including instructions on how to do easy self-detox which the students will have the option of doing together in the program.  Students also get access to the call recording.

Downloadable Easy Ayurveda Detox PDF hand-outs and recipes.

Those who wish to go through gentle PK detox during class have the option of doing so under professional guidance and experienced supervision.

Upcoming Immersion Dates:

Dates:  March 1-3 & 8-10, 2019 + Online Orientation Call:  February 19, 2019 (6:30-8pm)

Times: 9am-5pm (except 1st day of program starts 8am, last day ends at 6pm)

Meals: fresh delicious ayurvedic lunch served daily 12-1pm (left overs provided for dinner)


$799 (your 1st immersion), $749 (your subsequent immersions)


"Ayurveda Massage & Panchakarma Therapist" program certificate of completion will be awarded by the Institute upon completion of all three immersions.

Early Enrollment Encouraged!

We take a maximum of 7-8 students depending up the immersion. Students are highly encouraged to register early to save their spot.



"I feel I walked away with so much more than I anticipated through this experience . Not only did we learn how to administer treatments but the experience provided some very transformative healing for me. And I know that was also in part to the other wonderful participates , thank you to you all too ! ♥️ I'm looking forward to sharing more with others in our community." Sarah Fivgas Ayurvedic Massage  Immersion

"To say that the Northwest Institute of Ayurveda has transformed my life would be an understatement.  I came to Ayurveda broken, fragile and scared. I emerged happy, healthy and confident. From the bottom of my heart, I highly recommend all of the NIA programs." ~ Anne Hoffweber, Ayurvedic Practitioner, Ayurveda Life Mastery & Ayurvedic Practitioner Program Graduate, Founder of Lunar Shakti Healing

"Thank you for teaching this Ayurvedic Self-Care Immersion . I am so happy to have the tools to create a healthy life for myself and my family. The information I received is invaluable. I will definitely recommend this class to my friends"

"I am so happy to have the tools to create nutritious meals for my family.  The information I received is invaluable.  I would definitely recommend it to my friends. Thank you!" ~Karena Gore

"The Ayurvedic Practitioner Program has provided me with many valuable skills that I use both in my personal and work life.  After completing the Ayurvedic Practitioner Program, I developed the confidence to launch an Integrative Health Program at my work place. I now offer holistic consults, and prepare personal ayurvedic herbal formulas for to my patients. I have an active practice in medicine as a Nurse Practitioner in a Community Health Center and am required to see 16-20 patients per day addressing simple and complex health problems. I have studied many alternative health modalities over the years, but my knowledge of Ayurveda has allowed me to identify and treat the dosha out of balance and look more deeply at the root issues. The program gave me a plethora of practical knowledge that I continue to utilize in my practice."  ~  Lisa Hoyt FNP, Ayurvedic Practitoner, Ayurvedic Living Program & Ayurvedic Practitioner Program Graduate, Arcata, CA 

"Don't miss out on an opportunity to spend time with Traci while she immerses you in Ayurvedic lifestyle medicine, her specialty and my favorite aspect of the Ayurvedic canon. Love you Traci!" ~ Selena Rowan (Ayurvedic Self-Care Immersion & Ayurveda Life Mastery)

"Thank you for offering this class. I am so excited to get this glimpse into this beautiful system. I feel this body of knowledge to be what I have been searching for. Thank you so much!" ~ Jessica Lovelady  

"I could write a novel about everything I learned in the Ayurveda Life Mastery. The love, support and intimate experience that I had in all of the NIA programs would be impossible to get in larger schools." ~ Anne Hoffweber