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During the course of your life, you may occasionally feel out of balance, stressed and out of touch with your inner knowing (prajna). It is at these times when taking a retreat will improve your overall condition. The Ayurveda Health Retreat will assist you in finding balance. To restore health, the Ayurveda Health Retreat suggests that you create a healthy routine that will support the healing process. Daily yoga and pranayama classes, healthy organic home cooked vegetarian meals, amazing Ayurvedic spa treatments, and a peaceful environment.
During this retreat, you will be accommodated in private guest rooms.
The ancient Ayurveda healing practice of panchakarma is a unique experience that leaves the body and mind relaxed and rejuvenated. Many illnesses result from the build-up of toxins that can impair the body’s natural defenses through the lymph, circulatory, and immune systems. Panchakarma promotes healing and restoration by eliminating these toxins from the body. However, unlike other detoxification programs, panchakarma is a gentle process that achieves deep cleansing without discomfort, allowing the rejuvenating energies of the body to flow freely.
A study at Colorado University showed that panchakarma reduced accumulated toxins in the body by 50 percent. "This is the first published study on humans to demonstrate that a specific detoxification regimen can significantly reduce levels of lipophilic toxicants in the blood that are known to be associated with disease," says Robert Herron, Ph.D., lead author of the study and Director of Research at the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy. He also specifies that "our findings were quite striking, given that the half-lives of these toxicants are all several years in duration, and that this Panchakarma detoxification procedure removed them in just a few days."
All of the massage oils are made according to ancient recipes. They are ordered from an Ayurvedic pharmacy in India where the wild-crafted herbal infusions are added to oil, bringing forth its medicinal properties. The subtle qualities of the herbs are transferred through the massage to bring balance and healing.
You will receive an Ayurvedic health consultation with one of the Ayurvedic practitioners to discover your constitutional nature (prakruti) and the current balance of your doshas (vikruti). You may be recommended herbal supplements and a diet for the restoration of health. Follow ups exams with the Ayurvedic practitioner will be scheduled every 2-3 days.
During your Panchakarma retreat, it is recommended that you rest as much as possible, meditate upon rising, after treatments, and in the evening, turn your eating into a meditation, practice yoga and deep breathing, be silent and listen to your inner wisdom, be open to the energy of nature, practice being in the moment, become the witness to your mind’s activity, keep balanced and avoid extremes, create a space for yourself with nothing to do, ask yourself, “What nourishes me? What do I want?” and allow memories and the emotional response to them to arise gently.
Ayurveda Health Retreat is located in the small historic town of Alachua, in north central Florida, United States. The school is surrounded by hiking and biking trails, crystal springs, and many opportunities to find peace and serenity with the earth. Be in nature, make heart to heart connections with community, enjoy pure and whole foods, all which help you embody oneness with the self. Ayurveda Health Retreat are here to provide a nurturing environment and help you embody your most inspired self.
During this retreat, you will be served delicious vegetarian, fresh, and mostly organic meals. Ayurveda Health Retreat is able to serve special diets, gluten free, and vegan meals.
In your free time you can take a relaxing stroll down charming Main Street or visit the freshwater springs, parks and rivers nearby. During your free time at the retreat, you may want to take advantage of the abundant out-doors activities available within a fifteen or twenty minute drive. Nothing encourages relaxation and recovery like quality time spent reconnecting with mother earth. There are many clear springs, rivers, and lakes for swimming and canoeing or kayaking, as well as a wide range of walking and hiking trails for any level of expertise. Take a slow amble on a leafy path through O'Leno State Park, climb the stairs down into the Devil's Milhopper sinkhole, tube down the Ichetucknee River, or even bike through the San Felasco Hammock.
During your free time, you can reserve an Ayurvedic facial, a Marma treatment, or an Astrology reading at an additional cost.
Allow four hours to enjoy this pristine experience gliding down a crystal clear river. Bird watching, manatee sighting, drinks, and snack are included. 2 person minimum. The price is 65 USD per person
Allow two hours to explore the beauty of San Felasco Park, a 7000 acre nature reserve located only five minutes from the retreat. Drink and snack included. Two persons minimum. The price is 20 USD per person.
Using organic essential oils this session incorporates simple massage techniques to create a powerful whole body healing experience. It works to restore homeostasis, and minimize the impact of stress, increase immunity, reduce inflammatory respons,e and correct autonomic imbalance. Gentle massage is given to the back, neck, and shoulder area with essential oils. One hour of AromaTouch massage is 125 USD.
The certified aromatherapist will create a blend of essential oils that will balance your body, mind, and emotions. Includes 3 aromatherapy products. You will receive a personalized product for your own therapeutic use. 1 hour cost 140 USD.
The Ayurvedic facial nourishes and exfoliates the skin with completely natural, chemical, and preservative-free products from Better Botanicals. The relaxing facial massage triggers a balanced lymphatic flow and restores life, vigor and function to the skin. One hour costs 95 USD.
This style of massage is designed to relieve severe tension in the muscles and fascia.
It focuses on releasing trigger points located deep within the muscle tissue. One hour costs 95 USD and two hours, 180 USD.
This session will help you to release old dysfunctional patterns stored deep in the psyche and physical tissues. This is facilitated by Tachyon Crystals and a special healing table. You may expect simply feeling lighter or may have past life memory release. Jvala allows your own energy to lead the healing session. 90 minutes cost 180 USD.
Kati Basti is an effective treatment for relieving lower back pain, stiffness, and other back concerns related to spinal disc problems. Ayurvedic herbal oils are applied to the back and the local Marma points are energized. The treatment costs 95 USD.
Acupressure massage and herbal oils are used to unblock the energy pathways in the body called Marmas. This is a very relaxing and rejuvenating treatment. One hour costs 95 USD.
Experience three hours of bliss under the special care of Melba. This hands on therapeutic massage will contain many modalities specialized for your special care. Three hours cost 250 USD.
During this treatment, organic ghee is gently poured into the eyes and allowed to soak in. This soothing and nourishing procedure is good for rejuvenating dry eyes, relieving tension in the eye muscles, enhancing the natural luster of the eyes and improving clarity of vision. This treatment costs 95 USD.
Learn how to meditate. Simple practices to help you learn to settle you mind into your heart’s awareness. Over the three classes, you will be taught a practice that you can continue on your own. Good for beginners and intermediate meditators. The three private meditation classes may be taken daily or separated by a few days. One session lasts for 45 minutes, and three sessions cost 150 USD.
Spend an hour with one of the experienced yoga teachers who will assist you in creating a practical yoga series for your level and individual needs. One hour costs 100 USD.
Richard A Masla or Palika Trudeau, MA (psychology), specialize in helping their clients get to core issues quickly, find ways to release them and then create the life they want. Their extensive training and background in Eastern philosophy, paired with education in modern psychology, gives a unique perspective and approach to human development and life transformation. One hour is 160 USD.
Reiki is a simple, non-invasive healing system that works with the higher self of the receiver to promote health and well being of the entire physical, emotional and psychic body. Some of the benefits are stress reduction and relaxation, which trigger the body’s natural healing abilities. One hour is 95 USD.
This gentle massage reverses the effects of negative stress by bringing about the relaxation response. It reduces blood pressure, heart rate, respiration rate, and the level of stress hormones like adrenaline and cortisol in the body. One hour is 95 USD, two hours, 180 USD.
Thai massage is both energizing and relaxing. The therapist uses hands, feet and knees to move you into a series of yoga-like poses. Thai massage improves circulation and increases flexibility and range of motion. Two hours of Thai massage cost 180 USD.
Transformation breathing (TB) is a powerful self-healing process using conscious breathing. It clears the subconscious of all types of traumas at the cellular level, thus freeing your life-force and bringing you back in touch with your authentic self. Breath is a metaphor for life; the more openly you breathe, the more alive you will feel. With transformational breathing you will experience greater physical, mental, and spiritual health. Two hours cost 160 USD.
Vedic astrology, which is deeply embedded in Indian culture, offers you advice and predictions on your health, relationships, spiritual journey, and more. You will learn about the planetary periods and their influence on your life. You will get insights on your current situation and what to expect in the near and distant future. The reading costs 150 USD.
Western astrology is more psychologically and therapeutically oriented than the Vedic system. Your chart will help you define your direction in life by looking at your patterns and tendencies and it will better equip you to face life’s challenges. Through the explanation of planetary transits and cycles you will see your life from a new perspective and gain more self-awareness. The reading costs 150 USD.
You have to book flights to Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), Orlando Executive Airport (ORL) or Jacksonville International Airport (JAX). Airport pickup and drop off are available for the Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV). Please understand that all other airports are further away, therefore, transportation from all other airports are the guests responsibility.
From Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV), Ayurveda Health Retreat can arrange an airport shuttle for 60 USD roundtrip.