Mentorship Program

Over the years, people have expressed the desire to have a mentor, or coach, to see them through the transition from student to practitioner. It can be daunting to go from school to practice, having had minimal clinical or herbal training and minimal practice with case studies.

Dr. Welch’s mentorship program was designed, and is being regularly adapted to support this transition, as well as to support current practitioners to deepen their knowledge.

The 2016 Mentorship program ran from March 21 through Thursday, July 28, 2016. If you missed it but are interested in listening to the lectures with Dr. Welch as they were recorded, kindly contact us for more information.

Please sign up for our newsletter to be sure to receive other timely information about future runs of this program.


What will we learn in these groups?

Your questions and case studies will steer the direction and content of the sessions.

Who can join? Are there prerequisites?

To assure that everybody has the same basic language and concepts in their backgrounds, so everyone can move forward into more specialized information, the following prerequisites are mandatory, for acceptance into the mentorship program:

  • graduated from at least a one year established program in Ayurveda. (Such a program should have covered theory at least through the subdosas, dhatus, strotamsi, samprapti and other basic material). You don’t need to have mastered this information (really, who has?) but you do need to be comfortable with all this terminology. If you have taken our Foundations of Āyurveda Part I and Foundations of Āyurveda Part II courses there will be some more education you will need. Please contact us for guidance on how and where to receive that.
  • have a working knowledge of Western anatomy & physiology, whether this was offered in your year-long Ayurveda program or you took it separately at a community college, University or in some other comparable way. Again, you don’t need to have mastered this information but you need to be comfortable with the basics: the very basic anatomy of cells, tissues, the skeleton, muscles and nervous tissue, what and where your organs and systems are, and generally what they do.
  •  You should have clinical training and practice in your background and be comfortable assessing, arriving at a treatment plan for and treating patients within your scope of practice. For example, the Ayurveda program you graduated from should have included training in differentiation of diseases, one-on-one supervision and training in applying theory to live patients, by working with patients and patient intake forms and practice with supervised case studies. You should be comfortable with S.O.A.P. note theory, filling out a rugna patrakam, and in working with patients.
  • completed  Dr. Welch’s Healthier Hormones online class. You can take this anytime, as the classes are prerecorded. This is a prerequisite even if you are already a health care practitioner.
  • completing these prerequisites before the first Mentorship session will ensure we all have the same basic language and concepts in our backgrounds and will allow us to move forward more smoothly into more specialized information.
What is the format for the Mentorship Program?

In general, the bulk of the program consists of ten live 1 ½ hour audio sessions with Dr. Welch, where she will lecture on chosen topics and address selected questions and case studies presented by Mentorship participants. Additional features and details will be announced closer to the start date.

What if I've taken a previous Mentorship Program with Dr. Welch, will this still benefit me?

If you still have questions, encounter challenging cases, want to know further what you know and what you don’t, or to go deeper in your understanding, or enjoy good company and discussions, you may find more benefit. Many participants, including seasoned Ayurvedic Practitioners, have taken the Mentorship Program multiple times.

What is the cost?

The cost is $1100 by check or $1133 by paypal. The cost is deliberately kept as low as possible, as we understand that new practitioners often have limited funds. Payment must be made in full before the first session and can be in the form of check or money order made out in US funds, or through PayPal. Paypal accepts credit cards, bank accounts, and Paypal accounts for payment. If you use Paypal there is a 3% usage fee that will be applied.

If you feel you can’t pay in full up front, you can use Paypal’s no interest financing for an additional 6 months to pay without interest or fees. Our administrator can help you with that.

We plan to post here and in our newsletters as we know cost details.

What if I have to miss a session or cannot attend at the set day or time?

We fully understand if a participant has to miss a scheduled session – or part of one. While there are no refunds for missed sessions, we intend to record the sessions so you can listen to them later, so you can make it up that way.

We will work to make the recordings available within a couple days of the live sessions. These recordings will be available for all participants to listen to and review for 6 months beyond the final session.

What technological expertise and equipment do I need to be able to participate in the mentorship?

You only need a way to call in to a conference number. A landline is best, but cell phones, Skype, Google Voice, etc. can also work. Once you register, you’ll be given specific instructions. To access recorded sessions, you will need a computer with internet access.

Access to Past Lectures and Case Studies

In the mentorships, Dr. Welch often makes previous relevant lectures available, at no extra cost, to current students, so they may access that information without taking up extra live time during current sessions. This adds extra lectures and value at no extra cost to you. You will have access to this information, along with your lectures and study sessions, until 6 months after the completion of your last class. Dr. Welch’s lectures and case studies covered in these mentorship sessions will also be edited and added to the libraries for future use.

When Do We Start & What’s the Schedule?

We plan to run the Mentorship program every year. To be informed when the start of our next program will be, please sign up for our newsletter, on any page of this website.

The 2016 Mentorship program ran from March 21 through Thursday, July 28, 2016. If you missed it but are interested in listening to the lectures with Dr. Welch, as they were recorded, kindly contact us for more information.

We don’t yet know when our 2017 program will be scheduled. To stay in touch about this, kindly sign up for our newsletter. We’ll be in touch as we know dates and details. Thanks.

How Do I Register?

Contact us and let us know when and where you’ve completed the prerequisites and that you want to register for the 2016 Mentorship Program. We’ll help you from there. Also feel free to be in touch if you have any more questions.

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