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, or a forum where practitioners can gain more community and confidence. It can be daunting to go from school to practice, or feel isolated in a practice, either having had minimal clinical or herbal training and minimal practice with case studies, or simply little or no interaction with fellow practitioners to discuss cases.

Our mentorship program was designed, and is being regularly adapted, to address these challenges. We have run a program every year since 2012.

Our 2017 program is scheduled to begin on October 25, 2017 and run through March 7, 2018. To stay in touch about this, and to be sure to receive other timely information, kindly sign up for our newsletter on any page of this website. Thanks.


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 subdoṣasdhātussrotāṃsisaṃprāpti 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 rūgna patrakam, and in working with patients.
  • Even if you are already a health care practitioner, it is a prerequisite to have completed any of Dr. Welch’s weekend women’s health workshops (you can check her, “events” page to check and see when they are offered), or Dr. Welch’s Healthier Hormones online class, which you can take anytime, as the classes are prerecorded. 
  • 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; and ten live 1 ½ hour audio sessions with a mentor. Pre-recorded lectures are also made available to students.

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

We offer a 25% discount for returning students. 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? Refund Policy?

First-time Mentorship Students:

Early bird registration discount: Payment in full is required by 30 September 2017 for the early registration $1000 rate by check or $1030 via credit card/ PayPal.

Later bird registration: After 30 September, 2017, costs are $1100 by check or $1133 by credit card/PayPal.

Returning Mentorship Students (25% discount until September 30, 2017)

Early bird registration: if paid in full by September 30, 2017, cost is $750 by check or $772.50 by credit card/PayPal.

Later bird registration: After 30 September, 2017, costs are $1100 by check or $1133 by credit card/PayPal.

Payment must be made in full prior to the first session and can be in the form of check or money order made out in US funds, or through credit card/PayPal. PayPal accepts credit cards, bank accounts, and PayPal accounts for payment. If you use PayPal, a 3% usage fee is applied, which is why that option cost a bit more.

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. Unfortunately, it seems PayPal only offers this payment plan option to US residents.

Refunds (minus administration fee): 100% if we receive notification of withdrawal from program via email to: by 30 September 2017. 50% if notified by 3 November 2017. No refunds after 3 November, 2017.

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.

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 often 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 5 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.

Our 2017 program is scheduled to begin with orientation on October 25, 2017 and run through March 7, 2018. Class conversations will be live every Wednesday from 10-11:30am ET for 20 weeks. If you are unable to join live, you can listen to the conversations anytime afterwards, as we try to post them within 2 days of the live class (usually much quicker).

You will have continual access to all class sessions and materials, for five months after your last class. 

To stay in touch about this, kindly sign up for our newsletter, on any page of this website. We’ll be in touch as we know more details. Thanks.

How Do I Register?

After ensuring you meet the program prerequisites, kindly download and complete the Mentorship Program Registration & Consent Form, and email it as a PDF document to

Looking for an intensive, in-depth foundation in Ayurveda, that you can do in your pajamas, on your own schedule, with tea? We invite you to consider our online courses, "Foundations of Ayurveda" Parts I and II, co-taught by Dr. Claudia Welch & Dr. Robert Svoboda. 100+ hours of video, handouts, quizzes, & certificates.