When can I begin this course?
Anytime. Now. Tomorrow. The next day. Anytime that is convenient for you.
How long will it take me to do the whole course?
We estimate that it will take 51.5 hours to go through the entire course and material one time but it may take more. We highly recommend you take your time with the material, and review it as much as you need to feel very comfortable with it, before moving on to Foundations of Āyurveda Part II. Students who have taken this course report benefiting from listening to the lessons and reviewing the material multiple times. You will have access to the course for one year from the time you register.
How much does it cost?
How long will I have access to the course?
For one year. You can extend access to it for another year for 50% off the original price.
What if I have questions?
If you have questions about course content as you go along and would like support, there are a few options:
- you can try posting your questions on the course discussion forum, where you can discuss your learning with fellow students. The link to the discussion forum for each course appears in the right hand column on the course page and all the lessons for that course.
- you can sign up for a tutoring option
- If you have other questions, feel free to contact us.
- If you need technical support with the website or course, please contact our webmasters at Barn2 Media by emailing email@example.com.
Are there any required textbooks?
No. You can go through this course without any outside textbook, but we do recommend having Dr. Vasant Lad’s Textbook of Ayurveda, Volume 1: Fundamental Principles of Ayurveda for a reference and supplement. Throughout our lessons we suggest recommended readings from this book. The purposes of these readings are both to increase understanding of the subject matter, and to provide additional perspectives on and approaches to the material. By reading various texts and authors, we can become clearer on what material is so standard that everybody agrees on it and perceives it roughly the same way, and what material is subject to varied interpretations or lends itself to varied approaches. It is helpful to keep in mind that models of disease and health are not reality. They are simply sincere attempts at describing reality. Therefore some models, approaches, or perspectives are more elegant representations of reality than others for each possible situation, condition or disease.
What if I need more help?
We have two options for this. One is private, one-on-one tutoring. The other is to join a group Q&Q call. There are benefits to either option.
Will we have live access to Dr. Welch or Dr. Svoboda?
They might – on the rare occasion – throw a surprise Q&A call, to which students of the course would be invited.
Are there quizzes?
Yes. There is a quiz at the end of each of the 11 lessons. After quiz #11, there is a final exam. They are not tricky questions. In fact, they are decidedly un-tricky. All quiz questions cover the stated objectives listed for each section. There is a final exam for those who successfully complete all the lessons. All passing grades are 80%.
Can I have a certificate of completion?
Yes. Once you have successfully completed the course, quizzes and exams, you will have the option to print out a certificate that will include your name, the name of the course and the number of course hours. (If you purchase and complete an individual lesson, you will also have the option to print out a certificate for that lesson). Please download, save and print out your certificate before your access to the course expires. Even if you don’t want it now, you might want it later. If you don’t download your certificate before your access to the course expires, you can request it in the future but we may no longer have access to it and, if we do, it takes some fiddling and time to get one for and to you, so there will be a $50 administration fee for this service.
Is it legal to practice Āyurveda?
Laws differ, not only from country to country, but often between states, provinces, or other localities. We are not able to provide you information about the laws where you reside. Each of us needs to educate ourselves about the laws that apply in our own location, and determine if and how Āyurveda can be practiced legally and safely there. If you are a citizen of the United States (US), there is currently no licensure in any state within the US. Please see the website National Āyurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) for more information relevant to the US. .
Does this course—or its individual lessons—count towards educational requirements for becoming an Āyurvedic professional?
Within the United States (US), the (short) answer is, “yes.” (Read on for important elaboration on this). We are unable to answer this question relevant to countries other than the US.
Āyurveda is not currently licensed in the US. Therefore, the only thing you are legally required to do is to be aware of federal and local regulations that may apply to you, and practice (or not) accordingly. There is, however, a US organization—National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA)—that has been working since 1998 to implement licensure for Āyurvedic professionals. Towards this end, NAMA has designated, and set requirements for, three levels of Āyurvedic professionals, in order of increasing educational requirements and scope of practice: Āyurvedic Health Counselor, Āyurvedic Practitioner, and Āyurvedic Doctor. NAMA standards seem to have set the standards by which students of Āyurveda now often attempt to abide. If you wish to comply to NAMA standards, this information will be pertinent to you.
Both Āyurvedic Foundations Parts I and II—in their entirety—are approved by NAMA as programs that count towards the educational requirements for all three of NAMA’s professional levels. If you want to receive NAMA credits, you will need to upload your certificate of completion into your NAMA account, and fill out a course evaluation on NAMA’s website.
Individual lessons within these courses could be used to count towards your educational requirements, however, you would be required to complete more paperwork through NAMA and there would be an additional fee for NAMA to process the paperwork.
For more information about the NAMA defined professional levels, educational requirements, or NAMA requirements, please consult NAMA.
Dr. Claudia Welch.com is an Organizational Member of NAMA, is an approved provider of Peripheral / Supporting Programs (possibly a confusing title, since these programs would not be peripheral to your education).
I am already a NAMA-certified Āyurvedic professional. Can I get NAMA CEU credits (called, “PACE” credits) for this course or its individual lessons?
Both Āyurvedic Foundations Parts I and II—in their entirety—are approved by NAMA as both Peripheral / Supporting Programs, and as NAMA PACE (Professional Āyurvedic Continuing Education) courses, that provide NAMA professionals with NAMA approved CEUs without additional fees. If you want to receive NAMA credits, you will need to upload your certificate of completion into your NAMA account, and fill out a course evaluation on NAMA’s website.
Even without NAMA PACE approval, NAMA professionals can use all of Dr. Welch’s other courses (including the stand-alone lessons) for NAMA PACE credits in either of the following two ways:
- No fee method: You can use the hours from Dr. Welch’s courses without additional NAMA fees by applying the course hours to the NAMA category called “Other Topics in Wellness”. You will need to submit your certificate of course completion, which we provide to you upon completion of the course, and fill out a course evaluation on NAMA’s website. However, only up to 30% of your PACE credit requirements can be filled this way.
- Nominal NAMA fee required: If you want to use Dr. Welch’s courses that are not yet NAMA-approved PACE programs, to count for your PACE credit requirements in the category of “Topics in Āyurveda,” you will need to submit your certificate of course completion, (that we provide to you upon completion of the course), fill out a course evaluation on NAMA’s website, and pay NAMA a processing fee. (This fee was $25 in 2016. You will need to inquire what their current fee is.)
I am already familiar with a lot of the learning objectives of this course. Can I take one individual lesson instead of the entire course?
Yes. You can purchase and complete any of the individual lessons.
However we invite you to consider that even Āyurvedic Health Counselors and Āyurvedic Practitioners who have graduated from reputable 2-year, full-time programs and have been in active practices, report learning a lot from taking this entire course. The reason for this is in part the vastness and profundity of Āyurveda which takes time to absorb and assimilate, and it is in part the education, experience, and wisdom of Drs Svoboda and Welch. Either Dr. Svoboda or Dr. Welch, on their own provide a level of excellence in teaching that few have attained. Together, the richness and synergy of their combined teaching is especially rare and may yield fresh insight to topics with which you are already familiar.
How long is each individual lesson?
Lesson 1: 1.6 hrs
Lesson 2: 5 hrs
Lesson 3: 2.9 hrs
Lesson 4: 2.8 hrs
Lesson 5: 8.8 hrs
Lesson 6: 4.8 hrs
Lesson 7: 5.6 hrs
Lesson 8: 4.7 hrs
Lesson 9: 2.3 hrs
Lesson 10: 2.8 hrs
Lesson 11: 6.8 hrs
Does this course fulfill the requirements for CEUs for licensed health care practitioners that are not Ayurvedic professionals?
At this time we are not pre-approved CEU providers for health care professions other than the field of Āyurveda. However, you will have your certificate of completion, which will provide the title of the course, your name, and course hours. This may or may not be sufficient for the organization requiring your CEUs. We encourage you to contact your organization to determine what we could do to support you getting CEU credits for Dr. Welch’s programs. If there is additional documentation that you need, we’d be happy to support you with this for a nominal fee. What that nominal fee would be, depends on the documentation you would need. Please contact our office if you have any questions about this.
What is your refund policy?
Because we have a small store and a small staff, we do not accept returns, nor do we offer refunds or credit for returned items. This includes our online courses. However, we have tried to give clear descriptions of the courses on the course pages available before purchase so, if you have questions about whether the course will be right for you, it might be good to carefully review that information and let us know if you have questions or concerns before you register for the course.
Is there an option for financing?
Yes. You can use the PayPal finance option to pay, when you purchase the course. The PayPal finance option has 0 payments and 0 interest if you pay within 6 months (subject to PayPal credit approval). Beyond 6 months, there would be a 19.99 % interest rate. To chose this option, when you go through the checkout line you will reach the PayPal page where you can choose to pay via your own credit card, via your PayPal account, or via PayPal Credit. Choose PayPal credit. If you haven’t done this before, PayPal will ask some questions to check your credit before approving. Once approved, your transaction will go through and you will have access to the course without needing to pay anything for 6 months. However, to get the 0 interest rate, please remember to pay what you can at the end of the 6 months.