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 & how long will I have access to it?
actual hours; 46 NAMA hours
The students that took this course live, completed it over the course of two fairly intensive weeks. We estimate that it will take about 52 hours to go through the entire course and material once, but it may take more time. We each enjoy our own pace, process and timing for information to be digested and transformed into knowledge. Many students find it helps to review the lessons again and again, allowing time for digestion, assimilation, absorption and integration. We highly recommend you take your time with the material, and review it as much as you need to feel very comfortable with it. This may mean carving out about 10-20 hours a month to devote to the lessons.
You will have access to the course for one year from the time you register. Most students find this quite sufficient. However, at the end of the year, you will be given an option to extend your access either for another year for 50% off the original price, or for $50 per extra month of access. If you feel you might need significantly more time to complete and assimilate the course, there is also an option to take up to seven years to complete it by–instead of registering for this full course– taking the seven lessons, successively, from the, “A la carte topics” choice in the menu when you hover over, “Foundations of Ayurveda I” in the, “Online Courses” drop-down menu of this website. That way you would have one year access to each of the seven lessons of this full course.
Please see, “Course Structure” above, for the length of the individual lessons.
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 or 50 USD per month extension.
What if I have questions on course content? Will I have live access to Drs. Welch & Svoboda?
If you have questions about course content as you go along and would like support, there are a few options:
- Q&A: We plan to offer two live Q&A calls per year with Drs. Welch and Svoboda, exclusively for alumni of our online courses co-taught by both doctors: “Foundations of Ayurveda Part I“, “Part II”, “The Planets” and, “Pratyāhāra: Turning Awareness Within, and post them on our Q&A page.Once you are a registered student of one of these courses, you will receive emails letting you know when live calls are scheduled, how to join them, and be invited to submit questions on course content. If you are not an alumnus of any of those courses, you are still welcome to listen to or share these sessions, but you may find them a bit confusing, as they relate to material covered in those courses.
- Student discussion forum: 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.
- Tutoring: you can sign up for a tutoring option with one of our tutors.
What if I need technical support?
Once you are a registered student, we let you know who to contact if you need technical support with the website or course.
Can I download the lessons?
No. This is a streamable video course.
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.
Are there quizzes?
Yes. There is a quiz at the end of each of the 7 lessons. After quiz #7, 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.
Could I just take one lesson without taking the entire course?
Yes. You can take any lesson from Foundations of Ayurveda Parts I or II as a stand-alone course. You can click on the, “Course Structure” menu bar to see what is covered in each lesson and then register for any single lesson a la carte. You would have access to the lesson for one year.
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. It can be helpful to hear things more than once (or twice or multiple times) in order to absorb and assimilate the foundational principles of Ayurveda more deeply, and to hear more than one perspective on them.
Does this course count towards educational requirements for becoming an Āyurvedic professional? Or towards NAMA PACE credits if I am already a NAMA-certified Āyurvedic professional?
For information regarding this or other questions about our courses’ relationship to NAMA that you are unable to find on our Ayurvedic Certification & Licensure page, please contact us.
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?
We do not offer refunds for online courses. We have tried to provide clear descriptions of our courses; please review this information before purchasing.
Is there an option for financing?
US residents can use the PayPal finance option to pay, when purchasing 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 choose 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 zero-interest rate, please remember to pay what you can at the end of the 6 months.