The Spa at Stoweflake's Center for Growth is an education center for those interested in Massage, Bodywork & Wellness. Located at Vermont's most celebrated Spa in the pristine Green Mountains of Vermont, the center provides a unique opportunity for body workers and wellness professionals to expand and develop their professional horizons while experiencing a personal tranquil retreat.

Choose from a wide variety of seminars and workshops presented by world-renowned practitioners.

A common thread unites them & a respect for the connection between mind, body and spirit.


Holiday Open House at the Stoweflake Spa, Sports & Wellness Center

December 3rd, 2015
5:30 to 8pm

Enjoy a beautiful holiday evening with us at the Stoweflake Spa, Sports & Wellness Center. Learn about our wellness offerings, sample our fitness classes, tour our beautiful facilities and enjoy hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

The Spa & Wellness Center will offer complimentary chair massage with our great therapists, discussions with our Ayurvedic Health Consultants and skin consultations with our expert estheticians. Learn about our wonderful skin care lines Ilike Organics&BKamins Chemist Line, and enjoy a mini makeup consultation using our Bare Minerals products.

All Spa retail products will be offered on a buy one, get one 50% off basis!
Special on Gift Certificates: for each $100 spent, get a $20 voucher!

Stoweflake Spa & Wellness Center - Center for Growth

At-home Ayurvedic Cleanse, December 6-13 2015

Ready to lighten up physically, mentally and emotionally? Give yourself the gift of a rejuvenating Ayurvedic Cleanse and face the cold season with balanced energy!

Why Cleansing?

As the season gets colder, our mind, body, and environment are transitioning, making it an ideal time to clear toxins from all systems of the body. Regular purification is considered a key component of self-maintenance and lasting well-being. Cleansing is particularly helpful for those with food sensitivities and digestive disorders and for those looking forimproved mental clarity, balanced body weight and emotional stability.

About Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the ancient Indian holistic science of life and wellness, a whole system of medicine that considers each humanas a unique and complex being beyond the physical body. It establishes an understanding of one's individual constitutional type and its current imbalances, focusing on the root of the issue and the solutions that will help regain balance, allowing your body to heal itself. It uses natural modalities like diet, lifestyle, bodywork, herbal medicine, aromatherapy and more.

Ayurvedic Cleansing

Your cleanse will begin with a private consultation with an Ayurvedic Health Consultant who will recommend a daily plan of specific simple meals, daily routine and herbal formulas that promote gentle purification and self-nurturance based on your individual constitution and needs.

No experience or knowledge of Ayurveda is required, just a willingness to shed old habits that no longer serve you and embark on a richer, cleaner lifestyle!

Cleanse Details

The process

On December 6th, you will join your group of cleansers for a workshop orientation to Ayurveda, daily self-care practices, and Ayurvedic cleansing. The cleanse itself is done at home and starts with a day of preparation, 3 days of cleansing and a day of guided integration. The cleansingprocess incorporates food, specific culinary herbs, high potency ghee and daily self-therapies to help your mind and body naturally shed toxins and warm your mind and body. Tools and support from your facilitators will be available throughout the week and most supplies will be provided.

This cleanse is a great way to learn the basic principles of Ayurveda, which can help you live with the seasons and find balance in your life!


Cleanse supplies will include a combination of the following based on your personalized recommendations:

  • Dry goods needed for the cleanse food plan (kitchari kit)
  • Churna (Ayurvedic spice blend)
  • Organic ghee (clarified butter)
  • SaradaVata oil for Daily self-massage
  • Herbal supplements from Banyan Botanicals
  • Tongue cleaner
  • Instructional materials, recipes and grocery lists
  • Support from your Ayurvedic Practitioner

Practitioner guidance

Participants will schedule their private consultation prior to the cleanse workshop and will choose 3 days during the second week of December to do the at-home cleanse, with access to online support during that time.

We advise that you get clearance from your medical doctor if there are any concerns about your ability to safely participate in the cleanse. Each participant will be required to complete a health history questionnaire and sign an informed consent form.

*Start dates are potentially flexible if you cannot make the orientation or closing. Contact us if that is the case.


The cleanse package is $175.00, whichincludes a private consultation, group workshops, instructional materials, as well as individual and group support. Gratuities and supplies are not included (roughly $150, depending on individual recommendations). This cleanse package cannot be combined with any other promotions

Participants must register by November 27th, 2015.

We may be able to travel to you for groups of 6 or more. Please email for inquiries.

Ayurvedic Cleanse
Credit: Brooksley Williams

Advanced Introduction to Intermediate Ayurveda

May 13th - May 27th 2016
Dr. Robert Svoboda & Dr. Claudia Welch

Join us in the beautiful rural setting of the Stoweflake Mountain Resort and Spa, in Stowe, Vermont, for this two-week intensive course-the second of two courses on the ancient science of Ayurveda. In this second installment, intermediate principals will be explored in a way that is meaningful and practically applicable for all who want to integrate Ayurveda into their life and practice.

Dr. Claudia Welch and Dr. Robert Svoboda combined have more than half a century of practicing and teaching Ayurveda. In this course, they will present what they have found to be the most practically essential elements of the intermediate principles of Ayurveda. The content will reach sufficient depth to allow participants to incorporate more subtle concepts and practices of Ayurveda into a yoga practice, an established medical practice, or to be prepared to go on to further clinical studies.

To Register or for more information contact the Stoweflake Spa and Wellness Center at (802) 760-1083 or

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Participants will be familiarized with the following subjects:

  • Rasa (taste), virya (energetics), vipaka (post-digestive effect), and prabhava (special effects) of dravya (substances)
  • The thirteen types of agni (digestive and transformational fires)
  • The seven dhatus (bodily tissues), their functions, associated upadhatus (secondary tissues) and malas (wastes)
  • The fundamentals of how each dhatu is created, nourished and transformed
  • Symptoms associated with the entry of each dosa into each dhatu
  • The strotamsi (physiological channels) of the body and mind
  • The signs and symptoms of vitiated srotamsi and possible causes of vitiation
  • The six stages of samprapti (pathogenesis)
  • The difference between shamana (gentle dosa-palliative procedures) and shodhana (forcible expulsion of dosa from the body) in the resolution of disorders
  • Ayurvedic psychology: understanding how the mind and body affect each other

As an intense download of information could overwhelm the mental digestion of participants, lecture time has been capped at three and a half hours per day, with Sunday, May 22 free. To facilitate integration of what is learned, there will be two hours of yoga instruction daily, one and a half hours in the morning and a half hour of mainly yoga nidra in the afternoon.

The yoga classes will be taught by Ms. Rose Baudin, an internationally known yoga teacher and longtime friend of Drs. Svoboda and Welch. This schedule allows for a total of 45.5 hours of Ayurveda instruction, 26 hours of yoga instruction, and time to study, absorb, walk, enjoy spa treatments (including Ayurvedic treatments, offered at a discounted rate for participants), and generally appreciate springtime in Vermont.

Students should be aware that this program will be videotaped. The lectures will therefore be delivered uninterrupted, and question and answer sections will follow. There are no plans to film any students.


  • Advanced Introduction to Beginning Ayurveda—whether you completed it at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in May 2015 or with the online version available at


  • Education in content equivalent* to the Advanced Introduction to Beginning Ayurveda, with instructor consent. Kindly email Dr. Welch’s office for more information about this option:

Please add a note that priority will be given:

First to students who attended the live course in 2015 and sign up by January 31st, 2015.

On February 1, 2015, priority will open to also include students who complete the online version of the course and sign up by 30 March 2016.

On 31 March 2016 registration will open to also include those who are on the wait list with equivalenteducation*

On 16 April 2016 registration will open to anyone who meets the pre-requisites and wants to attend only part of the course, provided there is availability. Note: you must attend from the start of the course and for consecutive days.

*Please see the learning objectives listed in the course structure tab to know the topics that must have been learned to be considered as equivalent education.

Daily Schedule

Friday, May, 13 6:30 to 7:30pm:

Welcome, introduction and orientation, followed by a book signing with Dr. Svoboda and Dr. Welch.

Saturday, May 14 through Friday, May 27:

(Except Sunday, May 22, which will be a day off)
All days will be on the same schedule:
7:30-9 am Yoga Rose Baudin
9:00-10:30 am Breakfast
10:30-12:30 pm Lecture with Drs. Welch and Svoboda
12:30-2:00 pm Lunch
2:00 -3:30pm Lecture with Drs. Welch and Svoboda
3:30-4:00 pm Chanting, Prana Work or yoga nidra with Rose
7:00-7:30 pm Study Group led by Jiwan Shakti (optional but strongly encouraged)

We encourage participants to use their free time to study, absorb, walk, enjoy spa treatments (including Ayurvedic treatments, offered at a discounted rate for participants), and generally appreciate springtime in Vermont.

Program Rate:

$1650/whole program

The number of students will be capped at thirty, so it is advisable to enroll early. Please note that admission priority will be given to students who completed the introductory course in May 2015 at Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa.

Room Rate:

Room rate $99/standard

Vegetarian meals (no meat, fish or eggs), with gluten-free options will be provided (at additional charge) throughout the program.

Please register for the program first with our Spa Consultant.She will then connect you with Stoweflake reservations for the resort rooms and meal packages if you desire.

To Register for the program contact the Stoweflake Spa and Wellness Center at (802) 760-1083 or

For more information on program content please contact Dr. Welch's office