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Ayurvedic Spring Cleanse Retreat

May 02 - May 06, 2022

Noël Graupner

Elitza Datcheva

Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word meaning 'life knowledge'. It is the name of the world's oldest, most comprehensive health system, which offers unique insight into creating balance among all facets of wellness — physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual — using tools such as diet, plant remedy, daily schedule and lifestyle practices, movement and yoga, meditation, breath work, color, and aromatherapy to establish coordination and cooperation between body, mind, and the natural world. Ayurvedic medicine teaches us how to observe the way our bodies and minds are influenced by the transitions within our environment — the basis of our existence — so that we may practice yoga, the remembrance of our interdependence and unity with all of Nature. In doing so, we can consciously work with the ever-changing tides of life around us, strategically aligning ‘internal and external rhythms’ to create a healthy, harmonious, content state of body/mind. A seasonal cleanse is recommended.Ayurveda and Yoga recommend a cleanse to accompany a change in season, to clear and open physiological and psychological channels in the body/mind. Spring is an especially important time of the year, when nature re-awakes from the long, heavy winter and provides us with all the dietary and herbal tools we need to rid our bodies of excess fats and proteins which keep environmental, hormonal, and emotional toxins bound in bodily tissues; allowed to remain, they disrupt functionality of the tissues, establishing foundation for disease. A Spring cleanse helps your body to identify stored fat tissue as useable energy, retraining and firing up digestive capacity within the GI tract, bodily tissues, and the mind. Accumulated and stored toxins are brought to the surface of tissues and gently escorted out through elimination channels. During this group-oriented Spring cleanse, Noël and Elitza will introduce traditional Ayurvedic and Yogic cleansing techniques through diet, daily ritual and somatic movement to restore functionality to your digestive capacity, organize communication within your tissue layers, increase endurance within your nervous and immune systems, and awaken peace within your mind, so you may transition gracefully and energetically into the light, auspicious springtime. Our intention is to teach you how to create the conditions internally for body/mind cooperation using yoga, breathwork, bodywork, meditation, simplified diet and educational workshops. *No previous cleanse or meditation experience is necessary. This retreat will include: 
  • A preparatory (group) Zoom call
  • Cleanse-week manual PDF (sent ahead of time)
  • An Ayurvedic mono-diet of organic kitchari and tisanes (herbal teas)
  • Appropriate herbs to support detoxification (triphala, Aloe vera)
  • A ‘dinacharya’ kit with tools to use during the retreat and at home including a copper tongue scraper, nasya (nasal) oil, neti pot (nasal rinse) and salts, body massage oil, rose eye drops, essential oils blend, eye mask, acupressure mat,
  • Two 30-minute sauna sessions at the Dewa Spa are included for each participant during the cleanse*
  • Daily group meditation, pranayama (breath work), and yoga, including evening yoga nidra and a sound bath
  • Daily Ayurvedic theory classes
  • A cooking demonstration to learn about spices, kitchari, and ghee
  • Daily opportunities to convene with Mother Nature
*Participants are highly encouraged to book a massage at Dewa Spa (not included in retreat package) 
Schedule Tuesday April 26, 7-8PM EST Zoom Introduction to the Spring Cleanse Retreat 
  • Review of Cleanse-week manual
  • Introduce pre-cleanse ‘easing-in’ suggestions for diet and lifestyle 
  • Intention setting
  • Q&A
*this live stream will be recorded and emailed to all participants Monday, May 2 
  • 3 - 5 pm Check-in
  • 5:30 pm Welcome, Introductions
  • 6 - 7 pm Kitchari Dinner
    • Dinacharya Kits distributed and explained, schedule review
  • 8 - 9 pm Restorative Yoga
Tuesday, May 3
  • 7:45 - 8:15 am Morning Group Breathwork, Meditation & Gentle Yoga
  • 8:30 - 9:30 am Kitchari Breakfast
  • 9:45 - 11 am Ayurvedic Philosophy Class / Ama and Agni (workshop: where does ama come from? Physical, mental, environmental)
  • 11 am - 12:15 pm Tea and Sauna
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Kitchari Lunch
  • 1 - 3:30 pm Time for Being Outside, Resting
  • 4 - 5:30 pm Yoga
  • 6 - 6:45 pm Kitchari Dinner
  • 7 pm Guided Journaling & Reflection with Noël and Elitza
Wednesday, May 4
  • 7:45 - 8:15 am Morning Group Breathwork, Meditation & Gentle Yoga
  • 8:30 - 9:30 am Kitchari Breakfast
  • 9:45 - 11 am Ayurvedic Philosophy Class / Marma points + Self-Abhyanga
  • 11 am - 12:15 pm Tea and Sauna
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Kitchari Lunch
  • 1 - 3:30 pm Time for Being Outside, Resting
  • 4 - 5:30 pm 4 Yoga
  • 6 - 6:45 pm Kitchari Dinner
  • 7 - 8 pm Yoga Nidra
Thursday, May 5
  • 7:45 - 8:15 am Morning Group Breathwork, Meditation & Gentle Yoga
  • 8:30 - 9:30 am Kitchari Breakfast
  • 9:45 - 11 am Ayurvedic Philosophy Class / Tissue Layers 1145am-1pm Tea and Sauna
  • 12:30 - 1:30 pm Kitchari Lunch
  • 1 - 3:30 pm Time for Being Outside, Resting
  • 4 - 5:30 pm Yoga
  • 6 - 6:45 pm Kitchari Dinner
  • 7 - 8 pm Sound Bath
Friday, May 6 
  • 7 - 11 am Check-Out of Rooms
  • 7:45 - 8:15 am Morning Group Breathwork, Meditation & Gentle Yoga, Reflections
  • 8:30 - 9:30 am Kitchari Breakfast
  • 9:45 - 11 am Ayurvedic Philosophy Class / A Beautiful Mind; Discipline
  • 11:15 am - 12:45 pm Cooking Class / Demo: Intro to Spices, Ghee, Kitchari
  • 1 - 2 pm Kitchari Lunch (Served from Class)
  • Departure

ABOUT THE TEACHERs

Noël Graupner

Noël is an Ayurvedic Clinician twice Board Certified with the American Association of Drugless Practitioners for Holistic Health Counseling and Ayurveda Healthcare. Educated at Ayuskama Institute, the California College of Ayurveda and Kerala Ayurveda Academy in Ayurvedic medica...

Elitza Datcheva

Elitza Datcheva has nearly 7000 hours in training with world-renowned teachers of various lineages (original hot yoga, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Prenatal, Yin, Restorative and Prana Flow). Her primary teacher of 18 years is Shiva Rea. Elitza has almost 20 years of facilitating group a...

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