The Ayurvedic Nutrition and Culinary Training (ANACT) is the first of its kind in North America. Now you have the rare opportunity to learn how to cook with simple but specific techniques and ingredients to create delicious meals with tangible healing benefits for the body and mind.
This 250-hour training is suitable for certified Ayurvedic consultants and practitioners, yoga instructors, health chefs, and anyone who wants to learn how to cook and eat according to the principles of Ayurveda. The course includes 11 weekend training sessions, over the course of seven months along with remote learning. See course format and outline below for details.
Students will enjoy the advantages of smaller class size and learning hands-on from SV Ayurveda practitioners, and professionals in culinary arts. The program is vegetarian (no meat, fish, eggs), and it will also accommodate students with dairy-free needs.
The training includes 150 hours of hands-on cooking and 200 hours of face-to-face learning. Lunch meals and sometimes dinners are also included with each training day.
In the ANACT program students will:
Join us for a comprehensive, life-changing culinary experience!
The program is taught and directed by Divya Alter, who will be accompanied by several other teachers: The complete faculty is listed here:
Divya Alter is the Co-Founder & Director of Ayurvedic Health & Culinary Arts at Bhagavat Life. She has been teaching Ayurvedic vegetarian cooking in New York City since 2009 and is a regular faculty at the New York Open Center. Divya has cooked in yoga ashrams and temples in India, Europe and the U.S. for 25 years. Her cooking practice began in her mid-twenties when she moved to India, where for five years she studied yoga, philosophy, and Sanskrit at the Vrindavan Institute for Higher Education. She is a student of Dr. Vaidya R.K. Mishra and is certified by him to do Ayurvedic pulse readings. She has a forthcoming Ayurvedic cookbook, to be published by Rizzoli International.
Dr. Vaidya R.K. Mishra is an Ayurvedic health practitioner, product formulator, researcher, and educator based in Southern California. Dr. Mishra is also the current voice of the ancient SV Ayurveda lineage. He went through formal education in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery in India, as well as seven years of internship with his father Vaidya Sri Kameshwar Mishra. In 1996 Dr. Mishra came to practice in the United States, where he studied the Western physiological response to Ayurvedic treatments, identifying common conditions in western people which need to be addressed for Ayurvedic health protocols to be effective.
Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum has more than 32 years of experience as a wellness physician, in the field of Chiropractic and Ayurveda. She has studied under Dr. Vaidya R.K. Mishra, one-on-one, for the past 13 years. Dr. Mishra has taught her how to treat diseases using herbal formulations, single herbs, transdermal and marma therapies, each specific to a persons needs. In particular, she has helped hundreds of individual clients to adjust their diets and develop personal Ayurvedic cooking practices to support healing and optimal health.
Lisa Berry has been a food entrepreneur & consultant for over 20 years. Specializing in vegan and vegetarian food work, she has held every job title and worked in every role from hostess to chef to owner, and in all styles of food business, from private chef & catering to fast-casual cafés and fine dining, all over the United States. She has special expertise in creating organizlational systems for food operations, that are both high performing and sustainable. In particular, she is passionate about supporting mission-driven food work connected to health, consciousness and Permaculture design.
Emilie has dedicated her life to understanding the connections between people and food, and supporting people to live vibrantly. She is a graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts and received her M.S. in Food Studies from NYU. Emilie has spent extensive time working in food projects in France, and has worked at a number of restaurants that emphasize conscious cooking such as Mas Farmhouse, Ellary’s Greens, The Omega Institute, The Garden in Newburg NY, and the Yala Collective in Tuscany. Emilie has applied her penchant for teaching culinary arts as faculty for The Edible Schoolyard, The Sylvia Center, Further Food and Bhagavat Life.
Ellen Scordato is a partner in Stonesong, a literary agency and book production company that has published a wide range of bestselling and award-winning cookbooks: The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook (New York Times bestseller), Cook for Your Life (2016 James Beard Award finalist), The Forest Feast (bestseller), Hell's Kitchen Cookbook, The Bulletproof Diet Cookbook, Love & Lemons (PW best cookbooks of 2016), Tasting Rome, Bowl, and dozens more. A former adjunct faculty member at the New School for 12+ years, where she taught copyediting and grammar, she currently works with authors on manuscript development and holds workshops on writing and recipes several times a year.
We will begin Saturday October 21st, 2017 and the closing session and graduation will be on June 23rd, 2018. There are 11 total onsite training weekends spanning 10 months, according to the schedule below. Please review the schedule and course outline below. The dates of each onsite training and the course outline are listed below each module heading (4 modules total). Between onsite training sessions there will be a small amount of reading and homework, about 2-4 hrs of homework per week.
Assessment & Review will also happen on June 9-10, 2018
June 23, 2018 - Graduation
*Generally, each training day will be from 9am to 6pm, with a 60-minute lunch break.
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT is available to the first five students who enroll and until January 31st
The tuition fee covers