Mount Madonna Institute is located at Mount Madonna Center on 355 mountaintop acres of redwood forest and grassland overlooking all of the Monterey Bay area. The setting also includes tennis, volleyball, and basketball courts, a hot tub, a small lake for swimming, a large organic garden, many hiking trails, an Ayurvedic herb store, and massage, spa and other bodywork facilities. Mount Madonna Center also is home to a supportive spiritual community atmosphere for relaxation, reflection and transformational learning and practice.
ABOUT THIS INSTITUTE:
Mount Madonna Institute is a non-profit educational institution providing high quality, professional instruction and training in the fields of Yoga, Ayurveda, (complementary and alternative medicine--CAM), Massage, and Community Studies. These courses will integrate theoretical and practical education and training. Each of the schools will include in its curriculum an emphasis on continuing, life-long learning as well as on bringing a high level of professionalism to these careers. The Institute will offer degrees, certificates and diplomas.
The MMI College of Ayurveda curriculum is modeled on the B.A.M.S. Ayurvedic Medical School curriculum in India. As is traditional in a college educational system, each course is taught by an expert in that subject and students gain a variety of perspectives on the vast subject of Ayurveda. In this way they develop their own understanding of the subjects, are tested in their knowledge, and gain the ability to think, reason and analyze for them in the process gaining the ability to tap into their intuitive knowledge. With a variety of models to emulate, students become competent, confident and skilled Ayurvedic Practitioners with their own unique style.
Programs offered include 1) a Diploma – Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor, 2) a Certificate – Ayurvedic Practitioner and 3) a Master of Arts – Ayurveda through professional, academic and internship programs. Our goal is to provide students with the finest classical training in the principles and methods of Ayurveda, preparing students for professional careers in Ayurveda.
Our program includes theoretical instruction as well as practical training in herbal medicine making, Ayurvedic cooking, Ayurvedic bodywork, and Yoga, and clinical internships. Our instructors are classically trained in India and/or have many years of clinical and teaching experience. Students have opportunities for personal experience in intuitive and spiritual aspects of Ayurveda and write papers and research projects. We specialize in integrating Ayurveda and Western Medicine.
Programs offered include 1) a Diploma – Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor (high school graduation or equivalent is a prerequisite, 7 months program), 2) a Certificate – Ayurvedic Practitioner (Diploma is a prerequisites, 14 months program), and 3) a Master of Arts – Ayurveda (B.A. or B.S. and Certificate – Ayurvedic Practitioner are prerequisites, 9 months program, including internship).
The duration for the course are; 1) a Diploma – Ayurvedic Lifestyle Counselor - 7 months program, 2) a Certificate – Ayurvedic Practitioner - 14 months program, and 3) a Master of Arts – Ayurveda - 9 months program, including internship.
Classes meet one three-day weekend per month, starting Friday mornings and ending Sunday afternoons, and include experiential practice as well as academic sessions. In addition, for the Credential – Ayurvedic Practitioner, two Anatomy and Physiology weekends must be taken prior to the start of the Certificate program in July.
MMI's Teaching Assistant staff are experienced Ayurvedic Practitioners. They create study guides, give homework, create and give quizzes and exams, teach review sessions, answer questions and teach Practicums each month. They are the glue which holds together the program as a whole. They are skilled in comparing and contrasting the various approaches to Ayurvedic subject matter and exposing the students to practical knowledge and experience from their own Ayurvedic practices. Their aim is for the students to understand and experience the material in the deepest, most profound and clear way.
For the College of Ayurveda, faculty members typically have the B.A.M.S. (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery) degree, the degree held by professors of Ayurveda in India, the home country of this field, from which we draw the most highly qualified faculty assembled anywhere to teach the Institute’s courses. All College of Ayurveda faculties have had a minimum of 5 years of teaching experience, and many have had 20-30 years of teaching experience.
The Ayurvedic Schools that our faculty members have graduated from all are certified by the Government of India for graduating Ayurvedic Physicians and Surgeons. The degree of B.A.M.S. is equivalent to an M.D. in the US, and the B.A.M.S. (M.D. Ayurved) is equivalent to an M.D. with Board Specialties, both degrees higher than the M.A. level, and both designating professionals who are more than capable of teaching at the M.A. level.
We provide a wide variety of residential housing accommodations.
We provide a dining room featuring excellent vegetarian meals.