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    20th International Ayurveda Symposium

    September 14 – 16, 2018 in Birstein, Germany


Expert conference for Ayurveda doctors, therapists and health professionals

20th International Ayurveda Symposium

Logo RegierungIndien 88x120The International Ayurveda Symposium looks back on a long tradition: Since 1998, the Ayurveda community has been meeting in Birstein every year in autumn. The international gathering of experts provides important impetus in the fields of education, research, and practice in ayurvedic medicine. In 2017, the Symposium was supported by the Indian Ministry of AYUSH, which will be represented by an offical government delegation on the congress. In addition, recognized professional associations and academic institutions stand aside as partners for this conference.


Key topics in 2018:

Lifestyle diseases
Ayurveda and detox
Klassische Ayurveda Texte


· Vastu Shastra – Ayurveda for living spaces

· Market place: The world of Ayurveda products at 20 exposition stands

For the 20th year in a row, the Symposium is expected to attract more than 250 health professionals. Participants are welcome to deepen their professional knowledge and learn more about the latest scientific and best practice findings. Join us and see how modern and ancient healing traditions go hand in hand.

Why to participate?

  • Meet internationally recognized Ayurveda doctors and professors from India and Europe.
  • Deepen your knowledge in more than 40 top-class expert lectures, workshops and panel discussions.
  • Look forward to a stimulating exchange with fellow experts.
  • Let yourself become inspired by the lively atmosphere on the campus of the European Academy of Ayurveda. 
  • Celebrate the Symposium's 20th anniversary with us.

Symposium and events

  Fri, 9/14 Sat, 9/15 Sun, 9/16
Mon, 9/17
For experts 20. Int. Ayurveda Symposium  
For beginners       Ayurveda Camp
For all participants
    Informational event
Satellite: Vastu Shastra  

20th International Ayurveda Symposium 2018

Fri, Sept 14, 2018 | 06:00 pm - Sun, Sept 16, 2018 | 05:00 pm | € 290

The International Ayurveda Symposium has firmly made its mark in the Ayurveda community’s annual event calendar: For the past 20 years, doctors, professors, therapists, as well as other Ayurveda professionals have come together in Birstein to meet at the expert congress of the European Academy of Ayurveda.

As in previous years, high-class speakers from India and Europe will present new findings from the Ayurveda research and clinical practice – an excellent platform for your further trainings to become an Ayurveda therapist or consultant. Choose from more than 40 live presentations, workshops, and expert panels to benefit from this knowledge in your daily practice.

This year's key topics:
Ayurvedic therapy strategies for lifestyle diseases
Ayurveda and detox – The concept of Langhana therapies (Pancakarma, fasting, cleansing)
Classical Ayurvedic texts in the light of modern science

Take advantage of our special discounted registration fees for early bird registration by July 31, 2018!

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Gurukula - Exchange with great personalities in the field of Ayurveda

Fri, Sept 14, 2018 | 02:00 - 05:00 pm | € 50

Personal tuition within the context of a confiding teacher-student relationship is highly appreciated in Ayurveda. Entirely in the spirit of the traditional Gurukula education system we have invited outstanding doctors and professors to meet with our students. During the Gurukula they are sharing their in-depth knowledge to promote prospective doctors and therapists in their professional and personal development.

The distinctive approach of the Gurukla education system is an open discussion. The attending professors will answer the students' questions and will be sharing their views and experiences on the issues raised. Therapeutic aspects will be in the focus of this seminare, but also the philosophical dimension of Ayurveda will come up.

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Informational meeting on the Academy's education and training program

Sat, Sept 15, 2018 | 01:45 - 02:30 pm | free admission

For the past 20 years, the European Academy of Ayurveda has been accompanying people on their journey to a holistic way of living. For some of them, this approach to life is also leading to a meaningful career. As a participant you can benefit particularly from the competencies of our experienced Ayurveda doctors and lecturers who are among the best in their discipline throughout Europe and India. Intensive cooperation with the Chamber of Industry and Commerce (IHK), universities, as well as international partners guarantees that our education and training programs meet objective quality standards.

Find out which education or training suits you best
At the informational meeting you will have the opportunity to learn more about the Academy’s education and training program. We will introduce you to the different disciplines, and you will get a thematic overview of the different training programs:
Ayurveda Medicine
Nutrition, Dietetics, and Health coaching
Massage, Marma and Manual therapy
Yoga and Meditation
Psychology and Vastu – The Vedic art of living

Participation is free of charge. We look forward to receiving your registration!

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Fri, Sept 14, 2018 | 05:00 pm - Sun, Sept 16, 2018 | 05:00 pm | free admission

Exhibition of Ayurveda related products and services. You can browse around our partners’ trade-faire booths looking for trips, herbal preparations, books, and more.

Admission to the exhibition is free of charge for participants of the Symposium.

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Evening concert

Sat, Sept 15, 2018 | 08:00 pm | € 15 (free for Symposium participants)

Saturday’s evening concert has become a set date on the symposium’s calendar. Every year, Indian sounds create a true musical event at the congress.

Anupam Shobhakarn is an Indian musician, composer, instrumentalist, record producer and classically trained sarodist living in Brooklyn, New York. Three World Fusion and one classical Indian music album has he released. He has performed live around the world at various venues and for charitable causes. Shobhakar's track "Water" made it to the first round of the Grammy Awards.

Arup Sen Gupta started playing the Tabla with age 12 and found a teacher in Sri Subhen Chatterjee of Calcutta. He released several CD's and his tracks had been featured in different radio stations, such as the BR, WDR and BRF. Being one of the most popular Tabla accompanists in Europe, he regularly plays in Europe, India and the USA.

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Post-conference seminars

Karana - dietetic preparation of food

Mon, Sept 17, 2018 | € 170 plus accommodation and meals

Ayurveda nutrition as medicine for mental disorders

Tue, Sept 18, 2018 to Wed, Sept 19, 2018 | € 340 plus accommodation and meals

Ayurveda Ernährung
In these advanced training courses, the internationally renowned expert for Ayurvedic nutrition and herbal therapy Prof. Dr. Tanuja Nesari explains how food becomes a remedy. On Monday, 17th September, the properties and healing effects of food as well as its preparation ("Karana") will be in focus. Participants will also learn to classify regional food products according to Ayurvedic principles.

In the follow-up seminar on 18 and 19 September, Prof. Dr. Nesari will expand on the influence of nutrition on the mental and psychological well-being of people. In two intensive days, the participants will study selected dietary recommendations, forms of preparation and medicinal herbs that strengthen the emotional balance and can help with mental disorders such as depression, burnout, insomnia or memory disorders.

The two seminars can also be booked together for € 480 - save € 30 compared to the single booking!

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