International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation (IMAVF)
The International Platform for Maharishi AyurVeda Health Professionals and Supporters
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Enrolment until:
29 Feb 2024
Start of Training:
25 March 2024
Completed by:
29 March 2025
Phase I: 30 ECTS
MAR – NOV 2024
Phase II: 25 ECTS
NOV 2024 – MAR 2025
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Tuition Fee:
EUR 6.600

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Maharishi AyurVeda is the comprehensive and modern formulation of the world’s oldest system of natural health care: prevention-oriented, free from harmful side-effects, and consciousness-based.


  • A unique educational opportunity.
  • Expand the scope and effectiveness of your health care practice.
  • Begin a new career or enrich your existing career.
  • Learn to apply the profound principles and practical skills of Maharishi AyurVeda for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of common diseases, and the cultivation of optimum well-being.
  • Students will be encouraged to learn Transcendental Meditation® to increase the learning ability, job satisfaction, and general well-being in their own personal lives. Experience shows that regular practice of Transcendental Meditation® increases the accurateness of Ayurvedic pulse diagnosis.

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The programme takes one year and consists of two parts, Phase I and Phase II. Three different teaching modalities are applied:

  • Three intensive inresidence blocks at Alma Mater University in Maribor, Slovenia — two 9-day blocks in Phase I and one 15-day block in Phase II.
  • Some courses are taught online. Regular webinars give students the opportunity to ask questions, present case studies and share experiences.
  • Study and clinical practice at home.

“The programme offers a good balance between the practicality of distance learning and the mutual support of a group in residence”. — Dr Gordana Marković, principal professor of the programme

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Bridge crossing the River Drau in Maribor, Slovenia

Evidence-Based Practices in Integrative Medicine


The changing environment of healthcare is now placing greater emphasis on integrative approaches to treating patients. These approaches have the potential to improve the health of a large number of patients, while reducing overall health care costs. However, it is important that physicians and other health care providers incorporate integrative practices that are evidence-based.

This programme will present an extensively evidence-based approach to integrative medicine, providing training in the time-tested and practical approaches of Maharishi AyurVeda.

The syllabus of the programme covers these subjects: Basic Ayurvedic Principles of Prevention, Diagnosis and Treatment ● Ayurvedic Protocols for Treatment ● Ayurvedic Herbal Therapy (Dravyaguna) ● Aromatherapy ● Marmatherapy ● Dermatology ● Management of Tissues (Dhatus) and Channels (Srotas).

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of the programme, graduates will be able to:

  1. Integrate fundamental principles and practical procedures of Maharishi AyurVeda into their healthcare practice — to promote wellness and prevent, as well as treat, disease.
  2. Discuss peer-reviewed published research on Maharishi AyurVeda, including the Transcendental Meditation® technique, and Ayurveda in general.
  3. Evaluate a patient’s constitutional type (Prakriti) and underlying patterns of imbalance (Vikriti) through Ayurvedic principles of diagnosis.
  4. Apply the fundamentals of Maharishi AyurVeda Pulse Diagnosis (Nadi Vigyan) in clinical practice.
  5. Utilize Ayurvedic principles to optimize digestive health and nutrition.
  6. Restore biological rhythms through daily and seasonal behavioural regimens.
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  7. Promote longevity through anti-aging modalities.
  8. Instruct patients in personalized self-care programmes, including individualized dietary, behavioural, exercise and detoxification regimens, and methods of stress management.
  9. Prescribe Ayurvedic herbal food supplements to enliven the self-repair and healing mechanisms of the body.
  10. Implement multi-modality clinical protocols to address a wide range of common chronic conditions encountered in medical practice.
  11. Practice Aromatherapy.
  12. Gain a profound scientific understanding of the relationship between consciousness and health.
  13. Increase their own resilience, overall well-being, and job satisfaction, reducing symptoms of fatigue and burnout, through personalized self-care programmes, including the practice of Transcendental Meditation.

Entry Requirements

  • Applicants for the Alma Mater Europaea Postgraduate Certificate in Ayurveda should have at least basic training in Western medicine.

    n all countries, this includes medical doctors, osteopaths, chiropractors, and homoeopaths. In Germany, it includes Heilpraktiker. In many countries, it includes dentists, clinical psychologists, psychotherapists, occupational therapists, pharmacists and naturopaths. If your profession is not listed here, but you consider yourself eligible for the programme, please apply. If you have questions, please contact Silvia Hawkins at

    The reason for this entry requirement is that, in addition to learning Maharishi AyurVeda’s approaches to preventive health care and perfect health, participants will be trained in the Ayurvedic protocols for treating medical conditions through an integrative approach that combines Maharishi AyurVeda and Western medicine.

  • The applicant must have sufficient access to patients to complete 5 clinical practice assignments during each of the six courses in the programme. If you don’t have access to patients who are attending a professional clinic, it is acceptable to examine family members, friends and others for clinical practice.
  • The applicant must have sufficient language proficiency in English to follow the course.
  • Applications will be considered on a case by case basis by an academic board.

Option to Complete the Master’s in Health Sciences

The Postgraduate Certificate in Ayurveda constitutes one of the two years of study to complete the Alma Mater Master’s in Health Sciences. The Ayurveda courses will be offered as an option in the Integrative Health Sciences module of the Master’s in Health Sciences.

Prerequisite is that you have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in medical or health science worth 180 ECTS or more. You may then use the 55 ECTS credits of the Postgraduate Certificate in Ayurveda for the Integrative Health Sciences Module, for which a total of 120 ECTS credits have to be collected.

To see the list of the other courses you may study to complete the Integrative Health Sciences module of the Master’s in Health Sciences, please click here.

Tuition Fee

Phase I: €3.600 / Phase II: €3.000

The tuition fee may be paid in up to four instalments per phase. If you would like to pay by instalments, please enquire for further information.

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Dr Gordana MarkovicDr Gordana Marković, PhD, the Principal Professor, is a Western medical doctor with 19 years of medical practice and a specialist of Social medicine and Public Health. She is a member of the State Expert Committee on Complementary Medicine, Ministry of Health of the Republic of Serbia and she contributes to specialist education at the Department of Social Medicine at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Belgrade. Dr Marković is the most experienced practitioner of Maharishi AyurVeda in Southeastern Europe and has published over 50 articles on Maharishi AyurVeda and Aromatherapy. This will be the fourth professional training course on Maharishi AyurVeda she has taught.

Dr Walter MölkDr med. Walter Mölk is a medical doctor from Austria. He is founder and president of the Austrian Society of Ayurvedic Medicine and founding medical director of the first Maharishi AyurVeda health center in Austria. In 1996 Dr Mölk became a member of the international research team at Maharishi Vedic University in Vlodrop, The Netherlands. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Maharishi College of Perfect Health International and of the International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation. Dr Mölk has more than 20 years of experience in leading Maharishi AyurVeda postgraduate trainings for health professionals worldwide.

Dr Rainer PichaDr med. Rainer Picha is a medical doctor and senior consultant in cardiology. He received his MD at the University of Vienna in Austria and completed his postgraduate medical training in the Department of Cardiology of the Vienna General Hospital and in the Department of Cardiology of the State Hospital in Graz, where he became Assistant Director. Since 1996 he has been a full-time researcher at Maharishi Vedic University in Vlodrop, Holland. Dr Picha also is the chairman of the International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation and the Maharishi College of Perfect Health International.

Prof. Dr Gunvant YeolaProf. Dr Gunvant Yeola is an Ayurveda Physician (Vaidya). After receiving his MD and PhD (Kayachikitsa), he has been a Professor and Head of the Kayachikitsa Department at Dr. D.Y. Patil College of Ayurved and Research Centre, Pimpri, Pune. He has given multiple consultations and lectures on Ayurveda in Portugal, The Netherlands, USA and Brazil.

Dr Wolfgang SchachingerDr Wolfgang Schachinger from Austria will also be contributing as a guest lecturer. An experienced general practitioner of Western medicine, Dr Schachinger founded the Maharishi AyurVeda Health and Seminar Center in Ried 1993 and recently the soma Center for Maharishi AyurVeda and Holistic Medicine in Geboltskirchen. He has lectured extensively to European health professionals on Ayurveda, co-authored five books on the subject, and founded three Ayurveda medical associations. Dr Schachinger has received multiple awards for his pioneering work with Ayurveda in Europe.

Guest contributions are being arranged with other experienced Maharishi AyurVeda Vaidyas and Western medical doctors from America and Europe.

For more detailed information please read the Prospectus.

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