Frequently Asked Questions
When does the course start and finish?
The course starts on March 21, 2021 and ends in 6 months time, after which you have an additional three months of access to your course materials. It is a tutor-supported online course .
Tell me about Wise Earth Ayurveda
Wise Earth School of Ayurveda is the first school for ayurveda teachings in the USA founded by spiritual guide and pioneer Maya Tiwari (formerly Mother Maya). Established in 1981, Wise Earth Ayurveda’s unique approach focuses on sadhana rather than a medicinal/clinical approach to healing. Sadhana is a Sanskrit word. It implies being present with everything we do. Sadhana is a universal prayer, an awareness which sets the tone for investing our good and loving energy into our lives.
In the online programs at Wise Earth Ayurveda you will learn under the guidance and blessing of our beloved traditional teacher Maya Tiwari and receive support from the international faculty of Wise Earth Ayurveda Master Teachers.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us within 30 days from the time of your purchase and we will give you a full refund. However, once the course starts, it is entirely non-refundable.
Who is the program for?
This course is for Ayurveda Professionals, those seeking to become an Ayurveda Practitioner as well as for Lay-persons. This program does carry recognition as a NAMA (National Ayurvedic Medical Association) Peripheral Program. See more information here. http://www.ayurvedanama.org
In addition, this course is a tremendous opportunity to gain the knowledge you need to benefit your physical, emotional, and spiritual health and that of your community, family and friends.
The course is based on Maya Tiwari's extensive knowledge and transmission of Vedas. ‘Food, Breath and Sound’ Sadhana training education is open to all. Because Sadhana is about practice more than theory beginners will find the information accessible. Equally, experienced practitioners and students of Ayurveda will find a very practical and ‘real life’ experience of Ayurveda in action through the training.
What will I learn?
You’ll discover the compassionate ‘Living Ahimsa’ approach to eating as well as practicing healing chants for your own upliftment and for enhancing the vibration of the food you prepare. You will be inspired to create and live in sacred space, starting in very practical and accessible ways. You will feel how the breath reflects prana – the life force – and how to channel yours as a means for calming and clearing or energizing and invigorating. You will connect to the cosmic memory carried in each seed from Mother Earth. These Wise Earth teachings of Ayurveda can help you to understand your own wellness journey and support your friends and family in healing and nourishment, through the different seasons of the year and unfolding seasons of life.
What are the components of the course?
The course includes audio recordings on each of the 27 units from Maya Tiwari, videos for some of the units, monthly mentoring sessions ( 1-2 sessions per month) which are in live ‘webinar’ format but are also recorded for those who can not attend live, short multiple choice quizzes for each unit, personal study and at the end a virtual conference day. In addition you will also receive a comprehensive downloadable PDF workbook as well as personal reflection guidelines and suggestions. You will receive a range of audio chants to listen to and learn from by Maya Tiwari with an accompanying written guide. We conclude with a multiple choice exam which covers the content of the entire course.
Can I study at my own pace?
Yes and no. We strongly encourage you to keep up with the material and your peers so that we can all walk through this journey together and so that you can benefit from the Live Tutorials conducted by WEA Master Teachers and Sadhaka Tutors, along with the online forum and discussions which will reflect each fortnight's topic. Having said that there is no penalty for ‘falling behind’. However, if you are looking for Certification as a WEA Instructor for this work, we recommend that you keep apace with these studies. If you need help catching up with your studies we do provide an additional service where you may purchase Private Tutorial with one of our tutors.
What qualification will I gain for WEA Food, Breath & Sound Training?
When you have completed WEA Food, Breath & Sound Training Course and having passed the Final Examination, along with all of the quizzes along the way, you will receive a Wise Earth School Certificate with 600 hours (ACE – Ayurvedic Continuing Education). This is recognized by NAMA’s Peripheral Course category in the USA. This certification grants you the title of Wise Earth Ayurveda/Food, Breath & Sound Sadhana Lifestyle Consultant (anywhere in the world) which means you may use this education to consult privately or in a clinic, share your knowledge with your community in the field of holistic healing; serve as a community consultant and even instruct wholesome nutrition education as a Wise Earth Ayurveda Food, Breath & Sound Sadhana Lifestyle Consultant. You may use the NAMA approved ACE’s to add to your continuing Ayurveda education credits through the Wise Earth School or at any NAMA approved learning institutions. For accreditation in other countries, you will need to check with your holistic education accrediting organization in your state or country.
How much time per week does the training take?
We estimate a study commitment of 5-8 hours per week (20-32 per month) but there will also be time spent in your kitchen as you prepare your daily meals which becomes part of this learning, as well as journaling, meditation and having a deeper relationship with the Earth around you. It’s a life-enhancing, immersive experience. In addition to the study time we also ask that you complete online multiple choice quizzes and listen to audios / watch short videos on a fortnightly basis. We hope as a result of this training you will start to include the sacred sadhana of food-preparation, pranayama (breathing exercises), meditation and chanting into your daily routine. All of these elements form part of the course content.
What is the cost of the program? What are the payment plan options? Tuition for 2021
There are two payment options;
1. Full one-time payment of $2650
* There is a 10 % Discount for Early Bird booking till January 21, 2021.
2. Payment Plan of $458 per month for 6 months
* Please note: all prices are listed in United States Dollars (USD). Country specific VAT taxes will be added to the final price at checkout.
What are the career opportunities with this qualification? What will I be qualified to do?
The qualification gained is that of Wise Earth Ayurveda Sadhana Lifestyle Consultant. Upon successful completion of and graduation from this course you will be qualified to teach Wise Earth Ayurveda workshops to lay-people in your community on the food, breath and sound practices while using the appropriate credits for this work. You can also incorporate this work into your existing practice as a health counsellor, or in your private Ayurveda consultations. You will be given permission to teach Wise Earth Ayurveda Nutrition: Food, Breath & Sound as a series of work, adhering closely to the integrity of this wholesome and unique body of work. We ask that your presentations adhere as closely as possible to the way the work is set out in the workbook.
What happens if I fail the final exam for certification?
For the final exam one retake is allowed. You will need an 85% score to pass this test. If you do not pass, you will have a thirty day extension to rewrite your exam. We want you to succeed and we offer as much flexibility as we can to those who need extra time to study. You will also have the opportunity to book a Private Tutorial Consult with WEA Tutor. The cost for the Private Tutor's service is $75/ hour. It can be booked via our website.
What if I fail the Quiz?
If you fail an end of unit quiz you have 3 chances to go back and take the quiz; 80% is required to pass. If a quiz is not passed in 3 chances then you will have the option to do a private one-on-one session with a mentor time. There will be an extra fee for this service.
I am vegan / gluten free / allergic to nuts etc. can I still take this course?
Yes! All modules offer options for specific food requirements. The course is completely vegetarian and is plant-based. This course includes ‘milk / ghee’ (organic and comes from healthy cows) as it is traditional and central to Ayurveda. We encourage you to source your dairy products from local organic farms that treat their cows with love and respect.
What is the Wise Earth Ayurveda food philosophy?
Wise Earth Ayurveda focuses on sadhana (conscious spiritual practice and mindful awareness) and on ahimsa (non-violence). The food recommendations are vegetarian. Our intent in Living Ahimsa is to honor Mother Earth, her seeds, her elements, her cycle, her lifeforce. In honoring her, we honor ourselves, we honor life, and all living things.
Is the Darshana CD and Chant Booklet part of the course?
Yes it is included! If you’d like to purchase it aside from the course you can here and you will receive a link to download it right away:
What if I fall behind in my studies?
We are really keen to keep you on track and support you through to graduation. This course offers several Live Interactive Sessions with Wise Earth Ayurveda Master Tutors & Sadhakas. You are also given several inspiring Quizzes in each lesson to keep you on track. Moreover, we send you frequent email reminders to help you easily flow with your studies. We also provide you with Facebook FBS private group page wherein you can share your glories and challenges with your fellow colleagues. We ask that you do your best to stay current with both your studies and attendance of the Live sessions, especially if you are seeking WEA Certification.
Should you fall way back with your studies, we hope you will continue to its completion. We also grant additional time beyond completion of each course where you may continue to have access to the Curricula and your study materials However, not keeping apace with the WEA studies and Certification Criteria will result in a non-certified studies.
I’m not a great cook is that OK?
Yes. The lessons are simple (although cultivating mindful awareness is a lifetime’s work!) and you will be given lots of wonderful recipes to follow and fall in love with. Cooking the sadhana way is a yoga, a meditation, a joyful practice unlike anything you've experienced in a kitchen. Imagine setting up a prayerful space, doing a food blessing, chanting joyfully, ridding your frustration while you pounding grains or grinding spice-seeds. Yum.
What You Can Do with FBS Certification~
*WEA -FBS Certification/Permitted Application of FBS Education: Once a student has successfully completed the FBS Training, and passes the Final Examination, a Wise Earth Ayurveda-Food, Breath & Sound Certificate will be issued to you. This WEA Certificate grants the following permission:
~ To use/identify the FBS work as a FBS Consultant in Private Consultancy
~ To teach/instruct/identify FBS workshops in general Onsite public forums and laypersons.
~ To do informal onsite sessions with community members to hone your skills while helping others.
~ The appropriate printed, and spoken credit line, must accompany all or any part of these public teachings as follows:
"Wise Earth Ayurveda: Food, Breath & Sound "~
What constitutes “successful” completion of your FBS Course work?
Trainees must meet the following criteria:
Final Test Marks (85% pass score for FBS Training Course. Test submission/completion must occur within the granted period of 3O days following the end of this course). If failed, an extension of 3O days and another chance to take the test is granted and marked again.
Timely attendance of your weekly studies, as well as, attending the Live Sessions, or at the least, keeping up with the recording of Live Sessions.
Having successfully completed this course, along with your final test, you will receive a Wise Earth Ayurveda~ Food Breath & Sound Certificate from the school which is recognized by NAMA's ACE continuing education.
When do the Live Tutorial Sessions occur? Who are the Tutors?
The Live Tutorial Sessions are held fortnightly. They are each approximately 1 hour long. Generally, they are scheduled at 4:OOpm ET [New York Time]. There is a dedicated "Comment" space within your Curricula wherein you may write out your questions. All Q's will be answered at your interactive sessions with your tutors.
Your Tutors for this Food, Breath & Sound Training are WEA Master Teachers, and Trained WEA Sadhakas who were personally trained by Maya Tiwari.