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Ayurveda’s open house: College moves into renovated former Miners Hospital

By Marc Halpern and Laura Gerhardt

Special to The Union

After three months of remodeling the former Miners Hospital in Nevada City, the California College of Ayurveda is open to the public.



An open house to inaugurate the facilities will be from 12 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, with events and workshops continuing Sunday. The college’s Nevada City Campus is at 700 Zion St., in the Seven Hills District of Nevada City.

The day will begin with an opening ceremony at the front of the college. Twenty-minute presentations will be offered on the hour throughout the day, including an Introduction to ayurveda, tours of the site and panchakarma demonstrations.




Information stations throughout the site will highlight the curriculum and treatment modalities, which include color, touch, smell and herbs.

Workshops on Sunday will include Swami Ramdev’s pranayama and healing method, with Surendra Mehtaji, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will cover different techniques and pranas, their role in good health and managing common ailments. Bring yoga mat, towel and water bottle. Suggested donation $108, but no one will be turned away. Call (530) 478-9100 ext. 0 to register.

The new clinic will offer space for student interns and residents to provide no- and low-cost care under the supervision of experienced practitioners.

Health education programs will begin early in 2011 and feature topics including the prevention and management of heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, attention deficit disorder and autoimmune disease.

California College of Ayurveda is an educational center and a health care clinic that has operated in Nevada County for the 15 years.

‘Thanks’ to sponsors

Several western Nevada County business owners helped make the rebuilding of the new campus possible:

• Young’s Carpet One provided carpet and flooring through donations and reduced cost of materials and labor.

• Sharon Altieri Real Estate contributed more than $10,000 toward the new roof.

• Ramon West, builder and handyman, performed remodeling work at reasonable prices.

• Foothill Mattress and Bedding significantly reduced the cost of furnishing the overnight panchakarma facility.

• The Magic Carpet contributed $1,000, making possible the purchase of statues of Ganesha and Lakshmi for the entrance, classroom and upstairs altar.

California College of Ayurveda founder and Executive Director Marc Halpern is a doctor of chiropractic.


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