Kathā Cikitsā:
The Healing Power of Storytelling

where the ancient art of narrative meets the wisdom of Ayurveda

A Satsangam Retreat w. Drs. Robert Svoboda, Ramkumar, Claudia Welch, Fred Smith & more.
Daily Yoga with Scott Blossom

May 3rd – 6th , 2024

Join us for our 4th Satsangam Retreat in Taos, New Mexico to delve into the therapeutic dimensions of storytelling. The retreat is designed for those who cherish stories, as well as for anyone seeking to understand how to construct or choose stories that act as the right medicine in varied situations.

Throughout this engaging healing retreat, participants will explore how various principles of Ayurveda apply to storytelling, and how to identify the therapeutic potential of narratives. We will explore how to discern whether a story is stabilizing (bṛṃhaṇa) or activating (laṅghana); how it can be tailored to pacify vāta, pitta, or kapha imbalances; how it relates to sattva, rajas and tamas and other traditional concepts, like the five vāyus. Participants will leave with an enhanced ability to determine the healing properties of stories, recognize those suitable for specific individuals, and enrich their therapeutic toolbox with new, meaningful stories. This is an invitation to immerse in the profound legacy of the Indian tradition of storytelling (Kathā Paramparā) and discover the potent blend of storytelling and Ayurveda as a tool for healing and connection.

Scott Blossom, who has thirty years of studying Haṭha Yoga including more than 20 years studying forms of yogic practice based on South Indian yogic, dance, and martial traditions, will lead us in movement, breathing, and meditation practices.

  • Love stories
  • Provide counsel to others personally or professionally
  • Would like to bring more awareness to how to construct or choose a story that will act as the right medicine at the right time
  • Are a student or practitioner of any Indian knowledge system and would like to enrich your study and/or practice
  • Desire to enhance your understanding of the context from which Indian knowledge systems arise
  • Are hungry for a rejuvenating retreat amidst the stunning beauty of Taos, NM with like minded souls
  • Are interested to hear Dr. Svoboda in one of his very rare public appearances
  • Would like to come, lay down, and sink into a magical journey
  • How to identify whether a story is building and nourishing (bṛṃhaṇa) or stimulating and motivating (laṅghana)
  • Determine whether a bṛṃhaṇa or laṅghana story will be more medicinal in any given situation.
  • How to identify whether a story is more vāta, pitta or kapha pacifying
  • Learn the correlation of the five vāyus with the properties and movement of qualities, (“shapes”) of stories
  • Acquire guidelines for determining whether a particular story will act as medicine or poison
  • Learn some stories to add to your therapeutic Toolbox
  • Experience the effect of different types of stories
  • Determine the properties and movement qualities of individual stories
  • Determine what properties or types of movement will act as medicine for a particular person
  • Learn new stories to use as medicine


  • Organic Morning Breakfast
  • Storytime
  • Organic Ayurvedic Lunch
  • Storytime
  • Yoga Nidra
  • Organic Ayurvedic Dinner
  • Kirtan
  • Divination Ceremony – Bone Throw
  • Fire Ceremony
  • Ojo Calente Mineral Springs
  • Jyotisha astrology readings (additional cost)
  • Location
    • TaoSatva #2 Upper Las Colonias rd. El Prado, NM 87529
      2.5 hours from the Albuquerque International Sunport ABQ
      1.5 hours from the Santa Fe Regional Airport SAF
  • Housing
    • Your retreat does not include housing. You will need to explore local inns, hotels or short term rentals like Air BnB. Taos boasts a variety of accommodations to match many budgets.
  • Retreat Includes
    • Daily Yoga & Practice
    • 8 Gourmet, Organic, Meals
    • Day at Ojo Caliente
  • Not Included
    • Flights To/From New Mexico
    • Airport Transfer To/From Taos
    • Lodging
    • Optional Excursions
  • Refunds
    • If cancellation occurs before 30 days in advance, receive a full refund minus a USD 108 administrative fee
    • If cancelation occurs within 30 to 15 days in advance, receive a 50% refund
    • If cancellation occurs within 15 days in advance, no refund is possible
  • Registration begins at 4 pm Friday 3rd
  • Closing circle at 11 am on Monday 6th – participants will all be going to Ojo Caliente Mineral Spring where they are invited to stay until closing at 10 pm.

Retreat Instructors



Dr Claudia






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