26-Day Intensive! Study “Live” with Karyn in Newport, RI:
Winter Option: Jan 17, 2020- Feb 11th, 2020
Fall Option: Sept 9, 2020-Oct 10th, 2020.


  • Approximately 26-Day Intensive Immersion: 139 hours. This particular program is limited to 8 students making this a very personal experience.

  • There are many lovely AirBnB’s walking distance to town and to the location of the ABS program.

  • TF Green Airport in Providence, RI is the closest airport and about a 40 minute Uber ride.

  • Kingston, RI Amtrak Station is about a 35 minute Uber ride.

  • Each individual seminar that make up the entire ABS program can be attended separately to those students not wishing to receive the full ABS Certification.

  • Click here for individual Seminar Descriptions & 2020 Dates

  • ‘Live’ ABS programs are offered once or twice every year in Newport, RI. Online ABS courses are offered anytime and self paced at this link.

  • An individual, stipulated amount of attendance is required to become a ABS SAMA Registered Graduate and receive a certificate of completion.

  • Earn 19 CEs from the NCBTMB & PACE.

  • ABS Program Master Instructors: Karyn Chabot, M.Ay, LMT, RYT, Dr. Munira Merchant, Chelynn Treteault, LMT, AHP, Joa Agnello, LMT, AHP, Gauri Trainor, LMT, RYT & and many more!



SAMA can accommodate 3 students overnight per individual seminar in Newport, RI. Meals and transportation not included. $88 per night. 1 private and 1 shared room available. Contact us for more detail.

Travel Costs

Travel costs are not included in tuition. SAMA is not responsible for refunding travel costs for long-distance students should a seminar need to be canceled due to inclement weather or illness with an instructor. Consult with someone at SAMA before purchasing airfare or making hotel reservations.

bigstock-Oil-Massage-In-Thai-Spa-44252788 (1).jpg

Become a Registered Ayurvedic Bodywork Specialist (ABS) Teacher! 

Prerequisites for becoming an ABS Certified Teacher:  Candidates must speak to Karyn about this for approval, as well as take the program twice. The 2nd time, candidates will be groomed and trained by one of SAMA’s Master Instructors, as well as expected to lead some portions of the program during their 2nd round. Graduates of 2 full ABS programs will be awarded a Masters certification for teaching and eligible to distribute NCBTMB continuing education credits to their students under SAMA.  The requirements for ABS Teacher Training are still under development and are subject to change.

ABS Master Teacher Requirements

  • Participated and graduated from SAMA's ABS program twice

  • Pass the verbal and practical ABS exam with 85% or higher

  • Graduate from a 500 or more hour AHC program

  • Natural affinity and ability to teach

  • Clinical intern teaching hours for experience and grooming

  • State Massage License

  • Assisted in at least one ABS written and practical examination.

  • Provide documents showing 15 hours of approved continuing education in Ayurveda and Bodywork every 2 years in order to maintain your ABS status.

Bryan's Stone Art.png
Cocooning 2.jpg

Ayurvedic Bodywork Specialist (ABS)

Online Options for Distance Students Here

Karyn Marie Chabot, M. Ay, LMT, RYT Master ABS Instructor & Owner

Earn 19 CEs from the CBTMB & PACE
Tuition: $2,900 (online ABS course included)

Location: Newport, RI
Course Description

Graduates can expect to become certified and proficient in hands-on healing using the ancient wisdom of Ayurvedic principles to remedy the stress of today’s world. This metaphysical training, approved by the RIOPC and NCBTMB, will offer guided practice, concepts and theory in the foundations of medical Ayurveda. Ayurveda is the sister science to yoga and the 5,000 year old science of self-healing and longevity, recognized by the World Health Organization.

 Students will learn how to identify and classify pain, administer specific pain remedies and apply organic herbal oils with heated and chilled sea stones and crystals. Students will work with applications of healing salts, honey and pastes, fresh lemons, and marma pressure points. They will learn how to anoint therapeutic substances over the centers within the body along with sound therapy principles, energy medicine, steam and raw silk glove friction modalities. Students will be introduced to the concepts of cupping, shamanic rattles, feathers, drums and 5-metal Tibetan cowbells.  Harmonizing bodywork modalities with the seasons, doshic diets, circadian rhythms, cosmology and daily routine protocols will be explored. The material in the 280-page illustrated ABS manual and the instructional dvds are rooted in the time proven healing modalities of “pancha karma”, a Sanskrit word referring to India’s ancient purification and rejuvenation system.  

 Become the healer you were meant to be at Sacred Stone Academy. The purpose of life is a life of purpose. The meaning of life is to find your gift with the intention is to give it away. The two most important days of your life is the day you were born and the day you find out why. Mahatma Gandhi states, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service to others.” Our ABS Manual © (280 pages – 8 X 11)

“The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest hers/his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet, and in the cause and prevention of disease” — Thomas Edison

 This course was not designed for diagnostics, pulse analysis, or the replacement of a licensed massage therapy program or the allopathic medical profession, but instead, designed for harmonious integration into all indigenous and traditional medical systems. It helps if students have a massage license prior to enrolling in this course, but is not a prerequisite for this course. Though it may be a prerequisite at the “state level”, for legal reasons, if graduates intend to charge for the services outlined in this book. We recommend learning rules in the particular state in which you reside or wish to practice regarding the legality of professional massage therapy, as each state is different. Some states allow for spiritual touch healing with an online minister’s license. Shirodhara Therapy can be done, with some exceptions, without massaging the body. Therefore it may one of the therapies that would fall under the category of spiritual touch healing, not requiring a license. Each state will have a different name and description for such categories as well.

“Health is equilibrium of the dhatus. Health is happiness, disease is unhappiness.”   
Charaka Samhita Su 9/3

 Our ABS course manual was designed for two types of students: online and on-campus (Live) students. It is a compilation of many classroom handouts, slides, articles and classroom unpublished books with material that may not be found anywhere else. We seamlessly and coherently merged all this data to create this very comprehensive, unique text based on true Ayurvedic theories and experience from many licensed massage therapy instructors with extensive training and history, many of whom trained with some of the worlds Ayurveda’s leading experts and doctors.

Ayurvedic Bodywork Specialist Manual Table of Contents

Student Objectives:

  • History of Ayurveda

  • Foundations of Ayurvedic Theory

  • Doshic Pain Identification and Management

  • Principles of Ayurvedic Eating

  • Abhyanga in Tandem (Ayurvedic Massage)

  • Garshana (Friction Massage with Raw Silk Gloves)

  • Intro to Marma Point Therapy (Opening the doorways in the body)

  • Marma Stone & Crystal Therapy including head, neck, shoulders & feet

  • Sacred Stone Shirodhara Therapy including head, shoulders, neck & feet

  • Nasya & Karna Purana (Cranial Therapy)

  • Sacred Stone Massage Therapy (Shila Abhyanga)

  • Swedhana Therapy (Thermo-hydrotherapy)

  • Udhvartana Therapy (herbal paste/salt glows)

  • Eastern Cupping, Moxabustion & Eastern Meridian Therapy

  • Doshic Oil Therapy & Mixing

  • Shamanic Healing

  • So much more (See the ABS Manual table of contents listed below)

In order to create the space for others to heal, we must first establish a sattvic gentleness without our self.”
–Karyn Marie Chabot

ABS Fall 2020.png

Materials Included

(The e-dvds & webinars listed below are approximately 60-75 mins or more) 

  1. Illustrated manual 280 pages 8 X 11 instructional (copyrighted)

  2. Instructional Shirodhara Therapy e-dvd

  3. Tandem Abhyanga Therapy e-dvd

  4. Instructional Garshana & Swedhana e-dvd (aka Exfoliation/Detox Thermo-Hydrotherapy

  5. Sacred Stone Massage Therapy (Shila Abhyanga) Classroom Demonstration e-dvd

  6. Sacred Stone Marma Facial & Crystal Therapy e-dvd

  7. Sacred Stone Marma Massage Therapy e-dvd

  8. Shad Darshan – The Six Vedic Philosophies of Life Webinar

  9. Intro to Sanskrit Webinar

  10. Agni – The Digestive Fire Principle Webinar

  11. Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition Webinar

  12. Intro to Jyotish Astrology Webinar

  13. Astro-Bio-Rhythms & Dharma Types Webinar

  14. Intro to Vedic Herbology & Spices Webinar

  15. Food as Medicine Webinar

  16. And much more!

Materials Required

In our “live” Newport ABS seminars, massage tables, stone heaters, stones, and most other “equipment” will be provided by Karyn in Newport, RI for practice and learning. Students will be generally responsible to bring their own oils, linens and other topical substances at outline in the link. This link above will provide exact details for each seminar within our ABS program.

“When Sattva predominates, the light of wisdom shines through every gate of the body”.
(Bhagavad Gita 14:11)


A passion for the healing arts and a desire to serve others with pure intentions. Most anyone can enroll. We will match experienced therapists with other experienced therapists and beginners with other beginners during practicum.

Perks: All “live” ABS students will have access to our Online Ayurvedic Bodywork Specialist Course!

Save $10 on your application fee by sending a check. Click here to download, print and fill out the application. Include a $40 check payable to Karyn Chabot 26 Mumford Ave Newport, RI 02840 in your envelope to me. Be sure to include your email to receive your acceptance letter. Or use the above white Apple Now button to do everything online.

Tuition Options

After you have submitted your application and have received your acceptance letter via email, (see the above Apply Now white button) please choose from the following tuition options:

$2,800: Paid in full with a money order or personal check payable to Karyn Chabot 26 Mumford Ave Newport, RI 02840.
$2,900: Paid in full with a credit card secure here.
$3,000: Weekly Installments with a $750 deposit due by Dec 1st, 2019.
This program is limited to 8 select students only.

Newport ABS Program $3,000

Extra Fees: $5-20 per Seminar for Supplies. Students bring their own supplies. SAMA will supply the large equipment such as massage tables and more.

State Approved!

SAMA is approved to operate as a school in the state of Rhode Island and is a continuing education provider for the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB). Our Ayurvedic Bodywork Specialist Course provides unlicensed and licensed health and beauty professionals to become trained in Ayurvedic Bodywork Specialist Modalities. In the state of RI, unlicensed health and beauty professionals can legally operate under the title of Ayurveda. Please click on this link for more information regarding the legality. This course will not prepare the student to become a licensed massage therapist and is not designed for the student to learn how to manipulate the musculature, fascia or the bone structure of the client. Click here for more info about legally “touching” the body without a massage license. . 

Refund Policy

  • If a student decides not to participate in our program and informs SAMA in writing 15 days prior to the agreed upon orientation (first day), a full refund will be provided minus a $108 processing fee. The $50 application is not refundable.

  • If a student decides to withdraw from our program within 2 weeks of the first day of the program, $500 of the tuition is non-refundable.

  • If a student decides to withdraw from our program within 24-hours of, on, or after the start date, a minimum of $800 of the tuition is nonrefundable. Any additional amount due/refundable will be calculated and prorated based on the date the letter of withdrawal was received by SAMA.

  • No refunds or credit will be issued for canceled/postponed seminars for inclement weather. Every effort will be made to reschedule such training sessions.

Online Ayurvedic Training Program Course is a State Credentialed Ayurveda School approved by the CBTMB.
The Best Online Ayurvedic Health Counselor Training Course Registered Ayurveda School in the USA
Become a Registered Ayurvedic Health Counselor!  Click here to enroll in our online class now!

Missed ABS Seminar Policies

One missed seminar is permitted. Students may make up for one missed seminar in the next program without an administrative fee.  After that, any missed seminars can be made up in the next program for half the individual tuition of that particular seminar.  A student missing hours may only transfer into the next consecutive program and not into future programs without paying the re-enrollment tuition.