Next ABS Program Start Date 2019
Only 8 Students Allowed in this Class!

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  • Approximately 6-month Program: 132 hours.

  • ABS Schedule: Noon-6pm 1-2 weekends per month

  • ABS programs begins once every year

  • Seminar Descriptions

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

  • Earn 50 CEs from the NCBTMB, PACE (NAMA) & Yoga Alliance

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

Travel Costs

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.

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 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 approved by NAMA

  • Natural affinity and ability to teach

  • Clinical intern teaching hours for experience and grooming

  • LMT

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

 This is a living, breathing schedule that may give rise to some minor changes, so please check the website frequently.

This is a living, breathing schedule that may give rise to some minor changes, so please check the website frequently.


Ayurvedic Bodywork Specialist (ABS)

SAMA’s Ayurvedic Bodywork Specialist program is designed to teach the student how to promote holistic healing for mind, body and spirit. Students will learn specific applications of oils, poultices, thermo and hydrotherapy, healing muds/pastes, herbal potions and the anointing of therapeutic substances on the body.  Our Ayurvedic Bodywork Specialist will learn how to harmonize bodywork modalities with the seasons, using neutral, safe and innocuous oils, healing applications and pastes as well as be able to demonstrate proficiency on exactly how to touch the body as well as perform Ayurvedic techniques to benefit every client safely and effectively, no matter their doshic imbalance or constitution. This will be a fun, insightful, healing and comprehensive class! The premise of the ABS course is based on the ancient healing modalities of pancha karma, but is modified such that the graduate’s scope of practice is geared for the “general” population and not for medical or clinical purposes. Clinical pancha karma should be performed with or by a doctor and is considered a very medically effective, time-proven and effective approach to transforming the human physiology.

Our Ayurvedic Bodywork Specialist students will learn many pancha karma modalities, but will not be expected to diagnose, take the pulse, or determine doshic imbalances in the client. Graduates in RI  will be eligible to work in a hotel spas, yoga studios, health clubs spa, in their homes or wellness/healing center, as long as you are not doing or claiming to be a massage therapist. Every state has different requirements, so inquire with your state board of health for details if you are not from RI.

Scholarship Eligibility

Graduates from SAMA's Ayurvedic Bodywork Specialist (ABS) Program may be eligible for a partial scholarship towards our Ayurvedic Health Counselor (AHC) Program and vice versa. Click here to apply for a scholarship. Print, fill out the form, scan or photo copy with a smart phone and attach to this email: After a board review, applicants will receive a reply within 7 days.

Payment Options

$2,910 paid in full with bank check 60 days prior to start date.
$3,200 paid in full with credit card 60 days prior to start date.
$3,370 Installments (or pay in full with credit card) or anyone enrolling within 60 days of the start date: $800 deposit. $429/mo until paid. Pay in full within 60 days of enrollment using a bank check and save $100.
Extra Fee: $5-20 per Seminar for Supplies. Students bring their own supplies.

State Approved!

SAMA is approved to operate as a school in the state of Rhode Island and is also approved by the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA) 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. 


 A passion for the healing arts and very basic amount of information on Ayurveda. 

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Refund Policy

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

  • 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 $1,500 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.

Missed ABS Seminar Policies

One missed seminar is allowed and a make up for it in the next program without an administrative fee.  After that, any seminars that are missed and needing to be made up in the next enrollment will be charged an extra $108 administration fee per seminar.  A student missing hours may only transfer into the next consecutive program and not into future programs without paying the re-enrollment tuition.