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Philosophy

Philosophically, I embrace the policy of the village Vaidya of old times: the client decides how much and when to pay for services according to personal means and satisfaction with the advice. Unfortunately, I have found that in contemporary America, people don't value what they don't pay for. As a result, I have set standard rates for my services. Even so, I am accustomed to accommodating those with limited budgets.

If you have a special situation, let me know. We will work something out to get you the help you want at a price you can afford.

In lieu of payment of professional fees, clients with sufficient means may make a charitable donation in my honor to the Brahmananda Saraswati Foundation to advance world peace or to the Maharishi Foundation USA for support of Maharishi's programs in their community. See below for details.

I make house-calls and meet clients in suitable, mutually convenient locations. I also offer telephonic consultations when it's not possible to meet in person. I make extensive use of email, which many clients prefer for follow up questions.

Payment is due at the time of service. I accept cash, money orders, and personal or bank checks. Because my consultations are not for the purpose of "diagnosis and treatment of disease" (as defined by western medicine), they are not generally covered by insurance.

Initial Consultation Options

You may choose to have either a comprehensive or limited initial consultation. In either case, you will not pay more than the standard comprehensive consultation fee. If you choose a comprehensive consultation, there are no limits on time.

A typical comprehensive consultation may run two to three hours or more. Following our time together, I will send you detailed, written recommendations. Then, we'll reconnect within the week to answer any additional questions you may have and make sure that you are clear how to get started on the path for improvement. This entire process is covered in full by the comprehensive initial consultation fee.

Alternatively, for those with more limited needs or budget, and especially for those having past experience with Ayurveda, I can do an initial consultation by the clock. The minimum fee is $50 for the first 10 minutes and $25 for each additional 10 minutes. There is no additional charge for review of questionnaires prior to the consultation, but the limited consultation fee does not include detailed written recommendations or a clarification conference. As a practical matter, most need at least a half-hour ($100).

Prior to your initial consultation, you should complete the New Client Questionnaire, the Health Habits Assessment, the Dosha Assessment, the Digestion Assessment, the Dosha Imbalance Assessment, and the Ama Assessment.

Personal Wellness Course

For those who desire a self-paced learning program to complement their consultation, I also offer access to the Personal Wellness Course from the The Maharishi Integrative AyurVeda Institute. See the Personal Wellness Course page for details and pricing.

Follow-Up Options

When opportunities for improvement are there, a consultation will be of little value if it does not result in desired changes. Most of my clients find Ayurvedic principles attractive, but quite different from their past habits of living. Thus, they face a learning curve for incorporating my recommendations into their daily routine. Because the natural tendency is to revert to existing habits and resist change, the journey to better health takes focused effort over time.

The first six weeks following your consultation are the most critical for building new habits of diet and daily routine. When you get a good start, you reap immediate benefits and build a platform from which it becomes easier to continue making progress.

It helps to have ongoing support from someone who has made this journey and understands the challenges. Moreover, especially when digestive disturbances or Ama are prominent, the therapy may need to be sequenced. For these reasons, follow-up is often important. It can be handled in person, over the phone or via email according to the situation. As we go along, most clients invoke all three approaches.

I don't like clients to have to worry that the "meter is running" for payment of professional fees every time they have a question or hit a road block. Such thoughts pose a barrier to getting the help needed to sustain progress. While you may "pay as you go" according to my hourly rate, you have the option to pre-pay for unlimited follow-up for either 6 weeks or 6 months at a significant discount. This is a really good deal. It reflects my commitment to your success.

Professional Fees
Ayurveda Consultations
Complete Consultation/Follow-Up Package: $700 ($1,200 for couples) - comprehensive consultation plus 6 months unlimited follow-up
Six Weeks to Health Package: $525 ($900 for couples) - comprehensive consultation plus 6 weeks unlimited follow-up
Package Extensions: $150 for each additional 6 weeks; $300 for each additional 6 months
Comprehensive Initial Consultation: $350 ($600 for couples seen together; $650 for separate visits) - does not include follow-up
Limited Initial Consultation: $50 minimum for the first 10 minutes; $25 per each additional 10 minutes
Optional recommendations summary for a Limited Initial Consultation: $75
Follow-Up Consultations: $150 per hour
Ayurvedic Vegetarian Cooking Classes: dinner - $30 per person ($50 for couples); lunch - $40 per person ($60 for couples)
Guided Grocery Shopping: $30 per person ($50 for couples)
Group Lectures on Ayurveda: no charge for groups of 6 or more adults within 50 miles whenever admission is free
House-Call Surcharge
$20 per visit within 10 miles
$50 per visit within 30 miles
$80 per visit within 50 miles
$120 per visit within 80 miles
Waived for groups of 4 or more at one location
Personal Wellness Course Options
7.5 Hour Course: $100 plus initial consultaion fee; $75 plus consultation-follow-up package fee
11 Hour Course: $150 plus initial consultaion fee; $125 plus consultation-follow-up package fee
MAPI Products
If you order herbs or personal care products from Maharishi Ayurvedic Products online or by phone 800-255-8332 and give my name as the refering provider, they will give you a 20% premium in Loyalty points applicable to future orders and I will receive a 20% commission going forward.
In some cases, comparable products are available from other manufacturers which I can recommend on request. I am always open to discussing alternatives.

Gift Certificates

Help a loved one get started on the path to self-improvement and better health. Give the gift of an Ayurveda Consultation.

Gift certificates are available in any desired amount and are normally delivered via email to either the requestor or the intended recipient. There are no service charges unless special delivery by USPS, Fedex or UPS is required. Gift certificates have no cash value and must be redeemed for Ayurveda ConsultationsSM services within 6 months of the date of issue.

Pay for your gift certificate by check, cash or money order. You will receive the gift certificate within a few hours of placing your order, but it will not be validated until funds have been received.

Transcendental Meditation Vouchers

The goal of Ayurveda is to maintain the connection of all the parts of our individuality with its source (Wholeness) in a state of perfect balance: to enable the experience of perfect health and freedom in the awareness of our own inner, infinite, unbounded, immortal Self - which is also known as Atma or transcendental, pure consciousness. TM is a powerful technology to effortlessly take the mind to this field. For this reason, I routinely recommend the regular practice of TM to my clients.

For many years, the one-time fee for initial instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique has been $960 for adults in the USA. The fee covers lifetime follow-up checking for correct meditation practice, advanced lectures and access to Maharishi's other programs. Now a tiered, income-based fee structure is in place. An adult earning less than $50,000 per year will pay $500 divided in four monthly installments. Even lower fees are available to full-time students and those receiving federal assistance. See TM.org for details.

For those earning $100,00 or more, my referral to a qualified TM instructor will limit the instruction fee to $800. I have no financial relationship with the Transcendental Meditation Program other than as a charitable donor.

Charitable Donations

In lieu of payment of professional fees, clients may make a charitable donation in my honor to one of these foundations for at least double the amount of fees incurred.

World Peace

The Brahmananda Saraswati Foundation was established to fulfill the vision of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi for creating permanent world peace. The Foundation provides all aspects of support for two large groups of Maharishi Vedic Pandits, one in India and one in the USA. The work of the pandits harnesses the power of Maharishi's technology of the Unified Field of Consciousness through advanced meditation practices and Vedic performances known as Yagya. For further explanation of this technology and of the relation between the field of Consciousness and human physiology, these videos are worth your while: Interviews with Tony Nader, MD PhD. Donations to the Brahmananda Saraswati Foundation can be made online at Maharishi Vedic Pandit Donations. Those who donate a minimum of $1,250 at one time are recognized by name in the next Yagya performance cycle.

David Lynch Foundation

For many years, David Lynch, the well-known movie director, has actively promoted Maharishi's programs. His foundation funds programs to make Transcendental Meditation available to those in need. Such groups currently include military veterans suffering from PTSD, abused women, prison inmates, and school children. The impact has been huge.

Maharishi Foundation USA

The Maharishi Foundation USA serves to make all of Maharishi's programs and knowledge available in local communities throughout the country. Your support of local TM centers helps to carry this work forward. Donations to Maharishi Foundation USA may be made online at TM.org/friends. Click on Donate Now. If you accept "TM Center expenses" as the default Type of Donation, then pick your local TM Center from the drop-down list.

Why Double the Amount?

  • Your donation is tax deductible
  • It is effectively a matching program and you are matching my donation of professional time
  • In the larger scheme of things, it would be hard to find a more worthy cause
  • It's good karma