Living Ayurveda Internship and Programs at Banyan Farm

Living Ayurveda Internship and Programs at Banyan Farm

Banyan Botanicals and Banyan Farm share the belief that our connection to nature is vital to the future of human and planetary well-being. The immersive educational experiences offered at the farm are a living embodiment of this guiding principle, created to revive and strengthen a connection to nature, to Ayurveda, and to oneself.

These offerings have limited spots available, and include the Wilderness Immersion, the Land-Based Resiliency Course, and the Living Ayurveda Internship.

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Educational Immersions at Banyan Farm

As an educational farm, Banyan Farm's vision is to provide in-depth educational programs that inspire personal transformation through meaningful relationships with the natural world. Their immersive experiences are designed to foster a thorough integration of place-based living and learning.

Wilderness Immersion: During this 5-day program in the Klamath Mountains, you will explore the foundations of bioregional Ayurveda through daily excursions, plant walks, botany, wild tending, and plant-based herbalism. Learn more and apply.

Land-Based Resiliency: In this 2-week course, you will contemplate building a sustainable future alongside the environment through soil tending, food preservation, herbal preparations, nature connection, and more. Learn more and apply.


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The Living Ayurveda Internship

The Living Ayurveda Internship (LAI) is an immersive program committed to inspiring the holistic stewardship of both our health and the environment through nature-based farming and Ayurveda training. LAI is an Ayurvedic and organic farming internship where interns explore key concepts of Ayurveda while gaining hands-on experience with medicinal herb and vegetable cultivation.

LAI is a 7-week intensive program at Banyan Farm in Williams, Oregon, blending together Ayurveda and herbalism in a field-based setting. Our interns walk away from LAI with a better understanding of Ayurveda, a deeper relationship with nature and their own personal health, and the skills to practice bioregional Ayurveda in their own home environments.

This program is rigorous: interns need to be prepared physically and mentally to immerse themselves in the program and in community, working, learning, and living alongside other like-minded individuals.

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Program Sessions and Dates

We offer two 7-week internships per year.


Session 1:
May 18th–July 4th

Session 2:
August 24th–October 10th

Tending the Farm

Interns spend Monday through Thursday working alongside the Banyan Farm team, at an average of 25 hours each week. Each day is dynamic, with many opportunities to learn.

While incredibly rewarding, this work is demanding. Interns must be in good physical condition and prepared to work in all weather conditions, rain or shine.

Farm tasks include: seeding, weeding, harvesting, compost making, washing plant material, CSA gathering, apothecary and dry room maintenance, and general grounds keeping.


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In the Classroom

Classes are offered on weekday evenings and weekends throughout the internship, averaging 10–18 hours of learning time each week.

Offerings include: basic Ayurveda training that covers Ayurvedic philosophy, history, and practice; cultivation of Ayurvedic medicinals; wildcrafting; botany; plant meditations; herbal medicine making; nutrition and cooking; yoga; practitioner skills; body systems; Vedic astrology; and much more. This curriculum honors indigenous traditions and builds awareness of movements for the decolonization of Ayurveda and Yoga, as well as the universal needs for social, economic, racial, and food justice. Take a look at our sample calendar

Jessie Baijnauth

“This internship is life changing. It's something one needs to experience to understand, and everyone will walk (skip, dance, frolic) away with something really special that colors and informs the rest of their existence. If I could do it all over again, and again, I would in a heartbeat. Everyone who feels called to the LAI program will need to know that it's not easy. You'll be called to step up and be your best self in every situation and interaction.”— Jessie Baijnauth

About Our Teachers

LAI teachers include Ayurvedic practitioners, farmers, herbalists, astrologers, yoga teachers, and regional experts. Collectively, they weave their passions and skills into this comprehensive offering.

Meet the Faculty

Ali Mramor

Ali comes from a varied background ranging from farming, gardening, and herbalism, to yoga and martial arts, to social justice, community organizing and facilitation that spans over 25 years and several continents. She has a passion for the interconnection of people and plants and the wellbeing of both.

Ali grew up in Ohio and earned her Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Studies from the Western College Program at Miami University, where she worked on her first organic farm. She went on to organize around social justice in Cincinnati while working with youth in urban gardens and helping to open a hip hop youth arts center. After suffering from activism burnout, Ali moved to California where she deepened her yoga, martial arts, and natural healing studies. Her herbalism background includes Ayurvedic as well as Traditional Chinese and Western herbalism, studying with the East West School of Planetary Herbology.

She is very grateful to now be at Banyan Farm which encompasses so many of her interests and passions. Ali is also grateful and excited to have the opportunity to witness to the inevitable growth of the LAI interns and BAI students alongside the continued growth of Banyan Farm.

Alicia Diaz

Alicia Lynn Diaz lives a life dedicated to sharing the beauty of Ayurveda with open-hearted seekers of natural healing and authentic living. A certified Ayurvedic Health Practitioner and Clinical Physiologist, she currently focuses her professional practice on Ayurvedic Psychology, trauma healing, and resolving chronic illnesses rooted in emotional disturbance.

She takes a warm, inviting approach to teaching and counseling that many experience as uplifting, empowering, and transformational in many areas of life. She is grateful and deeply indebted to her mentors of Ayurveda, Vaidyas Pankaj Naram, Vasant Lad and Nuva Yeetah, Dr. Claudia Welch, her spiritual teachers, her family, and her family's native lands of Puerto Rico and the Philippines. 

Beverly Foster

Beverly is an Ayurvedic Practitioner, 500 hour Ayurvedic Yoga Instructor, Herbalist, and Educator. She graduated from The Ayurvedic Institute in 2016 and is a professional member of the National Ayurvedic Medical Association (NAMA). Beverly offers Ayurvedic consultations and treatments through her personal practice, Shine Ayurveda, in the Ashland, Oregon area. She teaches courses for the LAI and BAI programs through the Banyan Farm as well as teaches classes in the local community.

Beverly has over 10 years of experience with herbal medicine, including compounding traditional Ayurvedic herbal medicine and jams, managing an Apothecary for a local Naturopathic Cancer Clinic, running an organic herb farm in the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina, and working in the Herb Department at The Ayurvedic Institute compounding Dr. Vasant Lad's herbal formulas. She holds a B.A. in Religious Studies from the College of Charleston, SC with a focus on Eastern Sacred Texts, including those held in the lineage of Ayurveda. Inspired by her mother's personal healing experience with Ayurveda, she was led to Albuquerque, NM to study with Dr. Lad.

With a passion for exploring the outdoors, Beverly is inspired by her surrounding environment and incorporates her observations of nature into her work and relationship with Ayurveda. She spends her time studying Ayurveda, hiking around Southern Oregon, and caring for her property. Her experience with organic farming complements her take on nutrition and diet and supports her in sharing that knowledge with others.

Cassidy Acacia

Cassidy Acacia, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, YACEP, has been on the yogic path for 20 years and teaching since 2004. Her dynamic approach to yoga is a synthesis of her in-depth studies of: Iyengar and Prajna Yoga, Ayurveda, Insight Meditation, and Poetry.

Cassidy's classes focus on healthy alignment of the physical body and sensitive attunement to the subtle body. She brings a sense of humor, earthiness, and clarity to her teachings as well as deep reverence for the practice. She weaves mantra, philosophy, and elemental theory into her classes, teacher training, and private yoga sessions.

She served as core faculty at the Hawthorn Institute from 2014–2019. 

Jeff Harris

Jeff is the Lead Formulator and lab guru for new product development at Banyan Botanicals. He is a naturalist, botanist, and alchemical seeker. He has worked and been trained under the guidance of Sajah Popham and completed the herbal field studies program at The Hawthorn Institute in 2019.

He has been on the pursuit of botanical and fungal studies for almost the last 2 decades. He has been exploring the myriad of ways to work and interact with the natural world professionally and as a lifestyle. His breadth of wisdom and experience range from a Bachelor's degree in Botany, entheogenic spiritual studies, western herbalism, yoga, Ayurveda, natural foods and produce, gardening, permaculture, landscaping, developing a food business and most recently pursuing the alchemical arts and medicine crafting.

Jeff is fascinated about the creation, transformation and preservation of plant and fungal medicine and continues to learn about modern extraction technology while remembering sacred traditions.

Kelsi Wathen

Kelsi is a community herbalist and medicinal herb farmer.

She integrates her knowledge of Ayurveda and Western herbalism by working with local plants through an Ayurvedic lens. She is passionate about empowering people to take their health into their own hands and hopes to inspire those around her to reconnect with wild spaces and their own inner ecology.

Kelsi has studied at Hawthorn Institute and The dhyana Center and is currently working toward her Ayurvedic Health Counselor certification.

Keshari Das

Keshari Das is a Brooklyn-based Ayurvedic Practitioner, offering traditional bodywork and educational workshops. She comes from a family of satyagrahis – nonviolent freedom fighters in India's independence movement – and her early exposure to Gandhian principles inspired her exploration along paths of mindful practice. She has devoted herself to lifelong study of Ayurveda and is committed to sharing the teachings of this empowering wisdom tradition in an inclusive, antiracist, accessible, and sustainable manner.

Keshari has immersed in studies with Vasant Lad, MASc, and faculty, Dr. Claudia Welch, Dr. Robert Svoboda, Karen Rose, Tyler Wauters, and the inaugural cohort of the Living Ayurveda Internship, amongst many beloved others. Now she is grateful to serve with Ali Mramor as LAI Co-Coordinator.

Otherwise, Keshari can often be found wandering the east coast, accompanying her partner in the practice of kirtan. In between, she dabbles in design and illustration, and dotes on her dog.

Nikimbre' Daniels

As a child growing up in the piney woods of Northeast Texas, Nikimbre' has always felt a deep connection with plants, and nature. As a vessel of the beauty nature has to offer, connecting people and plants through relations is a blessed honor of Nikimbre'. Her classes entail a rich importance and remembrance of plants, allowing intuition to be the driving vessel in which it is used.

In 2017, Nikimbre' attended Appalachia School of Herbalism, and taught for the Blue Ridge School of Herbal Medicine in 2022. She operates a small batch, grass roots apothecary—Herbal Euphoria. Nikimbre' is currently enrolled in the Ayurvedic Clinical Foundations program through Dhyana Essentials. Nikimbre' finds weaving Ayurveda, postpartum care, and western herbalism a Divine mission.

Tikka Kumar

Tikka is a trained Ayurvedic Practitioner, who is currently the Research and Product Development Manager at Banyan. As part of her role, she acts as the liaison with other departments to follow through with new product launches. In addition, she manages all projects tied with the research, development, and launch of new products.

Tikka is an avid learner of the Sanskrit language and enjoys decoding and understanding ancient Ayurvedic scriptures. She has a passion for Sanskrit literature, Ayurvedic cooking, yoga, and pranayama. As a devoted nature lover, she strives to connect with all forms of energies present in nature.

Tommy Redding

Tommy Redding is a dirt worshipper, naturalist, educator, and farmer.

Tommy has been growing food and medicine in the Williams area for the past 10 years, and for the past 7 years has worked closely with new farmers to train the next generation of homesteaders and food producers. He is passionate about strengthening local food systems, building soil, and the connections between the plants of the farm and the wild plants of our surrounding bioregion. Tommy finds daily inspiration in the personal transformation that he has seen take place in the garden and seeks to support others in creating a deeper connection with their bodies and the source of their sustenance.

Tyler Wauters

Tyler is the Plant Education Director at Banyan Botanicals, a place-based herbalist, Ayurvedic practitioner, and founder of Hawthorn Institute.

Tyler has devoted his life to the practice of bioregional Ayurveda and community herbalism. He brings his passion and knowledge of nature into everything he shares. Tyler's intention is to ignite deeper connections to place, people, and plants.

Tyler has studied with Vasant Lad, MASc, Dr. Claudia Welch, Sonia Masocco, Isla Burgess, 7song, and Frank Cook. He thanks all of his mentors for sharing life's wisdom.

Valerie Higgins

Valerie currently works as the administrator for Banyan Farm and before that spent two years in the field as a farm tender alongside the intern groups. She loves being able to help students and interns find what excites them about healing and the natural world. She is originally from Wisconsin and spent much of her life moving along the West Coast before settling down in Southern Oregon. She has now been in the Applegate Valley for 7 years.

Valerie has an Environmental Sciences B.S. degree from U.C. Santa Barbara. She continued on to study Western Herbalism at the California School of Herbal Studies and also received her certification for Clinical Herbalism from Hawthorn Institute. Valerie also spent several years co-operating Rogue Herbalism, a local non-profit pop-up herbal clinic. She has spent much of her adult life studying plant medicines and working on farms from California to Alaska.

Valerie is inspired to help make herbalism accessible to everyone and enjoys helping people find ways to bring more plant medicines into their kitchens and homes. She loves having a good laugh, sharing stories with friends, and learning from the world around her—including all of you lovely people who travel from far and wide to visit us at the farm! The intern program is very special and Valerie is honored to share in the journey with you.


Dormitory-style housing is provided in a large environmentally-friendly straw-bale home located on Banyan Farm. A monthly fee of $150 goes toward a communal food fund. Interns are responsible for their own transportation. We strongly recommend interns have health insurance or set aside an emergency medical fund for the duration of the program.


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How to Apply

Enrollment for 2024 is closed. Please check back on this page for updates on when to apply for the 2025 season. 

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Kyle Moran

“LAI could be one the most impactful experiences of your life. With the way that Ayurveda, herbalism, farming, and community are so intentionally woven together, this program provides such a beautiful and strong foundation for carrying forth and sharing the ideals of whole-istic well-being. I have been blessed by this program and I'm so excited to see where this newly attained knowledge will take me!”— Kyle Moran


The Banyan Botanicals Farm

About Banyan Farm

Banyan Farm is a 20-acre certified organic farm in Williams, Oregon. Partners of Banyan Botanicals, they practice sustainable and regenerative agricultural practices and support overall biodiversity. All vegetables and herbs grown by our partners at Banyan Farm are ethically grown, harvested, and filled with the vitality of the land and the people who nurture them.

Learn more about the farm, including the history, the region, and all that they offer.

Belinda Foreman

“Over 10 short weeks we learned how to become responsible steward of our lands and to reflect more deeply through the lens in which we view each other and world. This program is a link that weaves ancient practices into our daily lives while advocating for the nurturing of mother earth in a way that is sustainable and fosters real change. This program encouraged each of us to take a step back, breathe, and reconnect with nature and our origins.”— Belinda Foreman


Tending to the Banyan Botanicals Farm in Southern Oregon

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is this internship designed for?
  2. What qualifications do I need?
  3. Why is the program 7 weeks?
  4. What can I expect living communally for 7 weeks?
  5. Can I attend both sessions in a year?
  6. What is the difference between the two sessions?
  7. Can I have other commitments during this internship?
  8. Are there volunteer or job opportunities on the Banyan Farm after I complete the internship?
  9. Do I need a vehicle?
  10. What internet or phone access will I have while at the farm?


Living Ayurveda Internship (LAI) Housing


1. Who is this internship designed for?

This is a great opportunity for those who are interested in an immersive program and want to connect with nature as they experience organic farming, learn Ayurveda, receive some herbalist training, build their yoga practice with a focus on Ayurveda yoga, learn wildcrafting, and much more.


2. What qualifications do I need?

Because of the intensity of this program, you need to be mentally and physically fit and ready for rigorous immersion on the farm, in the class, and in communal housing.

In addition, we look for individuals who are sincerely interested in and enthusiastic about Ayurveda and herbs, and have some experience in working outdoors.


3. Why is the program 7 weeks?

This length of time allows interns to experience a full immersion, learn a substantial amount of information, and endure the intensity of the program. It also allows those outside the US to participate under a tourist visa.


4. What can I expect living communally for 7 weeks?

Dormitory-style living arrangements are provided for all interns in a beautiful eco-friendly home located on Banyan Farm. While not all meals will be shared communally, most dinners will be.

Interns will have some weekends off to take care of themselves, explore the region, study, and rest.


5. Can I attend both sessions in a year?

No, it is only possible to attend one session.


6. What is the difference between the two sessions?

The curriculum is largely the same for the spring and summer internships. The farm work changes with the seasons and the plants.

It is important for interns to be prepared for our Oregon seasons—spring and fall can be cold and wet, while summer can be very hot and dry.


7. Can I have other commitments during this internship?

Considering this program is a full-time commitment for 7 weeks, it is not possible to participate in other programs.


8. Are there volunteer or job opportunities on Banyan Farm after I complete the internship?

While possible, additional opportunities on the farm are rare.


9. Do I need a vehicle?

You don't, although you will be living rurally and would need to depend on others if you want to responsibly explore beyond Williams.


10. What internet or phone access will I have while at the farm?

Cell service is sporadic and unreliable at the Farm; internet will be available.