Next ABS Program Start Date TBA!

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.


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


  • Approximately 6-month Program: 145 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 Certified Ayurvedic Bodywork Specialist 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.


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.

Payment Options

$2,910 paid in full with bank check
$3,200 paid in full with credit card
$3,370 Installments: $800 deposit. $368/mo until paid.

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. 

Returning Students:

Graduates of The Newport Massage School, graduates of and current students of SAMA's Registered Ayurveda Health Counselor Program are eligible for a 20% discount on the ABS program.  Please contact for additional information.

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.