Nature as Medicine — Gaia and Your Health, Vitality, and Spiritual Unfoldment

Learn how to take care of your body in a way that enables spiritual unfoldment and supports joyful living.

Recording of a live five-session webinar

As our lives have become more complicated and organized around technological advances, our health has faltered. This series will look at how interlinked the health of our bodies is with the health of Gaia, and the ways in which genuine healing can address both.

Flowing river with statue at Earthaven Ecovillage
I’ve known Swami Ravi (Rudy Ballentine) for 15 years now and have had the pleasure to be taught by him on many occasions. His expertise in wholistic health is astounding and his dedication to living in right relationship with Gaia is inspiring. Rudy never fails to surprise me with new facts and insights around the ways nature and humans relate and are intertwined in deeply spiritual ways.
Mana V., Black Mountain, NC

Kimchi with her death team


Session 1: Introduction: Our relationship with nature, microbes, vitality, and diet
Session 2: Healing as Reconnection
Session 3: Clarity of Mind
Session 4: Natural Medicinals
Session 5: The Great Healing

Key Course Outcomes

  • Discuss the dimensions of health.
  • Explore how health, vitality, and spiritual unfoldment are aspects of the same journey.
  • Discover the inner world where integration happens.
  • Learn how to take care of your body in a way that enables spiritual unfoldment and supports joyful living.
Yoga pose


Donation Options: $145 — $195 — $250

Because some people have more financial means than others, this program has a sliding scale fee system to accommodate a range of economic realities. The middle of the scale reflects the value we believe the program holds, and the low-end offers a more accessible entry point. By choosing a higher price point, you are helping make the program more accessible to others.


We offer 50% scholarships to black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) who otherwise would not be able to afford to attend. We understand that BIPOC experience more financial and institutional barriers to participation, and this is one way we are able to create more access. If you identify as BIPOC and would like to receive a scholarship, please contact us at [email protected].

About the Instructor

Swami Ravi

Swami Ravi Rudra Bharati


Swami Ravi Rudra Bharati was a clinical professor of psychiatry at LSU in New Orleans before going to India to train in homeopathy and ayurveda in 1973. He returned to help with the fledgling Himalayan Institute, where he set up a combined therapy program and developed a chain of holistic medical centers in the Northeast and Midwest. After writing Radical Healing as a completion of his medical and psychiatric career in 1998, he turned to teaching the principles of tantra that had run through his 20 years of study under Swami Rama. He took his sannyasa in the fall of 2016, and now teaches and writes at Dancing Shiva at Earthaven Ecovillage.