In the beginning there was a vision: To create a place where Ayurveda and Yoga are lived and taught. What was still missing was a place where we could realize our plan. In the small village of Birstein-Obersotzbach, 70 km from the gates of Frankfurt, we finally found what we were looking for: a historic forester's house under monument protection, surrounded by beautiful nature. After the first inspection, we drove home with the feeling: That's it!
From forester's house to international academy
Mark: We bought the house and started renovating it. Fortunately, my father was an architect and was able to support us. We financed the project with an idea that would be called "crowd funding" today: family, friends and even some of our craftsmen lent us small amounts. Together with our own resources, that was enough to gradually transform the forester's house with its old barn into a small seminar center.
Kerstin: Yes, we had a seminar room, a kitchen with a dining room and a guest house for the participants. And of course the old forester's house, into which we moved ourselves and where our three children grew up later. Today we use it for the office space, but in some places the old structures still shine through. At that time we would never have dreamed that a modern, international academy would develop from this.
Mark: That's right. The focus has always been on bringing yoga and Ayurveda to Europe in an integrative and non-dogmatic way so that people can also benefit from this wealth of knowledge here. Ayurveda has so many facets: traditional medicine, oil massages, herbal therapies, nutrition ... Even small, simple Ayurveda measures can do so much for your own health and many of our students have even found new professional perspectives for themselves . You use Ayurvedic methods, for example, as a doctor, therapist or nutritionist.
The love for India - authentic Ayurveda
Kerstin: Since our trip to India, we have felt deeply connected to this country, its culture and the people. From the very beginning of the academy, we traveled a lot in India to study Ayurveda at the source and to establish contacts with Ayurveda doctors and universities. The long-standing friendship with our Indian partners is a great enrichment on the personal level, but also for our qualified Ayurveda training and research.
Mark: The first Indian lecturer is Dr. Gupta has been there from the very first training! And to this day he not only teaches Ayurvedic medicine. He still attaches great importance to giving our 6-day basic course twice a year so that newcomers understand the Ayurvedic principles from the ground up. Only that we have meanwhile become the leading Ayurveda competence center in Europe, with locations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. At some point the name was changed to the European Academy for Ayurveda.
Kerstin: In fact, we have succeeded in infecting people with our enthusiasm for Ayurveda: More than 25,000 people have now studied Ayurveda as a healing and art of living with us. And it goes on and on: It was only in 2015 that we added a new therapy center to the academy in Birstein. There is a AyurSoul Concept Store in Frankfurt and we have had a modern eAcademy online since 2020.
Mark: Despite all the dynamism, one thing has remained to this day: The love for Ayurveda and what we do. Perhaps one reason why the students keep telling us:
To be back in Birstein feels like coming home.