ginko Classes 2016


• Living Wisdom Foundations of Ayurveda Course

Autumn special group enrollment for yoga practitioners and teachers from Maine and around the world.
Learn more about the year long course and Enroll


• Ayurveda Study Group for those enrolled in
The Foundations of Ayurveda Course before September 15th, 2016

Location: Moksha Center, 110 Auburn Street, Portland, Maine
To register, contact Gina

Thursday September 15th
Ayurvedic Vision of Health and The 4 Goals of a Balanced Life

Thursday October 20th
The 5 Elements: Recognizing the play of the elements within us and in the world

Thursday November 10th
Understanding ourselves through Vata, Pitta, Kapha

ginko Classes and Events 2014

Gina Mastroluca and Anne McIntyre have launched an online course in Ayurveda!
Living Wisdom: The Foundations of Ayurveda Course

Livng Wisdom


ginkoClasses Taught in 2012

Gina Interviews Anne Mcintyre about Calm Mind Joyful Heart.

Listen to the interview.

• Calm Mind, Joyful Heart at AVENA BOTANICALS:
Healing the Mind with Flowers and Meditation

Calm Mind Joyful HeartWith Anne McIntyre & Gina Mastroluca
Wednesday August 29th 2012

“Nobody sees a flower really; it is so small and takes time. We haven’t time, and to see takes time—like to have a friend takes time.” Georgia O’Keefe

Flowers represent the full potential of a plant and help us to nurture our own potential for health and happiness. Join us for an experiential retreat day of exploring the sensory beauty and healing energy of some of the most important healing flowers for our mind and hearts. Anne and Gina will weave together meditation practice to cultivate pure awareness, Ayurvedic teachings on the mind and emotions, and the therapeutic brilliance of flowers. This class is appropriate for those new to herbs, meditation and Ayurveda or those wanting to deepen their knowledge and experience. This year, we are happy to be hosted in the beautiful healing gardens of Avena Botanicals in Rockport, Maine.

Space is limited at Avena, please register early if you plan to attend.

Anne McIntyre is a Medical Herbalist, Ayurvedic Practitioner and the author of 18 books on herbalism and Ayurveda. Her latest book, The Ayurvedic Bible is an excellent introduction to Ayurvedic Medicine. Anne and Gina have been collaborating on the Calm Mind, Joyful Heart series of experiential workshops for the last many years and love to be in Avena’s healing garden!  


• The Healing Wisdom and Herbal Medicine of Ayurveda

The Ayurveda BibleWith author and herbalist, Anne McIntyre
Saturday, September 1st, 2012

How can the healing wisdom of India help us to live a healthy and balanced way of life?

Anne McIntyre will teach this daylong introduction to the philosophy, principles and herbal medicine of this 5,000 year old system of health and longevity. With the tools and teachings of Ayurveda, we‘re inspired to take care of mind, body and spirit and live a vital and healthy life. Anne has been a popular presenter at Moksha Center over the last 10 years and we are happy to have her return. She teaches in a clear and easy to grasp style with humor and joy. This course is ideal for those new to Ayurveda, yoga students and teachers, body workers and health care providers.

What you will learn:


• Calm Mind Joyful Heart:
Healing the Mind and Heart through the Wisdom of Ayurveda

With Anne McIntyre & Gina Mastroluca
October 27th and 28th 2012 Cheltenham, England.


ginkoClasses Taught in 2011

• Calm Mind, Joyful Heart:
Healing Depression and Anxiety through the Wisdom of Ayurveda

Calm Mind Joyful HeartWith Anne McIntyre & Gina Mastroluca
Saturday, June 4th

The intention of this workshop is to present the view and principles of Ayurveda, the ancient medical system of India, in the context of the causes and treatment of depression and anxiety. Ayurveda is a comprehensive, mind-body model of health and offers much practical and inspired wisdom. This has great relevance for the modern health practitioner—counselors, yoga teachers, bodyworkers, herbalists and allopathic practitioners.

We will review a western understanding and treatment of depression and explore how the Ayurvedic treatment of mind and emotions could be integrated. We will discuss prevention of depression and anxiety and how to cultivate a calm and stable mind. Nutrition, mindfulness meditation and pranayama are three main healing practices that restore the flow of mental and emotional health. Building ojas (reserves), balancing prana (life energy) and cooling Pitta (principle of heat) will be of special interest. This workshop will be held at a Tibetan Meditation Center in Portland, Maine and integrate presentation, discussion and experiential exercises

Author and Ayurvedic Practitioner, Anne McIntyre and Polarity Therapist, Gina Mastroluca have been collaborating and presenting workshops together for the past many years in the Calm Mind, Joyful Heart series. They are grateful for the inspiration and vast wisdom of the Ayurvedic teachings and are happy to be able to share them with others.

• Anne McIntyre at Avena Botanicals!

Ayurvedic Treatment of Children Avena Botanicals, Rockport, Maine
Saturday, May 28th

Order Anne's Book!
Herbal Treatment of Children

• David Crow in Maine!

Aromatherapy with David Crow Ayurveda and Aromatherapy
The Medicinal and Sacred uses of Essential Oils

Sunday, September 25th

David Crow is an aromatic botanical medicine expert, author, grassroots health care visionary, acupuncturist, and ayurvedic teacher. We are delighted to have him teach here in Portland!

This workshop offers a practical introduction to the vast world of essential oils in the context of Ayurvedic Medicine. We will explore the most important oils and how they can be applied according to the doshas, sub doshas, dhatus (tissue levels), gunas (qualities), and bhutas (elements). Topics covered will include the relationships among prana, olfaction, fragrance, and consciousness. We will also work with sacred oils to calm the mind, sharpen concentration, inspire metta (loving kindness), increase awareness of prana, and get into deeply relaxed states of consciousness.

Click here for David Crow's excellent Botanical Medicine community resource!

ginkoClasses Taught in 2010

• Introduction to Tibetan
Buddhist Meditation

April 18th to May 16th

Gina will co-lead this class with Kiki O'Connell at Vajra Vidya Portland.

• Yoga & Ayurveda Retreat at LifeBridge Sanctuary -
Rejuvenate the Body and Mind for Pitta Season

Leigh Evans, Gina Mastroluca & Annie Kunjappy
June 11-13th

Summer is the season of Pitta Dosha, the fire element. It is a period of luxurious growth, expansive energy, and joyful expression. This weekend retreat will focus primarily on balancing and restoring the body and mind for the Pitta season. Join us for joyous heart opening yoga practices with New York City Yoga instructor extraordinaire Leigh Evans, inspiring ayurvedic classes with Gina, and a delicious Ayurvedic culinary experience with Annie Kunjappy. Enjoy the lightness of being that is in harmony with the spirit of Summer abundance. The retreat will be held at the Lifebridge Sanctuary, a gorgeous retreat center in the Hudson Valley with stunning views of the Catskills, organic gardens, and 95 acres of woodland and open space to explore. It is a perfect place to retreat into the natural world!

• Calm Mind, Joyful Heart:
Emotional and Spiritual Health through Ayurveda

With Anne McIntyre & Gina Mastroluca
Saturday August 28th

Spiritual and Emotional health is the foundation for energy, vitality and happiness. How do we cultivate and balance the flow of prana through the channels of the subtle anatomy to transform the heart and mind? Our focus for this day will be the emotional and spiritual applications of Botanicals, Mantra and Achara Rasayanas (ethical actions). We will draw upon the healing tools of Ayurveda as we discuss aspects of mind and emotion that disturb our calm and joy. Among the topics will be: depression, anger, fear, insomnia, anxiety, agitated mind, panic attacks, grief, addiction, ADD, bipolar disease and OCD. This day-long retreat will integrate presentation and experiential practices to engage the 5 senses and develop meditative awareness.

For more information about our visiting teacher, British Medical Herbalist and Ayurvedic Practitioner, Anne McIntyre.


ginkoClasses Taught in 2009

• Calm Mind, Joyful Heart:
Ayurveda and the Mind   Living the Sattvic Way

With Anne McIntyre and Gina Mastroluca

June 2009

In this day retreat, we will explore in depth how we can experience more sattva—clarity, peace, and emotional balance—within ourselves and in our relationships. We will look at the importance of daily practices and the role of food, herbs, essential oils, meditation, pranayama and the natural world. Weather permitting, we will spend a part of the day outside. We’ll leave with a deeper understanding of ourselves and with the momentum to integrate these practices and principles into our lives.

We welcome back our visiting teacher from the UK, Anne McIntyre, who lectures widely on Ayurveda throughout the UK, Europe and in the US and has authored many books on Herbal Medicine and Ayurveda. For more information go to

ginkoClasses Taught in 2008


• Introduction to Ayurveda
Health, Happiness & Longevity

October 2008

An intro to the principles and philosophy of Ayurveda!  This ancient and traditional health system of India holds many practical tools for creating balance and well-being in our modern lives. We will begin to recognize our own unique expression of the five element constitutional types vata pitta kapha.

Through ayurvedic nutrition and healthy digestion we clear toxins, nourish the tissues and balance the doshas.  We will explore the principle of ‘like increases like”, discuss the 6 tastes, digestive fire (Agni) and tongue diagnosis.

Balancing Vata Pitta kapha  How do we balance the doshas through the seasons?  Excess vata  can lead to anxiety, insomnia, fatigue and lowered immunity.  We will emphasize reducing vata in the autumn season through herbs, foods, oil massage, pranayama and mantra.


• Ayurveda, the Chakras and Emotional Health

November 2008

Ayurveda has long recognized that emotional and spiritual health is the foundation for physical health and happiness.  The chakras (whirling wheels of subtle energy!) are the bridge between the sensory world, emotions, thoughts and the physical body. We will explore balancing emotions and the chakras through awareness, pranayama, sound, color and bodhicitta (awakened heart).


 • Balancing Pitta:
Dosha of Transformation  

April 2008

Understanding the dynamic and transformative energy of Pitta Dosha is the focus of this afternoon class.  In Spring there is an opportunity to balance Pitta Dosha before the heat of the summer.  We will explore the fire and water energy of Pitta and how it affects our state of health and well-being. We will touch on Pitta imbalances such as pitta allergies, headaches, digestive disturbances, and  irritability. We can learn to be aware of the subtle signs of imbalance before they manifest as symptoms. We will discuss spring cleansing, lifestyle, food, herbs, and self-healing practices to feel balanced, steady, and strong throughout the spring and summer.

A certificate of completion available for CEUs


• Calm Mind, Joyful Heart: Ayurveda ,the Mind and the Emotions
With Anne McIntyre and Gina Mastroluca

June 2008

Through the wisdom of Ayurveda, we can gain great insight into our inner selves-- why we think and feel the way we do.  During the weekend we will explore our own mental and emotional constitution and begin to recognize the workings of  the Doshas through our daily lives and relationships.  We will discover how the tools of Ayurveda-- meditation, mantra, herbs, foods and lifestyle - can help us to cultivate peace, joy and balance.  We will leave with a deeper understanding of ourselves and with the momentum to apply these practices and principles to our daily lives.

A certificate of completion will be available for CEUs.

For those new to ayurveda suggested reading:  Science of Self Healing, by Vasant Lad

We welcome back our visiting teacher, Anne McIntyre, who lectures widely on Ayurveda throughout the UK, Europe and in the US and has authored many books on Herbal Medicine and Ayurveda. For more information go to

ginkoClasses Taught in 2007

• Ayurvedic Nutrition and Spring Cleansing  

April 2007

 Ayurveda helps us tune into ourselves and to be in accord with the seasons and the natural world. Deepen your understanding of this ancient holistic science thru exploring the principles of the 5 elements, the 6 tastes, mindful eating and seasonal cleansing for each dosha. We can attune to the dynamic energies of spring, clear inner and outer clutter and open to new growth. We will sample the energetics of each of the 6 tastes and discover how to cleanse and nourish ourselves for a clear body, calm mind and open heart.


• Energetic Anatomy and
   Women’s Health

September 2007

Did you know?
Each of the 5 senses connect to a main chakra, an emotional energy, and one of the 5 elements of the natural world?!  

Our energetic anatomy is a doorway into a deeper relationship with ourselves, our health and the world around us.   Knowing your energy body is a powerful tool for creating radiant health and living fully. Through presentation, discussion and experiential exercises we will learn about an essential part of who we are.  We will explore the interconnecting language of thoughts, emotions, beliefs, the chakras and the endocrine system.  We will take home an energy balancing tool we can use daily and share with others.  This intro class will draw upon principles of polarity therapy, ayurveda and new scientific findings and is especially recommended for therapists, bodyworkers and healthcare providers.


• Balancing Vata in Autumn Season  

October 2007

In the Ayurvedic system,Vata dosha is the quickest to go out of balance, especially in autumn season.  Anxiety, sleep disturbances, stress and lowered immunity are all signs that vata has accumulated. We can learn to be aware of subtle signs of imbalance before they manifest as symptoms. We will discuss and explore vata dosha and its significance to our well-being.  We will learn lifestyle, food, herbs and self-healing practices to feel balanced, calm, steady and strong throughout the cold season.


Polarity Therapy • Ayurveda • Yoga • Energy HEALING • MIND BODY Wellness • AROMATHERAPY