ACHS Two-Week Trek Into India’s Mountains

ACHS to Lead Two-Week Botanical Trek Into India’s Remote Mountains  

Silk, Spice, and Sandalwood: An Aromatic Journey Through India Departs July 2017 

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Portland, OR—June 23, 2016—Coming July 2017, American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS) will lead a 14-night study abroad odyssey through southern India, led by aromatherapy, herbal medicine, and wellness expert Dorene Petersen, ACHS president and founder. Tour dates forthcoming. To be notified of the official tour dates, visit:

This once-in-a-lifetime trip focuses on India’s famous silk, spice, and sandalwood trades. Designed for aromatherapists, holistic health professionals, and wellness novices alike, this tours offers a unique opportunity to safely explore India’s rich botanical culture, past and present. 

“On this trip, you’ll have a unique opportunity to explore this rugged region and immerse yourself in the rich aromatic and botanical culture of India,” says Dorene Petersen, who will be leading participants through a blend of lectures, workshops, and tours.

Traveling by guided coach, the tour will depart from Bangalore and travel through the Western Ghats to the breathtaking coast of Cochin. Travelers will have the opportunity to see India through the eyes of a wellness enthusiast, exploring:

  • Ayurvedic medicine production and treatment methods
  • Silk production from the cocoon auction to the silk weavers (Read this blog on silk production:
  • Mountain tea plantations and a government-operated regenerating sandalwood forest
  • Spice trade fromgrowing and harvesting to production of black pepper and cardamom
  • Essential oil distilleries for eucalyptus, jasmine, sandalwood, and other aromatic botanicals (with an opportunity to connect with vendors and buy directly from the source)

“In addition to a transformative and unique educational experience, we are committed to incorporate the component of giving back in our study abroad programs,” says Petersen. “Students on this trip will have the opportunity to meet with the children of the Srishti School for the Differently Abled, which specializes in developmental activities for rehabilitative education, as well as provide much needed supplies. Our students will be able to have a positive impact on the children and their future. We’ll also be supporting local businesses throughout our tour program.” 

Get on the list now to be the first to receive more information on itinerary and pricing for the Silk, Spice, and Sandalwood study abroad tour as it becomes available here:

For questions about this press release or program, call 800.487.8839 or email

About ACHS

American College of Healthcare Sciences has been educating industry leading holistic health professionals since 1978 (view our Alumni in Action online at and is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), which is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). ACHS is one of the only accredited holistic health colleges offering fully online graduate and undergraduate degrees, diplomas, career-training certificates, and continuing education courses in integrative medicine fields, such as aromatherapy, herbal medicine, holistic nutrition, and wellness coaching. For more information about ACHS programs visit