Retreat center to open at Heavenly Mtn.
by Staff Reports
Founder and noted humanitarian Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will attend the opening of the new center, which will offer wellness programs, including meditation, yoga and cultural events.
State and local officials, as well as spiritual and business leaders from around the world, are expected to attend the event, which will include a musical performance directed by Grammy-nominated Chandrika Tandon and featuring local musicians.
The property, purchased in October 2011, will be home to stress-management and self-development programs for adults, corporate retreats, leadership development for young adults and summer camps for children.
The venue also is expected to provide trauma relief for returning veterans and will act as a hub for international cultural events.
The center also will house a Naturopathy Wellness Spa, designed to restore balance and reawaken the body's natural healing mechanisms through a yoga and meditation program.
The Art of Living Foundation also has opened a satellite office on King Street in Boone.
The center is working in conjunction with Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth, an umbrella organization for several organizations founded by Shankar.
"The center offers world class programs for physical, mental and spiritual rejuvenation," said Nilendu Srivastava, director of Ved Vignan Maha Vidya Peeth. "We believe that our programs will add quality to the lives of the participants and help them grow in their personal and professional lives. We are committed to offering the best and will partner with the local community to grow the region."
Shankar's mission in founding the Art of Living Foundation and other nonprofits is linked to one general philosophy: "Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace."
At the core of Shankar's teachings is a breathing technique called Sudarshan Kriya, believed to reduce stress, heal trauma and improve personal relationships.
His messages of religious harmony, tolerance and peace led Shankar to be named one of India's seven most powerful people by Forbes magazine in 2009.
Anyone interested in attending the inauguration can visit http://goo.gl/27wVh.
The addition of the center includes the renovation of several buildings included in the former Heavenly Mountain, a hub for the practice of Transcendental Meditation. Many of the buildings fell into disrepair after brothers David and Earl Kaplan disavowed TM around 2005.
Shankar interacted at one time with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, founder of Transcendental Meditation, but the groups are not related today.