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International Ayurveda Congress

Traditional Natural Remedies from India and Europe

Exploring a 340-Year Relationship between Netherlands and India

1 – 2 September 2018, Leiden, The Netherlands

Supported by:

The International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, The Netherlands; the All India Ayurvedic Congress, New Delhi; and the International Academy of Ayurveda, Pune cordially invite you to the International Ayurveda Congress on Traditional Natural Remedies from India and Europe to be held on 1 and 2 September 2018 at Leiden, The Netherlands. During the congress, the scientific approach of Ayurveda as a prevention-oriented healthcare system will also be presented.

This Congress takes its inspiration from an epic 17th century Dutch treatise on medicinal plants of the Western Ghats of South India called Hortus Malabaricus. The inspiration is to connect India, The Netherlands, and Europe through their rich botanical heritage and, at the same time, present the therapeutic potential of plants and the natural approaches to health available in Ayurveda and in traditional remedies from Europe. During the congress Ayurvedic scholars from different countries will present the scientific approach of Ayurveda as a prevention-oriented healthcare system.

The Congress will be held in a beautiful setting of historical town of Leiden having centuries old scenic Dutch water canals, one of Europe’s oldest botanical garden and a major Dutch University and library. The conference venue is one of the main conference centre cum hotel in Leiden, Holiday Inn Leiden, a four-star hotel equipped with International conference facilities and dignified halls for the purpose, including dining and exhibition space. The venue is about 20 minutes driving distance from Amsterdam Schiphol airport and Den Haag.

Hortus Malabaricus
The Hortus Malabaricus (Garden of Malabar) was compiled over a period of nearly 30 years and published, originally in Latin, in Amsterdam between 1678 and 1693 in 12 volumes. This treatise gives a detailed account of flora of Malabar region in South India, including copper plate engravings and detailed descriptions of 742 plants. This work was conceived by Hendrik van Rheede, Governor of Dutch Malabar, in collaboration with a team of nearly a hundred experts including Ranga Bhat, Vinayaka Pandit, Appu Bhat and Itti Achuden.
Published at around the same time, in 1697, Horti Medici Amstelodamensis Rariorum (Medicinal garden of Amsterdam), provides a comprehensive treatise of medicinal plants from The Netherlands and Europe, as well as those areas which had witnessed the arrival of the Dutch East and West India Companies.
Hortus Hedici Amstelodamensis

On the foundation of scientific research, we are rebuilding the 340-year-old golden bridge of herbal medicines linking India with Europe.

Programme outline

Friday 31 August 2018 (Arrival day):

18:00 – Welcome reception and registration

Saturday 1 September 2018:

08:00 - 09:00 – Registration

09:15 - 11:00 – Inauguration and opening ceremony with Guests of Honour and prominent speakers

11:00 - 11:15 – Tea break

11:15 - 12:30 – Keynote speakers - Unearthing the Botanical Treasure of Dutch and Indian Golden Age - Hortus Malabaricus – The Garden of Malabar

12:30 - 12:50 – Panel Discussion followed by group picture

12:50 - 13:30 – Lunch break

13:30 - 14:30 – Keynote speakers - Ayurveda – Therapeutic Potential and Natural Approaches to Health

14:30 - 14:45 – Panel Discussion

14:45 - 15:00 – Tea break

15:00 - 16:30 – Keynote speakers - Ayurveda – Therapeutic Potential and Natural Approaches to Health

16:30 - 18:00 – Parallel Sessions: 6 Speakers x 2 halls = 12 speakers

18:00 - 19:00 – Dinner

19:00 – Leiden Canal Cruise – Sailing through the beautiful city of Leiden on a boat trip, one experiences the very rich culture of the city: many canal-side monuments, museums and the lively center of Leiden. For instance, you will sail pass Weddesteeg, the street in which Rembrandt was born, as well as Hortus Botanicus gardens and the University of Leiden, the oldest gardens and oldest university in the Netherlands.

Sunday 2 September 2018:

9:00 - 10:30 – Keynote speakers - Ayurveda – Therapeutic Potential and Natural Approaches to Health

10:30 - 12:00 – Strategy and Planning meeting with the Minister of AYUSH, Government of India (to be confirmed), Indian Ambassador to The Netherlands, and invited leaders and Ayurveda organizations, in the fields of:

  • Ayurveda Education: Establishing highest quality education in Ayurveda for medical practitioners as well as for the public in each country.
  • Ayurveda Practice: Supporting the practice of Ayurveda in the health service of each country.
  • Ayurveda Research: Promoting scientific research on Ayurveda to showcase preventive and curative benefits in healthcare and encourage its global recognition.
  • Ayurveda Products: Ensuring global availability of authentic Ayurveda products, by overcoming regulatory hurdles, and implementing procedures to guarantee safety and purity.

12:00 - 13:00 – Lunch break

13:00 - 15:00 – Parallel Sessions: 8 Speakers x 4 halls = 32 speakers

15:00 – 17:30 – Visits to:

Hortus Botanicus Garden, Leiden: The Hortus Botanicus Leiden is one of the oldest botanical gardens in Western Europe. Founded in 1590 and expanded in the centuries afterwards, the Hortus is the green heart of Leiden. Collecting, nursing and studying for four centuries has produced a beautiful garden with a variety of alien, unknown crops. The special gardens and greenhouses, including the collection of Hortus Malabaricus species, the Japanese garden and the Victoria greenhouse, are worth a visit.

Leiden University Library: Visiting the treasure treatise of Hortus Malabaricus and the botanical heritage of the Dutch Golden Age represented by herbarium collections, books and botanical drawings in the Special Collections of the Artis library, Leiden University library and Naturalis treasure room.

Public Talks and Health Fair

A full programme of presentations and exhibitions on Ayurveda and its many applications to common health concerns

Natural Health Care for Everyone

World-Class Ayurveda experts in wide range of specialties will present tips, practical guidelines and introductory knowledge about Ayurveda. Experts in Ayurveda, the timeless science of natural medicine, will share simple health secrets that you can use.
See details under section ‘Health Fair’

Monday 3 September 2018:

10:00 - 12:00 – Proposed private meeting including Minister of AYUSH, Government of India (to be confirmed), Indian Ambassador to The Netherlands, Dutch health ministry (to be confirmed), decision makers and invited leaders from various countries, with the purpose of summarizing the achievements and resolutions of the Congress, breakthroughs, areas of concern, and suggestions.

12:00 - 13:00 – Lunch

After Lunch – Sightseeing tour to Delft, Den Haag and Amsterdam for Vaidyas on Congress Extension programme. This option also available to the Vaidyas just attending the Congress. See details under section ‘Sightseeing’

Some of the 794 copper plate engravings from Hortus Malabaricus

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Congress Fee

Special package for Vaidyas from India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan:

EUR 500.- Including double room accommodation with breakfast (3 nights stay – arrival 31 August – departure 3 September) at Hotel Holiday Inn Leiden, vegetarian meals, Congress fee, canal boat ride on Saturday evening, sightseeing tours on Sunday, 2 September.

EUR 645.- Participation in all above events with single room accommodation (three nights – arrival 31 August – departure 3 September).

Register

For medical doctors, health practitioners, and Congress participants from all other countries:

EUR 345.- (Congress Fee without accommodation, 1–2 September): The Congress fee includes participation in all events of 1 and 2 September, including vegetarian meals, canal boat ride on Saturday evening, sightseeing tours on Sunday, 2 September.

Accommodation at the venue, Hotel Holiday Inn Leiden:

  • Single room hotel accommodation per night including breakfast EUR 99.-
  • Shared room hotel accommodation per night including breakfast EUR 57.- per person.
  • (plus, city tax: EUR 2.50 per person per night)

Register

Congress Extension for Indian Vaidyas:  3 – 8 September

For Vaidyas who would like to go deeper into the knowledge, this extension is offered with seminars on the different modalities of Maharishi AyurVeda including pulse diagnosis, aroma therapy and instruction in the Transcendental Meditation technique. The extension will have an affordable stay with breakfast and meals at a wonderful MERU academy amid beautiful National Park Meinweg in the South of The Netherlands. There will be more sightseeing tours as well.

See details under section ‘Extension’

Fees:

Total package for Leiden Congress plus extension at MERU, Netherlands August 31 (arrival) – September 8 (departure):

  • All-inclusive in double room accommodation: EUR 850.- per person
  • All-inclusive in single room accommodation EUR 1145.- per person

Register

Venue for Conference and Accommodation

Holiday Inn Leiden

Haagse Schouwweg 10,

2332 KG Leiden

The Netherlands

Holiday Inn Leiden

Organizers

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International Maharishi AyurVeda
Foundation (IMAVF)

Vlodrop, The Netherlands
www.imavf.org

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Maharishi European Research University (MERU)

Vlodrop, The Netherlands
www.meru-mvu.org

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All India Ayurvedic Congress
(AIAC)

New Delhi, India
www.ayurvediccongress.com

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International Academy of
Ayurveda (IAA)

Pune, India
www.ayurved-int.com