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
The International Maharishi AyurVeda Foundation, The Netherlands; the All India Ayurvedic Congress, New Delhi; and the International Academy of Ayurveda, Pune invited to the International Ayurveda Congress on Traditional Natural Remedies from India and Europe held on 1 and 2 September 2018 at Leiden, The Netherlands.
This Congress took 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 presented the scientific approach of Ayurveda as a prevention-oriented healthcare system.
The Congress was held in the beautiful setting of the historical town Leiden having centuries old scenic Dutch water canals, one of Europe’s oldest botanical garden and a major Dutch University and library. As the congress venue one of the main conference centres cum hotels in Leiden, Holiday Inn Leiden, was chosen, a four-star hotel equipped with International conference facilities and dignified halls for the purpose, including dining and exhibition space.
On the foundation of scientific research, we are rebuilding the 340-year-old golden bridge of herbal medicines linking India with Europe.
18:00 – Welcome reception and registration
08:00 - 08:45 – Registration
09:00 - 11:00 – Inauguration and opening ceremony
Guests of honour the Minister of AYUSH, Government of India, H.E. Shripad Naik; the Indian Ambassador to the Netherlands H.E. Venu Rajamony; and prominent speakers.
11:00 - 12:20 – Plenary Session: Unearthing the Botanical Treasure of Dutch and Indian Golden Age: The Hortus Malabaricus (Garden of Malabar)
12:20 - 12:40 – Panel Discussion followed by group picture
12:40 - 13:30 – Lunch
13:20 - 14:50 – Plenary Session: Ayurveda – Therapeutic Potential and Natural Approaches to Health
14:50 - 15:00 – Tea break
15:00 - 16:40 – Plenary Session: Ayurveda – Therapeutic Potential and Natural Approaches to Health
16:40 - 16:50 – Tea break
16:50 - 18:20 – Plenary Session: Ayurveda – Therapeutic Potential and Natural Approaches to Health
18:20 - 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.
9:00 - 10:30 – Plenary Session: Ayurveda – Therapeutic Potential and Natural Approaches to Health
10:30 - 12:00 – Parallel Sessions: Ayurveda – Preventive and Therapeutic Approaches to Natural Healthcare (10 speakers in 2 halls)
12:00 - 13:00 – Lunch
13:00 - 15:00 – Parallel Sessions: Ayurveda – Preventive and Therapeutic Approaches to Natural Healthcare (21 speakers in 3 halls)
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.
18:00 - 19:00 – Dinner
20:00 - 21:30 – Documentary Films Premier: 'Ayurveda Unveiled' by Gita Desai and 'Spice Route' by Dr. Sajin Philip
9:30 - 13:30 – Seminar on India - Netherlands Collaboration in Healthcare Including Ayurveda
Organized by the Embassy of India in the Netherlands, the seminar will include presentations by the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India, and the Indian Ambassador to the Netherlands H.E. Venu Rajamony. Dutch government healthcare officials, medical professionals, business and other stakeholders will come together to discuss opportunities in modern and traditional systems of medicine.
Session includes vegetarian buffet lunch.
After Lunch – Sightseeing tour to Delft, Den Haag and Amsterdam for Vaidyas on Congress Extension programme. This option is also available to the Vaidyas just attending the Congress. Visit 'Sightseeing' for details.
Sunday 2 September
Natural Health Care for Everyone
A full programme of presentations and exhibitions on Ayurveda and its many
applications to common health concerns
On 2 September, the Congress is hosting for the public an Exhibition on the Hortus Malabaricus, a Health Fair, and Public Talks on natural health care. The Hortus Malabaricus Exhibition and the Health Fair are included in the price of admission (EUR 15.-).
For more details please click here.
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).
EUR 260.- (Congress Fee without accommodation, 1–2 September): The Congress fee includes participation in all events of 1 and 2 September, canal boat ride on Saturday evening, sightseeing tours on Sunday, 2 September. Vegetarian meals can be ordered separately (Lunch EUR 20, Dinner EUR 15).
(plus city tax: EUR 2.50 per person per night)
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’
Total package for Leiden Congress plus extension at MERU, Netherlands August 31 (arrival) – September 8 (departure):
International Maharishi AyurVeda
Vlodrop, The Netherlands
Maharishi European Research University (MERU)
Vlodrop, The Netherlands
All India Ayurvedic Congress
New Delhi, India
International Academy of