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International Ayurveda Congress

Traditional Herbal Remedies from India and Europe

Exploring a 340-Year Relationship between Netherlands and India

1 – 2 September 2018, Leiden, The Netherlands

Supported by:

This conference 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, the scientific approach of Ayurveda as a prevention-oriented healthcare system will also be presented.

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:

09:00 - 09:30 – Registration

09:30 - 10:45 – Inauguration and opening ceremony with Guests of Honour and prominent speakers

10:45 - 11:00 – Tea break

11:00 - 12:00 – Keynote speakers - Unearthing the Botanical Treasure of Dutch and Indian Golden Age - Hortus Malabaricus – The Garden of Malabar

12:00 - 12:20 – Panel Discussion

12:20 - 13:20 – Lunch break

13:20 - 14:20 – Keynote speakers - Unearthing the Treasure - Horti Medici Amstelodamensis Rariorum – Herbs from The Netherlands and Europe

14:20 - 14:40 – Panel Discussion

14:40 - 15:00 – Tea break

15:00 - 16:00 – Contemporary role of traditional herbal remedies available in India and Europe in the context of current world health needs

16:00 - 18:00 – Parallel Sessions: 8 Speakers x 2 halls = 16 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:

10:00 - 12:00 – Conference delegates meeting with ministry of AYUSH and Embassy of India, The Netherlands. Discussion on sharing knowledge and practice of traditional herbal remedies and natural approaches to preventive health care between India and European countries.

12:00 - 13:00 – Lunch break

13:00 - 14:00 – Parallel Sessions: 4 Speakers x 2 halls = 8 speakers

14:00 – 17:00 – Visits to:

Hortus Botanicus Garden, Leiden: The Hortus Botanicus Leiden is the oldest botanical garden 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. (guided tour)

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. (guided tour)

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).


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)


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 at a wonderful MERU academy amid beautiful National Park Meinweg in the South of The Netherlands. There will be more sightseeing tours as well.


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


Venue for Conference and Accommodation

Holiday Inn Leiden

Haagse Schouwweg 10,

2332 KG Leiden

The Netherlands

Holiday Inn Leiden



International Maharishi AyurVeda
Foundation (IMAVF)

Vlodrop, The Netherlands

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Maharishi European Research University (MERU)

Vlodrop, The Netherlands


All India Ayurvedic Congress

New Delhi, India


International Academy of
Ayurveda (IAA)

Pune, India

Health Fair and Exhibition

2 September 2018

Ayurveda for Everyone: 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.

From 14:00 to 17:00

Hall 1

  • 14:00 – 14:45: Transcendental Meditation as an adjunct treatment to life style diseases
  • 14:45 – 15:30: Ayurvedic approach to anxiety and depression
  • 15:30 – 16:15: Heart care
  • 16:15 – 17:00: Ayurvedic approach to over weight

Hall 2

  • 14:00 – 14:45: Panchakarma treatments for elimination of toxins
  • 14:45 – 15:30: Ayurvedic Rasayanas - Prevention of Disease and Reversal of Ageing
  • 15:30 – 16:15: Science and technique of Aroma therapy
  • 16:15 – 17:00: Light Therapy with Gems

Hall 3

  • 14:00 – 14:45: Good health through daily and seasonal routine
  • 14:45 – 15:30: Good night sleep for healthy living
  • 15:30 – 16:15: Managing allergies and improving immunity
  • 16:15 – 17:00: Digestion and metabolism

Hall 4

  • 14:00 – 14:45: Maharishi AyurVeda - self-pulse reading
  • 14:45 – 15:30: Yoga Asana – Philosophy and Practice
  • 15:30 – 16:15: Veda and Vedic literature in Human physiology
  • 16:15 – 17:00: Vedic Physiology – Presentation of the electronic display


Leading Ayurvedic institutions and producers of Ayurvedic products and medicines will be offering Expert advice in

  • Sample treatments
  • Authentic herbal remedies
  • Gem light therapy
  • Skin care
  • Beauty products
  • Health Spas
  • Vedic Architecture
  • Transcendental Meditation for all

Sunday, 2 September 2018, 10:00 – 17:00

  • One whole day (lectures, Hortus Malabaricus exhibiton, and various exhibitors)

Price including Exhibition and Lectures:
EUR 15.00
Children under 12 FREE

Some moments from International Ayurveda Congresses:
London 2017 and Roermond, Netherlands 2015