The Neohumanist Education and Relief Welfare Trust (NHERW) initiated a project in collaboration with Ananda Marga Gurukula to establish Neohumanist Centre in Chandigarh. The current building provides a place for international guests and a large hall for local activities and regional or national seminars. The adjacent plot is being acquired to further its outreach activities. A physiotherapy service is also being established to provide medical relief to those in need at a very nominal cost.
Dr. Pashupati Steve Landau, MD and yoga acharya inaugurated the centre with a three day “Yoga Instructor Basic Course on the Science and Art of Yoga” from November 1-3rd 2019, with 25 participants from all around India. Dr Landau has integrated yoga and meditation in his practice of western medicine for the past 40 years. He is currently the advanced trainer of yoga teachers and Director of Shiva Dancing School of Yoga in Greensboro, North Carolina. A graduate of Harvard University and Temple University School of Medicine, Dr. Landau has treated patients both from western medical perspective as well as utilizing yogic treatments and natural remedies. Anju Sakthivel, from Vellore, Tamilnadu, a renowned Yoga Therapist, attended the program and shared her knowledge of yoga therapy.
Additionally Dr. Landau gave a lecture on Yoga through the lens of Western Medicine combining the discipline of yoga and medical science, at the National Institute of Technical Teacher Training and Research (NITTTR). Another lecture was organized by the Center for Swami Vivekananda Studies at the Panjab University. Dr Shambhushivananda also spoke at the Chandigarh Technology University and ITI, Chandigarh on the Science of Yoga.
The Blissful Child
On February 7-9, 2020, Rutger Tamminga from the Netherlands/Taiwan will conduct a weekend teachers training course on Neohumanist Education at the Neohumanist Centre called Inner and Outer Ecology. The seminar will incorporate storytelling, yoga for children and innovative ideas about education and a workshop on herbalogy by Dr. B. D. Sharma, a national authority on herbs. It is open to parents and teachers who interact with 0-10 year olds. For the past twenty five years Rudramohan Rutger Tamminga has been active in Neohumanist Education and is a popular lecturer, travelling regularly to China and Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and the Philippines for teacher training and parent-children workshops. He has also publishsed many books for teachers and children.. In 2018 he started a Gurukul Mountain Retreat Center in Shimen District, near Taipei where he is responsible for developing a Gurukul Teacher Training Center.
Seminar on Spirituality
Dada Shambhushivananda conducted a weekend seminar on Spirituality in Todays World. Over 50 local members participated in the seminar which was held at the local Jagriti/Neohumanist Center.