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Lillian Nouwen


Ik was werkzaam als adjunct-directeur in een groothandel voor biologische meststoffen toen ik in 1998 kennis maakte met Art of Living. Vele cursussen en trainingen volgden, en sinds 2001 ben ik trainer van het Happiness programma. Het is zo mooi om te zien wat dit programma de mensen brengt. Daarnaast vervul(de) ik bestuursfuncties en doe ik vrijwilligerswerk in meerdere organisaties, o.a. Art of Living, IAHV en destijds ook voor Shankara Europe. In 2006 ben ik van baan gewisseld en ben ik fulltime begonnen voor Shankara Europe. Ik doe dit werk al jaren met heel veel plezier en toewijding, samen met een prachtig team. Het onderdeel Sri Sri Ayurveda, waar deze website met name over gaat, is mijn grote passie. Bewust bezig zijn, met al het goede wat de natuur brengt, de mensen op weg helpen naar zichzelf. Door middel van lifestyle, gezond en puur leven, puur eten, in het nu zijn. Lichaam en geest in balans: daar draait het om. De rest komt vanzelf....



Ewald Poeran

Policy Manager

I started as a volunteer at the Art of Living Foundation in 1995. In 1996 I started working there full-time and until 2015 I was chairman of the Art of Living Foundation in the Netherlands and the International Association for Human Values Netherlands. In 2010 H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar founded the World Forum for Ethics in Business (WFEB) in Brussels. Since 2010 I have been the Managing Board Director of WFEB. I started Sri Sri Ayurveda around 1998. In particular to offer consultations in Europe, given by our BAMS graduated Ayurvedic specialists from India. Later we started to do this in a more structural way, by occupying Sri Sri Ayurveda specialists in Europe by Shankara Europe Holding BV, of which I was the director until 2019. Over the years I have studied the maze of rules for the introduction of Ayurvedic supplements and at Shankara Europe BV I am also involved in the broadening of our Ayurvedic line of products. For example, we now have an Ayurvedic line for pets in our range.



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Lita Dash

Ayurvedic specialist (Vaidya)

Ayurvedic specialist (Vaidya) Lita Dash was head of the Sri Sri Ayurveda Pancha Karma Center in Bangalore for many years. Since Lita is the sixth generation of Ayurveda doctors in her family, her life was connected to Ayurveda from a very young age. She studied at the Orissa University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.; State diploma, licensed by the Indian Ayurvedic Ministry Ayush). Then she specialized in Pancha Karma (ayurvedic cleansing), nutrition and Marma Prana (treatment of energy points on the body). In Europe all Sri Sri Ayurveda Pancha Karma treatments and Marma trainings take place under her supervision. With more than 10 years of practice, she is not only an expert in these fields, but also in the field of Nadi Pariksha (pulse diagnosis).






Kiran Valsan

Ayurvedic specialist (Vaidya)

Ayurvedic specialist (Vaidya) Kiran Valsan obtained his Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery (B.A.M.S.; State diploma, licensed by the Indian Ayurvedic Ministry Ayush) at the Sri Sri College of Ayurvedic Science in Bangalore and specialized in Nadi Pariksha (pulse diagnosis). For five years, he was head of the Sri Sri Ayurveda center in Kerala. His consultations were in so much demand that at times, he was consulted by 60 people a day. At the request of Sri Sri Ayurveda Netherlands, Kiran Valsan came to Europe where he gives consultations in The Netherlands, France, Belgium and Spain. He also frequently gives presentations, at which he explains the basic principles of Ayurveda in a clear and accessible way. In 2019 he was invited to speak for the European Parliament in Brussels and for the United Nations in Geneva.



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Liset Peersman

Central administration

After working at the administration of a highschool and at a township tax department in the South of the Netherlands, I worked for a company that specialized in all sorts of filing systems. In 2009 I started at the administration of the Dutch Art of Living foundation and Shankara Europe BV. For many years now I have been working at the administration of Shankara Europe and Sri Sri Ayurveda. My work is very versatile and challenging. To me, Ayurveda means having a vision of life that is close to nature and close to oneself. It is always a pleasure to hear new clients say, after their first pulse diagnosis: "how is it possible that your specialist understands exactly what I'm suffering from". And it is even better to notice how their health improves over time.




Tilly Gansner

Administration consultations and client contact

My career started in 1984 at the (then) AMRO bank. In 1991 I said goodbye there to become a stay-at-home mum. When my children went to school I started a career as assistant manager in a megastore. In May 2017 I started at Shankara Europe BV, department Sri Sri Ayurveda. My job is very versatile. Formerly I assisted the specialists at the consultation locations in the Netherlands. Now I do consultation administration and client contact, and if needed I assist the specialists. I am also a host at the Panchakarma. Sri Sri Ayurveda: a world opened up to me! Heard about it, but never seen so closely what awareness of how you live, of what you eat and how you deal with everything that comes your way affects the quality of your life. I am very happy to be part of a great team, to raise awareness of Ayurveda acquiring knowledge. I look forward to meeting you!


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Adelheid Smedts

Assistant administration consultations Belgium

Adelheid supports our team in Belgium. She has a master degree translator in English and German and speaks French and Italian, which is often useful in Brussels with its international caracter. Adelheid graduated as an Ayurvedic lifestyle coach and Ayurvedic wellness masseur and currently studies at the International Ayurveda School in Brussels. She is also a marma, abhyanga and shirodhara therapist. For her, working for Sri Sri Ayurveda fits seamlessly with her passion for ayurveda.





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