Friday, November 9, 2018

Kripa Conducts a Training & Development Program for it's All India Staff - Sponsored by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust

The Kripa Training and Development Program was conducted at Kripa Vasai, Mumbai , under the auspicious of Kripa Institute of Training from 22nd October to 3rd November 2018. It was supported by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust.
28 participants from 14 Kripa Centres were involved in the Training.

The aim of the Training was to enable them to imbibe the Kripa Program and all its components so that they can implement it in their Centers under the guidance of their Center Managers and also to give them the knowledge and skills so they can start a Kripa Center de novo.

Sessions were taken by the following Resource Persons:

Father Joe on yoga and the psycho- spiritual, psycho-somatic and psycho- social aspects of the Kripa Program.

Fr. Cajetan Menezes Managing Trustee took a session on "I" Factor- Empowerment of Self. Also conducted a one to one session with each staff member.

Dr Snehal Mehta took sessions on the various facets of Kripa Foundation and the Documentation process.

Bosco D’Souza, National Program Director ,took sessions on various aspects of Kripa Counselor functioning and monitored and hand held  the participants during their stay, enabling their involvement in all aspects of Kripa Care.

Dr Hemant and Dr. (Mrs) Shubhangi Patil took a session on First Aid and Emergency Medical Care.

Dr Aninha Lobo introduced them to Research activities.

 Miss Patricia D’Souza conducted a workshop on Effective Communications.

Mr Amit Patel involved them in HIV care and support

Mr. Ketan Gavande conducted a session on Motivation and being positive in life.

After a very tight schedule of training the participants  were given and opportunity to have a visit to Kripa Dahanu Center, Bandra Center and sight seeing tour of  Vasai and Mumbai.

A word of appreciation to Lester, Noel, kitchen staff for the sumptuous different cuisines served to the participants. The staff of Vasai under Vijay, Shamit and Sameer for their logistic support and Accounts department Bruno and  Mousin  
Valedictory session was taken by Father Cajetan on 3rd November where the participants were guided regarding follow up of the Program. Certificates of Participation and Certificate for being Resource Person, and logistic support were distributed.

Report by
Dr Snehal Mehta M.D.


Monday, October 29, 2018

Fr Joe inaugurates a New Centre for Addiction Recovery in collaboration with Vincent De Paul Society at Ratmodemm, Carmona, Goa

25th October 2018
Fr. Joe Pereira Founder Trustee of Kripa Foundation inaugurated the new centre " Blessed Frederic Ozanam Recovery Centre - for alcoholics and Drug addicts in Ratmodemm, Carmona, Salcette, South Goa.
Earlier the Blessing of the premises by Fr. Jose Remedios - Vicar General of  Archdiocese of Goa and the presence of the Parish Priest Fr. Sauto, Priest and Religious ,local villagers. more than 30 members of SVP, Police personals, Local Sarpanch and Zilla members, AA south Goa Chairman Shrish H, alongwith staff and patients of Kripa Foundation.
The said in -house residential project was initiated after researching by the SVP members the alarming rise in alcohol and Drug addiction among the Goan population destroying families in large numbers.
This is a project of SVP and since Kripa Foundation is the largest NGO in this field with a Holistic approach. Fr. Joe was invited to run the centre totally under the Kripa Model of treatment.
Kripa Foundation will also carry out outreach and awareness programs on a larger scale in South Goa.

It has been planned that with the help and support of 190 conferences of SVP under the dynamic leadership of their President Mr. Amancio and Vincentians major awareness programs will be held to spread the message of the ill effects of addiction and drug abuse across Goa.
The program ended with the service of snacks and refreshments.

Earlier Fr Cajetan Menezes Managing Trustee and staff from Head office Mumbai had visited the centre to plan the opening on request from Fr. Joe, who was doing Yoga programs in America and Canada.

Kudos to the members of SVP for all the great efforts they have taken and built a beautiful centre filled with Love .

Collage & Report

Fr. Joe conducts Intense Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ at Sunseed Studio, Oakville, Canada

The workshop by Father Joe Pereira, held on Sept 21, 22 and 23 2018, at the Sunseed Yoga Studio in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, was enthusiastically attended by over 60 devoted students of yoga in the Iyengar tradition from the Greater Toronto area and from as far as away as California, Milwaukee, & Wisconsin, USA.
Students were thrilled to meet and be taught first hand by Father Joe, who was a direct student (over 40 years) of Guruji Iyengar, and dear friend of Mother Teresa.
Father Joe shared his incredible knowledge and practical insight through his lifelong personal yoga practice, instructing Asana and Pranayama, and the accompanying philosophy of Patanjali and  B.K.S. Iyengar, and insights gained from his lifetime work as a Catholic priest. He also shared information related to the success of the Kripa Foundation, a charity he founded originally in India, to help those with addictions move beyond their difficulties through the dedicated practice of yoga.
At the Sunseed Workshop students were not only taught the physical intricacies of each Asana, but the accompanying philosophical purpose(s) as well as health (mental, physical and emotional) value of each pose.
In the Saturday afternoon and Sunday practice, students were instructed in preparation asana to be done before pranayama. Subsequently, Father Joe taught specific pranayama practices which are of benefit to specific conditions.
Father Joe continually emphasized that all of the practice should be dedicated to a lifetime of devotion to yogic principles. He taught us how yogic practices integrate into a spiritual life from any religious or spiritual background.
He reminded us that yoga is NOT a physical exercise but a way of life dedicated to self awareness, and eventual Samhadi.
He also reminded us that particularly in North America, we need to understand and teach others that Asana is just one piece of a much larger lifetime devotional practice.

A Report by:
Jim Pope
Sunseed Yoga

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Friday, October 26, 2018

Fr. Joe conducts a massive Alcathon meeting on Meditation in Vasai to more than 250 participants

Fr. Joe was the key speaker at a massive Alcathon meeting held at St. Michaels Church, Loyala Hall, Manickpur, Vasai, Palghar District , Maharashtra.
More than 250 participated in the program from all over Maharashtra and Gujarat . Fr Joe conducted session on the importance of the 4th , 5th & 11th Step of AA.
At the Q& A session mot wanted to ask question to which Fr. Joe patiently answered most of them to their satisfaction.

Other speakers at the program were Dr Ashish Despande and Bhushan V.

The joy was to see many members click selfie with Fr. Joe or group photos to which he politely obliged.
The entire program was organised by Mr. Anthony D with the help of different group members of AA

Collage & Report