Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Fr. Joe - Healing Mind and Body -An article in the Newspaper "THE STANDARD"-Warmambool

Father Joe Pereira was a guest speaker at Western Region Alcohol and Drug Centre annual general meeting on Tuesday evening.
WRAD also unveiled its 2017-18 annual report, which shows alcohol remains the most problematic drug in the region, followed by methamphetamine-like substances and cannabis. 
The report shows there has been an increase in the number of clients aged 45 and over presenting for treatment, as well as a rise in the number of self-referrals.
Males made up 58 per cent of those seeking treatment. 
Father Pereira founded the Kripa Foundation, which had humble beginnings in a church compound in India.
At that time there was three patients in residence, a priest, a doctor and a recovering alcoholic as a role model for recovery and sobriety.
Since then the charitable trust has spread all over India with 69 varied facilities addressing addiction.
Father Pereira says the traditional 12-step program as used by Alcoholics and Narcotics Anonymous combined with Iyengar yoga and meditation practise offers a holistic approach to recovery.
He studied directly under the founder of Iyengar yoga, BKS Iyengar, for 46 years. 
He is now considered one of the world’s leading instructors and on Tuesday morning he took a class at Warrnambool’s Iyengar studio with Karen Wilde. 
“The 12 step program is the backbone of recovery,” he said. 
“When you listen to your body you begin to realise the truth about your self.
“When you bring people together and address the body through yoga – the body has its own wisdom – it gives us an opportunity to address disorder.
“Iyengar is bringing about a triple effect for change – body, breath and trans personal.“Yoga and meditation can transform a person. It’s a blend of body, mind and soul. It’s a celebration of life.” 
At the Kripa Foundation patients stay for an intense three month treatment to complete a lifestyle change.

Thank You Fr. Joe- An Appreciation letter from Mr. Geoff Soma, Western Region Alcohol & Drug INC., Warmambool

Report -Courtesy:
Karen Wilde

Collage :

Fr. Cajetan Speaks at the FABC Conference on " Accompaniment of Families in Asia - Pattaya, Thailand


Monday, November 19, 2018

Milwaukee - THE ORIGINAL TEACHINGS OF B.K.S. IYENGAR IN HIS CENTENARY YEAR - YOGA WORKSHOP by Rev. Joseph H Pereira with Kripafoundation Iyengar Yoga™ ,

Dear Kripa Family & Well Wishers,

We all would like to thank you very much for your interest, contributions and joining with us during the “ORIGINAL TEACHINGS OF B.K.S. IYENGAR IN HIS CENTENARY YEAR - YOGA WORKSHOP by Rev. Joseph H Pereira - Kripa Foundation Iyengar Yoga”. Please find the attached pictures of the events for your archives… 

We are very proud that “THE CIRCLE” movie won another important award in NEW DELHI Film festival while we were watching the movie during the event… We congratulate Ms. Philippa Frisby:)  

We are thankful to Dr. Ashok Bedi for attending the Book Launching talk with Fr.Joe and supporting Kripa Foundation.

We are grateful to Fr. Joe for inauguration of CIRCLE CENTER YOGA while he was in Milwaukee:)) You may find some pictures of this event in the attached files… 

I would like to thank personally to you for attending my “JOURNEY OF SPIRIT” photographic exhibition during the event… Couple of pictures sold during the event and some of you asked to see the link and decide on which picture to buy with their loved ones… Then I decided to share the information for the exhibition picture selling information.
 The pictures are in further sale for the fundraising to Kripa Foundation to help the Dharavi Slum Kripa Shelter. The shelter has a space issue at the moment. We would like to raise more funding to support them.. 

Please see the public link prepared by Andy Sharlein, Allied Digital Photo, who prints the pictures on Aluminum plates for my “JOURNEY of SPIRIT” exhibition pictures … 
  • You may order the pictures as a XMAS GIFT (with a tax free donation receipt), or for Birthday / Anniversary / any other occasions gifts to your loved ones.. 
  • The picture order sizes, prices and which serial numbers are available to buy information are listed in the attached PRICE LIST file… 
  • You may order smaller size of the pictures than the original sizes were presented during the exhibition… The prices of different sizes are in the attached list
  • All the prints will be on HIGH DEFINITION ALUMINUM PLATE… 
  • You will receive a certificate of ownership for each picture which will be serialized (maximum 20 each can be sold for each picture). 
  • The printing and shipping process may take 2-3 weeks, so please keep this information into consideration while ordering… 
  • You may call my cell phone number anytime… The contact information is given below. 
  • You may forward this email to your loved ones who may be interested to help the kids… 
  • Please fill the attached form to order the pictures along with a check payable to “whole life is healing” for the tax free donation receipts and the funds will be transferred to Kripa Foundation - India. 
The Best 2018 XMAS gift is to give love and shelter to the innocent children of Dharavi Slums in Mumbai…. A big Thank  You to Fr. Joe and KRIPA Foundation for saving them… 

Many thanks to all Donors and Sponsors again…  

Happy Thanksgiving… 



A Report by 


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.