Father Joe Pereira
The World’s Catholic Yoga Priest
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Workshop on addiction for teachers, trainees & practitioners.
2.00 – 4.30 PM
General level Masterclass
6.00 – 8.00 PM
BOOKINGS OPEN SEPTEMBER 19
Father Joe Pereira or “Father Joe” commenced his work in addiction recovery in 1981 in Bombay when a recovering alcoholic asked him to help the Mission of Charity of Mother Teresa better manage the growing population of destitute alcoholics and addicts. Father Joe formed a community of recovering alcoholics with four addicts and three recovered. So commenced the Kripa Foundation, (Kripa comes from the Sanskrit word meaning grace), which is now one of the largest NGO’s in India, working primarily in the field of addiction recovery and related ailments such as HIV AIDS.
Father Joe is the Founder and Managing Trustee of the Kripa Foundation, which works across 12 states in India, through its 26 residential locations and 75 projects treating both addictions and HIV/AIDS. Kripa is unique with the addiction recovery field in providing daily yoga and meditation to people in recovery within a holistic 12 step peer support and professionally managed and guided program.
An Indian Diocesan Catholic Priest, born in Mumbai, Father Joe attributes much of his worldly inspiration to his two mentors, Mother Teresa and B. K. S. Iyengar, the founder of Iyengar Yoga. Father Joe studied directly with B.K. S. Iyengar for 46 years from 1968 until Iyengar’s death in 2014, aged 95 years. Father Joe is now considered one of the world’s leading certified Iyengar Yoga instructors, a style of Yoga that instills confidence and a desire for self-study and precision in the student, within a safe and healing practice. Father Joe received direct authority from BKS Iyengar to teach and certify Iyengar yoga students in a specific set of restorative postures designed to suit people in addiction recovery.
Father Joe is also the former National Co-ordinator in India for the World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM) and a Class A Trustee (Non Alcoholic) of Alcoholic Anonymous (AA) in India. Amongst his many awards, Father Joe received one of India’s highest awards, the PADMASHREE in the field of Social Work in 2009 and a lifetime award from the President of India in 2014.
His professional qualifications include a Masters in Psychology & Philosophy from University of Bombay, Licentiate in Divinity (Theology) from Bombay & Poona, Certifications in Counselling Theory & Practice (Carkuff Model) & expertise from the Hazelden Institute of Minnesota, USA. Father Joe is the author of several audio/video CDs such as Wholeness and Holiness, Yoga for the Practice of Christian Meditation, and The Whole Person in Prayer. Father Joe regularly conducts workshops and yoga trainings and retreats in India and around the world. He is inspiring others around the world to develop similar programs to help people suffering from addictions to recover using the gifts of yoga and meditation.