Ayurveda in Seelisberg

Seelisberg is a small mountainside village overlooking the southern extension of the Lake of Lucerne in central Switzerland. Directly below the village, at lakeside, is the Rütli Meadow, where the Swiss Confederation was born on August 1, 1291, when local patriots swore the Pack of Everlasting Alliance, to defend themselves against the tyranny of the Hapsburgs of Austria. This is a place of historic and patriotic pilgrimage, and is regarded as sacred by the Swiss.

But Seelisberg is also a place of pilgrimage for thousands of people who go there every year for treatments according to “Ayurveda”, the 6,000-year-old traditional medical system of India – the world’s oldest form of medical practice.

The legendary Maharishi Mahesh Yogi made Seelisberg his world headquarters in the 1970’s and 80’s. One of his worldwide projects was to bring Ayurveda to people everywhere, by setting up “Maharishi Health Centres”. The Centre in Seelisberg was among the very first to be established anywhere, and is the oldest public Ayurveda facility in Switzerland.