Lecture | On the Earth and In the Heart: Quest for the Holy in Pilgrimage and Yoga
Feb 1 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


What do the world’s greatest pilgrimages tell us about the nature of mystical and religious experience? What does it tell us about human nature?

Dr. Graham M. Schweig discusses ultimate yearnings of the human heart through choice words from ancient sacred texts of India and through modern photographic imagery of Hindu pilgrimage. He will share how the various external and archetypal acts within pilgrimage directly parallel the internal acts and practices within the most elevated states of yoga. On the one hand, fulfillment is found in the outer world pilgrimages to holy sites in India, and, on the other, found within the inner pilgrimage of the heart within the deeper practices of yoga.

6:00 – 7:00 pm Wine & Cheese Reception with Sitar Performance by Tom Griffin

GrahamSchweigGraham M. Schweig, Ph.D.  E-RYT 500 by Yoga Alliance*, earned his doctorate in comparative religion from Harvard University, with a specialization in religions of India and the philosophy of yoga. Schweig has lectured in institutions such as University of Stockholm, Uppsala University, Oxford University. Over the past 10 years has delivered over 35 lectures at the Smithsonian Institution. He has taught at Harvard, Duke University, and is currently a professor of philosophy and religion at Christopher Newport University, Virginia.


*Certified yoga instructors can earn continuing education credits by attending this lecture.


This presentation is offered in honor of the late Fritz Wencker Petree, who journeyed to India with fellow yoga practitioners to one of the world’s greatest pilgrimage gatherings known as the Kumbha Mela.

Wellness Series | Tea and Conversation with Susan Bauer-Wu and Ven Geshe Lhakdor
Mar 26 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm


Join Executive Director, Amy Lewis Hofland, for an afternoon tea and talk with Susan Bauer-Wu, President of the Mind & Life Institute, and Ven Geshe Lhakdor, Director of the Library of Tibetan Works & Archives and former translator and assistant to the Dalai Lama.

This moderated discussion will focus on mindfulness and compassion and how these practices are relevant today.

Wellness Series | Compassion and the Alphabet of the Heart with Dr. James Doty
Apr 8 @ 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Wellness Series | Compassion and the Alphabet of the Heart with Dr. James Doty @ Crow Collection of Asian Art

Join the Crow Collection of Asian Art and board members of Compassionate DFW

for a lunch time Conversation on Compassion and Q&A with Dr. Doty. As the Director of CCARE, Dr. Doty has spearheaded many research projects on compassion and altruism, and their relationship to the brain.

Dr. James R. Doty is a clinical professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at Stanford University, and the Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, of which the Dalai Lama was the founding benefactor.

He is also an inventor and philanthropist, sitting on the board of a number of charities, including the Charter for Compassion International, Friends of New Orleans (FONO), and the Dalai Lama Foundation, of which he is chairman. In his memoir, Into the Magic Shop, Dr. Doty uses his personal experience and cutting-edge science to reveal how we can change our lives and the lives of our children by changing our brains and our hearts. Lunches are available for pre-order.
Lecture tickets available online, and at the door.  

The Olive Street entrance to the Trammell Crow Center garage will be closed from 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 8, until 6:00 a.m. on Monday, April 10, for painting purposes.  The Harwood Street entrance will be open for entering and exiting the garage during this time.

Wellness | Womens Wellness Through a Compassionate Approach of Ayurveda
May 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Wellness | Womens Wellness Through a Compassionate Approach of Ayurveda @ Crow Collection of Asian Art

Dr. Sarita Shrestha is a classically trained Ayurveda physician from Kathmandu, Nepal with more than 25 years of clinical experience in hospitals, clinics, and rural health camps. She has received numerous prestigious awards for outstanding service and is renowned as Nepal’s first Ayurvedic OB/GYN, specializing in Ayurvedic women’s healthcare. She teaches in international institutes and hospitals, presents Ayurveda workshops worldwide and is fast becoming recognized as the “Mother” of Ayurveda in the West. She has been teaching in the U.S. since 2000.

In Ayurveda, the woman is considered to be “Shakti”; the Mother and Source of creation, in whose lap all of civilization is cradled. When we speak about “women’s health” we understand that this encompasses many different issues during the different stages of her life. Every woman goes through a series of profound changes during her lifetime.

Whatever the situation, women must always take into consideration their constitutional needs regarding diet, lifestyle and rest. Ayurveda provides a rich and thorough body of herbal medicinal knowledge as a powerful tool to achieve this balance, when needed.  It is said that when we restore balance, we are happy in our minds, healthy in our bodies and satisfied in our lives!

During her brief stay in Dallas, Dr. Sarita Shrestha is conducting a private women’s wellness workshop on May 27 and May 28 and there are limited openings for private consultations.  For more information and any further inquiries, please contact her student, Sapna Punjabi-Gupta at sapna@naivedhya.com or call at 214-616-8592.