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.