Barberyn celebrates its commitment to sustainable development and the protection of Sri Lanka medicinal plant heritage
Exhibition On Ayurveda And Sustainable Tourism.
The beautiful exhibition demonstrates the linkages between Ayurveda, Tourism and Sustainability. Barberyn’s vision of Human Development goes beyond the three pillars of sustainable development articulated by the International community and encompasses the sanctity of life, human consciousness and inner peace.
According to the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, human beings and the universe are made up of the same five elements or Pancha Maha Bootha: Apo (water), Thejo (fire), Vayo (air), Pruthuvi (earth), and Akasha (space/ether). These common factors create a harmony between human beings, the fauna and flora and the universe. Just as the sun and moons’ gravitational forces affect the tides in the sea, these forces also shape temperaments of living beings. The Ayurveda medicine incorporates the knowledge of such external forces when treating each individual. The Tri Dosha –Vatha, Pitha and Kapha – keep the balance in the body; consciousness and truth keep the integrity of the mind and the heart. When these elements are in a state of equilibrium, human development resonates harmoniously.
This ancient wisdom is “sustainable” for it is a paradigm that is indigenous to us, passed down from one generation to another. So the Barberyn philosophy pre-dates new theories of sustainability. It has evolved and matured over three generations and what has been learnt from the Founders is passed on to the Barberyn family, the children, the staff, the guests and the community and, as we develop each other, we come naturally to sustainable tourism.