News from Barberyn
Barberyn Celebrates Peace Day on 21st September 2014
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.
Launch of the web site on Ayurvedic Medicinal Plants of Sri Lanka
Developed by Barberyn Ayurveda Resorts in collaboration with Professor Jayatissa from the University of Ruhuna.
Senior Ministers of the Sri Lankan government and officials gathered with traditional Ayurveda physicians, Commissioners of Ayurveda, researchers, tourism officials, bankers and professors at Barberyn Beach to launch the first ever web site on Ayurvedic medicinal plants of Sri Lanka. With the oceans as a background, the Minister of Indigenous medicine of Sri Lanka, Hon. Salinda Dissanayake launched the searchable database that identifies 1373 plants used in all of the traditional medical systems that form Sri Lanka Ayurveda.
The Ayurveda medicinal plant website, developed over a period of 4 years, is the result of a unique collaboration between Barberyn Ayurveda Resorts and the Ruhuna University of Sri Lanka. It identifies the scientific lineage, botanical description, the edible parts, and the Ayurvedic usage; it also depicts images personally taken by the team.
While Ayurveda medicine is completely dependent on medicinal plants as raw material, Sri Lanka now imports a major portion of the plant material from neighboring countries. While in the past medicinal plants grew in abundance in home gardens, forest patches and roadsides, the urban sprawl has all but eliminated these sources; rare plants are being uprooted and even used as firewood due to lack of awareness of the plants and the usage by the general public.
Apart from raising awareness with the public, and encouraging the cultivation of medicinal plants, the web site will be of help to Ayurvedic physicians to identify the correct plants used in their prescriptions and students as well as researchers of Ayurveda and botany to learn about this precious Sri Lankan plant heritage.
The web site can be accessed at www.instituteofayurveda.org
Barberyn Receives Presidential Award In Tourism For The Third Time In Four Years
On 27 May 2011, Barberyn received the Presidential Award for “Best host hotel – Ayurveda Tourism 2010”, winning the award for the third time since its inception 4 years ago.
Barberyn was the winner of this award on two previous occasions -the Presidential award for Best Niche Operation 2007 and 2009.
The comprehensive criteria for the award included the following: financial performance, quality of product/service, guest reviews, promotion of awareness of culture and history, contribution to development of tourism, commitment to environmental sustainability, contribution to community and upholding of values and culture.
The Sri Lanka Tourism Authority has this to say about the awards: Sri Lanka Tourism Awards pay tribute to organizations and individuals for their excellence and inspired achievements whilst contributing towards the strengthening and empowering of the nation’s tourism industry. This annual event, held for the 4th consecutive year under the aegis of Sri Lanka Tourism provided a platform for industry recognition. These accolades also present an opportunity for tourism operators to reinforce their commitment in perpetuating visitor experience and celebrate their success in an evolving business environment. An objective of this year’s Awards is to recognize and reward excellence in the travel and tourism industry, thus promoting and enhancing the delivery of service standards.