9 May 2013
German and British coordinators for their countries' initiatives to build Maharishi Peace Palaces described the recent visit of a delegation from the UK to the newly completed Peace Palace in Erfurt, Germany. The group from Maharishi Foundation UK included five project directors for the Peace Palace to be built at Maharishi Garden Village in Rendlesham, Suffolk, England.
The visitors were warmly welcomed and hosted by Dr Eckart and Lila Maria Stein, who led the Erfurt construction project and are now directors of the Maharishi Peace Palace with its full slate of courses and programmes developed by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
During the two-day visit, the German and English coordinators engaged in a series of nonstop, delightful, and very fruitful meetings that explored in detail many aspects of the planning, administration, design, and construction of the Erfurt Peace Palace. They were joined at times by other leaders who participated substantially in its development, including Gisela Wassner, Christiane Schuhmann, and Martina Bergmann.
Everyone on the British team was deeply impressed and inspired by the overall dignity and beauty of the facility. One member, Dr Richard Johnson, director of the Transcendental Meditation programme in the UK, described several contributing factors, including the high quality of materials and workmanship throughout.
He also noted many design details, especially decorative elements significant in Maharishi Vastu architecture, according to which the whole facility was designed. The group especially enjoyed the magnificent grand central meeting hall on the ground floor, with an inlaid marble design marking the Brahmasthan, the centre point of the building. (read more)