The most influential global leader in integrative medicine, Deepak Chopra, will share his longevity protocol for the first time and deliver a powerful activation during the Global Citizen Forum’s Annual Summit in November in UAE.
A partnership between the Canadian non-profit organisation Global Citizen Forum and The Chopra Foundation will bring bespoke longevity retreats to the Middle East, with the inaugural retreat being held at the Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, between 12 and 15 November 2022.
For the first time, Deepak Chopra, 75, world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, will share his longevity protocol developed throughout his life that fuses timeless principles from wisdom traditions and modern science that metabolise experience with cutting-edge innovation.
The famous Indian-American author and alternative medicine advocate will be attending this year’s Global Citizen Forum to deliver an activation designed explicitly around the process of metamorphosis towards a more empathetic, kind and inclusive community. The event is being held in Ras Al Khaimah on the 16th and 17th of November, under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, UAE Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah and presented in partnership with the Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA).
The first in a series of retreats to unlock participants’ infinite potential
Mr Chopra stated that “this retreat will be the first in a series of retreats in the Middle East and will be curated to unlock participants’ infinite potential and allow them to create a collective reality that is fulfilling for everyone. I’m eager to share the lessons I’ve personally learned throughout my life. At the heart of modern leadership and longevity is wellness, which begins when we sleep deeply, eat food that nourishes, move our bodies, practice meditation, love ourselves and those around us live with nature.”, concluded the Founder of The Chopra Foundation.
Deepak Chopra studied medicine in India before emigrating in 1970 to the United States, where he completed a residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in endocrinology. As a licensed physician, in 1980, he became chief of staff at the New England Memorial Hospital (NEMH). In 1985, he met Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and became involved in the Transcendental Meditation movement. Shortly after, he resigned from his position at NEMH to establish the Maharishi Ayurveda Health Center. In 1993, Chopra became the executive director of Sharp HealthCare’s Center for Mind-Body Medicine until 1996, when he co-founded the Chopra Center for Wellbeing.
The longevity retreat, accessible only by invitation, will be part of a series of international events, often attended by world leaders and international celebrities.
The Chopra Foundation Retreat, supported by regional partner Global Citizen Forum, will allow attendees to pause from the stresses of daily life and receive practices from the most influential global leader in integrative medicine and personal transformation on techniques to prolong their lives while improving happiness.
Meditation linked with positive impact on blood pressure and reducing depression
Global experts will join Dr Chopra to provide members with cutting-edge DNA and biometric analytics while employing unique mindfulness, yoga, meditation and other alternative practices. Guests will stay in the Ritz-Carlton Ras Al Khaimah, Al Wadi Desert, a property within the 1,235-acre Al Wadi Nature Reserve inspired by Bedouin architecture with breath-taking desert views.
During the retreat, other transcendental thought leaders, Eddie Stern, Gabriella Wright and Dr Ara Suppiah, will lead, alongside Dr Chopra, tea ceremonies, sound bowl healings, nutrition and daily guided meditation sessions. Meditation has long been lauded for its health benefits, with trials showing a positive impact on people who regularly meditate, including clinically lower blood pressure and reduction in feelings of depression.
The Global Citizen Forum’s Annual Summit promises to bring together some of the world’s most inspirational leaders to discuss human beings’ role in addressing key socio-economic issues. Themed “The Butterfly Effect: Human Metamorphosis”, this year’s Annual Summit aims to dwell on how humanity is evolving following the ground-breaking changes the last few years have brought about. For the first time in its history, the Summit will look into solutions to global challenges as part of the collective evolution process of humanity and will explore the current metamorphosis as the potential channel for progress.
We will bring retreats to the Middle East in the hopes that these ignite profound changes in the way leaders make decisions in key positions.Talimka Yordanova, CEO of the Global Citizen Forum
“The concept of mindfulness is central to the work of the Global Citizen Forum.”, declaired its CEO, Talimka Yordanova. She continued: “We believe that the root source of solutions to global challenges will come from leaders that have experienced an elevated sense of consciousness, wellness and have tapped into the concept of longevity in a deep and meaningful way. Through the Global Citizen Forum’s partnership with The Chopra Foundation, we will bring a series of retreats to the Middle East in the hopes that these ignite profound changes in the way leaders make decisions in key positions.”, concluded the CEO of the Global Citizen Forum.
Poonacha Machaiah, Chief Executive Officer at The Chopra Foundation, considers that “investing in one’s personal growth and wellbeing are the hallmarks of conscious leadership, the type of leadership needed to address growing challenges in our communities. By viewing our lives – including work – as part of a long-term, collective plan, we start to understand the importance of longevity in everything we do. We hope this new series of retreats offer attendees in the Middle East this clarity and allows them to strengthen their connections with one another.”
Fundraising to support the UN Refugee Agency for people from Ukraine, the Middle East and North Africa
Tickets to the forum start from $1,500 for a Gala Pass, including attending the fundraising auction to support UNHCR (UN Refugee Agency) relief efforts for forcibly displaced individuals in Ukraine, the Middle East and North Africa and the acclaimed Gala Dinner.
Last year’s speakers included:
- Actress, philanthropist and entrepreneur Eva Longoria.
- President of Colombia, H.E. Iván Duque Márquez.
- Vice President of Liberia, H.E. Jewel Taylor.
- Former Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi.
- Grammy-nominated singer Nicole Scherzinger
- Former FBI hostage negotiator and Masterclass coach Chris Voss.
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