Training Course for Certified Volunteer Chaplains of the Hindu Faith

hinduismVIRGINIA, USA, December 3, 2014: Hindu University of America, in conjunction with Vishwa Hindu Parishad of America, is pleased to present the first Training Course for American Hindu Leaders to become Certified Volunteer Chaplains of the Hindu Faith. The course will be presented at Satchidananda Ashram-Yogaville, in Buckingham, Virginia, Monday Januar 5 through 9, 2015. 

The three main instructors will be: 1) Dr. Sarvaananda is a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) through the Association of Professional Chaplains. Dr. Sarvaananda spent 15 years in medical and hospice chaplaincy. She is currently on the Board of Trustees of Satchidananda Ashram and is active in many national chaplaincy as well as community projects on and off the ashram. 2) Madhu Sharma is the Hindu Chaplain to students at Duke University with Masters in Social Work and BS in Engineering. She is an Executive Coach and also on the Board of Directors of Hindu Society of North Carolina. 3) Pratima Dharm is the first Hindu Chaplain in the history of the Department of Defense, having served the US Army for nine years including two combat tours to Iraq. She is an Army CPE trained hospital chaplain. She holds masters degrees in Psychology and theology, is a trained Yoga and Yoga Nidra teacher and currently serves as Hindu chaplain at Georgetown University, She is a wife, mother, and is involved in US Military and community outreach projects. Please contact Swami Sarvaananda (, 434 989 4585), before December with questions and confirmation. Reservations for Ashram stays are available through the Ashram Reservation Center, Chaplaincy Program, (800) 858 9642 or 434 969 3121, ext. 111.

Source: Hinduism Today