Priest and social worker Father Joe Pareira – who uses yoga to rehabilitate people with substance abuse problems – will speak at the WRAD annual general meeting on November 20.

Father Joe is an Indian Roman Catholic priest, social worker and the founder and managing trustee of Kripa Foundation, a Mumbai-based non-governmental organisation for the rehabilitation of HIV patients and people affected by substance abuse.

He has worked with Mother Teresa and was a pupil of B. K. S. Iyengar and proponent of Iyengar yoga. Father Joe is also a member of the New York Academy of Sciences.

In 2009 the Indian Government awarded Father Joe the highest civilian honour of the Padma Shri, for his contributions to society, and in 2014 he received a Lifetime Achievement National Award from the President of India.

Father Joe has been using yoga for more than 40 years and he believes that to cure addictions, the healing must involve the soul and the mind.

The Kripa Foundation aims to change the addict’s lifestyle through a holistic approach. Kripa, which means ‘Grace’ in Sanskrit, has 65 centres in India and collaborations in six countries. It treats more than 1000 addicts annually and also offers care and support to people with HIV.

The AGM will start at 5.30pm at South west TAFE.