MERU Vlodrop

MERU Vlodrop, Holland, is a residential and office complex which includes the former residence of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, a capital of the Global Country of World Peace, a campus of Maharishi European Research University (MERU), and other institutions of the Transcendental Meditation movement.

The site is near the villages of Vlodrop-station and Vlodrop in Limburg, the Netherlands, adjacent to the Dutch-German border and the defunct Iron Rhine railroad, and surrounded by Meinweg National Park.

 

History

MERU occupies the forested grounds of the former Kolleg St. Ludwig (Saint Ludwig College), a Franciscan monastery and boarding school. The main structure was built in 1909 and the college operated with interruptions until sold in 1979. The Maharishi Foundation bought it in 1984 — Maharishi Mahesh Yogi moved here in 1990. He lived in a wooden residence built to his specifications from 1997 until his Mahasamadhi in 2008.

Maharishi European Research University was founded in 1975 in Switzerland where it still has a campus. MERU has conducted and published extensive research on Transcendental Meditation and related technologies.