Many of us who practice medicine have experienced the limitations of individual healthcare disciplines. So we asked ourselves – why don’t we collaborate with disciplines that have their own scope of effective practice? Can we, with cooperation, somehow improve the outcome and quality of our treatments? Thus, we set about on our path eight years ago as a tiny, multi-disciplinary clinic in Auroville called Kailash, in which various medical disciplines could work side by side.

While offering primary medical care to our target population, we, at the same time, continued searching for ways to improve the understanding of various approaches to health, and to enhance mutual interaction and collaboration between diverse healthcare modalities.

As a result of this work we came up with the first outline of an integrative model of healthcare; and this has manifested into a clinic that currently provides integrative healthcare services to nearly 2,500 people. Simultaneously, we began to conceptualise about an “Institute of Integral health”, and in partnership with a German architect developed a plan for a facility able to house it. The first phase of this building was completed in July, 2015 and this is the story of Santé.