Veeresh Denny Yuson was the founder of the Humaniversity. He was an innovative therapist and an inspiring teacher whose work touched many lives. His challenging and creative approach allowed people to move beyond self-imposed limits into a fresh understanding and grounded self-confidence.
He work is continued by a multi-national team of therapists at the Humaniversity who leads workshops here and around the world. He created many therapeutic processes, including the AUM Meditation and other Social Meditations.
For Veeresh, the greatest human art was friendship. Because of this, he developed a community and a therapy where friendship is the highest value. He was also a prolific painter and produced the music of Veeresh and the Humaniversity Sound.
Recovered Drug Addict
Veeresh was born Denny Yuson-Sánchez in New York City in 1938. From the age of 14 to 28, he was a heroin addict. After many unsuccessful treatments, he joined Phoenix House, a new and innovative drug rehabilitation program in 1967. There he overcame his addiction and subsequently trained in addiction therapy. In 1970 he was invited to London to establish and run the first Phoenix House outside the United States. He became a successful therapist and began to lead personal growth workshops for the public.
Touched by Osho, Invited by the Dutch Government
In 1974, he met Osho in Pune, India. He was deeply touched by Osho’s philosophy, and received the name “Anand Veeresh,” meaning “bliss beyond fear.”
In 1975 Yuson-Sanchez was invited by the Dutch government to set up a training program for professionals to become addiction specialists, and he introduced the therapeutic community program to the Netherlands.
Through his connection to Osho he was inspired to bring his work to more people. He founded in 1978 what is now known as the OSHO Humaniversity, an independent, residential personal development and training institute on the North Sea coast of the Netherlands.
Training the Best Therapists in the World
Osho asked him to train the best therapists in the world. Since then he has trained hundreds of therapists and affected thousands of people through his work, always guided by the principle that ‘Love is Always the Answer’. All training is experiential and residential, and based on the principle that a therapist can only ever give authentic guidance if it is based on personal experience.
After all these years, I have learned to be the master of my life, of who I am. Never do I want to be the master of someone else. I have discovered the art of how to love and to be loved in return. This makes me complete.
Veeresh left his body on January 27th, 2015.