The Raj was founded in 1993 with a strong commitment to sustainability. All of our treatments, along with our organic vegetarian meals and Ayurvedic herbal programs, are designed to bring sustainable good health and well-being to our guests. We are also committed to ensuring sustainable good health for our planet, that is why we are focusing on continued improvements in many aspects of sustainability, including: water and energy consumption, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, waste control, and local sourcing.
All of the products used in our treatments are 100% organic and free of harmful chemicals. Because the massage oil is the medium through which healing herbs are absorbed into the body and through which toxins are expelled, it is important that only the highest quality oils are used. The Raj offers 100% organic massage oil for all treatments.
In addition, used oil is collected after your treatments so that it can be used as bio-fuel by the Sustainable Living Center at near-by Maharishi University of Management.
The Raj serves only organic vegetarian food, sourced locally as often as possible. Local sourcing not only saves greenhouse emissions but also lowers transportation costs and provides jobs for the local community. The Raj Restaurant serves organic, vegetarian meals for our in-residence package guests. At meals guests have the option of joining other guests or eating at a private table. This tradition of family-style meals makes The Raj enjoyable for those traveling alone—many guests remark on the friendships that are established during their stay. The vegetarian diet is organic, low fat and specifically designed to support the treatment program.
All of the herbal formulas offered in our herb room comply with strict guidelines for content and purity. While herbs taken in isolation can have very powerful healing properties, the practice of Ayurvedic herbology is much more powerful. Ancient Ayurveda formulas combine herbs into “Rasayanas”; formulas that can have a far more balancing effect than the herbs taken individually.
Purified water runs throughout the entire Raj facility. While your drinking water is put through a secondary filtering process, even the water you bathe in has been filtered to remove chlorine and other chemicals. The Raj has the largest water purifying system in the state of Iowa.
No harmful chemicals are sprayed on the lawns or gardens surrounding the Raj resort. This provides our guests with a natural, clean and non-toxic environment in which to enjoy better results from our rejuvenation and detoxification programs.
The Raj uses a rainwater catchment system to fill up our pond. This pond is home to several types of catfish that help to support the ecosystem in the pond. This water is readily available to be used in case of a fire, eliminating the need for unnecessary water usage.