World Culture Festival

World Culture Festival and Art of Living

The World Culture Festival is one of many initiatives organized by the Art of Living in an effort to achieve our mission of creating a stress-free, violence-free society.  

We believe that a stress-free, violence-free society begins with an individual’s ability to manage their own mind, and the Art of Living works hand in hand with the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) to offer powerful tools backed by science toward this end, including our signature breathwork technique, SKY Breath Meditation.

 

450 million+

lives touched

100 million+

meditation views during COVID

700,000+

inmates' lives transformed

5.6 million+

trauma-relief beneficiaries

70,000+

students educated

5.6 million+

trees planted globally

7,400+

fighters who have laid down arms

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The Art of Living Foundation  is a nonprofit, educational, and humanitarian organization that helps individuals bolster their mental health, relieve stress, and build resilience through evidence-based techniques and training.  Since its inception in 1981, the Art of Living has touched more than 45 million lives in 156 countries, and has inspired the cooperation of thousands of active volunteers worldwide.

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The Art of Living works in partnership with the International Association for Human Values (IAHV) in offering tailored mental wellness and resilience programs for veterans, healthcare workers, students, prison inmates, teachers, at-risk youth, and more.  It aims to develop leaders and communities that are  resilient, responsible, and inspired. 

Our Founder and Inspiration, Gurudev

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is recognized globally as a spiritual leader, humanitarian and peacemaker. He has touched the lives of more than 450 million people around the world by resolving conflicts through dialogue; teaching powerful breathwork and meditation practices to alleviate stress and anxiety and build resilience; and by his example of selfless service.

Gurudev’s vision of a violence-free world is drawn from the foundational values underlying all faith traditions. His message is universal, touching people of all religious beliefs and practices. His many friends among the leaders of the Muslim, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu and Jewish communities are a testament to the recognition he has received for his work and message.

Gurudev has created trauma-relief and meditation programs for at-risk youth, war veterans, prisoners and survivors of disaster. He is also engaged in peace-making efforts internationally and in conflict-affected areas such as Colombia, Venezuela, and Iraq. In addition to his 21 honorary doctorates, he has also received 38 governmental awards, including the highest civilian awards in Colombia, Mongolia and Paraguay. The President of India has also bestowed him with the Padma Vibhushan, the country’s highest annual award of exceptional and distinguished service. In the United States, he has received the International Humanitarian Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center. He has been an invited speaker at the United Nations, the European Parliament, the World Economic Forum, TED, and the Israeli Presidential Conference, as well as many think-tanks and universities such as the Atlantic Council, American Enterprise Institute, Harvard, Stanford, Georgetown, and The Wharton School.

 

Building Peace and Resilience across the US

SKY Breath Meditation is the cornerstone of all the following programs:

Cities 4 Peace

works to promote peace and reduce violence in cities worldwide, connecting and facilitating communities to create customized plans and strategies. 

Project Welcome Home Troops

offers veterans and their families tools that decrease stress and anxiety; restoring well-being, mental focus, and a renewed sense of connection and purpose.

The IAHV Prison Program

is a US Federal Bureau of Prisons approved, evidence-based program that transforms the mindsets, and behavior of offenders.

SKY Schools ​

is an evidence-based social emotional learning program dedicated to providing youth with a healthy body, mind, and lifestyle.

SKY Campus

Offered to the general public across the US and to students, faculty, and staff in 101 university campuses across the US through our SKY Campus program.

SKY Kids and SKY Teens

SKY Kids and SKY Teens have served 5,000+ youth ages 5-17 through holistic wellness programming that supports mental, emotional and physical wellbeing.

During COVID, over 1,000 trained volunteer instructors in the US gave more than 50,000 hours of their time to deliver SKY workshops that provided stress relief, enhanced immunity, and mental wellness to over 25,000 people.,