TRenowned spiritual leader and humanitarian His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will be in Atlanta on October 25 and 26, 2008 as part of a six-city tour for a "Violence-Free, Stress-Free America."
Known for his deep insight and quick wit, Sri Sri has led initiatives in self development, education, youth leadership, post trauma relief, conflict resolution, prisoner rehabilitation, women’s empowerment and sustainable development that have benefited and inspired millions of people in 145 countries. The cornerstone of the programs is the Sudarshan KriyaTM, a rhythmic breathing practice developed by Sri Sri that has been clinically proven to improve physical, mental and emotional health. Sri Sri travels to more than 40 countries a year to share his message of a violence-free, stress-free global family.
Sri Sri, who founded the Art of Living Foundation, will lead a two-day Meditation and Yoga workshop at AmericasMart on Oct. 25 and 26. The MY2008 workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 25 and 9 a.m-3 p.m. on Oct. 26 at AmericasMart on Spring Street. He will also give a talk, “Practical Wisdom- Getting the most out of life,” at the Hillside Chapel and Truth Center on Oct. 26 from 4-5:30 p.m.
In the United States, Sri Sri’s initiatives include inner city youth leadership programs, free trauma relief programs for survivors of tragedies such as Hurricane Katrina and the Virginia Tech shootings, special programs for returning war veterans, prisoner reform programs, stress elimination programs for corporations and working adults, and human value based programs for children and youth.
Sri Sri launched the “Violence-Free, Stress-Free America” campaign in March 2007 at the Art of Living Foundation’s 25-year national celebration at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. U.S. Senator and vice-presidential hopeful Joseph Biden, Jr., opened the event, saying, "The Art of Living Foundation has an incredible – actually incredible – following that cuts through all religions, cultures and backgrounds – a very, very difficult thing to do in today's world." Visit
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In May 2007, Sri Sri made a historic visit to Iraq, where the Art of Living Foundation has been active since 2003. He met with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Malaki and other senior political and religious officials, who lauded the humanitarian work and trauma relief programs conducted by the Foundation’s volunteers. They invited the Art of Living Foundation to undertake its prison rehabilitation program in the country’s prisons. In August, the Iraqi government also sent 55 youth from each province to the Foundation’s Youth Leadership Training Program in Bangalore, India. To see CNN’s interview with Sri Sri following the visit, visit
The Art of Living Foundation, an international educational and humanitarian 501c(3) that works in special consultative status with the United Nations, was founded by Sri Sri in 1981. In Atlanta, the Foundation’s initiatives have benefited more than 1,800 people. Art of Living’s YES!+ (Youth Empowerment and Skills) courses have been offered at Emory University, Georgia Institute of Technology, and the University of Georgia in Athens. In March 2007, the Foundation hosted “Heroes of Humanity” an event honoring area schools that participated in the Foundation’s Kids for Kids Human Values Program and awarded the Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Award for Uplifting Human Values to the Atlanta Urban League. The Foundation also has hosted two fundraising concerts at the Gwinnett Civic Center to benefit the International Association for Human Values (Art of Living’s sister organization) service projects in India and New Orleans.