Operating in over 150 countries, The Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) is a non-profit, educational and humanitarian organization founded in 1981 by the world-renown philanthropist and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. All of AOLF’s programs are guided by Sri Sri’s philosophy: “Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace.” The AOLF community is diverse and attracts people from all walks of life.
AOLF offers numerous educational and self-development programs as well as tools that facilitate the effective elimination of stress and foster deep and profound inner peace, happiness and well-being for all individuals. These programs, which include breathing techniques, meditation, yoga, and practical wisdom for daily living, have helped millions around the world to completely transform their lives.
In addition to these globally offered courses, AOLF, working in collaboration with The International Association for Human Values (IAHV), has successfully implemented numerous humanitarian projects and service initiatives including conflict resolution programs, disaster relief, sustainable rural development, empowerment of women, prisoner rehabilitation, education for all, and environmental sustainability.
It has been said of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar that not since Mahatma Gandhi has one person united so many people of different races, religions, traditions, economic and social status, and nationalities, creating a One World family across the globe. Sri Sri’s message is simple: “Love and wisdom can prevail over hatred and violence.” Happily this message is not just a slogan but through AOLF has been and continues to be translated into action and results.
International Art of Living Center
Since its inception in 1991, the Canadian International Art of Living Center has been a home away from home for thousands of visitors around the world. Nestled among 250 acres of land dotted by five pristine lakes and numerous nature trails, the Center offers an opportunity for you to experience a true vacation, and is the ideal location for deep meditation, re-energizing massage and complete rest. Offering a wide variety of activities and programs, including Art of Living Courses, Yoga Programs, and annual youth summer camps and family retreats,International Art of Living Center is your sanctuary for self growth and uplift throughout the year.
For more information about International Art of Living Center in Canada, please visit our website: http://center.artofliving.ca/
Sri Ratnam Hall
For its 20th Anniversary, The Canadian Center opened its stunning new addition: The Sri Ratnam Hall, a Center for Peace and Inspiration. The striking design of the building combines the best of Eastern and Western architecture featuring Indian carved pillars, vaulted cathedral ceilings, and many windows offering a panoramic view of the surroundings.
With the capacity to comfortably seat 2000 people and equipped with the latest audio/visual technology, this Center is the ideal space for hosting workshops and conferences. The Sri Sri Centre for Peace and Inspiration serves as a platform for individuals and organizations to come together and exchange ideas and understanding.
The entrance in the East is adorned with carved tone and wood, connecting to a large verandah that encircles the whole building. This building is eco-friendly and has been designed according to the principles of Vaastu Shastra, the ancient Vedic science of construction that guides the creation of positive and uplifting spaces.
Sri Sri Ayurveda Institute of Canada
“Health is not mere absence of disease.Health is being established in the Self.It is the dynamic expression of life.”~Sri Sri
Drawing upon 5,000 years of observation of human existence, Ayurveda is a Sanskrit term, which means the knowledge (Veda) of life (Ayur). Even a basic understanding of this profound system of health gives the ability to detect imbalances at a subtle level greatly reducing the chance of developing disease. This comprehensive preventive system, which is recognized by the World Health Organization, is currently benefiting a third of the world’s population.
Sri Sri Ayurveda is the unique combination of the ancient philosophies and practical knowledge of Ayurveda and the complete practices offered by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to bring us fulfillment and joy in living. Complementing Art of Living courses, the Institute offers a myriad of transforming, individualized treatments, as well as Ayurvedic cooking programs throughout the year to further equip others with tangible tools for healthy living.
Additional information about Sri Sri Ayurveda can be found at www.srisriayurveda.ca.