On 09 August 2012, the Art of Living volunteers in Colombia made history and gathered 4000 people to meditate, in an event called Bogotá Meditates. This massive meditation took place in Plaza la Santamaría, the old bullfighting ring where just a few of months ago, animals where sacrificed.
Music, yoga, breathing technics and meditation where some of the activities planned for this magical evening. The rain and the sun where equally protagonists, intercalating through out the event, but the weather was not an impediment for assistants to enjoy a very deep meditation, guided by Teacher Training Course teacher Rakesh Kokkeril.
The forty participants from the teachers training course, replicated a yoga performance routine from the World Culture Festival, creating a magical atmosphere in the plaza that passed on to the crowed. Fabulous musicians as Hector Buitrago and Natalia Bedoya, as well as the Art of Living Satsang Band, brought joy and celebration to the assistants who were in bliss by the end of the event.
Among the assistants were Bogota’s deputies: Maria Victoria Vargas, Venuz Albeiro Silva, Diego Garcia and a representative from the mayor’s office: Luis Hernando Otalvaro. These important personalities decided to take initiative in organizing Art of Living Courses in Colombia.