Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has founded courses that provide techniques and tools to live a deeper, more joyous life. He has established nonprofit organizations that recognize a common human identity above the boundaries of race, nationality and religion. His goal is to uplift people around the globe, to reduce stress, and to develop leaders so that human values can flourish in people and communities.

Spotlight - Social Initiatives

Service & Social Programs

Spotlight - Social Initiatives

In 1981, Sri Sri established the Art of Living Foundation, an educational organization with a presence in over 150 countries. The Foundation’s individual development programs offer powerful tools to eliminate stress and foster a sense of well-being.

In 1997, Sri Sri founded the International Association for Human Values (IAHV), a humanitarian organization, which promotes societal responsibility and human values in political, economic, and social spheres.

IAHV and the Art of Living Foundation collaborate on humanitarian initiatives, including conflict resolution, disaster and trauma relief, environmental conservation, anti-corruption, prisoner rehabilitation, youth leadership, women’s empowerment, and universal education. Both organizations enjoy special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.

In over 35 years of Service in more than 155 countries, The Art of Living Foundation and IAHV have:

  • Affected more than 370 million people
  • Planted more than 71 million trees around the world
  • Transformed the lives of over 700,000 prison inmates through the prison program
  • Trained 203,220 rural youth in Youth Leadership Training Program – mainly in India, Africa and South America
  • Conducted over 165,000 free stress-relief workshops benefiting more than 5,688,000 people
  • Built over 3,819 homes, 15,000 toilets, 1,199 bore-wells, 904 bio-gas plants
  • Conducted 52,466 hygiene camps benefiting 7,869,900 people and 27,427 medical camps benefiting 577,400 people
  • Reached 40,212 villages with the 5H program – Health, Hygiene, Homes, Harmony in diversity, Human values
  • Trained over 6,000 farmers in organic farming
  • Rural electrification in 5000 homes benefiting over 30,000 people. Adopted 108 villages for “Light-a-home” project.
  • Held more than 500 conferences with over 10,000 leaders from business, academia, sciences, art, and religion in participation
  • Provided education to more than 58,904 children from 435 free schools across 20 states in India.
  • Benefited 12,800 students from 36 schools across the United States through the The YES! for Schools program

Overview of Art of Living Service Projects across India

Focus on literacy

  • Over 58,000 children in 435 schools across 20 states benefitted under the Free
    School Education Program.
  • Students receive value-based education in a stress-free, student friendly environment that enable to strengthen their cultural roots
  • The girl to boy ratio in the schools is about 48 to 52.
  • First school was started in 1981 in Udayapura village in Rural Bengaluru.

Focus on environment

  • Tree Plantation
    • 71 million trees planted in 36 countries and 26 Indian states.
    • Over 20 lakh Lakshmitaru saplings planted across India.
    • 9 million trees planted under the initiative of Mission Green Earth.
  • Natural Farming
    • Volunteers reached out to stakeholders for generating awareness about Natural Farming through seminars, training workshops, model farm visits, awareness programs and Krishi Melas (farmer meets).
    • Over 22 lakh people trained in Sri Sri Natural Farming, a sustainable solution to address the challenge of ensuring food security for a growing population.
    • Seed banks set up across the country to promote preservation of indigenous seed varieties.
  • Water Conservation & River Rejuvenation
    • Water Conservation and River Rejuvenation projects in progress, including cleaning of polluted rivers.
    • Water Conservation and River Rejuvenation is ongoing in 37 rivers across Maharashtra, Karnataka , Tamil Nadu and Kerala​ ​

Refugee, War Veteran Rehabilitation

  • 1586 war veterans helped to deal with PTSD through Sudarshan Kriya Yoga, which a Stanford University Research has found effective because the results were maintained even years after they underwent the program.
  • 1,50,000+ war survivors in Iraq, Israel-Palestine, Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, Kyrgyzstan, Sri Lanka, Balkans and Afghanistan benefitted from trauma relief programs.

Cleaning Campaign

  • Around 512 tons of clothes, plastic, garbage removed during the “Clean Yamuna Campaign”
  • 40,500 cleanliness drives conducted by volunteers
  • As a part of the Pampa River Cleaning Campaign:
    • 600 tons of garbage removed
    • 68,800 volunteer hours spent on the project
    • 30 lakh people sensitized through direct interaction
    • Over 8000 volunteers from 14 districts involved
    • Approximately 500 women participated in the initiative
    • 377 school children and staff from 8 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar Vidya Mandir schools participated in the initiative
  • 3 tons of waste (organic offerings) at Dakshineshwar Temple, West Bengal converted into more than 1 ton of compost at The Dakshineshwar Temple in one month.

Hygiene & Medical Camps

  • 52,466 hygiene camps conducted, benefiting 7,869,900 people
  • 27,427 medical camps organised benefiting 577,400 people
  • Awareness raised on the prevention of female foeticide
    2,03,220 rural youth trained.
  • 55 model villages being developed by YLTP volunteers
  • Built 3,819 homes, 1​6​,​55​0 toilets, 1,​200​ bore-wells, and ​1000 bio-gas plants.

Holistic Prison Rehabilitation

  • Programs running in 60 countries
  • Lives of 7,00,000 inmates transformed
  • Over ​3,50​,000 inmates from prisons in India have undergone the Prison program.
  • Over 60,000 convicts and 130 prison staff of Tihar Jail (Asia’s largest prison) have benefited from the program.
  • 4500 armed insurgents from extremist outfits rehabilitated through trauma relief workshops and vocational skill training.

Rural Development Programs

  • Light a Home
    • Over 65,000 people across 16,500 households benefitted from solar lighting under The Light a Home project. In the tribal areas of Arunachal Pradesh,
      Manipur, Meghalaya, Assam, Odisha, West Bengal, Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jammu & Kashmir, Madhya Pradesh, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu among others.
    • 8 Solar Micro Grids in India set up for the Integrated Rural Energy Access Model Village Program.
    • Solar Grids provided in nine schools in the rural belts of Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan.
    • 1,033 Yuvacharyas (Youth Leaders) trained as Renewable Energy Technicians to install Renewable Energy Products.
    • 98 new entrepreneurs inspired in the field of Solar Energy for setting up of solar battery charging stations.
  • Kaushal: Skills and Vocational Training Program
    • More than 27,000 youth trained in various vocational skills over 14 years.
    • 1800 prisoners and 1300 reformed armed insurgents provided with vocational skills training under Project Srijan, (the Prisoners/Militants Rehabilitation Program)
  • Shakti: Women Power
    • 5,000 rural women trained in vocational skills
    • Tailoring training centers established in Odisha and Assam.
    • Over 623 Self-Help Groups formed in the areas of food processing, bag making, tailoring and embroidery, agarbatti rolling and arecanut plate making.​
  • Boond – Purified Drinking Water
    • Trained 60 Rural Youths as Jal Sevaks to manufacture low cost Bio Sand Water Filters.
    • Provided safe drinking water to more than 45,000 individuals in 267 villages by setting up four community water filters, distributing individual water filters and making 78 bore-wells in the states of Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Jharkhand and Odisha.
    • Installation of seven Community RO and Bio Sand Filters in Karnataka and West Bengal.


  • Mobilized 10.6 million people to garner support for Millennium Development Goals.
  • 1 ​mil​lion​ people in India pledged to protect the girl child under the UNICEF-AOL
  • 100,000 acts of inspiration and change, under the UNICEF campaign, carried
    out in support of the girl child
  • About 100,000 people sensitized against gender testing of pregnant women.
  • About 150,000 people sensitized against child marriage.
  • 107 villages in Maharashtra educated on indoor pollution and significance of smokeless chulhas or cooking stoves
  • Over​ 45,000 individuals from 12 states of India have benefited through the HIV/AIDS Awareness for Rural Adolescent (HARA) campaign
  • 500 prominent religious leaders sensitized on addressing prejudice against people living with HIV-AIDS
  • 945 rural women in Cuddapah district of Andhra Pradesh and residents of over 60 villages in Bagalkot district of Karnataka participate in the HIV/AIDS
  • Over 350 indigenous species of cows reared in Art of Living Goshalas.
  • 25,000+ people treated with holistic intervention methodologies for drug and
    alcohol addiction around the country.

Walk for water

Leading a “Walk for Water”, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar was joined by school children to spread awareness and inspire Bangalore residents to conserve water.

Transforming prison inmates

Seeking guidance from The Art of Living Founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar were the 30 prisoners of Bangalore Central Jail who have been transforming lives of prison inmates across seven prisons in Karnataka.

April 8 - Inauguration of the Bhubaneshwarnagar School

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar inaugurated a free school in India’s North Eastern state of Assam.