On June 30, 2012, the International Center for Peace and Well-Being will celebrate the inauguration of its new 381 acre Center at Boone, North Carolina. The Center will be inaugurated by prominent humanitarian His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who is also the founder of the Art of Living Foundation and the International Association for Human Values. Congressional leaders, state and local officials, and spiritual and business leaders from around the world are expected to attend the event. The cultural segment of the ceremony will also feature a unique music performance directed by Grammy-nominated Chandrika Tandon, and featuring the local Blue Ridge Mountain musicians.
The Center marks the commencement of one of the nation’s largest community and individual empowerment initiatives. It will offer stress-management and individual empowerment programs for all ages, including self-development workshops for adults, corporate retreats, leadership development for young adults, and summer camps for children. Importantly, the venue will provide specialized trauma-relief and stress-management programs for returning veterans. Additionally, the Center will act as a cultural hub through the periodic showcasing of international cultural events. In addition to these core offerings, the Center will be home to a unique Naturopathy Wellness Spa, which will help restore balance and reawaken the body’s natural healing mechanisms through a tailored yoga and meditation program.
The International Center is working under the aegis of Ved Vignan Mahavidyapeeth (Institute for Vedic Sciences) and was purchased on October 14, 2011.
“This Center offers world class programs for physical, mental, and spiritual rejuvenation. We proudly welcome everyone to join us as we celebrate this auspicious beginning,” said Mr. Nilendu Srivastava, Director, Ved Vignan Mahavidyapeeth. “We believe that our programs will add quality to the lives of the participants and help them grow in their personal and professional lives. We are committed to offering the best and will partner with the local community to grow the region.”
His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a renowned spiritual leader and multi-faceted humanitarian whose mission of uplifting human values and creating a stress-free, violence-free world has inspired millions of people around the world over the past 30 years. Sri Sri’s message of religious harmony, non-violence, equality, tolerance, and peace transcends class, race, religion, and nationality, and promotes ecumenical and universal human values. Named one of the five most powerful people in India by Forbes Magazine in 2009, Sri Sri has inspired a global phenomenon of compassion and service through his campaign to create a Violence-Free, Stress-Free world. Sri Sri’s teachings and programs have touched the lives of more than 30 million people from all cultures and religions worldwide. His initiatives include conflict resolution, disaster relief, business and social responsibility, prisoner rehabilitation programs, youth leadership, women’s empowerment, education and campaigns against female feticide and child labor.
The power of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s teachings is based on the genuine transformation of the individual. At the core of his programs is Sudarshan Kriya, a life-changing breathing technique that reduces stress, heals trauma, and fosters a sense of belonging.
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