The Art of Living ashram, located 22 miles south of Bangalore, is a 65-acre haven of peace and tranquility, with its beautiful, lush gardens, soothing water fountains and waterfalls, and a picturesque lake. At the center of the campus is the spectacular mediation hall, a magnificent six-tiered building topped with a glass dome.
This is the international headquarters of the Art of Living Foundation, which has chapters in over 150 countries around the world. The Art of Living was founded in 1981 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, a spiritual guru who has an international following and whose philosophy is “unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace.”
The Art of Living Foundation is well-known for its stress-elimination programs which combine yoga and meditation with breathing techniques to help people achieve mental and physical well-being. The Foundation is also one of the world’s largest non-governmental organizations, promoting many humanitarian activities and projects working on rural development, education and the empowerment of women.
Visitors are welcome to visit the campus for the day and enjoy the peaceful, pleasant surroundings by taking a stroll around the grounds and joining the daily Satsang (spiritual discourse) session with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar from 6:30pm to 8pm (4:30pm to 6pm on Sundays). Those who would like to learn more about the Art of Living and attend a course can be accommodated on campus. There’s also an Ayurvedic spa, pharmacy and wellness center located on site as well as a bookstore and handicraft shop.