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.


Sri Sri visits Ukraine

Spirituality & Human Values


Sri Sri visits Ukraine

Kiev, Ukraine, May 3 – 4, 2012

Sri Sri met with Ivan Zyatc, the Deputy of the Verkhovnaya Rada of Ukraine, who commended Sri Sri’s efforts to revive human values.

In addition, Sri Sri visited the historic Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra and St. Vladimir’s Cathedral. He was welcomed by the church’s rector, Boris the Abbe, who said, “This meeting will remain forever in my heart. I wish you success in whatever you do. You do goodness to people – this is especially important for the modern world.”

Sri Sri also addressed the importance of organic farming and environment awareness in Ukraine. Local Art of Living volunteers joined Sri Sri at the Kiev botanical garden, where he planted Pink Magnolia trees – a local symbol of purity, nobility and perseverance.

At the Ukraine Chamber of Commerce, Sri Sri led a “Yoga for Health and Happiness” seminar.  Eight hundred fifty participants attended the seminar, which highlighted the basics of yoga and breathing.

Following the seminar, Sri Sri participated in a round table discussion on “Spiritual Values in Politics, Business and Charity” with Ukrainian politicians, businessmen, athletes, and artists. The discussion was followed by an open conversation and meditation, which was attended by more than 1,500 persons.