World Renowned Spiritual Leader and Humanitarian Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to Visit Twin Cities on April 22, 2010

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12 city spring tour in North America kicks off with Inauguration of a new Center in Los Angeles; Minneapolis visit will feature meditation and Sri Sri’s wisdom; in furtherance of creating a Violence-Free, Stress-Free America

In these times torn by strife and uncertainty, Sri Sri's teachings are more essential than ever,” said Michael Fischman, President of the Art of Living Foundation.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (, the internationally renowned spiritual leader and humanitarian, is bringing his timely message of peace and empowerment to Minneapolis on April 22, 2010, during a 12 city spring tour of the United States and Canada hosted by the Art of Living Foundation.

Recently named one of the five most powerful people in India by Forbes Magazine, Sri Sri has inspired a global phenomenon of compassion and service through his campaign to create a Violence-Free, Stress-Free world. His non-profit organizations provide aid and relief in many of the world’s most difficult regions, including quake-stricken Haiti. His initiatives in meditation and self-development, conflict resolution, disaster relief, business and social responsibility, prisoner rehabilitation programs, youth leadership, women’s empowerment and education have impacted the lives of more than 25 million people worldwide.

The evening of “Unlocking the secrets of life: Wisdom and Meditation with Sri Sri” will take place from 7-9 PM at Wayzata Community Church. Sri Sri makes life’s profound truths accessible to people of all backgrounds with inimitable wit, wisdom and simplicity of language.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity for people across the country to meet one of the world’s most revered spiritual leaders and humanitarians,” said Michael Fischman, President of the Art of Living Foundation. “In these times torn by strife and uncertainty, his teachings are more essential than ever.”

In Minneapolis (, the Art of Living Foundation’s programs have benefited more than 1000 individuals over the last three years. These initiatives have included self-development programs for corporations, adults, youth, and children. Wellness workshops have been done for the Native American Community and volunteers have conducted empowerment and wellness workshops for the Bhutanese immigrants. The Art of Living Foundation has also partnered with various middle schools and youth organizations to offer Youth Empowerment Seminars. Students at the University of Minnesota have benefited from these programs and have been inspired to conduct various service activities on campus.

Through the years, Sri Sri has conferred with many of the world’s major political, religious and business leaders, sharing the universality of the goals and values of the great spiritual traditions.

Sri Sri’s North American tour dates include:

  •     Honolulu, April 9
  •     Los Angeles, April 14-17
  •     Boise, April 18
  •     Denver, April 20
  •     Boulder, April 21
  •     Minneapolis, April 22
  •     Milwaukee, April 23
  •     Cleveland, April 24
  •     Cincinnati, April 25
  •     Hollywood/Ft. Lauderdale, April 26
  •     Washington, D.C., April 28-29
  •     Quebec , Canada, April 30, May 1-2

Founded in 1981, the Art of Living Foundation ( is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) educational and humanitarian organization working in special consultative status with the United Nations Social and Economic Council on initiatives related to health, education, sustainable development, conflict resolution and disaster relief. One of the world’s largest volunteer-based organizations, the Foundation works to create a violence-free, stress-free world by strengthening the individual.

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