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Review for Art Of Living Foundation, Santa Barbara, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

In traveling around the world, I have encountered many people who have contributed humanitarian and PTSD relief for this organization. One gentleman spent a long time telling me how he got members of opposing sides in a ten-year bloody conflict to participate in the personal development/breathing programs. Some had killed hundreds of people. They were transformed and lighter after the program and went back and got others to participate. After a couple years of this the class violence in the region stopped entirely. I saw a presentation by a researcher who documented that tsunami survivors getting the trauma relief program recovered from PTSD in as little as eight hours (remarkable). I also received information from or about several teachers and volunteers who provided free programs after 9/11 and Katrina, as well as in Kosovo, Iraq, and to Iraq and Vietnam war veterans, telling me how many could sleep through the night for the first time. A large high school administration gave them the toughest kids to try the kids program out on. They are now rolling it out to the entire school. (It has apparently successfully implemented in many inner city schools.) I was introduced to them by taking the breathing/life skills program they offer to the public. I didn't know it would have such a dramatic positive effect on my mental and physical state. I like this organization because their results are so obvious, concrete, and immediate, and cut across class, gender, age, religious, and cultural lines.

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Role:  Volunteer & I supported trauma-relief efforts in New Orleans, New York, and Los Angeles, and several programs for the general public.