Art of Living Foundation (AOL) has its international headquarters in Bangalore, India at Ved Vignan Mahavidyapeeth or VVM campus (usually referred to as the Art of Living’s international facility in Bangalore, or as the Bangalore Ashram) and has regional centers in more than 150 countries. In Europe, the organization is known as the Association for Inner Growth.
The Foundation was founded by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and offers a variety of personal-development and trauma-relief programs around the world. AOL has been an educational and humanitarian organization in the U.S. since 1989.
Accredited as a United Nations non-governmental organization in 1996, it works in special consultative status with the UN’s Economic and Social Council, participating in a variety of committees and activities relating to health, education, sustainable development, conflict resolution, and disaster relief.
The Art of Living is a DPI NGO (Department of Public Information), which means it plays an active role in communicating and contributing to various United Nations goals (such as the UN Millennium Goals and the Stand-Up initiative).