I Meditate Africa – join thousands to Meditate and Pray for Peace in Africa Month, May 2016

I Meditate Africa – join thousands to Meditate and Pray for Peace in Africa Month, May 2016

Join over 20 African countries in a global Peace Initiative during which individuals and groups are encouraged to meditate for Peace for Africa during Africa month – culminating with a live Global Peace Meditation led by global humanitarian Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Saturday 28 May at 3pm.

“I Meditate Africa” is a campaign promoting peace across Africa, encouraging the use of meditation as part of mainstream peace building.

In 2016 the month of May is dedicated to peace meditations held across the country at educational institutes, businesses, faith networks, police stations and community gatherings.


Over 500 studies from more than 200 International Universities, including Princeton and Harvard, have scientifically proven that meditation can improve the quality of life for everyone. At a time where our headlines are dominated by violence, crime, corruption, misunderstanding and lack of human values, one way to begin to address this is to do something proactive and positive, lets unite people on a deeper level through the power of collective consciousness.

Vani Pavadai | The Art of Living


Joaquim Chissano, the former President of Mozambique, is referred to as the “meditating president”, who encouraged meditation to his army and civilians, he credits meditation as being one of the contributing factors for peace and prosperity in his country. Our own Nelson Mandela has been quoted as saying “Regular meditation, say of about 15 minutes a day, can be fruitful…”

The I Meditate Africa campaign has built up a significant following over the years: in 2013 there were 10 000 participants from 23 African countries and 31 African cities and 54 international countries. In 2014 this increased to 100 000 participants from  24 African Countries and 31 African cities and  52 International countries. Last year numbers further jumped up to 500 000 participants from 25 African countries and 34 African cities and 53 International countries. The organizers are hopeful that the numbers will improve again this year!

The Department of Basic Education and the Kwa Zulu- Natal Department of Education has a sustained partnership with The Art of Living Foundation and over the past three years have seen the continued participation of schools in this Global Peace Initiative.  In 2016, the KZN Department of Education has again requested all schools to participate in the I Meditate Africa Peace Campaign during the month of May.

Peace-makers are invited to encourage their friends, families and communities to mediate during the month of May. To be part of the global network and to find a step by step guideline on how to participate and log your efforts:

A special invitation goes out to everyone to join in a Live Global Peace Meditation for Africa, led by Humanitarian Sri Sri Ravi Shankar on Sat 28 May 2016 at 3pm.



In Gauteng, there will be a series of informal meditation sessions to which the public are invited: Confirmed so far are:

16 May: Ravat’s Persian Carpet Gallery, 278 Lochner Road, Raslouw AH, Centurion, Pretoria


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