The Art of Living Foundation (Kannada: ಆರ್ಟ್ ಆಫ್ ಲಿವಿಂಗ್ ಫೌಂಡೇಶನ್) is a volunteer based, humanitarian and educational Non-Governmental Organization (NGO). It was founded in 1981 by Sri Sri Ravi Shankar with the vision of creating a stress-free, violence-free society. It claims to have reached out to over 300 million people in over 140 countries with its various programs. The Foundation is working in special consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. The International Association for Human Values is the sister NGO that HH Sri Sri Ravi Shankar founded, that focuses on the upliftment of human values at the grass roots level.
Art of Living Foundation (AOLF) 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 140 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.