Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, founder of the Art of Living and International Association of Human Values (IAHV), is a global humanitarian, spiritual leader, peace envoy, and one of the most recognized changemakers in the world today. Through his life and work, Gurudev has empowered millions around the world with a vision of a stress-free, violence-free world.

Gurudev has inspired a wave of volunteerism across the globe. In the United States alone:

  • Over 120,000 students and more than 2,300 teachers have participated in the SKY Schools program in 225 schools.

  • More than 127,000 students on 101 university campuses have participated in SKY Campus programs, leading to happy and mindful campus communities.

  • Project Welcome Home Troops has provided life-changing trauma relief for over 8,000 US war veterans, active military, and their families.

  • More than 20,000 inmates, correctional officers, and law enforcement staff have experienced the benefits of the PRISON SMART program, which aims to break the cycle of violence at the root.

  • Over 5,000 healthcare professionals in more than 20 institutions have benefitted from the Healing Breaths program. 

    Gurudev travels to nearly 40 countries a year, with a simple but powerful message of love, joy and healing. On Sep 5, Gurudev will take center stage at the Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa to convey the transformative power of 
    The Journey Within

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The Journey Within

Tue Sept 5 • 7-9 pm
Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump
12042 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23233 

Student Pricing Available
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Unleash the boundless joy within

Meditation for the busiest of minds 

Happiness can seem elusive at times, a distant dream, or so fleeting you wonder where it went. The mind swirls around, crammed with thoughts. Disconnection and stress easily become the norm.

In today’s society, it is more important than ever to gain tools to connect to the wellspring of calm and peace within you, in the here and now. And that’s what meditation does. It gives you access to the stillness that resides deep within, a place that is steady, at ease, clear, and relaxed regardless of what’s happening around you. Science is now showing us what ancient yogis knew thousands of years ago, meditation works. And what’s even better?
Anyone can meditate, even the busiest of minds! 

Globally celebrated meditation master, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, will share with you ancient techniques for contemporary life, to enable you to fill up from the inside so when the inevitable challenges of life arise, your connection to the fullness, and steadiness within, remains.

Knowing how to manage the mind is fundamental to inner peace, joy, and a centered state of mind. When the mind is calm, everything in life gets sweeter—relationships improve, stress is reduced, mood lifts, and there is a greater sense of ease and joy each day.


The Doorway to Happiness

“People search for joy everywhere not knowing that the Self is the source of all joy.”

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar 


Journey Within

Embark on a beautiful journey within, guided by Gurudev

During this joyful and profound weekend of wisdom, meditation, and celebration, you'll tap into core truths that can only be felt and known at the deepest part of your being, guiding you to:

Tap Into the Power of Being with Sri Sri


Tue Sep 5 | 7-9pm
Hilton Richmond Hotel & Spa/Short Pump

“People search for joy everywhere not knowing that the Self is the source of all joy.”

Gain a greater understanding of life
Open your eyes to possibility
Venture deeper on your path

Regain a feeling of heart-centered ease

Connect with your authentic Self

Move beyond worry, judgement, or regret

We are often caught in a relentless cycle of work and societal pressures, which can lead to stress, anxiety, and loneliness. While grappling with these mental health challenges every day, we yearn for inner peace and a deeper connection to ourselves and others.

The simple act of coming together creates a platform for healing. The Journey Within offers a path to navigate the challenges of modern life with greater resilience, serenity, and joy. Experience how meditation can take you to a calm and centered mind and gain access to an unlimited storehouse of energy, empowering you to refresh and recharge every day.

Richmond is one stop on Gurudev’s multi-city US tour ahead of the Olympic-scale, World Culture Festival happening on the historic National Mall in Washington, DC from September 29-October 1. 


New Perspective

You’ll experience life anew! Through Gurudev’s unique delivery, your eyes will open to the wisdom of fresh possibility and wonder.

& Life Affirming

Emerge with rich & practical approaches to living a spiritual life. Experience a deep knowing that all is well.

Profound Insight & Clarity

Gain extraordinary insights that will guide you to that all-encompassing love, joy, and peace at your core!

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Extraordinary Insights for The Journey Within

12042 West Broad Street Richmond, VA 23233

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Wisdom & Relaxation for Youth (Ages 8-17 yrs)

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Come experience The Journey Within: Meditation, Wisdom and the Art of Living Joyfully with globally renowned humanitarian and spiritual leader Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar.

Gurudev shares wisdom and wit that distills life’s most complex issues into everyday truths. His words create a deep sense of peace and resonance that transcends the intellect and makes one smile.

Gurudev will lead a powerful meditation experience and guide us on a Journey Within to access an inner source of joy and wonder. Even if you have never meditated, you will find yourself dropping into a deep state of stillness.

Gurudev has inspired an unprecedented worldwide movement for a stress-free, violence-free society that has touched the lives of over 500 million people across 180 countries. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet Gurudev firsthand. The experience will leave you inspired, uplifted, and forever changed.


Embrace Uplifting Wisdom: 
Explore life’s big questions through the timeless teachings of ancient wisdom, distilled into practical, everyday knowledge.

Learn practical tools to manage stress, renew your energy, & unlock your potential   

Explore techniques to cultivate a quiet, calm, & clear mind   

Feel the Music: Let song and rhythm wash over you, awakening your senses and stirring your heart.

Explore Living Joyfully: Enjoy how laughter unites us in happiness and reminds us of the lighter side of life. 

Dive Deep into Meditation: 
Experience the profound power of a guided meditation and discover the stillness within you.

Profound & practical approaches to living a spiritual life

Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar LIVE in Richmond, VA

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Premium and General Seating?

Premium Seating will be closer to the stage. In each tier (Premium and General), seating will be assigned based on the order of registration.

Can I register and buy a ticket at the event?

  • We request participants register online in advance to reserve a spot. We expect the event to be SOLD OUT so we encourage you to secure a spot as soon as possible.

Any discounts for seniors, students, or bulk tickets?

  • Student pricing is available. If any participant has financial constraints, please send an email to
  • with details in order for us to consider your case.

How many bulk tickets can I buy?

The system will allow a participant to purchase a maximum of 6 tickets at any given time.Please contact richmond@us.artofliving.orgfor student pricing and partnerships for large groups.

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

No refunds or transfers available.

What is the parking availability at the venue?

Ample free parking spots is available near the venue. More details will be provided in the welcome email as we get closer to the event.

What time should we plan to reach the venue?

Please plan to arrive 30 minutes before the event start time in order to be seated.

How can I get my entry pass?

Please save the email confirmation of your registration. In addition, as we get closer to the event, you will receive an email and a text message with the QR Code for your assigned seating at the venue.

Will the event have accessible seating provided?

The venue will have accessible seating available. However, we request participants to inform us by email at immediately after you register with your request for accessible seating—this will help us to make necessary arrangements.

Can we bring food inside with us?

We request participants refrain from bringing in or having food in the Main Event Hall to maintain the sanctity of the space during sessions.

Is there a dress code for the event?

We recommend that you wear something comfortable.

What are the prerequisites for me to attend the event?

There are no prerequisites. This event is open to children 12 and above (each person coming must have a ticket)

What is the age requirement for participating in the event?

This event is open to children 12 and above (each person coming must have a ticket)

Will accommodation be provided?

If you’d like to stay at a volunteer/local resident’s home, you can email us at

Can I record the event?

We request participants refrain from recording the event.

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